Fox Valley Folklore Society, The Geneva ParkDistrict,
& The City of Geneva
Proudly Present

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The 39th Annual
Fox Valley Folk Music
& Storytelling Festival

September 6 & 7, 2015

At Island Park, Geneva, IL
40 mi. West of The Chicago Loop

Plus on Sat, September 5 we have:
Special events in Downtown Geneva and
A Live Concert on WFMT-FM

Festival Hours: -- Eight Stages Run From 11 AM to 6 PM Both Days.

On Sunday Only, From 6 to 7:30 PM Is Our Old-Time Community Barn Dance
And From 7:30 to 10 PM Is "Ghost Stories" In The Main Music Stage Tent.

Admission Donation -- $20 per day Adults - $15 Teens & Elders
-- 12 & Under Free!
($5 Discount For Both Days -- Family Rate of $45 Per Day For Mom, Dad & Their Children)

(Free Parking At Kane Co. Government Ctr, 719 S. Batavia Ave, Geneva, IL. (IL Rt. 31)


Here is a PDF of The 2015 Festival Schedule

Scott Ainslie ----- Ben Bedford ----- Boo Bradley ----- Bob Bovee
Cajun Strangers -------- Andrew Calhoun -------- Joe Crookston
Curtis & Loretta ---------- February Sky ------- Bill & Kate Isles
Rev. Robert B. Jones ------ Zoe Mulford ----- Mustard's Retreat
Lil' Rev ------ Sparky & Rhonda Rucker ------ Claudia Schmidt
Cosy Sheridan -------------- Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Spirit
Michael Smith ------------- Verlon Thompson ------------- Trillium
And More!

Subject To Change --- (t)= tentative

Michael D. McCarty --- Susan Stone --- Scott Whitehair
Rev. Robert B. Jones --------- Sparky & Rhonda Rucker
And More!

The Fox Valley Storytelling Guild
And Special Guests
ASE ---- Chicago Association of
Black Storytellers Youth Tellers

And Special Workshops & Showcases With:

Area Organization Showcases Usually Including
Chicago Sacred Harp Singers ------ Chicago Songwriters Collective
Academy Of Irish Music ----- Fermilab International Folk Dancers
The Lake County Folk Club ------ Murphy Roche Irish Music Club
Plank Road Folk Music Soc. ---------- Northern IL. Bluegrass Assn.
Dulcimer Society of No. Illinois (DSNI) ------ & Much, Much More!

A week before the Festival a complete schedule will be posted.

2015 Saturday Events In Downtown Geneva
Saturday, September 5, 2015

Details On Special Events In Downtown Geneva

Four special stages will feature Folk Festival musicians in the
downtown Geneva shopping district on Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Here is a Google Map of the Festival venues.

2015 Sponsors Included:
Fest Sponsors


WFMT Radio --- 98.7 FM

Don't Miss The Annual "Midnight Special" Festival Concert:
Rich Warren hosts several of our feature Festival artists in
a live concert, also broadcast & streamed on the Internet.
Again this year, everyone has a chance to attend because
we will be doing the show for the Fourth year as a Live
Remote Broadcast from Downtown Geneva!

Saturday, September 5, 2015 --- 7:00 pm

This Special 2 hour concert is also broadcast live from
The Unitarian Universalist Society in Downtown Geneva.

Artists to Be Featured Include:
Scott Ainslie ------- Joe Crookston ------- Bill & Kate Isles
Sparky & Rhonda Rucker ---------------- Claudia Schmidt
Dennis Stroughmatt & Creole Spirit ------- & More TBA!

The Live Concert / Broadcast Will Be At
The Unitarian Universalist Church,
102 South Second Street, Geneva, IL

$20 For Adults Paid In Advance
$15 For Seniors, Students & Volunteers (Advance)
$25 / $20 At The Door if available

For Ticket Information Email

For more details visit
and select the "Live Folkstage Schedule" link.


-- Festival Volunteers Needed --
Be A legend In Your Spare Time

Call Or Apply On Our Festival Volunteer Opportunities Web Page

If you are already a Legend, check your schedule at our
Volunteer Schedule Web Page.

Please remember that this schedule WILL CHANGE OFTEN
to accommodate changes to festival needs and volunteer availability. Please check
back often, as well as the Saturday before the festival, to make sure you know your
times and roles. Also, we still have some slots to fill so please look to see if you can
cover open slots. Empty Shuttle slots won't be filled until we fill critical (yellow) slots.

Talk it up to your friends, at jams, on your blogs, Listservs, social
networking sites,etc. You can also click on the image below to open
Festival posters that you can print for your refrigerator door or to
post at your local music store or jam session. One of the posters is
for the Festival lineup on Sunday & Monday. The other is for our
Special Saturday shows in Downtown Geneva. If you need a large
quantity of posters please contact us and we will get them to you.


Downtown Poster

Description, Structure, Raffle & Previous Schedules .

The Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival will be held at the beautiful 13 acre Island Park, located in downtown Geneva, IL, about 40 miles West of downtown Chicago. Eight stage areas present concerts, hands-on workshops, topical song and story workshops, dance, vocal and instrument classes and special things for the kids.

Once again, there will be tents and covered areas in case of rain, plus dozens of craft and record vendors, activities for the children, workshops and picking circles throughout the site.

Beginning about August 25 an extensive recorded line-up will be available at:
(630) 897-0061

Check Out Previous Fox Valley Folk Festival Schedules

The following links have the Festival schedules back to 2001 as single PDF files. This will give you an idea of the focus of our festival. The Schedule for this year is generally posted the week before the festival.

Festival Schedules
2014 Fest Schedule 2013 Fest Schedule 2012 Fest Schedule 2011 Fest Schedule 2010 Fest Schedule
2009 Fest Schedule 2008 Fest Schedule 2007 Fest Flood 2006 Fest Schedule 2005 Fest Schedule
2004 Fest Schedule 2003 Fest Schedule 2002 Fest Schedule 2001 Fest Schedule


Our Festival raffle will feature a Top line guitar, provided by our good friends at Tobias Music in Downers Grove, IL. . The raffle will also feature other prizes like boxed folk music CD sets and books.

Accomodations, Directions & Contact Info.

Getting To The Festival

The Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival is held each year at beautiful Island Park, a 13 acre island in the Fox River located in downtown Geneva, IL, (about 45 miles West of downtown Chicago). The main parking area for the Festival is at the Kane County Government Center is at 719 S. Batavia Avenue, (IL Rt. 31), in Geneva. The METRA Union Pacific West Line Railway station is also located three blocks west of the festival's main entrance. For train schedules from Chicago to Geneva visit the Schedule page for the METRA Union Pacific West line. Here is the online Schedule from Chicago to Geneva and from Geneva to Chicago. and here is a printable PDF Schedule.

See our Festival map page for a detailed map of downtown Geneva, parking areas and the entrances to Island Park. There is also a great "zoomable" map with details on Parking, entrances, Saturday workshops and more courtesy of our friends at Google Maps.

Lodging and Campgrounds

If you need accommodations for your visit to the Festival follow this link to our list of Hotels, Motels, Bed & Breakfasts and campgrounds that are close to the Festival. The list is not meant to be a recommendation but is just the Geneva area accommodations that we know about. New hotels are opening regularly so check the web for others.

The Comfort Inn & Suites Geneva, 1555 E. Fabyan Pkwy, Geneva, is providing special support to the Festival and offering guests a very special rate if the mention the "Fox Valley Folk Festival" when they make their reservations. They are the closest hotel to Festival parking.

For More Festival Information:

Write us at:

Fox Valley Folklore Society
755 N. Evanslawn Avenue,
Aurora, IL 60506

Phone us at: (630) 897-3655
Or e-mail us at:

Beginning August 25 an extensive recorded line-up will be available at:
(630) 897-0061

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