Supporting the Festival
The Festival is not possible without our 250+ volunteers and the generous private and public contributions, grants and sponsorships to support its programs. Most contributions are tax-deductible. Donations may be sent by snail mail at the address below or by PayPal.
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To lend your support to the Festival you can:
1) volunteer with us
2) join our $40-for-40 years of the Festival and help us achieve another 40 years, or
3) become a Friend of the Festival and give a general donation.
As always, we are forever grateful for your generosity and for allowing the Festival to become a tradition in your life, your family’s lives as well as your community.
Make your donation now:
$40-for-40 more years
Along with your donation, please share with us your favorite Festival memories and why you would like to see the Festival continue for another 40 years. Share via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, on Facebook or on Twitter with #40for40.
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For all mail-in donations by check, please send to the mailing address below and make payable to: New Jersey Folk Festival
New Jersey Folk Festival
American Studies Department
Rutgers, The State University
131 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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Established in 1975, the New Jersey Folk Festival is an annual, FREE, nonprofit family event, the oldest continuously run folk festival in the state. Managed by undergraduate students at Rutgers, The State University, in New Brunswick, the festival is held on the grounds of the Eagleton Institute on the Douglass campus, always on the last Saturday of April, rain or shine. Each year the festival attracts more than 15,000 people and is one of the City of New Brunswick’s largest, regularly-scheduled events.
The mission of the New Jersey Folk Festival is to preserve, defend and protect the music, culture and arts of New Jersey. Therefore, the primary focus of the New Jersey Folk Festival is on the traditional indigenous music, crafts and foods of the diverse ethnic and cultural communities within New Jersey and its surrounding region. Typically, the event features four stages of music, dance and workshops, a juried craft market, a children’s activities area, a delicious array of food choices who offer everything from hamburgers, vegetarian fare and funnel cake to a wide variety of ethnic foods, a folk music marketplace and a Heritage area which offers a close-up look at each year’s ethnic or geographical theme or other appropriate exhibit.
Each year the festival strives for diversity in selecting performers, not only seeking out traditional “American” artists, but also reaching out via field work to the many ethnic communities found within New Jersey. The annual ethnic or regional feature contributes an essential intimate connection to these varied cultural groups represented in the state’s population.
The New Jersey Folk Festival is professionally supervised by its founder and executive director, Angus Kress Gillespie, professor of American Studies at Rutgers.