Silk Hope, NC – Folks may head out to The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance October 9-12 to see extraordinary performances or to camp out with old friends, but one of the lesser-known and yet most impressive aspects of the event is its family-centered feel. The festival is a rich, interactive experience for children of all ages, with several special activities for kids and their families throughout all four days.
Near the heart of the festival grounds is the Kid’s Zone. It’s a place where kids and families always have something going on including hands-on art projects, story-telling, face painting, pumpkin carving, a crafts bazaar, and the starting place for aSaturday afternoon parade.
Throughout the festival there are also group activities in the Kids Area including story-telling, music workshops, puppet shows, Muggle Magic – which brings the spells of the wizarding world into the world of science, poi, hooping, dance classes, and bubble wands.
In the early part of the day Friday through Sunday, the nearby Cabaret Tent is a spot for musical performances just for kids. Acts playing here include Lightnin’ Wells, Lynda Dawson & Sally Mullikin’s children’s folk duo Little Root, The Bulltown Strutters, One Spirit Native American Story & Dance and more.
The Outpost is an area for young people, ages 10-18 situated a little out of the way so these older kids can make it their own. The Outpost activities include a photobooth, songwriting workshops, hair wraps, an improv workshop, a teen dance, and friendship bracelet crafting and much more.
See specific schedules and more info in the festival program or at: http://shakorihillsgrassroots.org/happenings/kids-family
Camping families can choose to settle down in the quiet camping area, a peaceful cove that lets folks get some shut-eye after a busy day. Youth tickets (ages 13-15) are available at a reduced price, and kids 12 and under get in free.
Festival tickets are on sale now and available by phone and at www.shakorihillsgrassroots.org/tickets-info.
4-day passes – $100 in advance (through Oct. 6th) and $110 at the gate
Youth 4-day passes – $55
Kids 12 and under are FREE!
1-day passes – $28 (Thurs), $38 (Fri), $48 (Sat), and $28 (Sun)
Youth (13-15) 1-day – $14, $19, $24, and $14
Tent camping – $15 per tent
Vehicle camping – $60 advance / $75 at the gate.
Shakori Hills is at: 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312