The bands come and go, but the festivals play on.

Carolina Music Festivals is a comprehensive calendar and guide to multi-act, daylong or multiple-day music festivals in North Carolina. In addition to the most up-to-date information available about dates, acts and prices, we'll tell you about the festival itself - the layout of the grounds, the best way to see it, what kind of vibe to expect (these additional pages are constantly under development as we make it to more festivals each season).

Check out the master calendar below, and click on an NC music festival's name for more information about that festival, including maps to festival sites and links to festivals' websites.

A photo with a festival listing indicates that we have more photos and an essay profiling that festival (like this one); click through at the photo for more information.

Most music festivals in North Carolina cater to families. If you haven't been to one because you have children, find a festival near you that you and the kids will enjoy.

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January 2015

9 - 10Elvisfest! - Chapel Hill
16 - 18Big Band and Swing Dance Weekend - Asheville
23 - 25All That Jazz Weekend - Asheville
30 - February 1Celtic Weekend - Asheville

February 2015

Jan. 30 - Feb. 1Celtic Weekend - Asheville
5 - 7N.C. Jazz Festival - Wilmington
5 - 7Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddlers Convention - Boone
13 - 15New Bern Storytelling and Folk Music Festival - New Bern
20 - 21Neuse River Music Fest - Kinston
20 - 22Bluegrass First Class - Asheville
19 - 22Carolina Jazz Festival - Chapel Hill

March 2015

April 2015

9 - 11Big Lick Bluegrass Festival - Oakboro
10 - 11BBQ Cook-Off & Bluegrass Jam - Asheville
12Rock 'n' Roll Marathon - Raleigh
16 - 19Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Silk Hope

Shakori Hills

17 - 19Earth Day Jam - Salisbury
23 - 25Family Style Bluegrass Music Festival - Roxboro
23 - 26MerleFest - Wilkesboro

MerleFest

24 - 25White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival - Stella
24 - 26Art of Cool Festival - Durham
25North Carolina 'Cuegrass Festival - Raleigh

'Cuegrass

25Triangle Beach Music Festival - Garner
25Harmon Field Music Festival - Tryon

May 2015

1 - 3Bass Mountain Boogie - Snow Camp
1 - 3French Broad River Festival - Hot Springs
1 - 3Spring Fever - Locust Hill
2SoDu Blues and Heritage Festival - Durham
2 - 3Carolina Rebellion - Concord / Charlotte
7 - 9Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver's Bluegrass Festival - Denton
7 - 10LEAF - Black Mountain

The LEAF

8 - 9Beaufort Music Festival - Beaufort
9North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival - Huntersville
15 - 16Music at the Mills Bluegrass and Arts Festival - Union Mills
15 - 17FoxFest - Randolph County
15 - 17Drumstrong Rhythm and Arts Festival - Weddington
15 - 17Bikers for Bikers Foundation Spring Rally - Silk Hope
16Carolina Blues Festival - Greensboro
16Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival - Salisbury
16 - 17Artsplosure - Raleigh
17Mustang Spring Jam - Corolla
21 - 23Lil John's Mountain Music Festival - Snow Camp

Lil John's Mountain

21 - 23Beach Music Weekend Festival - Roxboro
22 - 24Fiddler's Grove Festival - Union Grove
25Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival - Flat Rock
30The Penguin Music Festival - Wilmington

June 2015

4 - 6Bluegrass in Cherokee - Cherokee
5 - 6Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention - Mount Airy
5 - 7GroverFest - Catawba County
5 - 7Ocrafolk Festival - Ocracoke Island
5 - 7Galot Music Fest - Benson

Galot Music Fest

6Carolina Beach Music Festival - Carolina Beach
6Brevard Blues Festival - Brevard
6All Go West - Asheville
12 - 13Charlie Poole Music Festival - Eden
12 - 13Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival - Tryon
12 - 13Pop Ferguson Blues Heritage Festival - Lenoir
13Bluff Mountain Festival - Hot Springs
19 - 20Uptown Charlotte Jazz Festival - Charlotte
19 - 20Sirens on the Mountain - Boone
19 - 20Deweyfest - Burlington
19 - August 2Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
25 - 27The Big What? - Mebane
26 - 28State Annual Singing Convention - Benson

State Singing Convention

27 - August 1Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro
28Singing on the Mountain - Linville
28 - July 25An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
                

July 2015

Through July 25An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
Through August 1Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro
Through August 2Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
1 - 4Red White & Bluegrass Festival - Morganton

Red White & Bluegrass

2 - 4Norris Creek Pig Pickin' Bluegrass and BBQ Festival - Louisburg
4 - 5Festival for the Eno - Durham

Festival for the Eno

9 - 12Wild Goose Festival - Hot Springs
10 - 11MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove - Sugar Grove
17 - 18Spruce Pine BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival - Spruce Pine
17 - 26Folkmoot USA - Western North Carolina
18July Jam - Charlotte
18Barnstock - Huntersville
23 - 26Nunn Brothers Bluegrass Festival - Mount Airy
24 - 26Cape Fear Blues Festival - Wilmington
30 - August 1PreddyFest Bluegrass Festival - Franklinton

August 2015

Through Aug. 1Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro
Through Aug. 2Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
July 30 - August 1PreddyFest Bluegrass Festival - Franklinton
July 31 - August 1Reevestock Music Festival - Elkin
6 - 8Mountain Dance and Folk Festival - Asheville
7 - 8Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam - Clyde
7 - 8Olla Belle Reed Music Festival - Lansing
13 - 15N.C. State Bluegrass Festival - Marion
13 - 15Soulshine Farm Music Festival - Green Mountain
20 - 22Clear Mountain View Music Festival - Polkville

Clear Mountain View

27 - 30Mantrabash Music & Art Festival - Ferguson

September 2015

3 - 6Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention - Lenoir
4 - 5Smoky Mountain Folk Festival - Lake Junaluska
4 - 6Labor Day Family Bluegrass Festival - Garner
5John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival - High Point
5WhoDat Festival - Greensboro
5 - 6God of Second Chances Music Festival - Cherryville
5 - 6ProgDay - Chapel Hill

ProgDay

6New River Blues Festival - Grassy Creek
10 - 12Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain - Todd
11 - 12Hopscotch - Raleigh
11 - 12Catawba Valley Music Revival Music Fest - Cherryville
11 - 12Bull Durham Blues Festival - Durham
11 - 12Mountain Song Festival - Brevard
11 - 13National Folk Festival - Greensboro
12In The Pines Bluegrass Festival - Goldsboro
12Charlotte Sunset Jazz Festival - Charlotte
12 - 13Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan - Danbury
17 - 19Hoppin' John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention - Silk Hope
17 - 19Dailey Vincent Fest - Denton
18 - 20Smiling Frog Music and Art Festival - Snow Camp
19Apex Jazz and Music Festival - Apex
19The Blowing Rock Music Festival - Blowing Rock
19Brewgrass Festival - Asheville
23 - 26Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival - Manteo
25 - 26H Blast! - Locust Hill
26French Broad Brew Fest - Hot Springs
263B Music Festival - Union Grove
26 - 27Carrboro Music Festival - Carrboro
Sept. 29 - October 3Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh

October 2015

Sept. 29 - October 3Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh

Wide Open Bluegrass

3Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival - Mars Hill
3Down South Music Festival - Sanford
3 - 4Barnaroo - Leicester
8 - 11Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Silk Hope

Shakori Hills

9 - 10Mustang Music Festival - Corolla
10Clayton Shindig - Clayton

Clayton Shindig

10Todd New River Festival - Todd
10 - 11Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival - Kure Beach

Pleasure Island Seafood,
Blues & Jazz Festival

15 - 18LEAF - Black Mountain

The LEAF

17American Roots Bluegrass Festival - Thomasville

November 2015

7 - 8Homecoming Veteran's Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival - Maiden

December 2015

Other Festivals We've Seen

Click on the photos for pages about festivals outside North Carolina we have been to. They are not part of the calendar.

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Disclaimer: We've tried to gather the most up-to-date and accurate information available, but everything is subject to change and, for that matter, we and our sources make the occasional mistake. We try to update each weekend or when notified of new information. Information from the previous year may remain posted for certain festivals until updated plans are announced; in particular, fees may change from year to year and dates may be estimated based on the previous festival. Festivals come and go; we work through websites, Facebook, email, mainstream media sources and the occasional phone call. If a festival's listing has not been updated and it's close to the festival date, it may not be happening this year. We tend to err in favor of the festival happening, and keep festivals listed on the site as long as seems reasonable.
We cannot and do not guarantee any of the artists, prices, show times, locations, maps, camping options or other information about the music festivals we refer to on this site. Please let us know about any mistakes or out-dated information you find. And, before you head out, check individual music festivals' websites for information and/or contact them via email or phone to make sure they plan to present the show you expect to see.
Carolina Music Festivals is compiled, designed, written, photographed and published by Christopher E. Nelson.


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