Support The Festival

The Northern Appalachian Folk Festival is an annual, free, event. It is organized by a volunteer steering committee that s dedicated to bring good music, food, and entertainment to Downtown Indiana. This process cannot succeed without generous contributions. Please see below on how you can support! 

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NAFF Festival Program Advertising Form

NAFF Festival Program Map

2015 NAFF Information Packet as of 8/10/2015


Northern Appalachian Folk Festival

DONE! We reached our goal of $5,000.00.

Thank you to everyone who donated to our kick starter.

PHOTO: Pictured, from left, are committee members Cindy Rogers; Tony DeLoreto, owner of Spaghetti Benders; Jim Dougherty, chairman; Peter Broad, Indiana Borough councilman; Michael Boiano, owner of Michael B Shoes; Judy Holliday; and Sean Howard, director of Downtown Indiana. Thermometers are posted in the 500 block of Philadelphia Street, where the festival will be held. (Jamie Empfield/Gazette)

  Organizers of the second annual Northern Appalachian Folk Festival are part of the way toward their fundraising goal of $20,000.

    Sean Howard, director of Downtown Indiana, said individuals may donate to the cause through the fundraising website Kickstarter. For those who are not familiar with it, folk festival organizers have scheduled a Kickstarter awareness and fundraising event June 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Spaghetti Benders in Indiana. Tips for the guest bartenders — Elroy Face, a former pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates; borough councilman Gerald Smith; and Howard — go to the Kickstarter campaign, which aims to raise $5,000.

The event will include the first official announcement of live music, workshops, artisans and vendors.

This year’s event is set for Sept. 4, 5 and 6. (Thursday night will be an event at the Theater with 1 act plays and music to kick off the weekend)

Support the Kickstarter:

The 2nd Annual Northern Appalachian Folk Festival Kickstarter, Awareness & Fundraiser Event
When: 6pm Thursday – June 12th, 2014
Where: Spaghetti Benders
• 3 Guest Bartenders – Elroy Face – Retired Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher, Gerald Smith – Indiana Boro Council, and Sean Howard – Director Downtown Indiana Inc. who will be donating tips to festival
• Open Mic music Entertainment
• Computer stations available for Kickstarter Contributions on site
• Q&A Session for public with the steering committee of the Festival and Kickstarter
• 1st Official Announcement of Live Music, Workshops, Artisans, Vendors, and Educators.
More Event Info: Visit the Facebook Event Page
Please Contact Sean Howard for more info – (724) 467-2065 or

Our Mission:

The Northern Appalachian Folk Festival is dedicated to preserving the past, promoting the present and securing the future of folk music, art folkways and other forms of cultural expression of those living in the northern tier of the Appalachian region.
The Folk Fest features the work of artists, craftspeople, musical performers, food vendors and includes films, workshops, and theater performances at numerous venues throughout the downtown area of Indiana, Pennsylvania.
The Festival is presented by The Center for Northern Appalachian Studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in partnership with other local groups and businesses. The second annual Northern Appalachian Folk Festival presents an entertaining, educational and community-driven event that contributes to the enrichment of the cultural and ecological environments of Northern Appalachia.

This year’s festival will have another great lineup of musical performers from the region, a series of engaging workshops, and street full of talented artists and artisans!
Not to mention there’s a fantastic area dedicated to children’s activities!
It takes a lot of things to throw a successful cultural event. Staging, lighting, Sound, seating, security, port-a-pottys, and then you need musicians, fun, family-friendly activities, promotional materials, and lots MORE. Most of all we need contributing support.
We’ve set our online contribution campaign known as Kickstarter goal to $5,000 to help pay for all of these integral pieces of the Folk Fest. Your donation today will help make Indiana, Pennsylvania an even more culturally vibrant place! Please come and contribute toward this important positive university and community event to occurs for a second year.
The festival will be featuring a Thursday night local theater and musician event at the Indiana Theater.

Festival Permit Approved by Indiana Borough Council!

A huge round of applause and thanks to Indiana, PA Borough Council members!  Last week, the Council approved the street permit that will allow the launch of the first Northern Appalachian Folk Festival, Friday,  September 6th and Saturday, September 7th.

We are one step closer to a lively street festival with a juried art market, music stages featuring local and regional artists, compelling folkways workshops, great food and (we hope) some great regional brews too!

Last Open Mic Night

(April 30th) 8:00PM – 11:00PM
There will be a raffle!
Please come out to support us and have some fun!