Topanga Banjo/Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival
This is one of my favorite yearly events, it’s the 59th annual Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival. It’s just a wonderful lazy, laid back afternoon listening to bluegrass music surrounded by some really nice people.
The bad news is that the Western Town burned down in the Woolsey fire. The only structure still standing in the immediate area is the church used in HBO’s Westworld. The good news is that the festival will still occur!!!!
There is no official hike associated with the event, though there are several trails you can check out that start from the festival.
To sit close to the main stage, just bring a blanket to sit on. Per the FAQ section of their site, it appears that low back beach chairs (31″ or less) are allowed. Umbrellas are NOT allowed directly in front of the stage.
If you’re willing to sit a bit farther back, bring a chair and an umbrella and possibly a cooler with some cool drinks & food. They also sell food and drinks at the event. An umbrella is a good thing to have.
Sunscreen is also a must as there is limited shade that gets claimed early.
Here’s a link to the event page:
Adult tickets are $23, though you can get them for $18 if you purchase them by May 12th. The event page also has a “Frequently Asked Questions” section that can provide authoritative answers to any questions you might have.
I’m planning to get there by 10 am. and we’ll try to meet folks at the booth where you get tickets. After that, we’ll probably head back past the church in the main area (left as you enter) and set up there.
If you are new to the group. Come past the church and when no one is performing, yell “Yo PM hikers”, we’ll do our best to yell back.
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