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California Musical Saw Festival 2024

SUNDAY - August 18th, 2024 - 10:00am to 5:00pm at ROARING CAMP in Felton, CA - www.roaringcamp.com

CONTEST:   SUNDAY - August 18th, 11:00am


The Saw Festival is free and takes place at Roaring Camp in Felton, California. The first festival was in 1978, this year will be the 44th.

We have had participants in this festival from all over the United States, and from Canada, China, Japan, Czechoslovakia, England, France, New Zealand, and Australia.

ROARING CAMP is located between San Jose and Santa Cruz just off Hwy 17 at 5401 Graham Hill Road in Felton.

The main stage will have continuous music from 11:00am until 5:00pm including the saw contest and other entertainment featuring individual sawplayers as well as bands which include musical saws, guitars, mandolins, fiddles, accordion, bass etc. You'll hear a wide range of music: Old-timey, Bluegrass, Classical, Blues, Folk...

The MUSICAL SAW CONTEST (The "Saw Off") will start at 11:00am.

To assure your space in the contest please submit the following form by August 1st. Also, please register at the festival by 11am. The entry fee for the contest is $5 and there is a $5 annual fee to become a member.

membership/contest form

CONTEST RULES: Each contestant is to play two songs. You may play one piece with accompaniment of any kind, and then you are asked to play "Auld Lang Syne" twice through without accompaniment. "Auld Lang Syne" is known all over the world, but in some places it is called "Friendship Forever."

ROARING CAMP is a large facility with an old-fashioned train you can ride through the redwoods, a great place for the whole family.

We always have spontaneous jamming taking place under the trees around the festival; you'll enjoy lots of different musical styles including old-time, bluegrass, Irish and general folk.



Lodging Information for the Saw Festival

If you are coming to this year’s Saw Festival from outside the San Francisco Bay Area, you should know that finding a room in hotels/motels in Santa Cruz is VERY difficult on Summer weekends, as it is a popular tourist destination. Also, in the Summer the prices are higher, but you might find less expensive lodging in Scotts Valley, which is only about 5 or 6 miles from Felton (the Festival is at Roaring Camp, which is in Felton). There are also a few small Bed and Breakfasts, lodges, resorts etc. in and around Felton.

If you decide to get a room or campground, I’d suggest making your reservations ASAP, because if you wait until closer to the Festival it may already be too late (you’ll have to go farther away from the Festival).

Here are a few to get you started:

Fern River Resort 5250 Highway 9, Felton, CA 95018 Phone: 831-335-4412

Best Western Inn - Scotts Valley 6020 Scotts Valley Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066 Phone: 831-438-6666

Hilton San Jose South/Scotts Valley 6001 La Madrona Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066 Phone: 831-440-1000

If you have a camper, trailer, RV or just a car you can sleep in, you can join us for a friendly overnight potluck/jam which starts at about 6:00 PM on Saturday in the outer parking lot at Roaring Camp - for FREE. We rent a fresh "Porta-Potty" for our use there, but it's really just a dirt parking lot - there is no running water or electricity.

There is a nice park with camping perhaps 2 or 3 miles from Roaring Camp, South East of Felton along Graham Hill Rd. It's called Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park at 101 North Big Trees Park Rd., Felton, CA - (831) 438-2396 - Campground Reservations (800) 444-7275 - www.parks.ca.gov

The park features 15 miles of hiking and riding trails through a forest that looks much the same as it did 200 years ago. The park is the home of the Redwood grove, with a self-guided nature path, and Douglas fir, madrone, oak and the most unusual feature of the park, a stand of Ponderosa pine

Not TOO far away (10 or 15 miles?) is Big Basin Redwoods State Park, with Campgrounds & tent cabins - Open Year Round 21600 Big Basin Hwy, Boulder Creek (800) 874-8368 - (831) 338-8860 - www.parks.ca.gov - The park has miles of trails that link Big Basin to Castle Rock State Park and the eastern reaches of the Santa Cruz range. Both hikers and equestrians utilize the trails.