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!
9:00am Gate opens (close 11 pm).
10am- 11:00am: Yoga with Anna Billman ( Main Stage Area, near the river) Take the opportunity to connect with breath, body, mind, and each other. All levels Hatha (physical) practice will include some awakening stretches, connecting breath to movement, and a creative flowing sequence, finishing with relaxation.
11:00am- Noon: Flatfoot & Clogging Workshop with Jan Scopel (Dance Tent) The award-winning, energetic and charming Jan Scopel is back sharing his skills flatfooting (a shuffling softshoe style) and clogging (powerhouse floor whacking). Get out those shoes and learn how dancing is done, mountain-style.
Noon-1:00pm: Fairbuilt Guitar and Eastman Mandolin Picking Contest (Side Stage) Enter to win a spankin’ new Eastman Mandolin, Cash, and a side stage slot during the height of the festivities! CLICK HERE for more details.
Noon-2:00pm Watermelon Boat Float Build (Kids Tent). – Kids & adults; EVERYONE at the festival is invited to come eat & build a watermelon boat for this years annual boat float! Please note that watermelons will be provided for the kids then the adults on a 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.
12:15- 1:15pm: The Ingramettes (Dance Tent). This will be the band you do not want to miss! Brought to you by the Virginia Folklife Program.
1:00-3:00pm: Band Contest (Side Stage). Watch and vote for your faves as bands battle it out for the $1600 in prizes and brief Main Stage set from the winning band on Saturday night.
1:30-2:15pm: Lindsay Lou – (Dance Tent) Her singing floats over the instrumental mastery and deep groove of her band with dynamics that range from a lullaby to a battle cry. In the words of David Grier, “Lindsay…sings the way you would want to if you could.
2:00pm: Watermelon Boat Float (Concert area). Float Plan on getting wet and being in the river to participate in this event. We will head to the river to launch boats at approx. 2:15 pm
2:30-3:00pm: Watermelon Tie-Dyed Shirts with Stacey Sinclair and Katie Priest (Kids Tent) Watermelon Tie-Dye Bring a white or light-colored tee shirt and make a work of art fit for the Fest.
3:00-3:45pm: Tim O’Brien (Dance Tent) : Hosted by Jon Lohman (Virgina State Folklorist). Bluegrass stalwart Tim O’Brien will release a new album in 2019. The new album features O’Brien performing songs by Norman Blake and Woody Guthrie.
3:00-4:00pm: South Hill Banks (Main Stage). Floydfest 17 “On The Rise” Competition Winner. Jam Infused bluegrass band from Richmond, VA.
3:30-4:00pm: Instrument petting zoo w/ Stacey Sinclair (Kids Tent) Come check out all the string instruments w/ Stacey Sinclair of the Split String Soup band and see what strikes your fancy.
4:00-4:45pm: Cedric Watson (Dance Tent): 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. Sponsored by Chip Schutte Real Estate
4:00-4:15pm: Announce the contest winners (Side Stage). Join Contest Coordinator Tara Linhardt as she announces the winners of the Band and Eastman/Fairbuilt Guitar and Mandolin picking contests. Check the Schedule below to watch the winners perform.
4:00-4:30pm: “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!”
4:15-5:15pm: Furnace Mountain (Main Stage): Furnace Mountain Band w/ City Stompers (Main Stage) Join your Host Band for an afternoon set of fine fiddlin, spell-binding song, mandolin licks and dancin feet. Joined by Megan Downes and City Stompers, the band is Aimee Curl on bass and vocals, Garett Wren on mandolin, Dave Van Deventer on fiddle, and Morgan Morrison on guitar, bouzouki, and vocals, and Zach Lester on the Bodran. Come say hi after our set in the merch tent. Sponsored by: Juanita Tool at Atoka Properties
5:15-5:45pm: Picking Contest Winners (Side Stage): Listen as the winners of the Fairbuilt Guitar Contest and the Eastman Mandolin picking Contest team up for the first time (most likely) and demonstrate their hot picking skills.
5:45-6:45pm: Lindsay Lou (Main Stage): Her singing floats over the instrumental mastery and deep groove of her band with dynamics that range from a lullaby to a battle cry. In the words of David Grier, “Lindsay…sings the way you would want to if you could.
6:45-7:15pm: Band Contest Winners (Side Stage): Come check out the winners as they show their stuff. Remember the name and come see them open up Watermelon Park Fest in 2019.
7:15-8:30pm: Tim O’Brien Band (Main Stage): Bluegrass stalwart Tim O’Brien will release a new album in 2019. Where the River Meets the Road. Featuring O’Brien’s touring mates Mike Bub, Shad Cobb, Jan Fabricius and Patrick Sauber, the new album features O’Brien performing songs by Norman Blake and Woody Guthrie.
8:30-9:00pm: South Hill Banks (Side Stage): Floydfest 17 “On The Rise” Competition Winner. Jam Infused bluegrass band from Richmond, VA.
9:00-10:30pm: Sam Bush Band (Main Stage): Grammy Award winner Sam Bush is known as the Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride with honors such as an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award and International Bluegrass Music Association trophies, Bush still strives relentlessly to create something new.
10:30-Midnight: The Dead South (Dance Tent): The Dead South, a gold rush vibing four-piece acoustic bluegrass set from Saskatchewan, infuse the genre’s traditional trappings with an air of frontier recklessness, whiskey breakfasts and grizzled tin-pan showmanship.
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