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. Click here for the volunteer form.

2014 GOF Main Stage Band Application

News

One-Day Reminder: Tuesday July 22 Is GOF Festival Cheap Ticket Deadline

One-Day Reminder: The Discount Advance Ticket deadline for the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival is Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Online orders and mail order tickets (postmark) are now due.

Discount Advance Online Tickets

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GOF Festival Flier

Ventucky String Band To Make First Appearance At Good Old Fashioned August 7-10

The Ventucky String Band (Ventura) will make its first appearance at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at Bolado Park in Tres Pinos this August 7-10.

The 21st annual festival, held 7 miles south of Hollister, is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The friendly camping and jamming gathering is a showcase of top California bluegrass bands. Discount Advance Tickets are on sale through July 22 on this website and By MailNorthern California Bluegrass Society Members receive a deep discount by purchasing advance tickets. Non-Members receive a discount.

NCBS Membership

Online Ticket Order Form

The Ventucky String Band

The Ventucky String Band

Three-Day Reminder: Tuesday July 22 Is Deadline For Discount Advance Good Old Fashioned Tickets

Three-Day Reminder: The Discount Advance Ticket deadline for the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival is Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

Online Tickets

NCBS Membership

GOF Festival Flier

Bicyclist Sam Culbertson Crosses Oregon-California Border On His Way To The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 7-10

Sam Culbertson

Sam Culbertson

Sam Culbertson of Portland, OR enjoyed his first visit to the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival back in 2012. The banjo and guitar player performed with the The Happy Enchalata Band on the First Stage. On that trip he traveled in the band van.

In a few weeks, he will return to the GOF festival using a different mode of transportation. He is riding his bicycle from Portland to Tres Pinos for the August 7-10, 2014 gathering. He recently crossed the Oregon-California border on Highway One. After the festival, he will head out for Los Angeles.

Look for Sam and find out more about his adventure at the festival!

Do you have your tickets yet? The deadline for getting Discount Advance Tickets is this coming Tuesday, July 22.

Sam Culbertson enters California on his way to the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Sam Culbertson enters California on his way to the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

TrueLife Troubadours Will Perform On GOF First Stage On Friday Afternoon August 8

The TrueLife Troubadours (Boulder Creek) will perform on the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival’s First Stage on Friday afternoon, August 8. The newly-formed traditional bluegrass band will play at 2:00pm and lead into the Main Stage Schedule.

The 21st annual GOF festival is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society and is set for Thursday-Sunday, August 7-10, 2014 at Bolado Park, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister). Thursday is reserved for jamming and socializing; the First Stage will open the performance portion of the event with bands playing Noon-3:00pm.

The deadline for advance discount tickets is Tuesday, July 22.

Advance Tickets

The True Life Troubadours

The TrueLife Troubadours