Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival  

August 6 - 9, 2020 • El Rancho Mañana, Richmond, MN | ​Nominated IBMA Event of the Year FIVE Times!

August 8-11, 2019 was the 40th Annual August Festival with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder as the headliners!

Not only did we welcome Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, we also booked headliners Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Monroe Crossing, Molsky's Mountain Drifters, Fireside Collective and The Clay Hess Band! See About the Bands for more info about our performers and see Main Stage Schedule to see who played each day.

LOCATION: El Rancho Manana, 27302 Ranch Rd, Richmond, MN 56368 (map)

Interested in Utility Camping? - Reserve your spot for 2020 NOW!

The Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival is held annually at El Rancho Mañana Campground the Thursday-Sunday surrounding the second Saturday of August. This festival features top national touring acts as well as the best bands from the Upper Midwest region in four days and nights of music on multiple stages, plus workshops, showcases, and much, much more!  

This festival is really an entire week of musical fun at El Rancho Mañana near Richmond MN. Bluegrass, Old-Time Stringband, and related forms of acoustic and Americana music are combined to suit a wide range of interests.  You'll enjoy hearing something familiar and discovering something new!  Pre-festival instructional camps will be followed by four days of bluegrass and old-time bliss. 


In addition to the professional bands, many of the 4,000 plus people who attend are musicians themselves. They will bring their instruments and join in the many impromptu jam sessions that go on day and night in the campgrounds.  If you're interested in getting involved as a musician, instructional camps are held in the days prior to the festival. 


The Festival FAQ page has detailed info about parking, camping, and much more!

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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