12th Annual Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention:

September 13th – 15th, 2018

Purchase 2018 Tickets HERE!

There is something for everyone at Hoppin’ John, whether you’re seven years old or 70, a music master, novice, or just looking for something fun to do on a weekend. While Hoppin’ John veterans know that the real action is in the campground jams, we have also put together an outstanding program of musician showcases and instructional workshops, and we think you will agree!

We are honored and delighted to present a Masters Showcase with  musician, composer and violin maker, Joe Thrift, on Friday evening. Joe will be joined by his friends, playing all original fiddle tunes, and will teach one or two at his workshop on Saturday afternoon.

NC Bluegrass icons, The Williamson Brothers will be playing Saturday’s concert just before the band contest finale, with Tony featured in our first-ever mandolin showcase earlier in the day.

Tatiana Hargreaves will grace us with a showcase presence and workshop as well, along with mandolin veteran Jerry Stuart, lightning fast fiddler Dave Bass and women of the banjo, Hilary Dirlam and Marsha Bowman Todd.

The dancing will be hot, and as always, it’s a fun way for your family to spend a Saturday afternoon, with our Hootenanny Hayrides, Family Square Dance with Cake Walk, Hoppin’ John Cook-off and all the little touches that make this weekend special. Click HERE for times and the full listing of activities.

Remember that volunteers and cook-off contestants earn free admission and have a great time making the event happen!

The word is out — folks are looking forward to wrapping up their fiddle festival season on the beautiful grounds of Shakori Hills, at the 12th Annual Hoppin’ John Fiddlers’ Convention! It’s the perfect blend of campground music and scheduled programs, so start planning now!


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****All proceeds from Hoppin’ John go to benefit the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center, a NC not-for-profit corporation. Shakori Hills is a proud administrator and sponsor of the Chatham County Junior Appalachian Musicians.****