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

Plan Now To Attend The 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival In Tres Pinos August 9-12

The 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, will be held Thursday-Sunday, August 9-12, 2018, at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

The festival is a showcase of top California bluegrass bands and a fun, friendly opportunity to enjoy jamming and socializing with your friends. Free camping for tents and RVs is included in all multi-day tickets.

New This Year: Two indoor late night shows on Friday and Saturday will be held in the dance hall at the park’s historic village. Stay tuned for the news of an upgrade in onsite concessions. In addition, electric service at the venue has been expanded and street improvements have been made.

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival turns 25 this year!

NCBS Wants Your Ideas For The 2018 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival T-Shirt

The Northern California Bluegrass Society wants your ideas for the special 25th Anniversary T-Shirt Design for the 2018 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival.

Submission Information

San Benito Live News Coverage Of The Three Tres Pinos Bluegrass Festivals

Kollin Kosmicki, San Benito Live

San Benito Live, the recently-launched news website covering San Benito County, Hollister, and the bluegrass hub Tres Pinos, offers this video coverage for this weekend’s Brookdale Bluegrass Festival, plus May’s Hickstival, and the 25th anniversary of the NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in August.

The run time is 6:04. Enjoy!

Video: Brookdale Kicks Off Trio Of Bluegrass Festivals In Tres Pinos (3/8/18)

Kollin Kosmicki supported the GOF for many years as editor of the Hollister Free Lance newspaper. He is now the editor and founder of San Benito Live.

NCBS president Michael Hall, Brookdale promoter Eric Burman, San Benito County Historical Society leader Don Pidd, and Bolado Park Event Center manager Dara Tobias are interviewed (and Eric sings a tune in the historic jail!).

Here is San Benito Live’s earlier prose report:

Third Bluegrass Festival Makes Tres Pinos A Hotbed (2/27/18)

In The Jailhouse Now:

Video: Eric Burman Performs “Deeper Well” At The Historical Park (3/8/18)

The Cottage Saloon at the San Benito County Historical Park.

NCBS Invites Your 2018 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Design Ideas

Do you have a good idea for the 2018 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival official T-Shirt Design?

If so, the Northern California Bluegrass Society invites you to send it in!

Design Submissions: (Bruce Bellochio) estates (at) brucebellochio (dot) com.

Here is some information for your consideration:

25th Annual

NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

San Benito County Historical Park

Tres Pinos, CA

August 9-12, 2018

A Benefit For The Northern California Bluegrass Society

History This Summer: The 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Is August 9-12

The historic 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society, is set for Thursday-Sunday, August 9-12, 2018, at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).