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The Annual Bluegrass Festival at Calico Returns May 13, 2023.

Updated: May 6, 2023


SB County Community Services presents... The annual Bluegrass Festival at Calico returns for one day only on May 13, with a musical lineup of traditional and progressive bluegrass headliners, such as emerging L.A.-based folk-rock bands, Rose’s Pawn Shop, the Storytellers and San Francisco-based band Dirty Cello, all women band Lilies of the West and more. The festival blends Bluegrass music with old-fashioned activities and entertainment for the entire family. Watch the lighting fast pigs race around a track and vie for a reward of ice cream and cookies or watch our Calico Mountain Volunteer Gunfighters duel it out in live reenactments. The Bon Family & CA All Star Cloggers will be performing toe tappin’ shows throughout the day. Eventgoers can experience what school was like for students who attended class at Calico during the late 1800s, tour the famous Maggie Mine and Dead Mans Drift and learn about how silver was mined in 1881 or take a train ride through the hills of Calico. Skilled blacksmith demonstrations will be available throughout the day. There will be arts & crafts, games and activities for all, including the popular egg toss. All town shops will be open, including the Calico House Restaurant, Miners Café and Lil’s Saloon. Watch videos on all the Calico shops. Other performers include Eric Gorsuch, the high-desert band Blue Henry’s, High D Boys and local band Billhillyz. For a full schedule of events visit parks.sbcounty.gov/bluegrass. Calico is pet-friendly and requires all pets be leashed at all times. Dog accessories can be purchased at Dorsey’s Dog House. Due to the historic nature of the town, not all areas are ADA accessible. It is advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. Camping is also available for this event and may be booked online at www.sbcountyparks.com. Four tickets to this event are included with camping reservations. The Calico Town and shops will be open Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission to the festival is $15 for adults, $10 for youth (ages 4-11), and ages three and under are free. Calico Ghost Town is located at 36600 Ghost Town Road Yermo, CA 92398.

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