Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival  

August 9-12, 2018 • El Rancho Mañana, Richmond, MN | ​Nominated IBMA Event of the Year FIVE Times!

Festival FAQs

What is the ticket policy?

​You will be asked to present your ticket or pay the appropriate admission fee (cash, check, CC) at the entrance gate. You must have the correct ticket for that day with you, or be prepared to purchase one before you can enter. Sorry, no exceptions. (Check the Tickets page for pricing and advance purchase info.)

When can I come?

Admission hours are Thursday-Saturday 9AM to Midnight, Sunday 9AM to 2PM. Admission to the campgrounds for camping will be allowed during the week prior to the festival. Entry at other times will not be allowed.

Where can I park?

​There is ample day parking on the grounds about 1/2 mile from the festival area. Shuttles will be available.

What if I need handicapped accessibility?

Please contact us ahead to ask for our complete accessibility policies, to register your handicap vehicle, or to make other special arrangements: 651-456-8919. Certified handicap vehicles are allowed on the grounds, but gas or electric powered cycles, dune buggies, go-carts, ATVs, or other personal vehicles are not allowed.

What are the stage area policies?

  • Please bring your own lawn chair.
  • You may leave your chair in place all weekend at your own risk; however if you leave the concert area we consider it to be "Minnesota nice" to allow others to occupy your chair until you return.
  • Alcohol is not allowed in the Main Stage Area. Carry-ins are allowed but may be inspected for alcohol before you can enter the Main Stage Area.

​How do I reserve camping? 

​Unimproved camping for Thursday through Saturday nights is included with multiple day ticket packages and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No camping is allowed with single day tickets.

​​Some improved/utility sites are available for an additional fee. These are sold by reservation only through a waiting list. Call 651-456-8919 or email info@minnesotabluegrass.org to ask to be put on the list.

Early unimproved camping before is available after 2:00 PM on the Sunday before the festival. Call El Rancho Mañana for reservations: 320-597-2740  

​What are the camping policies?

  • ​No roping of sites. Spaces must be occupied by tents, tables, or vehicles.
  • Campfires are only allowed in campground-provided fire rings or suitable off-the-ground fire containers. Fire containers are available for rent from El Rancho Manana. Fires must not be left unattended.
  • Minors must camp with, and be supervised by, a responsible adult.
  • Excessive noise, use of foul language, or other rowdy behavior will not be tolerated at any time or place on the festival grounds and will be grounds for ejection.
  • No fireworks of any kind are allowed.
  • Generator use is only allowed from 9 AM to Noon and 5 PM to 7 PM, except in designated 24-hour generator areas where they can be used anytime. External generators must be labeled as US Forest Service approved.
  • Wash Machine field is a generator free zone where no generator use is allowed at any time.Monte’s Meadow is designated as a quiet camping area after 10:00 PM.

Can I bring a pet?

​Pets must be leashed or enclosed in campers or cages at all times. All debris from your pet must be picked up. We reserve the right to ask that any pet be removed from the premises if there are any problems or disturbances, such as barking. Pets are not allowed in the Main Stage Area or on the beach.

Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association
P.O. Box 16408, Minneapolis, MN 55416


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