The Boats and Bluegrass Festival takes place every September in Winona, Minnesota. A fun and family-friendly past time on the Mississippi River attracts about 1,000 people every year. Dozens of bands from all over the U.S. performing for three days represent various genres. The previous lineups of the festival included The Brothers Comatose, Molsky's Mountain Drifters, The Last Revel, Them Coulee Boys, Upstate Rubdown, Armchair Boogie, Black River Revue, Joybird, Dead Man Winter, Jacob Jolliff Band, Mandolin Orange, Danny Barnes, The Lowest Pair, Mike Munson, The Wooks, Pert Near Sandstone, The Lil Smokies Ignite, Trout Steak Revival, Pat Ferguson, Fruition Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, and Little Squirrel Paw.
Boats and Bluegrass is a festival with a laid-back atmosphere and lots of opportunities for water sports and relaxation. There is a large camping area just next to the festival grounds. Free boat rentals are available all weekend. Kids under 16 can attend the festival for free.