Ninth Annual Native Rhythms Festival November 10 - 12, 2017 Wickham Park Amphitheater area, within the Wickham Park, Melbourne, FL. In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the Native Heritage Gathering, Inc., the Indian River Flute Circle and the Native Rhythms Festival Committee will host the ninth annual Native Rhythms Festival. This event will be held at the Wickham Park amphitheater, Melbourne, Florida, the weekend of November 10 - 12, 2017. Building on previous Festivals, the 2017 event will include even more entertainment, craftsmanship, art and learning experiences. Admission to the festival is FREE. Musical performances are scheduled throughout each day, with headliner performances starting in the late afternoon through 10pm most days. Multiple award-winning musicians from all over the United States will be on stage throughout the weekend. Cultural showcases are held each day. There will be competitions for flute-playing, flute-making, and art creation. This family-friendly festival will also host a wide variety of free workshops that focus on flute, percussion and other instrument playing, technical and collaborative techniques, crafting and art training, and much more. Extended workshops for advanced flute students will also be offered for a fee. In addition, vendors will sell musical instruments, Native-style and environmental arts & crafts and food. Presentations and displays by a variety of non-profit historical preservation and ecological groups, along with story-telling during the music performances, will round out the educational experiences. We also welcome children from local public and home-schools to attend our free Kids-Day program on Friday, November 10th. The event will be held at Wickham Park, 2500 Parkway Dr, Melbourne, FL 32935. This beautifully wooded park has free admission and ample free parking. The Wickham Park Campground is adjacent to the event area and offers campsites with full hookups as well as rustic sites. All camping arrangements must be made through the Wickham Park Rangers office ( http://www.brevardfl.gov/ParksRecreation/Campgrounds/Wickham/Home 321-255-4307 . Early reservations are recommended). Motels and restaurants are close by, and we have arranged for discounted accommodations for event visitors. The Candlewood Suites serves as our Host Hotel and while booking your rooms please add the code NRF for the discount and to assist the event with room compensation. The festival is intended and designed to be family-friendly and appropriate to all ages. It is an alcohol- and drug-free event. This is the largest free Native music-related festival in the country. A full description of the festival, including a list of headlining and featured performers, craftsmen, artists and vendors, as well as performance times, workshops and advanced-classes schedules and registration, competitions, Kids-Day program, event volunteer opportunities, area camping and accommodation specifics may be found at: http://nativerhythmsfestival.com .