1984 UChicago Folk Festival fiddle workshop

A fiddling workshop at the 1984 University of Chicago Folk Festival. (Photography by Karen Axt, PhDʼ88; Copyright 2018, The Chicago Maroon. All rights reserved. Reprinted with Permission.)

Folk lore

Fifty-eight years of the Folk Festival by the numbers.


Acts appearing at the first Folk Festival in 1961


Cost of a general admission ticket in 1961


Cost to attend both days of the 2018 festival (February 9–10)


Workshops on sea-shanty singing at this year’s festival:


Cookies sold to raise funds for the 40th Folk Festival


Times Bob Dylan auditioned for the festival


Times Bob Dylan was accepted