Posted on Wednesday August 29, 2018 by Vanessa Lenz

Your Guide to the 25th annual East Troy Bluegrass Festival

25 years of Bluegrass in East Troy

Click here for the 2018 East Troy Bluegrass Festival Official Program!

The East Troy Bluegrass Festival is celebrating its 25th year with a weekend lineup that once again includes two of the industry’s biggest names.        

The Day 1 lineup will feature talented young picker Carson Peters and his band Iron Mountain. Volume 5, which has been blazing a red-hot trail with their live stage performances and chart-topping albums, will take the stage on Day 2.

Staying true to the festival’s roots, local, emerging and popular regional bands will pepper each day’s lineup.      

The two-day East Troy Bluegrass Festival, presented by the East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce, will take place Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9 at East Troy Village Square Park, 2881 Main St. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day.    

In addition to the musical entertainment, other festival highlights include a popular food court featuring local fare and a Marketplace featuring local crafters, artisans and farmers market vendors.  

Weekend admission is $10 per person. Children 15 and younger are admitted free.    

Attendees should bring their own lawn chairs. For more information, click here, call (262) 642-3770 or email  

Saturday's headliner Carson Peters sings "Blue Moon of Kentucky" with Bluegrass and Country legend Ricky Scaggs


Saturday, Sept. 8

Open Stage (bands, duos, trios)
Fiddle Contest
Band Scramble

Sunday, Sept. 9

Gospel Service featuring The Templetons
Banjo, Mandolin & Guitar Contests

Tickets available at East Troy Shell, 2526 Main St., East Troy & during the festival both days. Drawing will be held at 5 p.m. Sept. 9 at East Troy Village Square Park. 

Get your 25th Anniversary T-shirts at the festival!

Volunteers  still needed! 

Every year, an important crew of volunteers helps keep the East Troy Bluegrass Festival alive. Volunteers are still needed to assist in all areas of the 25th annual event with particular need from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9 at East Troy Village Square Park. This is a fun experience and a chance to get a front row seat for national headliners like Volume 5 and Carson Peters.

If you can help, please email:

Bluegrass Preview: East Troy's First Fridays

The East Troy Area Chamber of Commerce’s East Troy’s First Fridays series will continue with Pickin’ on the Square from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7 at Village Square Park, 2881 Main St.

The event will kick off the 25th annual East Troy Bluegrass Festival weekend and will feature food trucks, kids activities, live music by Noah John & Ringing Iron, First Fridays beer tent and more. 


Taste samples from East Troy Brewery's brewer Ryan Hammerel.


All activities and crafts will have a bluegrass theme, including musical games, crafts and free family fun.


Confirmed Food Trucks:

Dine With A Swine/ BBQ Shack
Meat on the Street
GypsySoul Food Truck


Grass Parking:

Pedro's Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Tudo Sabor Brasil


East Troy Farmers Market Vendors:

Sky Mountain Kettle Corn
Cinnabakes by Mary Joosse Haraldsen
The Pink Sunflower
Hill Valley Dairy LLC
Lovelight Flowers
LotFotL Community Farm
Kojis Produce
V&K Honey
Nina's Dairy Goats
Healey's Wholesome Haven
Muddy Boots Plants & Produce
Marshall’s Mark Designs, LLC
The Thrifty Irish Hippies
Come To The Lake


For details on East Troy's First Fridays event series, click here

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