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In her first 25 years alone, singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Sierra Hull hit more milestones than many musicians accomplish in a lifetime. After making her Grand Ole Opry debut at the age of 10, the Tennessee-bred virtuoso mandolinist played Carnegie Hall at age 12, then landed a deal with Rounder Records just a year later. Hull delivered her fourth full-length record for Rounder in 2020: an elegantly inventive and endlessly captivating album called 25 Trips.

We’re thrilled she is closing out our first night back at the festival — Thursday evening. Yippee, we’re almost to Strawberry, and so is Sierra Hull!!
Listen and learn:
Adult ticket sales are now closed – only child and teen tickets will be available at the gate. 


Over the last 40 years so many things have changed in so many ways. But, believe it or not, camping has pretty much stayed the same! Here’s a list of things we feel are “must haves” as well as some things that we feel are important at the festival.

  • Your TICKETS
  • Tent
  • Shade canopy
  • Ground cover
  • Mattress/sleeping pad
  • Bedding or sleeping bag & pillow
  • Flashlight
  • Camp Stove
  • Camp lantern
  • Camp table
  • Camp chairs
  • Face Covering (worn over the face and nose to prevent transmission of COVID-19)
  • Shade canopy
  • Water jugs/wagon (for carrying water back to camp)
  • Spray bottle (great for keeping cool on warm days)
  • Clothing for warm days and cool nights
  • Sunhat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle/mug, plate & utensils (for re-use in camp and at the Food Court)
  • Portable FM Radio (for listening to Hog Ranch Radio in camp)
  • Rain gear (Just in case)
  • Soap and Towel
  • Ear Plugs
  • Cup or container for drinks (no glass is allowed on the Music Meadow)
  • Wagon (very handy for hauling gear around and sleeping kids back from the Music Meadow)
  • Musical instruments (for jamming with friends and neighbors)


Mumbo Gumbo makes such a delicious musical stew, you’ll be dancing your heart out with the spoon still in hand!  Their pot ‘o’ genre-bending Americana is full of spice, verve, and creative depth, with 9 albums under their belts.

Come whip it up with this powerhouse band of 31 years and countless happy audiences! They’ll be cookin on Friday at 1:45pm.

Read and listen at:

Buy tickets online at:
Contact us directly, M-W, 10-4 at (209)984-8630 or

Announcement – Camping Passes and 1 Day tickets are SOLD OUT

We are excited to announce that we are at maximum capacity with camping and we have completely sold out of 1 day tickets! We are excited that we will be enjoying another Strawberry Music Festival with all our friends who are able to attend!

Get your dancing shoes on, open up your ear-balls and shake away the blues!
Happy Strawberry!

All attendees must use CrowdPass to verify COVID-19 requirements prior to arrival. Please read the updated COVID-19 Policy which includes the link to register and step by step instructions to verify with CrowdPass.
If you have questions or need assistance, please call the office at (209) 984-8630 or email, open M-Th, 10-4pm.


From Asheville, North Carolina, the Steep Canyon Rangers are GRAMMY winning, Billboard Chart-topping, damn-fine musicians also known for their collaborations with banjoist (and comedian) Steve Martin. They are the final act of our Saturday evening at Strawberry!

The Rangers are made up of Woody Platt on guitar and vocals, Graham Sharp on banjo and vocals, Mike Guggino on mandolin/mandola and vocals, Nicky Sanders on fiddle and vocals, Mike Ashworth on drums and vocals, and Barrett Smith on bass and vocals.
Check out their sublime version of James Taylor’s “Sweet Baby James,” live at Merlefest.
To read and hear more:

Buy tickets online at:
Contact us directly, M-F, 10-4 at (209)984-8630 or


A founding father of the New Grass revolution, Sam Bush caught the light of inspiration from Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys, and he caught a fire from Bob Marley and the Wailers. He’s one of music’s ultimate inside outsiders. Or is it outside insider? There is only one Sam Bush.

Sam is closing Friday eveningat the festival — and to say the least, we are very excited to see him back on the music meadow. We’re almost there — see you at Strawberry!!
Read and listen:
Adult tickets are now closed — child or teen tickets available at the gate. 


This band is about as organic to Strawberry as you can get. Rumor has it that the band was even born at their camp! You’ve heard them at the Breakfast Club, and on Hog Ranch Radio (including our remote broadcast last year), and the lead singer is a member of our Brush Crew.

We are proud and pleased to present Pathetic Honey for their exciting main stage debut — come join them in kicking off the festival, on Thursday!
For more:

Buy tickets online at: us directly, M-F, 10-4 at (209)984-8630 or


In order to facilitate our migration to the festival office, all adult camping and 1-day ticket sales will cease at 11:59pm on Friday, May 20th. This year’s reduced capacity will give attendees more space to enjoy the festival and have really nice camping. For a limited time, you can order tickets online until 11:59pm or by calling the office from 10:00am – 4:00pm at (209) 984-8630 on Friday, May 20th.

The Strawberry office will close on Friday, May 20th at 4:00 pm. Phone messages will be forwarded to our festival office and messages will be checked every hour starting on Monday, May 23rd and continuing throughout the festival. In the event of an emergency, you can call the Command Post 24 hours daily at (530) 362-7766 starting at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 25th.

If you haven’t already done so, please read Strawberry’s COVID-19 policy and register for Crowdpass to upload your verification. We recommend everyone test for COVID-19 before and after attending Strawberry, regardless of vaccination status.


Anyone who is not able to attend the Spring 2022 Strawberry Music Festival due to illness is eligible to exchange their ticket for Spring 2023. Do not attend the festival if you test positive for COVID-19. Ticket holders who upload a positive test result for COVID-19 to CrowdPass within 24 hours of the entry time stated on their ticket, will be eligible for a refund of their ticket value.

Thank you so much for your cooperation. We are looking forward to an epic reunion of family and friends at Strawberry’s 40th Anniversary celebration. See you there!


He’s a living legend of California bluegrass, and this will be his eleventh set at Strawberry, no less! Here’s the stellar band, Phil Salazar and The Kin Folk playing Run Grunion, Run (a tune named after that unique, So Cal fishin tradition) by the band’s dobro player, Bill Flores. 

Give them a warm welcome back on Friday at 11:00am, at Spring Strawberry! 

Hear and read more:
Buy tickets online at:

Contact us directly M-W, 10-4 at (209) 984-8630 or


From the Sierra Nevada foothills, The Risky Biscuits bring heel stomping kickers and sweet, humble ballads. This video of Pickin’ Biscuits might be in the former category? 
Welcome back Strawberry favorites The Risky Biscuits on Saturday at 1:45! 
For more:
Buy tickets online at: us directly, M-W, 10-4 at (209)984-8630 or