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.

2015 GOF Main Stage Band Application

News

Official Flier Has Information For 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 6-9 In Tres Pinos

bglogoHere is the official flier for the 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 6-9 in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

The festival is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society, which supports bluegrass music in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay Area, and all of Northern California.

2015-gof-flyer-march

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Announces 2015 Main Stage Line-Up

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival has announced the Main Stage Line-Up for the August 6-9, 2015 gathering at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos. Congratulations to all the bands:

35 Years of Trouble

Alabama Bow Ties

Barwick & Siegfried

Black Eyed Susies

Brookdale Bluegrass Band

Carolyn Sills Combo

Central Valley Boys

Circle R Boys

Dark Hollow

Dave Earl & Friends

Dim Lights

GrassKickers

Grasslands

Kids on Stage

Kitchen Help

Mighty Crows

Naked Bootleggers

One Button Suit

Rogue River

Sidesaddle & Co.

Sidetrack

Spur of the Moment

Stoney Mountain Ramblers

The Creak

True Life Troubadours

Make Plans To Volunteer For The August 6-9 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Make your plans now to volunteer for the August 6-9, 2015 NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. Volunteers enjoy making the music happen, make new friends, and get in free to the event.

Contact GOF Festival Director (Eric Burman) bluemoonranch (at) msn (dot) com for more information.

22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Benefits NCBS Projects Throughout The Year

bglogoThe 22nd Annual (1994-2015) Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held Thursday-Sunday, August 6-9, 2015 at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

The benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society helps support area bluegrass projects throughout the year.

Bolado Park Event Center, Tres Pinos

Bolado Park Event Center, Tres Pinos

Kids On Stage Returns To The 22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 6-9

Kids On Stage will return to the main stage of the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos.

The 22nd annual benefit that supports the Society’s many projects throughout the year will be held Thursday-Sunday, August 6-9, 2015.

The new KOS director is Isaac Cornelius of Los Gatos. Over the years, the program has launched the careers of many young California bluegrass stars. The program is open to any attendees under age 18 at the festival.

Kyle Abbott, Annie Staninec, & Luke Abbott perform with Kids On Stage at the 1998 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Kyle Abbott, Annie Staninec, & Luke Abbott perform with Kids On Stage at the 1998 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. (Photo: Leslie Abbott)