Rural Atlanta This Weekend: Frolona Bluegrass Music Fest

Frolona Fest is now going into its 6th year! This weekend, on a farm 65 miles southwest of Atlanta known for its grass-fed beef and pasture-raised pork, there’s a celebration of bluegrass music and culture open to anyone who enjoys listening and even playing. Bring your instruments — banjos, basses, washboards, spoons, guitars, fiddles — all things bluegrass, and jam and sing with incredibly seasoned folk musicians.

Enjoy a music-filled day or weekend in the country on November 12 & 13, 2016.

At only $20 per adult, Frolona Fest is an attractive get-out-of-town activity for families and friends for just the day or even to camp overnight. Bring camping gear, picnic supplies, or just lawn chairs and blankets and reasonable cash for a locally grown and made lunch or dinner. Do dress in warm layers for this November event, it can get chilly, even around the always-anticipated enormous bonfire.

The Frolona Fest 2015 schedule included a kid’s scavenger hunt & holler in contest, storytelling, jam sessions, camping and the bonfire, great barbecue, and performances by Sourwood Honey, Max & Maggie and the Sweetbox Stringband, Sweet Auburn Stringband, Max Godfrey, and Black Sheep Ensemble.

This Year’s Frolona Fest 2016 Schedule

10:00am – Gates Open
11:00 – Work Song Work party in the field with Max Godfrey
Noon – Beginner Banjo Lesson by Frank Hamilton School Faculty
Noon – Doggy Dogg serving locally made franks for lunch.
1:00 – Slow Old-time Jam with Sourwood Honey
1:00 – Frolona-Lympics: Field Day Fun for Kids and Older Folks Alike
2:00 – Storytelling by Bill and Jill
3:00 – Hollering Contest
3:00 – Contra Dance with “The Contrarians” of Carrollton
4:00 – Singing Session by Frank Hamilton (Folk Music) School Faculty
5:00 – Dinner Vendors: Up and Up Farm (serving locally grown veggies and Frolona Farm meat), and Doggy Dog (serving locally produced franks out of Atlanta)
5:00 – The Sirens
5:30 – The lighting of the bonfire
6:00 – Pickled Holler
7:00 – Last call for festival entry
7:30 – The Darnell Boys
9:15 – Bonfire Sing Along with Max Godfrey
…and… music and merriment by the fire late into the night
…and… yoga and coffee on Sunday morning!

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