Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival  

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


  • Becky Buller Band
  • ​Chris Jones and the Night Drivers
  • Edgar Loudermilk Band feat. Jeff Autry
  • Henhouse Prowlers
  • Red Squirrel Chasers
  • The Laurel Mountain Ramblers
  • Dreamcatcher
  • Bob Bovee and Pop Wagner
  • Blue Hazard
  • Hello Heartache
  • Double Down Daredevils
  • Gentlemen's Anti-Temperance League
  • Eelpout Stringers
  • Blue Groove
  • Singleton Street
  • ...and MORE TBA!

Held annually at El Rancho Mañana Campground the Thursday-Sunday surrounding the second Saturday of August, this year's festival will be August 9th through 12th. 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. 


    • 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 yourself, you may want to consider registering for an instructional camp held in the days prior to the festival. 


More than 400 people help with this festival every year, and that's what makes it all possible. Get a cool festival shirt and help put on this great event! Sign up HERE

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


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