Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival

The 2nd annual Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival takes place Saturday & Sunday, September 21-22 on the gorgeous eastern beach at Sandy Point State Park along Chesapeake Bay in Annapolis, MD. Highlighting the finest in regional and national bluegrass, jamgrass, funkgrass, and Americana music, this conservation and community-focused musical event was listed as a “Don’t-Miss Bay Music Festival” by Chesapeake Bay Magazine. A family-friendly festival, Annapolis Baygrass draws people from all over the country and the region to enjoy the unique beachfront destination.

Over two days, Annapolis Baygrass will host 14 bands across two alternating stages as well as an interactive workshop pavilion.

Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival is thrilled to announce the 2024 lineup and is honored to present: Oteil & Friends (Oteil Burbridge w/ Melvin Seals, Steve Kimock, Jason Crosby, Johnny Kimock, Tom Guarna, Lamar Williams Jr.), The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush, Kitchen Dwellers, Sierra Hull, Daniel Donato’s Cosmic Country, Cris Jacobs & Friends, Trouble No More, The Lil Smokies, The Dirty Grass Players, Big Richard, Brown Eyed Women, and Geraldine (Baygrass House Band), as well as Artists-at-Large: Jennifer Hartswick, Natalie Cressman, and Ron Holloway.

Baygrass features an elevated culinary experience, including Maryland crab cakes, roasted and raw oysters, gourmet BBQ, wood-fired pizzas, and other delicious vegan and vegetarian delicacies. Tasty beverage selections include microbrews, craft cocktails and wines, mocktails and non-alcoholic beverages. Yoga, music and educational workshops, beach and yard games, kids activities, local craft vendors, and more will all be available at the festival.

For those looking to upgrade to the beach-front VIP Village, Baygrass offers an exceptional  VIP Experience that includes daily chef-prepared hot meals—hosted by festival partner Chesapeake Chef Service—as well as fresh-shucked oysters, lump crab cakes, among other delicacies. Other perks include access to VIP viewing areas, VIP bars with discounted drinks and free samplings from local beer and spirits partners, air-conditioned bathrooms, and exclusive VIP onsite parking, as well as discounted massages, a commemorative stainless steel pint cup, and more.

“The Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival was born out of our team’s love of progressive bluegrass music, the desire to generate a fun community-oriented vibe, and a passion for protecting the Chesapeake Bay,” says festival co-founder and CEO Ron Peremel. “The Baygrass philosophy is to help people learn about conservation, sustainability, and mental health—in a way that combines education with fun. ’Every Jam Helps a Mind’ and ‘Every Jam Saves the Bay,’ as we like to say!”

More than a music festival, Annapolis Baygrass maintains its mission to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay. As part of this mission a portion of all proceeds from tickets, food, beverage, and merchandise sales will go to Maryland-based non-profit organizations including Watershed Stewards Academy, Oyster Recovery Partnership, and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

Peremel continues, “We were overcome by the outpouring of positive feedback we received during and after last year’s inaugural festival. From the musicians to the attendees, partners, sponsors, volunteers and staff, there was a universal feeling that we created something special, something truly joyful and something that has a significant impact on people’s lives and the Chesapeake Bay. I am so proud of our team and can’t wait to do it even bigger and better this year!”

Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival was founded in 2022 by Peremel, John Way, and Ron Katz, who share a passion for music, a love of the local region, and a desire to give back to the community by creating a music festival with a purpose. They brought in industry veterans to join the team: Artist and Guest Services Director Thom Bloom, Marketing Director Ellen Crawford, Green/Sustainability Director Walter Wright, and Operations Director Emily Laney.

Inspired by the bright, sunny days and the moonlit evenings along the Bay, together with the dualities of the Fall Equinox in mind, Liz Burr designed the Annapolis Baygrass Festival artwork. It depicts vibrant dancers on the beachfront, with the creatures and grasses of the Bay brought to the foreground, representing those that we are here to protect.

Baygrass’ environmental ethos is evidenced in its adoption of the sustainability model, making it one of the only green festivals in Maryland. Actions to reduce the festival’s environmental footprint include using local food vendors and ingredients, compostable plates and utensils, reusable metal cups, refillable water stations, and a “no single-use plastic water bottles” policy.

Baygrass recognizes that music is often an excellent means of healing and support in fostering an environment where community well-being is enhanced. The festival has partnered with organizations that bring awareness and support to the importance of mental health, led by The VA Way, under the direction of festival co-founder John Way—an Army Veteran, mental health advocate, Narcan trainer, and certified mental health first aid instructor.

The VA Way serves as a hub, bringing together a variety of resources focused on mental health and overall well-being, including the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, the National Alliance on Mental Health, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, and the Call 988 initiative, which provide critical resources and lead the way in this support network. Others involved include GrooveSafe, advocating for consent and respect, and Sobar, serving as the non-alcoholic beverage partner. The VA Way’s sponsorship of a sober space within the festival emphasizes the alliance’s dedication to promoting a culture of mindfulness and sobriety.

Annapolis Baygrass offers several local lodging partners and camping options nearby to make festival goers weekend perfect. These heavily discounted options are first come, first serve basis and fit options for all budgets. Shuttle service will make the stay even easier, with Shuttle Passes serving partner lodging locations going on sale soon. More information

Annapolis Baygrass is an official partner of Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County.

Sandy Point State Park is a 786-acre Maryland State Park located along the northwestern shore of the Chesapeake Bay that provides a perfect backdrop for this one-of-a-kind festival with stunning views and ample space for attendees to spread out and enjoy themselves in comfort and style on the sandy beaches. The site is ADA accessible.

By celebrating the local region, giving back to the community, and curating a fantastic lineup of musicians, Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival aims to be a pillar in the local and national music scenes and an annual music festival tradition for years to come!

Learn more about the Annapolis Baygrass Mission, green practices, VIP Options, lodging and shuttles, see the festival map, and sign up to be a volunteer at the festival’s newly designed website (By GoNuts Marketing)

And while there, sign up for the NEW Baygrass Beacon eNewsletter to be among the first to hear about exciting announcements including updates about the festival including schedules, monthly mental health tips, Bay conservation education, special events, partner news, and so much more.

Kind Words About Baygrass 2023 from Attendees:

“You guys know how to do it right and you brought us the experience of a lifetime!”

“We had a blast. Such a chill, fun festival. Great vibes. Beautiful scenery and so close to home! We travel for good live music so we just feel really lucky to have such a great festival in the Annapolis area.”

“With side-by-side stages, we were never waiting for the next set. There were no dead spots where you could not hear the music. The real bathrooms were significant as was the ability to return to the car for another layer when the sun set. The space was great and respected by everyone. Can’t wait until next year!”

“From yoga on the beach with Lisa Joy… and shucking our own oysters at the restoration project workshop… to boogy’n down nonstop for two days to a musical lineup that truly was second to none… our experience at Baygrass became a core memory that we will cherish forever!  We made the 14 hour road trip from western Illinois for Baygrass ‘23… and are already coordinating our plans to make the trek again next year for Baygrass ‘24. This time we will bring the rest of the family along for the fun! Thank you, Team Baygrass- you made us feel like family… and for that… we are forever grateful.”

“It was a beautiful time and obviously well thought out. Truly looking forward to many more festivals like this. Love to bring my family next year. It was so cool how everyone was able to pack for the whole day and enjoy all the different fun there was to be had. Thank you guys for giving me a local music festival to be so proud of. I love that it’s so close to me, fair price and great line up and such a beautiful venue. It’s such a gift for the music lovers of the DMV area. My girlfriend and I made unforgettable memories dancing in the sand. I can’t thank you guys enough for putting on such a wonderful and special event.”

“I wanted the weekend to never end!”

“This was the first time I had ever splurged for the VIP experience at a music festival… and… WOW- i don’t think I’ll ever go back to GA again!”

“So much non-stop, non overlapping music. Great sound anywhere on the grounds. Wonderful!”

Two-day VIP & GA Tix On Sale Thursday, April 11
(Limited Availability on Early Bird Ticket Prices)

Festival Summary

Annapolis Baygrass Music Festival 

Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis, MD • Sept. 21 & 22, 2024
• Music • Food • Drinks • Beachfront Venue • Family Friendly •

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