BirdFest Music Festival Returns on May 5-6 in Pinewood, SC


The South Carolina Waterfowl Association’s Wildlife Education Center is the new home of BirdFest, a beloved bluegrass music festival, held on May 5-6, 2023 in Pinewood, South Carolina. This year’s BirdFest is headlined by the well-known bluegrass ensemble Steep Canyon Rangers on Friday and Saturday nights. Other acts include Town Mountain, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters, Seth Walker, and Henhouse Prowlers. Purchase tickets and learn more at

BirdFest has brought music lovers and folks together for many years to enjoy an unforgettable weekend of good times and great music. Attendees can come to BirdFest knowing that the festival directly improves the quality of life for our community by supporting the youth conservation education programs of the South Carolina Waterfowl Association. The last time family and friends gathered for BirdFest was in 2019. In 2023, BirdFest will continue featuring a family atmosphere accompanied by live music, outdoor activities for both adults and youth, and a new venue, the SCWA Wildlife Education Center.

“BirdFest is where wonderful people gather to hear great bluegrass music in the beauty of nature, while also supporting the development of the next generation of natural resource conservationists,” shared David Wielicki, SCWA CEO.

Barrett Smith, the original BirdFest director and organizer since the festival began in 2016, shared, “We couldn’t be more excited about bringing BirdFest back in May of 2023. We’re expecting a weekend that has all of the same magic of our old festival, plus some new features that should make it bigger and better than ever. Our new venue, The South Carolina Waterfowl Association’s Wildlife Education Center, is a beautiful setting full of new family-friendly activities. We’re thrilled to welcome Steep Canyon Rangers as our host band on both Friday and Saturday nights.”

Tickets are available for Friday, Saturday, weekend pass, plus speciality options of VIP passes and “Friends of BirdFest.” All options, including how to reserve overnight RV and tent camping, are found at

“The South Carolina Waterfowl Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that exists to enhance and perpetuate South Carolina’s wildlife heritage through education and habitat conservation.”