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


Calling All Kids! The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival KOS Program Is Ready For You This Weekend

Kids On Stage Duet

Kids On Stage Duet

One of the nation’s oldest and most popular Kids On Stage programs returns to the Northern California Bluegrass Society Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 6-9 in Tres Pinos.

The new KOS Director is Isaac Cornelius. He is looking forward to seeing all the young bluegrass musicians this weekend. Any child under 18 years of age who can play an instrument or sing is welcome to participate. (Questions before the festival? Isaac will be happy to help you!)

Here is the schedule:

Kids On Stage

Kids On Stage Finale

THURSDAY, August 6

7:00pm – Meet & Greet – Kids and parents are welcome to stop by the KOS camp for refreshments and socializing.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY, August 7 & 8

9:00am-Noon — Rehearsal — Ages 10 and under

1:00-10:00pm — Rehearsal — Ages 11 and above

Isaac Cornelius auditions for The Voice TV Show on July 25, 2015.

Isaac Cornelius auditions for The Voice TV Show, July 25, 2015.

(Dinner break from 5 to 6 p.m.)

SUNDAY, August 9

10:00-Noon — Rehearsal — All ages

1:15pm — Kids On Stage Performance (Main Stage)

Kids On Stage Director Isaac Cornelius recently auditioned for the TV show, The Voice, in Los Angeles.

The KOS staff also includes two top Kids On Stage stars. A. J. Lee will take a break from her national touring schedule to be with us, while Helen Foley will come to the GOF directly from her performance with the International Bluegrass Music Association Kids On Bluegrass Band performance at the La Roche Bluegrass Festival in France. Both are longtime participants in the GOF Kids On Stage program. Other KOS staff will also work with all the kids and the kids will help each other. Both the rehearsals and the show are going to be some fun!

NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Details

Helen Foley (on bass) of the IBMA Kids On Bluegrass Band performs for the Mayor of La Roche in France, August 1, 2015.

Helen Foley (on bass) of the IBMA Kids On Bluegrass Band performs for the Mayor of La Roche in France, August 1, 2015.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Raffle Prizes — Thanks To Our Generous Donors!

sylvan-music-store-front-signThe Northern California Bluegrass Society thanks our prize donors for the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Raffle.

Buy your tickets at the festival raffle booth in the audience area — and good luck! We have great prizes this year:



Walden CD350 Steel String Acoustic Guitar with padded Gig Bag from Sylvan Music

Upcoming Music Festivals and Shows:

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Weill Hall & Lawn, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, August 20, 1 Pair Tickets

sonoma-state-university-sign-flowersBrookdale Bluegrass Festival, December Festival, 1 Pair Tickets

Chris Thile, Weill Hall, Green Music Center Sonoma State University,  1 Pair Tickets, November 14

NCBS Good Old Fashioned  Bluegrass Festival 2016, 2 Pairs Tickets

King’s River Bluegrass Festival, 1 Pair Tickets & Camping, September 13

Parkfield Bluegrass Festival 2016, 1 Pair Tickets

Parkfield Bluegrass Festival

Parkfield Bluegrass Festival

Redwood Bluegrass Associates 2015-2016, 1 Pair Tickets Any Concert

route-66-bluegrass-logoRoute 66 Bluegrass Festival 2016, 1 Pair Tickets

Other Attractions & Entertainment:

SF Contemporary Jewish Museum, 2 Free Admissions (Hardly Strictly Warren Hellman Exhibit now showing)

San Benito Olive Festival, Bolado Park Event Center, October 17, 1 Pair Tickets

San Francisco’s PIER 39: 4 Premier Passes — each includes Blue and Gold Fleet SF Bay Cruises, SF Carousel Rides, 3-D Experience and Aquarium of the Bay, plus two hours parking in PIER 39 garage

Happy Hollow Park & Zoo, San Jose, 4 Tickets

King's River Bluegrass Festival

King's River Bluegrass Festival

san-benito-olive-festival-logoNiles Canyon Railroad, Niles, 4 Tickets

Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, 1 Pair Passes

Kayak Connection, ½ Day Rental

O’Neill Catamarans, 1 Pair Passes

Hobbee’s Restaurant, Gift Certificate

Straight Up Strings, 2 Sets of Strings

The Fish Market, Gift Certificate

Straight Up Strings

Straight Up Strings

New CDs from G.O.F. 2015 Performers:

35 Years of Trouble

Barwick & Siegfried

Carolyn Sills Combo

Central Valley Boys

Circle R Boys

Dark Hollow

Dave Earl & Friends


Kitchen Help

Pier 39

Pier 39

The Creak

True Life Troubadours

Other Donations from Performers:

The Dim Lights, Recycling Bags/Key Chains

Grasslands, Bottle Openers

The Naked Bootleggers, Hats, Shirts

One Button Suit, Stickers

Sidetrack, Country Gentlemen Magazines 1935-45

Many Other Prizes Of All:

The Stoney Mountain Ranblers -- Win a raffle prize and meet the band!

The Stoney Mountain Ranblers -- Win a raffle prize and meet the band!

New and used performance DVDs, CDs, books and strings, capos, & shirts, plus instructional books

And — The 3 Most Fun Prizes:

The Stoney Mountain Ramblers,  3 Sets of four Stoney Mountain Ramblers 16 oz Bar Quality Beer Glasses. Each set comes with one free beer at SMR camp site.

Stop by, have a beer, and meet the boys!

GOF Festival Information


NCBS Presents The 22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 6-9

good-old-fashioned-bluegrass-festival-final-poster-2015The Northern California Bluegrass Society presents the 22nd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the Bolado Park Event Center, Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister), August 6-9, 2015.

There will be plenty of tickets at the gate.

The festival starts at noon on Thursday, a day reserved for informal camp jamming & socializing.

The First Stage kicks off the festival performances at noon on Friday afternoon, with the Main Stage following at 3:00pm. Music ends at 5:00pm on Sunday.

Small, fun, friendly and bluegrassy — that’s the festival vibe! Please come!

Detailed Festival Flyer

Online Tickets

Main Stage Schedule

First Stage Schedule

Camping Information

Maps & Directions

Food Vendors

Volunteer Form

NCBS Election

NCBS Membership

Kids On Stage

Maps & Directions To The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

hollister-regional-mapThe 22nd Annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will run Thursday-Sunday, August 6-9, 2015 at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos, CA (7 miles south of Hollister). Here is how to get there:

Address: 9000 Old Airline Highway (CA Highway 25), Tres Pinos, CA 95075.


> From The Bay Area:

South on Highway 101 to just past Gilroy. Exit right, then left over bridge on Highway 25 and go southeast towards Hollister (follow signs to Pinnacles National Park).
Go through Hollister, then continue south on 25.

> From The Central Valley:

Exit I-5 at Highway 152 (Pacheco Pass) and go west
towards Gilroy. Turn left on Highway 156 just past Casa de Fruta and go south towards Hollister. Go through Hollister, then continue south on Highway 25.

> From The Central Coast:
Bolado Park Event Center

Bolado Park Event Center

Take either Highway 101 (or Highway 1 to Highway 129 to 101) north & east towards San Juan Batista. Turn on Highway 156 near San Juan Batista and go east towards Hollister. Go through Hollister, then continue south on Highway 25.


Drive south on Highway 25, following signs to the Pinnacles and Bolado Park.

Bolado Park Event Center (The San Benito County Fairgrounds), is 7 miles south of Hollister on Highway 25 (and 2 miles south of the town of Tres Pinos). Enter the festival at Gate 1.


NCBS Board Of Directors Candidates For August 8 Election

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Annual Election for Board of Directors will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015, 10:00am-5:00pm, during the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the Bolado Park Event Center in Tres Pinos, and by mail. Mailed ballots are due by August 4.

There are nine announced candidates running for nine positions.

Alison Steele

Alison Steele


The following candidate has announced that she is running as a write-in, and submitted this statement and picture:

Alison Steele

You may know me as the banjo player for Sugar by the Pound.  I really enjoy the West Coast Bluegrass sound and want  to help the bluegrass community by serving on the NCBS Board of Directors.  I am a native Virginian and have lived in Santa Cruz for the past 12 years.  It would be a joy to help with the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair and the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival along with other Society events and projects. I would appreciate your vote!


These candidates previously submitted candidate statements and are on the ballot that was published with their statements and photos in the July/August issue of Bluegrass By The Bay magazine:

Bruce Bellochio, Eric Burman, Elicia Burton, Bruce Edmundson, Mike Fisher, Penny Godlis, Michael Hall, & Mike Russell.

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