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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. Members FREE!

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.

Event is RAIN or SHINE!


STAGE #1 The New Performers Stage

(Hosted by Heather Pennington & WNY Fiddle Kids)

This venue offers two full days of performance opportunities for our younger and/or newer fiddlers. Stage #1 will offer a supportive environment for students, new performers (of any age), and fiddlers who seek to enhance their skills. We will also be offering some special "Meet the Fiddler" presentations that will teach more about the fiddling tradition in New York State.


STAGE #2 The Main Stage

(Hosted by the Flint Hill Folk)

Our traditional open stage is for fiddlers ages 12 and over and their accompanists. Noted regional fiddlers will kick-off each hour while, as always, other performance times are scheduled on a first-come-first-served basis.


STAGE #3 The Exhibition Barn

(Hosted by the Fiddlers of the Genesee)

The museum's spacious agricultural barn will again be the setting for expanded performances by fiddler or dulcimer-oriented music clubs and bands.


STAGE #4 The Historic Village - Brooks Grove Church

This venue is located in the 19th-century Historic Village inside a restored church that seats 175 comfortably. The natural acoustics and open nature of the building will welcome groups and bands to perform "unplugged" and at their leisure. 


Musician workshops:

Saturday & Sunday in the Carriage Museum, located next to the Exhibition Barn on the Great Meadow, attend FREE workshops open to all musicians.


Other exciting music venues:

Mitzie Collins and the Striking Strings perform all day in the hammered dulcimer tent.

The Fiddlers of the Genesee host a jamming tent open to all musicians next to the museum's gazebo.

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



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 or by calling 585-294-8218 and speaking with Melanie. There are many time slots left but they are filling up fast!



All fiddlers and their accompanists are admitted for FREE to this event.
Please have your instrument IN HAND at the admissions gate in order to receive your pass for the day (pianists may simply identify themselves). 

Please accept the free admission only if you plan (or have already been booked) to play on one of the stages. 

Compliments of the museum, all performers are allowed to bring one guest with them to the Fair for FREE!

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.