Upcoming Events & Festivals

Upcoming events & festivals for the Southwest & beyond. Bluegrass festivals, concerts & events – dates, names, location & links for Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and more.

Wernick Method classes

Teaches real bluegrass jamming… in your area With people like you!

Hands-on learning in large and small groups Learn many bluegrass standards Full ground rules and etiquette of typical jams How to find melodies, fake solos, carry a tune, sing harmony Tab/note reading skills not needed or used Understanding, low-pressure, time-tested teaching! Only four chords needed, G, C, D, and A. Gentle tempos! Mistakes expected How to lead songs and how to follow new songs Ear skills taught and emphasized, as in real bluegrass Group and individualized instruction on backup skills Bluegrass Jamming Classes using the Wernick Method*

Glendale CA Apr 8-May 6 Taught by John David Click Here for more info

Big Bear Lake, CA  Jun 1-3 Taught by Larry Kernagis Click Here for more info

UPCOMING EVENTSSundays, 10 pm to Midnight

The Bluegrass Special with Wayne Rice

KSON FM 97.3 Click Here To Listen

The Bluegrass Special is hosted by Wayne Rice, an award-winning bluegrass music DJ, and banjo-player. His old band Brush Arbor won two ACM Awards and was a final nominee for CMA Vocal Group of the Year. He has performed on the Grand Ole Opry and worked with many bluegrass and country artists like Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard.

He is a lifetime member of the International Bluegrass Music Association and former producer of their annual awards show. When he’s not doing his bluegrass program on KSON, he serves in a church, writes books and enjoys hanging out with his family, especially his five grandchildren.

Wayne also maintains the wwebsiteBluegrassBios.com

upcoming events

April 12, 2018

The Del McCoury Band

Irvine Barclay Theatre


Monthly Events

Always verify dates and times in this listing. Sometimes scheduled events change or we may not record everything correctly

UPCOMING EVENTS Every Monday 7:30 PM

The Brombies a bluegrass band from the Los Angeles area. Have been keeping Bluegrass music alive there since way back in the 20th century. When Jo Ellen and George began to twang & high lonesome together. Jo Ellen Doering 323-874-0583 [email protected]
Viva Rancho Cantina
900 Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506

UPCOMING EVENTSEvery Saturday 6:30 PM –10:30 PM

ME-N-ED’S Pizza Parlor Bluegrass Concerts
Every Saturday night, for the last 30+ years, live bluegrass bands have performed for Bluegrass music lovers while enjoying some fantastic pizza. Come get your bluegrass fix and meet other people who love bluegrass!
ME-N-ED’S Pizza Parlor
4115 Paramount Blvd., Lakewood, CA 90712

upcoming eventsEvery 4th Tuesday

San Diego Bluegrass Society

Presents a featured band, a top local or regional band in concert.
Open mic & pickup bands from 6:30 to 8:00 PM.
Featured band from 8:00-9:00 PM.
Boll Weevil Restaurant
9330 Clairemont Mesa Blvd # E, San Diego, CA
Sign-up for open mic by email at [email protected]

Every  1st Tuesday 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

San Diego No. County Bluegrass & Folk Club

 Live bluegrass bands, local & regional. Jamming on the patio from 7 pm – ??  Round Table Pizza 1161 E. Washington Escondido, CA

UPCOMING EVENTSEvery 3rd Monday 8:00 pm

BASC Bluegrass Night
Viva Rancho Cantina
900 Riverside Drive, Burbank CA 91506
Free parking at the bowling alley. You can order off the menu which includes some of the best Mexican food in town. socalbluegrass.org 

February 19, 2018
The Bluegrass Ghosts
March 19, 2018
Burning Heart Bluegrass Band
April 16th, 2018 The Flaw

To say bluegrass festivals and events take a huge amount of time and effort would be an understatement! Without volunteers & community involvement, these bluegrass festivals & events would cease to exist. The Southwest Bluegrass Association encourages all to support bands, sponsors, vendors,  and buy a T-shirt! Everything you do will go a long way to encourage bluegrass music festival and event promoters. To keep putting their efforts into continuing a tradition of bluegrass festivals & events for us to enjoy!

Don’t see what you’re looking for or would like SWBA to add your upcoming bluegrass festival or event. Contact us at ⇒ [email protected]

Upcoming Events & Festivals

March 2018 upcoming events

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen House Concert
These superstars of bluegrass won the IBMA instrumentalist group of the year award in 2016 and 2014. We are honored to have them play again at our house concert on Friday, March 2, at 8:00 pm. Email David for reservations at [email protected]

2-4 Bluegrass On The Beach – Lake Havasu State Park Site #4, 699 London Bridge Road, Lake Havasu, AZ

10 Sonoma County Bluegrass and Folk FestivalSebastopol, CA

 9-11 Brookdale Bluegrass and Old Time Festival ~ Ben Lomond, CA

23-25 Temecula Valley Bluegrass Festival Tucalota Creek Ranch, 39560 E Benton Rd., Temecula, CA

23-25 Tempe Festival Of The Arts – Tempe, AZ

April 2018 upcoming events

7  Cloverdale Fiddle Festival ~ Cloverdale

12-15  Walker Creek Music Camp  ~  Spring Camp

12-15 Bender Jamboree Las Vegas, Nevada

11-15 Julian Family Fiddle Camp
Guitar • Mandolin • Fiddle • Upright Bass • Cello • Banjo • Bluegrass • Appalachian Old-time • Texas Style • Celtic • An Acoustic Music Camp For Individuals & Families. The Julian Family Fiddle Camp (JFFC) is a five-day acoustic music camp for people of all ages and musical abilities. JFFC is held each April at a rural family retreat center near the historic mining town of Julian, CA. All meals, instruction and evening concerts are provided for a single fee. www.familyfiddlecamp.com  (760) 522-8458 or [email protected]

20-22   Durango Bluegrass Meltdown ~ Durango. CO

13-15  Marana Bluegrass Festival ~ Marana, AZ

May 2018 upcoming events

Santa Cruz Bluegrass Fair – Santa Cruz. CA

5-6 Tucson Folk Festival – Tucson, AZ

12-13 Bluegrass in the Spring Festival ~Yermo, CA   800-86-CALICO

10-13  Parkfield Bluegrass Festival ~ Parkfield, CA  805-994-0929

20 Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival ~ Agoura Hills, CA 818-382-4819

24-28 Strawberry Music Festival ~ Grass Valley, CA

SWBA SuperJam Annual & Membership Meeting May  2018 Hesperia Lakes, 7500 Arrowhead Lakes Rd. Hesperia, CA

June 2018 upcoming events

1-3 Ogden Music Festival ~ North Fork Park, UT

5-7  Pagosa Bluegrass Camps ~ Pagosa Springs, CO

8-10 Pagosa Folk ‘n Bluegrass Festival  ~ Pagosa Springs, CO

10-18 CBA Summer Music Camp ~ Grass Valley, CA  [email protected]

14-17 CBA – Father’s Day Festival  ~ Grass Valley, CA

  21-24 Telluride Bluegrass Festival  ~ Telluride, CO 800-624-2422   

22-24 Susanville Bluegrass Festival ~ Susanville, CA  530-251-8900

 Prescott Bluegrass Festival ~ Prescott, AZ

July 2018 upcoming events

12-15 High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival ~ Westcliffe, CO

20-22 Weed Bluegrass Festival  ~ Weed, NM

20-22 Lost River Bluegrass Festival – Merrill, OR

20-22 Darrington Bluegrass FestivalDarrington, WA

22-26 RockyGrass Academy  ~ Lyons, CO

27-29 RockyGrass  ~ Lyons, CO

27-28 Edgewood Music and Arts Festival – Edgewood, NM

August 2018 upcoming events

5-11  Colorado Roots Music Camp ~ Colorado Springs, CO

 Fountain of Life Bluegrass Gospel Festival Prescott Valley, AZ

  9-12 Good Old Fashioned Festival~ Tres Pinos, CA

12-16 The Song School – Lyons, CO

17-19  28th Rocky Mtn Folks Festival – Lyons, CO

17-19 Summergrass Bluegrass Festival  – Vista, CA

  Ramona Bluegrass & Old West Fest –  Ramona, CA.

September 2018 Upcoming events 

Aug. 30 – Sept. 3 Strawberry Music Festival – Grass Valley, CA

Aug. 31 – Sept. 2 Four Corners Folk Festival  – Pagosa Springs, CO


 Julian Music Festival – Frank Lane Park, Julian, CA

13-16 Bluegrass and Old Time Music FestivalRed River, NM

14-16 Pickin in the Pines  – Flagstaff, AZ

21-23 Millpond Traditional Music Festival Bishop, CA

25-29 World of Bluegrass (IBMA) – Raleigh, NC

28-30 KVMR Celtic Festival ~ Grass Valley, CA

 26-30 Berkeley Old Time Music Convention – Berkeley, October

October 2018 Upcoming events

 Mountain Music Day – Yucaipa, CA

5-7 Huck Finn Jubilee – ONTARIO, CA

 5-7 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival  – San Francisco, CA

13-15 Arcosanti Bluegrass Festival  I 17 & Hwy 69, 65 MI N of Phoenix  928.632.6212

 12-14  Viva Las VeGrass– Craig Ranch Regional Park, Las Vegas, NV

18-20 Logandale Bluegrass Festival –  Moapa Valley, NV.

November 2018  Upcoming events

1-4 Walker Creek Music Camp

 Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival ~ Wickenburg, AZ    928-684-5479

December  Upcoming events.

For more information about festivals, flyers & lineups check out

 The SWBA Blog.

January 2019 upcoming events

 The Great 48 Jam – Marriott Convention Center, Bakersfield, CA. bluegrasser’s from all over the country, including beginners to advanced, make the annual trek to Bakersfield, California to experience hours of jamming, workshops, showcase bands and a band scramble, not to mention bluegrass camaraderie with new and old friends.

 32nd Annual Blythe Bluegrass Festival At the Colorado River Fairgrounds, Blythe, California. Blythe’s Bluegrass event is typically the first major Bluegrass Festival of the season and one of the biggest Bluegrass events in the U.S.A

 UllrGrass held in the Rocky Mountain foothills of Golden, CO

 Agri-County Bluegrass Festival  Casa Grande, February

February 2019 upcoming events

 Mid-Winter Bluegrass Festival – Northglenn Ramada Plaza, Denver, Colorado

  Colorado River Bluegrass Festival ~ Colorado River Rotary Park, Bullhead City, AZ

  WinterWonderGrass ~Avon, CO

 WinterGrass ~ Bellevue, WA

  Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival ~ Glendale, AZ.

Upcoming Events & Festivals page last updated March 9, 2018
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