Washington County Bluegrass Festival


18th Annual Bluegrass Festival
Saturday, September 7, 2019 2 - 6 p.m.
Lake Elmo Park Reserve - South Picnic Pavilion
The annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival fuses community, the great outdoors, and homegrown bluegrass music. It's our way of celebrating a successful summer season and giving thanks to everyone for supporting Washington County Parks.

The festival backdrop is beautiful Lake Elmo Park Reserve, a 2,165-acre parkland, 30 miles east of the Twin Cities metro area. As a park reserve, 80% of the parks total land will be restored to pre-settlement, native vegetation. It's a great place to recreate, camp, and enjoy nature.

The Bluegrass Festival is FREE for annual park permit holders and available to all visitors for the price of a daily or annual permit. Please no animals at the festival. Supported by the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA). 

The 2019 Lineup 

2:00 - Pickin' Up Steam
3:00 - Bernie King & the Guilty Pleasures
4:00 - Armchair Boogie
5:00 - Monroe Crossing

2019 Vendor Application 

Washington County Parks is now accepting applications for the 18th Annual Washington County Bluegrass Festival. This free, family-oriented event will be held at the South Picnic Shelter in Lake Elmo Park Reserve.  The festival site consists of a large picnic pavilion with limited electricity and water, restrooms, and a lawn for festival goers to relax on, while enjoying the music.  Last year’s event had an attendance of 3,500 people.

Food Vendor:

2019 Food Vendor Application and Notice

Non- Food Vendors:

2019 Non-Food Vendor Application and Notice

Take a look at the 2018 Bluegrass Festival below:


Take a look at the 2016 Bluegrass Festival below: