Kerrville Folk Festival — 50th Anniversary

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Kerrville Folk is celebrating 50th anniversary at this year’s festival, which runs a whopping 18 days (yes, you heard that right) from May 26 through June 12th! The festival takes place near Kerrville, Texas, west of Austin and San Antonio, on the beautiful, spacious Quiet Valley Ranch. And what a history.  “Bridging Generations” is part of this year’s logo for the event, and once you hit 50 years of a festival this influential, you can say that and mean it.


The competitive Grassy Hill New Folk songwriting competition is held during the event, over Memorial Weekend.  This is a serious award, helping to set a foundation for many talented acts of the past 5 decades, with past winners including Robert Earl Keen, Nanci Griffith, James McMurtry, John Gorka, Slaid Cleaves and more.  This year’s finalists list, which is a complete list of talent regardless of who wins, is located here:

The festival encompasses 3 full weekends of headliners:


Over 100 acts play, this year including  Ray Wylie Hubbard, Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians, Valerie June, Kathleen Edwards, Shinyribs, Kyshona, and dozens more.

Conveniently, if you can’t camp out for the full 18 days, there are single day, weekend, half festival, or full festival passes available.

If being at the festival just isn’t an option at all, you can still enjoy some of the music.  The festival is going to be livestreaming the first weekend — Memorial Day weekend — Thursday May 26 through Monday,  May 31.  This portion of the schedule will include the New Folk songwriting competition. You can watch the hottest new acts!   Find the livestream information on their website and look on their Facebook page.

Look for Americana Highways covering the event too, and say hello if you find us.

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