On March 15 and 16, make your way to the Park Inn in Clarion for the 10th annual Clarion River Jam Bluegrass Festival, a much-anticipated celebration of Appalachian music that gathers hundreds of talented players from around the region.

Last year, this event drew 28 groups, including popular western Pennsylvania bands such as Well Strung and Echo Valley as well as ensembles from Ohio, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. Over the two days, several hundred audience members enjoyed performances of bluegrass, newgrass, gospel, and roots music of all types by state champion instrumentalists and performers known at the national level. It’s free to attend, family friendly, and open to the public.

The event centers on the performance stage in the hotel’s main conference room, which features a new group every half hour for two days full of music, but impromptu jam sessions also break out in additional meeting rooms and hallways as well as in the hotel’s central atrium. Attendees can also find vendors, raffles, and workshops throughout the weekend.

The United Way of Clarion County hosts the event, and all proceeds benefit this community organization. Learn more by visiting UWClarionCO.org and book your room at the Park Inn by Radisson at ParkInn.com/Clarion.

Danielle Taylor is the marketing and member service coordinator at the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau, which promotes tourism in Jefferson, Elk, Clarion, Forest, and Cameron Counties in northwestern Pennsylvania. To learn more or to request free information about the region, go to VisitPAGO.com or call (814) 849-5197.