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

2016 GOF Main Stage Band Application

News

Three Day Reminder: 2016 GOF Band Applications Are Due December 31, 2015

Three Day Reminder: Thursday, December 31, 2015 is the FINAL DAY for bands to apply to play on the Main Stage at the 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 23rd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Tres Pinos, August 11-14, 2016.

It is easy for bands to apply — just mail in this form:

2016 Main Stage Band Application

One Week Reminder: Northern California Bluegrass Awards Final Ballots Due On Saturday, January 2, 2016

One Week Reminder: Final Round Ballots are due on Saturday, January 2, 2016 from Northern California Bluegrass Society Members for the 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Awards.

One Week Reminder: Next Thursday, December 31 Is Band Application Deadline For 2016 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

One Week Reminder: Thursday, December 31, 2015 is the FINAL DAY for bands to apply to play on the Main Stage at the 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 23rd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Tres Pinos, August 11-14, 2016.

It only takes  a few minutes to apply — just fill out and mail this simple form:

Band Application

Two Week Reminder: December 31 Is Last Day To Apply To Play Main Stage At 2016 Good Old Fashioned Festival

Three Week Reminder: December 31, 2015 is the last day for bands to apply to play on the Main Stage at the 2016 Northern California Bluegrass Society’s 23rd Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Tres Pinos in August.

2016 GOF Main Stage Band Application

Three Week Reminder: Band Application Deadline For Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Is December 31

Three Week Reminder: The Main Stage Band Application Deadline for the 2016 NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in August 2016 is December 31, 2015.

Official 2016 GOF Band Application