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The Great ARTdoors Festival

Categorized as: Festivals, Fairs & Carnivals
Event tags: Art, Live Music


Combining world-class art and the great outdoors, our Festival is the perfect time for you to escape for a day to our 600-acre creative sanctuary and enjoy the art, artists, and autumn scenery while helping to support the center’s residency program and nature preserve.

MORE INFO about the artists, projects and the schedule can be found at


General: $12 in advance; $15 at the door; kids 12 & under get in free

VIP: $85 (includes access to Mary's Cabin, lunch and drinks)


Open Studio Tour & Talks with our distinguished artists-in-residence from Kentucky, Georgia, New York, France, Venezuela, and India

Art Installations presented by Amandine Drouet, Lucha Rodriguez, Laura Bell, Jeremiah Jossim, and Pandra Williams

A Participatory Art Installation for kids of all ages by Esteban Patiño

The PlantBot ArtLab, by Wendy DesChene and Jeff Schmuki, featuring interactive art activities that blend natural science, robotics, and environmental literacy

A Canjo & Other Homemade Instruments Workshop presented by Allen Peterson with an afternoon stage performance for all instrument creators

U-Do-Raku – choose a pot, glaze it yourself and have it fired to take home

Foxfire Presentation & Craft Demonstrations in celebration of its 50th anniversary

Live Music including the exotic sounds of Rasika Ajotikar, the bluesy folk songs of Jake Xerxes Fussell, and traditional mountain bluegrass by Oliver Rice and the Blue Ridge Mountain Boys

An Old-Fashioned Pig Roast serving up our own Bar-B-Q alongside smoked Springer Mountain Farms Chicken and local tasty provisions

Native Plant Sale and Kids' Activities by Beech Hollow Wildflower Farm

Invitational Pottery & Handmade Objects Show & Sale featuring Hambidge Fellows and artists from across the region

Gorgeous Hand-Crafted Jewelry by Lainey Papageorge Jewelry Designs

Snake Handling and reptile & amphibian education by the Orianne Society

Award-Winning Honey Tasting and Bee Education by Katie Wall and Karen Sanders

Activities for All Ages with mule & wagon rides, grits grinding, sheep meeting, baby chick greeting, a bouncy house, face painting by Macon Faces, and art-making for everyone!

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