Pete Seeger (1919-2014) was the dean of 20th century folk singers. For over sixty years, up until his passing in January of 2014, he performed powerful songs and lent his energies to causes he believed in. On the hundredth anniversary of his birth, Seeger’s influence and legacy has only grown as the issues he sang about, from labor struggles to environmentalism, have become increasingly urgent. His songs define these cultural and political flashpoints to this day, unique in their ability to offer a stance that is defined by strength, clarity, and compassion.
100th Birthday Celebration
On May 3rd 2019, what would have been Pete’s 100th birthday, Smithsonian Folkways is celebrating with the release of Pete Seeger: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection, a career-spanning anthology of Pete’s life, legacy, and music.
In the Spirit of Seeger, fans around the country are also planning events and tributes in their local communities. If you are planning any type of celebration, email us – we want to know about it!
The Smithsonian Year of Music is also calling all musicians to participate in a special interactive program.
Pete Seeger Centennial Events
Pete Seeger 100th Birthday Children’s Concert & Sing-a-long!
Brooklyn Folk Festival
Brooklyn, NY | St. Ann’s Church
Songs for a Peaceful Planet
Jewish Museum and Cultural Center
Pete Seeger – 100th Birthday Celebration, with Mark Dvorak and more
MSU Community Music School
East Lansing, MI
Pete Seeger Tribute Concert feat Tom Chapin, Gathering Time, & The Chapin Sisters
Old School Baptist Meeting House
Shawn Rohlf and Friends – Pete Seeger’s 100th Birthday concert
San Diego Folk Heritage
Templar's Hall in Old Poway Park
For the Love of Pete: A Celebration of Pete Seeger's Birthday with Musical Director Tammy Hall
Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse
Appleseeds: The Life, Times and Music of Pete Seeger
Port Washington Public Library
Port Washington, NY
PETE SEEGER Centennial Birthday Concert with HAPPY TRAUM
The Linda WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio
Pete Seeger 100th Birthday Party & Sing-Along
Unitarian Society of Hartford
Hartford, CT | Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall
A Pete Seeger Centennial Celebration: 100 Years of Protest!
Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall
Central Ohio Folk Festival - Celebrates Pete Seeger and Power of Folk Arts
Highbanks Metropark , Lewis Center
Lewis Center, OH
Gumbo, Grits & Gravy feat. Anne Harris, Marcella Simien & Guy Davis
Briggs Opera House
White River Junction, VT
Pete Seeger 100th Birthday Concert with John McCutcheon
Eddie Owen Presents at the Red Clay Music Foundry
4th Annual Pete Seeger Festival - celebrating Pete's 100th birthday
Tompkins Corners Cultural Center
Putnam Valley, NY
Pete Seeger Program at the 2019 San Francisco Free Folk Festival
Everett Middle School
San Francisco, CA
For Pete's Sake
"Pete Seeger Sing-a-long" w/Bob & Jeanne Zentz
Ocrafolk Festival/20th Anniversary
Caroline Doctorow: Pete Seeger's 100th birthday with selections from The Great American Folk Song Revival
Grounds and Sounds Café
East Setauket, NY
The Great Hudson River Revival, celebrating 100 years of Clearwater founder, Pete Seeger
Croton Point Park, NY
Happy Traum & Friends: Celebrating the Centenary of the Birth of Pete Seeger
Sing! Sing! Sing! The Songs of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and more...
Highlands Center-Natural History