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This Pin Sticks Fascists

With the help of our friends Nathan Poppe of Poppe Pins and Chris Crockett of Eastside Design Co., we created an enamel pin to help raise funds for the 2017 festival. Nathan came up with the design at Chimera in Tulsa on the way back from Folk Alliance International. As luck turns out, we have some leftover for those who weren't able to purchase them in July! They're $10 each and all profits go toward funding Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. You can order yours from us via PayPal!

June 9, 2017
Jimmy LaFave Tribute

The Night Tribe will honor Jimmy LaFave during the opening performance of 20th Annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. ​Bobby Kallus, John Inmon, Glenn Schuetz, and Radoslav Lorkovic will take the stage Wednesday, July 12th, at 8:00 pm at the Crystal Theatre for a tribute to Jimmy.

Andy Adams, the Burns Sisters, Michael Fracasso, John Fullbright, Sarah Lee Guthrie, Jaimee Harris, Susan Herndon, Greg Jacobs, Levi Parham, Ellis Paul, Joel Rafael and the Red Dirt Rangers will also perform, with more musicians to be confirmed.

Tickets on sale Friday, June 9th, 2017 at 10am CST though Brown Paper Tickets.
Doors open Wednesday, July 12th at 7:30pm // Show at 8:00 pm

Crystal Theatre
Okemah, Oklahoma

$20 // $25 at the door (if available)
All seats are general admission

May 20, 2017
2017 Ellis Paul Songwriting Workshop

ELLIS PAUL will conduct his 2nd Annual WoodyFest Songwriting Workshop at this year’s festival on July 15. The 3-hour workshop will be limited to 50 students. Save by registering online: Early Bird registration by May 31 ($30); Advance Registration June 1 – June 30 ($40); registration at the door ($50).

For workshop details and to register online, please visit Brown Paper Tickets.

Martin & Co. has generously donated a brand new guitar to the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival - and it can be yours! The 0-18 is a part of the Standard Series and includes a hard shell case. We are proud to offer it as a featured raffle item this year! Purchase individual tickets for $5 each or 5 for $20.

Tickets may be purchased in person at Okemah News Leader, Rocky Road Tavern, during the festival or online! Drawing will be held July 15th. Get yours today!

April 11, 2017
T-Shirt Design Contest Winner


We're excited announce Meghan Wallace of Stillwater, Oklahoma, as the winner of the 2017 WoodyFest T-Shirt Design Contest! Her design will be featured on the Friends of the Festival shirt, which will be available at the festival this summer. Congratulations, Meghan!

April 12, 2017
Guthrie’s Legacy to Return to Okemah for 20th Annual WoodyFest

We are thrilled to announce the return of Woody Guthrie's relatives to Okemah this summer for the 20th Annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival! The musical celebration of the folk singer’s 105th birthday will host Arlo Guthrie, Anna Canoni, Cole Quest and The City Pickers, and Folk Uke. Tickets go on sale April 17th - mark your calendars!

Attendees 17 and older will need a ticket wristband for entrance to daytime performances at the Crystal Theatre and evening performances at the Pastures of Plenty. All other music venues will be free of charge!

Advance 2-day wristband (Friday & Saturday): $40
Advance 3-day wristband (Thursday, Friday, Saturday): $60

Advance tickets be available through June 30th. Single day wristbands will be available on site.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements heading your way. We are so excited to see you this summer!

March 28, 2017
2017 Memorial Bricks


Order a Memorial Brick by June 1, 2017 to have it placed at the statue of Woody Guthrie in Okemah by the start of this year's festival. Please visit the Memorial Brick page for details.

March 2, 2017
Women of WoodyFest Fundraisers!

The Women of WoodyFest (WOW) Fundraiser is taking to the road with two WOW Roadshows. The first, in Tulsa on Saturday, March 11 at 7 p.m. at the Woody Guthrie Center, features Kalyn Fay Barnoski Lauren Barth, Susan Herndon, Cassie Latshaw, Erin O'Dowd, and Tania Warnock. And the second in Oklahoma City on Saturday, April 8 at 8 p.m. at the Blue Door features KC Clifford, Melissa Hembree, Susan Herndon, Lauren Lee, Shawna Russell, and Monica Taylor. All proceeds will go to fund the production of this summer's 20th Annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. Tickets for the Tulsa show are $20 online via PayPal. Tickets online for the OKC show are at the Blue Door website. Or you can buy tickets at the door for both shows. We hope to see you there. As Anna Canoni, Woody's granddaughter has noted, Guthrie's role as an early feminist has gone largely unnoticed. "He wrote hundreds of songs and prose about women. About the beauty in what they bring to the world." You come too!

January 22, 2017
Lots of News!

We are now accepting Artists’ Applications for the 2017 festival! The Songwriting Contest is underway! We are also now accepting applications from Vendors! Please see our Sponsorship page if you are interested in becoming a sponsor or purchasing an ad in this year’s program! And finally, we can’t do it without your financial support. Please consider ordering a Memorial Brick or supporting our GoFundMe Campaign to help make the 20th Annual WoodyFest the best yet!

November 10, 2016
In Memory of Lou Johnson

WoodyFest is saddened by the passing on Nov. 8, 2016 of Lou Johnson - owner of Lou's Rocky Road Tavern in Okemah, OK. Lou's has been an important part of WoodyFest since the beginning - hosting many open mics as well as the annual Mary Jo's Pancake Breakfast. Our sincere condolences to Lou's many friends and family.

The family has stated that they would be pleased if those wanting to donate in Lou’s memory would make a donation to WoodyFest. The festival was near and dear to Lou. Donations can be made via PayPal on our Friends Of The Festival Page. If donating via PayPal please write “In Memory of Lou Johnson” where it says Add Special Instructions to the Seller so that we can send an acknowledgment to the family.

Details regarding services for Lou can be found on the Parks Brothers Funeral Home website.

August 16, 2016
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February 18, 2016

The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival is pleased to announce that good friend and long-time supporter, Joel Rafael, has generously and graciously offered to donate the purchase price of his two CDs of Woody Guthrie songs to WoodyFest! Copies of both “Woodeye” and “Woodyboye” are now available at these four locations in Okemah, Oklahoma:

The Hen House (613 W. Broadway)
Lou’s Rocky Road Tavern (118 S. 2nd St.)
Okemah Coffee Co. (501 S. Woody Guthrie St.)
Okemah News Leader (115 W. Broadway)

CDs can also be purchased on the Joel Rafael website. No collection of Woody songs would be complete without Joel's CDs!

Joel says: "Recording these collections of Woody Guthrie songs was a labor of love and now I'm offering them to you for $10 each with the entire purchase price going to the Woody Guthrie Festival. It is my hope that you will support the Woody Guthrie Festival and enjoy these songs for many years to come."

WoodyFest would like to thank Joel for his continuing support – having performed at every festival since the 1st Annual festival in 1998. Joel’s generosity and support will help keep the festival alive and thriving as we approach our 20th anniversary in 2017! And another terrific heads-up! Joel will be performing a fundraiser concert for WoodyFest at the Blue Door in OKC on April 29! More details soon!  

September 10, 2015

  As many of you know, singer/songwriter Ellis Paul – a member of the WoodyFest Advisory Board – created the unique artwork for the 2012, 2013 and 2015 festivals. We are pleased to be able to offer for sale Ellis Paul’s WoodyFest artwork on a variety of items. Items available for purchase include t-shirts and other apparel (including sizes for kids) in your choice of color, posters, art prints, throw pillows, ceramic mugs, travel mugs, tote bags, greeting cards and more!

To purchase items please visit www.redbubble.com/people/woodyfest

Proceeds from the sale of these items will help defray the costs of producing the annual festival. It’s not too soon to start your holiday shopping! Thank you for your consideration and support!

July 21, 2015
Texas Outside Review

  A big thank you to Mike Sharp at Texas Outside for not only being a media sponsor of this year's festival but for writing this terrific review replete with some great photos:

Texas Outside Review

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