Summer is the perfect time to sit outside and listen to live music. Even in a place that has a mild climate, there is still something special about music, warm weather, and sunshine. Bluegrass fans in the San Diego area can look forward to Summergrass, a live bluegrass festival scheduled on August 16 – 19.
What is Summergrass?
Summergrass is a summertime bluegrass festival currently in its 17th year.
It debuted in the summer of 2003, but the idea for a bluegrass festival had been percolating for a while. The festival came to fruition thanks to the efforts of members of the San Diego Bluegrass Society and The North County Bluegrass and Folk Club.
The festival is held at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum located in Vista.
The festival lasts three days and has become one of the premiere bluegrass festivals in the world. People come from all over to hear world-class bluegrass musicians. Some of the talents who have graced the Summergrass stage include:
- Flatt Lonesome
- Della Mae
- Lonesome River Band
- Becky Buller
- The Infamous Stringdusters
For people who want to camp out, there are many options including; dry camping, RV electric hookups, and quiet camping spots (no generators.)
The Summergrass Festival Lineup for 2019
The music lineup for the 2019 Summergrass Festival has been announced and features some of Bluegrass’s biggest names. They include:
- The Grascals
- David Parmley & Cardinal Tradition
- High Fidelity
- The Old Blue Band
- Chris Cerna & the Bluegrass Republic
- Sheri Lee & Blue Heart
- Prairie Sky
- Front Porch Music Preservation Society
- Vulcan Mountain Boys
- Leroy Mack & Gloryland
- Tom Cunningham Band
You can find the daily performance lineup and schedule here.
Beyond the Music – Other Festival Attractions
The music is the key attraction at the Summergrass Festival but there is lots to do in between and during the musical performances.
There’s a Kids’ Bluegrass Camp that allows kids between the ages of 6 and 16 to get hands-on instruction in playing traditional bluegrass instruments, including the fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass. They’ll also get stage performance classes and appear on stage on the final day of the festival.
There are adult bluegrass classes as well, which take place before the festival. You can click here for more information. There will also be sessions with headliners The Grascals.
Finally, you can visit a host of food, drink, and crafts vendors at the festival. Food options will include an array of options such as shaved ice from Snowie California, barbecue, and more.
Some of the other vendors include:
- Baubles by CJ
- Guitars San Diego
- Earth Girl Art
- Pyke’s Pantry
Check out the full list of vendors here.
You may bring outside food and drink into the festival, but glass bottles are prohibited.