Workshops and Family Activities

We are pleased to offer a variety of activities suitable for  families to participate in as well as a full selection of both Instructional Workshops and Artist Workshops.

Instructional and Artist Workshops

Family Activities and WorkshopsFriday-Sunday a full schedule of workshops are available at no additional cost.  Workshops are presented by qualified teaching artists, as well as by many of the talented musicians that headline the Main Stage.  Workshops may focus on specific instrumental skills, vocal lessons, band dynamics, jamming etiquette and technique or sometimes they may take a storytelling format.  These are a wonderful opportunity to improve your own skills or to have a more intimate experience with a favorite artist. All skill levels are invited.  Workshops are typically held under the White Tent Located by the beachfront near the Osprey’s Nest, but check the program for details as locations can change.  Some Chairs are provided, but feel free to bring a few of your own.

A Small Sample of Popular Workshops from Past years:

  • Artist Workshops and Family ActivitiesPresenting a Song in a Jam
  • Band Skills with Mile Twelve
  • Mark O’Connor Fiddle Player Extraordinaire
  • 30 Years of Memories with White Mountain Bluegrass
  • Banjo Making Demonstration with Steve Wilson of Wilson Banjo Co.
  • Harmonies with The Gibson Brothers
  • Songwriting Circle with Chris Moore and Ted Demille of 317 Main
  • Lead Vocals with Tim O’Brien of Hot Rize

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*The Workshop Schedule is typically not released until the week of the festival.  We do our best to adhere to the published schedule, but workshops are always subject to change due to presenters travel, health, or other circumstances.



Family Activities  

Family Activities and Workshops 3We pride ourselves on being a family friendly festival and offering activities for all ages.  We say “Family Activities”, because we want guests young and old to come together to participate.  In addition to offering a variety of arts and crafts  and games, in 2017, we teamed up with our friends at 317 Main Community Music Center, in Yarmouth, Maine to assist us in bringing some musical programming as well.  At the Family Sing-Along, toddlers and teens, siblings, parents, and grandparents gather together to learn lyrics to the popular traditional tunes that can be heard on stage and by the campfires throughout the park.  The popular Instrument Petting Zoo, allows little ones to experiment with instruments just their size and get a hands on chance to imagine the possibilities of playing themselves.

Family Activities and Workshops 2A playground, sandy beach, Bingo, Rec Hall, Giant Jenga and nightly family movies (F, S & S) add to the fun!


Examples of past Activities:

  • Building Fairy Houses
  • Learning about Horseshoe Crabs
  • Bubble Fun
  • Tie-Dying
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Hula Hoop Contests

Family Activities and Workshops 4Most Family Activities are held under the White Tent in the Playground Area or in the Rec Hall.  Check the Program Booklet on arrival for details or ask at the Information Tent.




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Kids Who Pick


Open to kids 9-18 of varied skills. Participants should have their own instrument and have at least basic rhythm skills and can play to tempo.   317 Main Community Music Center teaching artists offer 4 days of workshops (times to be announced) to create an ensemble to perform on stage Sunday of the Festival.  Participants should be able to attend at least 3 out of 4 days to prepare.  Aspiring Bluegrass vocalists who do not play are welcome to register as well.

Held under the JAM TENT ON THE HILL