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 San Benito County Historical 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.

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

The GOF Flyer 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 2017 (PDF)

2017 GOF Main Stage Band Application

News

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Committee Has Important Leadership Opportunities For Interested Volunteers

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Committee has opportunities for volunteers interested in important leadership positions with the 2018 event. Contact (Penny Godlis ) pennyag44 (at) gmail (dot) comfor more information.

NCBS Announces Dates For The 25th Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, August 9-12, 2018

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced the dates for the 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. The landmark event will be held August 9-12, 2018.

Sunday At The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Here is the performance schedule for Sunday, August 13:

SUNDAY, August 13

Main Stage

9:00am — Crying Uncle
10:00 — Dark Hollow (Gospel Plus)
11:00 — Old Belle
Noon — Stoney Mountain Ramblers
12:45pm — (Lunch Break)
1:15 — Kids On Stage
2:15 — AJ Lee & Blue Summit
3:15 — Courthouse Ramblers
4:15 — Pathetic Honey String Band

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 24th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held August 10-13, 2017 at the San Benito County Historical Park, Tres Pinos.

Saturday At The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Here is the performance schedule for Saturday, August 12:

SATURDAY, August 12

10:00am — 35 Years Of Trouble
11:00 — The Mountain & The Moon
Noon — Rogue River
1:00pm — (Workshop/Lunch Break)
2:00 — Hot October
3:00 — Circle R Boys
4:00 — Brookdale Bluegrass Band
5:00 — (Workshop/Dinner Break)
6:00 — The Jones Gang
7:00 — Bodie 601 Band
8:00 — Sidesaddle & Co
9:00 — High Country

Dance Hall Stage

10:30pm — Honeysuckle Possums

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 24th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held August 10-13, 2017 at the San Benito County Historical Park, Tres Pinos.

Friday at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Here is the performance schedule for Friday, August 11:

FRIDAY, August 11

First Stage

Noon — Short Cross Ties
1:00pm — The Beauty Operators
2:00 — Dusty Moon

Main Stage

3:00pm — Nate Jones & The Sloe Sippers
4:00 — Black Eyed Susies
5:00 — Cryin’ Shame
6:00 — Sidetrack
7:00 — Goat Hill Girls
8:00 — Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood
9:00 — Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 24th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held August 10-13, 2017 at the San Benito County Historical Park, Tres Pinos.