Huntington Folk Festival

Since 2006, the Folk Music Society of Huntington has hosted a free, day-long festival at Huntington’s Heckscher Park featuring unplugged artist showcases and song swaps during the afternoon and an evening concert with nationally touring artists on the Chapin Rainbow Stage. Co-presented with the Huntington Arts Council, the Huntington Folk Festival is part of the Annual Huntington Summer Arts Festival presented by the Town of Huntington, produced by the Huntington Arts Council, and sponsored in part by the New York State Council for the Arts and the County of Suffolk.

Attendees are advised to bring their own lawn chairs or blankets and to either enjoy a picnic supper in the park or visit one of Huntington Village’s many and varied restaurants and eateries.

Although the day-long folk festival is of more recent vintage, the Folk Music Society of Huntington had presented its own version of a mini “folk festival — a summer evening in the park — in cooperation with the Huntington Arts Council since 1969. The event featured an annual theme along with artists whose performance repertoire fit the current theme, whether it be Women in Folk Music, The Music of the “Americas”or humorous ditties,among others.

Huntington Folk Festival Events

  • Sun, Jul 29th, 2018 12:00pm
    at Heckscher Park - Chapin Rainbow Stage
    Legendary folksinger-songwriter Tom Rush (accompanied by up-and-comer Matt Nakoa) headlines the 13th Annual Huntington Folk Festival on Sunday, July 29, at Heckscher Park, located off Main Street (Route 25A) and Prime Avenue, in Huntington Village. Extending from 12 noon to 10:30 p.m., the free event — co-presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council — is part of the 53rd Huntington Summer Arts Festival.

    An on-stage song swap featuring Long Island’s own Miles & Mafale and Carolann Solebello will precede Rush’s evening performance on the park’s [Harry] Chapin Rainbow Stage. Prior to the featured concert at 8 p.m., FMSH President Michael Kornfeld’s AcousticMusicScene.com and Joltin’ Joe Pszonek’s Radio Nowhere will host unplugged showcases and song swaps from 12 noon to 6 p.m. These will take place near canopy tents on the upper lawn area overlooking the stage and will feature more than three-dozen artists/acts from New York and several other states. Daytime schedules have been posted online at www.AcousticMusicScene.com, www.HuntingtonArts.org and also appear in the details for this event. (click more info and tickets)

    Artists who will showcase their talents during the afternoon include:

    From Long Island: Acoustic Apple, Karen Bella, Rorie Kelly, Cathy Kreger, Lois Morton, Anne O'Rourke, Nico Padden, Steve Robinson, Hank Stone, Christine Sweeney, Toby Tobias, Bob Westcott.

    From Elsewhere: Antonio Andrade (PA), Rick Barth (NJ), Belle of the Fall (CT), Kate Callahan (CT), Meghan Cary (PA), Greg Cornell & The Cornell Brothers (NY), Kala Farnham (CT), Loretta Hagen (NJ), Marion Halliday (PA), Lara Herscovitch (CT), Gina Holsopple (upstate NY), Mara Levine (NJ), The Lied To's (MA), Austin MacRae (upstate NY), Dennis MC DoNoUgh! (NJ), The Meadows Brothers (CT), Randie O'Neill (NJ), Open Book (upstate NY), The Promise is Hope (MA), Ed Romanoff (NYC), Katherine Rondeau (NJ), Allison Rose (RI), Eugene Ruffolo (NYC), Sparrow Blue (MA), Kate Vargas & the Reckless Daughters (NYC).

    Festivalgoers are advised to bring lawn chairs and blankets and a picnic supper (or walk into Huntington Village and enjoy a meal at one of its many restaurants).

    The Huntington Folk Festival caps a weekend of folk, roots and Americana concerts and musical events. Long Island talent is spotlighted on Friday open song circles and a sea chantey sing will take place on the hill overlooking the Chapin Rainbow Stage (details TBA), while the Jeremy Kittel Trio fronted by the acclaimed fiddler takes center stage at 8 p.m.

    The Huntington Summer Arts Festival is produced by the Town of Huntington, presented by the Huntington Arts Council, and sponsored in part by the New York State Council for the Arts, the County of Suffolk and Canon U.S.A. y night, July 27, with a shared bill featuring folk-harmony trio Gathering Time and singer-songwriter Kirsten Maxwell. On Saturday afternoon, July 28, from 2-5 p.m.,