The Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival is where folks spend the weekend pickin’ and grinnin’ while the bands are on stage at the glorious Farmers Branch Historical Park. This year marks the 11th and will be held on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17, 2020. Presented by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and Farmers Branch Special Events, this industry favorite festival is honored to have been nominated for the 2014, 2017, 2019, and 2020 Bluegrass Event of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).
The event has grown and in 2019 folks had to choose between the Main Stage and first year of the new Grassroots Stage to accommodate additional bands like Mo Roboson, Frankie Leonie and Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner. A little bird has been spreading the word that the Grassroots Stage has returned, and is generously sponsored by Sparrow Electric.
2020 is in full swing as far as the bands go and here is the line-up for both days because we know a lot of fans book a hotel for the weekend!
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020
4:45 p.m. Mike Randall
5:00 p.m. Texas & Tennessee
5:45 p.m. Po Ramblin’ Boys
6:00 p.m. Ginny Mac
7:10 p.m. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
8:40 p.m. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2020
11:45 a.m. Simon Flory
12:00 p.m. The Purple Hulls & Dennis W. Parker
1:30 p.m. Texas & Tennessee
12:45 p.m. Mo Roboson
1:00 p.m. Salt Creek Band
2:15 p.m. Sarah Carrino & Co.
2:30 p.m. Appalachian Road Show
3:30 p.m. E-Flat Porch Band
4:00 p.m. The Quebe Sisters
4:45 p.m. Erik Swanson
5:30 p.m. Del McCoury Band
6:00 p.m. Justin Pickard
7:05 p.m. Balsam Range
7:15 p.m. The Bodarks
8:35 p.m. The Travelin’ McCourys
Festival attendees are invited to make their own music in an impromptu jam session in the shade near one of the historical buildings in the park. Specialty arts and craft vendors will set up shop in the marketplace, offering unique items including art, jewelry and more.
2020 PARTICIPATING ARTS & CRAFTS VENDORS
Browse around one-of-a-kind, handmade items from local vendors during Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival. The Arts & Crafts Marketplace features artisans exhibiting all types of items, including specialty goods, original art, jewelry, and much more! Come find something that fits your style and taste! Arts & Crafts vendors will be on site both Friday and Saturday. Here is a list of vendors: 3G Lighting Creations , Caravansary Designs, CMT Jewelry, Creative Services Associates, Designs by Debbie, Salsa Texan, Nikki’s Popcorn Company, Pampered Chef, Sloan Banjo, Stay Joyful, Texas Toffee, and Whitley’s Welding & Custom Iron.
2020 PARTICIPATING CONCESSION VENDORS
You betcha there will be festival food and we’re talking foot-long corn dogs, brisket nachos, Frito pie, twisted tators and even maple bacon donuts! Check out this list of local favorites who’ll be serving up the good stuff: Nuevo Leon Mex-Mex Restaurant, Donovan Concessions, Eastern Star, Donut Snob, and Blackberry Winter Creamery. Please understand that no outside food, beverages, or coolers may be brought into the park except one sealed water bottle per person. Adult beverages will be available for purchase at the festival and here is more info on Concession Vendors.
Bring a blanket for premium grass seating near the stage. To provide better visibility for all, lawn chairs are permitted in marked areas. Bring your own or rent them for $2 at the festival.
TICKETS & FESTIVAL FAQ
We care deeply about the safety of our attendees, participants and staff members, therefore before and while attending this event please be mindful of the following:
Attendance for the event is limited to 2,500 people per day
Temperature checks will be required at the entrance before access into the park is allowed
Masks are required and will be provided at the entrance if needed.
Masks will be required while attending the event for ages 10 and up and are to be worn at all times (except within your social circle).
All attendees must wear a mask when riding the complimentary hotel shuttles. Every other row of seats will be blocked off to allow for social distancing; please allow for longer wait times due to this enhanced safety measure. Periodically the buses will not be in service due to buses being cleaned during the event.
Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival tickets may be purchased online through Showclix!
Adults (13+) $12.50/day in advance (we sell two tickets, one for each day – Friday and Saturday). Advance tickets are available online through Friday October 16th at 3:30 pm. After that tickets can only be purchased by the day at the gate for $15.00 each.
Weekend pass is $20. (Available online only). Weekend pass available to purchase through Friday, October 16, until 3:30 pm.
Adults (13+) $15 at the gate – cash or major credit cards accepted.
- Kids 12 and under are free with paid adult.
Tickets are all general admission- no reserved seating. There will be no “will call” option for tickets purchased online. No early entry.
Please note that each night of your stay rewards you with 2 complimentary tickets to the event. Two night stays will receive 4 tickets. Tickets are good either day. Tickets will be given upon hotel check-in. Continental grab and go breakfast will be provided.
Free dry RV camping is permitted in the parking lot at 11800 Ford Road, Farmers Branch, and full RV camping is available at nearby Sandy Lake RV Park.
The Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival is one of many ways the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation preserves and promotes bluegrass music in Texas. The foundation is a non-profit organization and works to provide access to bluegrass instruments, music literacy and performance skill to young people through it’s Play it Forward® program.
The Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival is open from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday. Parking is FREE and located at 12300 Ford Road, Farmers Branch, TX 75234 and handicap parking is available at Metro Business Square at 12300 Ford Road. Check out the FAQ for answers and specific details.
The heart of Farmers Branch is centrally located in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. Near I-635 and I-35E, it is also easily accessible via George Bush Turnpike or DART Green Line. Follow the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival on Facebook or find out more information: www.bloominbluegrass.com