Farmers Branch Festival
BLOOMIN’ BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL and Chili Cookoff!
Friday & Saturday October 17-18 2014
Farmers Branch Historical Park
Farmers Branch, Texas
Parking lots and shuttle service located at
12000 Ford Road, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage (Friday) | The Seldom Scene | Balsam Range (both days)
The Gibson Brothers | Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers (Friday) | Rambling Rooks
Kenny & Amanda Smith Band | Flatt Lonesome (both days)| The Herrins
(artists appearing on Saturday unless otherwise noted)
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,
which is 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 gates open 11:30a, music from noon – 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 calling and booking your room in a Farmers Branch hotel today!
The Night Hotel, 2645 LBJ Freeway, Farmers Branch Texas 75234 has offered us a block room rate.
The Night Hotel (formerly known as the Holiday Inn Select) is a one-block walk from the Park and offers
discounted bluegrass rates and free shuttle service to the Park! $89/night includes free breakfast buffet for
up to two people each night. Rooms are limited, so book now! Call the Night Hotel at (972) 243-3363.
For Farmers Branch hotel accommodations for bluegrass, check the Stay & Play page on the website.
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 great music on stage, take a break with your old (and new) friends in a jam circle!
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 much more!
Come find something that fits your style and taste!
Interested in selling your goods? Contact Kim Chapman at 972-406-0184 to see if space is still available.
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 flower and 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 the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival. FREE DRY CAMPING (parking lot only – there are no
hookups at all) is available at 11800 Ford Road, Farmers Branch Texas 75234, adjacent to the Night Hotel.
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 Holiday Inn Select or RV parking area). Free shuttles will
be running during the Festival between the Holiday Inn Select, 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 item may 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 the Night Hotel, and then north on Ford Road.
See the second map below. Good luck with the LBJ construction traffic.
Click on the diagram below for a downloadable, printable City of Farmers Branch map:
These maps will also help you find (and park at) the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival:
Map 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.