Haw River Festival

2019 Haw River Festival

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Join the Haw River Assembly from 4-8 pm on Saturday, May 4th for an afternoon of live music, the opening of the Saxapahaw farmers market season, a Paperhand Puppet parade, a guided river walk, canoe rides for kids, a kayak raffle, a silent auction, food trucks, and more at the Haw River Festival in Saxapahaw. Festival entry is FREE, and all donations collected during the festival support the Haw River Assembly’s work to protect the river. Each year over 1,000 people come out for this annual celebration of the river! This event kicks off the season for Saturdays in Saxapahaw, with bands and the farmers market throughout the summer.

2019 Band Lineup

Afrobeat Orchestra

Honey Magpie

Ragweed Brass Band

More details coming soon! Email erin@hawriver.org for more information.


We had a GREAT Haw River Festival  in Saxapahaw on May 5, 2018!

Thanks to everyone who made it a great day – we look forward to being back next spring on May 4, 2019 to kick off the Saturdays in Saxapahaw season! (Concerts and farmers market continue every Saturday this summer from 5-8 pm)

Thanks to the Bands!

Village Band of Chapel Hill

The Village Band of Chapel Hill / Carrboro, North Carolina is a non-profit community concert band committed to providing members an opportunity for life-long musical expression, promoting music in the lives of all they meet, and providing cultural enrichment in the community. www.thevillageband.org

 Saludos Compay

SALUDOS COMPAY takes the audience on a musical tour that features traditional, contemporary, and original music from Latin America and the Caribbean. This amazingly versatile trio keeps toes tapping. www.saludoscompay.com

 Onyx Club Boys

Onyx Club Boys are a Pittsboro-based group drawing inspiration from the old days of Gypsy jazz, French musettes, Brazilian sambas, swing and ragtime. It’s a trip around the world which will make you swoon, tap your feet and realize how universal and similar music really is. Their members have played in a variety of beloved local favorites including Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Old Ceremony, Kaira Ba, Midtown Dickens, Club Boheme and Paperhand Puppet Intervention. www.facebook.com/OnyxClubBoysNC


Jaafar is a North Carolina collective bridging the gap between Eastern and Western cultures. Bandleader and acoustic bass guitarist Troy Cole formed the group in 2002 after traveling extensively in Egypt, where he absorbed a deep sense of
music’s inherent spiritual power. Jaafar seeks to explore both the driving thump of Western rock as well as the intangible aesthetics embodied in the Eastern traditions. Jaafar Music Youtube


Thanks to the donors for the Silent Auction!

Handmade Walnut Bowl by Matt Spangler, Handmade Sweetgum Bowl by Roy Girolami – Handmade Cutting Boards by Jim Hood – Pottery by Hamish Jackson – Clay river bowl by Sarah Howe –  Wood crafted earrings by 2Puggles – Kindred Seedlings Gift Certificate – Earrings from Roots Jewelry by Maliyah Austria – Photography greeting card sets by Katherine Nunn​ –  TOPO Distillery Tasting Tours for Four – Fair Game Beverage Local Bloody Mary Kit and tasting pass – Art from Starworks NC – Four tickets to an Adventure Tour at the Conservators Center – Guest passes to Morehead Planetarium​ – 4 person tour pass to Carolina Tiger Rescue – 5 Class Pass to Yoga Garden Pittsboro – Gift certificate for massage therapy services by Patti Richardson – Gift certificates our favorite local restaurants including Saxapahaw General Store, The Eddy Pub, Reverence Farm Cafe and Carolina Brewery, metal snake by Chris Carter…… and more~


Thanks to Great Outdoors Provision Company for donating the 9.5 Perception Rambler Kayak for our Raffle!

Great Outdoor Provision Co. donated the kayak and a $150 gift certificate to GOPC!  The winning ticket holder was Johnny Waken – Happy Paddling!

And thanks to the Saxapahaw General Store for displaying the kayak and selling raffle tickets for us!

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