The 13th Annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival
The 13th Annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival
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The Upper Midwest's Premier  Bluegrass Event!

The Lakes Bluegrass Festival The 13th Annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival - August 24 - 27, 2017

Now in our 13th  year, the Lakes Bluegrass Festival consistently receives rave reviews. This is a family-friendly event so bring the kids and come for a day, an evening or camp all weekend.

Located in the beautiful Brainerd Lakes Area in Pine River, MN, this festival features the best in national touring and Minnesota bluegrass bands, along with professional Emcees, a top-notch sound system, a beautiful stage and a big tent for shade and rain protection (bring your lawn chairs). There are over 40 professional bluegrass shows in all over the 4-day weekend. Plus, learn to play or brush up your skills at one of our FREE bluegrass workshops on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, bass, dobro, harmony singing and jamming.

And that’s not all! Stroll the grounds and listen to the impromptu jam sessions, sample the tasty food at one of our food vendors, take a short walk into the friendly town of Pine River, or just relax and visit with friends. You’ll find that bluegrass fans are the friendliest around!


And make sure to catch the FREE old time and country dance on Wednesday Night and the Old Timey Square Dance on Thursday afternoon!


Don’t miss this event! Come and see what everyone is talking about!



The Lakes Bluegrass Festival

AUGUST 23-26, 2018

Noon Tue - Gates Open

2-4 Wed Square Dance with Caller

6 - 9 Wed PM - Old Time Dance

5 PM- 11 PM Thu Main Stage

11 AM- 11 PM Fri & Sat Main Stage

10am - 5pm Fri & Sat Workshops

10 AM - 2 PM Sun Main Stage

See Complete Schedule



This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


2018: 08/23/18 - 08/26/18

2019: 08/22/19 - 08/25/19

2020: 08/27/20 - 08/30/20

2021: 08/26/21 - 08/29/21

2022: 08/25/22 - 08/28/22

2023: 08/24/23 - 08/27/23

2024: 08/22/24 - 08/25/24



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