Tight harmonies and acoustic strings will fill the air when the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival returns to Farmers Branch on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 2018. A nominee for the IBMA 2014 and 2017 Bluegrass Festival of the Year, this will be a toe-tappin’, boot-scootin’, string-strummin’ good time.

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Twelve musical acts are slated to take the stage at Farmers Branch Historical Park over the weekend, including Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, The Gibson Brothers, and Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. The entertainment line-up also includes:

The Del McCoury Band
The Travelin’ McCourys
Texas and Tennessee
featuring Steve Huber and John R Bowman
Bobby Giles and Texas Gales
The Dean Osborne Band with special guest Bobby Osborne
The Purple Hulls
The Sounds of Laurel Canyon
The Seldom Scene
Kentucky Just Us in the Youth Band Showcase

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. Food concessions will be available. No outside food, drinks or coolers are permitted at the festival, except for bottled water.

Kids will have a place for fun, too. Bounce houses, crafts, a petting zoo and an inflatable slide and obstacle course in the Kidzone will entertain the younger attendees. In conjunction with the Celebration of Roses, the Visual Art League of Lewisville will set up a station to create trading card souvenirs.

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.

The Gibson Brothers to perform at Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival in Farmers Branch

Advance weekend passes are $10 for adults and $6 for kids ages 4-12 and are available online. Weekend passes must be purchased online by 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 19. Day passes are $5 on Friday and $7 on Saturday for adults, and $3 on Friday and $5 on Saturday for kids ages 4-12. Kids under 4 are admitted free. Day passes are available both online and at the gate.

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. Early entry passes are available for $5 and allow entrance to the festival 30 minutes before open. Kids 12 and under may enter early free with a paid adult early entrance.

Nearby hotels have room blocks available for the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival with Stay and Play packages, which include tickets to the festival. 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 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

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