Programs & Events

Programs & Events


  • Live! Folklife Concerts
    This free concert series is scheduled annually on Thursdays during the spring and fall.
  • Live! Storytelling
    From the local to the international, these sessions celebrate a traditional art. 
  • Bluegrass Music Jam
    Pickers and listeners alike come together on a Thursday once-a-month September through March.
  • Summerland Music Society
    Live chamber music is performed in July and August during this free annual series
  • Colgate Resolutions Live!
    Colgate University's premiere co-ed a cappella group has made the Folklife Center a regular stop on their annual tour.
  • Folklife After Hours
    These online performances are designed to shine a light on talented local musicians.


  • Shutter Squad
    In this free program for tweens ages 10-13, participants learn photography from professionals and exhibit their work in our gallery.
  • Ukulele Classes
    Learn to play the joyful Hawaiian instrument, and experience the magic that comes from making music with others. Instructor Alexander Grandy shares his passion and expertise with students in our fun and free classes.
  • Do Tell: Learning to Perform Personal Stories 
    This free workshop series is led by storytellers/educators Margaret French and Betty Cassidy.
  • Family History One-to-One
    Drop-in service with genealogy expert scheduled once a month in the Research Room.       
  • Kids' Corner
    Concerts, workshops, and other presentations are made to order for the new generation.

Talks & Presentations 

  • Meet the Author/Meet the Film Maker
    Annual talks by presenters with new books, films and research on topics of regional interest.
  • Illustrated Talks
    Presentations on a variety of topics support exhibitions in our Folklife Gallery.

Past Folklife programs and events