Need To Find A Bluegrass Festival?

By Michelle Haft

2015 Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, Photo by Joseph Shipp

We’re lucky to have so many quality festivals here, west of the Mississippi. Here is a compiled list of festivals in nearby states. Starred festivals represent *Handsome Ladies favorites.

California:

Blythe Bluegrass Festival 
Mid-January
Blythe, California

Brookdale Bluegrass Spring Fling
Mid-March
Pescadero, California

*Parkfield Bluegrass Festival
Early May
Parkfield, CA

Huck Finn Jubilee
Mid-June
Ontario, California

*CBA’s Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival
Mid-June
Grass Valley, California

Summergrass Bluegrass Music Festival
Mid-August
San Diego, California

Berkeley Old-Time Music Convention
Late Sept
Berkeley, California

*Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival
Early August
Tres Pinos, California

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Music Festival
Early October
San Francisco, CA

Oregon:

Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival
Early July
Fossil, Oregon

Northwest String Summit
Mid-July
North Plains, Oregon

Music in the Mountains 
Late September
Prospect, Oregon

High & Dry Bluegrass Festival
Mid-August
Bend, Oregon

Nevada:

Americana Music Festival
July 
Virginia City, Nevada

Washington:

WinterGrass Bluegrass Music Festival
Late Feb
Bellevue, Washington

Wenatchee Bluegrass Festival
Mid-June
Cashmere, Washington

Winlock Pickers’ Festival
Early July
Winlock, Washington

Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival
Late July
Stevenson, Washington

Blue Waters Bluegrass Festival
Mid-August 
Medical Lake, Washington

Rainier Bluegrass Festival
Late August
Rainier, WA

Other famous Nationwide festivals:

Telluride Bluegrass
Mid-July
Telluride, CO

MerleFest
Late April
Wilkesboro, North Carolina

Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival
Mid-June
Morgantown, Indiana


Michelle Haft is one of seven founding members of the Handsome Ladies, and a devoted Scruggs style and clawhammer banjo player. This post was originally published on http://thehandsomeladies.org/.