Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival  

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

Tickets are already on sale for 2019 Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival!

Drum roll please - Next summer will be the 40th Annual August Festival, August 8-11, 2019Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder will be the headliners - and tickets are on sale now! 

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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 already booked Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Monroe Crossing, and The Clay Hess Band!

On the Main Stage this year!

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Clay Hess Band
Molsky's Mountain Drifters
Monroe Crossing
Fireside Collective
Steam Machine
Barley Jacks
Platte Valley Boys
Cousin Dad
Tony Rook Band
Honky-Tonk Jump
Mash Tun
Corpse Reviver
The Silver River Band
The Good Intentions
Georgia Rae Family Band
Sarah Mae & the Birkeland Boys
Switched at Birth

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. 


    • 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. 


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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