Fiction in the Forest Festival

August 13-15, 2021 | Head Waters, VA

They say that stories are make-believe, and fairy tales aren't true. But they don't know what we know, that it all depends on you. 

Bring the whole family to a place where stories come to life through imaginative experiences and interactive environments. Enjoy great food, guest storytellers, and inspiring moments when you least expect it.

Stories at the Festival

We'll share the list of stories we plan to celebrate with attendees before the event so you can brush-up on the stories and even prepare costumes! In the meantime, here are some of the ways we plan to celebrate these stories:

  • Guided storytelling hikes
  • Music under the stars
  • Story-themed food and treats
  • Scavenger hunts through the forest
  • Stories around the bonfire
  • Story-themed activities, crafts, and games

Wild + Free Teens

One of the unexpected surprises of the Farm Village is the way that our teens have found community and freedom on the property. With 200 acres of forests, creeks, cabins, and hiking trails to explore, it's the perfect place for them to spread their wings and build lasting friendships with each other. Wild + Free started with mostly mothers of young children, but it's quickly growing into a community of families with teens.

We'll have activities specifically for teens where they can connect with each other, so bring them along! And if your teen would like to serve as a "story guide," we've got a role for them! Simply email us if they're interested.

Festival Pricing

You are invited to pitch your tent in one of our designated camping areas on the grounds of the Wild + Free Farm Village.

Meals are included from Friday dinner through Sunday breakfast. And we'll have luxury showers and restroom trailers available for your comfort.

  • $199 per adult (18+)
  • $149 per child (3-17)
  • Free for toddlers (0-2)

Cancellation Policy: Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be deferred to any other event. This event will be held rain or shine.


Wild + Free Farm Village

The Wild + Free Farm Village is located about an hour and a half west of Charlottesville, VA. One thing is for sure - there is no getting to Head Waters, Virginia without stunning views of the Allegheny Mountains!

Wild + Free Farm Village
6983 Cowpasture Road N
Head Waters, VA 24442

Once you arrive in Head Waters, we are located seven miles north of 250 on Cowpasture Road, and you’ll see the Wild + Free sign on the road. Please be aware that your cell phone service will drop-out within a half hour from the Farm Village. We encourage you to print-out directions or save them to your phone. We'll have WiFi access and phone lines when you get here.

Festival Schedule

Friday, August 13

1:00 PM - Check-in and set-up camp
5:00 PM - Welcome gathering
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:00 PM - Story adventure 1
8:30 PM - Bards around the bonfire

Saturday, August 14

8:30 AM - Breakfast
9:30 AM - Story adventure 2
11:00 AM - Free time
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:30 PM - Story adventure 3
3:00 PM - Free time
6:00 PM - Dinner
7:30 PM - Evening entertainment
8:30 PM - Bards around the bonfire

Sunday, August 15

8:30 AM - Breakfast
9:30 AM - Story adventure 4
11:00 AM - Depart for home

Cancellation Policy: Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be deferred to any other event. Unfortunately, we're not able to make exceptions, even with last-minute emergencies. The event will be held rain or shine.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are meals included?

Yes, we'll provide five meals starting with dinner on Friday night and ending with breakfast on Sunday morning. We'll have snacks for sale as well.

Can we bring an RV?

Due to the limitations of our zoning permit, we regret that we cannot accommodate RVs on the property. This event is intended to serve tent-camping only in our village. However, small, pop-up campers are fine.

Do you offer refunds?

Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be deferred to any other event. Unfortunately, we're not able to make exceptions, even with last-minute emergencies. The event will be held rain or shine.

Are pets allowed?

Outside pets are not permitted on the property. Please see our additional guidelines at bewildandfree.org/guidelines.

What amenities are available?

We'll have electrical outlets available near the campsites for charging phones and water bottles and snacks for sale.

What about restroom facilities?

We'll have luxury restroom and shower trailers available near the camping village. You'll also be able to use the restrooms in the main lodge.

Please note:

We require all guests to sign liability waivers and photo release forms in order to participate. Here are some additional policies at the Farm Village.

If you have any other questions, please email us.