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DelFest 2023 (15 Years Of Celebrations)

DelFest, the renowned annual music festival, has been serving music enthusiasts for the past 15 years. Held in the picturesque city of Cumberland, MD, this four-day extravaganza celebrates the power of music, showcasing a diverse lineup of talented musicians.

From crowd favorites to exciting newcomers, DelFest promises an unforgettable experience filled with soulful melodies and a sense of unity among attendees. Let’s delve into the magic of DelFest 2023 and discover what made it one for the books!

DelFest 2023 was the 15th edition of the annual music festival held in Cumberland, MD, from 25th to 28th May. It celebrated its milestone anniversary by welcoming both seasoned performers and talented newcomers, creating an unforgettable experience for the attendees.

The 15th edition of DelFest marked a significant milestone in the festival’s history. We will examine the diverse range of performers who graced the stage as we go more into this article; so, let’s get started!

DelFest Overview

DelFest is a family-friendly music festival set against the picturesque Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD. With a heartfelt origin rooted in the desire to honor the rich legacy of McCoury Music, DelFest has blossomed into an extraordinary event, captivating the hearts of music enthusiasts from near and far.

Who is McCoury?

Delano Floyd McCoury is the founder of DelFest. He founded this event in 2008 to celebrate his music style while entertaining the audience with country and bluegrass music.

McCoury is also the leader of the Del McCoury Band. DelFest’s specialty is a daily performance by the band in which Mc Coury performs with his two sons.

A Melodic Celebration: Music and Legacy Combine

At its core, DelFest is a heartfelt celebration of music and the profound legacy of McCoury Music. The festival’s origins trace back to a vision of creating a welcoming space where families can embrace soulful melodies and share the joys of music together.

This enduring spirit of unity and connection is what sets DelFest apart from the rest.

Quality with the McCoury Touch

Beyond the traditional stage sets by world-class artists, attendees can expect enchanting one-of-a-kind collaborations, surprise guest appearances, and touching tributes to Del McCoury himself, adding a layer of emotion and authenticity to the festival’s atmosphere.

Embracing Nature with On-Site Camping

Nestled among the fairgrounds, DelFest offers on-site camping for festival-goers to relax in nature’s gentle hug.

Whether pitching tents amidst the ballfields, under the canopy of woods, or in the serene Green Acres, the camping experience enhances the festival’s charm, fostering a sense of togetherness among campers.

Epic Glamping for Luxury Lovers

For those seeking a blend of adventure and luxury, DelFest introduces Glamping through their partner, Epic Glamping.

Escape the ordinary with tents featuring comfortable beds, air conditioning, and other amenities that promise an unforgettable fusion of comfort and nature’s grandeur.

DelFest is nothing short of lasting performances which were somehow engraved in the hearts of music lovers.

Accessible Options and Smooth Parking

DelFest organizers have carefully considered accessibility, offering on-site parking passes, shuttle services for off-site parking, and RV parking passes to cater to diverse needs.

With a commitment to inclusivity, accessible parking is available upon request, ensuring festival-goers can partake in the celebration.

Explore Allegany County: Beyond the Festival

While DelFest promises an enchanting experience, the beauty of Allegany County extends beyond the fairgrounds.

From exploring scenic wonders to savoring local delights, the county beckons visitors with an array of experiences to complement the festival’s magic.

Why Does DelFest Take Place In Maryland?

Del personally handpicked the scenic Allegany County Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD, as the ideal spot for DelFest.

Nestled along the Potomac River in the Appalachian Mountains, the Fairgrounds offer a breathtaking backdrop. What’s more? Its accessibility is unmatched, conveniently reachable via four major airports, and accessible by rail or road.

DelFest 2023: The Return of Beloved Favorites

With a four-day event filled with non-stop performances from various genres, attendees were treated to a diverse and captivating musical experience.

The California Honeydrops, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Infamous Stringdusters, Trampled By Turtles, and more made triumphant returns to DelFest 2023.

Let’s explore more how these crowd favorites rekindled the festival’s spirit and wowed the audience with their soulful melodies and captivating showmanship.

New Talent

DelFest 2023 was not only about celebrating its anniversary but also about introducing fresh talent to its audience.

DelFest welcomed fresh talent into its fold, introducing the mesmerizing performances of Sierra Ferrell and the vibrant energy of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong. Their debut at the festival left a lasting impression.

Cumberland, MD, provides one of the best atmospheres, setting the perfect stage for the festival.

The Soulful Experience – Music, Food, And More!

DelFest is a multifaceted experience that includes more than simply music; it generally includes all of the elements of a music festival.

The event’s deep mood was enhanced by the delicious food sellers, artisanal stalls, and community activities, giving participants an experience they won’t soon forget.

Milestone Celebrations: 15 Years Of DelFest

The festival’s organizers honored DelFest’s 15th anniversary in a heartfelt ceremony.

Special performances, uplifting remarks, and a spirit of camaraderie were given to attendees, underscoring the festival’s importance in the music industry over the years.

How Successful DelFest 2023 Was?

In terms of celebrating music, talent, and community, DelFest 2023 was a big success. Generally, it left guests with priceless memories and a craving for the following iteration of this remarkable event.

With the ideal balance of seasoned artists and up-and-coming talent, DelFest maintains its status as one of the most adored music events globally.

Watch the highlights, electrifying performances, and vibrant atmosphere that made this year’s festival one for the books through this video.


Below is the four-day lineup list of this extravaganza festival:

May 25, Thursday

  • Del McCoury Band
  • Sierra Hull
  • Trampled By Turtles
  • Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
  • The HillBenders

May 26, Friday

  • Yin Yoga and Reiki with Rebecca
  • Vinyasa with Jen
  • DelFest Bloody Mary Bar – Taylor Rae
  • Jason Carter & Friends
  • Cris Jacobs
  • Lindsay Lou
  • David Parmley
  • Garcia Grisman Tribute With Joe Craven, Ronnie McCoury, Stu Allen & Jim Kerwin

May 27, Saturday

  • Yin Yoga and Reiki with Rebecca
  • The Price Sisters
  • DelFest Bloody Mary Bar – Caleb Stine
  • Slo-Flow with Emily
  • Justin Trawick & The Common Good
  • AJ Lee & Blue Summit
  • Tim O’Brien Band
  • Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle
  • The Dirty Grass Players

May 28, Sunday

  • Slo-Flow with Emily
  • Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle
  • Vinyasa with Jen
  • Dre’ Anders, Del McCoury Band, The Gibson Brothers
  • Sicard Hollow
  • The Broomstix
  • Peter Rowan & The Free Mexican Air Force with Los Texmaniacs
  • Junior Sisk
  • Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway
  • Sam Bush
  • Rising Appalachia
  • The Travelin’ McCourys
The festival fostered a sense of unity among attendees, creating lasting connections through the power of music.


Here’s the ticket pricing breakdown for DelFest 2023:

  • 4-Day Pass: $295
  • 3-Day Pass: $275
  • 2-Day Pass: $199
  • Teen Festival Pass (Ages 13-16): $35 to $175
  • Kids Multi-Day Pass: $35 to $175
  • Single-Day Pass: $75 to $99

Top Songs Played In DelFest 2023

Here is the data table to give you a quick overview of the songs aired at the festival;

Wait so LongTrampled by Turtles
Broken Bones & Pocket ChangeSt. Paul and The Broken Bones
Softly and Tenderly / Ashokan FarewellSierra Ferrell
Let Her GoThe Travelin’ McCourys
F.lU.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
A selection of standout performances by talented artists at DelFest 2023 showcasing a diverse range of musical styles and captivating the audience with their soulful tunes
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  • DelFest 2023 is perceived to be a remarkable celebration of music and community, with an impressive lineup of talented artists gracing the stage.
  • Attendees were treated to unforgettable performances, from Trampled by Turtles’ enchanting rendition of “Wait so Long” to St. Paul and The Broken Bones’ soulful delivery of “Broken Bones & Pocket Change.”
  • Sierra Ferrell’s moving medley of “Softly and Tenderly / Ashokan Farewell” touched hearts, while The Travelin’ McCourys had the crowd singing along to “Let Her Go.”
  • Pigeons Playing Ping Pong brought the house down with their energetic performance of “F.U.,” leaving a lasting impression on everyone present.
  • DelFest 2023 truly captured the essence of Bluegrass & Roots music, creating cherished memories and a longing for the next year’s event.

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