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.

Volunteer Form

2015 GOF Main Stage Band Application

News

The NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival To Present The Stoney Mountain Ramblers August 6-9

bglogoThe Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will present The Stoney Mountain Ramblers (Menlo Park) at the Bolado Park Event Center, Tres Pinos.

The 22nd annual festival will run Thursday through Sunday, August 6-9, 2015. The GOF is a showcase of top California bluegrass bands.

GOF Festival Flier

GOF Volunteer Form

The Stoney Mountain Ramblers

The Stoney Mountain Ramblers

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

The 22nd annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held August 6-9, 2015 at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister). The festival is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The relaxed summer gathering is a showcase of top California bluegrass bands. The main stage line-up this year: 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, The Dim Lights, GrassKickers, Grasslands, Kids On Stage, Kitchen Help, The Mighty Crows, The Naked Bootleggers, One Button Suit, Rogue River, Sidesaddle & Co, Sidetrack, Spur Of The Moment, The Stoney Mountain Ramblers, The Creak, and The True Life Troubadours.

The festival is known for great camp jamming all weekend long. The intimate festival also features shady camping for tents, limited hook-ups for RVs (advance registration is suggested), food, a raffle, children’s activities, the NCBS annual elections, a low-power broadcast of the stage to the camp, an open mic stage, and the opening First Stage in the camp on Friday afternoon. Thursday is reserved for camp jamming and socializing, with stage performances Friday-Sunday.

Tickets are available by mail and will soon be available online on this website. The Discount Advance Ticket Deadline is July 22, 2015. There will be plenty of tickets at the gate. For more information stop by the NCBS Information Booth at Parkfield, Grass Valley, and other area festivals.

Black Eyed Susies Set For Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Main Stage Performance August 6-9

black-eyed-susies-band-posed-bs-flowersThe Black Eyed Susies from Santa Cruz are set to perform on the main stage at the 22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival (1994-2015) at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

The August 6-9 festival is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Festival Flier

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Brookdale Bluegrass Band To Return To GOF Stage August 6-9 At Bolado Park

Eric Burman of the Brookdale Bluegrass Band

Eric Burman of the Brookdale Bluegrass Band

The Bonny Doon-based Brookdale Bluegrass Band will return to the  Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos.

The band is a longtime favorite at the 22nd-year-old gathering of top California bluegrass bands, set for Thursday-Sunday, August 6-9, 2015.

The GOF is known for friendly evening jamming amongst bluegrass friends in a relaxed, fun setting.

Updated_version 9:19Here are the details:

Official GOF Festival Flier

Official GOF Volunteer Form

Rogue River Set For 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival In Tres Pinos August 6-9

Rogue River (Santa Cruz) is set for a performance at the 22nd annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos.

The Thursday-Sunday, August 6-9, 2015 festival is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

Official Festival Flier

GOF Volunteer Form

Rogue River