Two days of live music, fruit picking, camping and other activities are set for this weekend at Riverdance Farms in Livingston.
The 12th annual Pick and Gather and Merced River Fair is all day Saturday and Sunday at the farm on 12230 Livingston Cressey Road. The route is marked with signs directing festival-goers to the entrance.
As usual, fairgoers can pluck blueberries, strawberries and cherries, but the event also offers gardening activities, storytelling, children’s activities, hay rides, tours, and wine and beer tasting.
Cost for the festival ranges from $2 to $15 depending on the day, age and whether visitors intend to camp Saturday night. There also is a fundraiser dinner of locally sourced food and drinks served along the river for a separate fee.
The National Weather Service is forecasting triple digits this weekend, but farm owner Cindy Lashbrook said there are ways to beat the heat during the festival. “We’ll have at least four mist-cooling stations along with natural and canopy shade, and the river, to stay comfortable,” Lashbrook said in an email.
Three stages offer bluegrass, folk, Americana, blues, jazz and kids singalongs, to name a few types of performances.
Proceeds from the festival go to Merced River cleanup and educational efforts.
At a glance
The Pick and Gather and Merced River Fair at Riverdance Farms
What: Festival featuring music and food
When: Begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday
Where: Near the Riverdance Farms, 12230 Livingston Cressey Road, in Livingston