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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 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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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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New - U.S. music festival posters 2015! Get the lineups for music festivals around the country.

January 2015

 
9 - 10Elvisfest! - Chapel Hill
 
16 - 18Big Band and Swing Dance Weekend - Asheville
 
23 - 25All That Jazz Weekend - Asheville
 
30 - February 1Celtic Weekend - Asheville

February 2015

 
Jan. 30 - Feb. 1Celtic Weekend - Asheville
 
5 - 7N.C. Jazz Festival - Wilmington
 
5 - 7Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddlers Convention - Boone
 
19 - 22Carolina Jazz Festival - Chapel Hill
 
20 - 21Neuse River Music Fest - Kinston
 
20 - 22Bluegrass First Class - Asheville

March 2015

 

April 2015

 
9 - 11Big Lick Bluegrass Festival - Oakboro
 
10 - 11BBQ Cook-Off & Bluegrass Jam - Asheville
 
12Rock 'n' Roll Marathon - Raleigh
 
16 - 19Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Silk Hope

Shakori Hills

17 - 19Earth Day Jam - Salisbury
 
18North Carolina 'Cuegrass Festival - Raleigh

'Cuegrass

23 - 25Family Style Bluegrass Music Festival - Roxboro
 
23 - 26MerleFest - Wilkesboro

MerleFest

24 - 25White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival - Stella
 
24 - 26Art of Cool Festival - Durham
 
25Triangle Beach Music Festival - Garner
 
25Harmon Field Music Festival - Tryon

May 2015

  
1 - 3Bass Mountain Boogie - Snow Camp
 
1 - 3French Broad River Festival - Hot Springs
 
2 - 3Carolina Rebellion - Concord / Charlotte
 
7 - 9Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver's Bluegrass Festival - Denton
 
7 - 10LEAF - Black Mountain

The LEAF

8 - 9Beaufort Music Festival - Beaufort
 
9North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival - Huntersville
 
14 - 17Kinnection Kampout - Horse Shoe
 
15 - 16Asheville Electro-Music Festival - Asheville
 
15 - 16Music at the Mills Bluegrass and Arts Festival - Union Mills
 
15 - 17Artsplosure - Raleigh
 
16Carolina Blues Festival - Greensboro
 
16Deep South 20th Anniversary Street Festival - Raleigh
 
16Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival - Salisbury
 
17Mustang Spring Jam - Corolla
 
21 - 23Lil John's Mountain Music Festival - Snow Camp

Lil John's Mountain

22 - 24Beach Music Weekend Festival - Roxboro
 
22 - 24Fiddler's Grove Festival - Union Grove
 
22 - 24White Squirrel Festival - Brevard
 
25Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival - Flat Rock
 
29 - 31Neon Weekend - Forest City
 
30Durham Blues and Brews Festival - Durham
 
30Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival - Manteo

June 2015

 
4 - 6Bluegrass in Cherokee - Cherokee
 
5 - 6Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention - Mount Airy
 
5 - 7GroverFest - Ferguson
 
5 - 7Ocrafolk Festival - Ocracoke Island
 
6Carolina Beach Music Festival - Carolina Beach
 
6Millstock Art and Music Festival - Clayton
 
7Brevard Blues Festival - Brevard
 
12 - 13Charlie Poole Music Festival - Eden
 
12 - 13Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival - Tryon
 
12 - 13Pop Ferguson Blues Heritage Festival - Lenoir
 
13Carolina Summer Craft Beer & Music Fest - Winston-Salem
 
13Bluff Mountain Festival - Hot Springs
 
13 - 14NoDa Summer Music Fest - Charlotte
 
13 - 20Deweyfest - Burlington
 
18 - August 2Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
 
20Fresh Catch Festival Raleigh - Raleigh
 
25 - 27The Big What? - Mebane
 
26 - 27Bikers for Bikers Foundation Spring Rally - Fayetteville
 
26 - 28State Annual Singing Convention - Benson

State Singing Convention

 
27 - July 25An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
 
27 - August 1Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro
 
28Singing on the Mountain - Linville
 
                

July 2015

 
Through July 25An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
 
Through August 1Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro
 
Through August 2Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
 
1 - 4Red White & Bluegrass Festival - Morganton

Red White & Bluegrass

2 - 4Norris Creek Pig Pickin' Bluegrass and BBQ Festival - Louisburg
 
3 - 4Ocean City Jazz Festival - North Topsail Beach
 
4 - 5Festival for the Eno - Durham

Festival for the Eno

9 - 12Wild Goose Festival - Hot Springs
 
11 - 12MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove - Sugar Grove
 
17 - 18Spruce Pine BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival - Spruce Pine
 
17 - 26Folkmoot USA - Western North Carolina
 
18July Jam - Charlotte
 
18Barnstock - Huntersville
 
23 - 26Nunn Brothers Bluegrass Festival - Mount Airy
 
24 - 26Cape Fear Blues Festival - Wilmington
 
30 - August 1PreddyFest Bluegrass Festival - Franklinton

August 2015

 
Through Aug. 1Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro
 
Through Aug. 2Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
 
July 30 - August 1PreddyFest Bluegrass Festival - Franklinton
 
July 31 - August 1Reevestock Music Festival - Elkin
 
6 - 8Mountain Dance and Folk Festival - Asheville
 
6 - 8Soulshine Farm Music Festival - Green Mountain
 
7 - 8Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam - Clyde
 
7 - 8Olla Belle Reed Music Festival - Lansing
 
13 - 15N.C. State Bluegrass Festival - Marion
 
15WhoDat Festival - Greensboro
 
27 - 29Clear Mountain View Music Festival - Polkville

Clear Mountain View

28 - 29American Roots Bluegrass Festival - Greensboro

September 2015

 
4 - 5Smoky Mountain Folk Festival - Lake Junaluska
 
4 - 6Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention - Lenoir
 
4 - 6Labor Day Family Bluegrass Festival - Garner
 
5John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival - High Point
 
5 - 6God of Second Chances Music Festival - Cherryville
 
5 - 6ProgDay - Chapel Hill

ProgDay

6New River Blues Festival - Grassy Creek
 
10 - 12Hopscotch - Raleigh
 
10 - 12Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain - Todd
 
11 - 12Catawba Valley Music Revival Music Fest - Cherryville
 
11 - 12Bull Durham Blues Festival - Durham
 
11 - 13Mountain Song Festival - Brevard
 
11 - 13National Folk Festival - Greensboro
 
12In The Pines Bluegrass Festival - Goldsboro
 
12Charlotte Sunset Jazz Festival - Charlotte
 
12 - 13Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan - Danbury
 
17 - 19Hoppin' John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention - Silk Hope
 
17 - 19Dailey Vincent Fest - Denton
 
18 - 20Smiling Frog Music and Art Festival - Snow Camp
 
19Apex Jazz and Music Festival - Apex
 
19The Blowing Rock Music Festival - Blowing Rock
 
19Brewgrass Festival - Asheville
 
23 - 26Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival - Manteo
 
24 - 26Mantrabash Music & Art Festival - Ferguson
 
25 - 26Carolina in the Fall - Wilkesboro
 
25 - 27Ancient Tones - New Sounds Festival - Union Grove
 
26French Broad Brew Fest - Hot Springs
 
263B Music Festival - Union Grove
 
26 - 27Carrboro Music Festival - Carrboro
 
Sept. 29 - October 3Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh

October 2015

 
Sept. 29 - October 3Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh

Wide Open Bluegrass

1 - 3Homegrown Music Network 20th Anniversary - Mebane
 
3Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival - Mars Hill
 
3Down South Music Festival - Sanford
 
3 - 4Barnaroo - Leicester
 
8 - 11Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Silk Hope

Shakori Hills

9 - 10Mustang Music Festival - Corolla
 
10Clayton Shindig - Clayton

Clayton Shindig

10Todd New River Festival - Todd
 
10 - 11Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival - Kure Beach

Pleasure Island Seafood,
Blues & Jazz Festival

15 - 18LEAF - Black Mountain

The LEAF

November 2015

 
7 - 8Homecoming Veteran's Day Weekend Bluegrass Festival - Maiden

December 2015

 

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

   
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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