Bluegrass festivals offer places to meet fellow bluegrass listeners and listen to live music. Normally, only one such festival takes place in southwest Florida's Collier County. The Jammin' in the Hammock bluegrass festival occurs annually on a weekend in February. This lets attendees enjoy outdoor music without enduring the hot weather of Collier County's long summer.
The yearly festival takes place not far from the city of Naples. It happens at Collier-Seminole State Park on Highway 41. This location provides convenient access to the park's amenities, including camping for visitors who travel long distances for the festival and want to stay both days. Campsite availability may be limited, so plan ahead.
Although the park does not supply seating, vendors sell food -- lunch and desserts -- and other products during the festival. The concert venue and seating area are protected from rain and sun. Collier-Seminole State Park has free parking.
Several bands perform each year at the festival. In addition to bluegrass, bands may play folk, swing, gospel and related types of music. Local, regional and nationally known bands may perform.
The fee to attend Jammin' in the Hammock increased only slightly between 2008 and 2011. The festival has been free for children younger than 14 who attend with one or more adults. For everyone else, admission as of time of publication was $25 to attend both days, and $15 for only Saturday or Sunday. The fees help operate Collier-Seminole State Park.
Jammin' in the Hammock bluegrass festival first took place during winter 2008. It replaced a Third Seminole War re-enactment previously at Collier-Seminole State Park. About 2,700 people and eight bands attended the festival in its first year, according to "Naples News."
- Marco News; New Festival Beckons Bluegrass Lovers; Aaron Hale; February 2008
- Naples News; First-Time Bluegrass Festival Finds its Audience; Aaron Hale; February 2008
- Bluegrass Journal; 4th Annual Jammin' in the Hammock Bluegrass Festival Set for Feb. 12-13; January, 2011
- Naples News: Top Local Bluegrass Players Gather for Jammin' in the Hammock; Katy Torralbas; February 2011
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