Great Blue Heron

JULY 5 - JULY 6 - JULY 7 2024



It’s hard to believe our 30th Great Blue Heron is in the history books!  We are feeling the love and happy vibrations left behind by our patrons, the children, the artists, the vendors, the staff and volunteers! What an awesome experience it was!!!!!

THANK YOU for being here, rain or shine!

THANK YOU for dancing day & night with us!

THANK YOU for the volunteers that stepped up and gave their all!

THANK YOU for bringing your family and friends!

This was the perfect beginning of our 3rd decade!!!

We are grateful to have this time and place to be together. Our hearts are filled up! 

Julie, Steve & The Heron Crew

We’re looking forward to gathering with you again

July 5, 6, 7 2024!!!!


Mark your calendars — the dates for the Great Blue Heron Music Festival have been announced for 2024!
We will be gathering July 5, 6, and 7 for another magical celebration of music and community.
We look forward to seeing you there next year!

The Music

For the first time in 3 years, the Great Blue Heron is returning to full production with live performances on all three stages: The Main Stage, The Dance Tent, and The Tiger Maple Stage.

Year-after-year, the Heron continues to delight audiences with an eclectic mix of musical genres. Our foundation began with Americana and old time mountain music, yet through the years, our lineups have expanded to also include funk, jam, soul, roots-rock, reggae, Celtic, afrobeat, zydeco and everything in between!

And, while our Heron community has grown, the mission of the festival remains the same:

  •   Present a diverse assortment of original music from regional and national artists
  •   Create a collaborative space where all are encouraged to participate and interact
  •   Foster a cooperative and positive environment for celebration
  • Ensure a safe and satisfying experience for the whole community.

The Full Lineup 2023

Have you heard the big news? DRIFTWOOD is coming back to help us celebrate 30 years!

See them Friday, June 30th, along with Heron newcomers Kaleta & Super Yamba Band. Friday only tickets will not be sold, so make plans to come for the whole weekend!

We are over-the-moon with this year’s lineup and hope that you are, too! This summer’s festival is going to be a beautiful, happy occasion and we are busier than ever working to get the land ready for you all to enjoy.

Thank you for a magical Weekend!

30th Year Celebration

Although slightly delayed, there is a strong sense of gratitude that our 30-year milestone is finally happening! We believe the magic of this place stems from the partnerships that were created back in 1992. In short, David Tidquist had the bands and Julie Rockcastle had the land! It was more than a piece of land though, The Heron had been a place of gathering, as a campground, since the 1960’s.

David and Julie brought people together 30 years ago to enjoy 3 beautiful summer days of music and their legacy continues today! It’s taken hundreds, maybe thousands of volunteers, plus family and friends, to make this event thrive for so many years! Thank YOU for being with us to celebrate this monumental year and this incredible journey!

How Do I Get Involved?

Interested in being a volunteer or vendor? Check out how you can be a special part of the Great Blue Heron Music Festival!  We are always excited to make new connections. Volunteers are the heartbeat of what we do!



While camping is the best way to stay and be a part of the Great Blue Heron experience, festival goers are also welcome to come to the festival during the day and go home at night!


Amenities at the festival grounds include clean drinking water, bathing facilities, campfire wood, ice and The Heron Farm Store.


In addition to music, the festival offers a full slate of creative activities for young children and teens, instrument and wellness workshops for all ages, as well as a sandy beach by the spring-fed pond for cooling off during the day.


Help us build new bathhouses by buying a brick! So far we have raised $45,000 and each brick gets us one step closer.


Festy Go Nuts

Learn about all their is to look forward to at the Boombox Concert Labor Day Weekend in this preview from Festy Go Nuts.

Arts on Fire WRFA

Julie Rockcastle of the Great Blue Heron Music Festival joined WRFAs Anthony Merchant to talk 30 years of Blue Heron and what to expect at this year's festival


Drop by the farm and shop our store anytime of the year. We are open 8-8 daily. Our freezers are stocked with 100% grass fed beef, organic chicken and heritage pork.

Proud Partner of Chautauqua County Tourism Board

The Great Blue Heron is a proud supporter of all the great events and businesses in Chautauqua County. Visit to learn more about what there is to see and do in the area!