Village Green Park and other venues September weekend after Labor Day www.sistersfolkfestival.org
From humble beginnings in 1995, the Sisters Folk Festival, held each September, now attracts throngs of music lovers to Oregon’s favorite mountain town just thirty minutes northwest of Bend. This joyous celebration of roots music, from blues to bluegrass, takes over the town for three days and delivers a star-studded lineup of world-class musicians.
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Among the dozens upon dozens of artists performing in Sisters over the years have been such notables as Ian Tyson, Natalie MacMaster, Jesse Winchester, Chris Smither, Dave Carter, John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Ruthie Foster, The Subdudes, The Waifs, Tim O’Brien, The Wailin’ Jennys, Jon Cleary, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Lake Street Dive, Anais Mitchell, Shakey Graves, Eric Bibb, Richard Thompson, and Shawn Mullins. Each year’s lineup is announced by springtime and tickets to the event sell out soon thereafter.
The three-day-pass tickets ($150 for adults/$50 for youth in recent years) are available through the event website, and a perusal of the lineup in recent years certainly underscores the need to buy tickets early: these days the
Sisters Folk Festival delivers a star-studded lineup of musicians to several venues throughout town.
Sisters Folk Festival annually hosts about forty nationally acclaimed artists performing an eclectic mix of music at eleven different venues throughout this ponderosa-studded community of 2,500 people. The venues range from the 1,100-seat Sisters Art Works tent and 900-seat Village Green Park stage to intimate quarters such as the Belfry, Depot Café, and Angeline’s Bakery.
The entire town is foot-traffic friendly and all the music venues are within easy walking distance from one another, and whatever path you take from concert to concert is sure to lead past any number of wonderful restaurants, bars, and shops for which Sisters is known—this beautiful little town knows how to treat visitors. Parking is available near all the venues and all parking in Sisters is free. Be warned, however, that lodging options fill up early and fully for the Sisters Folk Festival, so make plans well in advance if you want a hotel, motel, or B&B for the weekend (consult the Sisters Chamber of Commerce for lodging options and other visitor information, www.sisterscountry.com).
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