Article Contributed by Signature Sounds | Published on Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Green River Festival is pleased to announce that 2021's festival will include Jon BatisteAni DiFrancoDrive-By TruckersShakey GravesValerie June, and Mandolin Orange. More bands will be announced in the coming weeks. Earlier, the festival announced a new site location at The Franklin County Fairgrounds and new dates- August 27, 28, and 29, in order to provide an abundance of caution for the health and safety of the festival's patrons, artists, vendors, and staff.

Jon Batiste

Shakey Graves 

Ani DiFranco 

Drive- By Truckers 

Valerie June 

Mandolin Orange 

Deer Tick 

Bonny Light Horseman 

Rebirth Brass Band 


JD McPherson 


Twisted Pine 

Son Little 

Ghost Of Paul Revere 

Sierra Ferrell 

Ranky Tanky 

Kris Delmhorst & Jeffrey Foucault 

Sammy Rae & The Friends 

Pine Leaf Boys 

The Big Takeover 

The Treaty (Formerly Whiskey Treaty Roadshow) 

Rachel Baiman 

Combo Lulo 

Charlie Parr

Taylor Ashton 

Soggy Po Boys 

Bella White 

More artists TBA.

Festival director Jim Olsen writes, "After missing our 34th annual festival in 2020 due to COVID, Green River Festival is back for 2021. With things still in flux, we are working with local officials and monitoring the guidelines put out by the CDC to bring you a safe and fun festival experience. It is great to see things moving in a positive direction and our top priority remains the safety and health of our festival family. We are working hard and are excited to bring back live music at this beautiful time of year and to share some changes for 2021.

Since its inception in 1986, the Green River Festival has taken place on the grounds of Greenfield Community College. This year, due to the pandemic, the college is closed to the public and is unable to host the festival. We are thrilled to have a wonderful alternative site at the Franklin County Fairgrounds in Greenfield to host the festival for 2021.

Green River Festival campers are already familiar with the fairgrounds, as it’s hosted our festival camping since 2016. Established in 1865, it’s among the oldest and best-preserved fairgrounds in the state, with 28 acres of lovely open space, an oval racetrack and several historic buildings. For the first time we will offer on site RV and tent camping for the entire weekend. The festival site offers improved accessibility for patrons with disabilities, including compliant restrooms, wider, paved walkways, and an ADA area for the Main Stage.

While the festival site has changed, everything that makes the Green River Festival experience special will be in place for 2021. We will continue to offer world class music on 3 stages, including a special intimate space in the historic Roundhouse.The festival will feature an incredible selection of food options with dozens of choices plus great local beer and wine. As always, we’re a family first festival, with free admission for kids 10 and under and music and activities just for them.The Maker’s Market craft fair will return with the best in handmade items from all over Western New England."

Named one of “fifty essential summer music festivals” by The New York Times, Green River Festival is Western Massachusetts' signature summer event. The festival is a spectacular celebration of music and community: a world-class lineup of over 30 acts on three stages, the best in local food, beer and wine, handmade juried crafts at The Makers Market, a wide array of kid's activities, a balloon illumination, and camping. NPR recently wrote, "The Green River Festival lineup gets more legendary by the year."

Past Green River performers include Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams, Mavis Staples, Arlo Guthrie, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Taj Mahal, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Steve Earle, The Avett Brothers, Deer Tick, Neko Case, Calexico, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, CAKE, Fountains Of Wayne, Old Crow Medicine Show, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and many more.

LOCATION: The festival will take place at The Franklin County Fairgrounds located at 89 Wisdom Way in Greenfield, MA.

TICKETS:  All tickets held from the 2020 festival will be honored for 2021.  Kids 10 and under are always free.

Weekend pass: $139.99 

Friday pass: $44.99
Saturday pass: $69.99 
Sunday pass...$69.99 


Weekend pass with camping SOLD OUT

(An alternate off-site camping option will be announced soon)

PARKING: Parking passes will go on sale April 15th.