Camping Committee: Camping News

Thursday, July 18
2013 Camping Committee On-Line Registration is up...woohoo!!!

Our on-line Registration website is up and running.

Anyone returning for 2014, 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
Chairman, Camping


On-line Registration

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.



Fencing Sluts in Action
Tuesday, March 18
Camping Committe Presents a Fundraising Concert to Benefit the Philadelphia Folksong Society

We are pleased to announce a benefit concert organized by us for the benefit of the Philadelphia Folksong Society on Sunday, March 30th.  As you know the Philadelphia Folksong Society puts on our great Festival every August but that is not all. 


  • They also do seasonal retreats like the Spring Thing and Fall Fling. 

  • They have teamed up with partnering organizations around Philadelphia to create the Philadelphia Music Co-Op, which offers showcase, networking, promotion, gig booking, and distribution opportunities to a lot of upcoming artists in the area. 

  • They also run the Odyssey program.  This program sends professional folk musicians to Delaware Valley public, private and parochial schools who request the program to enhance the teaching of our culture and history through music. Working with teachers, artists present programs that enrich and compliment classroom studies.  Check out this video,


The winter months are lean for the Society and only the bills keep coming in and they can really use our support to raise some much needed cash.


To help with this we have organized this benefit concert.  We have 5 great bands that have given their time to perform for the cause!  The venue is the Ardmore Music Hall, doors open 4:30 PM, music starts at 5:30, show ends at 10:00 PM.  You must be 21 or over as they serve alcohol.



The bands for the evening are (click the names to access music they have online): 

Hobo Pie

TJ McGlinchey


Boris Garcia




Tickets are $15 if purchased in advance, $20 at the door.  If you need to purchase tickets by cash, you can stop by the Philadelphia Folksong Society office on Emlen Street in Philly, otherwise do it online by credit card and print the tickets at home (if you can't print tickets, go to PFS Office and pay cash to avoid processing fee).



Go to the following page to purchase tickets,


If you are on Facebook, you may be able to access this event,!/events/581267685283629/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming



This should be a great evening, these bands are well known at the Fest and throughout the Campground. At $15 a seat, that is bang for your buck.  The Ardmore Music Hall is great place for music, super bar and they serve food as well.  They have a have a Mediterranean menu, here is a link:

So come on out and support the Folksong Society, I look forward to seeing you there!



Pete Schechner

Craige Keith 

Camping Committee


Handout: 2014 Camping PFS Fundraiser

Friday, May 23
Another Fundraiser for the Philadelphia Folksong Society
Fundraiser 2

Happy to announce the 2nd Fundraiser of the season, to take place Sunday June 1st at the Ardmore Music Hall. The doors open at 3:30 PM and the music is from 4:00 to 10:00 PM.  This is a 21 and older event unless those under age are accomponied by parent or guardian.

Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  You can stop by Folksong Society Office on Emlen Street in Philly during business hours and get them there for cash, otherwise available online, click on picture to go there.

The last one in March was so well received they decided to have another.  With the support of Groundz, Parking and Security Committee's and Camping.  We have seven great bands donating their time.

The planned bands and scheduled appearance time slots: 

4:00 PM to 4:30 - Black Rue
4:40 to 5:05 - Michael Braunfeld
5:20 to 6:00 - Blue Plate Specials...
6:15 to 7:00 - The Mighty Manatees
7:15 to 8:00 - Mason Porter
8:15 to 9:00 - Manatawney Creek Ramblers
9:15 to 10:00 PM - Philadelphia Jug Band

Ardmore Music Hall has a terrific selection of both draft and bottled beers along with your favorite spirits and non-alcoholic beverages also a great menu that includes vegan and gluten-free dishes.