Acoustic Kids – MerleFest

UPDATE: We’re very sorry to announce that we have canceled all Acoustic Kids Showcases scheduled for fall, 2021. This was not an easy decision. However, in light of the uncertainty surrounding the current COVID outbreak; out of concern for everyone’s health and well-being (including our own); and following our doctor’s emphatic advice, we see no viable alternative. We will look for you at MerleFest 2022!

Acoustic Kids has been a part of every MerleFest since 2001. (Well, except for 2020, and, now, 2021.) Each year, we host three 1.5-hour showcases and a 25-minute Acoustic Kids Ambassadors set.

Through the years, some amazing young musicians have come through Acoustic Kids at MerleFest. Some go on to play professionally, but most play just for the fun of it. The festival’s in the heart of “Traditional Plus Music” (to borrow a term from Doc Watson) country, and many kids in the region play music. The well is very deep, and with 5 hours of stage time, Acoustic Kids – MerleFest is a fast-paced, varied, and exciting glimpse into the future of Americana Music. We can assure you, “The music is in good handsTM!”

NOTE: Due to the COVID 19 situation and its impact on large gatherings, MerleFest 2021 will be held September 16-19 rather than the last weekend in April. Acoustic Kids will be there! We will open registration July 1. (That gives you extra time to practice!) Please check back here at that time to register.

Important Notes:

  • Due to the unusual circumstances, and to be fair, those who would have been age-eligible for Acoustic Kids, MerleFest 2020, will be eligible for AK MerleFest 2021: If you are 17 or younger on 4/23/2021, you will be able to register for this fall’s showcases!
  • Participants who had completed their 2020 registration before the festival was canceled – AND who get their 2021 registration in on time! – will have a spot in the 2021 showcase.
  • New participants: There will still be plenty of room!
  •  Registration  will be open 7/1/2021 – 8/4/2021 (6 weeks). Please plan to register earlier rather than later during that window.
  • The 2021 showcase schedule should be similar to what was planned for 2020. (below)
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2019-MerleFest-Acoustic Kids Showcases

2020 Showcase Schedule:

Friday, April 24: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Austin Stage

Saturday, April 26:

  • Showcases:
    • 11:00 am-12:30 pm – Dance Stage
    • 4:30 pm-6:00 pm – Austin Stage
  • Ambassadors:
    • 2:20 pm-2:45 pm – Cabin Stage


Acoustic Kids-MerleFest Photos – all years (…a work in progress): On – On Flickr 

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