Mabon Celebration: September 22, 2018


The Autumnal Equinox: the magical time when the day and the night are divided equally and the cooling air and quieter tempos of autumn beckon. We call it MAY'-bahn. And for more than a decade on Planet Bluegrass we've celebrated with our Festivarian family from Colorado and beyond.

We invite you to join us for this final summer weekend of Celtic music, spirit, and festivation with your Planet Bluegrass family on Saturday, September 22 featuring Irish quartet JigJam with special guests.

Tickets and camping are onsale now at or 800-624-2422.

Music of the Mabon

For the second consecutive year, we're returning to the Celtic roots of our Festival of the Mabon (last held in 2006) to welcome the energy-fuelled, foot-stomping Irish quartet JigJam for an intimate evening in the Wildflower Pavilion.

Autumn on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch
Autumn on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch

"The words sparkling, innovative and infectious come first to mind, beyond that you get into an unadulterated display of accomplished musicianship, skill and talent..." (Folkwords).JigJam are a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with Bluegrass and Americana their onstage energy along with their musical virtuosity has captivated audiences throughout the world. All four members grew up immersed in Irish traditional music and culture which is reflected by the band collectively achieving over 20 All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Cheoil na h√Čireann competitions.


After hearing stories of their live show, we invited the band to perform on the Elks Park stage at the 2018 Telluride Bluegrass Festival -- and the buzz about this young Irish band quickly spread around the Festival. Described as 'The best Irish group so far in bluegrass', this sharply dressed outfit interchange between banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and double bass onstage. Says Midwest Records, "here's an Irish band that's going to impact the world as hard as Clancy Brothers or U2 if they get only half a chance."

'Tis a Gift to Be Simple

In the early 'oughts, our grand Festival of the Mabon featured our favorite Celtic musicians from around the world to the festival main stage, along with vendors, artisans, and folk performers all over the Planet Bluegrass Ranch.

Mabon bonfire along the St. Vrain River (photo Joshua Elioseff)
Mabon bonfire along the St. Vrain River
(photo Joshua Elioseff)

In 2007, we refocused our Autumnal energy on its essence: a casual afternoon of revelry on the Ranch and an intimate evening of acoustic music in the Wildflower.

After 9 magical years with 2 of our favorite musicians, Adam Aijala and Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band, last year we returned to our original vision for a Celtic-themed Mabon on Planet Bluegrass, with music (last year featuring Seamus Egan Project and Take Down the Door), camping, and a Mabon bonfire. It promises to be a magical day for the Festivarian family, for Colorado Celtic music fans, and for all lover's of summer's end on Planet Bluegrass.

A Day of Mabon

The Planet Bluegrass Ranch opens at 2pm on Saturday, September 22 to setup your camp in the onsite campground. We'll be serving ala carte food and hearty beverages beginning at 3pm to accompany a relaxed afternoon of Mabon revelry -- including pickin' along the St. Vrain River.

Watch for the announcement of the Mabon menu later this summer...

Autumn skies on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch (photo Benko Photographics)
Autumn skies on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch
(photo Benko Photographics)

Doors to the Wildflower Pavilion open at 7pm; music begins on the Wildflower stage at 8pm. We'll be lighting the Mabon bonfire next to the St. Vrain River around dusk. A ticket is required to access the Planet Bluegrass grounds throughout the day.

Mabon Camping

Camping will be available to spend the Saturday evening (September 22) under the redstone cliffs of Planet Bluegrass, as the Mabon bonfire will likely go late into the night. Who knows... maybe we'll even spy a stray bagpiper wandering the Ranch as a reminder of the Mabons of yore.

Mabon Tickets

Tickets ($25) and camping ($10) are available now at or 800-624-2422. As always, Planet Bluegrass charges no handling or service fees.