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California Bluegrass Festivals

You wouldn't think that a place so far from Kentucky's bluegrass roots would excel in banjo, mandolin and guitar music, but it turns out that California has some of the biggest and best bluegrass festivals in the nation! Pictured is the largest bluegrass jam in the world - Huck Finn Jubilee on  Father's Day Weekend.

 JANUARY

  • BLYTHE: Blythe Bluegrass Festival January 18-20, 2019 Launches the year with great music in the desert at Colorado River Fairgrounds, blythebluegrass.com
  • BAKERSFIELD: The Great 48 Jam January 10-13, 2019 at Marriott Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield CA cbaweb.org/Events/Great48
  • REDWOOD CITY Bluegrass on Broadway January 25-27, 2019, scbs.org/events/bob/

FEBRUARY - MARCH

  • SEBASTOPOL: Sonoma County Bluegrass Festival March 9, 2019, 12-9 p.m. Analy High School, 6950 Analy Ave., Sebastopol, CA.  socofoso.com $35-40, cbaweb.org

APRIL

  • TEMECULA: Temecula Bluegrass Festival April 12-14, 2019
  • LOS ANGELES: Folkworks Folk and Roots Festival April 13, 2019, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. St. John's Presbyterian Church 11000 National Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064 fwfolkrootsfestival.com
  • BROOKDALE: Brookdale Bluegrass Festival April 19-21, 2019 Brookdale Bluegrass welcomes Northern California Bluegrass Society to this event 7 miles south of Hollister in Los Pinos. scbs.org
    Peter Rowan | Blue Summit | Town Howlers | Stoney Mountain Rambers | Wildcate Mountain Ramblers | Toby Gray & Harlan County Covey | Banjer Dan | Laura Lind | Tina Louise Barr
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Festival of the Mandolins April 28, 2019, 12-5 p.m. at the Croatian American Cultural Center. croatianamericanweb.org
    Aurora Mandolin Orchestra | Gus Garelick with Mazurka Madness | Irene Herrmann | Phil Lawrence | Billy Packard | Duo Pizzicato | Emily & Paul Rangell | Kathy Sherak

MAY

  • CLOVERDALE The Cloverdale Fiddle Festival May 4, 2019 at Cloverdale Citrus Fair, cloverdalefiddles.com $ admission. Gates open at 8 a.m.
  • SANTA CRUZ: Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair May 5, 2019, 12-6 p.m. at The Duckpond in San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz. The Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society FREE springtime gathering kicks off the outdoor bluegrass season. scbs.org
  • PARKFIELD: Parkfield Bluegrass Festival May 9-12, 2019, Parkfield Cafe & Community Center - Parkfield, CA parkfieldbluegrass.org 
    Special Consensus | Cache Valley Drifters | Slocan Ramblers | Rebekah Long | Phil Salazar and the Kin Folk | Snap Jackson and the Knock on Wood Players | Blue Summit | The Littlest Birds | Have More Fun Stringband | Amber Cross | North Country Blue | SLO County Stumblers | Robin Fischer

  • YERMO: Calico Mother's Day Bluegrass in the Spring Festival May 11-12, 2019, genres may change, $10, sbcounty.gov
  • BERKELEY: Berkeley Bluegrass Festival May 16-17, 2019 at Freight & Salvage
  • AGOURA HILLS: Topanga Fiddle, Banjo Contest and Folk Festival May 19, 2019  (always the third Sunday in May). Held at Paramount Ranch topangabanjofiddle.org
  • GRASS VALLEY: Strawberry Music Festival May 23, 2019
    Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA. Camping and music festival in the Sierra Nevada foothills. strawberrymusic.com

JUNE

  • GRASS VALLEY: Father's Day Bluegrass Festival June 13-16, 2019 expected dates on Father's Day Weekend. Performers: Lonesome River Band, Peter Rowan fathersdayfestival.com
  • SUSANVILLE Bluegrass Festival June 21-23, 2019
    Lassen County Fairgrounds. $20-75, lassencountyfair.org
    Blue Highway | Red Dog Ash | Mosquito Road Band | Steve Spurgin | The Sierra Sweethearts | Edgar Loudermilk Band | Greg Blake Band | Chris Bashear & Peter McLaughlin

JULY

  • Siskiyou Folk & Bluegrass Festival June 29, 2019, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Illinois Valley Chamber of Commerce production at Lake Selmac, Selma, Oregon siskiyoubluegrassfestival.com  | facebook.com/siskiyoubluegrassfestival

AUGUST

  • FELTON: Saw Festival at Roaring Camp Railroads
  • TRES PINOS - HOLLISTER Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass in Bolado Park scbs.org/events/gof/  August 7-12, 2019 See line up at August Music Festivals
  • PETALUMA: Rivertown Revival August 22, 2019
    bloomfieldbluegrassband.com
  • SUTTER CREEK: Ragtime Festival August 9-11, 2019 suttercreek.org
  • VISTA San Diego Summergrass Bluegrass Festival August 16-18, 2019. $20-40 day approx.  summergrass.net
    Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista, CA
    The Grascals | David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition | High Fidelity with Front Porch Music | Tom Cunningham Band | Vulcan Mt Boys
  • SUTTER CREEK: Jug Band Festival August 17, 2019 suttercreek.org
  • TUOLUMNE: River Ranch Music Festival TBA
  • REDWOOD  CITY: Pub in the Park June 16-September 15, 2018 (new weekly music series featuring Bluegrass & Americana)

SEPTEMBER

  • TUOLUMNE: Strawberry Music Festival No fall festival 2019
    17807 Tuolumne Road, Tuolumne, CA. Camping and music festival in the Sierra Nevada foothills. strawberrymusic.com
  • BISHOP: Millpond Music Festival September 20-22, 2019
    Annual Millpond Music Festival Millpond Music Festival brings an eclectic collection of music, inyo.org
  • BERKELEY Old Time Music Convention September 18-22, 2019 (locations throughout the city) berkeleyoldtimemusic.org
    Jerron Paxton | Thomas Maupin & Daniel Rothwell | Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur with Suzy Thompson | Modock Rounders with Kim Johnson | Donna Ray Norton | Earl White Band | Crooked Jades | Squirrelly Stringband | Sue Hulsether | Robin Fischer | Morgan Cochneuer | Sydney Roberts Band | Square dances, concerts, workshops, string band contest, stuff for kids, lots of jamming & more

OCTOBER

  • SAN FRANCISCO: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass October4-6, 2019 in Golden Gate Park
    hardlystrictlybluegrass.com. Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is FREE. Though the talent at this event should give it #1 rank, the title says it all--there's some bluegrass, yes, but not hardly, strictly bluegrass at the October event.
  • ONTARIO: Huck Finn Jubilee October 5-7, 2018 TBA 2019
    huckfinn.com
  • YUCAIPA: Mountain Music Day TBA
    Concerts, Workshops & Jams 11 a.m. Donation: $8. Kids under 12 are free! 11911 S. Oak Glen Road Yucaipa, CA 92399. mountainmusicday.homestead.com
  • RAMONA: Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Fest? ramonabluegrassfest.com
  • GOLETA: Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention & Festival October TBA
    Rancho La Patera & Stow House 304 North Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, CA 93117  fiddlersfestival.org

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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