Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass & BBQ Festival 2019

A youth bluegrass band is playing outside at Silver Dollar City.

Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass & BBQ Festival is kicking off the ‘Year of Shows and Festivals’ with a bang!  The annual festival boasts a Distinguished Achievement Award by the International Bluegrass Music Association for many reasons.  Bluegrass Nights

Bluegrass Nights

The 4000 seat Echo Hollow Amphitheatre features a different artist every night of the festival to create ‘Bluegrass Nights’.  This is punctuated with Grammy Award Winners Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and Diamond Rio!   Some of the award-winning entertainers that will take the stage are:

  • Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
  • Diamond Rio
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • MIchael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • The Gibson Brothers
  • The Rascals
  • Flatt Lonesome
  • Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon
  • Spillwater Drive
  • Route 3
Doyle Lawson at Silver Dollar City

“Our festival is a banquet of acoustic music, unrivaled anywhere in the world,” explains 6-time SPBGMA* Bluegrass Promoter of the Year, D.A. Callaway. Callaway coordinates all of the award-winning artists during the 24-day event. “This is without a doubt our biggest year for Bluegrass—ever,” says Callaway. “To support the park’s ‘Year of Shows & Festivals,’ we’ll have 70 of the best bluegrass bands from all over the country, but we’re also introducing a whole new experience to our fans with ‘Bluegrass Nights.’” 

Bluegrass Band Contest

A youth bluegrass band is playing outside at Silver Dollar City.

Silver Dollar City and KSMU have partnered again for the 18th Annual Youth in Bluegrass Band Contest. Be there on May 25 to watch bands from across the country compete. This special event is included in the price of admission.

Silver Dollar City ‘B Chord’ BBQ

The‘House of BBQ’ has found its home in the largest presentation in the park.  A custom made 20-foot smoker transforms smoked brisket, pulled pork, chicken, and ribs into dinner while bands are playing on the stage just a few feet away.  

Grab some Silver Dollar City BBQ sauce on your way out of the park in the Marketplace to spice up your summer grilling season.  

Crazy corn, or Elotes ona wooden cutting board.

What’s good to eat?

  • Crazy Corn with Smokey Parmesan or Bacon Jalapeño
  • Mason Jar Caramel Brownie
  • Mason Jar Apple Pie and Strawberry Pie Cheesecakes

All-You-Care-To-Eat Bluegrass and BBQ

Friday and Saturday afternoons on the square there is an All-you-care-to-eat BBQ Feast.  Choose from the Silver Dollar City’s famous smoked brisket, pulled pork, chicken, and ribs.  The carving station specialty is smoked ham and Tri-tip! 

There’s nothing like spring in the Ozarks until you surround it with the smell of amazing BBQ and the sound of bluegrass.  You might consider a season pass to Silver Dollar City because you are going to want to spend the month of May in the hills!   You can find me on the square with some smoked chicken in one hand and a mason jar apple pie cheesecake in the other one!   

Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass and BBQ dates are May 2-27 Tuesday-Sunday and Mondays on May 20 and 27.  

Bonus: Kids FREE in May!