2017 marked the Northern Appalachian Folk Festival’s fifth anniversary –bringing art, music, educational programming and live performances back to Downtown Indiana. Please check back here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates throughout the year as we plan for 2018.

August 26, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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June 26, 2018

More information about NAFF18 coal heritage programming is coming soon. In the meantime, preview what’s to come with our special flyer by hitting the graphic below (PDF).


June 25, 2018

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April 20, 2018

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February 23, 2018
Coal Programming Updates

Harrison Wick, an Indiana University of Pennsylvania special collections librarian and university archivist, will be producing a display on the first floor of IUP’s libraries in conjunction with NAFF. The exhibit will be on view August 26 through September 2018. The IUP campus is adjacent to downtown Indiana with the libraries an easy walk, minutes from Philadelphia Street.

The display will feature memorabilia that belonged to Pennsylvania “coal miners and the Rochester & Pittsburgh (R&P) Coal Company, which was the largest employer in Indiana County. This display will feature mine maps, photographs, documents, artifacts, and memorabilia donated by individual miners and their families and the R&P Coal Company, which is featured on the Pennsylvania Coal Culture website.”


a previous coal heritage display in the IUP libraries

February 21, 2018

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December 28, 2017


We’re getting a jump on a 2018, starting with seats. NAFF is held on Philadelphia Street in downtown Indiana. This is a street fair venue with outdoor stages and areas for shows, demonstrations, and other activities. We cannot guarantee seating but understand some of our visitors would prefer – or need for health reasons – to sit during outdoor performances. We recommend those folks bring their own chairs.

The Indiana Borough parking garage is conveniently located adjacent the festival so patrons may easily stow and access items, such as chairs, in their vehicles. As the festival nears, we will be making announcements regarding free and special rate parking.

Please keep the setting in mind when packing chairs. Folding, camp-style seating is ideal. We request you bring one chair or seat per person.

‘Philly Street’ is also lined with pubs and restaurants many of which offer outdoor seating, along with air-conditioned dining and bar areas, for patrons. Weekend visitors will have plenty of time for both festival food and checking out our local eateries!

Additionally, visitors may rest and snack at the tables in IRMC Park.

Thank you for your invaluable input as we continue to improve the festival while keeping it free to attend and manageable for our volunteers.

December 08, 2017

Happy Holidays From All Of Us At NAFF! – A Video Christmas Card

November 02, 2017
Thank-You Notes

Periodically we’ll round up our news and updates in a handy newsletter. In this edition, we look back at some NAFF17 fun facts and say our thank-you’s for a great weekend. Click on the image to view or download a PDF.


September 27, 2017
Saying Goodbye to the Lumber Photo Exhibit


Lumber Heritage Region Executive Director Holly Komonczi and Downtown Indiana Executive Director David Janusek this morning at the Indiana County Courthouse. Komonczi spoke briefly at today’s Indiana County Commissioners meeting to close the Wood On Glass photo exhibit, sponsored by WBL Hardwoods and on view at the courthouse for the past two weeks.
Once again, our thanks to the LHR for loaning us the photos, Clara Kate for hosting the exhibit and workshop during NAFF17, and Sherene Hess and the County Commissioners for their support.
Learn more about the LHR by visiting

September 18, 2017
Lumber Photo Exhibit Stay Extended Through September 27

We’re pleased to announce the Lumber Heritage Region’s photo exhibit, currently on view in the Indiana County Courthouse, will be extended through September 27, 2017. Due to the display’s popularity, County Commissioner Sherene Hess and Downtown Indiana’s Linda Mitchell arranged for the photos to remain in the courthouse lobby until the September 27 commissioners meeting. LHR representatives are expected to close the exhibit with a few brief remarks.

September 13, 2017
NAFF17 Wraps Up  — But Lumber Photo Exhibit Stays Awhile


We’d like to thank our visitors, vendors, exhibitors, and bands for coming out and enjoying a beautiful weekend with us in downtown Indiana. Too numerous to name here are the sponsors and steering committee  members who made it happen, along with the volunteers who kept it going.  We also have to thank Downtown Indiana, its board, and the merchants who let us close three blocks and invite a few thousand of our neighbors over. Thank you to the local businesses who hosted and served our guests, provided support and services — and to everyone who had a smile, directions to “Jimmy Stewart’s house,” or suggestions for where to grab a bite. You make us proud to call Indiana home.


If you missed the photos on loan from the Lumber Heritage Region and hosted by Clara Kate during NAFF17, you can see them during business hours through Monday, September 18 in the Indiana County Courthouse lobby. The exhibit is sponsored by WBL Hardwoods and its stay at the courthouse was arranged by County Commissioner Sherene Hess as part of Lumber Heritage Week.

September 2, 2017
‘Open-Air Worship’ / Music Performances 

If you listen for Anthony Frazier and his Acoustic Hour on hometown station WCCS, look for him on NAFF’s West stage 9AM Sunday, September 9. Anthony/His Word and Worship, and friends will be performing worship music in a variety of styles. Anthony stresses that all are welcome and no church affiliation is required.

August 24, 2017
Indiana County Commissioners Declare Lumber Heritage Week


August 23, the Indiana County Commissioners issued a proclamation declaring Indiana County Lumber Heritage Week, thanks in part to NAFF17 programming.

We caught a behind-the-scenes, behind-the-camera shot of commissioners Rodney D. Ruddock, Mike Baker, and Sherene Hess presenting the proclamation to festival administrator Laura Jeffrey, Downtown Indiana assistant director Linda Mitchell, and John Wenturine III representing Wood-On-Glass photo exhibit sponsor, WBL Hardwoods.

Commissioner Hess read the proclamation acknowledging Indiana County’s role in the Pennsylvania lumber industry — which ranks first in nation for volume of hardwood growing stock, production of hardwood lumber, and in export of hardwood lumber and wood products.

Check out our lumber industry-related programming here.

August 10, 2017
More Programming Updates

Advance events held in conjunction with NAFF17 include a special, free screening of documentary “The Last Raft.” The film revisits the 1938 voyage of a 112-foot raft on the Susquehanna River and the tragic turn of events when it collided with a bridge pier near Muncy, Pennsylvania. Amplify Church hosts the film 6:30PM at Indiana Theater, Thursday, September 8. “The Last Raft” is on loan from Indiana County Parks and Recreation and shown courtesy of the Muncy Historical Society.

April 29, 2017
More on Lumber Heritage Exhibit


NAFF17 is excited to host a collection of antique photos on loan from Pennsylvania’s Lumber Heritage Region. The work of William T. Clarke, the photos chronicle life in Potter, McKean, and Clinton counties during the lumber boom years of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The photos were discovered in a storage shed during the 1970s and initially assumed to be window panes. The find eventually evolved from a research project to a coffee table book by photo historians Ronald E. Ostman and Harry Littell.

We will also be welcoming Steve Manginell to NAFF. Steve is the outreach coordinator for the Lumber Heritage Region and will be accompanying the photos as well as giving a talk on Clarke, the photos and their discovery.

Ostman and Littell’s book, Wood Hicks and Bark Peelers: The Photographic Legacy of William T. Clarke (published by Penn State University Press in collaboration with the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 2016), will be for sale during NAFF and the only way to obtain copies of the photos.

Check out this recent Susquehanna Life article about the photos and their discovery.

April 8, 2017
Movie Break: WIUP Steelworker Doc on YouTube


If you enjoyed “The Struggle for an American Way of Life: Coal Miners and Operators in Central Pennsylvania, 1919-1933,” shown last year on WIUP-TV in conjunction with NAFF, be sure to check out another documentary by festival founder Dr. Jim Dougherty and several of his colleagues.  “People and Power: The Struggle Continues”  is a 1984 film about the steel industry and the American steelworker, “focusing on the effects of US Steel’s layoffs in the Mon Valley outside Pittsburgh, including Homestead and Duquesne, during the 1980s. ”

NAFF will again be incorporating film screenings for 2017 so stay tuned (of course) for when, were and how to watch.

December 9, 2016
Veterans Outreach Van to be On Hand for #NAFF17

DMVA Vans Image

PDMVA photo

A mobile unit providing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs benefits information and help is scheduled to be on hand September 10, 2017 during NAFF. Outreach Vans are operated by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The “mobile offices” set up during events throughout the state to provide assistance accessing “service connected disability compensation, improved pensions, death pensions, VA health care benefits, burial benefits, education benefits, vocational rehabilitation and much more.” Learn more about the program, view its schedule or request a van for your event here.

October 14, 2016
Antique Lumber Industry Photo Exhibit Also Planned for #NAFF17


William T. Clark photo (Pennsylvania Lumber Heritage Region)

Another lumber-themed exhibit slated for NAFF17 is the Wood on Glass exhibit generously lent by Pennsylvania’s Lumber Heritage Region. This collection of photographs by William T. Clarke chronicles the lumber industry and daily life between 1890 and 1917 in Pennsylvania’s Potter, McKean and Clinton Counties. Learn more here.

October 9, 2016
Traveling Exhibit Will Make a Stop at #NAFF17


PA Department of Agriculture photo

The Pennsylvania WoodMobile will be on hand next year at NAFF17. This traveling, interactive exhibit offers visitors a chance to learn about the history and importance of Pennsylvania’s forest resources. The 34-foot mobile unit recently replaced an older version that had visited all 67 Pennsylvania counties at least once, attended over 700 events and hosted more than 1.4 million visitors. Its interior and displays are finished in woods representing popular commercial species grown in the state (naturally). Find more information and educational materials related to Pennsylvania’s forests here.
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