About the 2021 Festival

The Festival Committee is working on the 2021 Festival with the hopes of it being held on June 19, 2021! We are currently accepting applications for Scholarships for 2021 and those must be complete and postmarked by: March 1, 2021.

In the event we are unable to hold the 2021 festival, we will still be awarding Scholarships.

About the Festival

On the third Saturday of every June at Grayson Highlands State Park in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, the Wayne C. Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition features some of the region’s best traditional musicians!

Festival Scholarships

Each year, a percentage of the festival proceeds has been set aside to fund scholarships to “aid young, local, traditional musicians in continuing their music exploration and education.”

The Guitar Competition

Every year at the festival we hold a guitar competition. Five awards are presented with the first place guitar winner receiving a coveted handmade Henderson guitar!

Donate To The Festival

Every donation helps! Our priority is funding scholarships.
  • We are a non-profit and have a very small production committee, every year we rely on a large number of wonderful volunteers the weekend of the festival.
  • We are extremely frugal with overhead expenses so we can direct as much money as possible toward scholarships.
  • We have awarded more than $320,000 in scholarships over the years.


You can donate by credit card or check.

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Links & News

Wayne's Performances

All Those Years

Explore 24 Years of Festival Logos, Shirt by Shirt.

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2020 Winners

Individual and group scholarship winners announced.

View the Winners List.

Our Donors

Thanks to our supporters, who help make the festival possible.

Meet Our Donors.