Woody Guthrie Folk Festival

Photo courtesy Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.
Photo courtesy Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.

July 13–July 17 OKEMAH, OK Join folk music and Woody Guthrie fans all over Oklahoma for the 16th annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. This celebration of the legacy of Guthrie’s life and his undeniable creative impact features a large roster of national and regional acts including Graham Nash, John Calvin Abney, Jaimee Harris, Beau Jennings and Samantha Crain. Best known outside of Oklahoma for his song “This Land Is Your Land,” Woody Guthrie’s work inspired generations of musicians world-over with his lyrical storytelling informed by his experiences in the Dust Bowl era of The Great Depression. After his passing, Guthrie’s music would live on to influence both the narrative and sound of many beloved musicians, including Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Bruce Springsteen. To mark the folk-legend’s birthday in mid-July, the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival takes over Okemah, Oklahoma – the birthplace of Guthrie – for an all-out explosion of folk music. Enjoy five days of camping, indoor and outdoor musical performances, tasty food and drinks, and a variety of family-friendly activities. With all-day live music spread out over three stages, there is sure to be something for everyone.  A substantial portion of the festival is free to the public, although wristbands are required to enter The Crystal Theater and Pastures of Plenty performances. Single-day wristbands start at $30 and are available at woodyfest.com. Weekend passes are also available.