the shady grove festival is one of canada’s best bluegrass music festivals. it has been running annually for about 30 years and has continues to deliver on top notch entertainment and an unrivalled community for jamming. the next festival is scheduled for july 14-16th 2023.
over the years, much of the talent has come from alberta and other known canadian bluegrass bands, but many of the bands were high profile groups from usa; the likes of “the special consensus”, “dry branch fire squad”, “bluegrass etc.”, ”chris and sally jones”, “lost highway” and “jeff scroggins and colorado”. the quality and presentation of talent has always been top notch, and the volunteers make it run smooth as silk.
the shady grove bluegrass festival moved to the rodeo grounds in sundre, alberta in 2020. the new venue offers excellent dry camping. you can expect to set up and jam with your friends in the same shady grove tradition as always.
in addition, because we are in the town of sundre, those who want to attend but not camp have access to excellent hotels and motel very near the festival grounds.
there will be an open mic, workshops, and great performances. there will also be a saloon, beer gardens, food trucks, and performances by some of the best bluegrass groups from western canada.
there will be workshops and facilitated jams, so expect to get some sore fingers by the end of the weekend. see our website for ticket details and the latest information.
access to the many amenities sundre has to offer is a great bonus, and part of a perfect getaway, with great golf and over 4000 camping sites in the area. for those that want a little time away from the festival sundre has restaurants, a historic village, and some wonderful paths and hiking trails close to the festival site.