A FESTIVAL FOR EVERYONE!
2021 FIDDLERS: AUGUST 14
The Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering is an acoustic music festival located at the beautiful, national historic landmark, the Tippecanoe Battle Field Park in Battle Ground, Indiana. Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering is for everyone!
Some great news: this year it's by donation only! Give what you think it's worth (we're sure you'll agree it's worth a lot!). Donate now... donate often!
Featuring the best in old-time, bluegrass, folk, swing jazz fiddle, string band, Celtic, Mexican folk fiddle, and other music on one stage. Jam Sessions, Workshops, Children's Concert, Open Stage, and internationally-known headliners.
Due to public health and financial precautions related to the pandemic, we're jamming lots of great music into a one-day event. Bring your chairs and spread out to enjoy an experience reminiscent of the early days of Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering. We know many will be disappointed there's no camping this year, but we know you'll still enjoy the event. For nearly fifty years, we're about good people, good music, and good times! Join us as we fiddle away the pandemic blues! #IFG49
Free workshops all morning! Beginner, intermediate, and advanced workshops on instruments like fiddle, banjo, ukulele, guitar, and more! See detailed schedule below.
Jam sessions all day long... start your own or participate in guided jams!
Mainstage Schedule / Lineup:
10am: Children's Concert with Mark Lyons and Annie Hatke
11:20am: Showcase/demo: Mexican Jarocho & Huapango with Meztli Cultural
12:00pm: Showcase/demo: Banjo types and playing styles with Jim Robertson
12:30pm: Open Stage (i.e., open mic... show us your stuff!)
3pm: Kountry Kernals
4pm: Meztli Cultural
5pm: Jim Robertson & Friends
6pm: Christopher Layer & Friends
7pm: The Onlies
SATURDAY, AUGUST 14
Battle Ground, Indiana located between Chicago and Indianapolis — just off Exit 178 from Interstate 65, seven miles north of Lafayette, Indiana. For more information about the area, go to Visit Lafayette West Lafayette. If using map applications, search for the Tippecanoe Battlefield Park or 200 Battle Ground Ave, Battle Ground, IN 47920.
Open Stage gives musicians of all ages and skill levels a chance to show their stuff! Check in with the Open Stage MC behind the stage starting at 11:30am to sign up. Show us what you've got!
Workshops are FREE! For all ages, and all levels of experience. Just show up with your instrument!
11am: Intro to Klezmer with the Klezbillies
12pm: Yodel techniques with Mark Lyons
1pm: Folk dance of Mexico with Meztli Cultural
10am: Beginner fiddle with Julia Becker
11am: Intermediate fiddle with Cliff Harrison
12pm: Huapango fiddle style with Esteban Martínez Hernández and Meztli Cultural
1pm: Advanced fiddle with members of The Onlies
12pm: Beginner banjo with Howie Clark
1pm: Intermediate banjo with Jude Odell
2pm: Advanced banjo with members of The Onlies
11am: Vocal harmonies with Denise Wilson
12pm: Beginner ukelele with Annie Hatke
1pm: Intermediate ukelele with Mark Lyons
2pm: Guitar fingerstyle and rhythms with Mike Johnson
Food vendors will be present to keep you going all day long! These include vegan options, Mexican food, coffee, ice cream, and more. People's Brewing will also provide a beer garden with local craft brews.
There will be no camping this year due to COVID-19 considerations. Sorry! We plan to have camping as usual next year!
We need volunteers during the festival! Gates, merchandise sales, information booth, parking assistants, or poster routes are just a few of the opportunities available. Email us to get involved.
We encourage all attendees to first REDUCE and REUSE! If possible, bring reusable water bottles.
Please take back with you anything that you can easily recycle at home.
Trash cans are conveniently located throughout the park. Please use these for any trash items that you can't take home to recycle.
The Indiana Fiddlers' Gathering not only prides itself on being a fully accessible event but has been recognized by the Indiana Arts Commission as a model of festival accessibility.
In 1990, the Fiddlers' Gathering brought in Therapeutic Innovations, Inc., of Brookston, Indiana, to conduct a study of the festival grounds. The Fiddlers' Gathering then implemented Therapeutic Innovations' recommendations into the grounds, as well as subsequent follow-up reports.
There are extensive handicap facilities integrated into the festival, including ample handicap parking (which is monitored), plenty of accessible bathroom facilities, and wheelchair-accessible seating areas close to the main stage. And our staff is always available to accommodate any special needs.