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 wonderful volunteer-staffed crafts and activities corral 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 2018 festival.

We always need volunteers to help run the festival.

Volunteer Form 2018 (PDF)

News

Kids On Stage Set For The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 9-12

Kids On Stage is ready to play the Main Stage at the August 9-12 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister). All performers under age 18 are welcome to join in!

Betsy Riger (AJ Lee’s mother), who has organized numerous performances with children, will run the program. Come on down and join us! Here is the plan.

A Kids On Stage duet from a past GOF.

From Betsy Riger:

The GOF is rounding the bend for all festival goers with children! Just a couple of words to help make the Kids On Stage portion of the event go smoothly:

First and most important, please take note of the schedule for rehearsals. It is a time thing; there is only so much music that can be made for that short 45-50 minute allotment. Our young performers will benefit the most if they can be at all the rehearsals.

This year, we hope that more parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts will want to participate. It is totally good and acceptable to help them share the music on the GOF stage. We encourage family eventing!

If you have any questions, I can be easily reached at my personal e-mail:   (Betsy Riger) rigerb (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Second, be sure that your child has a playable instrument and that it is TUNED before arriving into the camp. If you do not have a tuner, borrow one please. (They also need to KNOW the words to the song if they are singing)

Third, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE FUN!!!

Can’t wait to see you at the festival!

– Betsy Riger, Director

Kids On Stage at the Good Old Fashioned

KIDS ON STAGE SCHEDULE:

THURSDAY, August 9 –

4:00pm — Kids and parents are invited to meet and greet with refreshments.

FRIDAY, August 10

11:00am-3:00pm — Rehearsal (45-minute break at Noon)

SATURDAY, August 11

11:00am-4:00pm — Rehearsal (45-minute break at Noon)

SUNDAY, August 12

10:00am-Noon (30-minute break at Noon)

12:30pm – Head to the Main Stage

1:15 pm  – Kids On Stage Main Stage Performance


GOF Favorite Stoney Mountain Ramblers To Return To The Stage For 25th Annual Festival August 9-12

The Stoney Mountain Ramblers

GOF favorites Stoney Mountain Ramblers (Menlo Park) will return to the historic 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister) on August 9-12.

The gathering is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society and is a celebration of top California bluegrass bands.

There will be plenty of tickets available at the gate. Tickets are also available on this website. Gates open at Noon on Thursday, August 9 — no early admissions.

Advance Tickets

Main Stage Schedule

Late Night Schedule

Bluegrass History Will Be Made Next Weekend In Tres Pinos At The 25th Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Bluegrass History will be made next weekend!

The 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival is set for August 9-12, 2018 at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister — next to Bolado Park).

There will be plenty of tickets at the gate.

The festival is the fun, friendly annual benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The San Benito County Historical Park

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players Set For 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 9-12

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players are set to perform at the 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos, Thursday-Sunday, August 9-12.

Bandleader Jackson will be honored as the Best Male Vocalist & Best Banjo Player in Northern California at the festival.

The fun, friendly gathering is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society. The festival is a celebration of top California bluegrass bands.

There will be plenty of tickets available at the gate. Tickets are also available on this website.

Advance Tickets

Main Stage Schedule

Late Night Schedule

Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

Two New Activities Will Be Available & Others Expanded At The August 9-12 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Two new activities will be available at this year’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 9-12, 2018:

Recording Opportunity

Bruce Champion will set up a recording studio in the historic village, where everyone is welcome to stop by and record a song or two. This is a free service (tips are encouraged). Afterwards, he will join the jams on his guitar.

Earthquake Tours

Julian Lozos will lead earthquake tours in the park, with exciting information about this very active area. Dr. Lozos is a professor at California State University-Northridge. In the evenings, he will join the jams on his mandolin.

In addition, two other popular activities will be expanded at this year’s event:

Late Night Shows

The Town Howlers and Loganville will perform in the historic village dance hall following the end of the main stage performances on Friday and Saturday nights.

Historic Village Tours

Don Pidd of the San Benito Country Historical Society will lead additional tours of the historic village during the festival.

There is no additional charge for any of these activities. Enjoy!

GOF Advance Tickets

Main Stage Schedule