The Old Time Weekend
It happens every year on the last weekend in September.
A weekend for old time musicians
This is about jams. This is about old time music, the traditional American square dance tunes played with fiddles, banjos, guitars, and other acoustic instruments. You won't see stage performances. You will hear great music just by walking from campsite to campsite.
Registration & Donation
Email us in advance at FrederickOldTime@gmail.com so we know how many campers to expect. Tell us the number of adults and kids, which nights, and whether you plan to sleep in your tent, vehicle, RV or a cabin. If you make your own reservation through the Brunswick Family Campground, tell them you are with the Acoustic Pickers, request a location near the south end, and inform us of your reservation.
We will gladly accept donations to cover the campground rental. For those visiting one day only, we suggest $10 per adult. For tent campers, we suggest $20 per adult for the entire festival. For those renting an RV pad, you must pay the campground so no donation required. Everyone: do not pay any campground entrance fee! Instead, say you are with the festival and visit us to get your wristband.
Camping: tent, vehicle, or hotel
We reserved an area for tent camping and you may pitch your tent for free but you may not drive on the grass. For about $55/night, you can rent an RV pad that holds an RV plus a vehicle and offers water, electricity, fire pit, picnic table, and nearby dumping station. Our Details Page shows pictures and maps .
TravelLodge includes Penny's Diner, wifi, and pets for about $100/night. The Oak Tree Inn and Lockkeeper's Inn are closed. Across the bridge in Lovettsville VA there is Georges Mill B&B and Stone Manor Country Club. There are larger hotels in Harper's Ferry WV, Frederick MD, and Leesburg VA. There are suburban rooms to rent on AirBnB, and RVs to rent on RVshare and Beckley's. The Trail Head Journey rents a car loaded with camping gear and food!
Located in Brunswick along the Potomac River
The city of Brunswick is in Frederick County Maryland along the Potomac River. It is between the cities of Harper's Ferry WV, Frederick MD, and Leesburg VA. It is very close to the towns of Lovettsville VA and Point of Rocks MD. The location is accessible by hike or bike or horse, MARC train, BTS bus, boat, or car. The campground The C & O Canal is a National Historic Park whose towpath is now a long bike path from Washington DC through Cumberland and on to Pittsburgh. Brunswick is full of trains. The train museum (Heritage Museum) is a few blocks from the tracks. The Brunswick Line of the MARC train from Washington DC to Martinsburg WV stops here. The Railroad Days festival is downtown every October. The BBQ Throwdown is in March.
The Brunswick Family Campground is a city park managed by River & Trail Outfitters. The campground is between the Potomac River, the C & O Canal, and a CSX train yard. You can ride bikes, paddle kayaks, hike the canal towpath, or watch the trains. The campground has a bath house with showers. The camp store rents bikes and kayaks and sells firewood, ice, and camping supplies. There are five heated cabins which are reserved for festival use including indoor jams. There are parking lots near the tent areas but cars should not park on the grass. Dogs with leashes, and fishing with a license, are allowed. The campground enforces Quiet Time 11pm to 7am. Alcohol is not permitted outside of one's tent or RV. A manager and security guard remain on site overnight. [Camping details here.]
Brunswick has stores. The Beans in the Belfry cafe is home to our Old Time Jam every 1st and 3rd Sunday. The cafe in a restored old church serves coffee, wine, beer, sandwiches, and dessert. The Towpath Creamery, a small grocery right at the railroad crossing, serves Trickling Springs ice cream by the cone. The Smoketown Brewing Station in a converted old firehouse serves local brews; you can order dinner from King's Pizza next door. The Potomac Street Grill can handle meat lovers and vegetarians. The Corner Store at Maryland & Potomac streets sells wine, beer, soda, and milk. The giant Weiss supermarket is on 17 near the Brunswick exit from highway 340. The Moose Lodge is closed but the American Legion post 96 at the Maple Street railroad crossing hosts country music on Fridays.
This is a fun retreat for people who love to play, listen to, or dance to Old Time acoustic music. We enforce family-friendly behavior. We want to get away from amplified music and electric instruments. We don't tolerate rude, offensive, or drunken behavior. We welcome EVERYONE who wants to participate.
- Join the jams Thursday evening through Sunday morning.
- Camp out Thursday night, Friday night, or Saturday night.
- Contribute to the community potluck dinner and dance on Saturday night.
- Enjoy daytime recreation including hiking and biking and kayaking.
- Fall asleep to the sounds trains jostling back and forth!
- Bring your fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins, and standup basses.
- Don't play louder than the trains!
- Provide your own tent, awning, chairs, food, drinks, cook stove, utensils.
- Use the public bathrooms & showers. Pay for ice, fire wood, bikes, kayaks.
Thanks to our organizers: Jason, Howard, Cuch, Heather, Marissa, Gina.
The 2018 promotional card.
The 2017 promotional card.