BLOOMIN’ BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL
Friday & Saturday October 19-20 2018
Farmers Branch, Texas
Our Ninth Consecutive Year!
artists scheduled to appear include
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (Friday) | The Del McCoury Band
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (Friday) | The Seldom Scene | The Gibson Brothers
Dean Osborne Band with special guest Bobby Osborne | The Travelin’ McCourys
Sounds of Laurel Canyon | The Purple Hulls (Friday)
Texas & Tennessee featuring Steve Huber and John R. Bowman (both days)
Bobby Giles & Texas Gales | Youth Band Showcase
(Artists appearing on Saturday unless otherwise noted.)
The band schedule for smartphones is available at BHFBands.com.
Because of extremely wet conditions, Bloomin’ Bluegrass 2018 will happen inside the Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West in in Farmers Branch, Texas. Only those holding advance-purchase tickets for the festival and guests of our host hotels with our Stay & Play package will be able to enter the showroom. But you don’t have to have a ticket to come to the Omni and jam! Jam rooms will be available.
Here are a few details about the weekend:
We will have two rooms where you can enjoy the show – the main showroom area for the live show and an adjacent college-hall style simulcast room with comfortable tiered seating. Access to both rooms is general admission (first-come, first-served) and will require a wristband for entry. You do not need to bring a chair. Unoccupied seats are available for anyone wearing a wristband. Keep your wristbands on and visible at all times.
Personal belongings left in any seat may be moved by staff or other patrons so that as many people as possible may enjoy the show on stage at that time. You are solely responsible for keeping track of your personal belongings.
So that as many people as possible will be able to watch at least a portion of the festival from the ballroom seating area, we will be clearing and re-seating the general-admission ballroom once on Friday night and twice on Saturday. All attendees will need to depart the ballroom (with all personal belongings) and re-enter through the main entry doors. When the room capacity is reached, attendees will need to wait until others leave, wait for the next re-seating, or enjoy the show in the simulcast room. We apologize for the inconvenience but must take this step to ensure that as many attendees as possible have an opportunity to sit close and enjoy some live music.
Parking at the Omni is for Omni guests, festival artists, and event staff/volunteers. Shuttles will be running between the other two festival host hotels, the Doubletree by Hilton Dallas in Farmers Branch and the Wyndham Garden Dallas North, so that guests of those hotels can easily get to and from the Omni.
If you are attending the festival but not staying at Omni, please park at One Colinas Crossing, 11701 Luna Road, Farmers Branch, TX 75234. You can walk to the Omni from that lot or, if you prefer, catch the shuttle from the Doubletree next door.
The Omni has a great restaurant and a cafe inside the hotel. They will be geared up for a big weekend. The Omni is also scheduling food trucks to be available outside the ballroom area during the festival. If you want other options, you can walk (or shuttle) a couple of blocks to the nearby Doubletree and eat there, or shuttle to the Wyndham Garden and eat there.
The lot near the Wyndham Garden is too wet, so no RVs or dry camping will be permitted there this year.
Here’s the band schedule:
Artists are scheduled to appear, but the schedule can change without notice.
Get tickets for the raffle on Saturday night at the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation table!
Because of the consistent growth (and increasing costs) of Bloomin’ Bluegrass, the City of Farmers Branch will require tickets for entry to the 2018 event so that they can continue to provide amazing artists and first-class amenities. The Stay & Play packages at our Festival host hotels (Omni or Doubletree) include two free weekend passes.
HAVE A GREAT TIME JAMMING!
The park has shady areas and great old buildings perfect for jamming. Enjoy log cabins, a gazebo, a beautiful old church, and a general store with a front porch! If you want to take a break from the show, join your old (and new) friends in a jam! The jamming is one of the best parts of our festival. Please join in!
FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN WITH FREE PARKING!
Bring the kids! The Farmers Branch Historical Park has 27 acres of lush grass for burning off energy.
And everyone can enjoy the great old buildings, historical exhibits, and free rose garden tours!
This event brought to you by the City of Farmers Branch, Texas
and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.