Bluegrass From the Forest 2018

WHEN: May 18-20, 2018

WHERE: Shelton, WA


We’re convinced: bluegrass music simply sounds better when it is steeped in misty, mossy woods and siphoned through towering conifers. Bluegrass From the Forest Festival invariably proves just that every spring, and the event—set to take place May 18-20—is poised to deliver another three days of backwoods fun. Get the full logistical details at 

The 14th annual festival draws a fresh, unique lineup of bands and talented artists hailing from Seattle to Nashville—many of whom will host a number of inclusive workshops and unexpected twists for any and all willing attendees.

Buy your advance tickets online to ensure yourself a full weekend pass.

There’s something for bluegrass fans of all varieties at the Bluegrass From the Forest Festival. Come for the music, stay for the camping and the company.

The 2018 Preliminary Line Up:

Mile Twelve (Boston) – Sat. and Sun.

The Kathy Kallick Band (CA) – Sat. and Sun.

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado (CO) – Friday

Lochwood Bluegrass Band (MT)

Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms (Portland)

Runaway Train Bluegrass Band – south Puget Sound Area (host band)
More to come – check back!

Performance schedule:



Workshops, Activities, & Open Mic in Shelton, WA

Unlike most other festivals in which audience members are observers, Bluegrass from the Forest features a number of interactive workshops, a special performance just for kids, an open mic event, and more. 

On Saturday, the much-anticipated “Mandolin Tasting” takes place during which players get to theoretically dissect an array of beautiful, artful mandolins and learn the elements that make the best mandolins just so.

From the backwoods of Hood Canal, this festival is one of the most anticipated of the year, and never fails to bring together talented musicians and enthusiasts from around the world. Planning on attending? Share and tag your photos with #explorehoodcanal, #wildsideWA, and #HoodCanal so we can keep up with your musical adventure!