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


May Will Be A Big Month Of Bluegrass For Northern California Bluegrass Society Members

The NCBS/SCBS Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair!

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

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

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

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

The outdoor bluegrass season is upon us. Enjoy!

A relaxing swim in the Merced River at the Pick & Gather Festival.

Now Is The Time To Send NCBS Your Ideas For The Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival 25th Anniversary Shirt Design

Now is the time to submit your ideas for the special 25th Anniversary T-Shirt Design for the 2018 Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival. NCBS looks forward to hearing from you!

Submission Information

NCBS To Welcome 2018 Berkeley Bluegrass Festival At The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse

Freight & Salvage

The 2018 Berkeley Bluegrass Festival will be held at the Freight & Salvage Coffee House in Berkeley. The Northern California Bluegrass Society will welcome this event May 18-20.

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

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

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

History This Summer: 25th Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival Is August 9-12

History This Summer: The 25th Annual Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival will be held August 9-12, 2018.

The festival at the San Benito County Historical Park in Tres Pinos is a showcase of top California bluegrass bands.

The event benefits the year-round work of the Northern California Bluegrass Society in promoting bluegrass music in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Monterey Bay Area and throughout Northern California.

Free camping for tents and RVs is included in all multi-day tickets. There will be jamming, children’s activities, an open mike stage, shade over the audience area, food & drink, late night shows, and all of your friends will be there!

Discount tickets will soon be available on this website.

The 2018 Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair Will Be Held On Sunday Afternoon May 6

Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair

The Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair will be held at the Duck Pond Stage in San Lorenzo Park, next to the courthouse in downtown Santa Cruz. The oldest NCBS/SCBS event will be held on SUNDAY AFTERNOON, May 6 (note new date).

The FREE afternoon of music in the park has been a Rite Of Spring since 1986.

Thanks to Ona Stewart for heading up the fair on behalf of the Society.