Acoustic Kids – Walnut Valley Festival

Third weekend in September, Winfield, Kansas

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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 Walnut Valley Festival 2022!


Acoustic Kids - Winfield - Photos

Photos of Acoustic Kids Showcases at Walnut Valley Festivals through the years.

The Walnut Valley Festival Acoustic Kids is our longest-running program. Acoustic Kids Showcases have been a part of the festival every year since 1991: 2020 will be our 30th WVF Acoustic Kids! After a few years of perfecting the formula, we have hosted 2 2-hour showcases every year:  9-11 a.m. Friday and Saturday on Stage 2.

Through the years, some amazing young musicians have come through Acoustic Kids at Winfield. Past participants include, among many others: Chris Thile, Sara Watkins, and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek, who went on to international stardom,  and up-and-comers like Ethan Setiawan, Myles Thompson, The KBA TreblemakersJulian Davis, Scenic Roots, and Rainy and the Rattlesnakes.

Winfield is also the home of our most dedicated fans: There are some who have never missed an Acoustic Kids Showcase there in all those years!


In 2016, we introduced our Acoustic Kids Ambassadors to the Winfield audience. A spin-off of the regular Acoustic Kids Showcases, the main stage Acoustic Kids Ambassadors show allows us to give young emerging artists a spotlight as they represent the Acoustic Kids program to a broader audience. These young professionals will leave you no room for doubt that, “the music is in good handsTM!” Acoustic Kids Ambassadors are chosen from among the Acoustic Kids Showcase participants.


Guest Spots: We are holding a few guest spots for Acoustic Kids Alumni in these showcases! If you have ever performed Acoustic Kids – any venue, are still playing music, are planning to be at this year’s festival, and are interested in guesting, please contact us!

AK Alumni Roster: Even if you won’t be at Winfield this year, we’d love for you to be on our Alumni Roster. Sign up here! After 30 years of showcases, we figured it would be fun to put together a roster/directory with profiles of all our past participants – even those who are no longer performing! We’d love to know what you’re up too these days!

2021 Showcase Schedule: CANCELED


  • Acoustic Kids Ambassadors – TBA
  • Acoustic Kids Showcases – Stage 2, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.


  • Acoustic Kids Showcases – Stage 2, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.


  • July 1 – August 4 – or until filled, whichever comes first. *If the registration form is still open, we are still accepting registrations. 🙂
  • Performance demos of up to three pieces that you want to perform in the showcase are required. Demo Nitty-Gritty 
  • Full instructions and FAQ


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