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 Kid’s Zone. Hands-on art projects, performances, group activities, story telling, face painting and a Saturday afternoon parade! The kids village 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
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 12:30pm
The Byrne Brothers
Luca (13), Finn (12) and Dempsey (8) may be young but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming one of Ireland’s biggest bands on social media. Joined by their father Tommy, these viral sensations will be bringing traditional Irish music and world class dancing (did we mention Finn is a World Irish Dancing Champion?!) to the Cabaret Tent. Be sure to catch them on Sunday at Carson’s Grove as well! Cabaret Tent, Sat 2:30pm
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 11am
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 11am
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 1pm
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 10am
The Outpost is an area for young people— featuring harmonica, guitar and instrument workshops, large-scale games, circus arts, improv workshops, DJ dancing, board and table games, Open Mic and lots more!
The Outpost is for people ages 10-18.
Hours are: Friday 1pm – midnight; Saturday 11am – midnight; Sunday 11am – 6pm
Our Saturday evening concert features a very talented sister trio. Elise, Olivia, and Sophia Fernandez have been playing acoustic music most of their lives, exploring the boundaries of mountain music, jazz, and standards from the American songbook. Come and enjoy their unique sibling harmonies, precise musicianship, and pleasant presentation. The Outpost, Sat 6pm
Join the Wandering Swordsman for this competitive and cooperative game that teaches a range of disciplines, including patience and honor, in organized, padded and combative play. These workshops serve as an introduction to the sport, explaining the goals, the equipment, safety, and a chance to give it a try. Boffer Games will be conducted throughout the weekend at the round tent adjacent to the Outpost. Workshops will meet by the oak tree. The Outpost, Fri, Sat & Sun 12pm
Create a colorful image using a variety of buttons as your pallet. Outline your shape and then compose your mosaic pattern within, for a one of a kind design. The Outpost, Fri 1pm & Sun 2pm
Accessorize yourself. Transform an old t-shirt or jeans into an upcycled shoulder bag or pouch, or just add some ‘rock and roll’ style to a garment you already have. The Outpost, Fri 2:30pm
A quick wit and a clever comeback comes in handy when you are thinking on your feet. Maya and friends from the UNGC Drama department will lead you through these actor’s exercises that are fun and challenging; sometimes serious, and often hilarious. Try out your latest character voice or transform into another personality altogether as you learn to adapt to each new scenario. Bring your imagination and be ready to make a scene! The Outpost, Fri & Sun 4pm
Intro to Sleight of Hand
Join Django, as he explains some of the fundamentals of performance magic, in these two half hour workshops. You will learn the basics of sleight of hand, deception and some simple magic tricks (for entertainment purposes only). The Outpost, Fri 5:30pm & Sat 2pm
Mandala is an ancient Sanskrit word loosely translated as “circle.” A design that expands from the center to represent the infinite. Bruce is going to stretch a canvas and layout the basic design and would like you to add to the colors and patterns as the mandala evolves over the weekend. The Outpost, Fri 6pm, Sat 5pm & Sun 1pm
Nails with Hyla
Just because your out on the farm doesn’t mean you can’t get your nails looking bling. Start your day out in style with a selection of festive colors from Hyla. The Outpost, Sat 11am
Create your personalized pendant with wire wrapping and hand selected shells from the Carolina Coast. Find which peace calls to you, then make one for yourself , or a gift for a friend. The Outpost, Sat 1pm
Tie Dye Bandanas
Come learn some classic tie dye folds and apply your color combination to make your own unique bandana. Everyone is a “one of a kind”, because no two dyes are the same. The Outpost, Sat 3pm
Hip Hop Lyric Writing Workshop
Join Josh Rowsey for a look into writing lyrics to flow with beats. J Rowdy is a featured artist performing, stop by the Cabaret Tent to check him out Friday night! The Outpost, Sat 4pm
The Headspin Hoop Troupe
The Headspin Hoop Troupe will light up the night with their latest moves. Watch in awe, and join in for an all inclusive Hoop Jam. The Outpost, Sat 7pm
Open Mic and Talent Showcase
Bring your talents, tricks, and skills to the Outpost for our family friendly open mic night. Music, movement, skits, and jokes are all welcome as you share your five minutes in the spotlight with a supporting crowd. A great place to shine! The Outpost, Sat 8pm
Teen Spring Dance
Put on your dancing shoes and boogie down to some funky beats, as Chuck will be bringing you new favorites and old school classics. The dance will begin after the open mic. The Outpost, Sat
Aerialist, Liz Bliss of Imagine Circus will teach the techniques behind Aerial Silk skills. Soaring upward, spiraling downward and maneuvering her body into unimaginable positions while suspended in air by hanging fabric is something she makes look easy. Your in expert hands as she guides you through the basic wraps, balancing exercises, and body positions. Meet them at the old oak tree by the Outpost. Sun 3pm
Have you ever been touched by a kind word or message? Find a nice spot to leave a kindness rock as a random act of positivity for someone to discover and pick up. Color and tag your own rock with an uplifting word or phrase, then place it somewhere inconspicuous. Because, kindness rocks! The Outpost, Sun 11am
Sylvia and Gus McGee are the eldest of five, in a very musical family that spans generations. As they head into their early teens, they have already become veterans of the regions fiddler’s conventions and music festivals. Enjoy an acoustic Sunday concert at the Outpost and bring your instrument for some casual picking after the show. The Outpost, Sun 1pm
Festival photos on this page taken by: Dax Pecaro, Jerry Friend, Matthew Busch, Elizabeth Larson, Val Waegerle, & Sarah Barry