Nestled among the hills and fields of southwestern Indiana, the Ferdinand Folk Festival is an earth-friendly and family-friendly event promoting music, the arts, and the environment. Held on the third Saturday of September, at summer’s end and autumn’s arrival, this free festival, located in Ferdinand’s 18th Street Park, features nationally-acclaimed musicians as well as exceptional local and regional acts. On lawn chairs and blankets covering the park’s beautiful sloping lawn, patrons will experience a rich variety of acoustic music on an exciting new main stage, and between the main acts, from the intimacy of shade trees and the round market stage, guests can continue to hear outstanding area performers. In nearby booths, local artists and artisans display and sell their work, groups dedicated to creating a sustainable environment and vibrant communities provide educational materials, and numerous food vendors offer many delicious and healthy options. Children have a full afternoon of fun activities promoting music, art, theatre, exercise, and environmental awareness. Workshops, yoga sessions, a drum circle, demonstrations, music jam sessions, tent talks, and discussions are also offered for adults. See the schedule for the day’s exciting offerings.
The festival’s primary mission is to promote—through music, art, and education—the health and wellness of community and environment. This folk music festival—folk music defined as “music originating among the common people of a nation or a region”—has its roots in the Town’s desire to hold more cultural events and activities, several well-received, local house concert series, and a desire to share outstanding singer-songwriter-musicians with a broader audience. A variety of genres are represented: folk, Americana, bluegrass, reggae, blues, country, rock, and others. By bringing people together in a festive spirit, the event organizers wish to celebrate the natural beauty found here, share our neighborly values, improve the regional environment and our global awareness, and offer a unique venue to experience quality music, good food, and original art.
Ferdinand’s 18th Street Park, a clean environment set amid beautiful hills and trees, features a state-of-the-art playground, miles of scenic walking trails, shelter houses, picnic tables, a softball field, basketball court, volleyball areas, horseshoe pits, restrooms, and ample parking areas. The community owes a debt of gratitude to Robert A. and Evelyn Leinenbach who in 1984 generously donated the land for community use—green space along with education and recreation. We are excited to add this event to the park’s legacy of wholesome endeavors—including, in adjacent lots, a new library and YMCA.
So on Saturday, September 19, 2015, we, again, invite you to bring your family and friends to join our family and friends at the Ferdinand Folk Festival—just one of many reasons why our community is an attractive place to live, work, play, raise a family, start a business, or retire.
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