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).

Check out 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 means we have more photos and an essay profiling that festival (like this one); click through at the photo for more information.

Most music festivals in North Carolina cater to families. If you haven't been to one because you have children, find a festival near you that you and the kids will enjoy.

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January 2014

17 - 18Big Band and Swing Dance Weekend - Asheville
24 - 25All That Jazz Weekend - Asheville

February 2014

6 - 8N.C. Jazz Festival - Wilmington
7Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddlers Convention - Boone
14 - 15Neuse River Music Fest - Kinston
14 - 16Bluegrass First Class - Asheville
19 - 22Carolina Jazz Festival - Chapel Hill

March 2014

April 2014

4 - 5BBQ Cook-Off & Bluegrass Jam - Asheville
10 - 12Big Lick Bluegrass Festival - Oakboro
13Rock 'n' Roll Marathon - Raleigh
17 - 20Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Silk Hope

Shakori Hills

18 - 19Indie Music Showcase - Mooresboro
23 - 27Moogfest - Asheville
24 - 26Family Style Bluegrass Music Festival - Roxboro
24 - 27MerleFest - Wilkesboro

MerleFest

25 - 26Art of Cool Festival - Durham
25 - 26White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival - Stella
26North Carolina 'Cuegrass Festival - Raleigh

'Cuegrass

26Triangle Beach Music Festival - Garner
26Harmon Field Music Festival - Tryon

May 2014

1 - 3Song of the Mountains Bluegrass Festival - Louisburg
1 - 4Five String Fest - Lawndale
2 - 4Bass Mountain Boogie - Snow Camp
2 - 4French Broad River Festival - Hot Springs
2 - 4Spring Fever - Locust Hill
3SoDu Blues and Heritage Festival - Durham
3Earth Day Jam - Salisbury
3 - 4Carolina Rebellion - Concord / Charlotte
8 - 10Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver's Bluegrass Festival - Denton
8 - 11LEAF - Black Mountain

The LEAF

9 - 10Beaufort Music Festival - Beaufort
10North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival - Huntersville
16 - 17Music at the Mills Bluegrass and Arts Festival - Union Mills
16 - 18FoxFest - Randolph County
16 - 18Drumstrong Rhythm and Arts Festival - Weddington
16 - 18Bikers for Bikers Foundation Spring Rally - Silk Hope
17Carolina Blues Festival - Greensboro
17 - 18Artsplosure - Raleigh
18Mustang Spring Jam - Corolla
22 - 24Lil John's Mountain Music Festival - Snow Camp

Lil John's Mountain

23 - 25Beach Music Weekend Festival - Roxboro
23 - 25Fiddler's Grove Festival - Union Grove
26Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival - Flat Rock
31The Penguin Music Festival - Wilmington

June 2014

6 - 7Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention - Mount Airy
6 - 8GroverFest - Catawba County
6 - 8Ocrafolk Festival - Ocracoke Island
6 - 8Galot Music Fest - Benson

Galot Music Fest

7Carolina Beach Music Festival - Carolina Beach
7Brevard Blues Festival - Brevard
7All Go West - Asheville
11 - 14Bluegrass in Cherokee - Cherokee
13 - 14Charlie Poole Music Festival - Eden
13 - 14Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival - Tryon
13 - 14Pop Ferguson Blues Heritage Festival - Lenoir
14Bluff Mountain Festival - Hot Springs
20 - 21Uptown Charlotte Jazz Festival - Charlotte
20 - 21Sirens on the Mountain - Boone
20 - 21Deweyfest - Burlington
20 - 22State Annual Singing Convention - Benson

State Singing Convention

21 - July 26Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro
21 - August 3Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
22Singing on the Mountain - Linville
26 - 28Red White & Bluegrass Festival - Morganton

Red White & Bluegrass

26 - 28The Big What? - Mebane
26 - 29Wild Goose Festival - Hot Springs
28 through July 26An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
                

July 2014

Through July 26Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro
Through July 26An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
Through August 6Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
4 - 5Festival for the Eno - Durham

Festival for the Eno

11 - 12MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove - Sugar Grove
18 - 19Spruce Pine BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival - Spruce Pine
18 - 27Folkmoot USA - Western North Carolina
19July Jam - Charlotte
19Barnstock - Huntersville
23 - 26Merge 25 Festival - Carrboro
24 - 27Nunn Brothers Bluegrass Festival - Mount Airy
25 - 27Cape Fear Blues Festival - Wilmington
31 - August 2PreddyFest Bluegrass Festival - Franklinton
31 - August 2Mountain Dance and Folk Festival - Asheville

August 2014

Through Aug. 4Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
July 31 - August 2PreddyFest Bluegrass Festival - Franklinton
July 31 - August 2Mountain Dance and Folk Festival - Asheville
1 - 2Reevestock Music Festival - Elkin
8 - 9Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam - Clyde
8 - 9Olla Belle Reed Music Festival - Lansing
14 - 16N.C. State Bluegrass Festival - Marion
14 - 16Soulshine Farm Music Festival - Green Mountain
21 - 23Clear Mountain View Music Festival - Polkville

Clear Mountain View

28 - 31Mantrabash Music & Art Festival - Ferguson
28 - 31Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention - Lenoir
29 - 30Smoky Mountain Folk Festival - Lake Junaluska
29 - 31Labor Day Family Bluegrass Festival - Garner
30John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival - High Point
30God of Second Chances Music Festival - Cherryville
30WhoDat Festival - Greensboro
30 - 31ProgDay - Chapel Hill

ProgDay

31New River Blues Festival - Grassy Creek
  

September 2014

4 - 6Hopscotch - Raleigh
4 - 6Catawba Valley Music Revival Music Fest - Cherryville
5 - 6Bull Durham Blues Festival - Durham
6In The Pines Bluegrass Festival - Goldsboro
12 - 13Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain - Todd
12 - 13Mountain Song Festival - Brevard
13Charlotte Sunset Jazz Festival - Charlotte
13Farm Aid 2014 - Raleigh
13Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan - Danbury
18 - 20Hoppin' John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention - Silk Hope
18 - 20Dailey Vincent Fest - Denton
19 - 21Smiling Frog Music and Art Festival - Snow Camp
20Apex Jazz and Music Festival - Apex
20The Blowing Rock Music Festival - Blowing Rock
20Brewgrass Festival - Asheville
25 - 28Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival - Manteo
26 - 28H Blast! - Locust Hill
27French Broad Brew Fest - Hot Springs
273B Music Festival - Union Grove
27 - 28Carrboro Music Festival - Carrboro
Sept. 30 - October 4Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh

October 2014

Sept. 30 - October 4Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh

Wide Open Bluegrass

4WNC Barnaroo - Leicester
4Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival - Mars Hill
4Down South Music Festival - Sanford
5The Phantasmagoric Fall Ball - Moncure
9 - 12Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Silk Hope

Shakori Hills

10 - 11Mustang Music Festival - Corolla
11Clayton Shindig - Clayton

Clayton Shindig

11Todd New River Festival - Todd
11 - 12Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival - Kure Beach
16 - 19LEAF - Black Mountain

The LEAF

18American Roots Bluegrass Festival - Thomasville
19Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival - Salisbury

November 2014

8Homecoming Veteran's Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival - Maiden
27 - 28North Carolina Music and Arts Festival - Lexington

December 2014

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.

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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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