The 60th Annual Midwest Banjo Fest

Sep 6, 2024 to Sep 8, 2024

Grand Hotel Ballroom
207 Pearl Street
La Crosse WI, 54601


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Join us again when the 60th Annual Midwest BanjoFest and Jamboree is back in town….and, for an extra special Diamond Jubilee Celebration enjoying all of our favorite new-and-old traditions at many of La Crosse’s finest venues.

Banjo players and other musicians from all parts of the United States, Canada and Japan have attended this musical extravaganza. From Friday night September 6th through Sunday night, September 8th “The banjos are back in town”, entertaining as only they can.

You’ll hear amateur’s and professionals providing musical memories at several La Crosse locations. The main jamboree and “Dinner Show” will held Saturday evening, September 7th at the Grand Hotel Ballroom above the Pearl, 207 Pearl Street – a facility that has a long record of hosting La Crosse social events.

Friday—​September 6th

Opening Night Jam Session at an Old World Beer Hall
A Fun-Filled Evening of Casual Dining and Drinking with Old and New Friends.
Bring Your Instruments for Loads of Jamming and Sing Along 
to Follow. Hosted by Paul Erickson and the Pearl Street Banjo Band.
♫ 5:30 to 8:30 pm — THE LA CROSSE BIERHAUS (128 3rd Street South♫ 

Saturday—​​September 7th

The Banjo’s Back at The Tavern in The Town
More Musical Merriment and Jamming on a Grand Scale with Great Friends.  
A BanjoFest Fan Favorite at One of La Crosse’s Favorite Pubs.
Great Food and Drink Available for Purchase. 

♫ 11:30 am to 2:00 pm — HOUGHTON’S JACKSON STREET PUB (1002 Jackson Street) ♫ 

The All-Star Main Event…The 60th Midwest Banjo Jamboree and Golden Jubilee Banquet
Be Part of The Legend and America’s Longest-Running Banjo Show in a Historic Art Deco Speakeasy. 
Featuring Banjo Soloists, Group Ensembles, Up-and-Coming Entertainers, and Other Aspiring Musicians.         
Come S
ee Banjo’s Best and Make Your Own Memories Playing Alongside Top Stage and Recording Artists in Unforgettable, One-of-a-Kind Performances.  More Jamming After The Show.

This is the One-and-Only Show Where Everyone is a Star!

Tickets $25.00 Per PersonGolden Jubilee Banquet Dinner Included with Admission.  Doors Open at 6:00 pm, with a Full Cash Bar Available, and Buffet Dinner Served at 7:00 pm.
Dinner Selections: Beef Tips, Chicken Cordon Bleu, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Tossed Salad.
Register and Reserve Your Tickets in Advance by August 30, 2024, 
with Fred Dodd ( .
♫ 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm— THE GRAND HOTEL BALLROOM AT THE PEARL (207 Pearl Street) ♫

Sunday—​September 8th

Jammin’ Scenic Mississippi River Cruise on a Historic Paddlewheel Riverboat
Join Us for This All-Time BanjoFest Tradition and a Two-Hour Musical Adventure Down “Ol’ Man River”.
Reserve Your Tickets in Advance as Space is Limited. Book at or Call (608) 784-8523 for Public Sightseeing Cruise.
​On-Line Reservations Available Four-Weeks Prior to Cruise Date.
Pick Up Tickets Dockside at 1:00 pm and Board at 1:15 pm.

♫ 1:30-3:15 pm — LA CROSSE QUEEN RIVERBOAT (405 East Veterans Memorial Drive) ♫​

Tickets at www.LaCrosseQueen.comAfterglow Party
Top Off A Fabulous Weekend at the All-Star Cast Finale with Friends, Food, Fun and More Jamming.
 Along the Banks of the Mighty Mississippi. 

♫ 5:00 pm to ??? — THE FREIGHTHOUSE RESTAURANT (107 Vine Street) ♫