Our Mission

San Diego Folk Heritage preserves and promotes acoustic music, storytelling, and Contra Dances in greater San Diego. We provide an opportunity for members of the community to see, hear, and take part in these activities.

We meet these goals throughout the year by presenting concerts, and storytelling by local artists, by offering weekly Contra Dances featuring live music, and by sponsoring concerts by touring musicians. In addition, we present the Sam Hinton Folk Heritage Festival every June, featuring concerts, Contra Dances, storytelling, and educational workshops. We also co-sponsor the Sea Chantey Festival aboard Star of India, and the Train Song Festival at Old Poway Park.

We believe that the many traditions of our various cultures are important and that they must be preserved and passed on. We also believe that without a conscious effort to preserve these arts, they can easily be lost in the fast pace and noise of today’s popular culture.