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

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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.

Volunteer To Help Plan The 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

ncbs-plain-logoNorthern California Bluegrass Society volunteers make the music happen in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Monterey Bay Area. There are exciting volunteer opportunities with a number of projects all year long, including the 22nd annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Is this your year to get involved and have some bluegrass volunteer fun?

The Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Committee will be filling these positions in early 2015: Volunteer Coordinator, Backstage Hospitality Chair, and Raffle Prize Chair. Talk to (Festival Director Eric Burman) bluemoonranch (at) msn (dot) com or any member of the GOF Committee to find out more information.

NCBS Volunteers make it all happen!

NCBS Volunteers make it all happen!

One Month Reminder: December 31 Is Last Day To Apply To Play On The Main Stage At 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

One Month Reminder: December 31, 2014 is the last day for California-based bluegrass bands to apply to play on the main stage at the 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Application



Six Week Reminder: 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Application Due December 31

bglogoSix Week Reminder: The 2015 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Application is due on December 31, 2014.

California-based bands are eligible to play the festival’s main stage.

The deadline is strictly enforced. Late applications will be considered for the wait list only.

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