Bluegrass From the Forest

Join us May15 - 17 2020

Featuring a fantastic lineup!

Slocan Ramblers slide

Bluegrass From the Forest

Join us May 15 - 17 2020

Featuring The best in regional and national acts!

Bluegrass From the Forest

Join us May 15 - 17 2020

Featuring the best in national and regional acts!

The Warren G Hardings

Bluegrass From the Forest

Join us May 15 - 17 2020

working on the 2020 lineup!

Bluegrass From the Forest

Join us May 15 - 19 2020

Working on our 2020 lineup!

Bluegrass From the Forest

Join us May 15 - 17, 2020

Featuring Runaway Train Bluegrass Band

We are closely monitoring the advice of the CDC as well as our state and local governments’ recommendations regarding COVID-19. We will post any changes regarding the annual event as soon as we know more. Please follow our Facebook page or check back here for updates. We care deeply about our bluegrass family and hope you are staying safe.

2020 Line Up

Volume Five - North Carolina, Crying Uncle - CA., Kristen Grainger and True North - Salem, OR., Whiskey Deaf - OR., Salzer Creek - Centralia, WA., Runaway Train (host band) - South Puget Sound

Bar K Buckaroos (Saturday night dance) - Astoria, OR.  Friday night old-time and square dance with Mountain Williams (Bex Winnick caller) - Olympia

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Camping / Lodging

RV dry camping & tent camping is available after 4pm on Friday. Because the festival is on a school campus, we need to wait until classes get out. Local hotels and B&Bs are also available.

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Kids Activities

The Chick Rose School of Bluegrass is a special program for kids. Children are divided into small groups according to their musical ability and are coached by advanced musicians.

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We look forward to seeing you at our 16th annual event May 15 - 17 2020 at the Shelton Performing Arts Center and High School campus!

Camping at Bluegrass From the Forest Our 7th annual Midwinter Bluegrass Celebration  December 28 was a huge success and the biggest ever - thanks all who attended!

There is a lot going on at the Bluegrass From the Forest festival. In addition to band performances--in the main auditorium's Performing Arts Center and the Showcase Stage across the quad (both indoors), the festival offers a host of activities, including Master Workshops, Band Scramble Showcase (anyone can participate) Banjo Contest, Chick Rose’s Youth School of Bluegrass, Mandolin Tasting, Marv’s Slow Jam, vendors (located in the quad) and much more. There will be contests, all night jamming in the campground (midnight hot dogs included). One thing’s for sure, there is plenty to keep you occupied at any time throughout the weekend! Visit our Things To Do page to see a full list of activities.

Info about The Performing Arts Center

Click here to check out our page about The Performing Arts Center, a state of the art (indoor) concert venue. You can see photos of the facility and seating chart.

Camping at Bluegrass From the Forest

Planning to camp on site? Because the festival takes place at a school, we have to wait for school to get out before we can set up camp at 4pm on Friday. If you'd like to arrive early to get in line for your favorite camp spot, please join the wait line across the road and a half mile up at the Church of Nazarene parking area. There will be signs directing you there. And you can bet there will be jamming. Click here for more info on camping and local lodging.

We're looking for businesses and philanthropists who want to sponsor our festival! It will pay some of our many expenses and also help keep our ticket price very reasonable. Please contact Duane Wilson at and he'll give you the specifics.


*** We need volunteers! ***  John Pyles is our volunteer coordinator. Call him for all the details 360 598 1944.

Get In Touch

Booking information, contest entry and rules, scheduling etc. contact:
Greg Linder – festival coordinator
Phone: 360 898 4581

Business questions, vendor inquiries, lodging, etc.
Duane Wilson – Kristmas Town Kiwanis
phone: 360-426-1782

Volunteer inquiries: TJ Maki 360 789 4994