Welcome to the 8th annual Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival— Honesdale, PA’s, annual FREE music and arts event!
The Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival committee has been hard at work since last July, continuing our efforts to support the community and surrounding area by delivering this fun family event. This includes the now-famous Tunes and Tales Tent, sponsored by the Wayne County Arts Alliance, and a variety of FREE musical talent that will run throughout the day and evening all around historic Honesdale’s Main and Church Street areas.
By producing this festival, we are exposing our area to a large variety of arts and entertainment that people otherwise might not have access to. This has always been the goal of the R&R Festival, and it is guaranteed to inspire guests from our immediate Wayne County area, as well as the broader tri-state region, to visit Honesdale time and time again.
We are very blessed to have the many sponsors that make this festival a reality. Without their financial support, this event simply could not happen. At a time when the general economy is still less than stellar and purse strings are tight, these sponsors have reached deep into their coffers to lend their support to this event. These sponsors realize the importance of this festival to Honesdale, Wayne County, and the entire northeast Pennsylvania area. The entire Roots & Rhythm board and committee are deeply grateful for their support.
More than 200 people are involved in making this festival a reality, proof that we stand strong together as a community. Whether you are a guest, a volunteer, or a sponsor, we thank you for your past and future support.
The historic Honesdale area has a lot to be proud of. We are known as the “Birthplace of the American Railroad.” MLB Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson played baseball here. The 1959 Masters Tournament champion, Art Wall, Jr., was born here. General Lyman L. Lemnitzer, who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was a Honesdale native. Dick Smith, who wrote the lyrics to “Winter Wonderland,” which was inspired by Honesdale’s Central Park (the site of the festival), also lived here. The Wayne County Fair will celebrate its 150th anniversary this year. And our town hosts the Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival every year!
So mark your calendar now for Saturday, June 15, and visit www.HonesdaleRootsAndRhythm.com for regular updates.