(Okemah, Okla) — Woody Guthrie Folk Festival will celebrate its 25th year by honoring the legendary late folk singer’s life & legacy in his hometown of Okemah, OK July 13-17, 2022. One of the longest-running festivals in Oklahoma, this year’s event will honor Guthrie’s 110th birthday with performances by third & fourth generation Guthrie songwriters alongside festival veterans & newcomers alike.
Guthrie’s musical bloodline will be well-represented at the festival with grandchildren Annie Guthrie, Cathy Guthrie, & Sarah Lee Guthrie, along with Cole Rotante who will perform with his band Cole Quest & the City Pickers. Additionally, Guthrie’s great-grandchildren Krishna Guthrie & Serena Guthrie are scheduled to perform.
Aaron Lee Tasjan, Branjae, Brennen Leigh, David Amram, Jacob Tovar, Jaimee Harris, James McMurtry, Joe Purdy & Monica Taylor are included in the 60-plus musical performances at the festival’s silver jubilee. Ellis Paul, Tom Paxton, Joel Rafael & Red Dirt Rangers are among this year’s performers who also performed at the inaugural Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in 1998.
Educational panels & programs include The Unbroken Circle: Songs of the UMWA and Alliances within Today’s Labor Movement, moderated by Tom Breiding & Ericka Wills; Woody is Just Woody – Steinbeck, moderated by Lew Aytes; Folk American Roots Hall of Fame: Honoring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Nurturing the Future moderated by Deana McCloud; Collecting Woody 2022, moderated by Barry Ollman; Folk Collusion, moderated by Tim Easton and many more.
This year’s festival will also see the return of the wildly successful and highly anticipated Children’s Festival on Saturday, Jul 16, 2022, in the Okemah City Park for children under the age of 18. The free event will run from 10 am – 2 pm and will feature free giveaways for the first 200 children in attendance including ukuleles, ukulele tuners, songbooks, harmonicas, and t-shirts. Ukulele and harmonica lessons will also be held onsite. The event will feature a plethora of activities for all ages to enjoy as well as several contests for prizes: a hula-hoop contest, cornhole tournament, sidewalk chalking contest, and turtle race.
Two- and three-day passes are currently available with single-day tickets going on sale June 1. Please visit our website for more information, including sponsorship, volunteer & vendor opportunities.
The internationally acclaimed festival honoring the legendary folk singer in his hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma, pays tribute to Woody Guthrie through songs, communion, scholarship, tradition, storytelling and songwriting. WoodyFest is made possible by the generous contributions of Friends of the Festival members and sponsors including BancFirst, the Philip E. Landers Foundation, Friends of the Festival, Oklahoma Humanities, Okemah Casino, Willard and Diann White, Clearwater Enterprises, Deep Fork Cannabis Dispensary, and Pilgrim Media Group. The festival is organized by the Woody Guthrie Coalition, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation.