7 Great PA Bluegrass Festivals: Full List (2023)

Pennsylvania is a state steeped in musical history, with a vibrant and diverse music scene that spans across many genres.

Among the most beloved of these genres is bluegrass music, which has a rich tradition in the state.

Source: Remington Ryde Bluegrass Festival

Bluegrass festivals are a popular way for fans to celebrate the music and connect with other enthusiasts, and Pennsylvania is home to several such festivals that draw crowds from all over the country.

From the rolling hills of the countryside to the heart of the city, these festivals showcase the best in bluegrass music and offer a unique and exciting experience for attendees.

Here we’ll take a closer look at some of the top bluegrass festivals in Pennsylvania and explore what makes them so special.

Source: Bluegrass on The Grass Festival

#1 Bluegrass on The Grass Festival

July | Carlisle, PA | Website

The Bluegrass on The Grass Festival takes place at the Dickinson College Academic Quad rain or shine.

Some of the performers include:

  • Authentic Unlimited
  • New Dismembered Tennesseans
  • Tray Wellington Band
  • And others

Bring lawn chairs and a blanket to site on. There will be food vendors on-site with a variety of food including bratwurst, Thai, french fries, ice cream and more.

And best of all, this festival has free admission.

Source: Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival

#2 Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival

June | Cross Fork, PA | Website

The Smoked Country Jam Bluegrass Festival PA Wilds Center’s Premier family-fun bluegrass festival.

Located at the Quiet Oaks Campground, this 3-day festival hosts a variety of bluegrass performers, with 40 hours of great music throughout the festival. The festival is often referred to as the “easy feeling festival.”

They also have a 3-day auction to benefit the Lupus Foundation of PA to raise money for a great cause.

Note: The Pennsylvania Wilds Center is dedicated to economic development that strengthens and inspires communities in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

Source: Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival

#3 Winter Blues Bluegrass Festival

March | Conneaut Lake, PA | Website

Hotel Conneaut host the Winter Blues Bluegrass Festival featuring food, raffles and performers including:

  • Hidden Drive
  • TugCreek
  • Matt Efaw and RFD
  • Country Strings
  • Children’s Activities
  • And more
Source: Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

#4 Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

May & August | Gettysburg, PA | Website

The Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival is a fun option if you want to pair a music festival with camping. The Granite Hill Camping Resort offers a number of different types of camping styles so everyone can be comfortable and have fun.

What else makes this festival special?

  • Top notch bluegrass performers
  • Stocked trout pond
  • Adventure golf course
  • Playgrounds
  • Bass & boating lake
  • And lots more fun

At this festival, you can even watch the show from the swimming pool!

Source: Gettsburg Bluegrass Festival

#5 Clarion River Jam Bluegrass Festival

March | Clarion, PA | Website

The Clarion River Jam (Mostly) Bluegrass Festival has:

  • Concerts
  • Jam stations
  • Food trucks
  • Craft Vendors

The festival also works to raise money for the United Way of Clarion County.

Source: Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival

#6 Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival

June | Wind Gap, PA | Website

The Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival is such a blast! Just a few of the reasons you’ll want to go are for:

  • Free camping
  • Bluegrass workshops (including Bluegrass Academy for Kids)
  • 25 live bands performing
  • Food & drink
Source: Crook Farm Old-Time Music Festival

#7 Crook Farm Old-Time Music Festival

August | Bradford, PA | Website

The style of this festival is spontaneous which makes it different than the other festivals you’ll visit. The james, workshops and music is not “organized” but rather spontaneous so you will be surprised.

The festival includes:

  • Workshops
  • Impromptu jam sessions
  • Potluck
  • Sing tent 
  • Rough camping

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Emma Williams

Emma was born and raised in Pennsylvania and loves exploring the state with her 3 kids, husband and Labrador. She loves nature and finding new, fun places to go.