A Weekend of Creativity and Community Supporting the Families of Tubman House
Set up throughout the festival space are free standing creation stations for artists of all ages.
Past creation stations have included: Boat Making Buffet, Dough and Sensory Play Lab, Prayer Flags, Metal Stamping, Fairy Garden Village, Face Painting, Cardboard City, Clay Play Station, and Weaving Space.
Throughout the event, the riverside stage features the strums and croonings of local musicians. Parie Wood, Amy Reed, Ross Hammond, Musical Robots, Tyehimba Kokayi, and many others have offered their song and spirit over the years. Join the campfire right before tuck in and you'll find many sharing songs and silliness as others find the courage to add their voices to the song. On Saturday night, children and families take over the stage with a delightfully unrehearsed and spur of the moment talent show.
The festival stretches along the American River under a canopy of oaks. The river rises and lulls throughout the event, inviting rock skipping and waders. Lizards, crawdads, tiny frogs, and deer sneak about the edges while river birds study the water for a meal. Children are inviting to connect with this natural world as they raise a village of fairy houses, hunt for rocks and blossoms, and sleep under the stars.
Throughout the event, family art workshops take place guiding children and their grown ups through crafts involving a step or two. Through the years, we have learned to dye silk capes, sew felt crowns, create fairy dolls and gnomes, build canjos and scribble bots, wet and needle felt, and tie dye. Each year's offerings are a blend of old familiars and new creations.
Workshops during the festival offer time for children and adults to move and wiggle. Join a yoga session. Play jujitsu games. On Saturday, parents can relax while the children join an hour long play session led by camp leaders.
Little houses pop up all over the festival, from fairy houses to cardboard villages. The tents of the festival families also become small homes and scatter throughout the festival site. Some families favor the appeal of the field next to the plumbed bathrooms, while others tuck in around the berry vines on the river's edge. Many families love arriving to a tent ready and waiting. Campfires gather us each night for song and s'mores. By 9 pm it's so quiet the deer are even poking about the edges of the site.