Alabama Folk School

Dates & Rates

Learn something new.


August 8, 2020 - August 9, 2020

Join us for a shorter sampling of Folk School offerings. Come for the day for Saturday’s classes or stay the night to enjoy all Camp McDowell has to offer including hiking, canoeing on Clear Creek.

POSTPONED : New dates coming soon!

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September 4, 2020 - September 6, 2020

Farm Folk Weekend is your chance to experience the best of Camp McDowell's farm and folk programs. Bring the folks you love to Camp McDowell for a fabulous Labor Day weekend filled with fresh air, farm food, folk classes, fellowship, and more! Taught and facilitated by instructors from the McDowell Farm School and the Alabama Folk School, this is an amazing weekend, full of learning and community. Stay tuned for more information about classes and to register.

Registration coming soon!


October 8, 2020 - October 11, 2020

During this workshop quilters and artists practice in a beautiful, encouraging atmosphere while others fully immerse themselves in old-time music, their days and nights filled with classes taught by master musicians, jam sessions, concerts, and group performances. Participants register for one class that includes six in-depth sessions in that discipline. Afternoon mini-classes give participants a chance to learn a brand new instrument.

In-depth classes offered in this session include Fiddle I & II, Banjo I & II, Guitar, Mandolin, Harmony Singing, Repertoire, Blacksmithing, and Gee's Bend Quilting.

Information & Registration

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November 6, 2020 - November 8, 2020

Fall at Camp McDowell might be the loveliest time of all. Join us for a weekend of craft and music classes. Choose from Pie Baking Basics, Mosaic Art, Field Photography, and beginner Guitar and Ukulele classes. Click the registration button below to see more details about pricing and classes.


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February 5, 2021 - February 7, 2021

Our annual From Scratch weekend is a workshop designed for true beginners. Would you like to learn an instrument or art form, but are not sure where to start? This is the perfect workshop for you! Learn to play a new instrument or take up a folk craft or hobby in an encouraging and supportive environment.



April 8, 2021 - April 11, 2021

One of our most popular workshops is back with great Bluegrass music classes and Gee's Bend quilting. This four-day workshop provides a truly immersive experience with a fun and enthusiastic community of musicians and artists.


"I've been to the Folk School Old Time week for 2 or three years. Wonderful experience in a beautiful setting. I'll come again as soon as my shoulders allow me to fiddle. Great instruction." - Mary Brugh, Facebook Review