For Music Under the Redwoods, It’s Hard to Beat the Old Grove Festival

Old Grove Festival at Armstrong Redwoods SNR
Old Grove Festival at Armstrong Redwoods SNR
For some people, there’s nothing better than sitting on a log under the shady canopy of a coast redwood and strumming a guitar. If that’s your thing, you can hardly do better than the annual Old Grove Festival at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, celebrating its 14th year this Sept. 14.

Sure, it’s a little bigger than your typical campfire hootenanny, but not that much bigger. They cap the crowd at 500 per night, and they seem to have a way of selecting performers whose music resonates particularly well bouncing off the bark of those old-growth redwoods.

Proceeds from this year’s festival will help the Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods and Save the Redwoods League education and park stewardship programs, as well as the restoration of the natural and cultural resources in California’s state parks.

Featured performers on Saturday, Sept. 14, include The Sam Chase and the Untraditional (Punk-infused Folk-Rock) and Rainbow Girls (Eclectic Folk Trio).

Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Showtime is 5:30 p.m.

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Not only can you listen to some great music at this event, but you can also learn about the incredible redwood grove at Armstrong Redwoods SNR. Docent-led hikes through Armstrong Redwoods old growth forest will be offered prior to the gates opening each day. Docents will meet you in the front parking lot of Armstrong Redwoods in front of the Welcome Center. On Saturday your docent will be from Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods and on Sunday your docent will be from Save the Redwoods League. The cost is $20 per person. Discounts apply.

There are even some camping options that include a shuttle to/from the concert site. Call (707) 869-9177 for more information.

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Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has protected and restored redwood forests and connected people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish.

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