By OutdoorsNW Staff

The North Cascades Bluegrass Festival is gearing up to be held this coming Labor Day weekend, Sept. 3, 4 and 5, at the Deming Log Show Grounds, near Bellingham, Wash. This year’s festival lineup contains a number of award-winning bands including two-time Grammy-nominated band The Special Consensus featuring 2021 IBMA Music Award nominees Greg Blake, male vocalist of the year, and Dan Eubanks, bass player of the year IBMA nominated banjo player of the year, Gina Furtado as well the Kody Norris Show, a seven-time nominated SPGMA band of the year. Also appearing this year will be the Boulder, Colo. based Blue Canyon Boys as well as regional favorites the Lonesome Town Painters and Runaway Train. Completing this year’s lineup will be talented singer-songwriter Rebekah Long from Nashville, Tenn. who, in addition to performing with her own band during the festival, will join local band favorite, Roosevelt Road, in a gospel set on Sunday morning. [caption id="attachment_95627" align="alignnone" width="750"]

North Cascades Bluegrass Festival Slated for Labor Day Weekend

Special Consensus.[/caption] New this year, the festival will be expanding to three full days, (Fri, Sat and Sun) of Bluegrass goodness. Additionally, on-site camping (both dry camping and hookup available) will be available for a full week commencing Tuesday, Aug. 31 and running through Tuesday, Sept. 7. As in past years, music workshops taught by members of the performing bands will be a highlight of the festival. Additionally, the always-popular Access Living Showcase will give local bluegrass bands an opportunity to perform at the festival in front of old and new fans alike. Rounding out the entertainment portion of the festival will be an Open Mic night which gives budding performers a chance to play in front of an appreciative and supportive audience while improving their performing chops. Returning this year will be the festival’s cider and beer garden featuring several cider favorites from Bellingham Cider Company as well a number of beers sourced from local breweries. Food, crafts and festival merchandise will also be available for purchase from a number of vendors. The North Cascades Bluegrass Festival is a production of the Whatcom Parks and Recreation Foundation (WPRF), a 501c3 nonprofit, and is the primary fundraiser for the WPRF. All proceeds from the festival are used by the WPRF to further its mission of supporting and promoting parks, trails and recreational opportunities for Whatcom County and its cities and communities. More information about the festival including how to purchase tickets and performance schedules can be found at the festival’s website at

  Frequent updates about the festival can also be found on Facebook at

. And finally, the North Cascades Bluegrass Festival will be observing and following all CDC, Washington state, and Whatcom County pandemic related recommendations in effect at the time of the festival.

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