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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).

Click on a month you are interested in at right, or scroll 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 on the photo for more information.

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North Carolina Music Festivals 2016

January 2016

 
8 - 9Elvisfest! - Chapel Hill
 
16 - 17Big Band and Swing Dance Weekend - Asheville
 
29 - 30Classic Rock'n'roll Weekend - Asheville
 

February 2016

 
4 - 6N.C. Jazz Festival - Wilmington
 
5 - 6Celtic Adventure Weekend - Asheville
 
5 - 6Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddlers Convention - Boone
 
17 - 20Carolina Jazz Festival - Chapel Hill
 
19 - 20Neuse River Music Fest - Kinston
 
19 - 21Bluegrass First Class - Asheville

March 2016

 

April 2016

 
7 - 9Big Lick Bluegrass Festival - Oakboro
 
8 - 10Rock 'n' Roll Marathon - Raleigh
 
8 - 10Waterfront Jazz Fest - Mooresville
 
9Live & Local: Earth Day 2016 - Raleigh
 
9Beach Fest - Selma
 
15 - 16Phuzz Phest - Winston-Salem
 
16North Carolina 'Cuegrass Festival - Raleigh

'Cuegrass

18 - 24Southport Songwriter Festival - Southport
 
22 - 24NC Disc Jam - Mebane
 
23RockyFest - Hiddenite
 
28 - 30Family Style Bluegrass Music Festival - Roxboro
 
29 - 30White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival - Stella
 
28 - May 1MerleFest - Wilkesboro

MerleFest

29 - May 1French Broad River Festival - Hot Springs
 
30Triangle Beach Music Festival - Greenville

May 2016

  
Through May 1MerleFest - Wilkesboro

MerleFest

 
Through May 1French Broad River Festival - Hot Springs
 
5 - 7Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver's Bluegrass Festival - Denton
 
5 - 8Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Silk Hope

Shakori Hills

6 - 7North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival - Huntersville
 
6 - 7Bass Mountain Boogie - Snow Camp
 
6 - 7Asheville Electro-Music Festival - Black Mountain
 
6 - 8Art of Cool Festival - Durham
 
6 - 8Carolina Rebellion - Concord / Charlotte
 
12 - 15LEAF - Black Mountain

The LEAF

12 - 13Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival - Salisbury
 
13 - 14Carolina Roots MusicFest - Statesville
 
13 - 14Union Grove Old Time Fiddlers Convention - Union Grove
 
19 - 22Moogfest - Durham
 
19 - 22Kinnection Kampout - Horse Shoe
 
20 - 21Beaufort Music Festival - Beaufort
 
20 - 22Artsplosure - Raleigh
 
21Carolina Blues Festival - Greensboro
 
21Durham Blues and Brews Festival - Durham
 
21Atlantic Beach Music Festival - Atlantic Beach
 
22Mustang Spring Jam - Corolla
 
26 - 28Lil John's Mountain Music Festival - Snow Camp

Lil John's Mountain

27 - 29Beach Music Weekend Festival - Roxboro
 
27 - 29Fiddler's Grove Festival - Union Grove
 
27 - 29White Squirrel Festival - Brevard
 
30Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival - Flat Rock
 
30Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival - Manteo

June 2016

 
2 - 4Bluegrass in Cherokee - Cherokee
 
3 - 4Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention - Mount Airy
 
3 - 4Brevard Blues Festival - Brevard
 
3 - 5Ocrafolk Festival - Ocracoke Island
 
4Carolina Beach Music Festival - Carolina Beach
 
4Mondo Roots - Clayton
 
4Crystal Coast Music Festival - Atlantic Beach
 
10 - 11Charlie Poole Music Festival - Eden
 
10 - 11Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival - Tryon
 
11Bluff Mountain Festival - Hot Springs
 
17 - 19GroverFest - Olin
 
17 - 19Cape Fear Blues Festival - Wilmington
 
18Sirens on the Mountain - Boone
 
18Lansing NC Blues Festival - Lansing
 
23 - 261Luv Food & Music Festival - Fletcher
 
23 - August 7Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
 
24 - 26State Annual Singing Convention - Benson

State Singing Convention

 
24 - 26Neon Weekend - Forest City
 
25 - August 6An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
 
27 - August 1Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro
 
26Singing on the Mountain - Linville
 
                

July 2016

 
Through August 1Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro
 
Through August 6An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
 
Through August 7Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
 
1 - 4Red White & Bluegrass Festival - Morganton

Red White & Bluegrass

2 - 3Ocean City Jazz Festival - North Topsail Beach
 
2 & 4Festival for the Eno - Durham

Festival for the Eno

7 - 10Wild Goose Festival - Hot Springs
 
15 - 16MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove - Sugar Grove
 
15 - 16Spruce Pine BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival - Spruce Pine
 
21 - 23The Big What? - Mebane
 
21 - 24Nunn Brothers Bluegrass Festival - Mount Airy
 
21 - 31Folkmoot USA - Western North Carolina
 
22 - 23Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival - New Bern
 
23Destination Dix - Raleigh
 
23Barnstock BYOB Music Fest - Huntersville
 
29 - 30Hillbilly Jam - Maggie Valley
 
30 - 31LEAF Downtown AVL - Asheville

August 2016

 
Through Aug. 1Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro
 
Through Aug. 2Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
 
Through August 6An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
 
4 - 6Mountain Dance and Folk Festival - Asheville
 
4 - 6PreddyFest Bluegrass Festival - Franklinton
 
5 - 6Reevestock Music Festival - Elkin
 
5 - 6Olla Belle Reed Music Festival - Lansing
 
11 - 13Soulshine Farm Music Festival - Green Mountain
 
12 - 13Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam and BBQ Festival - Clyde
 
13Groove in the Garden - Raleigh

Groove in the Garden

 
18 - 20N.C. State Bluegrass Festival - Marion
 
25 - 27Clear Mountain View Music Festival - Polkville

Clear Mountain View

26 - 27Jam in the Trees - Black Mountain
 
26 - 28Three Days of Light Gathering - Old Fort
 
27Youth Fest Christian Music Festival - Louisburg

September 2016

 
2 - 3Smoky Mountain Folk Festival - Lake Junaluska
 
3 - 4Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention - Lenoir
 
3 - 4John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival - High Point
 
3 - 4African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County - Raleigh
 
3 - 4ProgDay - Chapel Hill

ProgDay

4New River Blues Festival - Grassy Creek
 
8 - 10Hopscotch - Raleigh
 
8 - 10Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain - Todd
 
9 - 10Camp JuJu - Snow Camp
 
9 - 10Bull Durham Blues Festival - Durham
 
9 - 10Bikers for Bikers Foundation Music Festival-Rally - Fayetteville
 
9 - 11Mountain Song Festival - Brevard
 
9 - 11National Folk Festival - Greensboro

National Folk Festival

 
10Sounds on Steele - Sanford
 
10Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival - Mocksville
 
10Pickin' By The Lake - Roxboro
 
10 - 11Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan - Danbury
 
15 - 17Hoppin' John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention - Silk Hope
 
15 - 17Dailey Vincent Fest - Denton
 
16 - 17White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival - Stella
 
17Apex Music Festival - Apex
 
17The Blowing Rock Music Festival - Blowing Rock
 
17Creedmoor Music Festival - Creedmoor
 
17Brewgrass Festival - Asheville
 
21 - 24Bluegrass Island Festival - Manteo

Bluegrass Island Festival

 
23 - 24Carolina in the Fall - Wilkesboro
 
24French Broad Brew Fest - Hot Springs
 
24 - 25Carrboro Music Festival - Carrboro
 
24 - 25Live & Local Bluegrass - Raleigh
 
27 - October 1Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh

Wide Open Bluegrass

30 - October 1Carolina Jubilee - Union Grove
 
30 - October 2Asheville Barnaroo - Leicester

October 2016

 
Sept. 27 - October 1Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh

Wide Open Bluegrass

Sept. 30 - October 1Carolina Jubilee - Union Grove
 
Sept. 30 - October 2Asheville Barnaroo - Leicester
 
1Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival - Mars Hill
 
6 - 9Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Silk Hope

Shakori Hills

7 - 8Mustang Music Festival - Corolla
 
8Clayton Shindig - Clayton

Clayton Shindig

83B Music Festival - Union Grove
 
8 - 9Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival - Kure Beach

Pleasure Island Seafood,
Blues & Jazz Festival

14 - 15Ol' Front Porch Music Festival - Oriental
 
14 - 15Deweyfest - Burlington
 
15 - 16American Roots Music & Arts Festival - Raleigh
 
20 - 23LEAF - Black Mountain

The LEAF

28 - November 4Clayton Piano Festival - Clayton
 

November 2016

October 28 - November 4Clayton Piano Festival - Clayton
 
November 19Carolina Lily Fest - New Bern
 

December 2016

15 - 17A Bluegrass Kinda Christmas - Raleigh
 

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.

Cayamo 2013

   
French Quarter
Festival 2012

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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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