Kerrville Music Festivals are family oriented events which
are held each year on the Quiet Valley Ranch, just 9 miles
south of the resort town of Kerrville in the heart of the
beautiful Texas Hill Country. Our two annual festivals are
the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Kerrville Fall Music Festival.
by Rod Kennedy, the Kerrville Folk Festival has run annually
since 1972. It is the longest continuously running music
festival of its kind in North America. For 18 straight days
and nights each May and June, over 30,000 guests come from
all over the world to experience the magic of what we simply
call “Kerrville”. The Festival is known internationally
as a Mecca for singer songwriters of varying musical style.
It’s a place where those just developing their skills
have the opportunity to play their music along- side master
1500 outstanding singer-songwriters have been presented
on the Festival’s stages
the beginning. More than just a “folk music”
festival, Kerrville offers music of many styles including
traditional folk, bluegrass, acoustic rock, blues, country,
jazz, and Americana. The common thread is songwriting. The
focus of the festivals is to promote emerging artists while
giving our audience exposure to both new and recognized,
seasoned talent. Major label artists such as Lyle Lovett,
Willie Nelson, Michelle Shocked, Mary Chapin Carpenter,
Robert Earl Keen, Lucinda Williams, and Nancy Griffith played
Kerrville early in their careers. Through the years, the
Kerrville stage has seen other
nationally known artists like Peter Paul & Mary, Judy
Collins, Janis Ian and Arlo Guthrie, while others such as singer/songwriter/actor Ronny Cox
play on our stages any given year.
many folks come out just to see the evening main stage shows,
the heart and soul of the festival is in the campgrounds.
This is where you can truly experience and appreciate the
abundance of talent we are blessed to have in our midst
each year. Impromptu jam sessions can pop up at any time
around a campfire or anywhere there are people willing to
listen. A 24-hour a day treat for musicians and music enthusiasts
addition to the live music there are also special concerts
and activities for children,
schools, music business seminars, hill country bike rides,
canoe trips on the Guadalupe River, Sunday Folk Song Services,
and our annual New Folk Competition and concerts for emerging
songwriters. There is something for everyone who
music, camping, the outdoors, and making new friends.
whether you come out for a day, weekend or for the entire
Festival, you’ll find that the music, the ambiance,
and the spiritual optimism combine to make this America’s
most beloved and respected songwriters gathering.
Kerrville Fall Music Festival (formerly called Kerrville Wine & Music Festival) or “Little Folk”
as some call it, has a similar musical format to that of
the Kerrville Folk Festival, but the focus is also on Texas
Wines & Texas Craft Beers. Held each year over Labor Day weekend this annual
3-day event, combines camping, music, and the best wines
Texas winemakers and beer brewers have to offer. In addition to afternoon
and evening concerts, there are weekend wine
& beer seminars which pair food morsels with the vintners choice
of wines & brewers choice of beers.
on out and enjoy the magic of one of the Kerrville Music
Festivals. You’ll be glad you did and you will want
to come back every year.