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Pickin’ in the Pines bluegrass festival set for Sept. 17-19 in Flagstaff



Originally Published: August 17, 2021 2:46 p.m.

The Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival is scheduled for Sept. 17-19 this year in Flagstaff, according to a news release.

Pickin’ in the Pines is celebrating 15 years of festivating this Sept. 17-19. The festival is located at Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff.

Join us for three full days of great music, jamming, camping, educational workshops, band contest, kids activities, and more,” a news release stated. “Pickin’ in the Pines was voted the ‘Best Festival’ in Flagstaff in 2017, 2018, and 2019 by readers of the Arizona Daily Sun.”


The lineup for the three-day event features several Grammy and IBMA award-winning performers, plus national, regional and local bands including: 

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder; Leftover Salmon; Yonder Mountain String Band; Steep Canyon Rangers; The SteelDrivers

Missy Raines; Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley; John Reischman and the; Jaybirds; Amanda Cook Band; Fireside Collective; Stillhouse Junkies; The Sonoran Dogs; Nolan McKelvey & Muskellunge; SLO County; Stumblers; and Jam Pak Band.


Three day tickets and single day tickets are on sale now with advance pricing through Sept. 16. Camping is sold out. All tickets can be purchased online at pickininthepines.org. Children 14 and under are free with accompanying ticket holder. Visit pickininthepines.org/tickets for more ticket information.


Pickin’ in the Pines is now accepting band entries for our regionally renowned band contest. Recent winners include Crying uncle from California, Cadillac Mountain from Tucson and Sugar and the Mint from Prescott, who recently also won the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition in 2017. Visit pickininthepines.org/band-contest to enter your band. 


In addition to four glorious star-studded nights of camping and jamming in the tall pines, the festival features workshops in various instrument techniques and band development, including guitar, banjo, fiddle, ukulele, and harmony singing.

These workshop are free to the public and open to all ages. The workshop schedule will be announced closer to the festival, visit pickininthepines.org/workshops.


First held in 2006, Pickin’ in the Pines is a world-class bluegrass and acoustic music festival showcasing the best traditional and contemporary bluegrass musing complemented by other styles of acoustic music, including old-time, Celtic and gypsy jazz. The festival hosts a renowned band contest, jam sessions, kid’s activities, as well as a Friday night community barn dance to round out the weekend.

For more information, visit ffotm.org or pickininthepines.org.

Information provided by Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival.