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1-Day tickets for Saturday, May 28th are now sold out for this year’s Spring Strawberry. Thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm

Thursday, Friday, and Sunday 1-Day tickets, as well as most adult Camping ticket types are still available for a limited time. Tickets can be purchased online 24/7 or by calling the office M-F, 10-4 at (209) 984-8630.


AJ Lee and Blue Summit are ripping it up across the country this year — feeding the frenzied, music-starved masses with some dang beautiful bluegrass.

Paste Magazine recently captured them playing their rendition of “Tear My Stillhouse Down” by Gillian Welch. Check out their video by Paste Studios on the Road, from Winter Wondergrass Tahoe 2022.

And then, catch’em live and hot off the press when they stop in at Strawberry on Thursday afternoon!

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Contact us directly M-W, 10-2 at (209) 984-8630 or



1-Day tickets to the Spring 2022 Strawberry Music Festival are on sale now. To buy tickets, or for more information please visit our Tickets page. Day tickets without camping are available in limited quantities for each day of the festival.


All attendees must use the CrowdPass App to verify COVID-19 requirements prior to arrival. Please read the full policy (updated 4/25/2022) including step by step instructions to register and verify with CrowdPass.


Camping tickets are going fast and we are fully expecting to sell out of all adult ticket types prior to the start of the festival, so please do not wait to get your day and/or camping tickets to Strawberry’s 40th anniversary celebration. We will be sure to give you a few days’ notice before a sellout. Click here to sign up for Strawberry’s Email Announcements List. Thank you so much for your support and enthusiasm. We are beyond excited to finally be together again!

Strawberry Spotlight: Steve Poltz – Stardust and Satellites

A pandemic blessing? During Covid-style, outdoor Nashville hangs with the Wood Brothers, Steve Poltz caught a whim to record a song with Oliver Wood and Jano Rix.  Lo and behold, it sparked a whole new Steve Poltz album produced by Oliver and Jano, titled Stardust and Satellites.

On one of the last nights of the recording sessions, Steve locked himself up in his writing room and within an hour, had conjured the catchy, effervescent “Can O’ Pop,” destined to be the radio single for the 2022 release.

“Jano from The Wood Brothers was leaving the studio, and I asked him to give me a beat, and I told him I’d write a song with the beat he gave me,” recalls Steve. The exuberant, syncopated groove seems to bubble up as Steve admits, “I want to feel the fizzy rhythm with you.”

Let’s get fizzy with Mr. Bubbly himself, Steve Poltz, Sunday at Strawberry!

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May 25-30

Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA

Please read these important updates for the Spring 2022 Strawberry Music Festival. We are excited about the improvements in store for this year’s Spring Strawberry, while looking forward to the familiar routine we all know and love.

  • COVID-19 POLICY UPDATE FOR S22 STRAWBERRY MUSIC FESTIVAL:  Our COVID-19 policy has been updated to reflect new guidelines issued on April 1, 2022 by California Department of Public Health (CDPH). More information about our verification procedure is coming soon. Please read the full policy on the Strawberry website under Terms and Conditions, as well as Strawberry’s complete list of rules, before you decide to attend.
  • 1-DAY TICKETS:  Starting at 10:00am on Monday, April 25th, single day tickets without camping will be available to purchase for each day (THU, FRI, SAT, & SUN) in more limited quantities than usual. Visit the Ticket Info page on our website for more details about 1-Day tickets to this year’s Spring Festival.
  • MAIN STAGE:  This year, the Main Stage will be repositioned to make more shaded space for audience seating on the Music Meadow.
  • NORTHERN MINES BUILDING:  The Northern Mines building will be open for public space during the day, including a space for indoor dining and a space for games.
  • CART SHUTTLE:  There will be two 6-seat golf carts making several shuttle stops on a continuous loop throughout each day of the festival, for people who need assistance.
  • OFFICE HOURS:  Our office hours are now Monday – Thursday, from 10am – 2pm.

Stay tuned for more important updates, more programming announcements, and the updated festival map to better illustrate the new location of the Main Stage, Northern Mines public space, and Cart Shuttle service, all coming soon.

For more information, or to buy tickets, visit our website at

Please let us know if you have any questions. We can be reached during our office hours at by phone at (209) 984-8630 or by email at


A few weeks we surveyed the Strawberry audience to learn more about our community’s favorite radio stations, programs, and broadcasters. We used your responses to create a list of around 50 different stations, outlets, and programs that you can easily link to. While it’s far from complete, and probably never will be, we will do our best to add to this list  of Strawberry’s Favorite Stations as time goes on, and new submissions come in. This process has been informative, as well as an inspirational discovery of culture and community across the region, and far beyond. Thank you so much for your input and happy listening!  


By the time the festival rolls around it will have been a full three years since the Strawberry family has been together. Those 36 months have been full of challenges and change. And loss. Loss has been a regular part of life for the Strawberry family, but in normal times we have been able to gather again after three months or nine months to remember and grieve together. Because of the current three-year hiatus, Strawberry staff would like to create an informal video tribute to those who have been lost since the last festival in spring, 2019. The looping video will be shared inside at the “Northern Mines” building, beginning after the Revival on Sunday, and will play continuously through the end of the last act that night.

If you have someone who has passed and you would like to honor them in this video please submit images and text by May 15th to

We request the following:

  • Their name and/or nickname.
  • Between 1 and 10 digital images, preferably including pictures of them from past festivals.
  • What was their first festival? Their last festival?
  • Were they patrons or volunteers? If volunteer what was their role?
  • What was their camp affiliation?
  • What is some information that sheds light on their Strawberry experience (e.g. favorite part of Strawberry or instruments played)?

Thank you in advance for your help with this project. We look forward to seeing you in May.


She’s known for her unique, fingerstyle guitar chops and razor-sharp songwriting, but do you know what else Sunny War does? In January of 2020, she started a Los Angeles, skid row chapter of Food Not Bombs.

Says Sunny, “I can’t do much, but Food Not Bombs helps us come together as a community and realize that we are a community. Now I see people every week and we know each other. It’s also about not looking away when you see somebody in this situation.”

In addition to helping hungry folks with Food Not Bombs, Sunny creates beautiful music to bring refuge to all of us–to bring solace in hard times. Give her a listen and check out her main stage set, first thing Saturday morning at Spring Strawberry!

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The Rainbow Girls quarantined together, and home-made us a special, pandemic record. It’s called Rolling Dumpster Fire. Apropos, you say? But wait, there’s more! One single is called Free Wine. And, that ain’t no foolin’ yo!

Enjoy the trailer for Free Wine below, and get primed for their Saturday set at Spring Strawberry! 

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Spring 2021 Berry On! Broadcast

What is your favorite public/community radio station? Please take our quick survey to share to whom, to what, and where you listen. Alternatively, you can send your thoughts by email to with the words “I HEART RADIO” in the subject line. Your input will assist our campaign to underwrite the noncommercial media outlets that serve your home communities, in promotion of the Spring 2022 Strawberry Music Festival.

Strawberry has always had a special affinity for radio. Our own free form festival radio was conceived and created by the legendary broadcaster Thom O’hair, in 1985. Since that time, Hog Ranch Radio has become a crucial component of the festival program, as well as the community culture at Strawberry.

Thank you for taking our survey and for keeping it real. We are looking forward to an epic reunion of family and friends this spring and hope to see you there!

Spring 2022 Strawberry Music Festival

May 25th – 30th

Grass Valley, CA