About the Gathering

The History

Craig Stewart launched the Slab Creek Music Festival in 2001, to provide an opportunity for people to get together and spend an long-weekend devoted entirely to the celebration of making music. Craig’s experiment quickly became a favorite yearly event for most everyone who has attended. In 2016 the name was changed to Slab Creek Music + Gathering to better describe what the event has become over the years.

Our Mission is to create a supportive environment in which people of all ages and abilities can celebrate our collective creativity through the exploration, creation, learning and performance of music of all genres

General Information

In 2017 the Gathering will run from Friday through Sunday, August 25th-27th.

Price: $65 per person, children 5 and under free.

Four meals provided:

  • Friday dinner
  • Saturday breakfast
  • Saturday dinner
  • Sunday breakfast
  • You will be on your own for all other meals.

Two performances – Friday and Saturday night

Workshops and jams both Friday and Saturday afternoon 1 – 4pm.

A serious amount of jamming, reading, napping, Frisbee, hackeysack and whatever else you can dream up.

This event is completely volunteer driven. Please be ready to pitch in.  Although with the simplified schedule, there shouldn’t too much to cover – 4 meals (prep and clean-up), Friday and Saturday night show set-up along with everyone’s favorite event – the Sunday morning clean-up.

Please note: Budget and facility limitations mean we’ll be limiting attendance to 125 people.  Please register a soon as possible here so we can plan food, sanitation, etc.

As always – no dogs, no exceptions.

The festival is held on the grounds of the Neskowin Valley School, which is located on Slab Creek Road in Neskowin (see the Location page for a driving directions). Most people camp in tents on the school soccer field and use school and festival provided facilities, while others rent houses in nearby Neskowin. On site we have portable outdoor sink facilities, outdoor men’s and women’s restrooms and an outdoor (private) shower for onsite campers.

Other Events and Activities (see more here)

Inspired Activities

Do you want a ride to the beach? Are you looking for musicians to back you up on a song? Do you want to sing some more? How about a babysitter? We will have a Bulletin Board available for you to post your interests, wishes and dreams for the gathering. Post a request and see what happens!

Sound Checks

If you plan to participate in either the Friday or Saturday night performances, stop by the auditorium and sign up for a fifteen-minute sound check so you and the sound folks know what you’ll need onstage. Try out the microphones and see just how good you sound with our concert sound system! Friday and Saturday afternoons.

FRIDAY Night Performance

A memorable night of inspired musical performances ending with our own in-house dance band! All festival registrants are welcome to participate and we will accommodate as many acts as possible within the time available.  We especially try to include those who are performing on stage for the first time.

SATURDAY Night Performance

The Saturday night performances continue where we left off on Friday, followed by our traditional Fire Circle until the wee hours of the morning! All festival registrants are welcome to participate and we will accommodate as many acts as possible within the time available.