Welcome to the West Coast Ragtime Society web site where you will find information on our annual Ragtime Festival, ragtime event calendars, and ragtime links. Our annual Festival is held the weekend prior to Thanksgiving.
What is the West Coast Ragtime Society? The West Coast Ragtime Society is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization established for the preservation and promotion of Ragtime and vintage American music.
The Society produces the world's premiere annual ragtime festival in Sacramento , California , the ragtime capital of the world! The Festival is the best and biggest ragtime festival in the world. There's lots and lots of great music from the finest musicians and groups available spread over three days in convenient multiple venues, including dancing, at a very reasonable price. It's well managed and financially sound. No other festival offers such a terrific program! Additionally, the Society sponsors ragtime concerts, and support to youth who have an interest in ragtime.
The Society was founded by ragtime enthusiasts in Fresno , California in the 1980s. The first 10 festivals were produced in Fresno from 1987 to 1996. In 1997, the Society transferred its base of operations and the Festival to Sacramento . The 19th Festival will be held November 18-a 20, 2005.