Tumbleweed Music Festival
Now in its 26th year, the Tumbleweed Music Festival is an annual, free, family-friendly celebration of acoustic folk music, crafts, and culture in Richland.
Presented by the Three Rivers Folklife Society (3RFS), the annual three-day folk festival — one of Tri-Cities’ longstanding annual events — returns to Richland on the ﬁrst weekend of September, featuring over 100 free performances by local musicians and other performers from across the Pacific Northwest. Hosted along the banks of the Columbia River on Labor Day Weekend, folk fans of all ages are invited to celebrate the end of summer as they sing and dance along to sea chanteys, bluegrass, blues, Celtic music and other spirited acoustic performances.
Before the festival begins in September, join 3RFS for a series of special Contra Dances hosted throughout the summer, including a June 4 dance at the Lighthouse Church Gymnasium beginning at 7:00 p.m. The dance is preceded by a Caller Workshop from 1:00-4:00 p.m. that will focus on teaching beginning dancers and gender-neutral calling, followed by a potluck dinner.
The theme of this year’s Tumbleweed Music Festival is “Dear Friends,” celebrating the return of the live, in-person performances that will once again ring out from Howard Amon Park, where the event has been hosted since 1997. Each year, the festival brings upwards of 4,000 music fans to the park for three peaceful days of song, dance and celebration.
Music enthusiasts young and old can take to the stage themselves at one of several interactive experiences available throughout the weekend, including an open mic stage, singalongs, free workshops and music lessons. When not singing or dancing, shop for art, clothing and other goods created by local artisans at pop-up tents, enjoy a meal from one of several local food vendors, or just sit and relax at the riverside as music flows through the late summer air.
Not able to attend the event in person? No worries — the 2022 Tumbleweed Music Festival is a hybrid event, with virtual performances and workshops available online, in addition to the live virtual workshops, Contra Dances, and more. For the latest updates on performers, vendors and the virtual festival, follow the Tumbleweed Music Festival on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or visit their official information website. Check out the festival’s YouTube channel to view performances from throughout Tumbleweed’s 26-year history.
Friday, September 2 — 6:00-9:00 p.m.
A free evening concert of performances by local, up-and-coming musicians signal the start of the 2022 Tumbleweed Music Festival.
Saturday, September 3 — 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Enjoy free admission and an entire day filled with continuous music, song, dance and instrument workshops, singalongs, open mic performances, band scrambles and more across five outdoor and two indoor stages, and two workshop rooms throughout Howard Amon Park.
Saturday, September 3 — 7:00-10:30 p.m.
Three yet-to-be-announced headliners will take to the stage Saturday evening for a special Tumbleweed benefit concert. One of only two events at the festival with paid admission, tickets to Saturday’s benefit concert are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and teens, and free for children 12 years and younger. The concert will include a performance of the winning song from this year’s Jane Titland Memorial Songwriting Contest.
Sunday, September 4 — 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Another full day of live music, open mics, singalongs, family workshops and more — all available to enjoy for free — alongside an excellent selection of local food and craft vendors.
Sunday, September 4 — 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Multiple musicians will perform during the free-to-attend 2022 Dear Friends Festival Theme Concert.
Sunday, September 4 — 8:00-10:00 p.m.
The 2022 festival comes to a harmonious close with a benefit Contra Dance with a special guest band and callers. Admission is $8.
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the 2022 Tumbleweed Music Festival?
The 26th Annual Tumbleweed Music Festival will be held on Labor Day Weekend, with performances on Friday, September 2 through Sunday, September 4, 2022.
Where is the festival held?
The festival will be hosted at Howard Amon Park (500 Amon Park Drive) along the Columbia River in Richland, WA.
How much are tickets to the Saturday night benefit concert at the Tumbleweed Music Festival?
Tickets to the Saturday evening benefit concert are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and teens, and free for children 12 years of age or younger.
Can I watch the festival virtually?
Yes! This year’s event will be hybrid, with some performances available digitally online at TumbleweedMusicFestival.org. The 2020 and 2021 Virtual Tumbleweed festival performances are still available there, too!
*This blog post is sponsored by The Tumbleweed Music Festival.