HISTORY OF THE MUSIC FESTIVAL

A Brief History of the Santa Fe Traditional Music Festival

 The  Santa Fe festival has a long and illustrious history, beginning in 1974  as the Santa Fe Banjo and Fiddle Contest, and originally run by the  Santa Fe Friends of Old-Time Music, later becoming a festival under  another nonprofit group, the Southwest Pickers, who moved the event out  of Santa Fe in 2016, to pursue opportunities elsewhere. In 2017, the  festival was once again brought back to Santa Fe, through the  efforts of long-time festival organizers who have created a new  organization, the Santa Fe Friends of Traditional Music.  The 2017 TradFest was held at Camp Stoney, a beautiful location at 7855 Old Santa Fe Trail and our 2018 TradFest will be held at the same location.  This Festival is a sponsored  project of Outside In Productions, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that also produces the summer Bandstand Series of events on the Santa Fe Plaza.  All contributions to Santa Fe Friends of Traditional Music are tax-deductible. 

The 2018 Santa Fe Traditional Music Festival

Note:  This Festival is being put on by the Santa Fe Friends of Traditional  Music and is a sponsored project of Outside In Productions, a  non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization.  The Festival is not produced by the  SouthWest Traditional and Bluegrass Music Association and is not  directly affiliated with the Southwest Pickers Bluegrass and Old Time  Music Festival.