Walnut Valley Festival 48.5

September 12 - 20, 2020

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

"Fesity" playing a guitar and wearing a face covering for the Walnut Valley Festival Festival 48.5

49th Walnut Valley Festival

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

Sept. 12 - 20, 2020

49th Walnut Valley Festival has been postponed
to September 2021 due to COVID-19 Concerns

All tickets sold for WVF 49 will be valid for entry in September 2021
A virtual WVF 48.5 will take place September 12-20, 2020

Be Kind, Stay Safe!

Pretend Friend


Voting has closed. Check back to see the winner announced in a live stream on Saturday, September 19th.


Pretend Friend is an acoustic trio from Wichita, KS. Distinguished by dynamic performances and tight-knit instrumentation, Pretend Friend has been described as “jamgrass,” “new high lonesome,” and “if Robert Plant and the Stanley Brothers had a baby.” Featuring Grant Boesen on guitar and lead vocals, Brody Wellman on upright bass, and Evan Ogborn on mandolin, Pretend Friend melds elements of folk, bluegrass, blues, and rock genres. Pretend Friend’s original music draws from jazz and classical roots, and their versatility is shown in their interpretations and combinations of traditional and pop styles.

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Vote for your favorite band while also supporting the cause.  Sixty percent of the funds raised will be split equally between all of the artists in the lineup taking part. The remaining forty percent will be used by WVA to pay for production costs of WVF 48.5 as well as to get ready for its 49th Walnut Valley Festival in 2021.

Votes will be taken until midnight on Friday, September 18.  The winner will be announced in a live stream on Saturday, September 19.

Office Hours

Post-Festival through May

9am-Noon; 1pm to 5pm

June through August 2nd


August 3rd through September 7th