DelFest is Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland’s premier bluegrass/roots music festival, celebrating the rich legacy of Del McCoury, with world-class musical collaborations from some of the best-known names in bluegrass music, all within a family-friendly and distinctly unique atmosphere. Taking place Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-26, 2024, and hosted by Del McCoury and family, the 16th annual DelFest lineup welcomes to the stage the Del McCoury Band, the Travelin’ McCourys with Lukas Nelson, Greensky Bluegrass, Old Crow Medicine Show, Sierra Ferrell, Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Leftover Salmon, and so many more musical acts playing around the clock for nearly four days.

Billy Strings - DelFest - Knobley Mountain - Cumberland MD

Photo by Shelly Swanger


The iconic Knobley Mountain cliffside paints the festival backdrop and the Potomac River runs alongside the festival grounds, providing a cool relief when the weather gets hot, making the setting of the festival a taste of Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, in miniature. When you’re here for DelFest, you’re family, and the people and the vibe reflect true Appalachian mountain spirit and hospitality.


Delfest bluegrass

But don’t stop the experience with music! There are so many ways to get the whole experience of Mountain Maryland while you’re here for DelFest. From an abundance of incredible outdoor recreational activities to amazing historic sites, dining, and entertainment venues - no matter your interest, passion, sport, or idea of fun, you’ll find a trail for just about any type of adventure here in Mountain Maryland.




Allegany County offers nearly 70,000 acres of public land and 200 miles of developed trails to explore while you’re here. If it’s water you seek, then water we deliver. The Potomac River, which runs along the festival grounds, features public access points near the festival grounds for put-in and take-out and is suited for kayaks, canoes, and inner tube floats. The river’s current carries floaters on a lazy ride, with minimal paddling, making for a rejuvenating and scenic trip on the Potomac while you absorb the sounds of the music echoing off the mountain backdrop.


Floating on the Potomac River


Or, hop on one of Allegany County’s two internationally recognized bike trails, the Great Allegheny Passage (GAP) and C&O Canal Towpath, which both connect in downtown Cumberland, MD, to create 333 miles of uninterrupted bike trails from Washington, DC, to Pittsburgh, PA. There’s endless hiking and mountain biking in our four state parks and state forest. Between Rocky Gap State Park and Green Ridge State Forest, you will find over 70 miles of developed trail systems through alpine forests leading to stunning overlooks. Or check out the newly developed mountain biking trails at Dans Mountain State ParkLocal outfitters are available to provide shuttles and equipment for a hassle-free adventure.


A guy in a red shirt and black helmet rides a mountain bike through a deep green pine-wood forest.




Our mountains have the fuel you need to hit the outdoors or cruise along our open roads. From a morning jolt of coffee, to sweet treats, or that evening seasonal brew, check out our fabulous food and beverage trails. The Donut and Go - Donut and Coffee Trail provides ten locations for Mountain Maryland’s best coffee and donuts that give you the perfect combo of sugar rush and sustained buzz to keep you adventuring in the mountainside. The Allegany County Ice Cream Trail offers a sweet retreat highlighting nine of Mountain Maryland’s favorite ice cream stops. And when you’re ready for that lift in spirit, the Tap and Pour Tour takes you to Mountain Maryland’s six wineries, breweries and distilleries for that perfect cap to a day of exploration.






Traveling with the family? Hop aboard the Western Maryland Scenic Railroad, a three-hour round trip heritage train excursion departing from Cumberland, MD, to ascend the mountain destination of Frostburg, MD, and back. Book a trip with the 1309 steam engine, the largest operating steam locomotive of its kind in the world. On the same rail line, you can also book the Tracks and Yaks excursion, Maryland’s only rail biking experience that provides a leisurely, pedal-powered trip along the rail line to iconic points of interest including Helmstetter’s Curve and the Brush Tunnel. Looking for something to do on a rainy day? Explore a Scenic Byway to learn more about how our unique regions helped to fuel the industrial development of America or the George Washington Trail or the Coal Heritage Itinerary to dive deeper into our rich history.


Western Maryland Scenic Railroad - 1309 - Switzerfilm - Cumberland MD


As you can see, there is no shortage of ways to explore Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland. Whether you come early, stay late, or play while you're here for DelFest, we are certain that you will fall in love with Allegany County’s mountain charm, scenic beauty, and one unbelievable festival to kick off summer. The trail starts here.