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Sisters Folk Festival makes comeback

The Sisters Folk Festival (SFF) is coming back this fall.

SFF is moving forward with plans for a seven-venue festival scheduled for October 1-3. The annual festival of roots music held throughout the town represents a long-awaited return to live music, and a celebration of the Sisters community.

Seventeen artists are confirmed so far to perform multiple sets over the three-day event, and plans are in the works to add a dozen more before the lineup is complete. All seven of the venues will be outdoors — most will be tented — so face masks will not be required, per current state and federal guidelines.

Sisters Folk Festival encourages people to get their shots before venturing into large crowd situations like those that occur at a music festival.

The artists confirmed to play include: Ruthie Foster, Darrell Scott, Mary Gauthier, Willy Porter, Ron Artis II & the Messengers, Judith Hill, Emily Scott Robinson, JigJam, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Thunderstorm Artis, Changui Majadero, Rainbow Girls, Max Gomez, Ordinary Elephant, Robby Hecht, Alisa Amador, Beth Wood, and more to be announced.

Sisters Folk Festival will soon be announcing plans for the 2021 Americana Song Academy, taking place in a new location this year. The organization has acquired a new host site with breathtaking beauty and an inspirational setting near the town of Sisters. This year will be a smaller, more intimate experience with approximately 50 participants. Space is limited due to the number of 2020 song campers who rolled their registration over to 2021.

Participants who carried their Song Academy registration over from 2020 will be contacted directly soon with information about this year’s event. Teaching artists include Mary Gauthier, Willy Porter, Emily Scott Robinson, Thunderstorm Artis, Ordinary Elephant, Robby Hecht, Alisa Amador, and Beth Wood. The Song Academy will run Monday-Thursday September 27 - 30.

Tickets for SFF will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 9. For those wishing to volunteer for their ticket, a variety of volunteer shifts will open up in July for setup, take down, merchandise sales, patron check-in, bar, and more. Information on all of SFF’s summer programming, including tickets, lineup, and volunteering, is available at


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