Camping Committee: Welcome

Walking Up Ballad Boulevard
Walking up Ballad Boulevard
Thursday, July 23
The campground opens for ticket paying customers at 10:00 AM on Thursday the 13th. The actual concerts follow on Thursday the 14th, just for Campers, and then Friday thru Sunday the 16th of August. All campers and volunteers must be out of the campground no later than 11:00 AM on Monday, August 17th.  

This is the organizational website for Camping Committee of the PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL.  

Operationally the Philadelphia Folk Festival is put on by a just about all-volunteer organization consisting of many committees and the Camping Committee is one of them.

In the campground adjacent to the different stages that provide the great music the festival is known for, the Camping Committee offers tent and vehicular camping in a festive and safe environment for literally thousands of happy campers. Both individual campers and families, return year after year to have a great time. I liken this to a refugee camp - but one where people want to be! 

The PHILADELPHIA FOLK SONG SOCIETY, sponsors this weekend of great music that takes place near Schwenksville, PA on the Old Poole Farm in Upper Salford Township. See the MAPS page for directions.  This year's Fest will be the 54th occurrence of this great event so mark your calendars now and put in for your vacation early.  If your campsite has a website, let us know the address and we will post it on our Links page. Send your submission to: Pete Schechner at Be sure to check out the ones we have posted there already.

Thursday, July 23
Awesome Fest Videos

Have come across some really cool videos of the Festival, including the Campground.  Some awesome work by the videographer, if that is what the artist is described.

Click on the link:

Also have this slightly shorter video: 

These really bring home the magical and wonderfull, and occasionally crazy event that is the Philadelphia Folk Festival and the Campground that it has along with it.

Just a note on some of the images contained in the videos. While we all enjoy the simple beauty and grace of the Chinese (Floating or Sky) Lanterns; they are serious hazards and are BANNED from being launched anywhere on the Festival grounds. Anyone caught with them may be removed from the Festival. Last year, they nearly set a nearby barn on fire, lit one's landed on a booth in the crafts area and a camper in heavy camping, several were found next to cars in the parking lot. Just imagine what might happen if they set the grass on fire in parking or camping... Even if the paper degrades quickly, the wire frames do not and can cause extensive damage to farm equipment, or harm animals grazing. One bad incident and the resultng insurance claim WILL be the end of our Festival. Don't let it happen. Simply put: Just don't bring them, and if you see anyone trying to launch one stop them. Spread the word...."

Tuesday, July 15
Campground Rules and Regulations



  • This gate exists to provide service to the campground as well as access for any Emergency vehicles.

  • As such, there is NO parking permitted for any length of time.

  • Shuttle service from adjacent lots will be provided to get you and your gear to your site.

The vehicular camping gate (within the Main Camping Gate) will open for arrivals at no later than 11:00 AM Thursday.

Staging will occur in the Wofford Lot. Please follow the instructions of the Parking Committee volunteers and do not arrive early as all lots will be closed prior to 10 AM Thursday.

In the interest of safety, vehicular camping does not operate under the cover of darkness, please schedule your arrival and departures accordingly.

Vehicles will be parked on a first come, first served basis. Due to space constraints it is not possible to "save a spot" for a friend. So plan to arrive as a group if that is how you want to be parked.

Be advised that once parked you will most likely be "blocked in" until Monday morning.

VC volunteers will make every effort for those that choose to leave the site on Sunday evening. We only ask that vehicles be parked before sunset in adjacent lots if you choose to enjoy the Sunday evening concert.


The festival's sanitation contractor will relieve black water tanks on site for a nominal fee and set up in an adjacent lot for the same on Monday morning.

(ask a volunteer for more details)


TENTS (other than standard awnings) ARE PROHIBITED IN HEAVY CAMPING



Please make every effort to leave only a tire print on your site!  Realize that every broken chair or other debris becomes an expense for the Folksong Society as well as an eyesore on the farm!

The vehicular Camping space is limited to approved camping vehicles such as: motor homes, travel trailers, pop-ups and self-contained RV's.

Prohibited Vehicles include:

  • Any vehicle with less than 7 feet of clear enclosed space behind the drivers seat

  • Motorcycles

  • Open pick up trucks

  • Standard cars and station wagons

  • SUV's

  • Tow vehicles

***Vehicles used to tow in trailers will need to be unloaded expediently and park in an ancillary lot due to space constraints.

****The purchase of an additional "Vehicular Camping ticket" will not permit the inclusion of a tow vehicle on site for the duration of the festival and such determinations will be made by VC volunteers as space permits

Numerous volunteers will be available during the entry and exit process to guide you safely in the field.

(look for the blue shirts)

Thanks for your patronage and have a great festival!

Tent Camping

  • Tents only. No vehicular camping

  • No reserved camping. No marking of camp sites before the arrival of campers.

  • Please keep site size to a minimum

  • Part of our tent camping area has been designated as “quieter camping.” Anyone who camps in this area is expected to be considerate of their neighbor’s desire for relative quiet.

  • To allow for emergency vehicle access, DO NOT camp within 20 ft. of a fence line or in any marked pathway.

Tickets & Camper’s I.D.

An “All Festival with Camping” ticket is required in order to camp in the campgrounds. “All Festival with Camping” ticket holders will be given a wristband. The wristband allows you access to the campground and MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES. Your wristband is also required for access to the concert area.  If you lose it bring your proof of purchase and ID to the Tickets Booth outside of Camping or on Concert side of grounds.

Weekend Parking

Weekend Parking is available for all camping customers with valid All-Festival Tickets. Please follow signs for designated lots once you arrive at the festival site.

Handicapped Parking

Handicapped parking in the campground is available by Festival Handicapped Permit only. You must contact us in advance of Fest, prior to arrival.  Call 215-247-1300 for details.

Shuttle Service

To assist you with bringing your gear in and out of the campground, we provide an equipment-only shuttle. The DOT trucks runs from a marked point in the weekend parking lots to the Camping Gate on Thursday and Friday and from the Camping Gate to the weekend parking lots on Sunday. The shuttle schedule is posted at the camping office and the pick-up point. Passengers cannot ride on the shuttle.

Although we make every effort to provide this service, we reserve the right to cancel at any time due to weather, field or other conditions. The Philadelphia Folk Song Society or Folk Festival is not responsible for items lost, damaged or stolen while on the shuttle or at either drop off point.

Folk Festival and Campground Rules

The Philadelphia Folk Festival is a family event. For the enjoyment of everyone, we ask that these general rules be followed:

  • No drumming that carries beyond your campsite. No tall,  Conga style drums, etc.

  • No one under the age of 18 may camp unless accompanied by a parent or guardian

  • NO alcohol or illegal drugs

  • NO firearms

  • NO fireworks

  • NO pets or animals

  • NO percussion instruments

  • NO generators except factory installed units in RV’s etc which may be operated between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM.

  • No generators in tent camping

  • NO excessive noise, especially between 1:00 AM and 8:00 AM, such as, but not limited to: music or any electronically amplified sound from a radio, CD player, Ipod, tape recorder, musical instrument or similar device.

  • NO portable pressurized tanks except factory approved propane containers up to 35lbs.

  • NO solicitation, selling of goods, services, crafts or any item without a Festival Permit.

  • NO bathing, shampooing hair or washing dishes at the water faucets.

  • NO drumming on or defacing any festival or vendor equipment specifically, but not limited to, dumpsters, buildings or toilets.

  • NO interior household furnishings. Lawn or patio furniture only.

Violators of the above rules are subject to removal from the Festival.



Friday, July 3
2015 Camping Committee On-Line Registration is up...woohoo!!!

Our on-line Registration website is up and running.

Anyone returning for 2015, should contact us at and we will get you signed up with us.   You should have received an email from Pete Schechner with a link to your account in the top of it.  Just click it to log in and let us know if you are coming or not.  Let us know to keep you on the list of you can't make it this year.

Please note that Camping does not accept walk up volunteers at Fest, so have your friends coming for the first time register with us as soon as they know they are coming (see below).

All new volunteers click on the blue image below as well to get to let us know you want to register. We will need your address, date of birth and a phone number you can be reached at, home and cell if different.  If you have questions about volunteering emailing us is the way to go:  and someone will get back to you. 

All volunteers should go to the Folk Fest website in late May or early June, to register as volunteers and pay your fees.  Just click on:  All new volunteers be sure to select Camping Committee on the committee dropdown or put in comments if it is not listed, that you are with Camping.

Thank you,
Pete Schechner
Co-Chairman, Camping
Craige Keith
Co-Chairman, Camping



Friday, July 3
Crew Chief and Foot Volunteer Job Descriptions

Listed on the Field page of our website, you will find the current job descriptions for our Crew Chief and Foot Volunteer. New volunteers to Camping generally start as Foot volunteers, unless they are directly recruited by divisional Supervisors or Senior Supervisors.

Though these positions exist in other Camping Divisions, we have listed the information on the Field page as this is where the majority of these types of volunteers are found.

Just click on the Hot News image to be taken to the Field page.