Watermelon Park Fest is a family-friendly music festival created by Shepherds Ford Productions that is located on the Shenandoah River just outside of Berryville, VA. Festivities include Concerts, Dances, Workshops, Band & Pickin' Contests, Kid's Activities, Open Jams, Food & Craft Vendors, and more!
9 am Gate opens (close 11 pm).
Noon- 1:00pm: Mike Ward slow Jam (Dance Tent): Let’s Pick, again! Check out this popular workshop and join Mike Ward in a jam session for players of all ages and skill levels, but especially geared toward beginners. Learn the unspoken rules of playing in an open circle jam. This workshop will focus on playing and singing classic bluegrass tunes at a moderate pace for all to enjoy. We’d love to see you at the slow jam for a reunion! Join Stacey Sinclair and Mike Ward at the Jam to learn more about this annual experience
1:00-1:30pm: Pollinators Seed Balls w/ Stacey Sinclair (Kids Tent): Learn about supporting pollinators in your ecosystem. Mix wildflower seeds into balls that can be taken back to your campsite or back home. Fling your seed balls to help create wildflower habitats.
1:30-2:00pm: “Hula Hoop Dance Workshop! (Kids Tent): Want to learn how to Hula Hoop, or learn a new Hoop trick? Come join Corissa, as she will teach beginner & intermediate hoop dance and tricks! Hoops will be around to use all weekend, so come by even if you miss the workshops!”
1:30-2:15pm: Carsie Blanton (Dance Tent): Rolling Stone said of Carsie’s latest album “tackles gender expectations, genre norms, societal expectations and sex through songs that are as smart and funny as they are well-constructed”!
1:30-2:30pm: Yoga with Jen Stone (Upper concert area) Jen has been teaching yoga since 1999 all ages, all abilities, all hearts. Enjoy her Hatha Yoga Flow class in the grass by the river, a Watermelon Festival treat.
2:00-3:00pm: Frazer Story Telling Time TBC (Concert Lawn): Join Frazer for to hear and share stories
2:45-3:30pm: Barn Dance in the Dance Tent: Kim Forry provides the calling, you provide the dancin’ feet. Let’s kick up some dust.
3:00-4:00pm: Songs From The Road Band (Main Stage): this all-star conglomerate tows a fine line between Americana, grassicana, and contemporary country
3:00-3:30pm: Parachutes and Pinatas (Kids Tent): “Come play parachute games! With help from a huge, brilliantly-colored parachute, this activity gives kids of all ages a chance to laugh and play with other festival-goers. Parents are welcome to join too!”
3:45-4:30pm: Sierra Hull (Dance Tent): hosted by Jon Lohman (Virgina State Folklorist). The three-time reigning IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year. A lifelong bluegrass player, the 27-year-old has seamlessly slid into her role as one of the faces representing the future of the genre.
4:00-4:15pm: Minks Miracle Medicine (Riverside Stage): Comprising Melissa Wright and Daniel Zezeski, Mink’s Miracle Medicine are preparing to release a new album Pyramid Theories.
4:15-5:15pm: Carsie Blanton (Main Stage): Rolling Stone said of Carsie’s latest album “tackles gender expectations, genre norms, societal expectations and sex through songs that are as smart and funny as they are well-constructed”!
4:45-5:30pm: Megan Downes and the City Stompers (Dance Tent): Bring your happy feet and hands! See City Stompers and friends show-off some American clogging and Irish sean nós, and be ready to swing and snap into a Body Percussion and Traditional Dance workshop w/ Q&A.
5:00-5:30pm: Watermelon Jack-O-Melon Dave and Lisa Coe (Kids Tent) Kids are invited to come carve a Watermelon Jack-O-Lantern for their campsite. Carving tools and tea lights provided. Please note that watermelons will be provided for this event on first come, first-served basis. Feel free to bring your own watermelon to ensure participation in this event. This event is brought to you by Mountain Media Systems, LLC:
5:15- 5:45pm: The Fly Birds (Riverside Stage) The Fly Birds are a unique old-timey alternative bluegrass trio comprised of sisters Elizabeth Baker and Mary Dunlap along with guitarist, Sarah Twigg. Together they create a memorable and honest sound that is certain to make you want to dance, cry or sing along!
5:45- 6:45pm: The Keel Brothers (Main Stage):It was Larry’s older brother Gary (older by 12 years) who taught him to play the guitar at age 7, and bought him his first instrument. The Keel Brothers consider that their music is deeply rooted in their father Jim Keel’s generation and his musical tastes.
6:45-7:15pm: Cedric Watson (Riverside Stage): With an apparently bottomless repertoire of songs at his fingertips, Cedric plays everything from forgotten Creole melodies and obscure Dennis McGee reels to more modern Cajun and Zydeco songs, even occasionally throwing in a bluegrass fiddle tune or an old string band number.
7:15-8:30pm: Sierra Hull (Main Stage): The three-time reigning IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year. A lifelong bluegrass player, the 27-year-old has seamlessly slid into her role as one of the faces representing the future of the genre.
8:30-9:00pm: Those 3 guys (Side Stage): These local faves have become a tradition at the fest.
9:00-10:30pm: The Infamous Stringdusters: (Main Stage): “With a nod to the past and a firm foot down on the gas toward the future, the ‘Dusters… don’t leave bluegrass behind; they’re stretching it from within.” – New York Times
10:30-Midnight Larry Keel Experience and Friends (Dance Tent): Larry Keel is described by music critics and reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today.
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