List of blues festivals

Blues festivals are music festivals which focus on blues music. Blues is a genre[1] and musical form that originated in African-American communities in the Southern United States around the end of the 19th century. It has elements of traditional African music, American folk music, spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads.[2] Blues has since evolved from unaccompanied vocal music and oral traditions of slaves into a wide variety of styles and subgenres, such as country blues, Delta and Piedmont, Chicago, West Coast blues. World War II marked the transition from acoustic to electric blues and the progressive opening of blues music to a wider audience, especially white listeners.

List of blues festivalsEdit

North AmericaEdit


Name Country Province City First
Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival Canada New Brunswick Fredericton 1991
Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival Canada British Columbia Salmon Arm 1991
Ottawa Bluesfest Canada Ontario Ottawa 1994
Bluesfest International Windsor Canada Ontario Windsor 1995
Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival Canada Alberta Edmonton 1999

United StatesEdit

List of blues festivals with name, first year, last year, venue/city, state, and reference(s)
Name First
Venue/city State Ref(s)
Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival 1969 intermittent Ann Arbor Michigan
Blast Furnace Blues Festival 2010 2016 Bethlehem Pennsylvania [3]
Blues Masters at the Crossroads 1998 present Salina Kansas [4]
Boundary Waters Blues Festival 2001 present Ely Minnesota [5]
Bradenton Blues Festival 2012 present Bradenton Florida [6]
Briggs Farm Blues Festival 1998 present Hazleton Pennsylvania [7]
Chicago Blues Festival 1984 present Chicago Illinois [8]
Cincy Blues Fest 1992 intermittent Cincinnati Ohio [9]
Crossroads Guitar Festival 1999 intermittent various various [10]
Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival 1991 present Rentiesville Oklahoma [11]
French Quarter Festival 1984 present New Orleans Louisiana [12]
Highland Jazz & Blues Festival 2003 present Shreveport Louisiana [13]
King Biscuit Blues Festival 1986 present Helena Arkansas [14]
Long Beach Blues Festival 1980 2009 Long Beach California
Old Town BluesFest 1994 present Lansing Michigan [15]
Orange County Blues Festival 1993 intermittent Dana Point California [16]
Pittsburgh Blues Festival 1994 present Pittsburgh Pennsylvania [17]
Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival 1987 2016 Red Bank New Jersey
San Francisco Blues Festival 1973 present San Francisco California [18]
Springing the Blues 1990 present Jacksonville Beach Florida [19]
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival 1994 present Telluride Colorado [20]
Topanga Canyon Blues Festival 1982 intermittent Topanga Canyon California [21]
Waterfront Blues Festival 1987 present Portland Oregon [22]


Name First
Country State City
Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival 2011   Australia Victoria Bendigo
Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival 2002   Australia Queensland Gold Coast
Blues Train 1993   Australia Victoria Queenscliff
Byron Bay Bluesfest 1990   Australia New South Wales Byron Bay
Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues Festival 2002   Australia Queensland Gympie
West Coast Blues & Roots Festival 2004   Australia Western Australia Fremantle
Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend 2014   Australia Victoria Marysville


Name First
Country Province City
Himalayan Blues Festival 2007     Nepal Nepal Mandala Kathmandu
Kathmandu Blues n Roots Festival 2016     Nepal Nepal Mandala Kathmandu
Mahindra Blues Festival 2007   India Maharashtra Mumbai


Name First
Country Province City
Orkney Blues Festival 2005 United Kingdom Scotland Stromness
Bluesroute Helmond 2011 Netherlands Noord Brabant Helmond [23]
Holland International Blues Festival 2016 Netherlands Drenthe Grolloo [24]
National Jazz and Blues Festival 1961 United Kingdom England Richmond
Focsani Blues Festival 2016 Romania Vrancea Focsani
Blues Peer (Belgium Rythmn 'n' Blues) 1986 Belgium Limburg Peer
American Folk Blues Festival 1962 Europe many many
Bath Festival of Blues 1969 1969 United Kingdom England Bath
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music 1970 United Kingdom England Bath
Puistoblues 1978 Finland Uusimaa Järvenpää
Rawa Blues Festival 1981 Poland Silesian Metropolis Katowice
Liri Blues Festival 1988 Italy Lazio Isola del Liri
Notodden Blues Festival 1988 Norway Telemark Notodden
Harvest Time Blues 1990 Republic of Ireland County Monaghan Monaghan
August Blues Festival 1993 Estonia Lääne County Haapsalu
Upton Blues Festival 2001 United Kingdom England Upton-on-Severn
City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival 2002 United Kingdom Northern Ireland Derry
Dark Season Blues 2003 Norway Svalbard Longyearbyen
Callander Jazz and Blues Festival 2006 United Kingdom Scotland Callander
Stafford Blues Festival 2015 United Kingdom England Stafford
Blues Nights 1993 Lithuania Telšiai County Varniai
Blues-Bike Festival Suzdal 2008 Russia Vladimir Oblast Suzdal
Baltic Blues / Bluesfest 1989 Germany Schleswig-Holstein Eutin
Brunner Blues Festival / Bluesfest 2007 Austria Vienna Brunn am Gebirge [25]
Suwalki Blues Festival / Bluesfest 2007 Poland Suwalki [26]


  1. ^ Kunzler's dictionary of Jazz provides two separate entries: blues, an originally African-American genre (p.128), and the blues form, a widespread musical form (p.131).
  2. ^ "The Evolution of Differing Blues Styles". How To Play Blues Guitar. Archived from the original on January 18, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2008.
  3. ^ "Blast Furnace Blues". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  4. ^ "Blues Masters at the Crossroads". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "Boundary Waters Blues Festival". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  6. ^ "Bradenton Bluesfest". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  7. ^ "Briggs Farm Blues Festival". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  8. ^ "Chicago Blues Festival". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  9. ^ "Cincy Blues Fest". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  10. ^ "Crossroads Guitar Festival". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "Rentiesville Dusk til Dawn Blues Festival". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  12. ^ "French Quarter Festival". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  13. ^ "Highland Jazz & Blues Festival". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  14. ^ "King Biscuit Blues Festival". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  15. ^ "Michigan Bluesfest". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  16. ^ Messina, Frank (July 8, 1994). "O.C. Blues Festival Creators Locking Horns in Court". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  17. ^ "Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  18. ^ "The San Francisco Blues Festival". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  19. ^ "Springing the Blues Festival". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  20. ^ "Telluride Blues & Brews Festival". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  21. ^ "Topanga Blues Festival". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
  22. ^ "Waterfront Blues Festival". Retrieved July 15, 2019.
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