"My wish is that long after I'm gone, people will still gather in this magical place called Newton Hills and celebrate life, nature, and, of course, good music at the Sioux River Folk Festival." -Gaynor Johnson

2019 Folk Festival - August 2-4

See Folk Fest photos by   John Marius Nelson  on flicker

See Folk Fest photos by John Marius Nelson on flicker



Weekend Pass $40   l   Friday Night Pass $20   l   Saturday all day $30   l   Sunday all day   $10

Tickets available at gate, by mail (weekend pass only) and soon online with credit card!  Children under 14 FREE!


Read more about the performers and listen to some clips of our line-up!
We’ll post our press release and brochure here.

Friday, Aug. 2
6:00pm Folk Off Winner
7:00pm Barbaro
8:15pm Superior Siren
9:45pm (75 min) The Red Willow Band

Saturday, Aug. 3
Workshops 10am - noon (yoga/music/ square dance)
10:30am Square dance on main stage
12:00pm Chuck Suchy
1:00pm Superior Siren
2:15pm (75 min) Dakota Roots Revival
3:45pm Albert & Gage
6:00pm Tyler David and Friends
7:00pm Campground Contest Winner
7:30pm Chuck Suchy and Tom Schaefer
8:15pm The Steel City Jug Slammers
9:15pm HOF/Raffle winners/etc.
9:45pm The Way Down Wanderers

Sunday, Aug. 4
11:00am Wake Up Saved
12:00pm Matt Fockler
1:00pm The Steel City Jug Slammers

Campground Contest

In the early days of Folk Fest it didn’t take much time around the campfire to realize that the friends of Friends are a talented bunch. And every year we give acoustic vocal and/or instrumental acts (solo or group) their 15 minutes of fame.

During the Saturday afternoon break, judges will rate the registered acts and award the victor with a 15-minute set shortly after dinner. And, as if that weren’t enough, our championed troubadour(s) also receives a small cash prize! 

To register, please send an email which describes your music, along with contact information to sdfotm@gmail.com and include “Folk Music Contest” in the subject line. Or you can simply sign up at the festival. 

Campground Reservations

The Sioux River Folk Festival is held at beautiful Newton Hills State Park, south of Canton, SD. 

Reservations can only be made online or toll free, through 1-800-710-CAMP and can be made only 90 days in advance. Call early to reserve your spot. All Camping fees must be paid at the time of your reservation.

Food Vendors

2019 Vendors: Coming soon!


Please let these folks know you appreciate their support for the Folk Festival!

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