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FreshGrass Festival 2021

 

An opportunity for enthusiasts to both appreciate and participate, FreshGrass is a family-friendly festival, brimming with bright talent on four stages, and also in our galleries, brick-lined courtyards, and grassy field, produced in partnership by MASS MoCA, the FreshGrass Foundation, and No Depression.

With vaccines rolling out and many experts predicting a return to live music events in the fall, we cannot wait to welcome our bluegrass family back to MASS MoCA for the 10th annual FreshGrass North Adams on September 24-26, 2021. We’re putting together a stellar lineup (more info soon!) and making sure all suggested safety protocols are followed (more info below).

2021 FAQ

When will the 2021 lineup be announced?

We are planning to announce the 2021 lineup in the coming months. Stay tuned to our socials for the latest info.

Is the 2021 festival definitely happening?

Given that vaccines are rolling out and many experts predict a return to live music events in the fall, we are hopeful. We’re putting together a stellar lineup and making sure all suggested safety protocols are followed. Safety is our first priority, and we are working closely with all local and state authorities.

If FreshGrass North Adams 2021 doesn’t take place, will I be able to get a refund?

Absolutely. If FreshGrass North Adams 2021 cannot take place as planned, the option to get a refund will be available to all ticket holders.

Tell us about any and all COVID prevention measures, requirements, etc.

This is a bit of a moving target right now, and we will be sharing more information in the coming months. With safety being our top priority, we will be following the guidance of all local and state authorities to ensure a safe experience for all. We thank you for your patience. Please stay tuned; many more details to come!

I held on to my tickets from the 2020 festival. Can I use those for the 2021 festival?

All tickets purchased for the 2020 festival will be honored for the 2021 event. If you have your physical tickets already, please keep them; they are your tickets to this year’s festival.

I held on to my tickets from the 2020 festival, but I can’t make the new 2021 dates. Can I get a refund?

If you prefer to receive a refund, please email boxoffice@massmoca.org.

Can I book my campsite now?

Campsites are not currently available for purchase. Check back in the coming months for more information, and stay tuned to our socials for the latest updates.

 

More about FreshGrass North Adams
Music starts early in the museum courtyards, moves to our spacious (and grassy!) urban concert meadow, and then continues until past your bedtime with wild and woolly late-night barn dances in the Hunter Center on Friday and Saturday nights. Concerts held rain or shine. The lineup is jam-packed with guitar gods and banjo gurus, traditionalists, and trailblazers — artists you already know and love interspersed with FreshGrass discoveries. Taken together, it’s an expansive group of performers who both draw on the past and look to the future. We like to think of it as “great music uprooted.”

The FreshGrass Award celebrates new talent, with cash prizes to the contest winners. Finalists in the band, banjo, fiddle, and the No Depression singer-songwriter categories perform for a panel of industry professionals on Saturday and Sunday of the festival, with winners announced on Sunday afternoon. Open to all festival-goers, the contest showcases the future of bluegrass and roots music when the bands play original and traditional tunes. With prizes totaling $25,000, grand prize winners receive a performance spot at next year’s festival, recording sessions at Compass Records, and handcrafted instruments from festival sponsors. See the finalists here.

FreshGround is a tent-camping field within easy walking distance (.7 miles; 12 minutes) of the festival, convenient to downtown merchants, bars, and restaurants. A shuttle bus runs continuously to the festival from the campsite. Camping will be available to purchase closer to the festival date.

Camp Aggie for RV and tent camping is located 4 miles down the road from the festival. Shuttle buses run to the festival every 20-30 minutes. Camping will be available to purchase closer to the festival date.

Stay tuned to freshgrass.com for the latest news—the music never stops at FreshGrass!

Follow FreshGrass on Facebook for updates and more.

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