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Mission Statement

It takes over 150 volunteers to put on the Free Folk Festival! We need your help. Just a couple of hours of your time at the festival will make a huge difference. There are jobs for everybody, such as setting up the event, staffing the sales or raffle tables, or helping young children create crafts projects. All this in the context of people making music and having fun, all around you.


The San Francisco Free Folk Festival was conceived in 1976 by the San Francisco Folk Music Club, which staged it for the first two years at the Hall of Flowers. It then moved to Fort Mason, where it remained for 13 years, before moving briefly to the John Adams campus of City College until that venue became too small. For many years, the festival was held at Roosevelt Middle School. For a couple of years it was at City College, then finally moved to our current location at Presidio Middle School in 2009. This historic and enormous school offers the best options for expansion. Last year, between 2,000 and 3,000 people attended the event.

It takes over 150 volunteers to run the Festival. The festival was co-sponsored for many years by the San Francisco Folk Music Center / Plowshares Acoustic Music Center. We are also grateful for the support of our friends at KALW radio. While the festival would be a special event under any circumstances, what makes it unique is the fact that it is an all-volunteer endeavor. Not only do members of the sponsoring organization - the San Francisco Folk Music Club - serve as volunteer organizers, but all performers and workshop leaders donate their time and talents to the festival.




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