The Ark announces 2021 Ann Arbor Folk Festival lineup

2022 shows to be in person

The finale of the 43rd Ann Arbor Folk Festival at Hill Auditorium on Feb. 1, 2020. (Andrew Rogers, Andrew Rogers)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Ark is keeping music alive with the return of in-person shows for the 45th Ann Arbor Folk Festival.

Twelve musical acts will take to the stage at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium, 825 N. University Ave., on Friday, Jan. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 29.

As Ann Arbor’s beloved nonprofit music venue, The Ark has held the festival for folk and roots music fans every year since 1976. In 2021, the event was moved to an online format due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Tickets can be purchased for one night or both.

Here’s what tickets will cost you:


Benefactor tickets cost $1,250. They include four platinum seats, personalized seat selection, recognition in the festival program, an invitation to the Folk Festival Pre-Glow Party and other perks.

Benefactor, platinum and gold circle presale tickets will be released on Monday, Nov. 29, and can be bought over the phone between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 734-761-1800.

The Ark members can buy tickets between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. starting on Monday, Dec. 6. Public tickets will then go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 10. These tickets can be bought online or over the phone.

Funds raised through the Ann Arbor Folk Festival benefit The Ark.

Find more ticket and lineup information at

Here’s the current lineup:


  • Glen Hansard
  • Punch Brothers
  • Madison Cunningham
  • The Ghost of Paul Revere
  • Gina Chavez
  • Kyshona


  • Emmylou Harris
  • Patty Griffin
  • Oshima Brothers
  • Sweet Water Warblers
  • Brittney Spencer
  • Jared Deck

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