Acoustic Kids – Walnut Valley Festival

Third weekend in September, Winfield, Kansas

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Acoustic Kids will be back at Walnut Valley Festival 2022!

Registration Opens July 1.  Registrations will be accepted through August 29 as long as there is room in the showcases!
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. We will celebrate our 30th WVF Acoustic Kids in 2022! 

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, Ethan Setiawan, Myles Thompson, Jacob Metz, Hudson Bosworth, Cheyenne Dalton and Mason Ruble of That Dalton Gang, Scenic Roots, The Vogts Sisters, Evan Ogborn of Pretend Friend, Kyle O’Brien, Vi Wickam, Gwenyth Aggeler, and Julian Davis. You just never know who you’ll see for the first time in Acoustic Kids!

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


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 hold a few guest spots for Acoustic Kids Alumni in these showcases when time allows. 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!


2022 Showcase Schedule: 

Friday:  Acoustic Kids Showcases – Stage 2, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Saturday:  Acoustic Kids Showcases – Stage 2, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Acoustic Kids Ambassadors –  There won’t be an official Ambassadors set this year due to a very full festival schedule. However, Andy is cooking up an alternative! 


  • July 1 – August 29 – 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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