BLOOMIN’ BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL and CHILI COOK-OFF

Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival 2014 - Farmers Branch Texas

Friday & Saturday October 16-17 2015

Farmers Branch Historical Park
Farmers Branch, Texas
Parking lots and shuttle service located at
12000 Ford Road, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234

featuring

The Del McCoury Band | Balsam Range (both days)
Hot Rize
featuring Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers (Friday)
The Grascals
(Friday) | Helen Highwater Stringband (Friday)
The Snyder Family Band | The Herrins

much more to be announced soon!

(artists appearing on Saturday unless otherwise noted; schedule subject to change without notice)

Be sure to visit our new Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-Off Website for Updates!

This is an outdoor rain-or-shine festival in the beautiful and shady Farmers Branch Historical Park – only 15 minutes from D/FW Airport.  Bring your blanket or lawn chairs (you can also rent lawn chairs at the Park for only $2 per day!).  Festival hours Friday 4:30p – 10p; Saturday 11:30a – 10p.

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PLACES TO STAY
Please let the City of Farmers Branch know that you appreciate their presentation of this
great FREE event by booking your room in a Farmers Branch hotel today!

For Farmers Branch hotel accommodations for bluegrass, check the Stay & Play page.

Jammers at the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival, Oct. 2010, Farmers Branch, Texas  Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival  Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival

MAKING MUSIC ON YOUR OWN – JAMMING!
The Farmers Branch Historical Park has several shady areas and great old buildings that are perfect for jamming. These include a log cabin (complete with porch and rocking chairs!), a gazebo, and the General Store.  If you want to take a break from the music on stage, take a break with your old (and new) friends in a jam!

ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKETPLACE
Check out the handmade items from local vendors in the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Marketplace!  The Marketplace
will feature artisans exhibiting all types of of items, including specialty goods, original art, jewelry, and more.
Interested in selling your goods?  Contact Kim Chapman at 972-406-0184 to see if space is available.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN
Bring the kids!  We will have the KIDZONE in full swing on Saturday, including the BOUNCE HOUSE (and of course 27 acres of lush grass for running off energy)!  Remember that the Farmers Branch Historical Park has lots of great old buildings perfect for exploring, and free rose garden tours are available for nature lovers.

ENJOY FARMERS BRANCH, TEXAS – THE CITY OF ROSES
The City of Farmers Branch, Texas is home to some of the most beautiful rose gardens in the country.  Make plans to visit the gardens while you are here enjoying great bluegrass music – and chili!

CAMPERS AND RECREATIONAL VEHICLES
RV campers are WELCOME at Bloomin’ Bluegrass.  FREE DRY CAMPING (parking lot only – there are no hookups) is available at 11800 Ford Road, Farmers Branch Texas 75234, adjacent to the Wyndham Garden.

FULL RV CAMPING is available at the Sandy Lake RV Park, just 6 miles north of the Farmers Branch Historical
Park, at 1915 Sandy Lake Road, Carrollton, Texas 75006.  Phone 972-242-6808 for rates and details.

FOOD AND BEVERAGE
The City of Farmers Branch will have food and beverage concessionaires in the Park to support the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival.  No outside food, beverages, or coolers may be brought into the Park except for bottled water.  Bottled water may be brought in (no coolers).  Please be courteous, follow this policy, and enjoy this incredible festival brought to you by the City of Farmers Branch.  Please show your support for the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival by patronizing the food and beverage concessionaires set up in the Park.

FREE PARKING AND HANDICAP ACCESS
Free parking and shuttle service for the Festival is available at 12000 Ford Road in Farmers Branch, which is just across the street from the Farmers Branch Historical Park.  You will likely need to walk about a block to get to the park from your car (and slightly farther from the Wyndham Garden or RV parking area).  Free shuttles will be running during the Festival between the Wyndham Garden, parking lots, and the Park.  A few handicap spaces may be available at the northwestern park gate (2540 Farmers Branch Lane).  Additional free handicap parking is at 12400 Ford Road (corner Ford Road & Christian Parkway), with free shuttle service to and from the Park.

BLANKETS, LAWN CHAIRS, PETS, ETC.
So that everyone can have a clear view of the stage, only blankets and grass seating will be permitted in the area directly in front of the stage.  Standard lawn chairs may be used behind the rope line that will designate the blanket and grass-seating area.  Unoccupied chairs or blankets may be used by anyone until the owner returns.  If you see an empty blanket or chair near the stage, feel free to have a seat until the owner returns.  No items should be left in the Park overnight.  No pets allowed in the Park or the parking lots during the Festival (except for handicap assistance animals).

You don’t even have to bring a lawn chair to the festival.  Lawn chair rentals will be available in the Park for $2/day from the Friends of the Historical Park.  Rent chairs from Friends and help support the Park!

HOW TO GET HERE
CONSTRUCTION ALONG LBJ FREEWAY IS A MESS!  Avoid LBJ as much as you can.
Our advice:  Navigate to the intersection of Josey Lane and LBJ Freeway.
Go west on the LBJ access road, parallel to LBJ, past Wyndham Garden, and
then north on Ford Road.
  See the second map below.  Good luck with the LBJ traffic.

Click on the diagram below for a downloadable, printable City of Farmers Branch map:

Downloadable Farmers Branch City Map
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These maps will also help you find (and park at) the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival:

Overview map to Farmers Branch Historical Park

Map for Bloomin' Bluegrass FestivalMap courtesy of GoogleMaps.com.  Thanks GoogleMaps!

For questions about Farmers Branch Historical Park, call Kim Chapman at (972) 406-0184
or send an e-mail to kim.chapman [at] farmersbranch.info
(note – be sure to delete the spaces and replace [at] with @).

If you’d like to be a festival vendor, please contact Kim for details.

This event is brought to you by the City of Farmers Branch, Texas
and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.
City of Farmers Branch TexasBluegrass Heritage Foundation logo

The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization, run by volunteers,
promoting bluegrass music in Texas. While it's free to get in the door to many of our events,
keeping the doors open isn't free. All contributions are greatly appreciated.

Click the donate button to donate online.​

YOUR INQUIRIES AND DONATIONS ARE WELCOMED!