The McCall Folklore Society & The Summer Music Festival began almost 40 years ago as a result of the efforts of a unique band of self-named Raggle-Taggle Hippies who loved music and family-type gatherings. The free-form nature of this event lent it a special charm that persists to this day. While most present day festival venues are tightly controlled, the Summer Music Festival’s family-friendly atmosphere encourages personal freedom and responsibility. The festival is a gathering of returning old-timers, locals, and newcomers who harmonize with each other and the music coming from the stage.
The end result is always a transcendent good time. In the background is a mix of dozens of volunteers, the venue itself, the festival-goers, and readily accessible performers who produce a foreground event that bursts with energy, good vibes, and memorable moments. The energy that goes into the festival is magnified and returned in ways that are spontaneous and seemingly magical. The folks who gather there know it and love it. They point out that by replacing a single letter in the word energy, the essential key to what has made the festival so special these past 40 years is synergy, where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. So it is that a relatively small event proudly reflects the combined efforts of a big-hearted community.
The McCall Folklore Society is a Non-Profit Organization that sprung out of the Summer Music Festival. It is committed to bring live music & culture to McCall & its surrounding areas! The Society was formed in 1977 with the idea that Great Live Music helps enrich the life of not just McCall or Valley County, but All of Idaho! The Summer Music Festival is the main annual event put on by the Society, but there are many other events organized throughout the year.