We are proud to host Red Wing Roots Music Festival as a family-friendly experience. Rest assured, kids AND parents are going to have a great time! From Shady Grove to The Kinfolk Stage to Red Wing Academy and Appalachian Forest School, we have activities and engagement for all ages.
Thanks to sponsorship from Venture Builders, we are happy to have an area of the festival dedicated to children’s activities near The Roots Stage. There is a lot going on each year, so be sure to check it out. Some of the activities have included:
- Climbing Wall
- A toddler/parent zone run by the fine folks at Our Little Planets
- Instrument petting zoo run by The Front Porch
- KINGDOMS Lawn Games showing us how to play this competitive family-friendly game that combines elements of fantasy with a new variant of bowling
- Slack-Librium’s slack line set up
- Tie-dye Workshops on Saturday and Sunday (including a festival t-shirt for the first 5o participants each day!)
- The Mist Pavilion – a great place to cool off!
- Collaborative painting mural
- Yard Games
It is one part of the festival you don’t want to miss. And it is all free with your wristband!
The Kinfolk Stage
The Kinfolk Stage is fun for all ages! Located next to the children’s playground, The Kinfolk Stage hosts family-friendly performances throughout the day. Annual favorites have included the Red Wing Academy performance with The Steel Wheels, multiple artist sets, the Pick Along Jam Session, Appalachian storytelling, Wildlife presentations by The Wildlife Center for Virginia and dancing for all ages. Check back this spring for the Red Wing VIII line-up and schedule.
Red Wing Academy
Red Wing Academy is hosted by Eric Brubaker of The Steel Wheels as a four-day intensive camp held July 5-8, 2020 at Eastern Mennonite University, leading up to a performance on stage with the band on Friday of Red Wing Roots Music Festival. Red Wing Academy is open to non-beginner violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin and banjo students. Is this something your strings-player might enjoy? Learn more HERE.
Each year, The Steel Wheels and academy students perform together at The Kinfolk Stage on Friday of festival. It is a packed event that celebrates the hard work of the students and always brings many smiles and tears from parents and fans alike. It is a special part of the festival, just make sure you arrive early if you hope to sit inside the tent!
Appalachian Forest School (AFS)
Appalachian Forest School offers your 3 – 7 year old child a 2-hour, drop-off forest play experience. They will splash in the North River, scramble over rocks and roots, squish their toes in the mud, and play with other Red Wing kids. You can explore all that the festival has to offer with the assurance that your child is having fun and is well cared for by five qualified AFS staff and helpers. There are 20 spots per session and children must be potty trained to attend. Discounts are offered for multiple sessions and multiple children. Sessions will fill up quickly, watch for sign up to begin this spring! For more info visit appforestschool.com/red-wing.
A few other Red Wing features that may catch your family’s attention:
- Face painting and Henna can be found in the Healing Arts area.
- Red Wing is bicycle friendly.
- When there is water in the river, it is a great place to cool off.
- Natural Chimneys Park pool is open to festival-goers throughout the weekend. Fee is $2 for ages 6 & under and $3 for age 7+.
Parents, these are two important rules we want all kids of all ages to know:
- No Climbing on the Chimneys! Please stay on designated trail if you would like to hike up to the top.
- If riding bike around the festival, you are sharing the road with people and vehicles. Be sure to pay attention to those around you and if you are riding after dark, please use a bike light.