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Old-Time Fiddlers' Fair

Old-Time Fiddlers' Fair

Rosin up your bow and mark your calendar for this melodious weekend featuring hundreds of musicians on four stages with non-stop entertainment. Music will flow continuously with performances from more than 100 musicians, drawn from around the state and ranging from polished professional to the youngest beginner.  Music continues each day until 5pm. Event is RAIN or SHINE! Members FREE

 

PERFORMERS BOOKING YOUR TIME SLOTS:

Fiddlers can sign up for performances on any stage prior to the festival. Some time slots are reserved for tradition bearers and other key regional performers. To book your performance, please contact the Special Events office by emailing events@gcv.org or by calling 585-294-8219 and speaking with Melanie. There are many time slots left but they are filling up fast!

 

FREE ADMISSION FOR PERFORMERS!

All fiddlers and their accompanists are admitted for FREE to this event only if you are playing on one of the stages. Please have your instrument IN HAND at the admissions gate in order to receive your pass for the day (pianists may simply identify themselves). Additionally, performers are allowed to bring one guest with them to the Fair for FREE!

The New Performers Stage

Co-hosted by Mark Panfil and the Buffalo Bluegrass Youth Ensemble and Jackie Hobbs’ Fiddlin’ Future, this venue offers open performance opportunities for young and new fiddlers alike. New performers of any age are welcome to sign up for 10-minute slots of solo or group performance as they practice and continue to enhance their skills. The New Performers Stage also features special presentations by NYS “tradition bearers,” which provide visitors with more information on our state’s fiddling roots and support the traditional education of new fiddlers.

The Main Stage

Hosted by the Flint Hill Folk, this stage caters to fiddlers ages 12 and older, their accompanists and fellow band members. Noted regional fiddlers and NYS “tradition bearers” kick-off each hour, while other performances are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Exhibition Barn

Hosted by the Fiddlers of the Genesee, the museum's spacious agricultural barn serves as the setting for expanded performances by fiddler and dulcimer-oriented music clubs and bands.

Brooks Grove Church

Part of our 19th-century Historic Village, this restored Methodist church seats 175 comfortably. The church’s natural acoustics and open architecture lend itself to groups to perform “unplugged” and at their leisure.

Carriage Museum: Musician Workshops

FREE workshops open to all musicians Saturday and Sunday in the Carriage Museum, located next to the Exhibition Barn on the Great Meadow. Workshops are conducted by NYS “tradition bearers” and offer skill improvement for beginning, intermediate and advanced fiddlers.

Other Venues

Be sure to stop by our other venues to get your fill of music, including:
The Hammered Dulcimer Tent – Featuring Mitzie Collins and the Striking Strings, etal.

The Jam Tent – Hosted by the Fiddlers of the Genesee next to the bandstand, all musicians are welcome to drop by for a casual set.

Musicians are encouraged to strike up a tune anywhere they please throughout the Historic Village and Great Meadow areas!

Purchase TicketsPurchase Tickets

  • Adult - $22.00

  • Senior Citizen (62+) - $19.00

  • College Student (w/ ID) - $19.00

  • Youth (4-18) - $14.00

  • Child (3 and younger) - FREE!

No tickets will be sent through the mail. Please print the email confirmation that you receive after placing your order; it will serve as your ticket at the door.

There are no refunds for special event tickets.