This list is an attempt to gather information about stuff that is of interest me and is not genre specific.
Please call the venue to verify events in case of cancellations and for show times

Some other good websites for local DC/Baltimore information on music and dancing are

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This is a work in progress ….  Dates in red are not confirmed yet,    If you know of a festival that I am missing, send me an email.



1 May?

FIYA Fest  -- Mardi Gras World, New Orleans, LA

5-8 May

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival -- New Orleans, LA  (504) 592-0529         see above listing for April 28-30

5-7 May

Beale Street Music Festival/ Memphis in May-- Memphis, TN (901) 525-4611 (800)447-8278

5-7 May

Apple Blossom Festival – Winchester, VA

4-7 May

Sleepy Creek on the Potomac SpringDig-- Berkeley Springs, WV  

4-7 May

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival  -- FREE  Pittsboro, NC
Donna the Buffalo,

2-3 May?

TowsonTown Spring Festival – Towson, MD

2 May?

Amelia Island Blues Festival – Amelia Island, FL

3-6 May

Suwannee River Jam  Live Oak, FL

4 May?

DC101 Chili Cook-off Festival – RFK Stadium Grounds, Washington DC

6 May

Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival -- Thomson, GA  (706)597-1000 
Buckwheat Zydeco, Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams, Deslondes, Ravi Coltrane,

6-7 May

Town Point Virginia Spring Wine Festival -- Norfolk, VA (757)441-2345 

11-13 May

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Bluesgrass Festival – Denton Farm Park, Denton, NC 

7 May?

Blues Music Awards -- Cook Convention Center, Memphis, TN (901) 525-4611 (800)447-8278 

11-14 May

Gator by the Bay: San Diego Zydeco & Blues Festival -- San Diego, CA  (619)234-8612
Marcia Ball, Geno Delofose & French Rockin Boogie, Steve Riley & Mamou Playboys, Chubby Carrier & Bayou Swamp Band, Igor Prado Band, Dennis Jones Band,

7-10 May?

Lake Eden Arts Festival -- Camp Rockmount/Black Mountain, NC  (828) 68-MUSIC 

9 May?

Loudoun County Bluegrass Festival – Leesburg VA

9 May

Parkfest Blues – Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield, VA

13 May

Kingsman Island Bluegrass & Folk Festival – Kingsman Island on the Anacostia River, Washington DC

12-15 May?

Gettysburg Bluegrass Camporee --  Granite Hill Campground,  Gettsyburg, PA 

15-17 May?

Spring Gulch Folk Fest – Spring Gulch Campground,  New Holland, PA

18-21 May

Hang Out Music Festival -- Gulf Shores, AL 

Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Plots, Frank Ocean, Major Lazer, The Head & the Heart, Franz Ferdinand, Band of Horses, Charli XCX, SnakeHips, Shaggy, Mutemath, Gryffin, Dillon Francis,

19-21 May

Beach Music & Car Show Weekend -- Virginia Beach, VA    

20-21 May

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival --  Sandy Point Park,  Annapolis, MD
The Mavericks, Butch Trucks & Freight Train, Walter Trout, Samantha Fish, Toronzo Cannon, Frank Bang & Cook County Kings, Sweet Leda; Jonny Lang, Robert Ranolph & Family Band, Ana Popovic, William Bell Band, Mr Sipp, Apocolypse Blue Revue, Swamp Candy

20-21 May?

Virginia Beer Festival  -- Town Point Park,  Norfolk, VA  

21 May

Carolina 'Lite' Blues Festival – Festival Park, Greensboro, NC (336) 275-4944 
Eric Gales, Brandon Santini, Big Red Hunter, Gate City Divas, Luxuriant Sedans.

20-21 May

Wine in the Woods – Symphony Woods,  Columbia, MD   

20-21 May

Doheny Blues Festival -- Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, CA  (949) 360-7800
Robin Trower, Samantha Fish, Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters,

25-28 May

Rooster Walk – Blue Mountain Festival Grounds, Martinsville, VA
Marcus King Band, Billy Strings, Eric Krasno, Yarn, Erin & the Wildfire, Trongone Band,

22-25 May?

Sacramento Music Festival --  Sacramento, CA 

27-29 May

Silver City Blues Festival  -- FREE  Gough Park, Silver City, NM

22-24 May?

Roanoke Festival in the Park  -- Elmwood Park,  Roanoke, VA   

23 May?

Little Walter Music Festival – Alexandria, LA 

26-28 May

Chantilly Bluesgrass & BBQ Festival – Chantilly Festival Farm, Floyd, VA
Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice,

23-25 May?

Rockville Hometown Holidays Street Festival – Rockville, MD

23-24 May?

Santa Cruz Blues Fest --  Santa Cruz, CA (831)479-9814  

24 May?

Blues Society of Central PA Treasures Picnic –   VFW Picnic Grounds,  Shellsville, PA   12-8pm    (717) 599-7798   

24 May?

BB King Homecoming Festival – BB King Museum, Indianola

26-29 May

Woodflock 2017 -   Red Bluff, CA
Campout with Antsy McClain & the Trailer Park Troubadours

25-29 May

Strawberry Music Festival --   Nevada County Farigrounds, Grass Valley, CA    
Richard Thompson, Elephant Revival, Dangermuffin, Diryu Revival,    

27-28 May

Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival – Simi Valley, CA
Doug Kershaw, Dwayne Dopsie & Zydeco Hellraisers, Lazy Lester, Jo-el Sonnier, The Yardbirds, Robby Krieger, Kelly’s Lot, Alex Nester, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux & Golden Eagle, Mitch Ryder, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The 44’s, Bayou Brothers, Crawdaddio,

29-31 May?

Virginia Beach Patriot Festival  -- Virginia Beach, VA

30 May?

Hungry for Music Crawfish Boil – Fort Hunt Park   Alexandria, VA    (advance purchase required) 

30-31 May?

Sweetlife Festival – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

30-31 May?

Blue Ridge Music Festival – Salem, VA


1-3 Jun

Graves Mountain Festival of Music – Graves Mtn Lodge, Syria, VA     (camping on-site)
Pickin' Daisies, Reno & Harrell, Charm City Junction, Mark Templeton & Pocket Change, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, The Steeldrivers, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition, Trinity River Band, Terry Baucom, Barefoot Movement, Sideline, Mountain Heart, Rob Ickes, Brad Davis, Sister Sadie, Seldom Scene, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Ralph Stanley II, Lonesome River Band, Shenandoah

1-4 Jun

Western Maryland Blues Fest – Hagerstown, MD  (301)739-8577 ext 116

1-4 Jun

Herndon Festival  -- Herndon, VA  

1-4 Jun

Washington Folk Festival – Glen Echo Park, Glen Echo, MD    FREE

1-4 Jun

RiverFest Arts & Music Festival -- Little Rock, AR  (501)255-3378

2-4 June

Michael Arnone’s  Crawfish Festival – Sussex Fairgrounds, Augusta, NJ 212-539-8830 
Tab Benoit, Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band, Cabinet, Yarn, Alexis P Suter, Feufollet, Terrance Simien & Zydeco Experience, Little Freddie King, Rebirth Brass Band, Anders Osborne, Flow Tribe, Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie, Nick Moss Band, Papa John Gross Band, Keystal Livingston, Mason Ruffner, Darcy Malone & the Tangle, Henry Butler’s Jambalaya Band, ++

4-7 June?

Roots on the River  -- Bellow Falls, VT  

1-4 Jun

Big Island Jazz & Blues Festival – Mauna Kea Beach Hotel,  Kohala, HI

2-10 Jun

Wichita River Festival – Wichita, KS

5-7 June?

Taste of Wheaton – Wheaton Triangle, Wheaton, MD  

9-11 June

Celebrate Fairfax – Fairfax Govt Center,  Fairfax, VA

5-7 June?

NY Governors Ball Music Festival – Randall’s Island Park, NYC, NY

5-6 June?

T-Bone Walker Blues Festival  -- Longview, TX

5-6 June?

Taste of Syracuse  -- Syracuse, NY

5-6 June?

Brevard Blues Festival – Brevard, NC

5-7 June?

Capital Jazz Festival – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

8 June

Cherokee Bluegrass Festival – Cherokee, NC 
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver,

8-11 June

Blast from the Bayou  -- Preston, CT (888) 794-7944

9-11 June

HarborFest  -- Town Point Park,  Norfolk, VA  

9-11 June

Chicago Blues Fest  -- FREE  - Grant Park, Chicago, IL  (312)744-3370 (312)744-3315

6 June?

Strasburg Blues Festival – Strasburg Moose Festival Grounds, Strasburg, VA    804-214-0312

9-17 June

Riverbend Festival  -- Chattanooga, TN
Toby Keith, Brett Young, Old Dominion,

6-7 June?

Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival --  Harpers Ferry, WV   

6 June?

Glover Park Day Festival --  Guy Mason Rec Center, 3600 Calvert St NW, Washington  DC

4 June?

Chester County Blues BBQ – Wyndsor Farm, Elverson, PA

7 June?

Federal Hill Jazz & Blues Festival --  FREE Baltimore, MD   

10-11 June

St Georges Blues Festival – St Gabriel’s Lodge, New Castle, DE  

10 June

Billtown Blues Festival -- Hughesville, PA  (570) 584-4480  

10-17 June

Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival – Bill Monroe Campground Park, Nashville, IN   
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver,

12-13 Jun?

Greeley Blues Jam Festival – Island Grove Park, Greeley, CO

12-13 Jun?

Pop Ferguson Blues Heritage Festival – Lenoir, NC  

12-13 Jun?

Stoney Creek Bluegrass Festival – Stoney Creek Resort, Greenville, VA

30 June
- 2 July

Sandstock Rock Music Festival  -- Virginia Beach, VA   

12-14 Jun?

Tinner Hill Blues Festival -- Cherry Hill Park, Falls Church, VA 703 248-5001    www.FallsChurchVa.Gov

10-11 June

Bawlmer Honfest 2012 --  Falls Rd @ 36th St, Baltimore, MD

10 June

State Street Blues Stroll – Various Locations, Media PA

13 June?

Breaux Vineyards Cajun Festival and Crawfish Boil -- Hillsboro VA              

  11 June

Deer Creek Fiddler's Convention -- Carroll County Farm Museum, Westminster, MD
Oldtime, Bluegrass, Celtic Music & Clog Dancing

13 June?

Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival --  FREE  Creative Alliance @ Patterson, Baltimore, MD     10am-7pm  

13-14 Jun?

Virginia Blues & Jazz Festival -- Garth Newel Music Center, Warm Springs, VA  (877)-558-1689

13-14 Jun?

Dauphin County Music & Wine Festival      Fort Hunter, PA

14-17 June

WC Handy Blues & BBQ Festival --  FREE  Henderson, KY  (800) 648-3128   

14 Jun?

Takoma Park Jazz Festival -- Takoma Park, MD  

16-18 June

Mountain Jam  -- Hunter Mountain, NY
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Steve Miller Band, Peter Frampton, Gary Clark Jr, Michael Franti & Spearhead, St Paul & The Broken Bones, The Strumbellas, Shovels & Rope, The Revivalists, The Infamous Stringdusters, White Denim, Elephant Revival, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, River Whyless

15-18 June

Telluride Bluegrass Festival -- Telluride, CO   

15-18 June

Mad Tea Party Jam – Hedgesville, WV

15-18 June

Firefly Music Festival – Dover Speedway, Dover DE

18-21 Jun?

Lehigh River Blues Jam –  Catasauqua Park, Catasauqua, PA

19-22 Jun?

Colonial Beach Blues Festival – Colonial Beach, VA

19-21 Jun?

Lake Placid Blue s& Heritage Festival – Lake Placid, NY

19-20 Jun?

Blues on the Fox Festival --  River Edge Park    Aurora, Il  

20 Jun?

Steppingstone Summertime Blues Festival – Havre de Grace, MD

20 Jun?

Columbia Pike Blues Festival --  FREE  Arlington, VA (703) 892-2776  1-8pm  

20 Jun?

Silver Spring Blues Festival -- Silver Spring, MD   

20-21 Jun?

Clearwater Festival – Great Hudson River Revival – Croton Point Park, Croton on Hudson, NY

20-21 Jun?

Cajun & Blues Festival – Lodi, CA

20-21 Jun?

Long Beach Bayou Festival – Long Beach, CA

23-25 June

Bayou Boogaloo & Cajun Food Festival  -- Town Point Park,  Norfolk, VA   

21-24 Jun

Music in the Mountains Bluegrass Festival   --  Summersville, WV
Doyle Lawson & Quick SIlver

24 Jun

South Branch Valley Bluegrass Festival -- Wapocoma Campground, Romney, WV

25-29 Jun & 2-6 July

Smithsonian Folklife Festival --  FREE  Downtown Mall, Washington, DC  (202)633-1000  

25-28 Jun?

Kate Wolf Music Festival  -- Black Oak Ranch, Laytonville, CA

28 June –
9 July

Summerfest – Milwaukee, WI 

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty & Heartbreakers,  Chris Stapleton,  +++

25-27 Jun?

ROMP Bluegrass Roots & Branches Festival – Yellow Creek Park, Owensboro, KY

26-27 Jun?

Jack’s Mountatin Blues Festival --  Laurelton, PA 17835   (570) 452-0088

26-27 Jun?

River and Roots Festival – Watermelon Park, Berryville, VA

26-27 Jun?

Fort Smith Riverfront Blues – Fort Smith, AR

26 Jun?

Charleston Blues Brews & BBQs --  Univ of Charleston, Charleston, WV

28-28 Jun?

Paulie’s New Orleans Jazz & Blues Festival – Worcester, MA

27-28 Jun?

DC Capital Barbecue Battle -- Washington, DC

27-29 Jun?

Mystic Blues Festival  --  Mystic, CT

27-28 Jun?

Blues From The Top – Winter Park, CO

27 Jun?

Shepherdstown Street Festival  -- Shepherdstown, WV        

27 Jun?

Chincoteague Bay Trails End Blues Festival – Horntown, VA

27-28 Jun?

Freihofer’s Jazz Festival – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY  

28 Jun?

Mohawk Blues Festival  --  Frankfort, NY     



30 June
- 2 July

Great Blue Heron Festival – Sherman, NY
Donna the Buffalo,

30 June
- 4 July

Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival – Portland, OR


29 June
- 2 July

High Sierra Music Festival  – Plumas-Sierra Fairgrounds, Quincy, CA
Trey Anastasio Band, Ween, Galactic, Mike Gordon, Con Brio, Fruition, The Suffers, Aoife O’Donovan, BillyStrings, Lil Smokies, Big Something, Achilles Wheel,  

2-3 Jul?

Syracuse Jazz Festival  -- Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY

4 July

Capitol Fourth – National Mall   Washington DC

4 July

Great American Picnic  -- Town Point Park,  Norfolk, VA   

4 July

Willie Nelson Picnic --   Austin, TX       

9-14 July

Augusta Heritage Center Cajun-Creole-Country Week – Elkins, WV   

3-5 Jul?

Thunder Bay Blues Festival – Marina Park, Thunder Bay, ON, Canada

8-12 Jul?

Black Potatoe Music Festival – Red Hill Museum, Clinton NJ

6-16 July

RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest – Lebreton Flats, Ottawa, Canada

6-9 July

Briggs Farm Blues Festival – Nescopeck, PA  (570) 379-3342

6-9 July

Doah Festival – Luray, VA

7-8 July

New York State Blues Festival – Clinton Square, Syracuse, NY       

13-16 July

California Worldfest – Grass Valley, CA

13-15 July

Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Festival – Yankton Trail Park, Sioux Falls, SD    

13-16 July

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival -- Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, NY

13-16 July

Jamboree in the Hills -- Wheeling, WV

14-15 July

Tall City Blues Festival -- Midland, TX  

11-12 Jul?

Common Ground on the Hill Festival - Westminster, MD 

11 Jul?

Breaux Vineyards Key West Fest -- Hillsboro VA               

11-12 Jul?

Johnnie Johnson Blues & Jazz Festival – Fairmont, WV         

14-16 July

Green River Festival – Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA

12 Jul?

BSCP Mississippi Railroad   --  Shellsville VFW Picnic Grounds, Grantville, PA  

14-15 July

Norfolk Jazz Festival  -- Town Point Park,  Norfolk, VA

14-16 July

Red Wings Roots Music Festival --  Natural Chimney Regional Park, Mount Solon, VA

15-16 July

North Atlantic Blues Festival -- Rockland, ME
Walter Trout, Shemekia Copeland, Kenny Neal, Harmonicon w/Sugar Blue, Billy Branch & Jason Ricci, Dayne Dopsie & Zydeco Hellraisers, Kelly Hunt, Christone Kingfish Ingram, Anthony Gomes, Biscuit Miller & the Mix, Sari Schorr

16-21 July

Augusta Heritage Center Blues Week – Elkins, WV   

17-19 Jul?

Artscape -- FREE  Baltimore, MD     

20-23 July

Finger Lakes Grassroots Festival  --  Fair Grounds, Trumansburg, NY
Donna the Buffalo

17-18 Jul?

Rock the Barn Music Festival – Clarence, NY

21-23 July

Winthrop R&B Festival --  Hwy20 Blues Ranch, Winthrop, WA  
Delbert McClinton, Chubby Carrier & the Swamp Bayou Band,                Too Slim & the Taildraggers, Sugaray Rayford

18 Jul?

Winchester Blues Festival --  Winchester Eagles Outdoor Pavilion,  700 Baker Lane, Winchester, VA      

17-18 Jul?

Blue Ridge Blues & BBQ  -- Elmwood Park  Roanoke,  VA     

18 Jul?

Bucks County Blues Society R&B Picnic -- Snipes Farm, Morrisville, PA  (coolers ok)

21-23 July

Lowertown Blues Festival – St Paul, MN

21-23 July

Weekend in the Country -- Wapocoma Campground, Romney, WV
Charlie Daniels Band, Mark Willis, Mickey Gilley, Doug Stone

23-25 July

Cape Fear Blues Festival – Cape Fear, NC

28-30 July

Lowell Folk Festival --  Lowell, MA   

28-29 July

Fargo Blues Festival -- Fargo, ND  (866) 55_BLUES   

 24-26 Jul?

Pittsburgh Blues Festival --  Hartwood Acres,  Pittsburgh, PA (412)460-BLUE

28-30 July

RockyGrass Festival – Lyons, CO

28-30 July

Newport Folk Festival --  Fort Adams Park, Newport, RI

24-26 Jul?

Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival  -- Clinton Square, Syracuse, NY

30 July

Blues Under The Bridge – Colorado Springs, CO

30 July
– 4 Aug

Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week – Elkins, WV  

26-30 July

FloydFest -- MP 170.5 Blue Ridge Parkway, Chateau Morrisette, Floyd, VA
Thievery Corporation, Michael Franti & Spearhead, St Paul & Broken Bones, Leftover Salmon, Steel Pulse, White Denim, Turkauz, Fruition, Ralroad Earth, Shovels and Rope, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Keller Williams, Tauk, Larry Keel Experience, Nicola Cruz, That 1 Guy, Steel Wheels, Big Something, HoneyHoney, Baskery, Bg Something, Shook Twins, Lil Smokies, Suitcase Junket, Hillbilly Casino, Urban Soil, The Tillers, Jack Broadbent, Rebekah Todd & the Odyssey, Bandititos John Stickley Trio, Alanna Royale, Davy Knowles, Honey Island Swamp Band, Strange Americans, Whickerman, The Brother Brothers, Edward David Anderson, Dead 27’s, McLovins, Drunken Hearts, Troe Pierce & the T-Stories, Kansas Bible Company, Hayley Jane & the Primates, Liver Down the River, Broccoli Samurai,

27-28 Jul?

Blues From the Top Festival – Winter Park,  CO

31 July
– 6 Aug

Calgary International Blues Festival – Shaw Millennium Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

3-6 Aug

Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesapalooza – Sam’s Wood Site, Mammoth Lakes, CA

28-29 July

Prairie Dog Blues Festival – St Feriloe Island, Prairie du Chien, WI   

31 July - 
1 Aug?

Wills Mountain Festival – Fort Royale Farm, Bedford, PA

4-6 Aug

Telluride Jazz Festival -- Telluride, CO 

4-6 Aug

Newport Jazz Festival --   Fort Adams Park, Newport, RI

3-6 Aug

Lollapolooza – Chicago, Il



2-9 Aug?

Augusta Old-Time, Vocal, & American Vernacular Dance Week  – Elkins, WV

2 Aug

Pickin in Parsons Bluegrass Festival – Five River Campground, Parsons, WV
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver,

4-6 Aug

Riverfront Blues -- Wilmington, DE (302)571-4205 or 376-6298

6-8 Aug?

Lil Margarets Bluegrass Festival – Leonardtown,MD

6-9 Aug?

Kitchener Blues Festival – Kitchener, ON, Canada     

4-13 Aug

Musikfest – Bethlehem, PA

11-13 Aug

Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival – Clarksdale, MS

4-6 Aug

Oak Grove Music Festival – Oak Grove Theater, Verona, VA

11-12 Aug

Heritage Music Blues Festival -- Heritage Port Amphitheater, Wheeling, WV (304) 232-8705

7-8 Aug?

Cincinnati Blues Festival – Sawyer Point, Cincinnati, OH

3-6 Aug?

Flood City Music Festival – Johnston, PA

11-13 Aug

Bayfront Blues Festival -- Duluth, MN  (715) 394-6831 

7-9 Aug?

Augusta Festival – Elkins, WV

8 Aug?

Shenandoah Valley Blues & Brews Festival –  Sunspots Pavilion, Staunton, VA

8 Aug?

Denver Blues and Brews Festival‏ -- Denver, CO

12 Aug

Gloucester Mass Blues Festival‏ -- Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, MA

13-16 Aug?

Gettysburg Bluegrass Camporee --  Granite Hill Campground,  Gettsyburg, PA

13-16 Aug?

Peach Music Festival – Montage Mountain,  Scranton, PA

14-16 Aug?

Simply Jazz & Blues Festival – Beckley, WV

19-20 Aug

Philadelphia Folk Festival -- Schwenksville, PA

18-20 Aug

White Mountain Blues Festival -- Thornton, NH

19-20 Aug

Jackson Rhythm & Blues Festival – Jackson Ag Museum, Jackson, MS

18-20 Aug

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival – Lyon, CO

15 Aug?

Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest -- Wintergreen Resort,  Wintergreen, VA   (434) 325-08292   ,

17-19 Aug

North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival – Marion, NC

18-19 Aug

Madison Ribberfest – Madison, IN

18-19 Aug

Chenango Blues Fest -- Norwich, NY  (607)334-5653 (607)336-2787