Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival

Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival  

August 8-11, 2019 • El Rancho Mañana, Richmond, MN | ​Nominated IBMA Event of the Year FIVE Times!

Festival FAQs

Download 2018 Festival Schedule (PDF)

Hours of Admission

Admission hours are Thursday-Saturday 9AM to Midnight, Sunday 9AM to 2PM. 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. Vehicles may not be left overnight in day parking.

What if I need handicapped parking?

Handicapped parking with certified tag is available on the festival grounds close to the main stage. 

How do I get around the grounds?

Most activities are within easy walking distance from each other in one central location. Shuttles run continuously from the campground areas to the central stage area.


Are there any options for handicapped camping?

Certified handicap vehicles have a designated non-utility camp area near the main stage. This option is available with a multi-day ticket purchase only and not for single day attendance. Vehicles must be registered in advance by calling the MBOTMA office at 651-456-8919.

Do you have utility sites? 

​​A limited number of utility sites are available for an additional $120 fee and are sold by reservation only through a waiting list. You can complete the Wait List Form or call 651-456-8919 for assistance. 2018 UPDATE: All sites are booked. You can ask about availability on site in case of cancellations.

Do you have any other camping options?

The festival grounds includes hundreds of non-utility sites which are included in a multi-day ticket purchase. For example, a two day ticket (valid Saturday and Sunday) includes non-utility camping for Saturday night. Non-utility sites are available in a variety of designated areas and are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.  Generators are allowed in non-utility sites but please note the restrictions listed below. 

NOTE: Washing 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 p.m.

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 a.m to Noon and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., except in designated 24-hour generator areas where they can be used anytime. External generators must be labeled as US Forest Service approved.
  • No camping is allowed with single day tickets.
  • Early non-utility camping is available after 2:00 p.m. on the Sunday before the festival through Wednesday night before the festival opens. Call El Rancho Mañana for reservations: 320-597-2740  

What should I know about the Main Stage area?

  • 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. Bags and coolers are allowed but may be inspected for alcohol before you can enter the Main Stage Area.
  • Pets are not allowed in the Main Stage Area

​​Are pets allowed at the festival?

​Yes! 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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