DelFest is a family-friendly music festival that celebrates the rich legacy of Bluegrass musician Del McCoury Music while still creating a forum for world-class musical collaborations and showcase new talent with a down-home feeling.
DelFest begins on Thursday, May 23 and ends on Sunday, May 26.
DelFest is held at the beautiful Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, Maryland just two and half hours from Baltimore and Washington DC. DelFest sits just along the Potomac River in the scenic Appalachian Mountains.
During this four-day festival, volunteers pour beer, deliver ice, and put together a raffle to raise funds for local charities.
- The Del McCoury Band
- The Travelin’ McCourys
- The String Cheese Incident
- Trampled By Turtles
- Tyler Childers
- Railroad Earth
- Sam Bush
- I’m With Her feat. Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan
- Yonder Mountain String Band
- And many more
To date the organization is close to $600,000, of donated funds that support projects of non-profit organizations that lead to the betterment of people’s lives in Allegany County. The foundation is heavily invested in taking an active role for positive change in the community.
Throughout the year members of the McCoury family visit non-profits in Allegany County that receive grants to learn more about their day-to-day needs. Del and The Travelin McCourys have even made a trip to Cumberland to help build a house for Habitat for Humanity.
Family Friendly Festival
Unlike many festivals, DelFest can truly say that it is family friendly. There is an area reserved for those that like the quiet nights, referred to as Green Acres.
The setting is unlike any other with the West Virginia mountain as a beautiful backdrop and the Potomac River running alongside the venue.
Campers can choose a wooded area along the river as well.
What to do?
Many attendees will be seen floating down the river in their inner tubes, this year will also include kayaks that will be available to rents with some guided tours.
This area is known for its outstanding bike trails, Cumberland the C&O canal trail goes all the way to Washington D.C and meets the Great Allegheny Passage offering 330 miles of biking or hiking.
Downtown Cumberland is an architectural treasure with a pedestrian mall and multiple options for outside dining.
The old town charm of Cumberland and Frostburg will have you step back in time to a much slower and friendly lifestyle.
Grit Daily spoke with Chris Harris, who works on the festival staff about the festival:
Grit Daily: What inspired DelFest to come together? You say it’s family friendly, spill the beans.
A Magical Place
Going to DelFest offers something very magical, you’re able to step into a world where everyone is truly family. The jam sessions on stage surrounded by the river and mountains are unique.
Watching Del ride through the campgrounds to make sure that everyone is having a great time is something to be seen.
When you got to the merchandise tent you’ll most likely be helped by Del’s wide, Jean or their daughter Rhonda, or possibly any one of the grandchildren.