Campouts  are a mainstay of the CBA. Two times each year, Spring and Fall, members come together for a three day weekend to jamming and just plain fun. Locations for the event vary each year but there's always great camp sites and RV hook-ups. Whether you're a picker or a grinner...an old timer or new to bluegrass and old time, camp outs are just flat out fun.

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Concerts  take place year round throughout the several CBA service regions. Area vice presidents are constantly on the look out for big name bands headed our way and most often are able to book them into local venues. Typically small (one hundred to three hundred attendees) the concert gives fans a chance to see their favorite bluegrass band up close and personal. Watch for the next CBA concert in your area; shows are frequently advertised on our Online Tickets page.

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Kings River Festival takes place in Sanger (just southeast of Fresno) each September. It’s a great regional event, in a beautiful Central Valley setting, and gives bluegrass fans the chance to see a broad array of area, regional and California talent.

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Night at the Grange Each February the CBA produces a major concert event in the Metro San Jose Area. Held at the historical Grange Hall in Morgan Hill, the night of music focuses on the brightest and freshest light in the national bluegrass sky scape. One word of advice...order your tickets early for the Night at the Grange. We ALWAYS sell out. Click below to see this year's featured act.

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Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival  brings together top notch acts from around California for an entire day in the Sonoma area. Though only a single day, bluegrass music is jam packed into the event. Whether you're a local of the Sonoma area or just want to take a drive to this beautiful region, the Sonoma County Bluegrass Festival is a must for bluegrass lovers.

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The CBA Music Camp  takes place on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday prior to the Father's Day Festival. Held at the festival site in Grass Valley, the camp features some of the best bluegrass performers and teachers in the United States. The camp's focus is on improving skills and confidence to better enjoy jamming.

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The Father's Day Festival  is the largest, and we think the best, bluegrass festival on the West Coast. Held on the Father's Day weekend each June in California's beautiful Mother Lode country, the four day festival brings to our members the best bluegrass acts in the nation.

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The Golden Old Time Camp Out  Old-Time Campout update Lake Sonoma, August 22-25 By Steve Goldfield We will be doing it again in 2013. Tickets are now on sale on the web page, and we will also sell tickets at the Father's Day Festival. The site does not have many trees so we urge those who have canopies and other shade structures to bring them. Bring sunscreen; weather in Sonoma County in August should be sunny and warm. We will need some volunteers to work at the gate and on a few other tasks. Comp tickets will be available for those who put in enough hours. Contact me (my information is on the second page of the Breakdown) if you are interested. Also contact me if you have any ideas or suggestions to make the campout as much fun as it can be. We will aim to announce a workshop schedule in the August Breakdown.

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The GREAT 48  takes place in early January each year. This hotel-based long weekend jam brings together folks from throughout California to put a little thaw in the winter and give pickers a way to connect before the spring. And what better town to hold the 48 than ‘Nashville West’—Bakersfield.

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