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

Sidesaddle & Co Headed For The August 9-12 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival In Tres Pinos

Longtime festival favorite Sidesaddle & Co is headed to the 2018 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival set for the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos, Thursday-Sunday, August 9-12.

The historic 25th Annual gathering of bluegrass friends and family is a benefit for the Northern California Bluegrass Society. The relaxed festival is small, fun, friendly, and a celebration of top California bluegrass bands.

There will be plenty of tickets available at the gate.

There is plenty of evening jamming and free camping is included in all multi-day tickets.

Sidesaddle & Co onstage at a past GOF Festival

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

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

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

The Quitters Set For “First Time” Performance At The 25th Annual NCBS GOF Festival

The Quitters

The 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will present The Quitters at the August 9-12 gathering of the bluegrass community.

Although this will be the first time for this duo at the GOF, both Stevie Coyle and Glenn Houston have played the festival many times (as members of such bands as The Waybacks and Houston Jones) over the past quarter century.

The fun, relaxed showcase of top California bluegrass bands and fans will be held at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister).

TODAY is the last day to purchase Discount Advance Tickets. (There will be plenty of tickets at the gate.)

One Day Reminder: Sunday July 22 Is Discount Advance Ticket Deadline For NCBS GOF Festival

One Day Reminder: The Discount Advance Ticket Deadline is SUNDAY, July 22, 2018 for the NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. There will be plenty of tickets at the gate.

Discount Advance Tickets

NCBS Membership

Three Day Reminder: Sunday, July 22 Is Last Day To Purchase GOF Discount Advance Tickets

Three Day Reminder: Sunday, July 22, 2018 is the last day to purchase Discount Advance Tickets for the 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass FestivalAugust 9-12.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Members receive a deep discount; non-members receive a discount.

Advance GOF Festival Tickets

NCBS Membership