Watermelon Park Fest

Watermelon Park Fest Watermelon Park Fest is a family-friendly music festival located on the Shenandoah River just outside of Berryville, VA. Festivities include Concerts, Dances, Workshops, Band & Pickin' Contests, Kid's Activities, Open Jams, Food & Craft Vendors, and more!
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Watermelon Park Fest is a family-friendly music festival located on the Shenandoah River just outside of Berryville, VA. This year's fest begins on Thursday, September 26, 2013 and concludes on the morning of Sunday, September 29. Festivities include Concerts, Dances, Workshops, Band & Pickin' Contests, Kids' Activities, Open Jams, Food & Craft Vendors, and more!

Our good friends at The Virginia Folklife Program have put out a new program to learn music and arts from the comfort of...
04/18/2020
TRAIN: Teachers of Remote Arts Instruction Network

Our good friends at The Virginia Folklife Program have put out a new program to learn music and arts from the comfort of your home. Its a good chance to learn music or art from home while supporting the arts.

Created in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and its devastating impact on the livelihoods of artists, TRAIN connects interested students of all skill le

Happy Birthdays to Loretta Lynn 4/14, and Sam Bush 4/13. Two of the nicest folks you could meet
04/14/2020

Happy Birthdays to Loretta Lynn 4/14, and Sam Bush 4/13. Two of the nicest folks you could meet

04/10/2020
Carsie Blanton

Carsie Blanton wrote a sweet song for John Prine

Cried all day, then wrote this. Almost made it through the take without crying!! Borrowed John Prine’s melody and a bunch of his words, like I often do. They’re all embossed on my guts; I wouldn’t know what a song was without his. John, we’ll never thank you enough. #RIPJohnPrine

Tonight at 7:30
04/05/2020

Tonight at 7:30

We have teamed up with B Chord Brewing Company and will be the first to help them roll out a new series of music streams called the #stayathome flashback series of live music captured by the B Chord team at various venues, including the brewery. We hope you’ll enjoy the live music and follow the links provided to donate to the artist. This episode will be a double set from last years Watermelon Park Fest featuring Furnace Mountain Band, and then The Keel Brothers and premiers Sunday at 7:30 pm!

Photo by Chester Simpson Rock-N-Roll Photos

03/22/2020

Hey Everybody with Kids check out The Battersby Duo A great way to pass the time and grow together with your children. And Tim feel free to throw up a couple streams or vids to watermelon park fest group. Be Safe Brother

Excited to have the Infamous Stringdusters back at the festival this year!
03/04/2020

Excited to have the Infamous Stringdusters back at the festival this year!

This band is going to be amazing!
03/04/2020

This band is going to be amazing!

They're back! We had so much fun with the Infamous Stringdusters last year we just had to have them back!
02/29/2020

They're back! We had so much fun with the Infamous Stringdusters last year we just had to have them back!

So excited to have Michael Cleveland with Bela Fleck's  #Bluegrass #supergroup  2020 GRAMMY for Best Bluegrass Album - '...
02/28/2020
Watermelon Park Festival | Americana and Roots Music on the Shenandoah River

So excited to have Michael Cleveland with Bela Fleck's #Bluegrass #supergroup
2020 GRAMMY for Best Bluegrass Album - 'Tall Fiddler'
IBMA's 12-Time Fiddle Player of the Year
IBMA's 6-Time Instrumental Group of the Year.
Limited tickets available at www.watermelonparkfest.com

Our 17th annual festival will be sept.17-19, 2020. Tickets on sale at 11 a.m. Feb. 25. Stay tuned for announcements by signing up for our monthly Newsletter In beautiful Berryville Va. Don’t miss it! Stay tuned for more Artists to be announced! This year will be our 17th Annual Festival Don’t mi...

Looks like the Cats out of the bag! More Artists TBA. Tickets on sale this Tuesday at 11 amwww.watermelonparkfest.com
02/23/2020

Looks like the Cats out of the bag! More Artists TBA. Tickets on sale this Tuesday at 11 am
www.watermelonparkfest.com

02/19/2020

Artist announcement coming this Sunday! Clue: What if the worlds greatest banjo player put together a band with the worlds greatest guitar player, the best fiddle player, hottest mandolin player and rock solid bass player. Who would be in this band?

Tickets will go on sale Feb. 25 at 11 a.m.
02/04/2020

Tickets will go on sale Feb. 25 at 11 a.m.

We are so excited for 2020! Can’t wait to start announcing bands. See you all sept. 17-19, 2020. Stay tuned for ticket l...
12/31/2019

We are so excited for 2020! Can’t wait to start announcing bands. See you all sept. 17-19, 2020. Stay tuned for ticket launch in mid feb. and sign up for our newsletter at www.watermelonparkfest.com to get important news first. Happy New Year 2020! #watermelonparkfest #bluegrass #berryvilleva #festival #music

We love you Clarke County! Thx
11/21/2019

We love you Clarke County! Thx

Watermelon Park owner John U. Miller Jr. accepted a Resolution of Appreciation from Clarke County Supervisors during their Nov. 19 meeting. Current Watermelon Park Festival producers Dave Van Deventer and Frazer Watkins (back row) joined Bev McKay, Mary Daniel, David Weiss, Barbara Byrd, and Terri Catlett as they honored Mr. Miller and his Watermelon Park for its significant place in the history of Americana, bluegrass, and country music.

John U. Miller Sr. and his wife Rose hosted the first Watermelon Festival in 1942, and it immediately became an annual event with picnics, games, music, and fiddling contests. Early festival performers included the Carter Family and Ralph Stanley. John Miller Sr. presented “Bluegrass Day” at Watermelon Park on Aug. 10, 1960 – an event considered by music historians to be the first-ever, all-day concert dedicated to American roots music. “Bluegrass Day” evolved into bigger and longer festivals with huge crowds and nationally known performers such as Bill Monroe, the Osborne Brothers, Ernest Tubb, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Del McCoury, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, George Jones, and Merle Haggard.

John Jr., who at age 6 began selling watermelons grown by his father, went on to make Watermelon Park and its music festivals his life’s work. Almost eight decades later, Watermelon Park remains a local and national treasure. #ClarkeCountyVirginia #WatermelonPark

The Infamous Stringdusters
09/24/2019

The Infamous Stringdusters

No surprise that Watermelon Park Fest was a ripper! Virginia....obviously. Big birthday shoutout to the man taking these pics Jay Strausser! 🎂
Thanks to Sierra Hull for sitting in, and to Larry Keel for letting us crash his set.
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09/19/2019
Sam Bush

Watermelon Man! Sam Bush plays 9pm this Saturday night! C u there🍉🍉🍉

AND this Saturday, 9/21 Sam and the boys will be in Berryville, VA for the Watermelon Park Fest. We’re looking forward to this festival, whaddya want to hear?. Tickets/info: https://watermelonparkfest.com/tickets-camping/

09/12/2019

Low Ticket alert: We are running low on Weekend Tix and Car Camping Passes. Large Vehicle Passes have sold out. Please check the website before you come if you are planning to purchase at the gate.

Next weeks Festival celebrates 75 years of music at the Park. Don't miss it!
09/11/2019

Next weeks Festival celebrates 75 years of music at the Park. Don't miss it!

Here's a playlist to get you geared up for the big show! Day tix price increase Saturday
08/30/2019
Watermelon Park Fest 2019, a playlist by Trevor Creany on Spotify

Here's a playlist to get you geared up for the big show! Day tix price increase Saturday

Tune in to hear some of your favorite acts you can't wait to see as well as artists you've yet to discover. Every artist on the playlist will be performing at Watermelon Park Fest in Berryville, VA this Sept 19-22, 2019

Shepherds Ford Productions is excited to announce that we will be honoring Watermelon Park this year for it's contributi...
08/20/2019

Shepherds Ford Productions is excited to announce that we will be honoring Watermelon Park this year for it's contributions to Country music over the past 75 years. Come to the festival this year to see what it's all about.

Pictured: Maybelle Carter at the park in 1973. Thanks to Clayton Breedon for sharing this on our group page, and Jan Eason for the pic.

Word is there are not too many $140 weekend passes or Oversized Vehicle passes left. Best not to wait this year
08/14/2019

Word is there are not too many $140 weekend passes or Oversized Vehicle passes left. Best not to wait this year

Who's heard of these these guys?
07/26/2019

Who's heard of these these guys?

If you are flying a flag above your campsite at the Festival this year, please use only Watermelon themed flags. We will...
07/21/2019

If you are flying a flag above your campsite at the Festival this year, please use only Watermelon themed flags. We will have a few for sale at the Fest store, or you can bring your own.

More Artists added! Day tickets still just $50 till Midnight May 31. Second Tier Weekend Tix going fast! Don't wait! www...
05/23/2019

More Artists added! Day tickets still just $50 till Midnight May 31. Second Tier Weekend Tix going fast! Don't wait! www.watermelonparkfest.com

Initial artist announcements!
04/16/2019

Initial artist announcements!

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3322 Lockes Mill Rd
Berryville, VA
20135

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Hopefully lighten the mood a bit in this crazy time.
💡 Acoustic Syndicate 🧠 would be a wonderful band to add to the Watermelon 🍉 Park Festival lineup this year 🤠💚✌🏼
If we want to rent an RV but don't need a water/electric hookup, should we buy a large vehicle camping pass AND a dry reserve spot?
Does anyone know about them adding more electricity sites
I want to start a petition to get Those Three Guys a full length Main Stage slot!
you all need to look into getting Tuba Skinny from New Orleans for 2020
Mad world 💕
Anyone get pics of the beginners slow jam? I wanna prove I actually did it hehe! 🎶
Bluegrass Alley!