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Folk Festival

Get ready to Find Your Folk! The annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival, a fundraiser for The Ark, returns to University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium for two dynamic and different nights of folk and roots music on Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Friday, January 26
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
JJ Grey & Mofro
Lori McKenna
Stephen Kellogg
Dead Horses
Chastity Brown
Joe Pug, emcee

Saturday, January 27
John Prine
Aimee Mann
Mountain Heart
Birds of Chicago
The Cactus Blossoms
The War and Treaty
Joe Pug, Emcee



at Hill Auditorium
825 North University
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109

Check out the information below to see how to Find Your Folk at the 41st Ann Arbor Folk Festival and follow The Ark and the Festival on Tumblr for music, video, artist info and updates at


Member Pre-Sale:  Tickets are on sale to Ark annual members by mail only November 1 through November 14 and are priced at $60 for a single night. Series tickets (both nights) are $110.  For information on becoming an Ark member call (734) 761-1800.

Gold Circle and Platinum Circle Tickets: Gold and Platinum Circle tickets – the best seats in the house – are on sale beginning November 1 until they are gone by calling The Ark office at (734) 761-1800 or by mail.  Gold Circle tickets are $100 for a single night and $180 for series tickets (both nights).  Platinum Circle tickets are $200 for a single night and $360 for series tickets.  Gold and Platinum Circle tickets include a tax-deductible donation to The Ark.  Platinum Circle tickets include backstage passes during intermission and an invitation to our Saturday pre-glow party.

Benefactor Circle Tickets: Become a Benefactor of the Ann Arbor Folk Festival and provide additional support to The Ark.  Benefactors receive all the benefits of Platinum Circle ticket holders and enjoy personalized seat selection and more.  To become a

Folk Festival Benefactor, contact Annual Giving Manager Tom Stoll at The Ark office at (734) 761-1800.

Student Pre-Sale:  Students can purchase tickets in advance of the general public, November 13 through 18, through the Michigan Union Ticket Office in person only with a valid student ID. Student tickets are priced at $42.50, $60 and $100 for a single night or $75, $110 and $180 for both nights.

Public Sale: Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, December 1 by phone at (734) 763-TKTS or in person at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, the Ark box office, or on line at  General public tickets are $42.50 and $60 for a single night; $75 and $110 for series tickets.

**Additional artist to be announced.  Program subject to change**

The first Ann Arbor Folk Festival took place in 1977, and since then it’s grown in scope and depth. The range of genres and styles is large, the sense of tradition when all the evening’s performers join together in song at the end of the Saturday show even stronger.

All funds raised through the Festival benefit The Ark, Ann Arbor’s non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music.