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 2017 (PDF)

2017 GOF Main Stage Band Application

News

GOF Favorites The Courthouse Ramblers To Play At The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 10-13

The Courthouse Ramblers

GOF favorites The Courthouse Ramblers will again perform at the August 10-13, 2017 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

The benefit festival for the Northern California Bluegrass Society will be held at the San Benito County Historical Park in the lovely hamlet of Tres Pinos.

Discount Advance Tickets are available until July 22. Gate tickets will also be available at a higher price.

NCBS Members will receive a deep discount on advance ticket purchases. Non-Members receive a discount.

Online Tickets

Mail Order Tickets

NCBS Membership


The Circle R Boys Return To The Main Stage At The August 10-13 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

The Circle R Boys will return to the main stage at the August 10-13, 2017 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

The 24th annual benefit festival for Northern California Bluegrass Society projects all year long will be held at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister, next to the festival’s first home at Bolado Park).

Advance Ticket Details:

NCBS Members will receive a deep discount on advance ticket purchases.

Non-Members receive a discount.

Online Tickets

Mail Order Tickets

NCBS Membership

The last day to purchase discount advance tickets is Saturday, July 22. Gate tickets will also be available.

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival 2017 To Feature The Brookdale Bluegrass Band

The Brookdale Bluegrass Band

The 2017 NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will feature longtime favorite The Brookdale Bluegrass Band from Bonny Doon.

The 24th annual benefit festival for Northern California Bluegrass Society projects all year long will be held August 10-13 at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

NCBS Members will receive a deep discount on advance ticket purchases. Non-Members receive a discount. Note that the last day to purchase discount advance tickets is on July 22. (Gate tickets will also be available.)

Online Tickets

Mail Order Tickets

NCBS Membership


Good Old Fashioned Radio Hits The Airwaves All Around The Bay & Beyond

Mutiny Radio Host Jen Eros

Tune In And Turn On! Some Good Old Fashioned Radio is coming over the next few weeks with fun, music and information about the August 10-13, 2017 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in Tres Pinos and much more. Listen in if you dare!

FRIDAY, June 9 — 4:00-5:00pm

The Eric Burman Radio Hour — This will be the first program in the new series on KBCZ, 90.1FM in Boulder Creek and Online.

NCBS President Michael Hall will join Good Old Fashioned Festival Co-Director & Program Host Eric Burman to reveal little-known information about the 24th annual gathering.

SATURDAY, June 10 — 2:00-4:00pm

Friends With Jennifits — Comediene & Host Jen Eros will welcome Michael Hall to her weekly program on Mutiny Radio Online (only).

Eric Burman

This will include live music from Eric Burman of the Brookdale Bluegrass Band and from Americana duo Dusty Moon (Linda Maki &  Rick Merritt).

There will be plenty of fun — and, if the internet isn’t up close and personal enough for you, there is room for an audience at this FREE live radio performance that will take place at 2781 21st Street (at Florida) in the Potrero area of San Francisco.

MONDAY, June 12 — 600-9:00pm

Monday Night Bluegrass — Program Host Mike Russell will join live music emcee Michael Hall on this long-running weekly bluegrass show on KKUP, 91.5FM in the South Bay & Monterey Bay Areas and now Online.

The Edgewood Mountain Boys

The famed Edgewood Mountain Boys from West Union will play live in the studio for your dining and dancing entertainment and information about the Good Old Fashioned will be made available to you right there in the comfort of your own home.

MONDAY, June 19 — 6:00-9:00pm

Monday Night Bluegrass – Following an exciting weekend of bluegrass music at the big Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival in Grass Valley, Mike Russell & Michael Hall will fill in for the regular host Dave Bob Nielsen while live musical guest Michael Gaither of Watsonville entertains in the studio. 91.5FM and Online. Please join in!

Dusty Moon

Six Week Reminder: Last Day To Purchase GOF Festival Discount Advance Tickets Is July 22, 2017

Six Week Reminder: The last day to purchase Discount Advance Tickets to the 2017 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival is July 22nd.

The 24th annual gathering will be held August 10-13, 2017 at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).