So, I just recently finished a sucessfull set at the DC Folk Festival last week. The whole event was tons of fun. If you live in the mid-atlantic, you're lucky. There's some folk music festivals going on this summer, and looks like they're FREE:
Sat June 16th - Maryland Folklife Festival - http://www.marylandtraditions.org/festival Never been this this one, but it looks promising, and it's free
June 27nd to July 1st - Smithsonian Folklife Festival - http://www.festival.si.edu/ Been to this in the past, this is more like an "outdoor interactive museum" with lectures, demonstrations, displays, than an actual music festival. However, it's FREE, informative, and you can always learn something new.
July 20th to 22nd - Artscape - http://www.artscape.org/ Been to this multiple times in the past. The largest free arts festival in the nation. This isn't really a "folk" festival, but they've got all sorts of top-notch national performing acts and performances. In the past, they've had Cake, Los Lonley Boys, Robert Randolph, Al Green, Issac Hayes, The Chinese Acrobats, and it's FREE!
Sat Sept 1st - DC Blues Festival - http://www.dcblues.org/index.php?pageRequest=Festival Been to this once in the past, had some solid local blues acts peform. I was lucky enough to catch touring Mississippi funk-bluesman Lil Dave Thompson at this before he unfortuantly passed away, what a talent! It's also FREE!
Sunday Sept 9th- Takoma Park Folk Festival - http://www.tpff.org/about-tpff/how-we-do-it/ Never been to this before, but looks like it's worth checking out.
Do you know of a festival you recommend that I missed? Let me know in the comments sections below.............