Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival

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There will be jamming, camping and workshops at the Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival.

Featuring: Kristen Grainger & True North, Skillethead, Rock Ridge and more.

Held the first weekend in July, this little festival is the best kept secret in Oregon. Wheeler County, with three incorporated towns, it is the only county in Oregon with more horses than people. Life marches to a different drummer here, a welcome relief from the hectic pace of the rest of the world.

Open Jamming: Chairs, shade, snacks and water provided

  • Hyatt House (828 Main Street)
  • Haven House (714 Main Street)
  • Courthouse Lawn (Adams & Fourth Streets)

The Festival takes place in the old pioneer town of Fossil, the county seat, in front of the beautiful historic courthouse, now over 100 years old. The town is nestled in a beautiful valley. Life here is peaceful, quiet, and the residents are full of small town hospitality.. Besides the Festival itself, there’s a variety of small but wonderful “museums” but you can also get modern coffee if that’s what turns your wheels.

​There’s no admission charged for attending the Festival but you will need to bring your own chair and/or blanket. There’s dry camping and RV parking available at the fairgrounds, about a 5-minute walk from the courthouse, and at nearby parks. Local vendors sell a variety of food and treats.

Fossil is about a 3-hour drive from Bend or Portland. Bring your instruments and your dancing shoes, stay a day or the whole weekend, and be a part of the greatest little festival in Eastern Oregon. And be sure to plan time to visit the amazing Painted Hills and world famous Fossil beds while you are here.