The 15th Annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival
The 15th Annual Lakes Bluegrass Festival

About Us


The Lakes Bluegrass Festival presents nationally known, regional, and local bluegrass bands, that provide over 40 hours of professional main stage entertainment, hands-on workshops, jam sessions, a dance and more during a five-day musical event in picturesque Pine River, Minnesota. The event is hosted and sponsored by the Pine River Area Foundation (PRAF) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. 


The mission of the Pine River Area Foundation (PRAF) is to support, promote, and enhance the economic environment and quality of life of the greater Pine River area. Our vision is to enhance opportunities for artistic presentations, and growth in an under-served community, while celebrating diversity and encouraging cross-demographic collaboration.


The festival is held at the new Lakes Music and Events Park at 2591 N. Golf View Drive SW, Backus, MN  56435, just one mile north of the old location at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River.  

AUGUST 27-30, 2020

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 - 4 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.


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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