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

The Mountain & The Moon Set For August 10-13 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival In Tres Pinos

The Mountain & The Moon

The 24th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will bring The Mountain & The Moon (Los Angeles) to the stage for the very first time.

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 eventis 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.

Official Festival Flyer

Festival Details

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Workshops Will Be Held On Saturday, August 12

Workshops covering a variety of instruments and musical techniques will be held at the Lunch & Dinner Breaks on Saturday, August 12 at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. Check the program for more information.

The 2017 event will be presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society in the lovely hamlet of Tres Pinos, 7 miles south of Hollister and next to Bolado Park. The festival will run August 10-13.

"The Banjo Lesson" by Mary Cassatt, 1894.

Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival To Present Festival Favorite Sidesaddle & Co August 10-13

The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival, set for August 10-13, 2017, will present longtime festival favorite Sidesaddle & Co. The Hollister-based band has performed more than any other 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 (7 miles south of Hollister).

Thursday will be devoted to jamming and socializing, while many top California bands will perform Friday-Sunday. Camping is free with all multi-day tickets. Evenings feature plenty of informal camp jams. A fine time will be had by all!

Sidesaddle & Co

24th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Is August 10-13 In Tres Pinos (7 Miles South Of Hollister)

The 24th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Society Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos, 7 miles south of Hollister.

The August 10-13, 2017 festival is a showcase of top California bluegrass talent and a small, friendly jamming event held at a beautiful venue.

This will be the second year the gathering will be held at its new historical park home (right next to Bolado Park in the same beautiful valley). Our happy hosts, the San Benito Country Historical Society, offer bluegrass fans more shade, more grass, a picking-friendly historical village, and upgrarded facilities. Additional improvements have been made since last year. This is a great opportunity to check out the new venue if you missed last year.

The GOF also features shade over the audience area, food, hot showers, the NCBS elections, a raffle, nice camping (free with your multi-day ticket), children’s activities, and lots of friendly people. There will be plenty of tickets at the gate.

Thursday at the festival is devoted to jamming ans socializing (beginning at noon when the gates open). Here is the weekend stage schedule:

FRIDAY, August 11

First Stage

Noon — Short Cross Ties
1:00pm — The Beauty Operators
2:00 — Dusty Moon

Main Stage

3:00pm — Nate Jones & The Sloe Sippers
4:00 — Black Eyed Susies
5:00 — Cryin’ Shame
6:00 — Sidetrack
7:00 — Goat Hill Girls
8:00 — Wendy Burch Steel & Redwood
9:00 — Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

SATURDAY, August 12

10:00am — 35 Years Of Trouble
11:00 — The Mountain & The Moon
Noon — Rogue River
1:00pm — (Workshop/Lunch Break)
2:00 — Hot October
3:00 — Circle R Boys
4:00 — Brookdale Bluegrass Band
5:00 — (Workshop/Dinner Break)
6:00 — The Jones Gang
7:00 — Bodie 601 Band
8:00 — Sidesaddle & Co
9:00 — High Country

Dance Hall Stage

10:30pm — Honeysuckle Possums

SUNDAY, August 13

Main Stage

9:00am — Crying Uncle
10:00 — Dark Hollow (Gospel Plus)
11:00 — Old Belle
Noon — Stoney Mountain Ramblers
12:45pm — (Lunch Break)
1:15 — Kids On Stage
2:15 — AJ Lee & Blue Summit
3:15 — Courthouse Ramblers
4:15 — Pathetic Honey String Band

Old Belle To Perform On The Main Stage At The 24th Annual NCBS GOF Bluegrass Festival August 10-13

Old Belle

Old Belle (San Francisco) will take the Main Stage at the 24th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival to be held Sunday-Thursday, August 10-13, 2017.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will present this small, friendly, fun festival at the beautiful San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos (7 miles south of Hollister and next door to Bolado Park). The event benefits NCBS projects and events that promote bluegrass in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Monterey Bay Area.

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

NCBS Membership

Volunteer Form

Festival Flyer