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

Time For Some Bluegrass Fun At The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival This Weekend!

It is time for some bluegrass fun at the 24th annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival this weekend in Tres Pinos, 7 miles south of Hollister! Ya’ll come!

Festival Flyer

Festival Information & Schedule

AJ Lee of Blue Summit

Kids On Stage

Historical Park

Location Map

NCBS Membership

Gates will open at NOON on Thursday, August 10.

Jamming at the GOF!

Cryin’ Shame & Pathetic Honey String Band Set To Perform At The 24th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 10-13, 2017, will present the the alt-bluegrass bands Cryin’ Shame and Pathetic Honey String Band.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will stage its signature festival for the second time at the beautiful San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister). This will be number 24 — the first 22 events were held next door at Bolado Park.

Gates open at Noon on Thursday (no early admissions). That day will be exclusively devoted to jamming and socializing, while top California bands will perform Friday-Sunday on 4 stages.

Pathetic Honey String Band

Camping is free with all multi-day tickets and pleasant evenings will feature plenty of informal camp jams.

Festival Flyer

Festival Information & Schedule

Kids On Stage

Historical Park

Location Map

Rogue River Set For August 10-13 GOF Festival, Penny Godlis To Be Honored

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 10-13, 2017, will present Rogue River (Santa Cruz). The band has performed many times over the event’s 24-year run.

The band’s Penny Godlis will be honored by the dedication of the festival backstage. She has been the key organizer for the gathering for the past two decades and is retiring after this festival.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will stage the benefit festival at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (next to the event’s original home at Bolado Park). Pleasant camp jamming evenings will follow performances on 4 stages Friday-Sunday, while Thursday will be exclusively devoted to jamming and socializing.

There will be plenty of tickets at the gate. Camping is free with all multi-day tickets.

Note that Gates Open at Noon on Thursday (no early admissions except for staff).  Thanks for your support!

Penny Godlis of Rogue River

Plan Your Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, Next Weekend In Tres Pinos

San Benito County Historical Park

Here is the information you need to plan your trip to the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, next weekend in Tres Pinos. Ya’ll come!

Festival Flyer

Festival Details

Historical Park

Location Map

First Stage Bands To Begin Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Performances At Noon On Friday

Dusty Moon

The First Stage Bands will begin the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival performances on Friday at Noon.  The Main Stage will follow at 3:00pm.

FIRST STAGE

FRIDAY, August 11

Noon — Short Cross Ties

Short Cross Ties

1:00pm — The Beauty Operators

2:00 — Dusty Moon

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will present the August 10-13 festival at the San Benito County Historical Park, Tres Pinos (next to Bolado Park and 7 miles south of Hollister on Highway 25). The event is a benefit for the NCBS.

Festival gates will open at Noon on Thursday. Early arrivals will be turned away. There will be plenty of tickets at the gate.