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

At Brookdale & Good Old Fashioned Festivals, Historical Fun Comes Along With The Bluegrass Music

The view of the hills from the Historical Village Plaza, San Benito County Historical Park.

At the March 9-11, 2018 Brookdale Bluegrass Festival and at the August 9-12, 2018 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, the bluegrass music will come with some historical fun.

Both gatherings will be held at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

Our hosts are the members of the San Benito County Historical Society. Over a half-century, these folks have collected and rebuilt original buildings from around the county to create a circa-1880s village — the perfect complement to our handmade music.

The village will be open for fans to enjoy throughout both festivals. Enjoy!

The Cottage Saloon at the San Benito County Historical Park.

25th Annual NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Set For August 9-12, 2018 In Tres Pinos

The 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, a benefit for 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).

Three Day Reminder: December 31, 2017 Is The Deadline For 2018 Good Old Fashioned Festival Band Applications

Three Day Reminder: December 31, 2017 is the Band Application Deadline for bands wishing to play the Main Stage at the 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 9-12, 2018 at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Application

One Week Reminder: December 31 Is Deadline For Main Stage Band Applications For 2018 Good Old Fashioned Festival

One Week Reminder: December 31, 2017 is the Band Application Deadline for bands wishing to play the Main Stage at the 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 9-12, 2018 at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Application

Ten Day Reminder: 2018 GOF Festival Band Applications Due On December 31, 2017

Ten Day Reminder: December 31, 2017 is the Band Application Deadline for the 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for the second weekend of August, 2018.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Band Application