R L Ray Violin ShopThings to do

Most folks come to the festival for the great performances, workshops and picking. But we hope you can take some time to enjoy our great town as well.

Shelton has some wonderful restaurants and shops that are worth checking out. It goes without saying that our sponsors help to make this festival possible and that we couldn’t do it without them. You can see a full list of our sponsors here.

Please visit Explore Hood Canal or sheltonchamber.org for more information.

Click on the sections below to learn more about fun activities happening at the festival. The toughest thing will be choosing between all of them!


Slow Jam

Slow Jam

Slow Jam

Time: 11am – 12 noon Location: The Band Room (located in the big auditorium building – see sign in lobby) If you’d like to see a list of song that will be covered, click here.

Have you ever tried joining a jam where they played so fast you couldn’t keep up? It ...

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Banjo Contest

Banjo Contest

Banjo Contest

Time: Saturday – 5:00 pm Location: Showcase Stage (accross plaza from main auditorium)

Winner will play one song on Main Stage at 6:50.

There are two entrance categories – amateur and professional You are not eligible to enter if you’re playing on main stage this year.

Entry fee: $10.00 – front lobby of main auditorium ...

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Kids Activities

Kids Activities

Chick Rose School of Bluegrass

Saturday 10am – 2pm: Intensive workshop led by Ryan Stevens and crew – gather in lobby of main auditorium. Sunday 11:00am – Special performance on the main stage in the auditorium

The Chick Rose School of Bluegrass is a very special program for kids who want to play bluegrass ...

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Band Scramble

Band Scramble

Band Scramble Details You can sign up for the band scramble in the lobby of the auditorium anytime up until 11:10am on Saturday. Band assignments will be announced at 11:15am on Saturday (also in the lobby of the auditorium) Participants have 40 minutes to prepare 2 songs/tunes. Participants will perform their tunes at a contest ...

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Mandolin Tasting

Mandolin Tasting

Mandolin Tasting Time: 1:00 Location: Showcase Stage (across the plaza) hosted by Nick Dumas of Special Consensus

A Mandolin Tasting is when you get some very knowledgeable and talented mandolin players in a room with some very nice mandolins. This differs from a mandolin workshop in that the focus in less about playing techniques ...

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Open Mic

Open Mic

Open Mic

A whole lot of folks meet up at Bluegrass From the Forest and end up creating wonderful song arrangements. Some even bring their original tunes. How about getting up and sharing them at our Open Mic? It’s so much of fun and there is lots of support from fellow ...

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Midnight Hotdogs

Midnight Hotdogs

Midnight Hotdogs

Midnight on Saturday night – free with festival admission Location – the parking lot behind the big auditorium

What could be better than free hotdogs at midnight at a festival? It’s pretty great. You probably ate like, five or six hours earlier, you still have a good four hours of jamming ...

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