FESTIVAL DATES AND TIMES
Come join the fun and hear some great Bluegrass music at the Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival.
We will be featuring acts from the US and Canada, including a few of our amazing local bands.
FRIDAY, AUG 16
5:45 pm to 10:30 pm
SATURDAY, AUG 17
1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
SUNDAY, AUG 18
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Shady Grove is one of the longest running music festivals in Alberta. Started in 1990 by the Late Ken Wishart and wife, Rosemary, it was held for the first three years on their property in the small town of Nanton. Ken and Rosemary played, loved and embraced traditional bluegrass and made that the theme for the festival; a theme which remains firmly in place to this day. In 1993 it moved to Broadway farm, an event farm just east of Nanton, and this venue has made it truly unique. The main stage has always been in an enclosed pavilion the owners called “The Blue Sky Pavillion” , so patrons are high and dry if it’s raining, but if the sun is shining , as it mostly does the third weekend of August, the roof retracts to allow the glorious sun to shine in.
The festival was operated as a non-profit organization by committee until 2006, and was dormant for two years until Foothills Bluegrass Music Society of Calgary stepped in to rejuvenate it in 2009.
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; Check out the Past Performers page.
The quality and presentation of talent has always been top notch, and the volunteers make it run smooth as silk. Combine this with the charm and uniqueness of Broadway Farm and it becomes one of the most unusual musical venues one would hope to find.
There is ample unserviced camping space and a family run food concession. Gates open at noon on Friday with first music after supper, then all day Saturday and closes mid-afternoon on Sunday.
The Shady Grove Bluegrass Festival has stepped up its game plan for our environmental impact.
We can start with the first R – reduce. Bring your own water bottle and coffee mug and re-use them all weekend. Please do not bring anything on site that will end up as trash. There will be water available to refill water bottles, and no bottled water for sale onsite.
We will have boxes and bins for recycling, please do your part by putting your empties and recyclables into them.