The 31st annual Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival blends music, storytelling and history this weekend. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 29, and Sunday, March 1.
The event celebrates traditional Arizona music and culture through experiential learning, performances and workshops. Drawing from a rich heritage of ranching, railroading and mining, the Folk and Heritage Festival allows attendees to experience the unique diversity of the Southwest.
The festival takes place at Historic Sahuaro Ranch at 9802 N. 59th Avenue and the adjacent Main Library at 5959 W. Brown Street.
The free event features more than 400 performers on five stages of folk and bluegrass music, along with live cowboy poetry and authentic storytelling throughout the weekend.
In addition, workshop areas will invite attendees to learn to play spoons, saws, ukuleles, harmonicas, swing guitar, pennywhistle, jug band, skiffle music, autoharps and more. Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s Official State Historian, will open the festival on Saturday morning. He and others will present workshops with stories and songs celebrating the state’s history.
Other activities will include site tours of the Historic Sahuaro Ranch property, workshops, and musician jam sessions. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Some seating is available, however, attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or picnic blankets.
A returning favorite to the festival this year will be the Bookmans Musical Instrument “Petting Zoo,” a noisy and fun experience for all ages. From percussion to string instruments, Bookmans provides a space where kids can experiment with multiple instruments in a relaxed environment, designed to foster music appreciation for all through this hand-on activity. All Bookmans locations buy, sell, and trade new and used musical instruments.
A new addition is a plein air painting competition on Saturday. Entrants 18 and older must register on Saturday, between 8 and 10 a.m. with submissions due by 3 p.m.
The Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival is produced by the city of Glendale Public Facilities, Recreation and Special Events Department and sponsored by Bookman’s, Shade’n Net, Knights of Columbus Council 3855, the Glendale Public Art Program and the Glendale Ambassadors.
For more information about times and a complete listing of the performers, workshops and activities, visit glendaleaz.com/events or call 623-930- 2299.