If there are better ways to celebrate the last dwindling days of summer than an all-day outdoor music festival, we haven’t heard of them. Turn your ears toward the Takoma Park Folk Festival, which features performances from more than 50 mostly local bands, including We’re About 9 (shown), on six different stages. If folk festivals conjure mental images of banjos and hay bales, consider that the folk here is loosely defined. Although two of the stages—The Grove and 7th Heaven—will focus on classic singer-songwriter acts, visitors can also rock out to larger bands at the Field stage or sing along to traditional sea shanties at the Abbot stage. The festival, now in its 36th year, is quintessentially Takoma Park. It includes a juried craft show from local artisans and is run entirely by volunteers. The ethos is also family-friendly—an entire stage (Grassy Nook) will be dedicated to kid-friendly performers, so the little people wearing organic cotton onesies can enjoy the festivities with their parents.
The festival runs from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road, Takoma Park. Free. (301) 589-0202. tpff.org.