Central Ohio Folk Festival 2023, Headlined by Nefesh Mountain

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Central Ohio Folk Festival 2023, Headlined by Nefesh Mountain

Acoustic Roots Music at its Best! 2 day family-friendly festival with multiple stages, workshops, jamming – Headlined by Nefesh Mountain

By Columbus Folk Music Society

When and where

Date and time

Starts on Saturday, May 6 · 10:30am EDT


Highbanks Metro Park 9466 Columbus Pike Lewis Center, OH 43035

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Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

About this event

  • 1 day 7 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

This Eventbrite listing is for pre-donations to reserve inside tent seating for the festival's Saturday night Headliner, NEFESH MOUNTAIN. And you can count this as your donation for gaining access to all other festival events. Please read the entire post to know more about the festival!

If you DO NOT want to reserve inside tent seating for Nefesh Mountain AND you prefer to attend the festival just during the day and pre-donate so you can avoid waiting in a longer line at the festival entrance, click here: Donate to COFF (No concert ticket reserves here).

About this event

A TWO-DAY FAMILY FRIENDLY FESTIVAL – with multiple stages featuring a refreshing variety of folk/roots/Americana performances. Are you itching to catch some live roots music in a great outdoor setting? Are you a musician that loves to jam with other musicians? You'll find it all here! AND we now have four ongoing jam tents – bluegrass, old-time, folk-folk-mix, and one for the very beginner. The festival also features kids' activities, 30+ music workshops (all levels of expertise), a new YouthFolk Tent, festival store, opening and closing community sings, and a drum circle each day.

Food trucks on site all day. Our beer garden features Nocterra Brewing beer. PLEASE NOTE: You are not permitted to bring your own alcohol onto Metro Park grounds.

NEFESH MOUNTAIN – SATURDAY EVENING HEADLINER – We’re excited to bring you this esteemed New York based band fronted by Eric Lindberg & Doni Zasloff and which has been hailed as one of today's formative boundary pushing Progressive Folk/Americana bands. Expect a mixture of Americana, Appalachian bluegrass, old-time, Celtic folk and eastern European music. Nefesh Mountain has recorded and shared the stage with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Bryan Sutton, John Doyle, Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers), Mark Schatz (Bèla Fleck, Nickel Creek), Mike Gordon (Phish) and Tony Trischka among others. The Troubadours, along with their band, continue to forge new paths in unknown territory, armed with Zasloff and Lindberg's strong, smokey, and folksy vocals and Lindberg’s soulful and masterful skills on guitars and banjo alike. Selling out venues from Atlanta to Chicago to New York City, Nefesh Mountain almost immediately took off in the USA roots music festival scene, with celebrated appearances at Merlefest, IBMA's Wide Open Bluegrass, NPR Mountain Stage and more.

FESTIVAL ENTRY – Our festival has changed to a "free-will donation" event. All festival events will be accessible by anyone entering the grounds and that includes the Saturday evening headliner concert and the workshops. We set up donation tents at the entrance. To make this "new way" successful, we’re encouraging donations. Know that your generous $$ support makes all of this possible!

Donations can be made on-site, at the "Donate to COFF" link above, or on this page. For a donation of $20 or more, you’ll get a fun flexible flyer, a cookie and a sticker (while supplies last)! Whether you donate via Eventbrite – which will reserve you an inside tent seat for Nefesh Mountain – OR you pre-donate via the donate link above, bring your receipt and look for the "I already donated" line for faster entry. PLEASE NOTE: to keep things the most manageable for us, we ask you to donate separately for each inside INSIDE-tent-seat reservation. One benefit? We are absorbing the Eventbrite donation processing fee on your behalf. IF you are visiting this reservation site and find inside seating is no longer available, know that lawn seating WILL always be available.

ADDITIONAL INFO about the event at: www.columbusfolkmusicsociety.org/festival


“I had an absolutely delightful day. . .Thanks for the nicest day out I’ve had all this year. And affordable too.”

“Jam tent was awesome. Magical how various musicians just ‘walked up’ and started playing ! Very enjoyable. Thank you!”

“Love it! Awesome way to introduce our kids to folk music.”

“Very beautiful setting and great music.”

“Everything about the festival glowed with professionalism and heart and we absolutely loved it !!!”

The festival is produced by the Columbus Folk Music Society in collaboration with the Metro Parks and co-sponsored by WCBE 90.5FM. The festival is held in the Big Meadows area of Highbanks Metro Park.

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About the organizer

The Columbus Folk Music Society, founded in 1991, is a not-for-profit, all volunteer-driven organization in Columbus, Ohio. Its mission is to promote the appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of folk music, song, dance, storytelling and other folk arts inclusive of all cultures.