The Golden Link Folk Singing Society has been organizing folk and acoustic-music happenings in the greater Rochester area for 42 years now, doing everything from organizing weekly “sing-arounds” to hosting national, even international performers.

The annual Turtle Hill Folk Festival is the society’s season to shine. Each year the society brings around half a dozen major folk acts for evening concerts, on a weekend that also includes plenty of hands-on musical activities for folks in attendance: workshops, a contra dance, opportunities to jam together around the campfire once the concerts are over. Performers such as David Francey, Odetta, Carrie Rodriguez and Peggy Seeger have played the festival — not necessarily household names in the mainstream, but quite recognizable to folk fans.

This year’s festival returns once more to the Rotary Sunshine Campus at 809 Five Points Road in Rush. It’s set for this weekend, Sept. 6-8.

This year’s headliners include the following:

The Honey Dewdrops (Friday) — A Virginia-based duo performing a blend of Americana and traditional folk music. On stage, they focus on dynamically blending instrumentation and vocals, with a high lonesome quality to the way their voices blend.

The Stray Birds (Friday) — Multi-instrumentalists from southeastern Pennsylvania whose original sound draws upon the richness of American folk music traditions, presented in three-part harmony.

John Gorka (Friday) — A singer-songwriter and rich baritone who was called “the preeminent male singer-songwriter of what has now been dubbed the New Folk movement” by Rolling Stone magazine in 1991 — after just his first couple albums.

Pesky J. Nixon (Saturday) — A band drawing its influence from contemporary urban balladeers, bluegrass and New England's wryly witty folk scene.

Bruce Molsky (Saturday) — A virtuoso of old-time Appalachian fiddling (and singing). His concerts may include a Virginia reel, a Swedish waltz or a loping cowboy ballad — or all of them. Molsky's appearance is funded in part by the Fiddlers of the Genesee.

Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen (Saturday) — Married folk singers who have played the Turtle Hill fest on more than one occasion — in fact, it brought them together. They met at Turtle Hill 25 years ago. Gillette's songs have been recorded by artists such as Nanci Griffith, Mickey Gilley and Garth Brooks.

Both Friday and Saturday's lineups of concerts will start at 7 p.m.

The daytime schedule Saturday and Sunday, starting at 10 a.m., will feature workshops on the hour centered around mini-performances, vocal performance, songwriting and instrumental technique. Many of the performers will be taking part in the workshops, along with such local performers as Allen Hopkins. Following Saturday's workshops will be a contra dance at 4 p.m. with music by Great Big Yam Potatoes and calling by David Smuckler. Sunday afternoon's schedule ends with a 2 p.m. concert featuring many of the performers. Folk duo Mustard's Retreat will perform a daytime family concert on Saturday. Also on hand will be Scott Alarik, long-time folk music writer for the Boston Globe and author of "Revival" and "Deep Community," who will talk about the history of folk music.