Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival  

August 11 - 14, 2022 • El Rancho Mañana, Richmond, MN | ​Nominated IBMA Event of the Year FIVE Times!

Pursuant to current CDC and State of Minnesota guidance on COVID-19, people who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear masks at the Festival. People who are not fully vaccinated are strongly recommended to wear masks indoors, as well as outdoors where social distancing cannot be maintained. If you are experiencing illness symptoms, we ask that you not attend the Festival.

To reduce their risk of becoming infected with the Delta variant and potentially spreading it to others: CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission


High 48's

Pale Ales

Bob Bovee & Pop Wagner 

Chris Silver & Craig Evans 



Special Consensus

Bob Bovee & Pop Wagner

Fish Heads

Truegrass Trio

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike
High 48's

Pale Ales

Volo Bogtrotters 

The Beavers

Maygen & The Birdwatcher

Mother Banjo

Breanne Marie

The Front Porch Sinners

Old-Timeless Conversations Featuring Chris Silver and Chris Evans


Sam Bush Band
Caleb Daugherty Band
Special Consensus
Jim & Lynna Woosley
New Riverside Ramblers

Bernie King and the Guilty Pleasures

Wild Goose Chase Cloggers


Volo Bogtrotters

Dale and the Nobodies

Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike


Jim & Lynna Woolsey

Flatt Grass Revival

Wild Goose Chase Cloggers

Volunteers needed!

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

On the Main Stage this year!

  • Sam Bush
  • Sideline
  • Special Consensus
  • Caleb Daugherty Band
  • Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike
  • Jim & Lynna Woolsey
  • Bernie King and Guilty Pleasures
  • And more to come..


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. 

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

Purchase August Fest tickets 

The Minnesota Bluegrass August Festival is held annually at El Rancho Mañana Campground. 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. 


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

2021 Sponsors

Thank you to these organizations for all they do to support bluegrass and old-time music in Minnesota!

The following events are made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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


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