List of bluegrass music festivals

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This is a list of bluegrass music festivals which have Wikipedia articles or are otherwise verified by an independent, reliable, published source. This list may have some overlap with the umbrella topic list of folk festivals, and more complete overlap with list of country music festivals.

Bluegrass music is a form of American roots music, and a subgenre of country music. Bluegrass was inspired by the music of Appalachia.[1] It has mixed roots in Irish, Scottish, Welsh, and English[2] traditional music, and also later influenced by the music of African-Americans<[3] through incorporation of jazz elements.


North America[edit]

Name City State Country Est.
Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards Huntsville Ontario  CAN 1971
Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention Mount Airy North Carolina  US 1972
Walnut Valley Festival (Stage 5) Winfield Kansas  US 1972
Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride Colorado  US 1973
Festival of the Bluegrass Lexington Kentucky  US 1974
Huck Finn Jubilee Ontario California  US 1974
Stompin 76 Galax Virginia  US 1976
Vandalia Gathering Charleston West Virginia  US 1977
Tottenham Bluegrass Festival Tottenham Ontario  CAN 1983
MerleFest Wilkesboro North Carolina  US 1988
Augusta Heritage Festival Elkins West Virginia  US 1990s
High Sierra Music Festival Quincy California  US 1991
Podunk Bluegrass Festival Norwich Connecticut  US 1996
Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival Guthrie Oklahoma  US 1996
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco California  US 2001
10,000 Lakes Festival Detroit Lakes Minnesota  US 2003
Bluegrass Underground Cumberland Caverns Tennessee  US 2008
Charm City Bluegrass Festival Baltimore Maryland  US 2013
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Oak Hill New York  US 1982
Bill Monroe Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival Bean Blossom Indiana  US 1974
Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival Bean Blossom Indiana  US 1966


Festival name City/Venue Country Remarks
Canberra Country Blues & Roots Festival Canberra Australia
Tamworth Country Music Festival Tamworth, New South Wales Australia


Festival name City/Venue Country Remarks
Didmarton Bluegrass Festival United Kingdom
Beer and Bluegrass Festival Poole Dorset United Kingdom
Güglinger Bluegrass Festival Germany
European World of Bluegrass Lichtenvoorde Netherlands
Bluegrass Beeg Netherlands
Lonesome Pine Indoor Country Festival Sunne Värmland Sweden[4] Usually held in January.
Bluegrass Outlaw Party Club Heidegger, grote Kerkplein 70, Rotterdam Netherlands[5] Usually held in February.
Gainsborough Old Time Festival Gainsborough United Kingdom[6] Usually held in February.
International Workshop of Acoustic Music Virton Belgium[7] Usually held in April.
Sore Fingers Week Kingham United Kingdom[8] One week festival usually held in April
Stage Bluegrass en Gascogne 32330 Gondrin France[9] Usually held in April.
Kilkenny Rhythm 'n' Roots Festival Kilkenny Ireland[10] Roots music with an Irish and oldtime flavour
Bordergrass Hopelands in Weobley Herefordshire United Kingdom[11]
Alie Rohling Festival "Pickers against Cancer"[12] zaal de Loo - Looweg 38 Coevorden Netherlands Beneficial concert, all funds raised go to the Dutch Cancer Foundation.
SC 40 jaar Farewell Reunion Festival De Muzeval, Emmen Netherlands[13] Bluegrass & acoustic country a one-time only event to celebrate the completion of 40 years of Strictly Country magazine - European & US groups[citation needed]
Venner Folk Frühling Venne Germany[14] accent on folk
13th Oldtime Music Meeting Wippenhausen Kirchdorf Germany[15] Musicians only registration mandatory
Orwell Bluegrass Festival Orwell Crossing United Kingdom[16] -
Banjoree European 5-String Banjo Meeting Hagen Germany[17] Gathering of banjopickers, also with guitar and mandolin workshops. Held every second year
International Bühl Bluegrass Festival Bühl Germany[18] established 2002, city sponsorship
Bath Americana Festival Bath United Kingdom[19] -
Red Wine Bluegrass Party Genova Italy[20] two nights show featuring Red Wine with guest artists from the US
Boe't n Deure Odoorn Netherlands[21] Bluegrass concerts held in a small cafe
Spring Bluegrass Festival Alberswil/Willisau Switzerland[22] -
Jamboree Strakonice Czech Republic[23] -
Sacrewell Spring Camp (Friends of American Oldtime Music and Dance) Gainsborough United Kingdom[6] -
EWOB Convention & Tradeshow Voorthuizen Netherlands[24] about 50 bands, on 3 days, international lineup
Coastline Bluegrass Music Event Bryn Ffanigl Ganol Farm, Dolwen, Llanddulas, Wales United Kingdom[25] -
Karl May Festival Radebeul Radebeul Germany[26] celebrating bluegrass while celebrating Germany´s wild west author
Hamawé Roots Festival Ethe/Virton Belgium[27][28] on the Farm Roiseux
GrevenGrass Bluegrassfestival Greven Germany[29] -
FBMA Spring Bluegrass Weekend (Pentecôte) près de Rennes, à la Maison Familiale Rurale Horticole "Les Rabinardières" France
Ruotsinpyhtää Bluegrass Rendezvous Helsinki Finland[30] Finland´s oldest bluegrass festival, first held in 1988
Annual La Grange Rouge Bluegrass and French Folk TRAD EN FETE La Grange Rouge France[31] Usually held in June
Big Bear Festival De Kimme, Zuidlaren Netherlands[32] bluegrass & acoustic country music - European & US bands
Banjo Jamboree Caslav Czech Republic


oldest running European bluegrass festival. Camping and included and international lineup
Festival sur la Route de Tullins Isere France[34] -
Internationales Kötzer Country Music Festival Günzhalle, 89359 Koetz Germany[35] -
Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival Westport, Co. Mayo Ireland[36] Established in 2007; international lineup
Choteborský džem Letna 255, 583 01 Chotebor +420776311290 Czech Republic[37]
East Anglian Bluegrass Festival Steeple Morden United Kingdom[38] Youth performances
Haapavesi Folk Festival Haapavesi Finland[39] -
TFF Rudolstadt (roots folk world music) Rudolstadt Germany[40] City organized
Lida Country Festival Lida Sweden[41] -
Åmåls Blues Fest Åmål Sweden[42] Usually held in July.
Torsåker Bluegrass Festival Torsaker Sweden[43] / -
North Wales Bluegrass Festival Conwy, Wales United Kingdom[44] established 1989
Munich BlueGrass Festival Munich Germany[45] Music at the farm
Bluegrass Festival Gunderinseli Thun Switzerland[46] -
Athy Bluegrass Festival Athy Ireland[47] Ireland's oldest annual Bluegrass event, established 1991
Americana Festival Newark United Kingdom[48]
UTV Country Fest Aura Complex Letterkenny, Donegal Ireland[49] -
Nääsville Bluegrass Festival Frölunda Sweden[50]
Risor Bluegrass Festival Risor Norway[51] music on stage and workshops - with workshops the week preceding the festival
Cerexhe Festival Cerexhe Belgium[52] Country, Established 1985
Totaalfestival Bladel Netherlands[53]
Cambridge Folk Festival Cambridge United Kingdom[54] -
55555555 Country Rendez-Vous Craponne sur Arzon France[55] -
Guildtown Bluegrass Festival Guildtown United Kingdom[56] -
Lonesome Pine Festival Canis-Lysvik Sweden[4] -
La Roche International Bluegrass Festival La Roche-sur-Foron France[57] -
International Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival Abaliget Hungary Three days of bluegrass and acoustic music on a lakeside in the Hungarian countryside.
Surrey Mini Bluegrass Festival Mickleham Village Hall United Kingdom[58] -
Sacrewell Summer Camp (Friends Of American Oldtime Music And Dance) Gainsborough United Kingdom[59] -
Bluegrass Family Festival Stetten Switzerland[60] family operated gathering place for the Swiss bluegrass community
Gränna Bluegrass Festival Gränna Sweden[61] 30th anniversary in 2007
Floralia Country Festival Oosterhout Netherlands[62] -
Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival Dunmore East Ireland[63] established 1995
Tønder Folk Festival Tønder Denmark[64] international folk and bluegrass acts
Bluegrassfestival Grabenmühle Sigriswil Switzerland[65] -
Didmarton Bluegrass Festival Kemble Airfield Didmarton United Kingdom[66] international lineup
Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival Omagh, Northern Ireland United Kingdom[67] held in a historic folk park[clarification needed] established 1992 international lineup
Bluegrass Marathon Borovany u Tachova Czech Republic[68] established 1979
Picnic Festival Namur Belgium[69] Bluegrass & Celtic Festival
Int. Bluegrass Meeting Kulturgewächshaus Birkenried Gundelfingen Germany[35] Music in the Greenhouse
Sunny Mountain Bluegrass Festival Stettfurt Switzerland[70]
The Open House Festival Bangor, Northern Ireland United Kingdom[71] Six days of roots music in the centre of Belfast
Gower Bluegrass Festival Parkmill, Gower, Wales United Kingdom[72] -
Sweet Sunny South Festival Hastings United Kingdom[73] -
Cornish Bluegrass Festival Newquay United Kingdom[74] since 2004
Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival Longford Ireland[75] Irish Traditional, American Bluegrass, and Folk Music
Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival Moniaive, Dumfries, Scotland United Kingdom[76] -
Bruff Bluegrass Festival Main St, Bruff, Co. Limerick Ireland[77] This event takes place in three venues over three evenings with late night mike sessions. Banjo and guitar workshops and picking gatherings in afternoon on Sunday.
Pick Your Passion Camp Munich Aschau/Chiemgau, n/Munich Germany[78] -
Sore Fingers Weekend Kingham United Kingdom[8] learning music and jamming
Bluegrass Beeg Grevenbicht Sittard-Geleen Netherlands[79] Bluegrass music festival. Autism friendly .
Old Time Country Festival Breitisaal 8185 Winkel Switzerland[80] organized by American folk club Rocking Chair
Al Ras Old-Time & Bluegrass Festival Mollet del Valles Barcelona Spain Est. 2001


See also[edit]


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