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The Brooklyn Folk Festival is a 3-day Celebration of Folk Music from Brooklyn and around the World! Help us expand our reach!
The Brooklyn Folk Festival is a 3-day Celebration of Folk Music from Brooklyn and around the World! Help us expand our reach!
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Four years ago, Eli Smith of Down Home Radio Show and Jalopy Theatre and School of Music teamed up to present the Brooklyn Folk Festival. A three-day event showcasing folk music of all styles, the festival highlights local Brooklyn musicians as well as bringing in folk music from around the world.

By the second year, there were lines down the block with sold out performances every night and it was time to expand. The festival was moved from Jalopy Theatre to the Brooklyn Waterfront Artist’s Coalition in Red Hook for the third year.

An unexpected loss of venue this year sent us searching for a new home. The 4th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival will be held at 345 Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Your donation will help us transform this raw space into a venue worthy of the Jalopy name!

The festival is set to be better than ever with over 30 bands, vocal and instrument workshops, film screenings, a square dance, a special program celebrating Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday year - as well as a fun banjo activity to replace the much loved "Banjo Toss" of 2011.

Jalopy and Down Home Radio Show are committed to respectfully compensating our artists while keeping the festival tickets at an accessible price range for the public. We are also inviting 100 local students to attend the festival free of charge as an educational outreach to the community. Thus, we are raising funds to help cover artist fees, advertising, space transformation, and staff.

We believe in the power of folk music to forge community. We’ve seen it happen here at Jalopy and want to expand our reach to as many people as want to listen. Your donation will greatly help us get the word out about the festival and keep folk music alive and thriving in Brooklyn for many years to come.

Thank you so much.

See you at the Folk Fest!

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    1-Day ticket to the festival + poster OR a Jalopy Theatre T-shirt!

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    1 VIP Weekend Pass to the festival + poster (Includes access to private pre-festival cocktail party Friday evening, May 18th, at the venue!)

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    1 VIP Weekend Pass to the festival PLUS entrance to one show a month at Jalopy for a year!

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    2 VIP Weekend Passes (The $150 reward) PLUS free entrance for both of you to one show a month at Jalopy for a year!

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    2 VIP Weekend Passes to the festival + a 4-hour open bar event rental of Jalopy Theatre! (to be redeemed within the year)

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