Tix & caming still available at the box office!

Mabon Celebration: September 22, 2018

JigJam plays the Mabon - Saturday, Sept 22

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 Mabon (MAY'-bahn). And for more than a decade we've celebrated with our Festivarian family from Colorado and beyond.

On Saturday, September 22, we're opening the Ranch gates at 2pm for camping, pickin' along the river, food & drink (including Guinness, shepherd's pie, and artisanal soups) and an evening concert inside the Wildflower Pavilion featuring Irish quartet JigJam and special guests Bonnie & The Dandelion Seeds.

With all the September excitement of our Colorado Kind Festival, this will be the ONLY show of the fall Wildflower Concert Series. Tickets and camping are still available at the Wildflower Pavilion box office.

Music of the Mabon

For the second consecutive year, we're returning to the Mabon's Celtic roots to welcome the energy-fuelled, foot-stomping Irish quartet JigJam with special guests Bonnie & The Dandelion Seeds for an intimate evening in the Wildflower Pavilion.


"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.

After hearing stories of JigJam's live show, we invited the band to perform at the 2018 Telluride Bluegrass Festival, where the buzz quickly spread about this young Irish band. 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."

Bonnie Paine at Folks Fest (photo: Benko Photographics)
Bonnie Paine at Folks Fest

Bonnie & The Dandelion Seeds

This Saturday's magic begins right at 8pm as Lyons' own Bonnie Paine presents a very special Celtic-inspired opening set as Bonnie & The Dandelion Seeds. Whether headlining Red Rocks or Telluride Bluegrass with her band Elephant Revival, crafting a gorgeous Folks Festival gospel set, or generously sharing her deep musicianship as a special guest with many festival performers, Bonnie is one of the most gracious and beloved members of the Planet Bluegrass family. Be sure to grab a seat by 8pm as we open our final concert of 2018 with this cherished Lyons musician.

A Day of Mabon

We're opening the Planet Bluegrass Ranch gates 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 4pm to accompany a relaxed afternoon of Mabon revelry -- including pickin' along the St. Vrain River.

Bring your blanket and lawn chair to picnic on the greens of Planet Bluegrass. Or contemplate the end of summer as you create rock cairn sculptures in the waning currents of the St. Vrain.

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

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

We'll be serving ala carte food and hearty beverages beginning at 4pm. All food and drink is cash-only. An ATM is located conveniently on the Planet Bluegrass grounds (in front of the bath house).

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 glimpse a few bagpipers wandering the Ranch as a reminder of the Mabons of yore.

Mabon Tickets

Tickets ($25) and camping ($10) are still available at the Wildflower Pavilion box office. As always, Planet Bluegrass charges no handling or service fees.