Just a couple weeks out from its planned “Pocket-Sized” weekend at Spring Mountain, the Philadelphia Folksong Society has cancelled the in-person edition of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, announcing plans to present another virtual festival instead.

As they stated in a press release:

Since March 2020, the Philadelphia Folksong Society has followed the science, consulting with local and national infectious disease experts to ensure the safety of our folk community in pursuit of their mission to preserve the past, promote the present, and secure the future of folk music and related forms of expression. With health guidelines changing daily and the rise in COVID infections to their highest in months, coupled with the fact that PFF is a family event and that children are not able to be vaccinated, we have made the decision to cancel the in-person portion of the Festival. 

Philadelphia Folk Festival presented a well-recieved virtual gathering during the 2020 quarantine as well; this year’s virtual show will be presented online August 21st and 22nd, and tickets are available here. The full lineup will be announced later this week, and ticket holders will be contacted later this week via email with information about digital access as well as refunds.