WinterWonderGrass California Announces Postponement

Article Contributed by Crown Jül PR | Published on Thursday, March 12, 2020

With deep regrets, WinterWonderGrass California—set to take place over March 27-29—has announced a postponement of the 2020 event. Last night, the Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, issued a statement mandating any social gatherings over 250 persons must be canceled or postponed through the end of March as per an updated policy on gatherings from the state’s health officials. More info on that statement is available here.

On the bright side, the new dates, now set for April 9-11, 2021, will welcome the same lineup including Billy Strings, The Devil Makes Three, The Infamous Stringdusters, Keller and the Keels, Peter Rowan, Lindsay Lou, Fruition and more. 

Festival founder, Scott Stoughton, has issued the following statement


This is, unfortunately, the update we have done everything in our power to avoid, but our hand is now forced and the State of California is not supporting gatherings over 250 people at this time, following a directive issued by the Centers for Disease Control. We firmly believe that from each challenge and disappointment in life, a door opens to an unexpected and beautiful opportunity. The last thing we wanted to have to do is postpone WinterWonderGrass California and simply writing these words breaks my heart.

Our deepest thoughts go out to you—our fans, our community, the hardworking artists that will struggle with cancellations, the production and operations crews whom count on the work, our volunteers, vendors, sponsors, the locals who’ve been so supportive, and our core team which has been working on this event, non-stop, for nearly a near. We are all equally disappointed, mad, sad and frustrated.

When we booked this lineup 8 months ago, we dreamed of how the music would come out, the special sit-ins, the flow under the mountains. What kind of weather would Mother Nature bring? Who would we meet, reconnect with, laugh and love with? While these disappointments will need time to dissolve, and the work to postpone begins… we have great news.

We especially want to let our community of artists know that we will be here for them during these challenging times. Many of these dedicated musicians live gig to gig, on the road, pouring their souls into the show for us all to reap the rewards of. It’s going to be extra difficult for them, so while we may be upset about this inconvenience, let’s evoke our gratitude and find ways to spread the WinterWonderGrass love.

On to the good news!

As a testament to the strength of the WWG community and our relationships with the musicians, we are happy to confirm that the 2020 Tahoe lineup will fully return next April 9-11, 2021. Billy Strings, The Devil Makes Three, The Infamous Stringdusters, Keller and The Keels, Peter Rowan, Lindsay Lou, Fruition and the rest of the family are all committed to bringing you their magic at the postponed event in 2021.

Important details:

At this point, all 2020 Tahoe festival tickets including 3-day GA, VIP and single-day tickets will roll over to April 9-11, 2021.

Grass After Dark tickets will be refunded.

Tram to Table dinner tickets will be refunded.

Ski Passes – Great news, if you purchased lift tickets as part of the event package, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows will let you keep your 2020 tickets good for 3 days of skiing over the original weekend, March 27-29, 2020, and give you a 2021 3-day pass valid for the rescheduled April 2021 festival dates. Essentially six days for the price of one window price lift ticket.

WinterWonderBus passes will be refunded.

If you would like your 2020 EcoVessel WinterWonderGrass Tahoe Stainless Steel mug, please email us with your address – [email protected].

For more information to ask questions directly, please send us an email – [email protected].

We kindly ask to keep all messages positive and to have patience while we work through this unprecedented situation.

With Gratitude,
Scotty and the WWG Family

"While we are disappointed that this year's WinterWonderGrass Festival was cancelled amid growing concerns of COVID-19, it is critically important for event producers and destinations alike to follow guidance from public health and government officials," explained Jeffrey Hentz, chief executive officer for the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association. "We are a destination comprised of many outdoor options so visitors and locals alike can abide by social distancing recommendations in this time of uncertainty. We look forward to continuing our longtime partnership with WinterWonderGrass and welcoming this best-in-class music festival back in 2021." 

As previously shared, WinterWonderGrass California will be postponed until April 9, 10 and 11, 2021. In accordance with the event’s standard no refund policy, all tickets to WinterWonderGrass California 2020 will be automatically rolled over to a California 2021 ticket or ticket holders will have the option to opt for a California 2022 ticket credit, dates TBD.

All WinterWonderGrass California 2020 Grass After Dark tickets will be automatically refunded, as well all Tram to Table dinner tickets for the Thursday pre-party event. All lift tickets to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows purchased as part of the WinterWonderGrass event package will be honored by the resort over the original weekend, March 27-29, and will also be valid over the 2021 weekend, April 9-11. All WinterWonderBus tickets will be refunded.

For ticket specific inquiries, please reach out to: [email protected].

At this time, there is no definitive news to report at this time on the status of the WinterWonderGrass Vermont event, set to take place April 10-11, 2020. A separate statement will be issued at a later time.