Six top bluegrass bands and a bevy of arts, crafts and food vendors will be featured at the City of Leander’s 12th annual Bluegrass Festival the weekend of Sept. 22.
The festival will feature performances by Posey Hill, Steel Betty, Four Fights Per Pint, Piney Grove Ramblers, Out of the Blue and Helium Taxi. The festival will run from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22 and Saturday, Sept. 23 at the Mason Homestead on 1101 S. Bagdad Road. Admission is free.
"We want Leander residents to be able to come out, bring their lawn chairs, relax, enjoy the fall temps, purchase some very unique foods, beverages and handmade crafts, listen to some of the best Americana and bluegrass musicians around and simply enjoy the original sound of Texas and American culture," said Leander Parks and Recreation Director Mark Tummons.
Tummons said the bluegrass genre includes bluegrass, folk, country and western, blues, and rockabilly in its traditional form, providing a distinctive roots-oriented sound.
"One of our main goals is to provide this mixture of acoustic and amplified sound to a broad range of people – old and young alike," Tummons said. "This is not just for adults, we will be family oriented and have provided a kids Fun Zone while mom and dad listen and enjoy themselves.”
The “Fun Zone” will have bounce houses, trampolines, games and a train, Tummons said. Wristbands for each night are $5 for unlimited play.
The festival’s venue, the Mason Homestead, is an 1860s era restored farm house. Festival attendees should plan on arriving early as parking is limited and will likely fill up, Tummons said.
Leander officials said and leashed pets and coolers are allowed, but no glass containers. The city has hosted Leander Bluegrass Festival every year since 2005.
"We want to see a good turn out and welcome everyone to a great weekend of good music, good food, and good fun,” said Heather Taylor, Leander recreation supervisor. “We are here to make memories with our city."