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

Two Week Reminder: Good Old Fashioned Band Applications Are Due On December 31st

Two Week Reminder: December 31, 2017 is the Deadline for Band Applications for the 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, which will be held the second weekend of August, 2018.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Application

Three Week Reminder: Band Application Deadline For 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Is December 31

Three Week Reminder: The Deadline is December 31, 2017 for Band Applications for the 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for the second weekend of August, 2018.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Application

One Month Reminder: GOF Festival Main Stage Band Application Is December 31

One Month Reminder: The GOF main stage band application deadline is December 31, 2017 for the August 9-12, 2018 festival.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Application

Five Week Reminder: Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Applications Due On December 31, 2017 For 2018 Event

Five Week Reminder: Bands wishing to perform on the Main Stage at the 25th annual August 9-12, 2018 gathering at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos should note that Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Applications are due by December 31, 2017.

Six Week Reminder: 2018 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Applications Deadline Is December 31, 2017

Six Week Reminder: The deadline for Main Stage Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Applications is December 31, 2017 for the 25th Anniversary Festival in August 2018.