Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association


The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association presents five major festivals every year:

Winter Bluegrass Weekend: A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music and Dance. Takes place the first weekend of March every year. The Showcase of Bands features over forty groups running continuously on two stages; the Old-Time Music & Dance Hall is host to old-time concerts and dances; a national band is featured in two Saturday night Headline Concerts. Plus workshops, vendors, the Gathering Place, jam sessions, and more. Held the first weekend in March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel & Conference Center in Plymouth, MN.

New in 2011, it's the Cabin Fever Festival in Duluth! Another great weekend of great music, jam sessions, and fun. It starts with an all-night jam on Friday night and continues with numerous stage shows, draw bands, workshops, open stage, and jam sessions all day Saturday.

Minnesota Homegrown Kickoff. An outdoor festival held every year the weekend after Memorial Day at El Rancho Manana near Richmond, MN, featuring leading regional bluegrass, old-time and related acoustic MBOTMA member bands, plus workshops, jam with the bands, the gathering place, jam sessions, and more.

Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival. Held annually at El Rancho Manana the second weekend in August, this festival features four days and nights of music on multple stages, great national and regional bands, workshops and showcases. Nominated as IBMA Event of the Year in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2014!

Harvest Jam. Takes place in November every year. A three day indoor festival featuring ballroom concerts, the "Race for a Place" band contest, a banquet dinner, Kips Live Open Mic, band development workshops, and plenty of jam sessions. Held at the Minneapolis Marriot West.