59th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival August 13-16, 2020



59½ Annual Pocket Sized Philadelphia Folk Festival FAQ

So when is it?

Dates: Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22, 2021

Hours: In Person Saturday  12:00 PM EDT – 10:00PM EDT

In Person Sunday  12:00PM EDT – 8:00 PM EDT

Where will it be held?

Spring Mountain Ski Area, Upper Salford Township, PA
757 Spring Mt Rd, Schwenksville, PA 19473

What is the Parking situation?

Onsite parking is available for $15/car; FREE offsite parking available with shuttle to site

How much are tickets?

We have a limited capacity of 1,000 tickets available in either PODS of up to six persons, or General Admission.

General admission tickets are $65 per person per day. For those purchasing for both days, we are pleased to offer a 10% discount for the second day.

PODs are priced $510, $600, $750, and $900, depending upon the location, which works out to $85 per person, per day; $100 per person, per day; $125 per person, per day; $150 per person, per day.

What about children?

Kids 10 and under are FREE; ages 11-17, 50% off an adult ticket.  All kids must be accompanied by an adult, either relative or guardian.

What are these PODS?

PODS:  By now, we all know how important it is to maintain at least 6 feet of distance from each other when we’re out in public — including, of course, at live events. That’s why we are offering POD Seating, a seating arrangement that accommodates physical distancing guidelines. POD Seating maps out groups of tickets to provide physically distanced seating to provide some much-needed peace of mind as we begin to attend live music events again.  POD Seating enables fans to buy tickets as a group of up to six persons and choose exactly whom they will be sharing space. Each POD will be spaced 6 feet apart from the other PODS, allowing us to maintain the recommended distance between groups (based on government health and safety guidelines). Essentially, it means you’ll only be seated in close proximity to the people you chose to attend the event with.

Your reserved POD area is approximately 10 feet x 10 feet with 6-foot spacing around each POD. The PODS are not connected. Alternating rows will be staggered for optimum viewing.

Select your reserved area on the POD Seating Chart.  Bring your own low chairs and/or blankets. Tents, umbrellas, flags or similar items that obstruct the view of others are not permitted.

POD tickets are non-transferable.

Are there refunds?

No refunds, Festival takes place rain or shine.  Please dress appropriately for late August weather.

What about Camping?

There is NO Camping or overnight opportunities this year.  Everyone must vacate the site at the end of the evening’s show. Our Digital Campsites are available to spend time with your Fest Family: https://folkfest.org/get-your-digital-campsite/

What is prohibited?

  • No coolers
  • No outside food or drink
  • No pets whatsoever.  This is a Board of Health regulation.
  • No audio or video recording equipment
  • No glass
  • No smoking
  • No drones or flying lanterns
  • No firearms or explosives of any kind
  • No fireworks
  • No tents, canopies, or shade structures
  • No high back, tall legged chairs


What is PFS’ Current Health Policy?

In accordance with current local public health guidance, full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results will be required to attend PFF59.5 Pocket Sized Edition. For patrons who are not fully vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test result must be obtained within 96 hours of attending PFF59.5 each day.  Details on the festival entry process will be available in early July. If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccines or to find a vaccination location near you, please visit www.vaccinefinder.org.

What’s your COVID-19 warning?

We have taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our artists, volunteers, vendors, and staff.  You must follow all posted instructions while attending PFF59.5 Pocket Sized Edition.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public space where people are present.  COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death.  According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By attending the 59.5 Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival Pocket Sized Edition,  you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

Help keep each other healthy.

Digital 59½ Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival FAQ

This is NOT on Facebook like our Digital Concert Venue, but a BRAND NEW website accessible from any smartphone, iPad, or Computer. Don’t have great internet? Don’t worry! The Festival will be available to watch on-demand for a limited time, so you won’t miss a thing. We will have EASY TO USE instructional videos to help! What are the differences between the price points for the Virtual Festival? Nothing! This is a Pay-What-You-Can event, and we want to ensure that it is accessible to EVERYONE! Starting at $25 a day and going up to $500 a day, we hope that you’ll pay what you are able to and what you think Fest is worth to you. Not in a position to pay? PLEASE email digitalfolk@pfs.org to receive a scholarship form.

It depends. It comes automatically with the Ticketbuyer level and above but is only $8 as an add-on for anyone else! If you order by July 31st, it will be delivered by the festival, but if you order after that, please be advised it may arrive later.

An infinite number! While we hope that each individual attendee would register and pay for the event to support the event and the artists, we recognize that social distancing may be more relaxed by August. Take your best guess and PLEASE be honest because we need these numbers for grantors and sponsors!

One device per registration/ticket! Only one device can be signed into your account at any time! If your account is accessed by a second device, it will automatically log you out of both devices. If you suddenly find yourself logged out, this is most likely the reason. Please try signing in again at least two times before contacting technical support.

A private Zoom Campsite means that ONLY the people you give the password will be able to enter. A public Zoom Campsite will be accessible to anyone with the password listed below the campsite – similar to how people wander in and out of your site at Fest… only difference is as an admin you can kick anyone out that you don’t want there! And yes, you can change your selection later!

There are many ways you can access the live stream! We’ll go through based off what tech you have and fill you in on what else you may need to buy. First, let’s get you hooked up to video, so you can see the display.

Good news! This is the easiest way to watch! Just go to folkfest.org on the device that you want to watch it on, and you’re good to go.

For all of the other ways we’re going to cover how to stream Fest (there are plenty more, this article isn’t exhaustive), you’re going to need an HDMI port on the TV, monitor, or AV system you want to display it on (if you have a separate system that you plug in the rest of your speakers and players on, check that to see if it has an HDMI port on the back). If you don’t have one, scroll down to “I don’t have an HDMI Port on my TV!” and come back here.

To do this, you’ll want a cable that can connect your laptop to the HDMI port (either on your TV, AV system, or the adapter you just got). Use the flowchart below to figure out what you want to use to connect your laptop. 

If you can’t find a cable that works for you and still want to use your computer, scroll down to “I want to use a Chromecast!”.

You’ll likely have an HDMI cable lying around somewhere, but if not, you can pick up one here to connect your laptop to an HDMI port, either on your TV, AV system, or the adapter you just got.

You should use one of these Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cables to connect your laptop to an HDMI port, either on your TV, AV system, or the adapter you just got.

You should use one of these Mini DisplayPort to HDMI cables to connect your laptop to an HDMI port, either on your TV, AV system, or the adapter you just got.


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If you don’t have an HDMI port on the back of your TV to connect your laptop or a Chromecast, there’s a good chance you will have something that looks like this on the TV (if you don’t, send us an email and we‘ll try and help you out). What you’ll want is an HDMI -> RCA Adapter. This adapter will let you connect an HDMI device (such as your laptop or a Chromecast) to your television.

The diagram below shows how you’ll hook it up. The “Fire stick” can be any device that outputs to HDMI, like a laptop, a Chromecast, or yes, an Amazon Fire TV Stick.

So this is our first piece of bad news. Since neither Roku nor AppleTV have a legal web browser available, we cannot advise you on a way to watch Fest on either the Roku’s Firefox browser 😉 or Apple’s Air Play 😉 We wish we could be more helpful.

(Video guide)


First, you’re going to need some form of Android or iPhone to connect to your Chromecast. While you can stream the Fest from an Android or an iPhone, you only need one of the two to set it up. Afterwards, you can stream from a laptop, if you’d like. 

You’ll want to download the Google Home app from here if you’re using Android, and from here if you’re using an iPhone. Next, you’ll want to plug the Chromecast into the HDMI port (either in your TV, AV system or an adapter), and plug it into power as well. If your TV doesn’t have an HDMI port, scroll up to “I don’t have an HDMI port on my TV!”.

After you plug your Chromecast in and switch the TV source to your Chromecast, you’ll want to finish the instructions from the TV to connect your Chromecast to Wi-fi.

Next, you’ll want to decide how you want to cast to the Chromecast. How do you want to cast?

(Video guide: Chromebook / Windows)

Note: If you are trying to Chromecast from a MacBook, try following this article, casting from your iPhone/iPad/Android, or reaching out to us – MacBooks can’t cast audio through Chrome by default, so you’ll need some more programs to get it set up. 

First, you’ll need to have Google Chrome installed on your computer. If you don’t have it already, you can get it here

Then, you’ll want to click the menu button with the three dots to the top right of Chrome  and hit “Cast…” and select “Sources…”, then click “Cast desktop”. Make sure “Share Audio” is checked, then select the screen you want to cast (most likely, there is only one) and then hit “Share”.

(Video Guide)

First, you’ll want to install the Replica app here. Then, be sure your iPhone or iPad is connected to the same Wi-Fi network that your Chromecast is connected to. Then, open up the Replica app, then select your Chromecast, then hit “Start” and “Start Broadcast”. Finally, use your device to navigate to folkfest.org, and you’re ready to go.

(Video Guide)

Now, if you don’t already have Google Home installed on your phone, get it from here. Make sure your phone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast, then open the Google Home app. Next, click the menu icon in the top left corner, hit “Cast Screen / Audio”, and , click your Chromecast. Finally, use your device to navigate to folkfest.org, and you’re ready to go.

(Warning: If you’re using a Chromebook, you won’t be able to use a Fire TV stick. Try casting from an Android or an iPhone first, or try connecting your Chromebook directly to your TV).


(Video guide to set up Fire TV Stick)  


First, you’ll want to connect your Fire TV stick to your RV and the power outlet, following the diagram below:

Remember that if you got an HDMI adapter earlier, you can plug it right in there. Use your TV to switch the source to your Fire TV stick and use the remote to follow the on-screen guide through the setup process.

Once setup is done, then we’ll get right to mirroring!

First, make sure that the device you want to cast to your Fire TV stick is connected to the same WiFi network.

Next, the directions will differ depending on what device you want to use to mirror:


Android Phone

(Video Guide)

Then, hold the HOME button on your Fire TV Stick, wait for a menu to pop up, and select “Mirroring”. Once that screen shows on your TV, the next step depends on what you want to cast to.

First, make sure the audio on your Android phone is turned up. Then, go to your phone settings, then select a settings menu that looks similar to “Bluetooth and Wireless Connections”, then hit Cast, and select your Chromecast. Finally, use your device to navigate to folkfest.org, and you’re ready to go.

Not all Android phones are the same with casting ability, so if you end up having difficulties finding the right settings, try casting from a laptop first.



(Video Guide)

To start you’ll want to search for (and install) the Airscreen app using your Fire TV Stick. Then, open the application up, then go to Settings, and make sure “AirPlay” is checked. Then, go back to the Airscreen home menu, and hit “Start”.

Then, if you’re on an iPhone or a iPad, go to your Settings, and in the search bar on the top, type in Screen Mirroring, and turn it on (you can also drag down from the top right corner, and hit “Screen Mirroring”). Finally, select your Fire TV stick, and you’re ready to go.

If you’re on a MacBook (Video Guide), select the AirPlay logo in your menu bar (which looks like this: ,) and select your Fire TV Stick.

Finally, use your device to navigate to folkfest.org, and you’re ready to go.



(Video Guide)

Then, hold the HOME button on your Fire TV Stick, wait for a menu to pop up, and select “Mirroring”. Once that screen shows on your TV, the next step depends on what you want to cast to.

On the bottom right corner, you should see a icon that looks like a text bubble. Click that, and in the pop-up panel that appears to the right, click “Expand” towards the bottom. Then, click on “Project”, and in the menu that pops up, click “Duplicate”. Finally, use your device to navigate to folkfest.org, and you’re ready to go.

OK, now that your audio and video are going to your TV, the last thing you’ll want to do is play the audio through the speakers of your choice. If you are hearing your audio through the speakers you want (try using your device to play this video from YouTube), congrats! You’re ready to stream the 59th Philadelphia Folk Festival to your TV.

This should be self-explanatory, but this will depend on whether you use an Audio/Video system to connect to your TV. 

If you do, and you’ve previously tried connecting your device to your TV directly, try connecting your device to the HDMI port of the AV unit instead. (If it doesn’t, try to follow the same instructions for “I don’t have an HDMI port on my TV!” above, but for your AV system.

If your speakers are already connected to your TV, try first to fiddle with (get it!?) your TV settings to make sure that your TV is outputting audio to your speakers. If not, try and follow this general guide to make sure all of your audio systems are properly connected. If you’re having trouble with cables, try to use this general video guide to help clear anything up.

If you try the above and would still like some help setting everything up, please feel free to contact us!

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