Bluegrass on the Grass Festival


Violins at the 2011 Bluegrass on the Grass Festival.Seating is open. Free admission. Bike racks available throughout campus. The lawn can be accessed starting at 8:00 AM on the day of the festival. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. A wide array of vendors will sell food ranging from french fries to Thai food to wood-fired pizza, plus non-alcoholic drinks. Restrooms will be available. Dickinson College is a smoke-free campus. Festival is held rain or shine. Bring umbrellas and get ready for great music!


Bosler Hall, Dickinson College Quad

Address for GPS: 201 W. High St., Carlisle, PA 17013

Campus Map with Parking

Map of Campus Bike Racks

Download a printable campus map

Festival Lineup & Band Bios

2015 Festival Lineup & Band Bios


The Sentinel
July 2, 2014
Bluegrass on the Grass to Feature Range of Music

Listen to WITF’s Arts & Culture Feature on Bluegrass on the Grass with Cary Burkett, aired July 10, 2012WITF’s Arts & Culture Feature on Bluegrass on the Grass

Bluegrass Unlimited
January 2013
Bluegrass on the Grass
By Henry Koretzky
Photos by Pierce Bounds, Dickinson College Class of 1971


Dickinson College will host the 20th annual Bluegrass on the Grass Festival on Saturday, July 11, 2015 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM on the John Dickinson campus (academic quad) off West High Street between West and North College streets. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

Encircled by Dickinson landmarks Bosler Hall and Old West, the one-day festival has become a regional event that draws over 4,000 enthusiasts.

A wide variety of regional food vendors keep appetites happy throughout the festival. Bluegrass record companies and Martin Guitars provide gifts to attendees who support the festival.

The festival features high-quality performers and a mix of bands that offer bluegrass aficionados a variety of styles and sub-genres. Many bands return to play year after year, including the Dismembered Tennesseans, who have performed every year since the first and become the festival’s “house band.”

“This is the largest community event that the college hosts,” says Tracy. “We draw people from New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.”