COVID-19 Update for Washington Acoustic Music Association (WAMA)
2021 Winlock Pickersfest Canceled
With COVID-19 still not under control and with all of the risks and uncertainties currently
associated with this virus, the WAMA Board of Directors has unanimously voted to cancel
2021 Winlock Pickersfest. We apologize for any hardships or inconveniences this decision
creates for anyone. Rest assured this was NOT an easy decision for us to make. But we feel under
present circumstances this is the best course of action for us to take.
Please continue to be safe and check our website frequently for updates and WAMA news.
WAMA Board of Directors
2021 Winlock Pickersfest
August 6 - 8, 2021 CANCELED
We are very sad that we have to cancel Pickersfest 2021 due to continuing concerns about
COVID-19. We had rescheduled the fantastic lineup from the canceled 2020 Pickersfest to
perform at the 2021 festival. Now we are working hard, and hoping, to be able to do the same for
2022. After delaying our festival two years in a row, we're definitely looking forward to 2022,
hearing some absolutely out-of-this-world fantastic music, and finally having a fun filled weekend!
If you attended Pickersfest 2019, you already know what an awesome festival it was. If you missed it, please accept our heartfelt sympathy. But all is not lost! We are already hard at work planning for our 2022 music festival, and believe it or not, we are on the fast track of making this festival even better! Keep watching this website for any updates to our activities and lineup.
Mark your calendars now for August 5 - 7, 2022.
Note: The park only has a few picnic tables near the stage.
We suggest you bring your own comfortable lawn chair for your best
If you have any questions regarding our festival activities or festival on-site camping, please go to our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page under the INFO tab of our website. Hopefully, any questions you have will be answered there. If you still have unanswered questions, please use our "Contact Us" form to ask your question.
Click here to Submit your Band for our 2022 Pickersfest
To see Winlock Pickersfest band lineups from previous years,
Visit our Lineup Archive page.
Winlock Pickersfest includes instructional workshops, genre jams,
open mics, plenty of pickin' and grinnin', and organized kids activities! Check out
the rest of the site to see details about the live bands, the workshop schedule,
camping details, ticket info, links, and more.
Our 2019 Winlock Pickersfest had three New Genre Jams.
All three genre jams were extremely popular and very well attended, with some people coming to
the festival just to play in the jams.
These are the jams we had in 2019:
Celtic Music Jam
Celtic music is a broad grouping of music genres that evolved out of the folk music traditions of the Celtic people of Western Europe. It refers to both orally-transmitted traditional music and recorded music. The styles vary considerably to include everything from traditional music to a wide range of hybrids.
Old-Time Music Jam
An old-time jam is, naturally, a place where folks get together to play old-time music. "Fiddle tunes" form the bulk of the old time jam repertoire, but other songs may be played as well. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of potential tunes in the Old Time repertoire. This varies to some extent by region, but there are several dozen "standards" which will be known anywhere. Banjos, fiddles, and guitars comprise the primary instruments, but don't be surprised to find someone playing the bass, washboard, spoon, bones, jug, etc. You're bound to find people of all ages, walks of life, and ability levels. The atmosphere will almost always be welcoming.
Swing Music Jam
This jam can include Gypsy Jazz, and Swing music, or simply swing. Swing is a form of popular music developed in the United States that dominated in the 1930s and 1940s. The name swing came from the 'swing feel' where the emphasis is on the off–beat or weaker pulse in the music. Swing bands usually featured soloists who would improvise on the melody over the arrangement.
Since these special Genre Jams were so successful, WAMA is now planning on possibly adding one or
more new Genre Jams to the schedule. Keep watching this space to see what develops.
The festival officially starts on Friday,
but the jamming and camping begin on Thursday!
Nestled in a beautifully wooded area, Winolequa Park is conveniently located close to Interstate 5. Less than 2 hours drive south of Seattle and an hour north of Portland, this gem of a Pickersfest is within close driving distance for plenty of great pickers who show up every year for it. And since the festival is put on by an all-volunteer staff, the price of admission is remarkably inexpensive.
PETS: During the festival, well behaved pets are allowed throughout the park and camping area with the exception of a marked off pet free zone around and in front of the stage and the concession area. Please clean-up after your pet.
The Winlock Pickersfest is a labor of love created by a dedicated group of volunteers from the Washington Acoustic Music Association (WAMA) and co-sponsored by the Winlock Park Board.
WAMA hosts events throughout the year, so we hope you'll check the
to see the impressive display of music events offered throughout the year.
Submit your Band for our 2022 Pickersfest
Winlock Pickersfest encompasses a wide variety of Acoustic Music Genres. If your band is interested in being considered for WAMA's fun filled festival, please submit your request along with a band bio and band photo by October 31st, 2021. Providing links to some of your bands music samples would also be helpful for WAMA in our band selection process.
Remember, WAMA now only accepts band submissions through October 31st of the year preceding the next Pickersfest to be considered to perform at this festival in Winlock, WA. WAMA will quickly finalize the band selection process and immediately notify bands whether they have or have not been selected to be offered contracts to perform that year.
Please NOTE: Our band selection process requires bands to submit a short biography and picture that may be used in advertising our festival. Band submissions lacking these requirements may not be considered to perform.
Also, if your band has a website or social media site (i.e., Facebook), please provide a link for each site you want to have shown with the band's bio.
Please use the link below to email your submission with the required attachments.
(This link uses your personal email client, which hopefully allows attachments.)
Use US Mail (USPS) sent to:
PO Box 845
Winlock, Wa. 98596
If your band is selected, and you agree to play at Pickersfest, you will be sent a contract and a
W9 (tax form) to complete and return to us.