Festivals ’n Such

  • SF Sea Music Festival
  • Dana Point Tall Ships Festival
  • Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention
  • Jammin Tree Didgeridoo Festival
  • Millpond Music Festival
  • 9th Annual Cajun/Zydeco Festival
  • Julian Bluegrass Festival
  • KlezCalifornia
  • San Francisco Blues Festival
  • Loch Lomond Highland Games
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
  • 8th Annual Train Song Festival
  • WoMaMu Fall Retreat
  • Central Valley Blues Festival
  • BACDS Fall Weekend
  • Country Roads Weekend
  • West Coast Ragtime Festival
  • 54th Kolo Festival
  • Adam Miller Library Concerts
  • SF Sea Music Festival

    September 10
    10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Hyde Street Pier, San Francisco. Hear the songs, try a hand at shipboard work or create traditional arts & cra•s of the sea. Alisdair Fraser, Andy M. Stewart and Gerry O’Beirne, Danny and Joyce McLeod, The Johnson Girls, Holdstock & MacLeod, Oak Ash & Thorn, Lintie, Shay & Shosi Black, Riggy Rackin, Richard Adrianowicz & Peter Kasin & more. Info: (415) 556-6435, www.nps.gov/safr/local/seafest_2005.html

    Dana Point Tall Ships Festival

    September 10-11
    Ocean Institute, Dana Point, CA. Foggy Dew, When Pigs Fly, Tom Lewis, Bill Dempsey & Connie Allen, Ken Graydon & more. Demonstrations, crafts, food, ship tours. Info: (949 496-2274, www.tallshipsfestival.com

    Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention

    September 15-18
    Freight & Salvage, Berkeley Farmers Market, Ashkenaz, The Jupiter & more. Squaredance, concerts, workshops, old time cabaret, clogging workshop, jamming at all times, & a stringband contest. Stairwell Sisters, Larry Hanks, Mike Seeger, Roadoilers, Kenny Hall Band, Eric & Suzy Thompson, and more. Info: www.berkeleyoldtimemusic.org

    Jammin Tree Didgeridoo Festival

    September 15-18
    Northfork Community Center & Campground, North Fork, CA. Workshops, performances, camping. Info: (559) 642-6434, www.jtdidgefest.com

    Millpond Music Festival

    September 16-18
    Millpond County Park, Bishop, CA. Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, Paul Stone, Ciunas, Elvin Bishop, Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir and more. Info: (760) 873-8014, (800) 874-0669, www.inyo.org/millpond

    9th Annual Cajun/Zydeco Festival

    September 17
    Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont CA. Traditional Cajun & Zydeco music & dancing. The Lost Bayou Ramblers & Tommy Michot with Edward Poullard, Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers & more. Food, vendors, dance lessons. Info: (510) 636-1684, www.ebparks.org/spevents.htm#cajunzydeco

    Julian Bluegrass Festival

    September 17-18
    Frank Lane Park, Julian, CA. Workshops: Guitar, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Vocals. Castleberry Creek, Kahuna Cowboys Jug Band, The Brombies, Lighthhouse, Grassology, & more. Info: (760) 480-0086, www.julianbluegrassfestival.com


    September 17-18
    Berkeley/Richmond JCC. Saturday night concert with Veretski Pass & local Klezmer bands, and dance party. Sunday immersion: Klezmer for kids & families, dancing, literature, yiddish, crafts, Yiddishkayt, wonderful Klezmer music classes with experts. Info: (415) 789-7679, www.klezcalifornia.org

    San Francisco Blues Festival

    September 24-25
    Great Meadow, Fort Mason, SF. Huey Lewis and the News, Howard Tate, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Mavis Staples, Angela Strehli, Campbell Brothers, Nora Jean Bruso & more. Info: (415) 979-5588, www.sfblues.com

    Loch Lomond Highland Games

    October 1
    Highlands Park, Ben Lomond, CA. Celtic Music, games, clans & societies, reenactment. Info: (831) 457-6716, www.lochlomondceltic.org/games.htm

    Hardly Strictly Bluegrass

    October 1-2
    Speedway Meadows, Golden Gate Park, SF, CA. FREE! Hazel Dickens, Gillian Welch, Dolly Parton, Be Good Tanyas, Ralph Stanley, Wake the Dead, Doc Watson with David Holt & Richard Watson & many more. Info: www.strictlybluegrass.com

    8th Annual Train Song Festival

    October 1
    October • Old Poway Park, Poway, CA. 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Music inspired by the history and culture surrounding railroads. Train-related vendors & displays, train robberies, arts & crafts, and kids’ entertainment. Ride the 1907 Baldwin No. 3 Steam Engine. Info: (858) 668-4576, www.powaymidlandrr.org/songfest.htm

    WoMaMu Fall Retreat

    Oct 7-9
    Walker Creek Ranch, near Point Reyes, CA. Women of all ages & abilities welcome. Singing, guitar, dulcimer, washboard, comedy improv, & a great time for all. Info: Lynne (541) 245-9540, www.womamu.org

    Central Valley Blues Festival

    October 8-9
    Courthouse Park, Merced, CA. Texas Blues. Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King, Anson Funderburg & the Rockets featuring Sam Meyers, & more. Info: (209) 383-4958, www.centralvalleybluesfestival.com

    BACDS Fall Weekend

    October 14-16
    Monte Toyon Camp, Aptos, CA. Family-friendly, highly eclectic mix of dance, music, and singing workshops. English Dance & Music, Contra Dance & Music, singing and more. Info: (650) 365-2913, www.bacds.org/camps/fallwk2005

    Country Roads Weekend

    October 14-16
    Mount Madonna County Park, between Gilroy and Watsonville, CA. Camping fee $15 and program fee $5 for adults, kids free. Relaxed play-music-together-sing and-perform-around-the-campfire weekend. Info: Anna Green (408) 379-4090, www.sfbay.net/swmusic

    West Coast Ragtime Festival

    November 18-20
    Red Lion Hotel, Sacramento, CA. 6 venues for listening & dancing to every kind of ragtime & ragtime related music. Jamming, dance instruction, seminars, open piano, piano lessons, Ragtime Collectors Exchange. Info: (916) 457-3324, www.westcoastragtime.com/05wcrf-home.htm

    54th Kolo Festival

    November 25-26
    Russian Center, 2450 Sutter Street. Dance, singing and music classes, culture lectures & a Saturday night concert. Instructors in Turkish, Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian and Northern Greek dance and culture. Info:(800) 730-5615, www.balkantunes.org/kolofestival

    Adam Miller Library Concerts

    October 29, 30; December 15
    Great, FREE family concerts in Bay Area public libraries, with folk singer and autoharp virtuoso Adam Miller, 10/29 JFK Library, Vallejo, Halloween Concert; 10/30 Dublin Library, Dublin, Halloween Concert; 12/15 Ripon Library, Ripon, Holiday Concert; Info: (650) 804-2049, www.Folksinging.org