Instrument Petting Zoo

By popular demand, our instrument petting zoo will once again offer festival-goers of all ages a chance to try out a wide variety of acoustic instruments.


Don’t be shy! If you’ve always wanted to know what it’s like to draw a bow across the strings of a fiddle or noodle with a 5-string banjo or strum a dulcimer or even play a saw—this will be your chance!

Friendly, enthusiastic “zoo keepers” will be on hand throughout the day to give you a quick introduction to whatever instrument(s) you’d like to try. And, new this year, we’ll have an area set aside for small-size instruments that adults and young children can explore together.

Old-time music is all about participation. We hope you’ll stop by the instrument petting zoo and experience, first-hand, how much fun it is to make music!