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

22nd Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Set For August 6-9, 2015 At Bolado Park Event Center, Tres Pinos

NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

The 22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held August 6-9, 2015 at the newly-renamed Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos, CA.

The gathering is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Two Day Reminder: Band Applications Due December 31 For 22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Two Day Reminder: Applications for bands wishing to play the main stage at the 22nd Annual Northern California Bluegrass Society Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival are due on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

2015 GOF Band Application Form

One Week Reminder: 2015 GOF Band Applications Are Due December 31st

bglogoOne Week Reminder: Main Stage Band Applications for the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival are due on Wednesday, December 31, 2014.

Two Week Reminder: 2015 Good Old Fashioned Main Stage Band Applications Due On December 31

Two Week Reminder: Main Stage Band Applications for the 22nd Annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival are due on December 31, 2014.

The Clarridge Family Fiddlers (2003)

The Clarridge Family Fiddlers (2003)

The McCrae Brothers (2003)

The McCrae Brothers (2003)

This deadline is strictly enforced.

California-based bluegrass bands are eligible to play on the main stage.

The GOF is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Yodeling Lady Lolita (2003)

Yodeling Lady Lolita (2003)

Three Week Reminder: 2015 GOF Main Stage Band Applications Due December 31st

Three Week Reminder: Main Stage Band Applications for the 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival are due on December 31, 2014.

The 2015 GOF Stage will be ready for your band -- apply by December 31.

The 2015 GOF Stage will be ready for your band -- apply by December 31.