A traditional, family friendly Folk Music Festival
held annually at the Saratoga County NY Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa NY.
Mark your calendars, Memorial Day Weekend,
Friday May 27, 2016, Saturday May 28th & Sunday May 29th 2016
Watch for updates as Memorial Day Weekend approaches.
Young/New performers that will amaze and entertain you! Friday night concert
Got the performing bug yourself? Wow our audience on Sunday. (open mic)
Got a little swing band in your blood? Dave Crump leads a swing jam – late Saturday.
Have fun with your family at a good old fashioned folk concert. Our sampler of all four acts goes from 10:25 to noonish Saturday; then concerts Saturday and Sunday.
Are you a muscian? Our performers give workshops for singers and musicians!
Dance dance dance! Fun with new friends at a traditional “barn dance” on Saturday night at 8.
Got a little Irish in your blood? Enjoy an authentic "pub sing" on Sunday at dusk -- without the pub but many more voices!
Or a little jamming
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|Overall Schedule for GottaGetGon 2016; come back later for updates)|
Purchase GGG Admission Tickets on-line, until May 15
--EARLY BIRD PRICING until May 20, 2016 !
Younger folk, under 19, are free with paying adult.
** Special Traffic Note ***
|** On Saturday morning there is a
parade in Ballston Spa.
Route 50 may be closed, in town.
We have prepared an alternate
route to get to the Fairgrounds.
Call Bruce Pomeroy 518/355-7330 or Howie Eskin 518/882-6809 for more info. Find (optional)
advance admission form (PDF, needs acrobat) Discount before May 16.
The Public is welcome. Early registration discount is available. Younger folk, under 19, are free with paying adult.
You don't have to be a member of PSG (but you're invited to join). Tickets are also available at the gate. Prices below.
2015/16 Gate Prices:
- Adults (23yrs+) $60/weekend* or $35/day (camping included)
- Students (19-22yrs) $40/weekend* or $25 /day
- under 19 free, with paying adult
- Evening only: $5/night.
- Parking is free :-)
You don't have to be a member of The Pickin' & Singin' Gatherin' (PSG) to come to the GGG. You will be most welcome.
Pre-registration Discount Prices:
(deadline: Monday May 15, 2016)
- Adults (23yrs+) $55/weekend* $30/day
- Students (19-22yrs) $30/weekend* $18/day - younger kids free with an adult.
For a pre-registration form call (518)674-8646 or (518)882 6809 -
leave a message.
Or click here for an adobe acrobat format pre-reg form, Print it, fill out the information, and send it to the address indicated on the FORM, with a check made out to "The Picking & Singing Gathering" or just "the PSG". PLEASE include a self-addressed, stamped return envelope - for your badges.
You don't have to be a member of PSG to come to the GGG, but we hope you will join; just indicate it on the form.
* Weekend rates include camping.
(camper electrical hookup may be extra - $30/night, we are still negotiating this :-)
For the Friday New Folks concert or Saturday Night Dance only, a $5 donation is requested. Younger folks under 19 free, with paying adult! What a deal!
For further Information send e-mail to Howie. Volunteers are needed.
Directions to Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa NY
- From Albany, take I-87 (the northway) to exit 12.
- Take route 67 west to the junction of route 50.
- Turn right. Go through the village of Ballston Spa (through 3 traffic lights) and make a left onto Prospect Street.
- Go up the hill to Saratoga County Fairgrounds. (Saturday morning use the alternate route, past the high school.)
From Scotia, Glenville, Burnt Hills, Charlton, Galway, Amsterdam, Saratoga Springs, Cambridge, Glens Falls, Vermont, etc. - you must know the way already.
see:Google Map: 161 Prospect Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Or Try: MapQuest : Ballston Spa or Fairgrounds Ave & Prospect St, Ballston Spa, NY or just Zip:12020
The GottaGetGon festival is a public function of the Pickin' & Singin' Gatherin', a folk music club near Albany NY. We started it in 1970.
The PSG's traditional refrain on Memorial Day Weekend is "Gotta Get Gone!" from the city and out to where music and friendship takes over for the weekend. It's a time to lean back, sit around, and be with friends and family, play some music, sing some songs, and listen to some of the best music around, day and night.
The GottaGetGon is an intimate family folk festival, put on by a small handful of volunteers, and designed for folks who believe that music is part of life. It is a place where grownups, teens, and children can be part of the experience of sharing music, time, and friendship. It's a special gather'n' where PSG invites a few select performers to join us for a weekend of fine music.
Many of us camp at the festival site: Saratoga County Fairgrounds in
Ballston Spa NY, others commute back and forth, and bring a picnic
There are workshops and concerts from about 10:00 a. m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday evening there is the biggest family dance you ever saw, and there are a capella sings and informal campground music Friday and Sunday evenings. It's all under cover so don't worry about rain.
Most PSG members are much more interested in doing, rather than just watching, music. Many are excellent musicians, singers, and dancers. We invite performers to come, not only to showcase their own music, but so we can learn new music. That's what many of the small workshops are for - sometimes they're where people can learn by doing; sometimes they're mini-concerts so members can learn the performer's techniques and repertoire. Of course if you don't pick or sing you can still come gather and enjoy.
You will find that the GottaGetGon is a small, fairly traditional, folk gathering - no matter what kind of music you like, it's a wonderful experience. We hope you will join in the music and folks at GGG. (You don't have to be a member of PSG to enjoy the GottaGetGon - but you may want to become a member and participate in our other activities.)