Winter Music Festival

The annual tradition of live music during the dark days of winter returns to Florence January 28-29.

Karla Bonoff

Reformatted as a two-day event, the festival features bluegrass, folk, and Americana music from nationally touring acts like Growling Old Men, Appalachian Road Show, Pretty Gritty, Mary Flower, and Kristen Grainger and True North. This year’s headliner is Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff.

“We’re back,” said Florence Winter Music Festival chairperson Kirk Mlinek. “Once again, music fans can warm up their winter with blazing-hot bluegrass, heartwarming traditional and new folk, and foot-stompin’ Americana.

Concerts will take place at the Florence Events Center (FEC), 715 Quince St. in Florence. Parking at the Florence Events Center is free. Doors open one hour before showtime. Jam sessions are also free and planned for the FEC, the River House Inn conference room, and the lobby of the Lighthouse Inn. Workshops on performing, jamming, and songwriting are free to festival ticketholders. The general public is also welcome for a small individual admission price.

This year the full two-day pass is $98. Visit for tickets, schedules, artist profiles, and more.

Other prices include Friday night, January 28, bluegrass with Growling Old Men at 7:00 p.m. and Appalachian Road Show at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $42. Saturday afternoon Americana, January 29, features Pretty Gritty at 1:00 p.m., Growling Old Men at 2:15 p.m., and Mary Flower at 3:30 p.m. Tickets: $31. Saturday night’s opening act is festival favorite Kristen Grainger and True North at 7:00 p.m. and headliner Karla Bonoff at 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $49. Live streaming prices are $20 each for Friday night bluegrass, Saturday afternoon folk/Americana, and Saturday night headliner show. An all-access two-day live stream pass is $55.

Growling Old Men

The festival gets started with a free-to-the-public mini concert by True North Duo on Friday, January 28, at 4:30 p.m. at Oregon Pacific Bank’s main branch, 1355 Highway 101 in Florence.

COVID-19 safety is a top festival priority and, as such, attendance and participation in all Winter Music Festival activities will require proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test result within 72 hours of first entering the festival venue. No onsite testing will be available. Any state or local requirements for mask wearing and other protocols will be observed. 

Press release and photos courtesy Florence Winter Music Festival