Delaware Friends of Folk is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the cause of folk music and folk musicians in our area.
We stage coffee houses, concerts, and monthly pick-ins where people gather to play music together.
This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the
Delaware Division of the Arts a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com
Delaware Division of the Arts

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Hey! We WON an AWARD!!

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Voted Editor's Choice "Best Outdoor Festival" Downstate by Delaware Today Magazine in 2016!
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26th Annual Delmarva Folk Festival, September 22nd & 23rd, 2017

352 Downs Chapel Road, Near Hartly, Delaware (use zip 19938 to locate on your gps)

2 Days of Music, Camping & FAMILY FUN!

Prices (2017):

Friday Evening - the Folk Hero Finals - $7 for everybody age 13+

Advance Saturday Tickets

$20 for everyone, but MEMBERS get a $5.00 voucher to use anytime in 2016-2017 at any Delfolk event IF you buy it online. Online tickets are virtual, they won't be mailed to you, they are held at the gate.

Want to buy tix in person? Tickets will be available at the Delaware Store - 325 S. State Street in Dover (on the Green) Mon-Sat 10-4!! Ticket sales end there on Friday at NOON, September 23rd!

Advance for members $15 for Saturday. These have to be purchased from a board member or at the Delaware Store.

It pays to be a member!

***Day of the Festival on Saturday $30***

On Saturday, Ages 13-18 half price
Children under 12 are always free when accompanied by adult!

Program Advertising:

Each year we publish a high quality program for up to 400 festival attendees. Your advertisement will be read by a large number of local and regional folks and your payment will help offset the printing cost for the festival program. To take advantage of this great advertising opportunity, please read the ad guidelines HERE *CLICK*


The Delaware Friends of Folk invites you to purvey your wares at our annual music festival near Hartly, Delaware, about 10 miles west of Dover. 

The area for vendors is between the main parking area and the stage area. This is not a great distance so all visitors will pass frequently through the vendor sites when entering and leaving the music area.

Delaware Friends of Folk will be selling water, coffee, artists’ CDs and Folk Festival T-shirts. We will not sell anything that competes with vendors.

We make regular announcements throughout the day encouraging the audience to visit the vendor sites. 

The Vendor Form with all the details is HERE *CLICK*

Volunteers Needed!
We need you! A lot of volunteers are needed to bring this event together. 
We need people for the following :
• Parking & Security
• First Aid
• Site Prep - got a hammer?
Leadership Opportunities
We still need people to share their leadership skills in the following areas:
• Parking & Security
• Children's Activities
What you get:
• Free Admission to the Festival
• Invitation to our exclusive Thank You post-festival party & pick-in
• In some cases, ability to get to know the performers
• Opportunities to use your time & talent to help the arts & folk music in central Delaware
• Time to hang out with a lot of really great people
To Volunteer
Contact the
Festival Committee

Here's the RULES for all of us to have a fun & safe time!
** C L I C K ** this picture above for all Jan's photos of the 2015 festival! (any pictures of Godzilla are purely out of context) This is Covered Bridge who closed up the day and knocked our socks off!
Line Up for Saturday 2016:

Activities for the Kids

  • Kids Tent activities from Saturday Noon to 6pm
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Face Painting
  • Tie Dye
  • Surprises!
  • Kid's Stage
  • Kid's Music show

Camping available for the whole weekend

  • Campers may be on site from Friday to Sunday. All campers, tents, and people must leave the site on Sunday.
  • Identification may be required when Camper vehicles are brought onto the property.
  • No underage drinking on the premises will be tolerated. All coolers are subject to search - if you're not legal to drink in a bar, you won't be permitted to drink here either.


Tents $20
RVs & things on wheels $50
These charges do not include admission.

Directions: 352 Downs Chapel Road, Clayton DE 19938

From the North: As in coming from New Castle County, Pennsylvania or Jersey:

• From I95 South, take Exit 4A to Route 1 South
• Come South on Rte 1 toward Dover and Beaches, across the cool bridge, and go through the $1 toll
• Stay on Route 1 for about another 15 miles, and take Exit 119A - North Smyrna
• Bear right onto Route 13 South and follow for about 3 miles
• Turn right (west) on Route 6 / Route 300 in Smyrna (just past the McDonald's)
• At the 3rd light, where Route 6 and Route 300 split, stay in the left lane and go straight, staying on Route 300
• Keep going west on 300 for about 6 more miles, through Kenton (the intersection with Route 42). Keep going west on 300.
• At Downs Chapel Road, take a left. If you're still on Route 300 and you enter into Maryland, you went too far - turn around, and hang a right onto Downs Chapel Road.
• Proceed down Downs Chapel Road - #352 will be on your left, and a large white & red "Delmarva Folk Festival" sign will be on the right.

From the South & East: As in coming from Sussex County

• From Route 13 in Dover, take Route 8 (Division Street, which eventually changes names to Forrest Ave) west through Dover, and continue toward Hartly.
• Just past Pearsons Corner Road, bear right onto Rte 44 toward Hartly
• At the blinking light, turn right onto Rte 11.
• Proceed to Fords Corner Rd (Rd 98) and take a left.
• Take next right at Downs Chapel Rd (Rd 97), mosey on down a little and look for the festival sign and entrance on your right.

Coming from the West: As in coming from Maryland:

• Enter Delaware on Maryland Rte 302 near Templeville, MD, which becomes Delaware Route 11 at the State line.
• Proceed to Fords Corner Rd (Rd 98) and take a left.
• Take next right at Downs Chapel Rd (Rd 97), mosey on down a little and look for the festival sign and entrance on your right.

At all of our events, we support the Food Bank of Delaware. Please bring a non-perishable food donation to help the Food Bank of Delaware eliminate hunger in our area.
NEW! Bring goods to our upcoming Coffee House and receive a free ticket to a future Coffee House performance! The Food Bank needs not only non-perishable food, but also new (in a sealed package) personal care items that are not covered by food stamps.