Strawberry Music Festival 2014
Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley, CA

September 11th-14th, 2014


Latest Announcement

12/11/2014With the announcement of the Spring 2015 Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, many of you are wondering if and when we will return to Camp Mather. At this point, we cannot say if this exodus, from our festival home of over 30 years, is temporary or permanent. While we will not rule out a return to our beloved Mather, no circumstances have been presented that would allow us to do that at this time. Charged with the responsibility of preserving the Strawberry tradition for future generations, we are not in a position to be put off, mislead, or forced to fight. Last year we beat the odds when we were granted the federal disaster relief loan, issued refunds and exchanges for Fall 2013 tickets, and produced the Fall 2014 Festival in Grass Valley, despite the lack of cooperation we received from officials at San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department. As we search for our mountain home, we must be able to trust venue management to communicate honestly and work with us instead of against us. Wherever we go and however long it takes, we are committed to providing the finest festival experience possible that is accessible to all ages and abilities. In the meantime, we are making our best effort to get Spring tickets on sale before Christmas and look forward to making a very big lineup announcement soon! Please stay tuned and stay positive!
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11/26/2015Great news folks! We could not be happier to announce that the Spring 2015 Festival is taking place at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on Memorial Day weekend- Thursday, May 21st through Sunday, May 24th. We’ve already got some great music in the works and look forward to more exciting announcements regarding lineup and ticket sales beginning before Christmas. The office will be closing at noon today for Thanksgiving and will reopen on Tuesday, December 2nd.

Wishing you and yours a happy and safe holiday,
Strawberry Staff
9/24/2014A resounding THANK YOU goes out to all who attended and participated in the Fall 2014 Strawberry Music Festival! The Strawberry Way was in full force at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, and the spirit of this amazing community could be easily felt. We could not be more grateful to the Fall 2013 ticket holders that waited patiently for us to provide this festival and refunds. Working with the staff at the Nevada County Fairgrounds has been a pleasure, and we are grateful to them and the greater community for such a gracious reception. We intend to do whatever it takes to keep this tradition alive for the next generation of Strawberry Kids; so stay tuned for information regarding the 2015 Festival Season.

Thank you!
Strawberry Staff
9/6/2014Good news, folks! ALL FALL 2014 FESTIVAL TICKET TYPES WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE GATE! We’ve gotten calls about last minute exchanges, so we have decided to change our policy. WE WILL EXCHANGE FALL 2013 TICKETS FOR FALL 2014 TICKETS OF THE SAME TYPE AT THE GATE. In order to exchange your tickets, you will need to bring the physical tickets -printed in your name- to the Festival Gate. We will not be able to accommodate refunds or irregular exchanges at the festival. Any tickets that are mailed to the office while we are gone will be refunded after we return on Monday, September 22nd.

It is looking like we are going to have some great weather and there is plenty of space for everyone, so start packing and come on down!

See you there!
Strawberry Staff
9/3/2014Entrance to the Fall 2014 Festival

There is no need to come early or line up to find that special spot to create your camp at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. We are as excited as you are, to see how it unfolds!

Gates to the Fall 2014 Festival will open at 8:00 am on Thursday, September 11th and we will begin Pre-Banding patrons WITH 4 DAY CAMPING TICKETS, at 6:30am. There is no parking or stopping on McCourtney Road entering the fairgrounds and there will be no place to line up prior to 6:30 am. Camping ticket holders will enter through Gate 4 and 1 Day ticket holders will enter through Gate 1. Will Call for Camping and Day tickets will be available from Thursday at 8:00 am throughout the festival. Tickets can be purchased between the hours of 8:00 am and 10:00 pm daily. The festival gate is open 24hrs daily, throughout the festival, for admittance with the correct ticket type.

We want to introduce ourselves to our gracious hosts in Grass Valley in traditional Strawberry fashion. With cooperation and respect for others at the heart of this community, we are confident that we’ll feel right at home in no time at all.

See you there!
8/30/2014We could not be more excited to present the Fall 2014 Festival Map and program cover. Click here to view stages, camping areas, and more! Thanks to Steve Kenworthy for doing such a great job and everyone else who helped us put this together and get it to you.
  • The office will be closed on Monday, September 1st. Please have a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!
  • Tickets purchased on or before Wednesday, September 3rd will be sent in the mail and tickets purchased on or after Thursday, September 4th will be held at Will Call.
  • Fall 2013 tickets to be exchanged for Fall 2014 tickets must be received in the office by Friday, September 5th, in order to be processed in time for the festival.
  • The office will close at Noon on Tuesday, September 9th so that we can pack up and go to the festival. Tickets will be available for purchase online until Wednesday, September 10th at 5:00pm.
Camping and Day tickets are still available! There is plenty of room for everyone to camp in comfort. See you there!
8/20/2014For those of you are unsure about the camping capacity at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, please note THERE IS PLENTY OF CAMPING SPACE FOR EVERYONE! Camping at the fairgrounds will be much like it has been in the past and you will have all the space you need for your friends and family to camp in comfort. Next week we will have a map that will show the dynamic and expansive camping areas available, as well as orientation to festival programming. Strawberry needs your support more than ever and this is going to be a festival you will not want to miss! Stay tuned for upcoming announcements regarding festival information and programming.

Additionally, we are very pleased to announce that Saturday night’s TBA Main Stage performance is going to be Marcia Ball, longtime Strawberry favorite! You can now view the complete lineup at Main Stage Schedule.
8/11/2014We are pleased to announce that Tower of Power will be joining us as our closing Main Stage act on Saturday night. With the lineup nearly complete, you can now view the Main Stage Schedule. Additional performances are to feature Tom Ball and Kenny Sultan, Joe and Hattie Craven, Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong, Barwick and Siegfried, American Nomad, longtime festival favorites, the Banana Slugs and more to follow. Stay tuned for more updates!
8/4/2014We know that many of you still have unanswered questions about the Fall 2014 Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. While we are busy working to answer those questions, here is what we have determined thus far. The first of the Exchanged Fall 2014 Tickets are beginning to go out in today’s mail and as the week goes on, more will follow. Staff letters are also starting to be sent out now. If you have questions about your crew status, please contact your crew leader. We are still working to determine the exchange status of complimentary tickets. If you have a Fall 2013 complimentary ticket, please hang tight, you will be notified.

It won’t be much longer until we can announce the full lineup and Main Stage schedule. Hog Ranch Radio will broadcast as usual, there will be a full Strawberry Kid’s Program, Amy’s Orchid Lounge and the Breakfast Club will take place, and we will have a another Workshop stage as well. Many of our familiar favorites in the Food Court and the Artisan Tent will be joining us mixed in with a few new treats. The camping area is a mixture of meadow and forest camping, and staff will be on site to assist folks finding new spots. There are permanent restrooms throughout the inner fairgrounds and in the camping area and there will be portable toilets with hand washing stations throughout camp. We are currently working to produce of a map of the Nevada County Fairgrounds much like the Camp Mather map that has graced the program cover for many years. The new map will be available to view on the website a couple of weeks prior to the festival.

After 10 longs months of uncertainty, one thing is sure; the Fall 2014 Festival is happening. While working through the particulars and adjusting to change has posed challenges, we could not be more excited! What you can do to support the continuing tradition that is Strawberry Music Festival, is to attend this Fall Festival! The community that has evolved over the past 33 years is the reason that we are still standing today- so we need to see you there! More information will follow as is becomes available.

Thank you,
Strawberry Staff
7/21/2014We are excited to announce that ticket sales for the Fall 2014 Strawberry Music Festival have begun. There are currently plenty of Camping and Day tickets available for sale or exchange, and we promise to keep you informed when that changes. While basic festival information is available on the website, additional updates are soon to follow! It’s really happening people, and we hope to see you there!

Wait, who’s playing at this festival anyway? Glad you asked! While the full lineup is not complete it’s already shaping up to be a great show with Mainstage performances by:

Thursday: Strange on the Range, Eliza Gilkyson with special guest Nina Gerber, The Little Band, and John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band

Friday: Steep Ravine, Chris Webster & Nina Gerber, Los Texmaniacs, Hot Buttered Rum, Hot Rize, and more to be announced

Saturday: 10 String Symphony, Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, LoCura, Achilles Wheel, and more to be announced

Sunday: T Sisters, The Hillbenders, California Honeydrops, Kathy Kallick Band, Jerry Douglas Band, and Patty Griffin

Additional performances are to include Joe & Hattie Craven, Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong, Tom Ball & Kenny Sultan, and more to come!

Letters detailing the exchange process have been sent to customers with Fall 2013 tickets. There are two pages to this letter, but some of you have only received one page. The first page details information regarding ticket sales, RV hookups, and a sneak preview of the Fall 2014 Lineup. The second page details the Fall 2013 ticket exchange policy as well as the form you will need to send back with your tickets. Both pages are posted on our website and can be viewed or printed at Exchange Policy (PDF). Please allow two weeks for delivery of exchanged Fall 2013 tickets.

We are doing our best to determine staffing for the Fall 2014 Festival as soon as possible. If you were scheduled to work the cancelled Fall 2013, you will receive notification of your crew status as soon as it is determined.

We are pretty excited to finally be in festival production mode and look forward to providing you with more information, including a full lineup, as soon as we can.

Thank you-
Strawberry Staff
6/11/2014We are so excited to announce that refund letters are in the mail to Fall 2013 ticket holders. Refunding tickets from last year’s cancelled festival has taken us much longer than we had anticipated, and we appreciate your patience more than you can imagine!

For those of you who would like to exchange your Fall 2013 tickets for Fall 2014 tickets, another letter will follow. Stay tuned for upcoming announcements regarding ticket sales, RV hookups, and general festival information for the Fall 2014 Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds on September 11th -14th.
5/23/2014We know that, like ourselves, many of you are thinking about what you would be doing at the Spring Festival right now. The gates to the festival would have opened by now, camps would be set up, we would all be reuniting with friends, and tuned into Hog Ranch Radio. We miss you all very much, but are so excited to finally know when and where we will meet this year!

There are a lot of questions about the Fall Festival at the Nevada County Fairgrounds in regards to camping, ticket sales, lineup, staffing, festival information, etc. We are at the very beginning of planning a festival in a new location, nearly 100 miles away, so there is a lot that we don’t know yet. We will continue to keep you updated as we have more information. Stay tuned!

Wherever you are this Memorial Day weekend, we hope you have a happy and safe holiday!

-The Strawberry Staff
5/15/2014We are happy to announce that this year’s Strawberry Fall Music Festival will take place at…
Nevada County Fairgrounds

In Grass Valley
On September 11th-14th
Please note the change in date. The festival is NOT taking place over Labor Day weekend, but will be held two weeks later, instead. We are very grateful to the kind staff at the Nevada County Fairgrounds for providing a beautiful sanctuary for our community to celebrate friends, family, laughter, and music! Fairground information can be found at

Please be aware that our contract for the Fall 2014 Festival still needs to be reviewed by the Small Business Administration. As soon as we receive approval and the disaster relief funding is dispersed, we will send letters to Fall 2013 cabin and ticket holders explaining the refund process. Tickets for the Fall 2014 Festival will go on sale after refunds have begun. Please stay tuned for future announcements regarding festival details, refunds, ticket sales, lineup, etc.

Thank you for hanging in there with us and we hope to see you there!