Shawano Folk Music Festival

2018 is the 40th Folk Music Festival – August 10, 11 & 12

40 Years of Music Under the Trees


The Shawano Folk Music Festival is a family weekend with an eclectic mix of music, dance and activities. Fine artists  and crafters line the park paths, and there is a full program for children. Friday and Saturday evening concerts are held inside air conditioned Mielke Arts Center, with four performers each night. Saturday and Sunday daytime programs include music, dance, children’s programs, craft demos, sing-alongs, and instruction on four outdoor stages in Shawano’s Mielke Park. Local vendors offer an array of good food, and the Open Stage invites musicians a chance to perform for an appreciative audience. It’s a family weekend, and it goes on rain or shine. Join us for an evening, a day, or the entire weekend.

New this year! Master classes in vocal technique, songwriting, blues and slide guitar, and swing violin are being offered Friday at 10 AM and 1PM. Register now for this rare opportunity get renew your inspiration as a musician and build skills! Click here for details.




Get the limited edition “40 Years, 40 Artists, 40 Songs!”  2-CD set of music from 40 years of the Shawano Folk Music Festival. It showcases the amazing range of music we treasure in a collection you won’t find anywhere else! Available starting Wednesday, August 1st. Click here for details

The festival is sponsored by the Shawano County Arts Council, and is produced entirely by volunteers.

See the full weekend schedule in the Festival Program Booklet

Shawano Folk Festival 2018 Musicians!


CraftersAlong with music and dance, the Shawano Folk Music Festival offers the best of hand made crafts. In booths that line wooded paths, you’ll find jewelry, clothing, pottery, paintings, toys, soaps and candles, instruments, wood carvings and much more. All offered for sale – and often demonstrated by the artists and crafters themselves.

Artists and crafters interested in joining the Annual Shawano Folk Music Festival can download the Crafter Information and Registration Form.