Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival  

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


Drum roll please - This summer is the 40th Annual August Festival, August 8-11, 2019! We are thrilled to announce that Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder will be the headliners!

You know you're coming - so why not get your tickets today for this fantastic festival? Not only are we expecting Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, we've 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 is playing on each day.

Volunteers needed! Click here to find out how you can be one of the hundreds of volunteers needed to put on this great festival! 

Ranch House Live Sign-up Genius is now posted.

Link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0548a9ab2da31-ranch


The complete schedule for this year's festival isn't ready quite yet, but you can download last year's schedule here  (PDF) to get an idea of all of our activities, including Main Stage concerts, Showcase Tent concerts and dances, Hands-On Workshops, Family Area, Gathering Place, and Marketplace Stage! 

Held annually at El Rancho Mañana Campground the Thursday-Sunday surrounding the second Saturday of August, this year's festival will be August 8-11, 2019. 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. 

JOIN US FOR:

    • More than 30 hours of concerts on the Main Stage featuring top national talent
    • Daytime instrument collaborations in the Showcase Tent
    • Nightly dances with dance instruction, workshops, and callers
    • Contests, crafts, and games in the Family Area
    • Real hands-on workshops in the Workshop Area
    • New groups at the Underground
    • Dozens of food and merchant booths in the Marketplace
    • And the late night fun at Ranch House Live!

In addition to the professional bands, many of the 4,000 plus people that 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. 

GET MORE INFO:

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

info@minnesotabluegrass.org
651-456-8919

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


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