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 wonderful volunteer-staffed crafts and activities corral 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 2018 festival.

We always need volunteers to help run the festival.

Volunteer Form 2018 (PDF)

News

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival To Present The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers August 9-12 In Tres Pinos

The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos welcomes the return of The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers (Los Gatos) August 9-12, 2018.

The Historic 25th Annual Festival is a benefit for the year-round work of the NCBS in promoting bluegrass in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay Area, and throughout Northern California.

This SUNDAY, JULY 22 is the Discount Advance Ticket DeadlineNCBS Members receive a deep discount by purchasing advance tickets, while Non-Members receive a discount.

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Complete Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Late Night Show Schedule

Jerry Logan of Loganville

Here is the complete Late Night Show Schedule for Friday and Saturday at the August 9-12, 2018 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival:

FRIDAY, August 10

10:00pm – Loganville (La Honda)

SATURDAY, August 11

10:00pm – The Town Howlers (Berkeley)

The Historic Dance Hall

The performances will be held in the San Benito County Historical Park Dance Hall in the Historic Village and are FREE to all festival attendees.

The 25th Annual festival will also feature widespread camp jamming late into the evening.

Discount Advance Tickets (ends July 22)

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Main Stage Schedule

The Town Howlers

Lucky Drive To Perform At The Historic 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Marin’s Lucky Drive Bluegrass Band will play the main stage at the Northern California Bluegrass Society Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

The fun, relaxed August 9-12, 2018 gathering of top California bluegrass bands and fans will be the Historic 25th Annual Festival!

This SUNDAY, July 22 is the Last Day To Purchase Discount Advance Tickets.

NCBS Members receive a deep discount by purchasing advance tickets, while Non-Members receive a discount.

Discount Advance Tickets

NCBS Membership

Main Stage Schedule


The Lucky Drive Bluegrass Band

One Week Reminder: Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Discount Advance Ticket Deadline Is July 22

One Week Reminder: The Discount Advance Ticket Deadline is July 22, 2018 for the 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass FestivalAugust 9-12.

The benefit festival supports the year-round work of the Northern California Bluegrass Society in promoting bluegrass in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay Area, and all of Northern California. The event will be held at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

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Dark Hollow To Play At 2018 GOF Bluegrass Festival August 9-12 In Tres Pinos

Longtime festival favorite Dark Hollow (San Francisco) will play at the 2018 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival set for the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos, August 9-12.

The historic 25th Annual event is a benefit for the year-round work of the Northern California Bluegrass Society in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay Area, and all of Northern California.

Discount Advance Tickets are on sale through Sunday, July 22.

NCBS Members receive a deep discount by purchasing advance tickets, while non-members receive a discount.

Discount Advance Tickets

NCBS Membership

Main Stage Schedule

Dark Hollow