Old Grove Festival

Old Grove

Americana & Bluegrass Concert in the Woods
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve
Saturday, September 16th, 2017
4:30 PM - 9:00 PM

The Annual Old Grove Festival takes place at the historic Redwood Forest Theater in Armstrong Redwoods SNR in September. This beautiful open-air theatre was built in the 1930s. Concerts and theatrical events took place there for decades until the theater was closed in the 1980s out of concern for natural resource protection. In 2006, the theater was reopened for limited use. Event reservations are limited to alleviate environmental impacts and due to parking limitations.

The Old Grove Festival features an outstanding variety of musical and theatrical productions that help Stewards raise funds to support our educational and stewardship programs, as well as, continued advocacy for ALL State Parks.

Headliner - Dead Winter Carpenters


Reminiscent of genre-benders like Jack White, Chris Thile, and Sam Bush, Americana band Dead Winter Carpenters harmoniously blends refined musical ability with a scarcely restrained tendency to let it all hang out. The result is a controlled burn, a riveting sound, and a connection with fans that sells out shows and has the band sharing stages with the likes of Jason Isbell, Greensky Bluegrass, and Hard Working Americans.

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Opener - One Grass Two Grass

One Grass Two Grass

One Grass Two Grass delivers high energy, hard driving, fun loving, old-timey, new-timey, good-timey, California string band music. Through richly lyrical, naturally inspired originals cushioned by a bed of old mountain tunes and the occasional stomping classic rock number, their unique sound is expressed as a mesh of yesterdays established protocols with the need to bring strings to the times in their own exciting way.

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Show Times & Tickets

Gates open at 4:30 pm. Pre-sold meals may be picked up at this time. Early arrival includes early access to the wine and beer bar, choice of seat in your seating section. Opener starts at 5:30 pm, followed by the headliner at 6:30 pm.

Attendees must have a ticket reservation to enter. Online ticket purchasers and comps must check in at Will Call to collect their wristbands and meal/beverage coupons (if applicable). Drop-ins may purchase tickets at the door if tickets have not sold out. If you are bringing children, please refer to the pricing chart below.

The Old Grove Festival is a ticketless event. Physical tickets will not be mailed or available for pick-up. When you arrive, please check in at Will Call to receive your festival wristbands and meal vouchers (if you have purchased a pre-sold meal). Note: Online ticket purchasers and comps will have their name placed on a reservation list at Will Call.

Ticket reservations are non-refundable, but may be transferred to another party (the tickets will remain under the name in which they were purchased unless you contact us requesting a name change).

The venue is an open-air theater with bench-style seating. To ensure maximum comfort, it is recommended that you bring a seat cushion (no chairs).

Tickets are sold based on 3 tiers:

    Member Price     Regular Price  
  General Seating (middle to back rows) $24 $30
  Preferred Seating (Behind Redwood Circle)
$40 $50
  Redwood Circle Seating (Front rows)
  Includes a complimentary wine or beer glass + 1 FREE beverage     at the Redwood Circle bar.  
$60 $75


Redwood Forest Theater Venue Seating


Children ages 0-12 are FREE as long as each child is accompanied by 1 paying adult. If the number of children EXCEED the number of paying adults, please purchase an Additional Child Ticket for each additional child. You must choose the SAME SEATING SECTION as your adult ticket.

    Member Price     Regular Price  
  Additional Child Tickets   $8 $10


Tickets on sale May 1st!

Directions & Parking

From River Road in Guerneville, travel 2 miles north on Armstrong Woods Rd. 

Parking and shuttle service is provided. (Walking up to ¾ mile may be required; bring flashlights, seat cushions & warm clothes; shuttles provided for those in need). Shuttle service begins 1/2 hour before the gates open.

Those with special needs should call (707) 869-9177 for specific parking information.


Food & Drink

Food, beverages, including wine and beer will be sold. Picnics are welcome, however NO OUTSIDE ALCOHOL may be brought into the theater. Purchase pre-sale meal tickets early as they generally sell out.

Pets are not allowed past the gates or in the theater. Smoking is prohibited in the theater -- please user designated stations outside the venue.

Don't care for fast food? Don't want to think about dinner? Enjoy a full meal at the show by adding a Pre-Sold Meal to your Old Grove Festival order! To ensure a timely serving schedule, pre-sold meals will be available for pick-up at 1/2-hour time slots. Meal vouchers will be distributed at Will-Call on the day of the show.




  • Sausages & Hot Dogs: Meat or veggie options, with your choice of condiments
  • Thai Cabbage Salad: Chicken optional
  • Desserts: Cookies & more!

The Old Grove Festival is produced by Jim and Kathy Ocean of Community Concerts.

2017 Event Sponsors

Stewards would like to thank the following Special Event Sponsors. These community events are made possible because of you!

To visit our sponsors, click on the logos below. 

To become a sponsor, contact Michele.

BHH logo       RCU logo


RR Rec & Park logo


Sonoma County logo          RR Rotary logo


Barefoot Wines logo


More coming soon!


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