NEFFA 2024 Festival Performer Applications Are Open!

The New England Folk Festival (NEFFA) will be held on April 19-21, 2024 at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel & Trade Center, 181 Royal Plaza Dr West, Marlborough, MA 01752. For more information about our venue, please see this NEFFA page, which will be updated as we get closer to the 2024 Festival.

NEFFA is an all-volunteer festival made possible by contributions of time and talent from our hundreds of performers and volunteers. We thank you for your participation and welcome your performer applications.

For the 2024 NEFFA Festival, vaccination and masking are optional. For details, please review our 2024 NEFFA Festival COVID Policy. Please contact with any questions that may impact your decision to apply.


  • Applications open Thursday, September 15 at
  • General applications close at 11:59pm on Sunday, October 15
  • Dance performance applications close at 11:15pm on January 5, 2024.
  • Ritual dance applications close at 11:15pm on January 15.
  • Program Committee decisions (acceptances/rejections) are sent on or about January 15.

Performer confirmations of acceptance are due from accepted performers January 31.

How to Apply