A performer at the Strawberry Music Festival
Courtesy of Strawberry Music Festival

Grass Valley: SEPTEMBER

Strawberry Music Festival

“Mountains. Magic. Music.” The tagline of this lively, four-day event says it all. Families and fans are encouraged to turn the event into a giant camping party, and there’s tons of space for pitching tents. This is the kind of event where banjo music twangs through the pines, with little kids dancing in dusty bare feet. As for music, hear bluegrass, blues, folk, swing, indie rock, gospel, Cajun, and Celtic—and probably some unlabeled genres too—with nightly shows, spontaneous jams, workshops, and special kids’ events taking place over four jam-packed days. Popular attractions include Ruby’s Orchid Lounge and the Breakfast Club, plus a food court with quality offerings, and artisanal crafts for sale.