It’s May and the Northern California outdoor bluegrass season kicks into high gear with good weather and plenty of great festivals.
Northern California Bluegrass Society Members and their friends always look to the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair to get things rolling, this year on the second Saturday in May. The new NCBS-welcomed Spring Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, also FREE, will bring a fun day of outdoor bluegrass to Pacifica on the third Saturday in May. And we have a big welcome for the Freight & Salvage’s Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, a strong addition to the May East Bay schedule.
Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, The Surf Spot, Pacifica.
Meanwhile, we will miss Hickstival and the Three Rivers Music Festival, both lost to landlord troubles.
Here is a look ahead to next month. Ya’ll come on out and join us now, ya hear?
Merfefest, April 28-May 1, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC.
North County Bluegrass & Folk Club Spring Campout. April 29-May 1, KOA Campground, Chula Vista.
DIO Fest, April 29-May 1, Camp Krem, Boulder Creek.
Stagecoach Festival, April 29-May 1, Empire Polo Club, Indio.
Northern California Steel Guitar Summit, May 1, Gryphon Stringed Instruments, Palo Alto.
Whole Hog Bluegrass Party, May 1, DT’s Place, Sonoma.
Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, May 5-8, various venues, Parkfield.
Pahrump AcoustiGrass Festival, May 6-8, Petrack Park, Pahrump, NV.
Bluegrass In The Spring – Calico Spring Festival, May 7-8, Calico Ghost Town, Yermo.
Berkeley Old Time Music Spring Situation, May 8, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
Spring Strawberry Music Festival at Grass Valley.
NCBS/SCBS 30th Annual Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair, May 14, FREE, Duck Pond Stage, San Lorenzo Park, Santa Cruz.
Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival, May 15, Paramount Ranch, Angoura Hills.
Berkeley Bluegrass Festival, May 20-22, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
Spring Foggy Mountain Bluegrass Festival, May 21, FREE, The Surf Spot, Pacifica. (NCBS-welcomed)
Bluegrass Pickin’ Picnic, May 21, Dahlia Dell Picnic Area, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
Wavy Gravy’s 80th Birthday Party, May 22, SOMO Village Event Center, Rohnert Park.
Southwest Bluegrass Association Superjam, May 25-30, Hesperia Lakes, Hesperia.
Strawberry Spring Music Festival, May 26-30, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley.
Pahrump AcoustiGrass Festival
Delfest, May 26-29, Allegany County Fairgrounds, Cumberland, MD.
Bottle Rock, May 27-29, Napa Valley Expo Center, Napa. (Sold out)