Haw River Festival



Every year we love to have you join us on the first Saturday of May to kick off the longstanding tradition of Saturdays in Saxapahaw. However, with the concerns surrounding COVID-19 and the mandate to not have gatherings of crowds larger than 10, both Saturdays in Saxapahaw and the Haw River Festival have been cancelled for this year. 

We appreciate your continued support and will keep you updated with any decisions to do an online raffle. You can also find this years t-shirts for sale on our support page. 


2020 Band Lineup

Honey Magpie

An indie/folk band sewing a patchwork quilt of warm and folksy three-part harmonies, complex yet catchy string parts, and sweetly layered piano riffs into a flurry of elegant sounds.

Triangle Afrobeat Orchestra

Brings their eclectic mix of African percussion and jazz to the stage and works to bridge communities, provoke communication and infuse empathy through music.

Ragweed Brass

Jazzy down-to-earth folk music. Plays and sings old-time American music from the early twentieth century, mixing standards with country and folk tunes. The combo gives new life to historic music, and features a banjo player and a trombonist.

On Stage Schedule:
4:15pm Honey Magpie
5:30pm Triangle Afrobeat Orchestra
6:45pm Ragweed Brass

2020 Raffle

We will be raffling off another 9.5 Kayak and gift certificate to Great Outdoor Provision Company this year. We will keep you posted on when tickets go up for sale both online and at the Saxapahaw General Store

Purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win this kayak! You do not have to be present to win, and the winner will be drawn at the Haw River Festival! Thanks to Great Outdoor Provision Company for donating the Kayak again this year!


2020 Silent Auction

This years items are not yet posted. Interested in donating an item for auction? Email info@hawriver.org for more information on how. All proceeds from silent auctions go back to the Haw River Assembly to protect the river! Silent Auction runs from 4pm-7:15pm, and you do not have to be present to pick up your item.

Here are some items from last years 2019 Silent Auction: 

2020 Tentative Festival Schedule

  • 4:30pm: River Walk (at Island Park)
  • 4-6pm: River Monitoring (follow signs to river)
  • 4-6pm: Guided Canoe Rides for Kids 12U (at Island Park)
    *will be canceled if water level is high
  • 6:15pm: Gather to take part in Puppet Parade (at Paperhand Studio)

Silent Auction on tables behind stage – art, event tickets, massage therapy, vacation rental, and more! Closing bids at 7:15pm.

Raffle for Perception Sound Kayak donated by Great Outdoor Provision Company – $2/ticket, for sale next to stage. No need to be prestent to win. Winner drawn at 7:30pm.

Farmers’ Market – local produce, crafts, and more

Kids Activities -Haw River Assembly Tshirts and BooksFood and Drink for Sale at Eddy Pub, Saxapahaw General Store, Cup 22, food trucks!

Photos from the 2019 Haw River Festival!

Check out our Facebook for additional photos