Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Our largest event, the Good Old Fashioned has been held each summer since 1994. It features three wonderful days of California bands on the main stage, as well as hot campground pickers on the side stage between main acts. The GOF is also legendary among festival fans for both the quality and quantity of campground jamming.

The festival takes place on the second weekend in August at Bolado Park, just south of Hollister.  There is a tree-filled, shady campground for tent camping and a spacious meadow for RVs. The weather in August is typically comfortably warm during the day, with nights that range from mild to cold (pack layers!) The GOF is kid friendly, with a Kids on Stage program for budding bluegrass musicians and a wonderfull volunteer-staffed crafts and activities corrall next to the audience area.

Please note that there are absolutely no dogs or pets of any kind permitted at Bolado Park, except for service dogs, which must be in uniform at all times.  Any ticketholders or volunteers who arrive with a pet will not be allowed to enter the festival grounds. To avoid unpleasantness and enjoy your festival, please respect this policy and make other arrangements for your pet.

Handicapped camping spots are available. Please contact Mike Fisher at 831-336-2185 to reserve a spot.

The GOF Flier also serves as ticket order form for mail order tickets. Tickets are also available online, in the Members Area for NCBS members or here for non-members.
Applications are now being accepted from bands that would like to play at the 2010 festival.

We always need volunteers to help run the festival.

Volunteer Form

2015 GOF Main Stage Band Application


NCBS Presents The 22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 6-9

good-old-fashioned-bluegrass-festival-final-poster-2015The Northern California Bluegrass Society presents the 22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the Bolado Park Event Center, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister), August 6-9, 2015.

There will be plenty of tickets at the gate.

The festival starts at noon on Thursday, a day reserved for informal camp jamming & socializing.

The First Stage kicks off the festival performances at noon on Friday afternoon, with the Main Stage following at 3:00pm. Music ends at 5:00pm on Sunday.

Small, fun, friendly and bluegrassy — that’s the festival vibe! Please come!

Detailed Festival Flyer

Online Tickets

Main Stage Schedule

First Stage Schedule

Camping Information

Maps & Directions

Food Vendors

Volunteer Form

NCBS Election

NCBS Membership

Maps & Directions To The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

hollister-regional-mapThe 22nd Annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will run Thursday-Sunday, August 6-9, 2015 at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos, CA (7 miles south of Hollister). Here is how to get there:

Address: 9000 Old Airline Highway (CA Highway 25), Tres Pinos, CA 95075.


> From The Bay Area:

South on Highway 101 to just past Gilroy. Exit right, then left over bridge on Highway 25 and go southeast towards Hollister (follow signs to Pinnacles National Park).
Go through Hollister, then continue south on 25.

> From The Central Valley:

Exit I-5 at Highway 152 (Pacheco Pass) and go west
towards Gilroy. Turn left on Highway 156 just past Casa de Fruta and go south towards Hollister. Go through Hollister, then continue south on Highway 25.

> From The Central Coast:
Bolado Park Event Center

Bolado Park Event Center

Take either Highway 101 (or Highway 1 to Highway 129 to 101) north & east towards San Juan Batista. Turn on Highway 156 near San Juan Batista and go east towards Hollister. Go through Hollister, then continue south on Highway 25.


Drive south on Highway 25, following signs to the Pinnacles and Bolado Park.

Bolado Park Event Center (The San Benito County Fairgrounds), is 7 miles south of Hollister on Highway 25 (and 2 miles south of the town of Tres Pinos). Enter the festival at Gate 1.


NCBS Board Of Directors Candidates For August 8 Election

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Annual Election for Board of Directors will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00am-5:00pm, during the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos, and by mail. Mailed ballots are due by August 4.

There are nine announced candidates running for nine positions.

Alison Steele

Alison Steele


The following candidate has announced that she is running as a write-in, and submitted this statement and picture:

Alison Steele

You may know me as the banjo player for Sugar by the Pound.  I really enjoy the West Coast Bluegrass sound and want  to help the bluegrass community by serving on the NCBS Board of Directors.  I am a native Virginian and have lived in Santa Cruz for the past 12 years.  It would be a joy to help with the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair and the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival along with other Society events and projects. I would appreciate your vote!


These candidates previously submitted candidate statements and are on the ballot that was published with their statements and photos in the July/August issue of Bluegrass By The Bay magazine:

Bruce Bellochio, Eric Burman, Elicia Burton, Bruce Edmundson, Mike Fisher, Penny Godlis, Michael Hall, & Mike Russell.

NCBS Membership

Great Food Returns To The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

blue-sun-cafe-boothBlue Sun Cafe (Boulder Creek), the most popular food vendor in Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival history, will be back this year, joined by the returning favorite He Brews Coffee (Oregon).

Good food awaits us August 6-9, 2015 at Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

There will be plenty of tickets at the gate.

He Brews Coffee

He Brews Coffee

Free camping for tents and RVs is included with all multi-day tickets. There is an extra charge for RVs hooked up to electricity, which is limited.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Flier

One Day Reminder: Wednesday July 22 Is Last Day For GOF Festival Advance Discount Tickets

The 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Advance Ticket Deadline is July 22.

The 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Advance Ticket Deadline is July 22.

One Day Reminder: The Discount Advance Ticket Deadline is Wednesday, July 22, 2015 for the NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Online Advance Tickets

Official GOF Flyer

NCBS Membership