3RFS is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1988, serving the folk community near the confluence of the Yakima, Snake and Columbia rivers in SE Washington state (map)

We present concerts, coffeehouses, contra dances, song circles, and the annual Tumbleweed Music Festival (In its 27th year in 2023.)

Shanghaied on the Willamette Michael Carlos Band Bram Brata
Performers at Tumbleweed Music Festivals




It is with great sadness that Three Rivers Folklife Society notes the passing of a very long-time 3RFS member, Alan Gibbs.

Alan and his wife Judi started the 3rfs.org website in 1995. In this time of straight HTML, they figured out how to put sound clips online, and posted some of the earliest ones.

Alan subsequently maintained and developed the 3rfs.org website by himself until May 2023, when a serious medical condition suddenly sidelined him.

Alan was born in 1939, and died January 11, 2024.

He was a valued and valuable member of our organization, and put in excellent work to promote the organization and our aims.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends now. Thank you, Alan, for everything.




Many more events headed your way:

Coming Next in 2024:



(See Concert, Coffeehouse, Song Circle, or Tumbleweed pages for details)



    Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 7:30 PM:

    Matt Hammer!



    Saturday, May 18, 7:30 PM (Immediately following the 3RFS Annual Meeting, which starts at 7:00pm)
    All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 1322 Kimball Ave., Richland, WA
    (Please use the back parking lot, and enter through the rear door.)
    Tickets $20 / Free to 3RFS members at the door.
    (A 3RFS Annual Membership is also $20 at the door, and that will give you discounts on Concerts & Coffeehouses throughout their season!)

    Matt Hammer




  • Saturday, December 23, 2023 at 9:00 PM

    Dan Maher, of Inland Folk fame, returns with a new show, Dan Maher's Good Road on "Folk Music Notebook!"

    Dan Maher's Good Road - A Journey in Acoustic Music This new show will be 3 hours weekly, Saturdays at 9:00pm - Midnight PST. You can listen at Folkmusicnotebook.com, on the Folk Music Notebook app, through Alexa, or on various internet radio players.

    Folk Music Notebook


  • Saturday, December 2, 2023 at 7:30 PM

    Concert: Winter's Return! With William Pint, Felicia Dale, Tania Opland, and Mike Freeman!
    at All Saint's Episcopal, Richland. Tickets HERE!


  • Friday, December 8, 2023 at 7:00 PM

    Coffeehouse: Kay Miracle!
    at All Saint's Episcopal, Richland.


The 2024 Tumbleweed Festival: August 30 - September 1, 2024.    

The chosen theme for 2024 is "By Water, Under Trees."

See links on the Tumbleweed Fest Website RIGHT HERE!