2022 Headliners Announced

Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out (TN - Fri & Sat)

Alan Bibey and Grasstowne (SC - Fri & Sat)

The Malpass Brothers (NC - Sat)

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.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The Lakes Bluegrass Festival is funded in part by Sourcewell.

Future Dates

Mark your calendars for the future Lakes Bluegrass Festival Dates. (It's always the weekend BEFORE Labor Day weekend)

2022: August 24 – 28
2023: August 23 – 27
2024: August 21 – 25
2025: August 20 – 23

Come see us at our beautiful new festival site!

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. Bluegrass Blvd SW, Backus, MN  56435, less than one mile north of the old location at the Cass County Fairgrounds in Pine River.