The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

Fall Festival: October 9-12, 2014

A music lovers’ paradise, Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival is a family-friendly celebration of music, dance, art, & education. 4 days, 4 stages, & over 60 bands in beautiful, green Chatham County!

Tickets are now on Early Bird Sale! Please visit our Tickets & Info Page to find out more or purchase tickets.

He never came to Shakori Hills, but we think Pete Seeger would have loved it here! He would have wandered the wooded paths, his banjo slung over his back, in search of camp jams and folks to have conversations with, swapped tales and songs by the fire. He would have played games with the children, taught them “This Land is Your Land” or “This Old Man.” He might have two-stepped in the Dance Tent, or joined the Rowdy Square Dance. He surely would have sat down at the sustainability fair or one of the advocacy booths and had a heated debate about fracking in NC. And he would have played an inspiring set on one of our stages, filling the hills with the songs lifted not only by his voice, but by all of our voices. “Participation,” Pete said, “that’s what’s gonna save the human race!”

Participation in sit-ins and protests against injustice is important, but so is the participation in teaching a child a song, or a teenager to build something with her own hands. Participation in the good things in life is just as important as participation in what we believe in and what we think is right for our fellow human beings – or aren’t they the same thing?

One thing we love most here at the festival is that everyone who enters the gate is encouraged not only to absorb the festival, to get something good out of it, but also, to participate in it. Folks have just as much to offer the festival as the festival has to offer them. Once it begins, it becomes a living thing, bouncing from woman to man to child, sharing their smiles, their movements, their good energy, and becoming a whole.

Seeger thought that a song could change the world. He thought that music could take individuals and turn them into a whole, a human race working together to improve our existence. Perhaps a festival could do the same…come, this spring, and participate with us!


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The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival is put on by the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance Organization as a fundraiser for the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center.

The Shakori Hills Community Arts Center is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Make a donation to the SHCAC!

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Shakori Hills and GrassRoots News…

5th Annual NC Stars in the Round

On Saturday, August 23rd, the spectacular Jim Lauderdale will be hosting and closing out what is becoming one of the summer’s best events. We’ll have five of North Carolina’s greatest songwriters playing in-the-round on the Grove Stage. Stay tuned for more details, but we wanted to get it on your calendar!

GrassRoots Miami!

We were so honored to celebrate the newest addition to the GrassRoots family at the 3rd Annual Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park in Miami, Florida, in February! Thanks to our new Miami friends and all of the amazing staff, volunteers, and artists for making it a beautiful and inspirational gift. We hope to see you all, and your friends, next year!

GrassRoots Dream Team Membership

In order to support the newest addition to the GrassRoots Festival family, we are introducing the GrassRoots Dream Team. Membership includes 10 4-day passes for any of the GrassRoots Festivals, Lifetime “All Access” Lanyard, and a $50 GrassRoots Store Voucher for shirts, mugs, stickers, etc. The cost to become a member is $1000.  Find out more details here: Dream Team Info. Ask a staff member about how to purchase at the next GrassRoots Festival you attend!

Our festivals…

Fall Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance – October 9-12, 2014

Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance – February 2015

Spring Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance – April 16-19, 2015

Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance – July 16-19, 2015