Kids and Families

Kids 15 & Under Receive Free Admission

Hootenanny Hayrides, Saturday 11am-12pm & 1:30-4pm

photo by Jason Beverly

Jump on the tractor wagon and come along with Tim Wells, Katy Shoemaker and other musicians on a magical musical hayride across the fields and through the woods. Sing along to the musicians’ lead and keep the bumpity-bumpity rhythm with provided shakers, tambourines and other percussion instruments (or bring your own)!  Rides will run every 30 minutes during scheduled hours.  Meet on the road beside the Kids Tent

Kids Intermediate Fiddle Workshop with Lillian Chase, Friday 4:30pm

Eighteen year-old fiddler Lillian Chase is a native of Western North Carolina, a young woman whose family has been in the mountains for generations. Her early love for traditional mountain music led her to take up the fiddle at the age of six. She eventually became a student of fellow Weaverville resident Arvil Freeman, one of the legends of Blue Ridge Mountain fiddle traditions, and has studied with old-time fiddlers Michael Ismerio, Bruce Molsky, Brittany Haas and Kalia Yeagle. Lillian will be teaching an intermediate workshop for kids of any age, focusing on one or two Western North Carolina tunes from Arvil Freeman. Located at the Coffee Barn

Kids Activities Tent, Saturday 10am – 6pm

Miss Chelsea will offer crafts and activities to entertain the young ones — spin art, popsicle stick building, masquerade mask creation canjo-making workshop and more. The tent will be open 10am – 6pm on Saturday and is now located in the field below the dance tent, near the main stage.

Kids’ Clogging Workshop with Tampa Enoch-Reese, Saturday 10am

Suggested for ages 5 and up, this workshop provides a basic introduction to clogging, just for kids! Participants will learn fundamental clogging steps through fun, confidence-building exercises. They’ll also have opportunities to express themselves creatively with this energetic dance tradition. Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are recommended. Tampa Enoch is an educator, dancer and musician from Mebane, North Carolina. At an early age, she learned to flatfoot and buck dance from her grandmother, and she carries the tradition forward by teaching percussive dance to children both in her family and in the wider community. Tampa has been a member of Chapel Hill’s Cane Creek Cloggers since 2014 and has worked in public libraries as a youth services librarian for 18 years. In her free time she enjoys playing banjo and sharing about the rich and complex history of the instrument.  Located in the Dance Tent.

Songs & Stories with Tim Wells, Saturday 10:30am

Saturday morning at 10:30am in the Kids Tent! Children ages 3 – 5 will love learning new songs, fingerplays, and stories they can re-visit at home. Parents are welcome to join the circle and participate along with their children!

Tim Wells has been an early childhood educator for more than 20 years and has provided children’s music programming with Hoppin’ John and the Grassroots Festival for several years. Located in the Kids Tent.

Family Learning Square Dance, Saturday 5pm

Our family band rendition of the Hoppin’ Johnnies plays the tunes, while you learn and practice square dance moves with your kids, parents, aunts, uncles and friends!  This dance is friendly for all ages and skill levels. The family dance is followed by the ever-popular cake walk! Located in the Dance Tent.

Cake Walk! Saturday 5:45pm

Need we say more? All cakes will be individually pre-wrapped/covered for public health! Located in the Dance Tent.

Make & Play Your Own Can-jo, Saturday 4pm

Join Hoppin’ John teacher and musician, Katy Shoemaker and her friends, in making your own playable, single-stringed instrument. The Can-jo is traditionally made from a Spam can and oil-rubbed wood…it’s hard to find empty spam cans these days, so we’ll do our best to at least find interesting ones! At the end of the workshop, you will have a playable instrument — we’ll all play a tune together, then you can take your masterpiece out into the world and jam. Workshop limited to first 20 participants. Materials donations appreciated. Located in the Kids Tent.


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