June 8th, 9th & 10th, 2018


Sacajawea State Park – Pasco, Washington

For more than a decade MCTAMA has hosted the Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous in Sacajawea State Park during the second weekend of June beginning Friday evening. This festival consists of live music, a Dutch Oven gathering, camping, workshops, dancing, and delicious food. Last year, approximately 1,000 attendees and performers from all over the nation were in attendance, and local newspaper and television stations covered the event. We are anticipating even greater success for 2018!

MCTAMA (Mid-Columbia Traditional Arts and Music Association) is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about traditional arts and music. MCTAMA has jam sessions, hosts workshops and organizes concerts for budding musicians and anyone who appreciates traditional music.

2018 Festival Schedule


The 2018 schedule has been firmed up, but is subject to some changes. Concerts will run from 5pm on Friday June 8, and the last show will end 2:15pm on Sunday afternoon June 10, 2018.

(Note: the schedule is subject to change.)

Tuesday, June 5th

Reduced cost pre-sale ticket prices end at midnight. All tickets sold after this time will be “at the gate” prices.  Pre-sale weekend pass $35.  At the gate weekend pass $45.

Thursday, June 7th

10:00am, camping area is open.

Friday, June 8th

5:00-6:00   Open Mike
6:30-7:00   Dinner break
6:15-7:00    Rain City Ramblers
7:15- 8:00 Lochwood                                                                                                      8:15-9:00 Modern Tradition

Saturday, June 9th

10:00- 11:00 Music Workshops  Dan Crary- Guitar

11:00- Noon  Music workshops   Isaac Callender- Fiddle  Steve Taft (Lochwood) -Banjo                Chad Fadely (Lochwood) Mandolin  Tim Dawdy- Dobro  Josh Adkins (Grass Station) Bass  Modern Tradition- Band arranging                                                                             11:00-1:00 Dutch Oven Seminar
Noon- 1:00 Lunch
Noon-1:15 Band Scramble sign-up/rehearsal
1:00 Flag Presentation
1:15-2:30 Band Scramble
2:45-3:30 Dan Crary
3:45- 4:30 Lochwood
4:45-5:30 Grass Station
5:30-7:00 Dinner Break
7:00-7:45  Modern Tradition
8:00-9:00 Dan Crary

Sunday, June 10th

10:15-11:00 Gospel Sing Along
11:15-Noon Grass Station
12:15-1:00 Lochwood
1:15-2:00 Dan Crary
2:05 Closing ceremony “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” in “G”

Monday, June 11th

Campers must vacate before noon.

(Schedule subject to change)


We have a wide range of sponsorship opportunities for businesses and partners who want to be involved in our annual event. This is a chance for you to connect with a unique Tri-Cities audience. The attached document outlines the options available. We would like you to be a part of this exciting venture and would be grateful for your support of the Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival and Dutch Oven Rendezvous.

If you or your company is interested in being a sponsor, please call me at (509) 492-1555, or email Feel free to contact me with any additional questions you may have. Thank you for your time and consideration.


The Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival is looking for food vendors, artists, crafters and vendors with items contributing to the understanding and enjoyment of nature, history, the Bluegrass music tradition and Dutch Oven cooking. All items must be new, either purchased or handmade. (Exception: used acoustic music instruments as used in Old Time/Bluegrass music.)

Please email for further information about receiving an application.


We are looking for volunteers to help out at the bluegrass festival.  We need help in set-up and tear-down (physically fit persons), Checking for arm bands at gates, Information and CD sales table, Festival attendee check-in, and helping in the Dutch Oven area. Volunteering 2- four hour shifts enables you to get a complimentary weekend pass. You may break up the volunteering into 2 hours shifts as long as you work a total of 8 hours to help with the event.  If you are interested in helping out, please email, or give us a call at (509) 492-1555.


Camping is only available to weekend pass ticket holders. Everyone in the camp area must have a festival wristband on.  The camping fee is $13 per night, and this year camping opens Thursday June 7, 2018, at 10 AM and ends Monday June 11, 2018 at 10:00am. Camping is dry camping, showers available. First come, first served. Camps fees will be collected by the state park when you arrive. We have always had enough camping space available. Only a couple of electric plug-ins (15am, 120v) available for those with medical needs.  Fires allowed only in self-contained above ground fire pits that you provide.  Jamming is encouraged. Even though camping is allowed Sunday night, campers may not arrive to camp on Sunday. The intention of camping is to accommodate festival attendees who have spent the majority of the weekend at the festival and have at least paid for Saturday and Sunday festival tickets or a weekend pass.

Ticket Information. For all tickets, age 15 and under are free (accompanied by an adult)
Weekend passes are available at Brown Paper Tickets (see link on homepage)
Purchased before June 6, $35 per person.
Purchased on or after June 6, $45.00 (cash or check only at the gate)
Friday pass $18
Saturday pass $25
Sunday pass $15

Note that attendees on Friday and Sunday must either buy a one day Discover Pass, or have an annual Discover Pass (daily $10 per vehicle, annual $30 per vehicle). These may be purchased at the State Park. Saturday is a free day, no Discover Pass required. Campers pay the $13 per night camp fee and don’t need a discover pass

Dutch Oven Rendezvous Information.

The Dutch Oven area will be active on Saturday June 9, 2018.  Attendance by the public is free through a separate gate from festival.  Paul Mantz-Powers will be teaching a cooking seminar from 11am to 1pm.  We are having a private potluck meal for cooks and guests.  If you would like to cook with your outdoor Dutch Oven and participate in the potluck, please email us at:  Being a participant in Dutch Oven area without a festival ticket will not allow  you to gain access to the concert area or campground.

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