Carolina Music Festivals

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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September 2017 - North Carolina Music Festivals

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

September 1 - 2    Smoky Mountain Folk Festival - Lake Junaluska

The festival presents traditional Southern Appalachian music and dance by regional fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers and square dance teams, as well as the sounds of dulcimer, harmonica, jew's harp, bagpipes, spoons, saws and folk ensembles of all sorts. The festival is in its 47th year in 2017.

TBA. 2016 lineup included The Cockman Family, Lee Knight, Dixie Darlin's, Trantham Family Band, Whitewater Bluegrass and about 15 more, plus clogging teams.

Festival site: Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center

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Free open tent show 5 to 6 p.m.; auditorium shows 6:30 to 11 p.m.

Single-day pass: $12 in advance, $14 at door.

Lake Junaluska offers special lodging packages (at the link above).

September 1 - 3    Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention - Lenoir

At the resting place of Tom Dooley's lamented victim, Laura Foster, musicians and music lovers gather each Labor Day weekend to pay homage to the legends and stories of the Yadkin River Valley. The festival includes 11 categories of competition for old time and bluegrass bands and musicians, and Sunday band performances, plus children's activities, food vendors and more.

Kruger Brothers, Harris Brothers, Dom Flemons, Presley Barker and Wayne Henderson, Strictly Clean and Decent, Mel Jones and Danny Wicker, Strictly Strings, Steve and Donna Bing, Emily Schaad, Bear Wallow Bluegrass, The Neighbors Band, plus competitors.

Festival site: Jones Farm

Friday: Community dance with old-time bands and open mic 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: competitions 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., finals at 6 p.m.
Sunday: concerts start 10 a.m.

Friday: free.
Saturday and Sunday: $10.
Limited number of reserved seats for Sunday: $25.
Younger than 16 free.

Camping: $10 per night, no hookups.

September 2    Piggin' & Grinnin' - New Bern

The festival brings bluegrass and folk bands from around North Carolina and across the country together for a celebration of food and music on the grounds of North Carolina's first capitol. In addition to music and the scenery, organizers promise cold drinks, craft vendors, and "a food truck rodeo with plenty of piggin’ going on."

Steep Canyon Rangers, Sierra Hull, Chatham County Line, Balsam Range, Mountain Faith, Blind Boy Paxton, Merchant’s Road, Strung Together.

Festival site: Tryon Palace

9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

$30; $35 after August 5.
VIP (seating near the main stage, meet-and-greets, VIP parking, two complimentary drinks): $50; $55 after August 5.

September 2    East Side Block Music Festival - Charlotte

The inaugural East Side Block Music Festival on Charlotte's lower East Side is to include local talent, food and merchandise vendors, a health fair, a kids' zone, exhibitors and more. It is free and sponsored in part by the Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation Department.

The Queen's Guard Featuring Blanch J, ​BreakOn'em Davis, Malakia Janelle,​ J-Quin, ​Ashanti Munir.

Festival site: Albemarle Road Recreation Center Baseball Field

Noon to 5 p.m.

Free admission.

September 2 - 3    John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival - High Point

The Labor Day weekend festival is sponsored by The Friends of John Coltrane, which works to preserve and celebrate the life and music of John Coltrane and to enrich the lives of others through the introduction of jazz and other musical genres. The festival is in its 6th year in 2017.

Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Eddie Palmieri, Spyro Gyra, Robert Randolph, Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo, Matthew Whitaker. Alexis Morrast, Coltrane Youth Jazz Workshop.

Festival site: Festival Park

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Gates open at 3 p.m.

Two-day pass: $115, $100 each for 20 or more.
Daily: $65 in advance, $80 at gate.
VIP (reserved up-front seats, parking, two drinks, access to tent with a meal): two-day $225; daily $130 in advance, $140 at gate.

No coolers or any outside food and drinks (other than water) allowed.

September 2 - 3    African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh & Wake County - Raleigh

The annual Labor Day Weekend festival celebrates African American culture through art, music, dance, food and community. Local and national musical acts are presented each day on the main stage in addition to a juried art gallery, craft and food vendors, educational and hands-on activities in the Family Village, and more. It is a free street festival.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Tish Songbird and the Applauze, Marcus Anderson, Tony Lelo, and 10 more.

Festival site: City Plaza, Fayetteville Street

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Free admission.

September 2 - 3    ProgDay - Chapel Hill

The intimate festival of progressive rock music features artists from all over the world. The festival, which is in its 23rd year in 2017, embraces a Friday night pre-show at Cats Cradle in Carrboro, which is open to all ages. Click on the photo for more information. ProgDay stage


Bubblemath, Shylock, Sonar with special guest David Torn, iNFiNiEN, Hedersleben, Ephemeral Sun, more TBA. (Note: Flor De Loto was originally in the lineup but withdrew.)

Festival site: Storybook Farm (map), Cats Cradle

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Music starts 8 p.m. Friday, 10:15 a.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Weekend (Saturday and Sunday) pass: $100 in advance, $120 day of show.
Daily: $70.
Patron pass for $150 includes preferred parking.
Younger than 16 free, ages 16 to 18 and students half off.
Friday pre-show: $10.

No overnight camping.

September 3    New River Blues Festival - Grassy Creek

This Sunday afternoon in the mountains features acclaimed artists performing in a picturesque setting on the banks of the New River. The festival is in its 15th year in 2017. The King Bees are the festival hosts.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, Jontavious Willis, The King Bees and three more.

Festival site: River House Country Inn

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1 to 6 p.m.; gates open at noon.

$15 in advance, $18 at gate; younger than 12 free.

Food, beer and wine will be on sale; no coolers allowed "on lawn."

No camping onsite; camping nearby at New River State Park.

September 7 - 9    Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain - Todd

The campground-based show features side-by-side stages and attendance limited to 500 people on a 155-acre mountaintop site. In 2016, tethered hot air balloon rides were also offered for a fee.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Larry Keel Experience, Acoustic Syndicate, Sol Driven Train, Town Mountain, and about 10 more.

Festival site: Blue Bear Mountain Campground

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Three-day pass: $80.
Two-day pass (Friday and Saturday): $70.
Thursday: $20.
Friday: $35.
Saturday: $40. Younger than 13 free.

See the website for multiple camping options.

September 7 - 10    Hopscotch - Raleigh

Hopscotch, put on by The Independent Weekly of Durham, presents more than 140 national and international bands from rock, hip-hop, alt-country, heavy metal, dance, punk, classical, noise, drone, folk and more at about 12 downtown venues. The festival also presents bands at more than 30 day parties happening throughout the city. Hopscotch expands to four days for 2017.

Solange, Future Islands, Run the Jewels, Big Boi, Angel Olsen, Margo Price, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Afghan Whigs, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Make-Up, Noname, Absent Lovers, Acid Chaperone, Advance Base, Ahleuchatistas, Albert Adams, Aldous Harding, Alessandro Cortini, Ami Dang, Arone Dyer’s Dronechoir, Arrow Benjamin, Aunt Sis, Bellows, Beverly, Big Thief, Bill Kouligas, Birds of Avalon, Blois, blursome, Body Games, BODYKIT, Boy Harsher, Buke & Gase, Busdriver, Cass McCombs Band, Cherry Glazerr, Cloud Nothings, Cones, Cory Hanson, Dear Nora, Essex Muro, EZTV, Florist, gobbinjr, Happy Abandon, Har Mar Superstar, Hoops, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Jenny Besetzt, Jlin, Jock Gang, Kayo Dot, Kevin Morby, King Woman, Konvoi, Late Bloomer, M.E.S.H., Machinedrum, Mannequin Pussy, Marie Davidson, Mary Timony Plays Helium, Melkbelly, METZ, Monk Parker, Moon Racer, Mount Eerie, Mount Moriah, MOURN, Mourning Cloak, Museum Mouth, Naked Naps, Natural Velvet, NE-HI, Nest Egg, No One Mind, Noname, Ó, Oddisee & Good Compny, Pallbearer, Peaer, Pie Face Girls, Preoccupations, Protomartyr, PWR BTTM, Rapsody, Reflex Arc, Richard Lloyd, Sand Pact, serpentwithfeet, Severed Fingers, Shane Parish, Shepherds, Sir the Baptist, Skylar Gudasz, Snail Mail, Sound of Ceres, Sunflower Bean, Susto, Tei Shi, The Coke Dares, The Kneads, The Mineral Girls, The Notekillers, The Tills, Thee Oh Sees, Thou, Torche, Totally Slow, Truth Club, Yves Tumor, more TBA.

Festival sites: City Plaza, Red Hat Amphitheater, Memorial Auditorium, Fletcher Opera Theater, CAM Raleigh and several clubs downtown.

Venue show times vary; see schedule.

VIP (priority access all club shows, all City Plaza shows and Red Hat Amphitheatre shows; access to the Oak Lounge in City Plaza, opening night party, goodies): $349.

September 8 - 9    Camp JuJu - Snow Camp

JuJu Guru's two nights of music from 14 bands, camping and fellowship include theme nights for a black party (dress in black) and Hawaiiantiki, and the Safety 3rd sideshow act. Food vending was provided by Little Creek Vineyard.

TBA. 2016 lineup included JuJu Guru, Soften The Glare, That's My Truck, Abe Reid and the Spikedrivers, and nine more.

Festival site: Little Creek Vineyard and Music

7 p.m. Friday to 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

$25, includes camping.

September 8 - 9    Bull Durham Blues Festival - Durham

The Bull Durham festival has changed repeatedly along the way to 2017, its 30th year. In 2016 the sponsoring St. Joseph's Historic Foundation presented a two-day indoor festival with food trucks and other vendors onsite. In other years, one evening's shows were outdoors.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Barbara Carr, Roy Roberts, Luxuriant Sedans, and seven more.

Festival site: Hayti Heritage Center

7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday.

Two-day pass: $50 available until August 11.
$35 each day.

September 8 - 9    Bikers for Bikers Foundation Music Festival-Rally - Fayetteville

The nonprofit group presents about a dozen bands from across the state. Previously the festival has also included pro wrestling, a custom bike raffle, a poker run and other rides, contests, church services, vendors and more.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Rusted Rails, Bloody Sabbath, Idlewild South, The Robbie Reid Band and six more.

Festival site: Vander Civic Association Park

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Gates open 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

Weekend pass: $20; $10 younger than 16.
Daily pass: $15; $7 younger than 16.

September 8 - 10    Mountain Song Festival - Brevard

Proceeds of the Brevard Music Center show hosted by Steep Canyon Rangers benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County. It is in its 12th year in 2017.

Friday: Hot Rize, Shannon Whitworth and Barrett Smith, Steep Canyon Rangers.
Saturday: Steep Canyon Rangers, Mipso, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Molly Tuttle.
Sunday: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Sierra Hull, Steep Canyon Rangers, Carolina Blue.

Festival site: Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, Brevard Music Center

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Gates open 4 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and Sunday.

Three-day pass: $125.
Friday: $45 amphitheater, $35 lawn.
Saturday: $53 amphitheater, $43 lawn.
Sunday: $45 amphitheater, $35 lawn.
All tickets general admission seating; children younger than 10 free on lawn or on lap of paying adult in amphitheater.

Camping nearby at Davidson River Campground and elsewhere in the Pisgah National Forest.

September 8 - 10    National Folk Festival - Greensboro

The National Folk Festival, the oldest festival of its kind in the nation, is put on by the National Council for the Traditional Arts. It presents about 30 acts from around the world for free on seven stages. There are also dance performances, children's activities, a North Carolina folk life area, a festival marketplace, and regional and ethnic foods. The festival moves to a new location every three years, and is in Greensboro for the final time in 2017, its 77th year over all. (A local festival is expected to replace it in 2018.) Click on the photo for more information. Mavis Staples at the National Folk Festival

Musical Artists
Latest additions: José Gutierrez and Los Hermanos Ochoa; Pan Franek, Zosia and the Polka Towners; Yuri Yunakov Ensemble.

Sun Ra Arkestra, Treme Brass Band, Dale Ann Bradley, Feedel Band, Marshall Ford Swing Band, Lurrie Bell, Los Texmaniacs, Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac, Riley Baugus, The Fairfield Four; The Beat(box) Goes On: Rahzel, Nicole Paris and Ed Cage; Kelsey Waldon, Bruce Daigrepoint Cajun Band, Innov Gnawa, Orquesta SCC, Egyptian Celebration, Alash, Ann Yao Trio, Ongwehoñwe Singers and Dancers.

Festival site: Downtown Greensboro

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5:45 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
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September 9    Sounds on Steele - Sanford

The street festival in downtown Sanford presents 10 bands, craft beer tents, food and drink from local restaurants, and a variety of vendors. The festival is in its third year in 2017.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Carolyn Martin, Unspoken Tradition, and seven more.

Festival site: Steele and Moore Streets

Noon to 9:30 p.m.

$15 in advance, $20 at gate; younger than 13 $5, kids in strollers free.

September 9    Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival - Mocksville

Proceeds from the day benefit the CBC Scholarship Fund and the CBC Development Fund. The Carolina Bible Camp and Retreat Center hosts summer camps for youths from across the Southeast. The bluegrass festival, which was begun in 2012, also features sales of pulled pork, barbecue chicken, and a variety of side dishes.

Blue Highway, Dom Flemons, Fireside Collective, Tim White and Troublesome Hollow, Loose Strings.

Festival site: Carolina Bible Camp

10:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

$15 in advance, $20 at gate.

RV camping with full hookups, $40 per night (Friday and Saturday).
Cabins (six available): $100 (Friday night to 6:30 p.m. Saturday). Sleep up to 20 in single bunk beds; two bathrooms with full showers and a common area.

No alcohol, no coolers, no pets.

September 9    Pickin' By The Lake - Roxboro

The PCC Alumni Partnership puts on a day of bluegrass bands at Mayo Lake Park to raise money for scholarships to Piedmont Community College. The festival is in its fifth year in 2017.

Lonesome River Band, Flatt Lonesome, Salt and Light, Lawson Creek Grass, Drive Time.

Festival site: Mayo Lake Park Amphitheater

1 to 9 p.m.

$15 in advance, $20 at gate.
Younger than 13 free.

Mayo Lake Park offers RV campsites, primitive tent sites, cabins and tent sites with electricity.

September 9 - 10    Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan - Danbury

The Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan presents a couple of well-known headliners and local acts, plus a children's music stage, along with dance, a parade, arts and crafts and other activities in a park on the Dan River. The free festival, which is put on by the Stokes County Arts Council, is in its 43rd year in 2017.


TBA. 2016 lineup included Guitar Ink, Stomp Parade, 3rd Sunday, Del Ray Brothers and 16 more.

Festival site: Moratock Park

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9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m Saturday, parade at 10 a.m.; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Free admission.

Parking at Moratock Park and shuttle service from Stokes County Government Center, at 1014 Main Street near the intersection with Sheppard Mill Road.

September 14 - 16    Hoppin' John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention - Silk Hope

Shakori Hills presents musician showcases and hosts competitions that award cash prizes in Old Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Fiddle, Old Time Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Folk Song, Bass, Youth Musicianship, Dance and Youth Dance categories. There are also square dances, musicians' workshops, a hoppin' john cookoff, and arts and crafts, musical instrument and food vendors. Competitions and/or dances take place on the Grove Stage and in the Dance Tent (see our Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance page). The festival is in its 11th year in 2017.

Earl White String Band, Kari Sickenberger, Marie Vanderbeck, Cliff Hale, Earl White, Jane Rothfield, Al McCanless, Randy Johnson, Jacki Spector, Joseph DeCosimo, more TBA, plus competitors and dance teams.

Festival site: Shakori Hills

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7 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday.

Three-day pass: $22 in advance, $25 at gate; competitors $18 in advance, $20 at gate.
Thursday free, Friday $12, Saturday $12 in advance, $14 at gate.

Dogs: $10 per day (each). (Says the website: "Bringing your dog is HIGHLY discouraged.")

Camping: one vehicle and up to two tents $18 in advance, $20 at gate; RVs $26 in advance, $30 at gate; 110 volt electric hookup $15 (limited number). Saturday only: $10, $15 per large vehicle/RV.
Outdoor hot showers available. Early camping available.

September 15 - 16    White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival - Stella

Whiter Oak Shores started its fall festival in 2015 after the success of its spring show. The campground-based show is on the coast at the edge of the Croatan National Forest. Camping is not required to attend. The campground has a small water park and playgrounds, and food and beverage vendors will be on hand during the festival. Bands play two sets each day and evening.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Telluride, The Old Gray Suits, Ted Jones, Diamond Creek, and six more.

Festival site: White Oak Shores Camping & RV Resort

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Noon to 4:25 p.m. and 6:15 to 10:40 p.m. each day; each band plays afternoon and evening sets.

Two-day pass: $35.
Daily: $20.

Camping package: $170 for two nights and two tickets for each day; additional people $35 each for two days; extra nights $50.
"Dry" camping is free.

September 16    Apex Music Festival - Apex

The festival presents local and regional bands on an outdoor stage and at several clubs, and by street musicians throughout the day. There's also a beer garden. It is in its 7th year in 2017.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Ripe, Jimbo and the Soupbones, The Willies, Season and Snare, and about 12 more.

Festival site: Downtown Apex

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Main stage 3:30 to 11:30 p.m.; club shows 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

$10; beer garden drink tickets $5 each, or five for $20.

September 16    The Blowing Rock Music Festival - Blowing Rock

The day of Americana, folk, blues, rock and jazz on two stages at the site of the famous mountain tourist attraction debuted in 2014. In August 2017, the resort debuted Shagging at the Rock, a beach music festival.

Harris Brothers, Soul Benefactor, Shelby Rae Moore Band, Carolina Gator Gumbo Band, "Elvis," more.

Festival site: The Blowing Rock

Gates open 10 a.m., music noon to sunset

$30 in advance, $40 at gate.
Younger than 12: $10.
Reserved seats: $40 in advance.
VIP tents and overnight packages available (see website at link above).

September 16    Creedmoor Music Festival - Creedmoor

The street festival presents music from local and regional artists on two stages, more than 100 food and craft vendors and free children's activities. It is in its 27th year in 2017.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Tim Cifers, Backyard Bluegrass Boys, The British Invaders and five more.

Festival site: Main Street

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


September 16    Brewgrass Festival - Asheville

The festival hosted by the Great Smokies Craft Brewers Association presents beer from about 50 local brewers and several bluegrass bands as a benefit for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Western North Carolina. The festival is in its 21st year in 2017.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Travelin' McCourys, Peter Rowan, Jon Stickley Trio, and Bob Miller and the Virginia Daredevils.

Festival site: Memorial Stadium

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1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

$55; VIP ticket $150 (light catered fare, private bathrooms, backstage access) sold out.

This festival is for adults 21 years old and older.

September 22 - 23    Carolina in the Fall - Wilkesboro

The Kruger Brothers bring some of North Carolina's best folk / roots bands and others from elsewhere to their adopted hometown of Wilkesboro for a weekend amid the foothills in the fall. The daytime street festival shifts in the evening to a local convention center for the Carolina Jam hosted by the Krugers and featuring musicians from the day's lineup plus special guests. The festival, which in its third year in 2017, also includes the North Carolina Banjo Championship, hosted by Jens Kruger. There will also be food trucks, chefs, vintners, craft beer brewers and other vendors on-site during the day.

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The Kruger Brothers, Drew Holcombe and the Neighbors, The Black Lillies, The Hunts, Terry Baucom's Dukes of Drive, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Snyder Family Band, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys, Newberry and Verch, Kontras Quartet, The Bankesters, Shadowgrass, Fireside Collective, Salt and Light - Moore Family Band, The Trailblazers, Wayne Henderson and Friends, Arcadian Wild, The Coteries, Time Sawyer, BackPorch Bluegrass, Uncle Joe and the Shady Rest, Rocky Point Band, Shay Martin Lovette, Bob and Roberta Kogut.

Festival site: Wilkes Heritage Museum (map) and Holiday Inn Express (Carolina Jam)

11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Carolina Jam 10 p.m. to midnight.

Two-day pass: $40.
Daily: $25.
Two-day VIP pass (includes Carolina Jam): $80.

Camping available nearby for free in city park used for MerleFest, as well as at W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir, about a mile west of town on NC 268, for a fee.

September 23    French Broad Brew Fest - Hot Springs

The festival, which is in its seventh year in 2017, presents regional and national recording artists, regional craft brews, and art and craft vendors. The festival's producers also put on the spring French Broad River Festival.

TBA. 2016 lineup included George Porter Jr. and the Runnin' Pardners, The Fritz, Lyric, and about four more.

Festival site: Hot Springs Resort & Spa Campground

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8 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday.

$50 (includes plastic pint glass and camping).
VIP pass (stainless steel pint glass and leather coozie, camping, parking pass, 25 beer tokens, T-shirt): $135.
Beers tokens $1 each.

Camping free with admission, but it's $30 to park in the campground.
"Parking pass not required (free parking is available)," the website says.

September 23    Live & Local: Roots Fest - Raleigh

The festival is to present local music, art and community organizations. Previously, the Hillsborough Street organization presented a bluegrass festival as a preface to the IBMA's festival, which begins later in the month (see below). This festival and the organization's Spring Fest in April were revamped for 2017.

TBA. 2016 lineup (for Live and Local Bluegrass) included Sideline, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Three Jack Jenny, GrassStreet and eight more.

Festival site: Compeign Park and nearby.

2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Free admission.

September 23 - 24    Carrboro Music Festival - Carrboro

The festival, which is in its 20th year in 2017, presents about 180 acts from around the Triangle in all sorts of genres at about two dozen indoor and outdoor venues all day and into the night - mostly on Sunday. And it's all free.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Dmitri Resnik & Bootleg Beat, Radar's Clowns of Sedation, The Hey Brothers, Dexter Romweber, and dozens more.

Festival site: Downtown Carrboro

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2 to 6 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday.
Sunday times vary at stage and venues but outdoor stages generally start at 1 or 3 p.m. and run to 7 p.m.; indoor venues, especially bars/nightclubs go into the evening. See the festival schedule.

A shuttle bus runs from remote parking to downtown between 1 and 6 p.m.

September 26 - 30    Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh

The International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass annual convention, awards show and fan festival relocated from Nashville to Raleigh for 2013 through 2018. It presents newgrass, jamgrass, traditional bluegrass, old-time and more by more than 150 acts in Wide Open Bluegrass at the downtown amphitheater, the Bluegrass Ramble showcase performances at downtown clubs and the Convention Center, and a free street festival put on by the City of Raleigh. The convention also includes a business conference, music expo, a bluegrass-oriented film festival, workshops, fan / celebrity meet-and-greets and more.
The IBMA Awards show, which is also a part of the weekend, requires separate tickets (see below). Click on the photo for more information.
Sir Walter Raleigh bandstand

Wide Open Bluegrass: The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Steve Martin, The Infamous Stringdusters, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Hot Rize, The Travelin' McCourys, The O'Connor Band featuring Mark O' Connor, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Balsam Range, Lonesome River Band, Sierra Hull, Sister Sadie, The Kruger Brothers with Kontras Quartet, Flatt Lonesome, Chatham Cunty Line, Bluegrass 45, Molly Tuttle.
Bluegrass Ramble: Cane Mill Road, Caroline Gallagher, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, Cup o'Joe, Deer Creek Boys, Fireside Collective, Flats and Sharps, Forlorn Strangers, FY5; Hank, Pattie and the Current; High Fidelity, Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome, Jonathan Byrd, Mile Twelve, Molsky's Mountain Drifters, Mr. Sun, NewTown, Quiles and Cloud, Richie and Rosie, Salt and Light, Sam Gleaves, Sheriff Scott and the Deputies, The Lonely Heartstrings Band, The Po' Ramblin' Boys, The Price Sisters, The Railsplitters, The Savage Hearts, The Slocan Ramblers, The Small Glories, Travers Chandler and Avery County.
Street Festival: TBA.

Festival site: Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh Convention Center, The Architect Bar and Social House, Kings, Lincoln Theatre, Pour House Music Hall, Vintage Church, Fayetteville Street

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Bluegrass Ramble: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Wide Open Bluegrass (Red Hat Amphitheater): 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Street Fest: Noon to 11 p.m.

Two-day pass with reserved seat at amphitheater: sections 1 to 3 - $120 IBMA member, $140 nonmember; sections 4 to 7 - $100 IBMA member, $120 nonmember.
Single-day with reserved seat: section 1 to 3 - $70 IBMA member, $80 nonmember; sections 4 to 7 - $60 IBMA member, $70 nonmember.
Two-day general admission pass: $80 IBMA member, $100 nonmember; younger than 15: $60 IBMA member, $70 nonmember.
Daily general admission pass: $50 IBMA member, $60 nonmember; younger than 15: $40 IBMA member, $45 nonmember.

Bluegrass Ramble: full pass $60 IBMA member, $75 nonmember; $25 per evening IBMA members, $30 nonmembers.

Bluegrass Wide Open tickets include admission to expo as well as amphitheater and convention center stages. Bluegrass Ramble tickets are separate but are included with business conference registration.

IBMA Awards: Lifetime IBMA Members - $95, $55, $45.
IBMA Members - $100, $60, $50.
Non-members: $110, $70, $60.

Camping: N.C. State Fairgrounds (about 5 miles away with a shuttle available) $30 per night for tents, campers or RVs with full hookups (50 sites available). RV camping with no hookups adjacent to convention center $30 per night (two-space minimum @ $15 each; limited to 18 total reservations.).

September 29 - 30    Carolina Jubilee - Union Grove

The festival is a fund-raiser for the Carolina Farm Trust, which buys farm land and puts it into a protective trust to lease back to new and existing farmers. In addition to music, several Carolina microbreweries, wineries and farm-related vendors showcase their products and educate the community. The festival debuted in 2015.

Friday: Time Sawyer, Susto, Sinners and Saints, The High Divers, Amigo, She Returns from War, Roots and Friends, Roots and Dore.
Saturday: Groove 8, Acoustic Syndicate, The Paper Crowns, Phuncle Sam, Moses Jones, Ellis Dyson and the Shambles, Leah Shaw, Striking Copper, Shilo Hill, Rinaldi Flying Circus.

Festival site: VanHoy Farms

10 a.m.

Two day pass: $55, with tent camping $65
Daily: $35.

Day parking: $10.

RV camping through VanHoy Farms.

September 29 - October 1    Asheville Barnaroo - Leicester

The festival showcases local and regional singer songwriters and bands in the rock 'n' roll, hard rock and funk genres on two stages, one of which is in a barn. A portion of proceeds go to the Asheville Music School.

Friday: Southern Culture on the Skids, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Parker Gispert, Shake It Like a Caveman, Pierce Edens.
Saturday: Laura Blackley and the Wildflowers, Asheville Music School of Rock, Resonant Rogues, Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats, The Get Right Band, Midnight Snack.

Festival site: Franny's Farm

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10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; gates open 9 a.m.

Three-day pass: $50 and $75 with camping; $55 without camping.
VIP weekend pass: $100, includes camping.
Friday: $20.
Saturday: $35.
Younger than 13 free.

September 30    Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival - Emerald Isle

After a 17-year hiatus, the festival returned in August 2016 promising to recapture great times had at the festival in the 1990s and '80s. The free event is held on the beach with food vendors in the adjacent parking area.

TBA. 2016 lineup included The Tams, Hip Pocket with special guest Danny Woods (of Chairmen of the Board), The Fantastic Shakers and four more.

Festival site: Western Ocean Regional Access

11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.


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