Bluegrass Festivals in Europe

Even though Bluegrass music is from America it’s popularity has moved across the pond to Europe. Many europeans comes together to enjoy bluegrass music and enjoy each other’s company.

For more information on Bluegrass music in Europe please visit the European World of Bluegrass website.

Festival nameCity/VenueCountryDate
Didmarton Bluegrass FestivalUnited Kingdom
Beer and Bluegrass FestivalPoole DorsetUnited Kingdom
Güglinger Bluegrass FestivalGermany
European World of BluegrassLichtenvoordeNetherlands
Bluegrass BeegNetherlands
Lonesome Pine Indoor Country FestivalSunne VärmlandSwedenUsually held in January.
Bluegrass Outlaw PartyClub Heidegger, grote Kerkplein 70, RotterdamNetherlandsUsually held in February.
Gainsborough Old Time FestivalGainsboroughUnited KingdomUsually held in February.
International Workshop of Acoustic MusicVirtonBelgiumUsually held in April.
Sore Fingers WeekKinghamUnited KingdomOne week festival usually held in April
Kilkenny Rhythm ‘n’ Roots FestivalKilkennyIrelandRoots music with an Irish and oldtime flavour
Bordergrass Hopelands in WeobleyHerefordshireUnited Kingdom
Alie Rohling Festival “Pickers against Cancer”zaal de Loo – Looweg 38 CoevordenNetherlandsBeneficial concert, all funds raised go to the Dutch Cancer Foundation.
SC 40 jaar Farewell Reunion FestivalDe Muzeval, EmmenNetherlandsBluegrass & acoustic country a one-time only event to celebrate the completion of 40 years of Strictly Country magazine – European & US groups[citation needed]
Venner Folk FrühlingVenneGermanyaccent on folk
13th Oldtime Music MeetingWippenhausen KirchdorfGermanyMusicians only registration mandatory
Orwell Bluegrass FestivalOrwell CrossingUnited Kingdom
Banjoree European 5-String Banjo MeetingHagenGermanyGathering of banjopickers, also with guitar and mandolin workshops. Held every second year
International Bühl Bluegrass FestivalBühlGermanyestablished 2002, city sponsorship
Bath Americana FestivalBathUnited Kingdom
Red Wine Bluegrass PartyGenovaItalytwo nights show featuring Red Wine with guest artists from the US
Boe’t n DeureOdoornNetherlandsBluegrass concerts held in a small cafe
Spring Bluegrass FestivalAlberswil/WillisauSwitzerlandLast event 2019, now discontinued .
JamboreeStrakoniceCzech Republic
Sacrewell Spring Camp (Friends of American Oldtime Music and Dance)GainsboroughUnited Kingdom
EWOB Convention & TradeshowVoorthuizenNetherlandsabout 50 bands, on 3 days, international lineup
Coastline Bluegrass Music EventBryn Ffanigl Ganol Farm, Dolwen, Llanddulas, WalesUnited Kingdom
Karl May Festival RadebeulRadebeulGermanycelebrating bluegrass while celebrating Germany´s wild west author
Hamawé Roots FestivalEthe/VirtonBelgiumon the Farm Roiseux
GrevenGrass BluegrassfestivalGrevenGermany
FBMA Spring Bluegrass Weekend (Pentecôte)près de Rennes, à la Maison Familiale Rurale Horticole “Les Rabinardières”France
Ruotsinpyhtää Bluegrass RendezvousHelsinkiFinlandFinland´s oldest bluegrass festival, first held in 1988
Annual La Grange Rouge Bluegrass and French Folk TRAD EN FETELa Grange RougeFranceUsually held in June
Big Bear FestivalDe Kimme, ZuidlarenNetherlandsbluegrass & acoustic country music – European & US bands
Banjo JamboreeCaslavCzech Republicoldest running European bluegrass festival. Camping and included and international lineup
Festival sur la Route de TullinsIsereFrance
Internationales Kötzer Country Music FestivalGünzhalle, 89359 KoetzGermany
Westport Folk and Bluegrass FestivalWestport, Co. MayoIrelandEstablished in 2007; international lineup
Choteborský džemLetna 255, 583 01 Chotebor +420776311290Czech Republic
East Anglian Bluegrass FestivalSteeple MordenUnited KingdomYouth performances
Haapavesi Folk FestivalHaapavesiFinland
TFF Rudolstadt (roots folk world music)RudolstadtGermanyCity organized
Lida Country FestivalLidaSweden
Åmåls Blues FestÅmålSwedenUsually held in July.
Torsåker Bluegrass FestivalTorsakerSweden
North Wales Bluegrass FestivalConwy, WalesUnited Kingdomestablished 1989
Munich BlueGrass FestivalMunichGermanyMusic at the farm
Bluegrass Festival GunderinseliThunSwitzerland
Athy Bluegrass FestivalAthyIrelandIreland’s oldest annual Bluegrass event, established 1991
Americana FestivalNewarkUnited Kingdom
UTV Country FestAura Complex Letterkenny, DonegalIreland
Nääsville Bluegrass FestivalFrölundaSweden
Risor Bluegrass FestivalRisorNorwaymusic on stage and workshops – with workshops the week preceding the festival
Cerexhe FestivalCerexheBelgiumCountry, Established 1985
TotaalfestivalBladelNetherlands
Cambridge Folk FestivalCambridgeUnited Kingdom
Country Rendez-VousCraponne sur ArzonFranceIt’s more a country than a bluegrass festival and should be removed 😉
Guildtown Bluegrass FestivalGuildtownUnited Kingdom
Lonesome Pine FestivalCanis-LysvikSweden
La Roche International Bluegrass FestivalLa Roche-sur-ForonFrance
International Bluegrass and Acoustic Music FestivalAbaligetHungaryThree days of bluegrass and acoustic music on a lakeside in the Hungarian countryside.
Surrey Mini Bluegrass FestivalMickleham Village HallUnited Kingdom
Sacrewell Summer Camp (Friends Of American Oldtime Music And Dance)GainsboroughUnited Kingdom
Bluegrass Family FestivalStettenSwitzerlandfamily operated gathering place for the Swiss bluegrass community.Discontinued since 2016
Gränna Bluegrass FestivalGrännaSweden30th anniversary in 2007
Floralia Country FestivalOosterhoutNetherlands
Dunmore East Bluegrass FestivalDunmore EastIrelandestablished 1995
Tønder Folk FestivalTønderDenmarkinternational folk and bluegrass acts
Didmarton Bluegrass FestivalKemble Airfield DidmartonUnited Kingdominternational lineup
Appalachian and Bluegrass Music FestivalOmagh, Northern IrelandUnited Kingdom
Bluegrass MarathonBorovany u TachovaCzech Republicestablished 1979
Picnic FestivalNamurBelgiumBluegrass & Celtic Festival
Int. Bluegrass Meeting Kulturgewächshaus BirkenriedGundelfingenGermanyMusic in the Greenhouse
Sunny Mountain Bluegrass FestivalStettfurtSwitzerland
The Open House FestivalBangor, Northern IrelandUnited KingdomSix days of roots music in the centre of Belfast
Gower Bluegrass FestivalParkmill, Gower, WalesUnited Kingdom
Sweet Sunny South FestivalHastingsUnited Kingdom
Cornish Bluegrass FestivalNewquayUnited Kingdomsince 2004
Johnny Keenan Banjo FestivalLongfordIrelandIrish Traditional, American Bluegrass, and Folk Music
Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass FestivalMoniaive, Dumfries, ScotlandUnited Kingdom
Bruff Bluegrass FestivalMain St, Bruff, Co. LimerickIrelandThis event takes place in three venues over three evenings with late night mike sessions. Banjo and guitar workshops and picking gatherings in afternoon on Sunday.
Pick Your Passion Camp Munich Aschau/Chiemgau,n/MunichGermany
Sore Fingers WeekendKinghamUnited Kingdomlearning music and jamming
Bluegrass BeegGrevenbicht Sittard-GeleenNetherlandsBluegrass music festival. Autism friendly .
Old Time Country FestivalBreitisaal 8185 WinkelSwitzerlandorganized by American folk club Rocking Chair
Al Ras Old-Time & Bluegrass FestivalMollet del Valles BarcelonaSpainEst. 2001
Bluegrass Openair i de MüliMüli 1010, UrnäschSwitzerlandFirst time August 2019

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