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Colorado Bluegrass Festivals in 2022: The Best in Colorado Bluegrass

Feb 23, 2022Featured, News

Colorado Bluegrass Festivals in 2022: The Best in Colorado Bluegrass

 

Colorado has it all – sunshine, fishing, skiing, rafting, camping, hiking, legalizing, and … bluegrass.

It seems every town in this great state has a venue, stage, pub or brewery that features bluegrass music.  So it stands to reason that Colorado also has a ton of bluegrass musicians, which, in turn, leads to bluegrass festivals!

That doesn’t mean Colorado only has local bluegrass artists at the festivals – no, bluegrass festival lineups in Colorado draw the best talent in the country.  The local musicians are the cherry on top of the Colorado bluegrass lineups!

After a few years of uncertainty, marked by postponements and cancellations, it seems that the 2022 music festival calendar is trending more towards normal.  There are a ton of options for music festivals in Colorado in 2022, and if bluegrass is your thing, you’ve got plenty of choices!

So here you go:

The Colorado Bluegrass Festivals of 2022.

 

We’ll keep this updated as much as we can to stay on top of the latest announcements, as there’s bound to be some additions to this already great list of bluegrass throw-downs!

 

Durango Bluegrass Meltdown Festival in Colorado

DURANGO BLUEGRASS MELTDOWN

Every April, the festival breaks up the long winter with incredible bluegrass music, a barn dance, and other celebrations for visitors.

WHEN: April 22-24, 2022

WHERE:  Durango, CO

WHO: Bruce Molsky and Tony Trischka, The Special Consensus, Unspoken Tradition, AJ Lee and Blue Summit, Chain Station, The Meltdown Sisters and more…

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Palisade Bluegrass Bash festival in Colorado

PALISADE BLUEGRASS BASH

Hosted at Palisade Brewing Company, a great Colorado springtime bluegrass party!

WHEN: April 21-24, 2022

WHERE: Palisade, CO

WHO: Tejon Street Corner Thieves, Liver Down The River, Mark Joseph and American Soul, Chicken Wire Empire, High Country Hustle, Wood Belly, Buffalo Commons, Still House String Band, Pixie and the Partygrass Boys, Timber, and more…

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Tico Time Bluegrass Festival

TICO TIME BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

What time is it?  TICO TIME!  This 2nd-year festival on the Animas River is technically in Aztec, NM, but you can pretty much throw a rock to Colorado!  Read the 2021 Tico Time Bluegrass Festival Review

WHEN: May 12-15, 2022

WHERE: Aztec, NM

WHO: The Lil Smokies, Tim O’Brien, Jan Fabricus, Trout Steak Revival, Wood Belly, Grant Farm, Jon Stickley Trio, Liver Down The River, Buffalo Commons, Jack Cloonan Band, High Country Hustle, Tara Rose & The Real Deal, Big Richard, Chain Station, and more…

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Bluegrass on the Arkansas - Colorado music festival

BLUEGRASS ON THE ARKANSAS

A FREE music festival on the Arkansas River in beautiful Salida, Colorado!

WHEN: May 28-29, 2022

WHERE: Salida, CO

WHO: Rapidgrass, Wood Belly, Red Mountain Boys, Floodgate Operators, Blue Canyon Boys, Ragged Mountain, Blue Meadow, Bonnie Culpepper and Alex Johnstone Band

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Block Party Eagle Colorado music festival

BLOCK PARTY – EAGLE COLORADO

A downtown Eagle, CO street festival, with camping and lodging nearby.

WHEN: June 3-5, 2022

WHERE: Eagle, CO

WHO: Ripe, Common Kings, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush, Keller & The Keels, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Eric Krasno & The Assembly and Liver Down the River, and more TBA!

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Pagosa Folk and Bluegrass Festival in Colorado 2022

PAGOSA FOLK AND BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

Family friendly music festival with on-site camping, workshops, late night stage, vending, and epic pickin’ circles.

WHEN: June 10-12, 2022

WHERE: Pagosa Springs, CO

WHO: Tommy Emmanuel, Tony Furtado, Eilen Jewel, Lil Smokies, Town Mountain, The Wooks, FY5, Bonnie & Taylor Sims Band, Jackie Venson and more…

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Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival in Colorado

PALISADE BLUEGRASS AND ROOTS FESTIVAL

Located along the Colorado River at Riverbend Park, The Palisade Bluegrass & Roots Festival brings together some of the country’s top bluegrass artists as well as Colorado’s favorite emerging stars for three days of non-stop, festival vibes.

WHEN: June 10-12, 2022

WHERE: Palisade, CO

WHO: Jamestown Revival, Steep Canyon Rangers, Della Mae, Shinyribs, The Brothers Comatose, Rapidgrass, Acoustic Syndicate, Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs, The Lowest Pair, Red Mountain Boys, more…

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Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado

TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

The King of ALL Colorado bluegrass festivals – Telluride Bluegrass is always legendary.

WHEN: June 16-19

WHERE: Telluride, CO

WHO: Tenacious D, Sam Bush Band, Tyler Childers, Bela Fleck My Bluegrass Heart, Greensky Bluegrass, Watchhouse, the Telluride House Band (Sam, Bela, Jerry, Edgar, Bryan and Stuart), Punch Brothers, Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, The Infamous Stringdusters, Aoife O’Donovan, and more…

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High Mountain Hay Fever Bluegrass Festival

HIGH MOUNTAIN HAY FEVER BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL

A 4-day volunteer-run non-profit in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado.

WHEN: July 7-10, 2022

WHERE: Westcliffe, CO

WHO: Dry Branch Fire Squad, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Kathy Kallick Band, The Kody Norris Show, Heidi Clare and Ron Thomason, The Price Sisters, Chris Brashear & Peter McLaughlin, Ismay, more…

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RockyGrass 2022 Lineup Poster

5oth ANNUAL ROCKYGRASS FESTIVAL

One of the best and original Colorado Bluegrass festivals celebrating 50 years!

WHEN:  July 29-31, 2022

WHERE: Lyons, Colorado

WHO: Hot Rize, Sam Bush, Punch Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Earls of Leicester, Darrell Scott’s Bluegrass Band, Peter Rowan’s Bluegrass Band, We Banjo 3, more…

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Rhythms on the Rio Music Festival 2022

RHYTHMS ON THE RIO

Not a full-on bluegrass festival, but always featuring plenty of twang, with some funk and rock mixed in, set on the Rio Grande River!

WHEN: August 5-7, 2022

WHERE: Del Norte, CO

WHO: TBA

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SnowyGrass Music Festival - Estes Park, Colorado

SNOWYGRASS MUSIC FESTIVAL

A great little bluegrass festival in the beautiful town of Estes Park, CO, at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park.

WHEN: August 5-7, 2022

WHERE: Estes Park, CO

WHO: Seldom Scene, Wood Belly, The Sweet Lillies, The Way Down Wanderers, Hunker Down, and more…

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Rocky Mountain Folks Festival 2022 in Lyons, Colorado

ROCKY MOUNTAIN FOLKS FESTIVAL

Sure, as the name implies, this is more ‘Folk’ than bluegrass, but still, the line gets blurry.  Plus, any excuse to hang out at the beautiful Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons is a good one!

WHEN: August 12-14, 2022

WHERE: Lyons, CO

WHO: Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers · Ani Difranco · Indigo Girls · The Wailin’ Jennys · John Craigie · Mick Flannery · Courtney Hartman and more TBA!

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Four Corners Folk Festival in Colorado

FOUR CORNERS FOLK FESTIVAL

Four Corners Folk Festival is another KSUT sponsored event in beautiful Pagosa Springs. This will be the 25th FCFF!

WHEN: September 2-4, 2022

WHERE: Pagosa Springs, CO

WHO: Rising Appalachia, Tim O’Brien Band, Carrie Rodriguez, Ron Artis II & The Truth, Way Down Wanderers, Darrell Scott, Bill Miller, AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Bowregard, Seth Walker, Sierra Ferrell, Caitlin Cannon, FY5

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2022 Colorado Bluegrass Festivals

That’s it for now for the 2022 Colorado Bluegrass Festivals, but stay tuned, as there will surely be more announcements and additional bluegrass festivals to add to this list!

 

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