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Minnesota Bluegrass Homegrown Kickoff

June 1

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until June 2, 2019

We’ve made some big exciting changes to the Kickoff for 2019. Instead of putting on the same Kickoff festival, El Rancho Manana campground will host a Kickoff Pickin’ Party the weekend after Memorial Day.

This will be a three-day gathering of Minnesota Bluegrass members, family and friends with performing opportunities at the Ranch House Live stage in the evenings. Unlike past years, there won’t be any shows on the main stage and Minnesota Bluegrass won’t be selling tickets to the event. Instead, you’ll check-in with the campground at the store and pay a minimal fee for non-utility camping per person. If you’d like to have a reserved utility camping spot you can contact El Rancho Mañana directly to reserve a spot.

This new event continues on in the spirit of doing what we all love best, gathering as a community of pickers and grinners to make music with people. We hope you all come out to make the inaugural Pickin’ Party a great time!

Reserved camping will be available starting this spring. Stay tuned for more details!

The Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival is the largest and most respected bluegrass event in the Upper Midwest. It features a blend of national and regional professionally touring performers. Presented by the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association (MBOTMA). Held each year at El Rancho Mañana Campground & Riding Stables in Stearns County, about 20 minutes west of St Cloud. The naturally shaded concert seating area and a beautiful main stage facility, designed and built by MBOTMA with the assistance of dozens of volunteers in 2002, make the site one of the most beautiful in the bluegrass and outdoor music scene.

El Rancho Mañana is Minnesota’s largest campground and riding stable. The campground itself covers approximately 208 acres. 25 miles of hiking and riding trails meander through over 1200 acres of beautiful rural Minnesota landscape. El Rancho Mañana has been owned and operated by the Ward family since 1963.