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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. 2022 to be announced. huckfinn.com

 JANUARY

BLYTHE: Blythe Bluegrass Festival   Launches the year with great music in the desert at Colorado River Fairgrounds, blythebluegrass.com

BAKERSFIELD: The Great 48 Jam January 5-8, 2022   Past venue: Marriott Convention Center, 801 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield CA cbaweb.org/Events/Great48

REDWOOD CITY Bluegrass on Broadway   scbs.org/events/bob/

FEBRUARY - MARCH

SEBASTOPOL: Sonoma County Bluegrass Festival (no 2022 info) Analy High School, 6950 Analy Ave., Sebastopol, CA.  socofoso.com $35-40, cbaweb.org

APRIL

LODI: California State Old Time Fiddle Association 54th Fiddle Contest April 22-23, 2022 at Lodi Grape Festival Grounds 413 E Lockeford St, Lodi, CA  State Fiddle & Picking Championships

BROOKDALE: Brookdale Bluegrass Festival Spring Fling April 30, 2022, 2-9:30 p.m. at Brookdale Lodge. Location, 11570 Highway 9, Brookdale, CA. Line up: Brookdale Bluegrass Band, Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, Stoney Mountain Ramblers, BanjerDan's DangerBand.  Free admission, brookdalebluegrass.com

MAY

BERKELEY: Berkeley Bluegrass Festival  at Freight & Salvage April 29-May 1, 2022. Line up: Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Tim O’Brien and Jan Fabricius, Jacob Jolliff Band, The Seldom Scene, NorthSouthEastWest Jam (with Michael Daves, Tatiana Hargreaves, Missy Raines, Kristin Scott Benson, and Laurie Lewis,) Windy Hill, The Grascals, Missy Raines & Allegheny, Kathy Kallick Band and Berkeley Bluegrass Festival Jam with Avram Siegel on May 1, 2022.   Free workshops, jams and activities throughout. $, thefreight.org

CLOVERDALE The Cloverdale Fiddle Festival returns in 2023. Previously held at Cloverdale Citrus Fair, cloverdalefiddles.com

PARKFIELD: Parkfield Bluegrass Festival May 5-8, 2022, Parkfield Cafe & Community Center - Parkfield, CA parkfieldbluegrass.org 
Lonesome Ace Stringband, Loneliest Heartstrings, Joe Craven & Dead on Grass, Chris Brashear, Peter McLaughlin & Paul Knight, Rick Faris Band, Sonoran Dogs and AJ Lee & Blue Summit

YERMO: Calico Mother's Day Bluegrass Festival, $15, sbcounty.gov

AGOURA HILLS: Topanga Fiddle, Banjo Contest and Folk Festival May 15, 2022 (third Sunday in May), 9 a.m. contests, and featured performances start at 12 p.m. Noon. Location: Paramount Ranch, 2903 Cornell Road Agoura Hills, CA 91301 $, topangabanjofiddle.org Line up: The Po' Ramblin' Boys, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Hermanos Herrera, The SLO County Stumblers, Moonsville Collective, Leeann Skoda, Honey Whiskey Trio. | The Railroad Station Dance features The Hollow Trees, Balkan Dance Party with Orkestar Pecurka. Special guest is Nevenka Ryan Rockmore with Flamenco Guitar Accompaniment by Santiago Diego Martin Prechtel. Hendricks Run (Square Dance) | Throughout the day: Step Dance Contests & Workshops, Instrument Petting Zoo, Fiddle & Friends Children's Workshop with Molly White and the Music Box Micro Stage. 

TUOLUMNE: River Ranch Music Festival May 20-21, 2022
 Nicholas Lefler Presents: The 22nd River Ranch Music Festival   Music starts at 6 pm Friday. All Ages Welcome Camping and Parking included. River Ranch Campgrounds Tuolumne, California facebook.com/RiverRanchMusicFestival/

GRASS VALLEY: Strawberry Music Festival May 25-30, 2022 at 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 16-19, 2022 on Father's Day Weekend.  fathersdayfestival.com

SUSANVILLE: Bluegrass Festival June 24-26, 2022 at Lassen County Fairgrounds. $20-75, lassencountyfair.org
Edgar Loudermilk Band | One Button Suit | Sage Creek | Shawn Lane & Richard Bennett | The Sonoran Dogs | Lonesome River Band | The Family Sowell | The Old Pals

REDWOOD  CITY: Pub in the Park June 4, July 16, August 13, September 10, 2022 (featuring Bluegrass & Americana)

JULY

QUINCY: High Sierra Music Festival June 30-July 3, 2022. $, 30-up, highsierramusic.com

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

AUGUST

BROOKDALE: Brookdale Bluegrass Festival August 13-15, 2021 (2022 to be announced) Brookdale Bluegrass welcomes Northern California Bluegrass Society to this event 7 miles south of Hollister in Los Pinos. scbs.org

FELTON: Saw Festival at Roaring Camp Railroads

TRES PINOS - HOLLISTER Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 11-14, 2022 in Bolado Park, 8300 Airline Highway, Tres Pinos, CA
$36-130, scbs.org/events/gof/ Pre-purchase by July 22 to save!
Line up: Bean Creek, Birches Bend, Dan & Laurel, Dark Hollow, Eric Burman & Brookdale Bluegrass Band, Festival Speed Bluegrass Jubilee, Lucky Drive Bluegrass Band Marin County Breakdown, Mission Blue, Muleskinner Stomp, Open Heartstrings, Solid Gold Stranger, The Goat Hill Girls, The High Water Line, The Mother Corn Shuckers, The Ramblers, The Rose Valley Thorns, The Storytellers, Who's Feeling Young Now, Young and Up Too Late. Gates open 12 p.m. Thursday. Gates open 8 a.m. on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.  Event is produced by Northern California Bluegrass Society and hosted by San Benito County Historical Society.

PETALUMA: Rivertown Revival 
bloomfieldbluegrassband.com

SUTTER CREEK: Ragtime Festival August 12-14, 2022. (not exactly bluegrass, but it's good stuff.)  suttercreek.org

VISTA San Diego Summergrass Bluegrass Festival August 19-21, 2022.  $20-85, camping available for a fee,  summergrass.net
Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum, 2040 N. Santa Fe Ave., Vista, CA Line up: Danny Paisley and Southern Grass featuring John Moore and Friends, Fast Track, Volume Five, Phil Salazar & the Kin Folk with Front Porch Music Preservation Society, Vulcan Mountain Boys, Marty Warburton & Home Girls, Virtual Strangers and More. Purchase Tickets Ticket Info Event includes: Kids Camp | Raffles | Music & Craft Vendors | Lots of Jamming Dry, Camping | Tasty Food | Music Workshops | Easy Jam for Beginners.

SUTTER CREEK: Jug Band Festival   suttercreek.org

SEPTEMBER

TUOLUMNE: Strawberry Music Festival no 2022 event.
17807 Tuolumne Road, Tuolumne, CA. Camping and music festival in the Sierra Nevada foothills. strawberrymusic.com

BISHOP: Millpond Music Festival September 16-18, 2022
Annual Millpond Music Festival serves an eclectic collection of music, inyo.org

BERKELEY Old Time Music Convention September 22-25, 2022  (locations throughout the city) berkeleyoldtimemusic.org
Square dances, concerts, workshops, string band contest, stuff for kids, lots of jamming & more

OCTOBER

SAN FRANCISCO: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass September 30-October 2, 2022  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.

GOLETA: Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention & Festival October 8, 2022 
Often held at: Rancho La Patera & Stow House 304 North Los Carneros Rd., Goleta, CA 93117  fiddlersfestival.org

ONTARIO: Huck Finn Jubilee 
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

NOVEMBER - DECEMBER

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

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