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It's here!  The 2023 Shawano Folk Music Festival Program Book, ready for you to download.  Read it with your breakfast coffee. Share it with your friends. You'll find everything you need within its pages.  And please, support our advertisers. They help support the festival. 

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Coming in 2024, and we're back for more
Music Under the Trees !

Mark your calendars for August 9-11, aim your car towards Mielke Park in Shawano, and get ready for a great weekend at one of the best small folk music festivals anywhere. Indoor evening concerts, outdoor daytime programs, quilts, crafters, good food, friends and our gloriously eclectic mix of great music.  What more could anyone ask for?

From the Directors  If this is your first time attending the Shawano Folk Music Festival, we are glad you’re here. We love to see new faces. We hope you fall in love with the festival as we have, and come back year after year. If you’re a regular, thank you for being here. We appreciate your ongoing support. It’s people like you who’ve kept this festival alive and made it so special. Whether you’re here for just a few hours or taking in the entire weekend, we hope you’ll cherish your time here and remember it fondly. We have had great fun putting the festival together. And remember that volunteers make this festival happen, whether it’s a 2-hour shift or joining the planning committee. Stop by the office and say hello or sign up for next year. We’d love to have you. 

On behalf of the entire Festival Planning Committee,
Linda Blohowiak & Julie Heise
, ‘24 Directors


February 10, 2024-Grab your Valentine for the Sweetheart Ball! Dust off your dancing shoes and join the family fun with live music from Frogwater! Need a refresher on how to polka or when to bow? Pat Wiley will show you how! With waltzes, square and line dances, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

This free event is being held at Red Springs Town Hall

W10208 E. Townhall Rd, Gresham, WI 54128

If you are looking to sing your heart out-stayed tune for some karaoke fun coming up in March!





















The 2024 Honorary Director!  At the end of the 2023 Festival, the big moment arrived. Art Stevenson turned in his square for the Honorary Director's Quilt, and handed the honorary director's beret, back scratcher and sparkle wand to John Stano, the 2024 Honorary Director. John will serve for one year, advising the planning committee as we build the 46th Festival, helping select one of the 2024 artists, and contributing a square to the quilt. Welcome, John.

Aah!  It was a great weekend!  The 45th Shawano Folk Music Festival is over, and what a weekend it was. The weather was perfect, the music was phenomenal, the volunteers worked hard and worked well, and the audience was smiling, singing and laughing.   A big "Thank You!" to everyone who made it happen.


Jahmes  We were saddened by news of the passing of Jahmes Finlayson. We were fortunate to know him here in Shawano, most recently when he graced our stages in 2022. His music and spirit still echo through Mielke Park. 

We don’t want anyone to get sick by enjoying live music. We’re crossing our fingers, hoping COVID-19 allows the Festival to happen again with live music in the park. We’ll follow CDC and Wisconsin Department of Health guidelines in place at the time. Join us in crossing fingers and toes.

We’re still singing, and we hope you’ll all join us under the trees for our 46th year.

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