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

NCBS Favorite Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players To Return To The August 10-13 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Snap Jackson

Northern California Bluegrass Society favorite Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players will return to the line-up for 24th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival to be held at the beautiful San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos, 7 miles south of Hollister.

Eric Antrim

Top Northern California bluegrass bands and musicians will play on 4 stages to benefit NCBS’ work to promote bluegrass in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Monterey Bay Area.

Shane Kalbach

In addition to the stage performances, there will be plenty of jamming all around the campground in the evenings. Thanks for your support!

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

Brian Clark

More hot showers have been added since the 2016 festival.

Campers should bring water for drnking and cooking.

Festival Flyer

Festival Details

Historical Park

Location Map

Volunteer Form


The Jones Gang Makes Its Return To The 2017 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival August 10-13

The Jones Gang

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 10-13, 2017, will present the return of festival favorite The Jones Gang (formerly, Houston Jones). The iconic band has performed many times at the 24-year-old event.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will stage the annual benefit festival at the beautiful San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (next to Bolado Park, 7 miles south of Hollister).

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.

Camping is free with all multi-day tickets.

Pleasant evenings will feature plenty of informal camp jams.

Festival Flyer

Festival Information & Schedule

NCBS Adds Sidetrack To August 10-13 GOF Festival At The San Benito County Historical Park

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has added Santa Cruz-favorite Sidetrack to the line-up for 24th annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos on Highway 25 , 7 miles south of Hollister.

The relaxed, friendly gathering of top Northern California bluegrass bands and musicians benefits NCBS work to promote bluegrass in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Monterey Bay Area. Thanks for your support!

Festival Flyer

Sidetrack

Volunteer Form

Festival Details

Historical Park

Location Map

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

There will be plenty of evening jamming all around the campground in the evenings.

Faux Renwah will not be able to make this year’s festival, but will return next year.

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood Set For August 10-13 NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood

Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood (Oakland) will take the Main Stage at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 10-13, 2017.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will present this 24th annual fun gathering at the beautiful San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister next to Bolado Park). The event benefits Society projects that promote bluegrass in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Monterey Bay Area all year long.

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

Festival Flyer

Volunteer Form

Festival Details

Kids On Stage Ready To Play The Main Stage At The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival

Kids On Stage is ready to play the Main Stage at the August 10-13 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.

Betsy Riger

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. To avoid any conflicts for the show, know that if your child is not present for AT LEAST, the Saturday rehearsals, they will not be in the presentation on Sunday. 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 rehreasals. IF your child can only make the Saturday rehearsals, please let us know in advance.

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 10 –

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

FRIDAY, August 11

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

SATURDAY, August 12

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

SUNDAY, August 13

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

12:30pm – Head to the Main Stage

1:15 pm  – Kids On Stage Main Stage Performance