The NCBS sponsors or co-sponsors a variety of events, ranging from our three day long Good Old Fashioned festival to local jams.


NCBS-Welcomed Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival Set For Sunday, July 24 In Pacifica

The Surf Spot

The Surf Spot

Outdoor performance area at The Surf Spot.

Outdoor performance area at The Surf Spot.

Sunday, July 24, 2016 is the rescheduled date for the 2nd Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival. The FREE event was originally set for May 21, but was postponed due to weather issues. The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes this festival, which is presented by The Surf Spot Restaurant in Pacifica.

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival To Present Sidetrack At Historical Park In Tres Pinos



Felton’s Sidetrack band is headed back to Tres Pinos for the 23rd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival which will be held for the first time at the San Benito County Historical Park.

The Historical Park venue (next to Bolado Park in Tres Pinos) offers improved facilities in the same small, beautiful valley as past festivals (7 miles south of Hollister on Highway 25).

The August 11-14, 2016 festival is a showcase of top California bluegrass bands and is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Discount Advance Tickets are available on this website. NCBS Members receive a deep discount, while Non-Members receive a discount.

Advance Online Tickets

NCBS Membership

GOF Flyer

NCBS Welcomes Pick And Gather Festival At Riverdance Farms June 4-5, 2016

NCBS welcomes the Pick And Gather Festival
NCBS welcomes the Pick And Gather Festival.

NCBS welcomes the Pick And Gather Festival.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society welcomes the Pick And Gather Festival, set for Saturday & Sunday, June 4-5, 2016 at Riverdance Farms in Livingston.

Pick And Gather Festival Information

The Music/Farm/River event, presented by farmer Cindy Lashbrook of Riverdance Farms, goes beyond bluegrass to provide a bucolic weekend outing for nature, food, and music lovers.

The organic farm is located in a bend of the Merced River just north of Livingston (near Merced, just off Highway 99). Camping is available on Saturday evening and the farm’s beaches along the Merced River are great for a swim. Food will be available or you can bring your own. Bring potable water for drinking and cooking.

You can pick blueberries, cherries and strawberries if you wish, and pay low wholesale prices. The event features low admission and camping fees.

The Merced River at Riverdance Farms.

The Merced River at Riverdance Farms.

Blue Summit Members Head For The Top Of Highway 17 On Thursday May 26

summit-house-logo-thinThe FREE Summit House Thursday Bluegrass Series, presented by the Summit House Beer Garden & Grill and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, will present members of the hot new band Blue Summit on May 26, 2016.

Appearing at this performance: Isaac Cornelius, Jesse Fichman, Sam Kamiji, and Sully Tuttle.

ncbs-plain-logoThe intimate bluegrass programs are held each Thursday evening 6:00-8:30pm on Highway 17 between Los Gatos and Scott’s Valley. Robert Cornelius organizes the performances.

Blue Summit

Blue Summit gathers around the microphone.

NCBS President Michael Hall Interviewed On “Backstage View” About Bluegrass Film Festivals

Michael Hall, IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival Committee Chair & NCBS Film Festival Director

Michael Hall, IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival Committee Chair & NCBS Film Festival Director

Northern California Bluegrass Society President Michael Hall was interviewed by bluegrass video journalist Scott Wilkins at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World Of Bluegrass Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina last September about bluegrass film festivals. The “Backstage View” interview has been released and is linked below.

Michael Hall — Film Festival Interview (17:15)

Scott Wilkins of "Backstage View"

Host Scott Wilkins of "Backstage View"

Topics include the NCBS Bluegrass Film Festival at the Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City each January and the IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival, as well as the bluegrass film festival in Arizona, the Northern California Bluegrass Society, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and current bluegrass films.

A Call For Films for the September, 2016 IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival has been issued, with submissions due on June 15.

The NCBS Film Festival will issue a Call For Films in early July for the January 2017 event that is part of Bluegrass On Broadway in Redwood City.

Backstage View Information