The NCBS sponsors or co-sponsors a variety of events, ranging from our three day long Good Old Fashioned festival to local jams.


The NCBS Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Began In 1994 And Turns 25 This August

Jamming is a popular activity at the GOF!

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held at the lovely San Benito County Historical Park on August 9-12, 2018.

The festival in the tiny community of Tres Pinos was started in 1994 and turns 25 Years Old this year!

The fun, friendly event features top California bluegrass bands.

The event benefits the year-round work of the NCBS in promoting bluegrass music in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay Area and throughout Northern California. Free RV & tent camping is included in multi-day tickets. There will be jamming, children’s activities, open mike stage, shade over the audience area, food & drink, late night shows, a raffle, the annual NCBS elections, and more.

Discount tickets will soon be available on this website.

NCBS Will Welcome The Third Annual Berkeley Bluegrass Festival May 18-20

Crying Uncle will perform on the Main Stage at the Berkeley Bluegrass Festival.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome the Third Annual Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, which will be held at the Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley on May 18-20, 2018. Full festival and individual show tickets are available.

FRIDAY, May 18 — Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands with Molly Tuttle, Sean Watkins with the Bee Eaters, Crying Uncle, plus Fog Holler.

SATURDAY, May 19 — Molly Tuttle Band, Phantoms of the High Country, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, plus Bluegrass Pride.

SUNDAY, May 20 — Darol Anger’s Blur-Grass All-Stars, The Get Down Boys, The Page Turners with Bill Evans and Max Schwartz, plus North Country Blue.

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund Announces Spring 2018 Awards

The NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund awarded tuition assistance to help some young Northern California musicians to attend this weekend’s spring camp near Petaluma.

The scholarships will assist three fiddlers, ages 9, 12 & 12,  to attend the camp, as well as one young adult. These students would not have been able to be at the camp without the fund’s help.

In addition, a separate gift was received to expand faculty support.

Thanks to the generous donors and to the NCBS scholarship committee. The fund will soon begin collecting donations to help deserving students who want to attend the upcoming fall camp. Thanks for your support of music education!

May Is Bluegrass Month — Plenty Of Music To Enjoy!

Northern California Bluegrass Society Members will enjoy a big month of bluegrass music in May, “Bluegrass Month:”


3 — Goat Hill Girls, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS welcomed)

6 – NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair, Duck Pond Stage, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz. FREE. (Note new Sunday date)

10 — Wildcat Mountain Ramblers, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS welcomed)

12 — Train Jam, Historic Depot Museum, Santa Clara. (NCBS welcomed)

17 — Blue Summit, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS welcomed)

Riverdance Farms

18-20 — Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley. (NCBS welcomed)

24 — Thursday Bluegrass Series, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS welcomed)

25-27 – Pick & Gather Festival, Riverdance Farms, Livingston (near Merced). (NCBS welcomed)

31 — Thursday Bluegrass Series, Summit House, Los Gatos. (NCBS welcomed)

These are the official NCBS events for the month!

Blue Summit Will Play At The Summit House On Thursday April 19

Blue Summit

Blue Summit will play at the summit at the FREE Thursday Bluegrass Series held at The Summit House (6 miles south of Los Gatos, on Highway 17) on April 19 from 6:00-8:30pm.

The view is always amazing and good food and drink will be served.

The weekly performance is presented by The Summit House Beer Garden & Grill and welcomed by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.