The Early-Season Bluegrass Festivals In Northern California & Beyond


NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

It’s spring and our thoughts turn to the start of the bluegrass festival season!  We will miss the Spring Strawberry Music Festival, sadly still recovering from the Rim Fire near Yosemite with high hopes for a return this fall. As far as we can tell, LA’s Bluegrass Situation will not return this May.

Meanwhile, the Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival has moved from May back to April, but the Berkeley Old Time Music Spring Situation has moved from March to May to balance things out on the schedule.

Great news! The NCBS-welcomed A Day Of Bluegrass is back on in Napa Valley in April.

Here are the April-June bluegrass & beyond bluegrass festivals of interest to Northern California bluegrass fans.  Make your plans to join your friends in the Northern California Bluegrass Society for some great weekend fun!




Modesto Unplugged Music Festival, April 4-6, various venues, Modesto.

Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival, April 5, Citrus Fairgrounds, Cloverdale.

Old Settler’s Music Festival, April 10-13, Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion & Camp Ben McCulloch, Driftwood, TX.

A Day Of Bluegrass, April 12, Native Sons Of The Golden West Hall, St. Helena. (NCBS-welcomed)

Seabright Stringfest, April 19, Seabright Brewery, Santa Cruz.

The DIO Festival

The DIO Festival

CBA Spring Campout, April 21-27, Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Turlock.

Seabright Stringfest

Seabright Stringfest

Merfefest, April 24-27, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC.

DIO Fest, April 25-27, Camp Krem, Boulder Creek.

Two Day Town, April 25-27, Del Valle Regional Park, Ohlone Wilderness, Livermore.

Bluegrass in the Ko’olaus, April 25 – 28, Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens, Kaneohe, Oahu, HI.


Bluegrass Jam & Campout, May 1-3, Elks Lodge, Hesperia.

NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair, May 3, Duck Pond Stage, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz.

Ramona Bluegrass Festival & Old West Fest, May 3-4, Ramona Community Park, Ramona.

parkfield-cafeParkfield Bluegrass Festival, May 8-11, various venues, Parkfield.

Berkeley Old Time Music Spring Situation, May 10, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.

pick-gather-poster-2014Bluegrass Pickin’ Picnic, May 10, Dahlia Picnic Area, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.

Pete Hicks of Hickstiville

Pete Hicks of Hickstival

Three Rivers Music Festival, May 10, Lions Arena, Three Rivers.

Calico Ghost Town Bluegrass & Western Spring Festival, May 10-11, Calico Ghost Town Regional Park, Yermo.

Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival, May 18, Paramount Ranch, Angoura Hills.

Southwest Bluegrass Association Superjam, May 21-26, Hesperia Lakes, Hesperia.

Hesperia Lakes

Hesperia Lakes

Delfest,  May 22-25, Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, MD.

Hickstival, May 22-26, Bolado Park, Tres Pinos.

Bottle Rock, Napa Valley Expo Center, Napa.

Pick And Gather Festival, May 31-June 1, Riverdance Farms, Livingston.

Redwood Mountain Faire, May 31-June 1, Roaring Camp Railroads, Felton.


Pagosa Folk ‘N’ Bluegrass Festival, June 6-8, Reservoir Hill Park, Pagosa Springs, CO.

Brown County Jamboree & Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, June 12-21, Bill Monroe Music Park, Bean Blossom, IN.

fathers-day-39th-fest-2014-logohuck-finn-dual-2014-logoCBA Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival, June 12-15, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.

Huck Finn’s Jubilee, June 13-15, Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park, Ontario.

Live Oak Music Festival, June 13-15, Live Oak Camp, Santa Barbara.

Amador City Banjo Festival, June 14, various venues, Amador City.

susanville-bg-festival-poster-2013La Honda Music & July Art Fair, June 14-15, La Honda Gardens, La Honda.

Country & Bluegrass Festival, June 14-15, Pioneer Park, Winnemucca, NV.

Susanville Bluegrass Festival, June 16-22, Lassen County Fairgrounds, Susanville.

Telluride Bluegrass Festival, June 19-22, various venues, Telluride, CO.

San Francisco Free Folk Festival, June 21-22, Presidio Middle School, San Francisco.

romp-bw-logokate-wolf-fest-logo-blue-purpleInternational Bluegrass Music Museum ROMP Bluegrass Music Roots & Branches Festival, June 25-28, Yellow Creek Park, Owensboro, KY.

Kate Wolf Music Festival, June 27-29, Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville.



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