Join us for another great year! 

8th Annual Lake Erie Folk Fest


Saturday, February 3, 2024

       New Location!  Thwing Center at Case Western Reserve University (11111 Euclid Ave., Cleveland)


Brought to you by:
The Thwing Student Center at Case Western Reserve University

In partnership with:


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Get ready for a free day of music workshops, jams and mini-concerts from 1 to 6 p.m. Doors open at noon. 


Stay for an evening (admission charged) filled with incredible music, dancing, and good vibes. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. EST. Doors open at 7 p.m.

*This is a cashless event. Only credit/debit will be accepted for ticket and merchandise purchases at the Lake Erie Folk Festival.

Pretend Friend
Pretend Friend

Check out Pretend Friend, an Americana jam band from Witchita KS that defies convention and redefines the bluegrass genre with captivating live performances.


Add AppalAsia and experience the richness and diversity that happens when a dulcimer, erhu, and banjo come together in music and song.

And marvel at the talented Cleveland Institute of Music student musicians who bring an uplifting lobby act to get your heart racing before the show and during intermission, plus be awed by a cultural ‘Welcoming Dance’ performance that will get your feet stomping!

We’re Excited to Invite You to Our New Home!

Lake Erie Folk Fest is Moving to CWRU!

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE that the Lake Erie Folk Fest has a new home and new partnerships for our 2024 festival.

CWRU Thwing Center

We’ve been looking for a few years now for the right space to allow the fest to grow, to make it accessible to our large and growing community, and to help us meet our goal of sharing the music we love with younger audiences. We think our new home will do all those things!

We hope you’ll come visit us in February, when LEFF moves to a new space in Case Western Reserve’s Thwing Center, in partnership with WRUW-FM, Case Western Reserve University’s college radio station.

In its first seven years, the Lake Erie Folk Festival grew to be a cornerstone of Northeast Ohio’s traditional music community, thanks to the support of people like you.

The festival has drawn visitors from five counties and three states to Greater Cleveland in the otherwise dark days of February, a bright spot in the cultural calendar and an important anchor in growing and sharing the riches of the region’s traditional music scene.

The Case Western Reserve University campus is in the heart of Northeast Ohio’s largest arts and culture hub, and WRUW is the preeminent college radio station in our region. We’re happy to be bringing all the resources of this new home and partnership to our traditional music community.

Plans for this year’s festival include all the free daytime workshops, performances and jam sessions that you’ve grown to love, as well as an evening concert packed with local, regional and national talent. For more information about Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association, and to meet some of our new board members, stop by our NEOMHA website.

We’ll make sure you have all the details you need for directions, parking, programs and more, so watch this space as we get closer to festival time – we’ll have lot of fun news to share. 

We can’t wait to see you in February!

A Community Celebration of Traditional Music

Info desk
Working at the info desk is one of many volunteer positions at the Lake Erie Folk Fest. Photo by Jen Hearn
Jamming at the 2019 LEFF. Photo by Aaron Parker

Passing on traditional music and dance . . .

We need your support.

LEFF depends on donations, large and small, from generous individuals such as yourself.  Dollars raised from this campaign represent just a portion of festival costs. We are a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so your donation may be tax deductible.

Donate here.



From the Blog . . .

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