Bluegrass Boats and Bluegrass Festival

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Prairie Island Campground
1120 Prairie Island Road
Winona, MN 55987


This event is featured in The Current Fall Guide, highlighting both musical and non-musical things to do this summer in the Twin Cities and beyond.

True to form, Boats and Bluegrass ushers in the official start of Autumn with a family-friendly weekend of camping, canoeing, and live music on the banks of the Mississippi River near Winona. On Friday and Saturday, attendees can explore the river and take guided canoe trips (boats and lifejackets are provided). Then a celebration of roots music — bluegrass, folk, Americana, country, old-time — with over 40 bands playing all weekend long. This year's lineup includes Charlie Parr, Them Coulee Boys, Peter Rowan, and many more. Kids 16 and under are free with a paying adult and camping is included with the purchase of an all-weekend pass. (Lydia Moran)