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FreshGrass Festival 2021


  • Music

  • September 24-26, 2021
  • $500 3-Day VIP FreshPass
    $150 3-Day Festival Adult
    $115 3-Day Student
    $50 3-Day Child 7-16
    Free Child 6 and under
    $75 Friday
    $95 Saturday
    $70 Sunday

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.

Already have your FreshGrass ticket? Find out everything you need to know for a smooth festival experience on FreshGrass’ Need to Know page linked here.

Proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test will be required to attend FreshGrass | North Adams 2021 for everyone over two years of age. More information and details can be found below.

FreshGround camping is now sold out. 


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 4pm Climbing the Holy Hill Offsite at Hancock Shaker Village, Hanock, MA FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 5pm Gates Open 6pm FreshGrass Commission: The Bluegrass Concertos featuring Steep Canyon Rangers & The Ruta Beggers, presented by the Berklee American Roots Music Program Hunter Center 6:15pm Dom Flemons No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 7pm AJ Lee & Blue Summit Joe’s Field 8pm Amythyst Kiah Joe’s Field 9:30pm Dispatch (acoustic) Joe’s Field 10:45pm Sam Bush No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 10am Gates Opens 10am Music Starts on the Freshroots stage! Courtyard C 10:45am FreshGrass Awards: Mandolin, Guitar, & Fiddle Hunter Center 11am Willi Carlile No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 11:45am CJ Field No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 1pm Hawktail No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 1:45pm Watkins Family Hour Joe’s Field 2:15pm Alison brown Hunter Center 2:45pm Aoife O’donovan No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 3:45pm Sarah Jarosz Joe’s Field 4:45pm Yemi Alade No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 5:45pm Third World Joe’s Field 7:45pm Steep Canyon Rangers Joe’s Field 9:45pm Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Joe’s Field 11:15pm Amy Helm No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 10am Gates Opens 10am Music Starts on the Freshroots Stage! Courtyard C 10:45am FreshGrass Awards: Banjo & Band Hunter Center 11am Mukana No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 11:30am Darol Anger & Mr. Sun Joe’s Field 12:15pm dedicated men of zion No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 1pm A tribute to sister rosetta tharpe featuring felicia collins Joe’s Field 2pm Bonny light horseman No Depression Stage (Courtyard D) 2pm FreshScores with Mike Block & Sandeep Das, Alison Brown, & Martha Redbone Hunter Center 3pm Watchhouse Joe’s Field 4:45pm Béla Fleck My Bluegrass Heart featuring Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz, & Bryan Sutton Joe’s Field Catch FreshGrass Artist-in-Residence: Noam Pikelny dropping in on some of the most anticipated sets! FRESHROOTS STAGE Common Folk Showcase The Darrow School Double Diamond The Pawn Shop Saints Three Quarter North Wes Buckley & the Vaguely Pagan FRESHGRASS AWARD FINALISTS BAND Circus No. 9 Noah y Mauritzio Never Come Down FIDDLE Ella Jordan Sofía Chiarandini MANDOLIN Dylan Mccarthy Sam Leslie Thomas Cassell BANJO Max Schwartz Megan Mendenhall Tray Wellington GUITAR Ben Garnett Korey Brodsky Sam Leslie

Learn more about Climbing the Holy Hill, on Thursday, September 23, at Hancock Shaker Village here.

2021 FAQ

What are the COVID-19 health & safety policies and entry requirements?

  • Proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test will be required to attend FreshGrass | North Adams 2021 for everyone over two years of age.
  • For patrons who are not fully vaccinated including children under 12, a negative COVID-19 test result must have been obtained no more than 72 hours (3 days) prior to entering the festival.
  • Physical or digital proof of vaccination or negative test result is required and will be checked at entry.
  • Please have your ID and one of the below items on hand during entry to comply with COVID-19 entry requirements:
    • Vaccination card
    • Picture of vaccination card
    • Proof of negative test obtained no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival. (Must have your name on it)
  • FreshGrass strongly encourages vaccination. The last day to receive the second shot of Moderna or Pfizer, or a single dose of Johnson & Johnson in time for FreshGrass is Thursday, September 9.
  • Masks are required for everyone over two years of age while indoors, during the entrance procedures to the festival, and on shuttles. We welcome masks at all times throughout the festival.
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.


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.

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 is on sale now.

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

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