Augusta Festival

Augusta Festival

July 27, 2019

Friday, July 26 – Saturday, July 27, 2019

The Augusta Festival is an annual celebration of traditional music, dance, and craft, the grand finale to our summer session. 

 The Augusta Festival is a free public event and includes a juried craft fair featuring the best regional artisans, live music on two stages, workshops, craft demonstrations, jam sessions, the WV Open Fiddle &  Banjo Contest and children’s activities. This long-standing tradition concludes Augusta’s summer program, attracting the larger Elkins Community.

Friday, July 26, 8 p.m. Augusta Dance Pavilion.
Kick off the Augusta Festival by square dancing to live music in the open-air Augusta Dance Pavilion. General admission: $7. Students and AmeriCorps: $5. Bluegrass and Vocal Week participants: Free. 

Saturday, July 27, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Elkins City Park.
Join us for the festivities in tree-shaded Elkins City Park. The Augusta Festival includes a juried craft fair featuring the best regional artisans, live music on two stages, workshops, craft demonstrations, jam sessions, and children’s activities. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public, rain or shine. 

  • Main Stage
    10:00 The West Virginia Highlanders
    10:15 – 11:00 LC Blue, Bluegrass
    11:15 – 12:00 Elizabeth LaPrelle & Bryan Dolphin, Ukrainian & American Folk Songs
    12:15 – 1:00 Branson Raines & Friends, Old-Time Tunes, Stories & Ballads
    1:15 – 2:00 Val Mindel, Singing Round – Up
    2:15 – 2:45 Allegro Dance Company, Italian Dance Performance
    2:45 – 3:00 Lyn Ford, Storyteller
    3:15 – 4:00 The Maybelles, Carter Family Tunes & Classic Country
    4:15 – 5:00 Josh Wanstreet & Friends, Old-Time Tunes
  • Shelter Stage: West Virginia Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest
  • Contest information here.
  • 10:00 – 11:00 Register for West Virginia Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest
    11:00 Bluegrass Banjo Contest
    1:00 Old-Time Banjo Contest
    3:00 Fiddle Contest
    Performances between Contests – Big Possum Stringband, Old-Time Tunes & Songs
  • Workshop Stage
    10:30 – 11:30 Augusta Festival Waltz Party, Cindy Harris, Carol Denney & Friends,
    Play along, sing or dance.
    11:45 – 12:45 Beginning Clogging Workshop, Will Roboski & Geoffrey Steele
    1 – 1:45 Storytelling Session, Lyn Ford
    2:00 – 2:30 Beginning Highland Dance Workshop, WV Highland Dancers
  • Pickin’ Porch
    10:00 – 11:00 Dulcimer Hour, Luanna Moore & the Senior Center Mountain Dulcimer Group
  • 11:15 – 12:30 Old-Time Jam with Gerry Milnes & Friends

Saturday, July 27, 7:30 p.m. Harper McNeeley Auditorium.

Now in its 36th season, “Mountain Stage with Larry Groce” will bring their weekly radio program to Davis & Elkins College to celebrate the Augusta Heritage Festival. Audiences will participate in a recording that will be heard nationwide on NPR stations and on the Mountain Stage Podcast. Performers include Chance McCoy ( , Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer & Sam Gleaves (, T-Mart Rounders (, Jody Carroll ( and Big Possum Stringband ( ”Mountain Stage” is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR Music.

General admission tickets: $25. Student tickets: $15, available with student ID at the Box Office on the night of the concert only. Concert ticket includes admission to the dance in the open-air Augusta pavilion following the concert. Doors at 7:00 p.m. Buy tickets here.

Saturday, July 27, following concert. Augusta Dance Pavilion.
The final dance of the summer will be held following the concert in the Augusta Dance Pavilion. Featuring Red Run with round robin square dance calling. 

General admission: $7. Students and AmeriCorps: $5. (Included in Mountain Stage concert admission.)