The schedule for the 2022 festival will be announced soon… Stay tuned!

Meanwhile… here’s what happened last year:

Friday, November 12th

Main Stage

8:00pm Anne Waldman, poet
8:30pm Ukrainian Village Voices, rural vocal music from Ukraine
9:15pm Nora Brown, songs, ballads and tunes with banjo & fiddle
10:00pm Litvakus, Klezmer & Yiddish music from Lithuania
10:45pm Tamar Korn & a Kornucopia, early Jazz, Blues and folk songs

Saturday, November 13th

Afternoon Concerts

Main Stage

12:00pm Kyle Tigges, music for children & families
12:50pm Eli Smith, songs, ballads & tunes with banjo & guitar
1:10pm The Jalopy Chorus, resident choir of the Jalopy Theatre performing world vocal harmonies, directed by Eva Salina
1:40pm Eleonore Weill, Occitane & Yiddish folk songs with wooden flutes, accordion & hurdy gurdy
2:30pm Marcus Jade, blues & original songs
3:20pm The Lucky Five, trad Jazz
4:10pm Eva Salina & Peter Stan, vintage Balkan Roma ballads
5:00pm Piedmont Blūz, country blues
5:50pm Julia Patinella Trio, flamenco & Latin American songs

Parish Hall

12:00pm Guitar Workshop: Finger-picking guitar style of Dolly Parton w/ Ali Dineen,
Learn the finger-picking genius behind one of Dolly’s greatest hits: Jolene! In this workshop we will break down one of the most famous riffs in country music, and learn the song from start to finish. This workshop is great for people with some finger-picking experience. Workshop admission is included with general admission to the festival.

1:00pm Old-time string band jam session, lead by Harry Bolick. Bring your fiddles, banjo, guitars, etc!

2:30pm-4pm American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Senior AFC staff folklorist Nancy Groce will be on hand to answer questions about the American Folklife Center, accessible to everyone at our national library, the Library of Congress. Groce will speak and answer questions about doing research at the Library of Congress; accessing AFC/LOC’s collections online; fellowships and awards;  and donations and acquisitions.  

5:00pm Boxcutter Collective Presents: A pre-performance ritual / rehearsal / recruitment for the Bing Bong in the main hall. Come practice group movement and music-making and be prepared to help exorcise and cast out the demon north Brooklyn gas pipeline at 7pm!

Evening Concerts

Main Stage

7:00pm Special Event! Boxcutter Collective Presents: Bing Bong, a strange and mystical group exorcism to cast out the planned North Brooklyn Fracked Gas Pipeline!
7:30pm Feral Foster, original & folk songs 
8:15pm Radio Jarocho, Son Jarocho from Veracruz, MX
9:00pm Jackson Lynch, blues, folk, gospel & original songs
9:45pm La Cumbiamba NY, folk style Cumbia from Colombia w/ twin flutes
10:30pm Mamady Kouyate and his Mandingo Ambassadors, guitar band music from Guinea, West Africa

Sunday, November 14th

2:00PM SPECIAL EVENT: THE BANJO TOSS – Banjo Throwing Contest!

This event is held off-site.
Assemble at the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse, 165 2nd St., right on the canal!
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Carroll St. F/G train is just two blocks away!


The Banjo Toss: Banjo Throwing Competition Video Game
The game is now available on your computer and smartphone!

The Banjo Toss: Banjo Throwing Competition replicates in digital format the signature absurd contest of the Brooklyn Folk Festival, held annually on the banks of the Gowanus Canal, a federally designated superfund site. Players get 10 chances to rack up points by hurling the special throwing banjo as far as they can into the canal. Watch out for the Gowanusaurus! and don’t forget to aim for the water!

Whoever gets the high score in the video game during the week of the festival (with screenshot to prove it) gets a free banjo mailed to them or the friend / enemy of their choice!

How to Win: Post a screenshot of your highest score on the social media giant of your choice: Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #banjotossvideogame and also tag the Brooklyn Folk Fest (Facebook: @BrooklynFolkFestivalTwitter/Instagram @BklynFolkFest ).

Online contest begins on Monday, Nov. 8th