Fostering a Love for the Outdoors / Creating a Sense of Community / Developing Leadership and Life Skills


50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

Fostering a Love for the Outdoors / Creating a Sense of Community / Developing Leadership and Life Skills


50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

Acoustic Festival


Farmington Valley Acoustic Festival

Saturday, October 19, 2019         11:00am – 6:00pm

The event will be held Rain or Shine

Sorry No Pets Allowed

Tickets: In Advance: $10 (children 3 – 15 yrs: $5)    At the Gate: $15 (children 3 – 15 yrs: $8)    

Winding Trails members receive $2 discount.

For General Public tickets:

Winding Trails Members only may get tickets here:

50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT

Set among the beautiful 380 acres of forest and fall foliage at Winding Trails in Farmington, there will be music on three stages, as well as a song contest, two workshops, and free beer from local breweries. The festival features chart-topping performers, official state troubadours, and award-winning songwriters from a variety of musical genres. Performances take place in the forest amphitheater, post and beam lodge, and pondside. Outdoor stages move indoors in the event of rain.

Attendees can also drop-in to the Vocal Coaching Workshop with Nashville recording artist Kaye Pere, and the Craft and Business of Songwriting Workshop with Grammy award-winning songwriter Bill Pere. Songwriters are also invited to sign-up for the judged Song Contest with prizes offered by the Connecticut Songwriters Association and Connecticut Songwriting Academy. Space is limited and preregistration is required for the Song Contest.

Free samples from four local breweries. Food and additional refreshments are available for sale or attendees may BYOB and picnic. Take advantage of the scenic grounds at Winding Trails, with 12 miles of walking trails and disc golf.  Parking is free.

Acoustic Festival Schedule



Amphitheater Stage

Walton Pond Stage

Nature’s Porch Stage

Shawn Taylor Mark Moriarty Sweetest Key
Ramblin Dan Stevens Peter Lehndorff The Bombay Oysters
HannaH’s Field Bill Benson Peter Nelson
Lara Herscovitch and the Highway Philosophers Bonnie Lee Panda Crowes Pasture
Auburn Mode Eric Paradine Lori Diamond and Fred Abatelli
The Wolff Sisters Jimi Mann Kristen Graves
Lauren Michaud (Walton Pond Stage) Syndicate Gracie Day

Song Contest with Bill and Kay Pere – 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Come and perform your original songs for a chance to win a featured performance slot at the Connecticut Songwriters Association, a music business and career consultation, and more. Space is limited so sign up early. The $10 registration fee for the contest includes a ticket to the Acoustic Festival. Full contest rules and registration instructions at

The Craft and Business of Songwriting – 2:30pm – 3:30pm

The Craft & Business of Songwriting with Grammy Award winning Songwriter Bill Pere. Come and learn the craft and business of songwriting with Grammy-Winning songwriter Bill Pere. Bill was named one of the “Top 50 Innovators, Groundbreakers, and Guiding Lights of the Music Industry” by Music Connection Magazine. He is the author of the industry-standard songwriting guide “Song crafters’ Coloring Book” and is one of the most sought-after songwriting coaches today, working with clients around the world. More at  Registration to this workshop is free.

Vocal Coaching Workshop  3:45pm – 4:45pm

Vocal Coaching Workshop with Nashville recording artist Kay Pere. Come and learn some career changing vocal tips with Nashville recording artist, award-winning singer-songwriter, and a nationally known vocal and creativity coach Kay Pere. Kay has been a Director for the Connecticut Songwriters Association since 1997, and she presents regularly at national music conferences. More at  Registration to this workshop is free.

Food and Drink Vendors


The festival benefits the Trails Fund of Winding Trails.

Special Thanks to These Event Sponsors:






Your Backyard...The Way It Should Be



Winding Trails

50 Winding Trails Drive, Farmington, CT 06032

Phone 860.677.8458

Winding Trails, Inc. is a non-profit organization serving people from Farmington and surrounding communities, providing year round recreational and educational activities for the enjoyment and growth of families and individuals of all ages. Winding Trails is dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of the natural woodlands and waterways that allow outdoor programming, character development, and other activities that strengthen the lives of those we serve.

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