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

2016 GOF Main Stage Band Application

News

23rd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival To Feature The Dim Lights & Vintage Grass August 11-14, 2016

The Dim Lights

The Dim Lights

The 23rd Annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Main Stage will feature The Dim Lights and Vintage Grass along with 23 more great bands.

The festival will be held August 11-14 at the San Benito County Historical Park, 8300 Airline Highway, Tres Pinos, next door to Bolado Park.

Gates will open at Noon Thursday for campers. There will be plenty of tickets at the gate, or for convenience, on the NCBS website.

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Festival Flyer

Main Stage Schedule

Vintage Grass

Vintage Grass

Kathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried, One Button Suit Set For GOF Festival Main Stage August 11-14

barwick-siegfried-album-cover-long-time-goneKathy Barwick & Pete Siegfried and One Button Suit are set for the 23rd Annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Main Stage this August 11-14 in Tres Pinos, 7 miles south of Hollister.

The festival will be held at the San Benito County Historical Park, 8300 Airline Highway, Tres Pinos, next door to Bolado Park.

Gates will open at Noon on Thursday for campers. Before then, (only) your hard-working festival staff (only) will be getting everything ready (all by themselves).

See you at noon! Ya’ll come on down now, ya hear?

Online Tickets

Festival Flyer

Volunteers

Dog Information

Location Map

Festival Details

One Button Suit

One Button Suit

One Day Reminder: Friday July 22 Is Last Day To Purchase Discount Advance Tickets To The NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

One Day Reminder: The Deadline to purchase Discount Advance Tickets to the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival is Friday, July 22, 2016. A postmark is acceptable for mail ticket orders.

NCBS Members receive a deep discount. Non-Members receive a discount.

Online Tickets

Festival Flyer

NCBS Membership

Three Day Reminder: This Friday — July 22 — Is GOF Festival Cheap Ticket Deadline

Three Day Reminder: The Cheap Ticket Deadline for discount advance tickets to the August 11-14 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival is this Friday, July 22, 2016.

Handy Links:

Online Tickets

Festival Flyer

NCBS Membership

NCBS Announces The 2016 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Main Stage Schedule

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced the Main Stage Performance Schedule for the 2016 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

FRIDAY, August 12

3:00pm — Amazing Dr. Zarcon’s Breathing Machine

4:00 — Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

5:00 — Pacific Drive

6:00 — Barwick & Siegfried

7:00 — Shepherd Canyon Band

8:00 — The Vivants

9:00 — Kitchen Help

SATURDAY, August 13

10:00am — Rambling Minors

11:00 — GrassKickers

Noon — Sidetrack

1:00pm — (Workshop/Lunch Break)

2:00 — One Button Suit

3:00 — Vintage Grass

4:00 — Brookdale Bluegrass Band

5:00 — (Workshop/Dinner Break)

6:00 — Stray Hollow

7:00 — Glad to Be Here

8:00 — Susie Glaze & The Hilonesome Band

9:00 — Sidesaddle & Co

SUNDAY, August 14

9:00am —  Extended Roots

10:00 — Cliff Compton and Mountaintop (Gospel Plus)

11:00 — Courthouse Ramblers

Noon — Dim Lights

1:15pm — Kids On Stage

2:15 — Mountain Fire Band

3:15 — Blue Summit

4:15 — Damdave & The Left-Hand Band