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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 2018

January 2018

 
5 - 6Elvis Fest - Chapel Hill
 
12 - 14Big Band and Swing Dance Weekend - Asheville
 

February 2018

 
1 - 3N.C. Jazz Festival - Wilmington
 
8 - 10Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddlers Convention - Boone
 
14 - 17Carolina Jazz Festival - Chapel Hill
 
16 - 18Bluegrass First Class - Asheville

March 2018

 
16 - 18Classic Rock'n'roll Weekend - Asheville
 
24Blue, Brew and 'Que - Kenansville
 
30 - 31Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention - Dobson
 

April 2018

 
5 - 7Big Lick Bluegrass Festival - Oakboro
 
7Live & Local: Spring Fest - Raleigh
 
7Depot District Music Fest - Lexington
 
7Beach Fest - Selma
 
7 - 8Rock 'n' Roll Marathon - Raleigh
 
20 - 22Little Creek Vineyard Earth Day Music Festival - Snow Camp
 
21North Carolina 'Cuegrass Festival - Raleigh

'Cuegrass

21Songsmith Gathering - Brevard
 
21RockyFest - Hiddenite
 
26 - 29MerleFest - Wilkesboro

MerleFest

27 - 28White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival - Stella
 
27 - 29Art of Cool Festival - Durham
 
28Triangle Beach Music Festival - Greenville

May 2018

  
3 - 6Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Silk Hope

Shakori Hills

4 - 5Asheville Electro-Music Festival - Black Mountain
 
4 - 6Carolina Rebellion - Concord / Charlotte
 
4 - 67French Broad River Festival - Hot Springs
 
10 - 12Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver's Bluegrass Festival - Denton
 
10 - 13The LEAF - Black Mountain

The LEAF

11 - 12North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival - Huntersville
 
17 - 20Moogfest - Durham
 
18 - 19Carolina Roots MusicFest - Statesville
 
18 - 19Beaufort Music Festival - Beaufort
 
18 - 20Artsplosure - Raleigh
 
19Carolina Blues Festival - Greensboro
 
19Durham Blues and Brews Festival - Durham
 
19Atlantic Beach Music Festival - Atlantic Beach
 
20Mustang Spring Jam - Corolla
 
24 - 25Charlie Poole Music Festival - Wentworth
 
24 - 26Lil John's Mountain Music Festival - Snow Camp

Lil John's Mountain

25 - 26Willow Oak Park Beach Music Festival - Roxboro
 
25 - 27Fiddler's Grove Festival - Union Grove
 
25 - 27Mountain Sports Festival - Asheville
 
25 - 27White Squirrel Festival - Brevard
 
25 - 28Gears and Guitars Music Fests - Winston-Salem
 
28Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival - Flat Rock

June 2018

 
1 - 2Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention - Mount Airy
 
1 - 2Brevard Blues Festival - Brevard
 
1 - 3Ocrafolk Festival - Ocracoke Island
 
2Carolina Beach Music Festival - Carolina Beach
 
2Mondo Roots - Clayton
 
2Crystal Coast Music Festival - Atlantic Beach
 
7 - 9Bluegrass in Cherokee - Cherokee
 
8 - 9Cold Mountain Music Festival - Canton
 
8 - August 11Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
 
8 - 9Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival - Tryon
 
8 - 10GroverFest - Union Grove
 
9Hoppin' Beats & Eats Fest - Greensboro
 
9Bluff Mountain Festival - Hot Springs
 
9Lansing NC Blues Festival - Lansing
 
13 - 17Southport Songwriter Festival - Southport
 
14 - 16Willow Oak Park Bluegrass Festival - Roxboro
 
16 - 17All Go West - Asheville
 
22 - 24Cape Fear Blues Festival - Wilmington
 
22 - 24State Annual Singing Convention - Benson

State Singing Convention

 
23Sirens on the Mountain - Todd
 
23 - July 28Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro
 
24 - August 4An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
 
24Singing on the Mountain - Linville
 
                

July 2018

 
Through July 28Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro
 
Through August 4An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
 
Through August 11Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
 
1 & 4Festival for the Eno - Durham

Festival for the Eno

4 - 7Red White & Bluegrass Festival - Morganton

Red White & Bluegrass

7Down East Music Festival - Wilson
 
7 - 8Ocean City Jazz Festival - North Topsail Beach
 
12 - 15Wild Goose Festival - Hot Springs
 
13 - 14Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival - New Bern
 
13 - 14MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove - Sugar Grove
 
20 - 21Spruce Pine BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival - Spruce Pine
 
19 - 28Folkmoot USA - Western North Carolina
 
21Barnstock BYOB Music Fest - Huntersville
 
26 - 29Nunn Brothers Bluegrass Festival - Mount Airy
 
27 - 28Hillbilly Jam - Maggie Valley
 

August 2018

 
Through August 4An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
 
Through August 11Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
 
2 - 4Mountain Dance and Folk Festival - Asheville
 
2 - 4PreddyFest Bluegrass Festival - Franklinton
 
3 - 4Reevestock Music Festival - Elkin
 
3 - 4LEAF Downtown AVL - Asheville
 
9 - 11Soulshine Farm Music Festival - Green Mountain
 
10 - 11Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam and BBQ Festival - Clyde
 
11Shagging at the Rock - Blowing Rock
 
16 - 18N.C. State Bluegrass Festival - Marion
 
16 - 18The Big What? - Silk Hope
 
18Rockabilly Resurrection - Kannapolis
 
18 - 19River Valley Blues Festival - Asheville
 
24 - 25Jam in the Trees - Black Mountain

Jam in the Trees

 
August 31 - Sept. 2Smoky Mountain Folk Festival - Lake Junaluska
 
August 31 - Sept. 2Camp JuJu - Snow Camp
 
August 31 - Sept. 2Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention - Lenoir
 

September 2018

 
August 31 - Sept. 2Smoky Mountain Folk Festival - Lake Junaluska
 
August 31 - Sept. 2Camp JuJu - Snow Camp
 
August 31 - Sept. 2Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention - Lenoir
 
1Piggin' & Grinnin' - New Bern
 
1East Side Block Music Festival - Charlotte
 
1 - 2John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival - High Point
 
1 - 2African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County - Raleigh
 
1 - 2ProgDay - Chapel Hill

ProgDay

2New River Blues Festival - Grassy Creek
 
6 - 8Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain - Todd
 
6 - 9Hopscotch - Raleigh
 
7 - 8Bull Durham Blues Festival - Durham
 
7 - 9Mountain Song Festival - Brevard
 
7 - 9National Folk Festival - Greensboro

National Folk Festival

 
8Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival - Mocksville
 
8 - 9Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan - Danbury
 
10Pickin' By The Lake - Roxboro
 
13 - 15Hoppin' John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention - Silk Hope
 
15Apex Music Festival - Apex
 
15The Blowing Rock Music Festival - Blowing Rock
 
15Creedmoor Music Festival - Creedmoor
 
15Brewgrass Festival - Asheville
 
21 - 22Carolina in the Fall - Wilkesboro
 
21 - 22Beats N Bars Festival - Durham
 
21 - 23Deep Water Soul Fest - Hot Springs
 
22Roots Fest - Raleigh
 
223B Music Festival - Union Grove
 
22 - 23Carrboro Music Festival - Carrboro
 
25 - 29Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh

Wide Open Bluegrass

28 - 29Carolina Jubilee - Union Grove
 
28 - 29White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival - Stella
 
28 - 30Asheville Barnaroo - Leicester
 
29Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival - Emerald Isle

October 2017

 
3 - 6Bluegrass Island Festival - Manteo

Bluegrass Island Festival

 
4 - 7Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Silk Hope

Shakori Hills

4 - 7Mustang Music Festival - Corolla
 
5 - 6Ol' Front Porch Music Festival - Oriental
 
5 - 6Marcus King Band Family Reunion - Black Mountain
 
5 - 6Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival - Mars Hill
 
12 - 14Three Days of Light Gathering - Ferguson
 
13 - 14Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival - Kure Beach

Pleasure Island Seafood,
Blues & Jazz Festival

18 - 20Deweyfest - Burlington
 
18 - 20Yep Roc 20 - Hillsborough & Carrboro
 
18 - 21The LEAF - Black Mountain

The LEAF

 
20Groove in the Garden - Raleigh

Groove in the Garden

 
20Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival - Salisbury
 
20Black Alternative Music Festival - Charlotte
 
20Bluse Ridge Bluegrass Festival - Spruce Pine
 
25 - November 3Clayton Piano Festival - Clayton
 

—2017 Calendar—

November 2017

 
Oct. 26 - Nov. 4Clayton Piano Festival - Clayton
 
4The Shindig - Clayton  

Clayton Shindig

December 2017

1 - 2Balsam Range Art of Music Festival - Lake Junaluska
 
14 - 16A Bluegrass Kinda Christmas - Raleigh
 
16Winter Music Fest - Morganton
 

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 & 2017

   
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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