In 2007, bluegrass pioneer Del McCoury invited some of his friends to do a little pickin’ and strummin’ in the heart of the Maryland mountains. Eleven years later, DelFest has become a beacon for bluegrass, and the epicenter of American mountain music. Celebrating not just the sound, but the soul of the music, DelFest is a five day experience of the soul of the Appalachian mountains.
Don’t believe us? Pack up your tent, grab your fiddle, a cooler of authentic Maryland craft beer, and a pack of your friends and family, and head for Cumberland. Setting up camp at DelFest feels like coming home after a year away from where you belong. From the KidZone dance classes, to the DelFest Academy (Sunday through Wednesday prior to the festival) where you can learn to play with the greats, to the main stage thunder, to late night jams by the fire, you won’t want to miss what is more than a concert. DelFest is a way of life.
And this year’s lineup is one for the ages. Del has called together The Bluegrass Congress and brought in Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush, Mandolin Orange, and dozens more of the best players anywhere. So if you’re asking if it’s time to get your tickets? Well, the answer is DelYeah!
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May. 24, 2018 – May. 27, 2018
Allegany County Fairgrounds
Cumberland, MD 21502