Welcome to Austin Friends of Traditional Music! Founded in 1974, our goal is to foster and support traditional music and dance from the many different cultures and communities found in Austin and its surrounding areas. We encourage playing, learning, dancing, and sharing our musical heritage in its many forms as they evolve with each new generation. Join us!
AFTM is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of traditional music and dance. We present two annual music festivals highlighting the central Texas music community and featuring local, national, and international folk musicians.
Mid-Winter Festival - Held in late January, this festival usually features 12 local traditional bands in 12 hours, along with workshops, jam sessions, and a silet auction. The festival also promotes designating the month of January in Austin as Folk Music and Dance Month in conjunction with the national and international observance.
Austin String Band Festival - Held in the Fall, this event celebrates all kinds of "string band" music with lots of live performances, workshops, and jams in a beautiful outdoor setting with camping available.