Carolina Music Festivals is a comprehensive calendar and guide to multi-act, daylong or multiple-day music festivals in North Carolina.

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July 2017 - North Carolina Music Festivals

Dates and other details may be estimated based on last year's festival until confirmed by festival organizers.

Through July 29    Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro and points west
(See the June calendar)

Through August 5    An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
(See the June calendar)

Through August 11    Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
(See the June calendar)

July 1 - 2    Ocean City Jazz Festival - North Topsail Beach

The annual contemporary jazz festival showcases jazz legends and up-and-coming jazz greats. It began in 2009 as a summertime family celebration to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Ocean City community, which was the first coastal area in North Carolina that allowed African Americans to buy land. The stage and seating are under a 60x90-foot pavilion tent, and food trucks sell food, beer, wine and other beverages. There is also a silent auction.

Jackiem Joyner, Gerald Veasley, Wycliffe Gordon, Randy Brecker, Lynn Grissett Quartet, Lao Tizer with Special Guest Karen Briggs, John Dillard, John Brown Quintet.

Festival site: North Topsail Beach

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5 p.m. daily.

Two-day pass: $60 adults, $25 children in advance; $65 and $30 at gate.
Daily: $35 adults, $15 children in advance; $40 and $20 at gate.

Wilmington Shuttle bus (from 5226 Sigmon Road - Market Street Walmart) leaves at 3 p.m.: $35 two days, $20 daily.

No food or drink may be brought into the festival.

July 1 - 4    Red, White & Bluegrass Festival - Morganton

The Fourth of July weekend festival, which has changed somewhat for 2017, presents bands on a single stage, conducts a bluegrass camp for kids (who perform onstage), and puts on a fireworks show and other activities. Except for headliners, most bands will play two sets each day. For July 4, admission is free for a variety of games and contests starting at 5 p.m., with "music entertainment" from 7:30 to 9 p.m., followed by the national anthem and fireworks. Click on the photo for more info.

Saturday: Larry Sparks, Blue Highway, Flatt Lonesome, Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass.
Sunday: The Isaacs, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Volume Five, Terry Baucom's Dukes of Drive.
Monday: Mountain Heart, The Boxcars, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Sideline, Bluegrass Campers.
Tuesday: "Music Entertainment."

Festival site: Catawba Meadows Park

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1 to 11 p.m.

Three-day pass (reserved): $65 until May 1, $100 afterward.
Three-day pass (general admission): $40 until May 1, $70 afterward.
Daily (general admission): $15 until May 1, $25 afterward.
Younger than 13 free general admission with paying adult.
Free admission on July 4.

Weekend camping (no hookups but water, restrooms and showers onsite): free with three-day pass; $20 until May 1, $25 afterward.
Bluegrass camp: $50 until May 1, $65 afterward.

No alcohol, no coolers in festival area.

July 1 and 4    Festival for the Eno - Durham

The Festival for the Eno, the region's premier Independence Day celebration, presents about 65 acts on four stages plus about 100 art and craft vendors, food and a variety of other entertainment and hands-on activities. Musical performers typically include a couple of nationally known Americana or rock acts and regional favorites. Proceeds benefit the Eno River Association and its efforts to preserve land along the river, and the festival has an overall theme of conservation and fostering intelligent use of natural resources. Click on the photo for more info.

Antibalas, Ruby Amanfu and Steelism, A.J. Ghent, Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba, Orquesta Gardel, Africa Unplugged, The Gospel Jubilators, Dr. Bacon, Tan and Sober Gentlemen, Boom Unit Brass Band, Dark Water Rising, Crystal Bright and Silver Hands, Violet Bell, Rowdy Square Dancers and the Five Point Rounders, Brothers Egg, The MidAtlantic, Cole Slaw, Jon Shain, Lightnin' Wells, John Dee Holeman, The Lang Sisters, Matt Phillips and the Back Pocket, Emily Musolino Band, Jamie Anderson, Lud, Tea Cup Gin, Nee Ningy Band, Kate Rhudy, Eno Islanders, Ellis Dyson and The Shambles, Blue Cactus, Sambas Dos Sombras, more TBA.

Festival site: West Point on the Eno City Park

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10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Two-day pass: $30 in advance, $35 at gate.
Single-day pass: $18 adults, $11 age 13 to 17; $23 and $11 at gate.
Younger than 13 free.

This is a daytime festival - there is no camping onsite.

Free parking and shuttle buses are available at Durham County Stadium, and are highly recommended.

July 8    Down East Music Festival - Wilson

The festival of Southern soul and hip-hop acts is presented by Power 95.5 (WPWZ FM) and the ItsDoable youth outreach organization.

Sir Charles Jones, J-Red, LJ Echols, Roy C, Maurice Wynn, Big G, Big Pokey, Black Diamond, Nellie Tiger Travis, Jus Once, Wilson Meadows, 3 Staxx, Lacee, Vick Allen, DJ StarrChild, AJ the DJ.

Festival site: Wilson County Fairgrounds

Gates open 1 p.m. show starts 3 p.m.

VIP pass (reserved seating area - you still bring your own chair; access to air conditioned tent - no seating in tent; free food, beer and drinks "while they last"; cash bar): $100.

Pop-up tents (8'x8') allowed in designated areas.
RV parking: $65 (does not include admission).
Premium parking, including for RVs: TBA.

See website at link above for discounts at local hotels.

July 13 - 16    Wild Goose Festival - Hot Springs

The festival of music, art and Christian spirituality is modeled after the UK's Greenbelt festival, which presents a slate of speakers along with musical performers. The festival has added a second stage this year. Only 2,000 tickets are sold.

Jennifer Knapp, The Collection, J. Kwest, Lyric, Sarah Potenza, John Mark McMillan, Big Ray and Chicago’s Most Wanted; I, Star; Tret Fure, Melissa Greene, Namoli Brennet, The Many, Ken Medema.

Festival site: Hot Springs Resort & Spa

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Winter Special (until March 19): $199.
Regular admission $299, age 65 and older $169, ages 13 to 17 $75, younger free.
Students (over age 18 and enrolled full-time): $125.

Tent camping free with festival pass.
RV with no hookup $75, 30 amp hookup $160, 50 amp hookup and pull-through space $180.

July 14 - 15    Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival - New Bern

The downtown street festival's main shows by North Carolina artists are in the evening, though some venues involved in the festival are to stage free live music during the afternoons. The festival is to also present visual art, dance, food and craft beer vendors and more. Officially sanctioned after-parties follow each night's primary shows.

Friday: Tan and Sober Gentlemen, Hank Barbee and the Dust Parade, Barefoot Monty, more.
Saturday: Ancient Cites, (J)Rowdy and the Night Shift, Seabreeze Diner, more.

Festival site: Isaac Taylor Garden and elsewhere downtown.

Isaac Taylor Garden shows 5 to 10 p.m.

Two-day pass: $25.
Daily: $15.
After-party admission is additional.

July 14 - 15    MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove - Sugar Grove

The festival website says: "Unfortunately, we are unable to present the 2017 Doc and Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove. Please check back for 2018 updates."

In addition to traditional and bluegrass music in the main stage shows, the Doc & Rosa Lee Watson MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove presents additional acts on a solar-powered stage plus more players indoors, including a songwriters' showcase and instrument workshops led by festival performers. Proceeds benefit the Doc and Merle Watson Folk Art Museum located inside the historic Cove Creek School.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, The Grascals, Honey Chasers, Clay Lunsford, 19 more.

Festival site: Cove Creek School

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Starts 12:15 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday.

Two-day pass: $55 (reserved seats).
Friday: $20 in advance, $25 at gate.
Saturday: $25 in advance, $30 at gate.
Younger than 13 free with adult; special group rates available.

No camping on-site.

July 14 - 15    Spruce Pine BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival - Spruce Pine

The festival includes a sanctioned professional barbecue competition, live bluegrass, jamming stage, a cornhole tournament, championship clogging teams, a 5K and fun run, a kids' play area, and arts and crafts and food vendors, including barbecue equipment and supplies vendors.

Friday: Rewind, Carolina Crossroads.
Saturday: The Dollar Brothers, Typical Mountain Boys, Tru Blu, Carolina Express.
Cloggers: Cole Mountain Cloggers, Mountaineer Cloggers.

Festival site: Riverside Park

Music 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.

Two-day general admission: $10.
Daily: $5.
Two-day reserved seat (100 seats in first four rows, includes souvenir chair with the festival logo): $50.
Younger than 13 free.

July 20 - 30    Folkmoot USA - Western North Carolina

Folkmoot USA presents hundreds of folk musicians accompanying dance troupes representing about 10 countries from around the world at several venues in the North Carolina mountains. Performers demonstrate their cultural heritage through music and dance in colorful costumes. The festival also includes International Festival Day and the Parade of Nations, street fairs held in Waynesville.

Performers from India, Netherlands, Slovenia, Russia, Argentina, Israel, Taiwan, Spain, Canadian-Irish, a special U.S.-African collaboration, the Eastern Band of Cherokee and other local Appalachian groups.

Festival site: Waynesville and other mountain towns

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Performances are to be held in Waynesville, Lake Junaluska, Maggie Valley, Canton, Clyde, Highlands, Bryson City, Cullowhee, Asheville, Columbus, Burnsville, Marion, Mars Hill, Flat Rock and Franklin.

Friend of Folkmoot: $150 buys tickets to the gala preview performance by all groups and a reception.
Additional membership levels start at $25; individual show prices vary.

July 22    Barnstock BYOB Music Fest - Huntersville

Barnstock is a benefit for local organizations that features live music, DJs and a "silent disco" on four outdoor and indoor stages. Barnstock is in its ninth year in 2017.

Artists and DJs
The Mantras, Atlas Road Crew, The Broadcast, Wick-it the Instigator, Marvel Years, Daily Bread, Brightside, Brody and Choch, Bad Catholics, Ra, Devious, Yuki, Robbie Dude, Late Night Special, Daniels Jack, Aarodynamics, Jaggermouth, Tripnotic, Unaka Prong, The Wormholes, Cut Rugs, Floating Thought, Makak, Azira, Mycorr, Ze Gray, White Collar Funk, Is That Okra, Soul Candy, Honey Bad, Atomic Buzz, Namas'ye featuring Emily Ashley and the Oedipus Complex, Mr. Monopoly, Firekeys, Fireball, Bromosapien, Coma Cheechmo, Chef Beats, Ode to 31, Cannon Jazz All-Stars.

Festival site: Brown family barn

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5 to 11 p.m.

Parking: $10 or $15 VIP parking "close to the stages."

Barnstock is for ages 21 and older.

July 27 - 30    Nunn Brothers Bluegrass Festival - Mount Airy

Alden and Arnold Nunn of the Nunn Brothers bluegrass band present four days of "good clean family entertainment" each year "to preserve and pass on the heritage of mountain music that was taught to us primarily by our dad and many others through the years."

Nunn Brothers, Carson Peters and Iron Mountain, Big Country Bluegrass, Mark Templeton and Pocket Change, Passing Thru, Changing Lanes, Nunn Brothers and Friends.

Festival Site: Nunn Brothers Music Park

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7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, which is a gospel show with a sermon.

Free Thursday and Sunday.
Two-day pass: $18.
$9 Friday, $10 Saturday, younger than 10 free.

Primitive camping available.

July 28 - 29    Hillbilly Jam - Maggie Valley

The festival, formerly known as Hillbilly Woodstock, features regional bluegrass, country, Americana and Southern rock bands. It also has a car and bike show, craft and food vendors, cornhole games, and appearances by country-themed reality TV stars.

Friday: Hill Country Band, Unbridled Strings, Mason Dixon Boys, Andalyn Lewis, Emi Sunshine, Ali Randolph and the Outta Luck Band.
Saturday: Broke-n-Busted Band, Hannah Styles, Ryan Perry Band, SmokeRise Band, Lyric, Joe Lasher Jr.

Festival site: Maggie Valley Festival Grounds

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

$10 daily. Younger than 11 free.

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