Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival  

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

Camping at the August Festival

Utility Sites - reserve now for 2020!

​​A limited number of utility sites are available for an additional $120 fee. People who had sites last year have first option and then unreserved sites are offered to those on the waiting list. Utility sites have a variety of hookups available so please be specific during registration.

If you had a utility spot last year and wish to reserve it again, you must complete the 2020 Utility Camping Reservation Form online or call 651-456-8919 and use the reservation code you were given. Registrations must be completed and payment received before May 15th, 2020 or your spot will be forfeited. Once a spot is forfeited, you will not have the option to reserve it next year. Refunds are available until July 1, 2020. If money is refunded, you will not have first option on the site next year.

If you didn't have a site last year but would like one, complete the online Wait List Form to reserve a spot or call 651-456-8919 for assistance. Wait list spots are distributed on a first-come, space available basis depending on rig size and utility requirements. Payment is required at the time of registration on the Wait List but will be refunded if you do not get a spot. Spots will be distributed up to the time of the event. Refunds for registrant cancellations are available until July 1, 2020.

If you have a utility site but cannot attend the festival, please let us know at 651-456-8919 or info@minnesotabluegrass.org so we can make appropriate arrangements. If you request a refund for your site, you will not have first choice to reserve it next year. 

Due to space restrictions, we are unable to accommodate specific site requests or requests to be placed near specific attendees. 

Shuttles run frequently from several designated spots at the utility campground to the main stage area and are free of charge for attendees. Shuttle hours are Thursday 5 p.m. - 12 midnight, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 12 midnight, Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Non-Utility Camping

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 available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Generators are allowed in non-utility sites but please note Old Wash Machine field is a generator free zone where no generator use is allowed at any time. Monte’s Meadow and adjacent area is designated as a quiet camping area after 10:00 p.m. 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.

Shuttles run continuously from several designated spots at all non-utility campgrounds to the main stage area and are free of charge for attendees. Shuttle hours are Thursday 5 p.m. - 12 midnight, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 12 midnight, Sunday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Accessible 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 office at 651-456-8919, by letter, or by emailing   info@minnesotabluegrass.org  BY AUGUST 1st with the following information:

1. Name

2. Contact info (email and/or cell phone number)

3. Camper type (trailer, class A, etc)

4. Camper length in feet

5. What type additional vehicle will be parked

6. What days you will be at festival.

7. Any other relevant info.

There is no designated accessible utility camping area but attendees are welcome to purchase a utility site as outlined above for Utility Sites.

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.
  • 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  

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


Our Mission: To preserve and promote bluegrass and old-time stringband music in and around the state of Minnesota.

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