The 2020 August Fest is canceled.
See you August 5th – 8th, 2021! Get your 2021 Tickets !
This was not an easy decision given that this is MBOTMA's largest event, and accounts for a significant portion of operating income for the organization each year. Given the course of this world pandemic and what health experts, and the Stay Safe MN orders require now, we anticipate social distancing, face masks, disinfecting protocols and temperature monitoring will still be with us in August in order to keep us, our families and friends healthy.
While we've been able to hold off on many major expenditures and commitments up to this point, we can’t hold off any longer. Supplies, equipment orders, travel plans, staffing, and more, all need to be finalized now, and as Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan does not contemplate large group gatherings until sometime after Stage IV, when we've just started Stage II, we have to make the decision now. While we don’t know what August will bring, we do know that we have to make decisions based on what we know today, not what we hope the world will be like in August.
It is important to remember that large gatherings, such as ours, are not permitted today. That being said, we weighed many scenarios against current requirements, and came to the undeniable conclusion that the August Festival, like our other events, is a social one. Resources would be strained, and logistics, as well as camaraderie, would suffer under these conditions.
Due to the uncertainty of being able to hold any large outdoor gatherings in the month of August or September, it was not feasible to reschedule for 2020.
All headline acts have been rescheduled for next summer's event so get your tickets now at 2020 prices!
Stay tuned! We are definitely looking for ways for us to hold some fun virtual events. Follow us on social media or sign up for our email newsletter to get the latest info.
A year without this festival will present challenges – not just for us, but for our numerous partners, exhibitors, vendors and more. If you’d like to support MBOTMA, you can do so through Membership or Donations. The Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting bluegrass and old time stringband music in and around the state of Minnesota and donations are tax deductible.
When will you start announcing information about the 2021 August Festival?
We’re already working on 2021! Plans will be announced later this fall and winter with updates really picking up in the spring and early summer but you can get your 2021 tickets now at 2020 prices. Follow us on social media or sign up for our email newsletter to get the latest info.
What about the upcoming festivals?
At this time the Fall Jam and Winter Weekend are both on and we will also hopefully see the return of the Cabin Fever Festival. Following us on social media and being on the email list are the best ways to stay in touch with everything that's happening with our events.
You have three options for 2020 tickets:
1. "Donate" your ticket price to MBOTMA by not redeeming the 2020 ticket. You will be helping the organization through these difficult times and will receive a special thank you gift as an "Event Supporter".
2. Use your 2020 ticket at the 2021 event.
3. Request a refund of the ticket amount.
For information on refunds, please see “How do I request a refund?” below. If you will be donating the ticket amount, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone who completed the registration and payment by the May 15th deadline and who were on the Waitlist for 2020 will have the following options:
1. "Donate" your camping fee to MBOTMA and support the organization through these difficult times. Doing this will require you to pay in 2021 but you will be guaranteed to have your site and you will receive a special thank you gift as an "Event Supporter".
2. Carryover your 2020 registration to the 2021 event.
3. Request a refund of the camping fee. This will require you to re-register and pay for 2021.
For information on refunds, please see “How do I request a refund?” below. If you do not request a refund by the due date, we will assume you wish to roll over your registration to 2021. If you will be donating the registration amount, please contact us at email@example.com.
Can I still camp at El Rancho during the August Festival time?
All camping registrations for August 6-9 have been cancelled. If you wish to camp during that time, you will need to make arrangements directly with the campground. ERM is open for camping during the August 6th-9th time frame and is offering special bluegrass rates.
1. Roll over your registration to 2021 which guarantees your spot for the next event.
2. Receive a refund of the registration price which does not guarantee a spot for 2021.
For information on refunds, please see “How do I request a refund?” below.
To request a refund please complete THIS FORM. Refund requests must be submitted by June 30th, 2020.
Refunds may take up to 30 days from the date of request, and credit for the ticket price and service fees will be issued to the original credit card used at the time of purchase. If you paid with cash or a check, a refund check will be mailed to you.
How can I ask additional questions?
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get back to you as soon as possible.