Thursday, May 8th thru
Sunday, May 11th, 2014

In the town of
Parkfield, California


All kids' workshops are free. Parents are welcomed and appreciated.

For a brochure outlining kids' programs at the festival, click here. Programs are also listed below. All kids' programs are located in the Parkfield Community Center.

Friday Kids' Bluegrass Workshop (Friday during the dinner break 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

Bring the little ones and the bigger ones to a musical workshop just for them! Come and see a demonstration of bluegrass instruments, singing, and how to play and sing together the bluegrass way.

Bluegrass Kids' Camp (Saturday, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. + performance time Sunday at 12:30 p.m.)

With parents' or guardians' permission, kids can participate in Bluegrass Kids' Camp, hosted by Gerry Higbie. Camp meets for one hour at a time and culminates Sunday just after noon with a kids' stage performance.

Kids are asked to attend each of the Camp sessions. Kids can bring an acoustic instrument (guitar, ukulele, banjo, fiddle, bass, dobro, mandolin) and learn to play the tunes Cluck Ol' Hen - Key Of A, and Arkansas Traveler, - Key Of D. Or, they can learn to sing this years songs Red River Valley, I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow and You Are My Sunshine. Classes are geared to the beginner, and advancing players are welcome. Kids can also play a practiced, individual tune of choice on stage. Bring one old time, old time country/gospel, folk or bluegrass number.

Mother's Day Craft (Saturday, noon)

For many years Chris Giuffre and her loyal assistants from Lompoc have presented a kids' craft project at noon on Saturday. The kiddos will make a lovely gift for Mom. Its a good idea to wear old clothes in case of spills.

Bedtime Sing-along (Saturday, 7 p.m.)

Charlie and Ann Bockius return for this popular program Saturday evening at 7 p.m. Bring the youngsters in their p.j.s. Younger kids will enjoy singing along as they wind down for bed, and older kids help out.

Parents Please Note

If you are bringing children that will participate in the Mother's Day craft making, bedtime sing-along or Bluegrass Kids' Camp, please email Gerry Higbie at with the number of kids and submit the Kids for Bluegrass Music Kids Camp registration form. This will help our teachers prepare supplies for the kids. Please add child's T shirt size to your application.