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 2018 - North Carolina Music Festivals

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

August 31 - September 1    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 48th year in 2018.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Hill Country, Stoney Creek Boys, Carolina Chickpeas, Haywood Ramblers, and about 25 more.

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

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Free open tent shows 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).

August 31 - September 2    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.

The Harris Brothers, Strictly Clean and Decent, Rodney Sutton, more TBA, 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 1    Piggin' & Grinnin' - New Bern

The inaugural festival in 2017 brought bluegrass and folk bands from around North Carolina and the country together for a celebration of food and music on the grounds of North Carolina's first capitol. In addition to music on two stages, and the scenery, the festival presents craft vendors and food trucks featuring barbecue.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Steep Canyon Rangers, Sierra Hull, Chatham County Line and five more.

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 1    East Side Block Music Festival - Charlotte

The inaugural East Side Block Music Festival on Charlotte's lower East Side in 2017 presented 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.

TBA. 2017 lineup included The Queen's Guard Featuring Blanch J, ​BreakOn'em Davis, Malakia Janelle and two more.

Festival site: Albemarle Road Recreation Center Baseball Field

Noon to 5 p.m.

Free admission.

September 1 - 2    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 7th year in 2018.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Gerald Albright, Jonathan Butler, Special EFX, Spyro Gyra and six more.

Festival site: Oak Hollow 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 1 - 2    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. 2017 lineup included SOS Band, E.U. (Experience Unlimited) with Sugar Bear, Sumthing 4 Da People and nine 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 1 - 2    ProgDay - Chapel Hill

The intimate festival of progressive rock music features artists from all over the world. The festival is in its 24th year in 2018. Click on the photo for more information. ProgDay stage


TBA. 2017 lineup included Sonar with special guest David Torn, Bubblemath, Shylock and five more.

Festival site: Storybook Farm

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.

No overnight camping.

September 1 - 3    Camp JuJu - Snow Camp

JuJu Guru's festival presents music, sideshows, camping and fellowship. Food vending is provided by Little Creek Vineyard, and a variety of other vendors will be on hand as well. Camp JuJu is in its fourth year in 2018.

JujuGuru, Electric Soul Pandemic, Dr. Bacon, Duk Tan, Hey Alligator, Nathan Arizona and the New Mexicans, Drew Foust, The Nitrogen Tone, Supernatural Satchel, Tennessee Jed, Ben Sutton, Katie Martin, Lactose Quervo, Randy Travesty, Them Damn Bruners, Rocky Nance, J9, Safety 3rd Sideshow.

Festival site: Little Creek Vineyard and Music

Gates open noon daily.

$40 Friday and Saturday; $25 Saturday only (includes camping).

September 2    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 16th year in 2018. The King Bees are the festival hosts.

TBA. 2017 lineup included The King Bees, Lakota John, Beverly "Guitar" Watkins and two more.

Festival site: River House Country Inn

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

$17.50 in advance, $20 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 6 - 8    Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain - Todd

The campground-based show features side-by-side stages on a 155-acre mountaintop site. As of 2017, you must call the number provided on the website (above) to be invited to attend. Previously, attendance has been limited to 500 people.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Steel Wheels, Darrel Scott Band, Larry Keel Experience and nine more.

Festival site: Blue Bear Mountain Campground

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All-inclusive ticket for $300 includes shows, four nights' camping, five catered meals, late night snacks (grilled cheese and pizza), "beverages included for entire event," coffee and tea in mornings, souvenir T-shirt and cup, and hot air balloon rides.

See the website for multiple camping options.

September 6 - 9    Hopscotch - Raleigh

Hopscotch 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, many with free admission, happening throughout the city. In 2017, Hopscotch expanded to four days. It is in its ninth year in 2018.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Solange, Future Islands, Run the Jewels, Kaytrandra, Big Boi, Angel Olsen, Margo Price and dozens more.

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

Venue show times vary; see schedule.

All-Access general admission: $199.
VIP (priority access all club shows, all City Plaza shows and Red Hat Amphitheater shows; access to the Oak Lounge in City Plaza, opening night party, goodies): $349.
Daily: $99 Thursday, $110 Friday, $110 Saturday, $55 Sunday.
Main Stage shows: $65 (each).

September 7 - 9    Mountain Song Festival - Brevard

The Steep Canyon Rangers host a weekend at the Brevard Music Center's open-air amphitheater. In 2017, the festival included late-night shows Friday and Saturday at a local taproom. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County. The festival is in its 13th year in 2018.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Hot Rize, Sierra Hull and seven more.

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.
Late-night shows: $10 each. 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 7 - 9    North Carolina Folk Festival - Greensboro

The new North Carolina Folk Festival replaces the National Folk Festival, which was held in Greensboro from 2015-'17 before moving on to a three-year stint in Salisbury, Maryland. The new festival is to be modeled on its predecessor, which was free and presented 30 acts on seven stages, plus dance performances, children's activities, a folk life area, marketplace, and regional and ethnic foods. Click on the photo for more information. Mavis Staples at the National Folk Festival

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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.

Free admission.

September 8    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.

Alison Brown, Tim White and Troublesome Hollow, Snyder Family Band, Fireside Collective, Trailblazers, Dwight Hawkins.

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 8 - 9    Bull Durham Blues Festival - Durham

The Bull Durham festival has changed repeatedly and was not held in 2017, its 30th year, but the sponsoring St. Joseph's Historic Foundation suggests it will return. In 2016, it was 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    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 teams, a parade with high school marching bands, 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 44th year in 2018.


TBA. 2017 lineup included Grass Cats, Diamond Creek, Travis Frye and Blue Mountain, and more than 12 more.

Festival site: Moratock Park

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10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m Saturday, parade at 10 a.m.; 11:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Sunday's main stage bands play two sets each.

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 10    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 sixth year in 2018.

The Lonesome River Band, Flatt Lonesome, The Malpass Brothers, Salt and Light, Charlie Oakley and Blazin Grass, Drive Time.

Festival site: Mayo Lake Park Amphitheater

1 to 9 p.m.

$20 in advance, $30 at gate.
Younger than 13 free.

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

September 13 - 15    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 12th year in 2018.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Earl White String Band, Kari Sickenberger, Marie Vanderbeck and eight more, 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    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 8th year in 2018.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Andy Frasco and the U.N., Magic City Hippies, Blackfoot Gypsies 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 15    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 is in its 5th year in 2018. The Harris Brothers is the host band. In August 2017, the resort debuted Shagging at the Rock, a beach music festival.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Harris Brothers, Soul Benefactor, Shelby Rae Moore Band, Carolina Gator Gumbo Band and eight more.

Festival site: The Blowing Rock

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

$30 in advance, $40 after September 10.
Younger than 13: $10.
Reserved seats: $40 in advance.
VIP tents and overnight packages available (see website at link above).

September 15    Creedmoor Music Festival - Creedmoor

The street festival presents music from local and regional artists, including school choirs and marching bands, on two stages. There's also more than 100 food and craft vendors and free children's activities. It is in its 27th year in 2018.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Crossover Drive, The Still Shakers, Norlina, Cumberland County Line Bluegrass and eight more.

Festival site: Main Street

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


September 15    Brewgrass Festival - Asheville

The festival hosted by the Great Smokies Craft Brewers Association presents beer from about 50 local brewers and several bands as a benefit for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Western North Carolina. The festival is in its 22nd year in 2018.

TBA. 2017 lineup was The MidAtlantic, The Wooks, Fireside Collective, Chatham County Line.

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 21 - 22    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 fourth year in 2018, 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.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The Kruger Brothers, Drew Holcombe and the Neighbors, The Black Lillies and 21 more.

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 21 - 22    Beats N Bars Festival - Durham

The urban festival is dedicated to "cultivating the founding influences of hip hop culture," including the art of MCing, B-Boying, DJing and Graffiti. It presents club and outdoor stage shows, art fixtures and panel discussions. The festival is in its third year in 2018.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Cyhi the Prince, Nick Grant, Nitty Scott, and 29 more.

Festival site: The Pinhook and American Underground @ Main

Doors open for shows and the conference at various times.

$45 to $65

September 21 - 23    Deep Water Soul Fest - Hot Springs

The festival debuted in 2017 as a "two-day music and camping festival for the whole family." The location, Hot Springs Campground, is on the French Broad River and regularly hosts music festivals.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Donna the Buffalo, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Alanna Royale, Zach Deputy and 18 more.

Festival site: Hot Springs Resort and Spa

Gates open 1 p.m. Friday.

Two-day pass: $100, includes "festival style camping," i.e., unassigned tent sites.
Younger than 13 get in free.

Camping: Unassigned sites included with admission. Assigned primitive camping site $75; car pass $25; RV site $125, includes one support vehicle.

September 22    Live & Local: Roots Fest - Raleigh

The festival presents local music on main and youth stages, visual art, vendors 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. 2017 lineup included Ike Stubblefield and Friends, Greg Humphreys Electric Trio, Johnny Folsom 4, and six more.

Festival site: Compeign Park and nearby.

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

Free admission.

September 22    3B Music Festival - Union Grove

The 3B festival presents country, bluegrass, blues and barbecue, plus crafts, a hayride and children's area, and more in a benefit for the American Renaissance School, a K-8 arts-centered public charter school. It is in its 7th year in 2018.

TBA. 2017 lineup included The Coteries, Lou Reid and Carolina, Sons of the South and seven more.

Festival site: Fiddler's Grove Campground

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6 p.m. Friday, noon to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

$15 until September 30; later prices TBA.

Fiddler's Grove is an alcohol-free facility.

September 25 - 29    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, and is reportedly working to extend the contract. It presents newgrass, jamgrass, traditional bluegrass, old-time and more by more than 150 acts in Wide Open Bluegrass at the downtown amphitheater and a free street festival put on by the City of Raleigh on Saturday and Sunday, and three days of Bluegrass Ramble showcase performances at downtown clubs and the Convention Center. 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

TBA. 2017 lineup included The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Steve Martin, The Infamous Stringdusters, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, and dozens more.

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 28 - 29    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.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Time Sawyer, Susto, Groove 8, Acoustic Syndicate and 13 more.

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 28 - 29    White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival - Stella

White 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. 2017 lineup included Telluride Band, Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys, Ken Smedley and Three Jack Jenny, 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 28 - 30    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.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Southern Culture on the Skids, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Laura Blackley and the Wildflowers, and eight more.

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 29    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. 2017 lineup included Ken Knox and Chairmen of the Board, The Embers, Too Much Sylvia and three more.

Festival site: Western Ocean Regional Access

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


September 29 - 30    Carrboro Music Festival - Carrboro

The festival, which is in its 21st year in 2018, presents about 200 acts from around the Triangle in all sorts of genres at about 30 indoor and outdoor venues all day and into the night - mostly on Sunday. And it's all free.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Urban Soul, Saludos Compay, Boom Unit Brass Band, Elderberry Jam and dozens more.

Festival site: Downtown Carrboro

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Outdoors 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday; at Cat's Cradle 8:30 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 map and schedule.

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

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