How to Camp and How to Get Here

The California Bluegrass Association Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival is held each June on Father’s Day weekend at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, located at 11228 McCourtney Road in Grass Valley, California. The four-day festival begins Thursday morning and runs through late afternoon Sunday (Father’s Day), with a full slate of main-stage concerts, alternate stage concerts, workshops, and round-the-clock jamming. The festival is preceded by a three-day bluegrass music camp offering music students of all ages an opportunity to learn from some of the country’s best bluegrass musicians and teachers. For more information about music camp, please visit

RV and tent camping is available before and during the festival. Camping during the festival is included with all 3- and 4-day tickets. Pre-festival RV and tent camping is available for an additional fee. See below for details. 

Pre-festival camping is in-the-rough on the festival site beginning Saturday, June 8 through Wednesday, June 12, the day before the festival’s opening day. The pre-festival camping fee is $25 for RVs and $20 for tents per unit per night (lots of grass and big pine trees), on a first come, first served basis. Pre-festival RV full hookup camping is available only for the Saturday night June 8, before the festival, for $35 per unit. A designated tent-only camping area is available for pre-festival campers.

In-the-rough RV and tent camping during the festival are included with the purchase of all 3- and 4-day festival tickets. See below for details.

FESTIVAL FULL HOOKUP RV CAMPING BY LOTTERY ONLY There are a limited number of spaces available for full hookups that are allocated by lottery. Please e-mail: to apply for the full hookup lottery. Deadline is January 15, 2019. Full Hookup Rate: $250 for the week Sunday, June 9 through Sunday, June 16.

There are a limited number of electric-only hookup sites (no water) in the meadow/pond area. These 18'x40' sites are powered by a large generator. The weekly rate for electric-only camping begins Monday, June 10 and continues through Sunday, June 16. Electric Only Rate: $120 per unit. 

NOTE: GFCI compatibility is REQUIRED for electric-only hookups. If you are signed up for an electric-only hookup at the Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley, make sure your RV will NOT trip a GFCI circuit. You should test your rig at home before you leave. If your unit trips the GFCI circuit that you are plugged in to, you should have it checked by an electrician or your dealer. The CBA will not be responsible for RVs that will not hold a GFCI circuit. Don't know what a GFCI circuit is? Send us an e-mail and we'll get back to you. 

ACCESSIBLE PARKING RESERVATIONS REQUIRED Campers with disabilities in need of accommodation must make advance reservations by May 1, 2019. Contact Gene Kirkpatrick for information and reservations at or 209-938-7528.

There are many food and beverage concessions on site. Picnic baskets and coolers are permitted but no glass, please. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. The festival audience area is a grassy lawn with trees.

Dogs are allowed on-leash and only in the RV camping areas. See complete details here regarding bringing pets to the Father’s Day Festival.

Father's Day Bluegrass Festival
Nevada County Fairgrounds
11228 McCourtney Rd.
Grass Valley, CA