The Westport Roots Festival
Moonrunners Music Festival
Picki’n In The Pasture
John Hartford Music Festival
The Blue Ox Music Festival
The Duck Creek Log Jam
The Blue Ox Music Festival is a Bluegrass festival that happens outdoors in June way up in Eau Claire Wisconsin. This takes place on the 40 acre Whispering Pines Campground in northwestern Wisconsin and for the price three days of Bluegrass music is about the going rate, I see nothing unreasonable about a three day pass for 150, and it happens on June 9-11th.

Man this festival has some powerhouse names up on their lineup roster, but to be honest I have never heard of this festival before the only one I knew of in Wisconsin was Farmaggedon Fest which (not to steer off from this one) will take a one year break and be back for 2017. Anyways Blue Ox Festival is in a VERY scenic area of Wisconsin and trust me I KNOW Wisconsin VERY WELL!

The stage facilities look REALLY REALLY NICE and I heard the attendance is quite large for this area, I’ll be including hotel information like always. So how bout I post an actual map of the area so you can see for yourself that this festival is truly amazing and family friendly. Just click on that link down there and it will direct you to a PDF file with the campground area maps on it. Much like Duck Creek and a few more it has quiet family camping where you can’t party in that section so families with toddlers and small children can sleep in comfort.

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This festival HAS shuttle buses to and from the following hotels I include in this article AND the buses are smoke free and you can pay the driver because it is an extra fee for this service however it beats a DWI. You can click HERE for more information on this service. So, before I include the ticket link and hotels let’s look at the lineup:

Pert Near Sandstone
Bela Fleck And The Flecktones
Railroad Earth
Greensky Bluegrass
Del McCoury Band
Sam Bush
The Wood Brothers
Shovels And Rope
Leftover Salmon
Blitzen Trapper
Nikki Lane
Jeff Austin Band
Horseshoes And Hand Grenades
The Cactus Blossoms
Head For The Hills
Charlie Parr
The Big WU
Sierra Hull
Whiskey Shivers
Dead Winter Carpenters
Useful Jenkins
The Last Revel
Gin Strings
Tin Can Gin
Evergreen Grass Band

Now this I WILL tell you, carry ins are okay HOWEVER you can NOT bring your own drinks to the music areas, that means you ARE LIMITED to buying the vendor drinks at the music areas. Kind of a different twist on my usual festival knowledge most places you can just do whatever. If you camp parking is free and camping is included in your ticket price.

Hotels in this area as best as I have researched are as follows:
Best Western Trail Lodge
Quality Inn
Clarion Hotel
Hampton Inn
Quality Inn

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