For a weekend of traditional bluegrass music with an old timey feel, head to the 11th annual Hardtimes Bluegrass Festival south of Hamilton.

The festival is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (July 26-28). It's an affordable, family-friendly gathering in a beautiful setting, officially at 163 Forest Hill Road, the turnoff for which is between Hamilton and Darby. The festival is geared toward having good, clean family fun while celebrating the sounds of traditional bluegrass music.

Eleven acts are scheduled to perform, including Lochwood, Bluegrass Pals and Pinegrass all from Missoula, Silver Gravely Revue from Alberton and the Darby Sireens from---well, Darby, more or less.

Limited dry camping is available for $20. Three-day passes are also $20, kids 12 and under are $10. There are also Saturday-only and Sunday-only tickets at reduced costs.  Food vendors will be on site. Leashed dogs are allowed. Bring your own lawn chairs. For plenty more details, including the days and times each band will be performing, just go here. Looks like it's going to be a pretty nice weekend for a whole lotta bluegrass!


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