The sound of bluegrass music and the sight of people having fun will be the scene in historic Frankfort, IL, the weekend of July 12 and 13. The 4th Annual Frankfort Bluegrass Festival will take place downtown with fun for the whole family. The free, two day event will feature national, regional, and local bluegrass bands with activities, jamming, crafts, and vendors on Breidert Green (located at Kansas and Oak Streets), surrounded by a town square filled with shops, restaurants, and a children’s museum. This is a family event that offers something for everyone at a price everyone can afford!
At the heart of the festival is the music, offering all flavors of Bluegrass, from traditional to progress and everything in between. Relax in your chair or on your blanket and enjoy a line-up of premier bluegrass bands from all over the country, including Town Mountain from Asheville, NC, The HillBenders from Springfield, MO, MilkDrive from Austin, TX, Chris Jones and The Night Drivers from Nashville, TN, Oak Street Ramblers from Madison, WI, The Henhouse Prowlers from Chicago, and more. Music goes from 10 am – 10 pm on Saturday (7/12), and 10 am – 8 pm on Sunday (7/13). Click HERE to see the schedule.
Other fun things to do include a kids tent with activities and instrument demonstrations, a jamming tent for people to gather and pick, instrument demonstrations at the Down Home Guitars tent, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie will have wildflower seeds, kids crafts, and more, there will be a reptile show on Saturday, and Mr. D’s Magic and Illusion show on Sunday.
The kids love playing on the “green” and listening to the live string band music.
Craft vendors will have fair trade clothing, handmade guitars, garden art, and more. The Farmers Market will also be going on Sunday from 10 am – 2 pm. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick snack, festival munchies, or relaxing dinners and lunches, great food will be provided by festival vendors and local restaurants.
“It’s all for the love of the music,” said April Jackson, festival board member. “This year’s entertainment is better than ever, with national headliners from all over the country. I am so excited to meet new people and hear some phenomenal music,” she shared.
With old-fashioned streetscapes and streetlights, Frankfort’s historic downtown is well known for its old-world charm. There are unique boutiques, quality restaurants, and a children’s museum amidst a quintessential small-town setting. While you are at the festival, plan to take some time to explore Frankfort. The community-sponsored event offers families and friends an opportunity to gather and enjoy an exceptional weekend of music, activities, and fun at no cost. This is only made possible thanks to community support and sponsorships.
“We are a non-profit and need the support of patrons to continue to make this annual fest free,” said April. “Thank you so much to all of our sponsors, volunteers, and friends of the fest who have donated their time and money, goods and services to help us present this free family festival. We are very appreciative!”
2014 Frankfort Bluegrass Festival Line-up
Relax on the green and enjoy great Bluegrass and Americana music.
Town Mountain, from Asheville, NC, perform both days of the festival.
The HillBenders, from Springfield, MO, perform both days of the festival.
MilkDrive is bringing their jazz-grass from Austin, TX, performing both days of the festival.