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 made possible, in part, by a grant from the
Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Delaware Division of the Arts

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This will be the 24th Annual Delmarva Folk Festival, September 25th & 26th, 2015

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

2 Days of Music, Camping & FAMILY FUN!

Prices (as of 2014, subject to change for 2015):

Friday Evening - the Folk Hero Finals - $5 for everybody age 13+

Advance Saturday Tickets

$20 for everyone, but MEMBERS get a $5.00 voucher to use anytime in 2015-2016 at any Delfolk event. It pays to be a member!

Day of the Festival on Saturday $25

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

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Activities for the Kids

  • Kids Tent activities from 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

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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.

Folk Hero Contest.

The Delaware Friends of Folk has crafted an innovative way to showcase local talent, leveraging both their monthly Coffeehouse series as well as the Annual Delmarva Folk Festival (now in its 24th year!). They’re calling it the Delmarva Folk Hero contest.

Here’s how it works.

These six finalists were chosen over three rounds at our summer coffee houses in Dover.

They will be asked to perform on the Main Stage of the Delmarva Folk Festival on Friday evening of our Festival. The preliminaries begin at 7:00 p.m.

At that Friday evening Festival performance, ballots will be distributed to the audience (get those fans and friends to come out and vote for you!). The best performer will be dubbed the 2015 Delmarva Folk Hero, and will be awarded a prize package which will include:

• $100 cash
• a longer performance slot on the Main Stage on Saturday (the following day
• an invitation to appear with Mark Rogers live on the air on WSTW 93.7's Hometown Heroes show
• Recording Studio time with Digital Street Studio includes 2 hours for recording and 2 hours for mixing, editing, and mastering.
• More prizes may be added still!

There are a few “rules and guidelines” to be mentioned:

• Candidates should present a genre similar to the ones typically presented by the Delaware Friends of Folk – Folk (traditional, new, or “singer songwriter”), Bluegrass, Blues, Celtic, Jazz, New Age, World, Old-Time, Roots, Story-telling.
• Candidates should be solo through 5 performers, with a strong preference toward fewer performers in any act, to simplify changeovers. No drum kits, please.
• Ballots will be distributed for the audience to vote for their favorite performer. No proxy, delayed, or internet voting will be allowed – you must be present to vote.
• The Board will review the ballots, and will use them to help make the final programming decision on the finalists, as well as the final winner. The Board does not anticipate overruling the audience vote, but reserves the right to do so.
• The Finalists will each get a performance slot on the Friday night of the Festival. Each slot is anticipated to be 25 minutes long, but this may change depending on the number of Finalists chosen.
• The Finalists must be available to perform at the designated time on Saturday in the event that they win, or will forfeit the entire prize package.
• The Finalists will be announced here on the website & by the press in September.

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.