List of blues festivals

Blues festivals are music festivals which focus on blues music. Blues is a genre 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. 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 festivals

North America


Name City First
Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival Fredericton 1991
Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival Salmon Arm 1991
Ottawa Bluesfest Ottawa 1994
Bluesfest International Windsor Windsor 1995
Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival Edmonton 1999

United States

List of blues festivals with name, first year, last year, city, and reference(s)
Name First
city Ref(s)
Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival 1969 intermittent Ann Arbor
Billtown Blues Musical Festival 1990 present Hughesville
Blast Furnace Blues Festival 2011 present Bethlehem
Blues Masters at the Crossroads 1998 present Salina
Boundary Waters Blues Festival 2001 present Ely
Bradenton Blues Festival 2012 present Bradenton
Briggs Farm Blues Festival 1998 present Hazleton
Chicago Blues Festival 1984 present Chicago
Cincy Blues Fest 1992 intermittent Cincinnati
Crossroads Guitar Festival 1999 intermittent various
Dusk Til Dawn Blues Festival 1991 present Rentiesville
French Quarter Festival 1984 present New Orleans
Heritage Music BluesFest 2000 present Wheeling
Highland Jazz & Blues Festival 2003 present Shreveport
Memphis In May International Festival 1977 present Memphis
King Biscuit Blues Festival 1986 present Helena
Long Beach Blues Festival 1980 2009 Long Beach
Old Town BluesFest 1994 present Lansing
Orange County Blues Festival 1993 intermittent Dana Point
Pittsburgh Blues Festival 1994 present Pittsburgh
Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival 1987 2016 Red Bank
San Francisco Blues Festival 1973 2008 San Francisco
Springing the Blues 1990 present Jacksonville Beach
Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival 1988 present Clarksdale
Telluride Blues & Brews Festival 1994 present Telluride
Topanga Canyon Blues Festival 1982 intermittent Topanga Canyon
Waterfront Blues Festival 1987 present Portland


Name First
Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival 2011 Bendigo, Australia
Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival 2002 Gold Coast, Australia
Blues Train 1993 Queenscliff, Australia
Byron Bay Bluesfest 1990 Byron Bay, Australia
Dingo Creek Jazz and Blues Festival 2002 Gympie, Australia
West Coast Blues & Roots Festival 2004 Fremantle, Australia
Marysville Jazz and Blues Weekend 2014 Marysville, Australia


Name First
Himalayan Blues Festival 2007 Kathmandu, Nepal
Kathmandu Blues n Roots Festival 2016 Kathmandu, Nepal
Mahindra Blues Festival 2011 Mumbai, India


Name First
Orkney Blues Festival 2005 Stromness, Scotland
Bluesroute Helmond 2011 Helmond, Netherlands
Holland International Blues Festival 2016 Grolloo, Netherlands
National Jazz and Blues Festival 1961 London, England
Focsani Blues Festival 2016 Focșani, Romania
Blues Peer (Belgium Rythmn 'n' Blues) 1986 Peer, Belgium
American Folk Blues Festival 1962 Europe
Bath Festival of Blues 1969 1969 Bath, England
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music 1970 Bath, England
Puistoblues 1978 Järvenpää, Finland
Rawa Blues Festival 1981 Katowice, Poland
Liri Blues Festival 1988 Isola del Liri, Italy
Pistoia Blues Festival 1980 Pistoia, Italy
Blues to Bop Festival 1988 Lugano, Switzerland
Notodden Blues Festival 1988 Notodden, Norway
Harvest Time Blues 1990 Monaghan, Ireland
August Blues Festival 1993 Haapsalu, Estonia
Upton Blues Festival 2001 Upton-on-Severn, England
City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival 2002 Derry, Northern Ireland
Dark Season Blues 2003 Longyearbyen, Norway
Callander Jazz and Blues Festival 2006 Callander, Scotland
Stafford Blues Festival 2015 Stafford, England
Blues Nights 1993 Varniai, Lithuania
Blues-Bike Festival Suzdal 2008 Suzdal, Russia
Baltic Blues / Bluesfest 1989 Eutin, Germany
Brunner Blues Festival / Bluesfest 2007 Brunn am Gebirge, Austria
Suwalki Blues Festival / Bluesfest 2007 Poland

See also

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