List of 2017 USA Roots Music Festivals


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Roots Music Festivals USA 2017

Over 150 Festivals Included




Here is a list of roots music festivals in America in 2017.


Planning trips and tours to the US can be hard work.  We have not found one source that provides up-to-date, comprehensive festival info for our preferred genres – alt. country, folk, Americana, blues, rock, folk and soul.  For quite a while we at Listening Through The Lens have been compiling our own list.


This has involved some work and we have researched, refined and improved the list.  The current version below contains more than 170 different events.  But it is by no means comprehensive we are sure.  It does not include music cruises and we are sure there are many events still missing.

They Come and They Go

One thing that has surprised us is the churn rate from one year to the next.  At least twenty festivals disappear from the landscape each year.  Most don’t surface again.  It must be a tough business if there are so many festivals that have fallen away.  There is a moral to this.  If there is a festival in your backyard, don’t assume it is going to be there forever!  Support it while you can.

Here is our attempt.  Every festival has a link to the relevant website.  There’s a few later ones without confirmed dates.  No fear, we will be updating the list regularly as news come to hand.

Feedback Please!

If you have any comments, corrections, observations, we would be very happy to hear from you – just drop a comment.


The List …Ta Da!

Festival City 2017 dates
The Music Fest Steamboat CO 5-10 Jan
30A Songwriters Festival South Walton FL 13-15 Jan
Sunshine Music & Blues St Petersburg FL 14-Jan
Sunshine Music & Blues Boca Raton FL 15-Jan
Yee Haw Music Okeechobee FL 12-14 Jan
Neuse River Music Kinston NC 10-11 Feb
Folk Alliance International Kansas City MO 15-19 Feb
Palatka Bluegrass Palatka FL 16-18 Feb
Bluegrass First Class Asheville NC 17-19 Feb
Florida Bluegrass Brookesville FL 22-26 Feb
Wintergrass Music Bellevue WA 23-26 Feb
McDowell Mountain Phoenix AZ 3-5 Mar
Back Porch Northampton MA 9-12 Mar
South By Southwest (SXSW) Austin TX 10-19 Mar
Suwanee Springfest Live Oak FL 15-19 Mar
Luck Reunion Luck TX 16-Mar
Anastasia Augustine FL 16-18 Mar
Treefort Music Boise ID 22-26 Mar
Big Ears Knoxville TN 23-26 Mar
Sertoma Springs Bluegrass Brookesville FL 23-26 Mar
Savannah Music Savannah GA 23 Mar – 8 Apr
Paluxy River Spring Bluegrass Glen Rose TX 30 Mar – 1 Apr
Outlaws and Legends Abilene TX 31 Mar – 1 Apr
French Quarter New Orleans LA 6-9 Apr
Rhythm & Blooms Knoxville TN 7-9 Apr
Tortuga Music Fort Lauderdale FL 7-9 Apr
Big Lick Bluegrass Oakboro NC 7-9 Apr
Baton Rouge Blues Baton Rouge 8-9 Apr
Mid West Music Fest La Crosse WI 14-15 Apr
Coachella Indio CA 14-23 Apr
Wanee Music Live Oak FL 20-22 Apr
Old Settler’s Driftwood TX 20-23 Apr
Sweetwater 420 Atlanta GA 21-23 Apr
Juke Joint Clarksdale MS 22-Apr
Southern Ground Charleston SC tba
Festival International de Louisiane Lafayette LA 26-30 Apr
MerleFest Wilksboro NC 27-30 Apr
Mid West Music Fest Winona MN 28-29 Apr
Brooklyn Folk Festival Brooklyn NY 28-30 Apr
Jazz and Heritage New Orleans LA 28 Apr – 7 May
Shakori Hills Grassroots Chapel Hill NC 4-7 May
Moonrunners Chicago IL 5-6 May
Whistle Stop Weekend Huntsville AL 5-6 May
Conroe Americana Music Conroe TX 5-7 May
Beale St Memphis TN 5-7 May
Dog River Mud Bottom Revival Mobile AL 7-May
Key West Songwriter’s Festival Key West FL 10-14 May
Blues Awards Memphis TN 11-May
North Carolina Brewers and Music Huntersville NC 12-13 May
Shakey Knees Atlanta GA 12-14 May
Nashville Boogie Nashville TN 18-21 May
Carolina Roots Statesville NC 19-20 May
Bluegrass from the Forest Shelton WA 19-21 May
Lil John’s Mountain Music Snow Camp NC 25-27 May
Strawberry Music Spring Grass Valley CA 25-29 May
DelFest Cumberland MD 25-28 May
Kerrville Kerrville TX 25 May – 11 Jun
Little Walter Music Alexandria LA 26-27 May
Westport Roots Kansas City MO 26-28 May
Country 500 Daytona FL 26-28 May
Bottle Rock Napa Valley CA 26-28 May
Sasquatch George WA 26-29 May
John Hartford Memorial Bean Blossom IA 31 May – 3 Jun
Nelsonville Nelsonville OH 1-4 Jun
Muddy Roots Spring Weekender Brown County IN 2-3 Jun
Ogden Music Ogden UT 2-4 Jun
Blue Ox Music Eau Claire  WI 8-10 Jun
Cherokee Bluegrass Cherokee NC 8-10 Jun
Bonnaroo Manchester TN 8-11 Jun
Roots on the River Bellows Falls VT 9-11 Jun
Chicago Blues Chicago IL 9-11 Jun
Riverbend Chattanooga TN 9-17 Jun
Mountains of Music Homecoming Various VA 9-17 Jun
Telluride Bluegrass Telluride CO 15-18 Jun
Eaux Claires Eau Claire  WI 16-17 Jun
Mountain Jam Hunter Mtn, NY 16-18 Jun
Clearwater’s Great Hudson Revival Croton Pt Park NY 17-18 Jun
ROMP Owensboro KY 21-24 Jun
River and Roots Berryville VA 23-25 Jun
Kate Wolf Music Laytonville CA 22-25 Jun
Mocassin Creek Effingham IL 23-25 Jun
Sirens On The Mountain Boone NC 24-Jun
Cajun & Zydeco New Orleans LA 24-25 Jun
Summerfest Milwaukee WI 28 Jun – 9 Jul
Frendly Gathering Timber Ridge VT 29 Jun – 1 Jul
High Sierra Music Quincy CA 29 Jun – 2 Jul
Great Blue Heron Sherman NY 30 Jun – 2 Jul
Waterfront Blues Portland OR 30 Jun – 4 Jul
Red White and Bluegrass Morganton NC 1-3 Jul
Uncle Dave Macon Days Murfreesboro TN 7-8 Jul
The Ride Telluride CO 8-9 Jul
Square Roots Chicago Chicago IL 8-10 Jul
Woody Guthrie Folk Okemah OK 12-16 Jul
Wild Goose Hot Springs NC 13-16 Jul
Grey Fox Bluegrass Oak Hill NY 13-16 Jul
Northwest String Summit North Plains OR 13-16 Jul
Red Wing Roots Natural Chimneys Park VA 14-16 Jul
Green River Greenfield MA 14-16 Jul
Forecastle Louisville KY 14-16 Jul
Sloss Music and Arts Birmingham AL 15-16 Jul
Deep Roots Mountain Revival Masontown WV 20-22 Jul
Grassroots Trumansburg NY 20-23 Jul
WC Handy Florence AL 21-30 Jul
Floydfest Floyd VA 26-30 Jul
red ants pants White Sulphur Springs MT 27-30 Jul
Newport Folk Newport RI 28-30 Jul
Lowell Folk Lowell MA 28-30 Jul
Rockygrass Lyons CO 28-30 Jul
Homegrown Music Ozark AR 3-5 Aug
Pickathon Happy Valley OR 3-6 Aug
Musik Fest Bethlehem PA 4-13 Aug
Glen Rose Bluegrass Jamboree Glen Rose TX 5-7 Aug
Podunk Bluegrass Music Hebron CT 10-13 Aug
Peach Music Scranton PA 10-13 Aug
Outside Lands San Francisco CA 11-13 Aug
North Carolina State Bluegrass Marion NC 17-19 Aug
Brewgrass Asheville NC tba
Jackson Rhythm and Blues Jackson MS 18-19 Aug
Rocky Mountains Folks Lyons CO 18-20 Aug
Wildwood Revival Athens GA 18-20 Aug
Hot August Music Cockeysville MD 19-Aug
Fayetteville Roots Fayetteville AR 24-27 Aug
Lockn Music Arrington VA 24-27 Aug
Jam in the Trees Black Mountain NC 25-26 Aug
American Folk Bangor ME 25-27 Aug
Musicfest NorthWest Portland OR 27-28 Aug
Muddy Roots Music Cookeville TN 31 Aug – 3 Sep
Strawberry Music Fall Tuolomne CA 31 Aug – 4 Sep
North Coast Music Chicago IL 1-3 Sep
Red White and Boom Lexington KY 1-3 Sep
Four Corners Folk Pagosa Springs CO 1-3 Sep
Rhythm and Roots Charlestown RI 1-3 Sep
Appaloosa Music Front Royal VA 1-3 Sep
Big Muddy Blues St Louis MO 2-3 Sep
Mother Road Revival Tulsa OK tba
Oldtone Roots Music N. Hillsdale NY 5-7 Sep
Big Barn Dance Taos NM 7-9 Sep
Big Blues Bender Las Vegas NV 7-10 Sep
Big Orange Music Punta Gorda FL 8-9 Sep
Sisters Folk Festival Sisters OR 8-10 Sep
Mountain Song Music Brevard NC 8-10 Sep
Parksfest Evansville IN 9-Sep
Americana Music Conference Nashville TN 12-17 Sep
Walnut Valley Winfield KS 13-17 Sep
Kaaboo San Diego CA 15-17 Sep
Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Bristol TN 15-17 Sep
FreshGrass Bluegrass North Adams MA 15-17 Sep
Telluride Blues and Brews Telluride CO 15-17 Sep
Grand Point North Burlington VT 16-17 Sep
Mississisppi Blues and Delta Greenville MS 17-Sep
Watermelon Park Berryville VA 21-24 Sep
Festival Palomino Shakopee MN tba
Pilgrimage Franklin TN 23-24 Sep
Wide Open Bluegrass Raleigh NC 26-30 Sep
Trans-Pecos Marfa Tx 28 Sep – 1 Oct
Roots N Blues N BBQ Columbia MO 29 Sep – 1 Oct
Asheville Barnaroo Asheville NC 29 Sep – 1 Oct
Mighty Mississippi Music Greenville MS 29 Sep – 1 Oct
Bluegrass Island Manteo NC 4-7 Oct
King Biscuit Blues Helena AK 4-7 Oct
Pondersosa Stomp New Orleans LA 5-7 Oct
Festy Experience Arrington VA 5-8 Oct
3 Sisters Bluegrass Chattanooga TN 6-7 Oct
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass San Francisco CA 6-10 Oct
Austin City Limits Austin TX 6-15 Oct
Festivals Acadiens et Creoles Lafayette LA 12-15 Oct
Deep Blues Clarksdale MS 12-15 Oct
Hillberry Harvest Music Ozark AR 12-15 Oct
Richmond Folk Richmond VA 13-15 Oct
Crescent City Blues and BBQ New Orleans LA 13-15 Oct
Voodoo Experience New Orleans LA 27-29 Oct
Blue Ridge Folklife Festival Ferrum VA 28-Oct
Bridge School Benefit Mountain View CA tba
Treme Creole Gumbo New Orleans LA 18-19 Nov

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Author: Rob Dickens

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