PREVIEW: Aiken Bluegrass Festival 5.11 & 5.12.18

Aiken, SC

Words by Julie Hutchins (Tipping Point Designs)
Photos by J. Scott Shrader Photography

Aiken Bluegrass Festival continues to hold a flame as one of the Southeast’s premier summer gatherings. The festival returns to the Western Carolina State Fairgrounds in Aiken, SC, on May 11th and 12th. People from all over will travel to experience the magic of exclusive collaborations between budding pickers and seasoned veterans.

The 14th annual event will host an intimate line-up of Greensky Bluegrass, Leftover Salmon, Billy Strings, Larry Keel Experience, Love Canon, Jon Stickley Trio, Lindsey Lou, Brad Parsons, Greg Burns & Friends, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Burle Galloway, Grass Is Dead, Delta Cane, Part & Parcel, 10th Mountain Division, and Doug & The Henrys. There are sure to be an abundance of sit-ins and super jams.

The atmosphere is reminiscent of a low-key backyard barbecue. Lawn chairs and tapestries blanket the fields. Barefoot children and tail waggin’ dogs roam the grounds carefree. Take a stroll on your skateboard or bike to the main stage. You are guaranteed a boundless weekend of partying and bluegrass.

Beyond music, the event offers craft beers, food vendors, on-site camping, kids activities, and art galore. Furthermore, all proceeds from the festival are given to Great Oak Aiken Therapeutic Riding Center, a nonprofit organization that helps disabled individuals improve their well-being through equine activities. Over $200,000 has been donated to the center. Your ticket directly benefits someone in need.

Aiken is a consistent ace in the bluegrass circuit. Every year, patrons and staff return to the summer fun with open ears and dancing feet. The family friendly festival brings 100% good vibes.

Ticket info and more details can be found at


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