Shakori Hills is great for families! The festival is a rich, interactive experience for children of all ages, with several special activities for kids throughout the weekend.
Near the heart of the festival grounds is the Kids Tent. Hands-on art projects, performances, group activities, story telling, face painting and a Saturday afternoon parade! This special kids area is organized by fun and creative festival volunteers. Interested in helping? Volunteer!
Exploring the farm is encouraged for older children — parents know they can depend on a nurturing, attentive festival staff and community to keep a watchful eye. Younger kids should still be supervised by their parents or guardians (the Coffee Barn’s not too far away).
Camping families can choose to settle down in our quiet camping zone, a peaceful cove that is perfect for, well, quiet camping! Ask at the ticket booth when you check in.
Youth tickets (ages 13-15) are available at a reduced price, and kids 12 and under get in free!
Kids Tent Area
We have so many wonderful workshops and activities for children we can’t fit them all on one page!
Daytime activities at the Cabaret Tent are dedicated to families and kids of all ages. Stop by for some fun and even learn something cool!
Big Wonderful Variety Show
Acrobats, dancers, stories and drums, jugglers and surprises: Clapping Hands Farm presents the best in local talent! Cabaret Tent, Sun 12:30 p.m.
Cane Mill Road
Former Junior Appalachian Musicians themselves, this young billboard-charting bluegrass group was selected by the IBMA as a “future of bluegrass” band. They are here to inspire our Shakori Hills JAM kids! Cabaret Tent, Sat 11:00 a.m.
Join Casey Nees for “The Insane Science of Fairyland!” Journey to a madcap place where wolves sneeze down houses and princes defeat dragons with the magic of science! Cabaret Tent, Sun 11:00 a.m.
Dance of Hope
Dance of Hope digs deep into the world of African music and dance, showcasing invigorating choreography, tantalizing rhythms and enchanting sounds that explore the transformational power of music. This powerful music and dance experience brings children aged 11-17 together to help spread joy and dance while working to raise awareness and improve the lives of children in need. Dance Tent, Fri 1:00 p.m.
Shakori Hills Junior Appalachian Musicians
The Shakori Hills JAM chapter began last Spring with a group of brand new musicians from western Chatham County. With their first performance last Fall we’re excited to continue this new tradition of showcasing Shakori’s young talent! Cabaret Tent, Sat 10:00 a.m.
Festival photos on this page taken by: Dax Pecaro, Jerry Friend, Matthew Busch, Elizabeth Larson, Val Waegerle, & Sarah Barry