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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 you are interested in at right, 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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North Carolina Music Festivals 2017 (and 2016)

January 2017

 
6 - 9Elvisfest! - Chapel Hill
 
13 - 15Big Band and Swing Dance Weekend - Asheville
 

February 2017

 
2 - 4N.C. Jazz Festival - Wilmington
 
3 - 4Appalachian State Old-Time Fiddlers Convention - Boone
 
3 - 5Classic Rock'n'roll Weekend - Asheville
 
10 - 11Neuse River Music Fest - Kinston
 
15 - 18Carolina Jazz Festival - Chapel Hill
 
17 - 19Bluegrass First Class - Asheville

March 2017

 

April 2017

 
1 - 2Rock 'n' Roll Marathon - Raleigh
 
6 - 8Big Lick Bluegrass Festival - Oakboro
 
7 - 9Waterfront Jazz Fest - Mooresville
 
8Live & Local: Earth Day 2016 - Raleigh
 
8Beach Fest - Selma
 
14 - 15Phuzz Phest - Winston-Salem
 
15North Carolina 'Cuegrass Festival - Raleigh

'Cuegrass

17 - 23Southport Songwriter Festival - Southport
 
21 - 23NC Disc Jam - Mebane
 
22RockyFest - Hiddenite
 
23Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival - Kure Beach
Rescheduled from October 2016

Pleasure Island Seafood,
Blues & Jazz Festival

27 - 29Willow Oak Park Bluegrass Festival - Roxboro
 
27 - 30MerleFest - Wilkesboro

MerleFest

28 - 29White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival - Stella
 
28 - 30Art of Cool Festival - Durham
 
29Triangle Beach Music Festival - Greenville

May 2017

  
4 - 6Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver's Bluegrass Festival - Denton
 
4 - 7Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Silk Hope

Shakori Hills

5 - 6Bass Mountain Boogie - Snow Camp
 
5 - 6Asheville Electro-Music Festival - Black Mountain
 
5 - 7Carolina Rebellion - Concord / Charlotte
 
5 - 7French Broad River Festival - Hot Springs
 
11 - 14The LEAF - Black Mountain

The LEAF

12 - 13North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival - Huntersville
 
12 - 13Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival - Salisbury
 
12 - 13Union Grove Old Time Fiddlers Convention - Union Grove
 
12 - 13Earth Day Jam - Salisbury
 
18 - 21Moogfest - Durham
 
18 - 21Kinnection Kampout - Horse Shoe
 
19 - 20Carolina Roots MusicFest - Statesville
 
19 - 20Beaufort Music Festival - Beaufort
 
19 - 21Artsplosure - Raleigh
 
20Carolina Blues Festival - Greensboro
 
20Durham Blues and Brews Festival - Durham
 
20Atlantic Beach Music Festival - Atlantic Beach
 
21Mustang Spring Jam - Corolla
 
25 - 27Lil John's Mountain Music Festival - Snow Camp

Lil John's Mountain

26 - 27Willow Oak Park Beach Music Festival - Roxboro
 
26 - 28Fiddler's Grove Festival - Union Grove
 
26 - 28Mountain Sports Festival - Asheville
 
26 - 28White Squirrel Festival - Brevard
 
29Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival - Flat Rock
 
29Shallowbag Shag Beach Music Festival - Manteo

June 2017

 
2 - 3Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention - Mount Airy
 
2 - 3Brevard Blues Festival - Brevard
 
2 - 4Ocrafolk Festival - Ocracoke Island
 
3Carolina Beach Music Festival - Carolina Beach
 
3Mondo Roots - Clayton
 
3Crystal Coast Music Festival - Atlantic Beach
 
8 - 10Bluegrass in Cherokee - Cherokee
 
9 - 10Charlie Poole Music Festival - Eden
 
9 - 10Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival - Tryon
 
10Bluff Mountain Festival - Hot Springs
 
10Lansing NC Blues Festival - Lansing
 
16 - 18GroverFest - Olin
 
17Sirens on the Mountain - Boone
 
22 - 251Luv Food & Music Festival - Fletcher
 
23 - 25Cape Fear Blues Festival - Wilmington
 
22 - August 6Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
 
23 - 25State Annual Singing Convention - Benson

State Singing Convention

 
23 - 25Neon Weekend - Forest City
 
24All Go West - Asheville
 
24 - July 29Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro
 
26 - August 5An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
 
25Singing on the Mountain - Linville
 
                

July 2017

 
Through July 29Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro
 
Through August 5An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
 
Through August 6Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
 
1 - 2Ocean City Jazz Festival - North Topsail Beach
 
1 - 4Red White & Bluegrass Festival - Morganton

Red White & Bluegrass

1 & 4Festival for the Eno - Durham

Festival for the Eno

7 - 8Bernaroo Music and Arts Festival - New Bern
 
13 - 16Wild Goose Festival - Hot Springs
 
14 - 15MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove - Sugar Grove
 
14 - 15Spruce Pine BBQ Championship and Bluegrass Festival - Spruce Pine
 
20 - 22The Big What? - Mebane
 
20 - 30Folkmoot USA - Western North Carolina
 
22Barnstock BYOB Music Fest - Huntersville
 
27 - 30Nunn Brothers Bluegrass Festival - Mount Airy
 
28 - 29Hillbilly Jam - Maggie Valley
 

August 2017

 
Through August 5An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone
 
Through August 6Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard
 
3 - 5Mountain Dance and Folk Festival - Asheville
 
3 - 5PreddyFest Bluegrass Festival - Franklinton
 
4 - 5Reevestock Music Festival - Elkin
 
5 - 6LEAF Downtown AVL - Asheville
 
10 - 12Soulshine Farm Music Festival - Green Mountain
 
11 - 12Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam and BBQ Festival - Clyde
 
11 - 13Fayetteville Summer Music Festival - Fayetteville
 
12Groove in the Garden - Raleigh

Groove in the Garden

 
17 - 19N.C. State Bluegrass Festival - Marion
 
19River Valley Blues Festival - Asheville
 
19Rockabilly Resurrection - Kannapolis
 
24 - 26Clear Mountain View Music Festival - Polkville

Clear Mountain View

24 - 27Three Days of Light Gathering - Ferguson
 
25 - 26Jam in the Trees - Black Mountain
 
26Emerald Isle Beach Music Festival - Emerald Isle

September 2017

 
1 - 2Smoky Mountain Folk Festival - Lake Junaluska
 
1 - 3Historic Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention - Lenoir
 
2 - 3John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival - High Point
 
2 - 3African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County - Raleigh
 
2 - 3ProgDay - Chapel Hill

ProgDay

3New River Blues Festival - Grassy Creek
 
7 - 9Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain - Todd
 
7 - 10Hopscotch - Raleigh
 
8 - 9Camp JuJu - Snow Camp
 
8 - 9Bull Durham Blues Festival - Durham
 
8 - 9Bikers for Bikers Foundation Music Festival-Rally - Fayetteville
 
8 - 10Mountain Song Festival - Brevard
 
8 - 10National Folk Festival - Greensboro

National Folk Festival

 
9Sounds on Steele - Sanford
 
9Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival - Mocksville
 
9Pickin' By The Lake - Roxboro
 
9 - 10Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan - Danbury
 
14 - 16Hoppin' John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention - Silk Hope
 
14 - 16Dailey Vincent Fest - Denton
 
15 - 16White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival - Stella
 
16Apex Music Festival - Apex
 
16The Blowing Rock Music Festival - Blowing Rock
 
16Creedmoor Music Festival - Creedmoor
 
16Brewgrass Festival - Asheville
 
22 - 23Carolina in the Fall - Wilkesboro
 
23French Broad Brew Fest - Hot Springs
 
23 - 24Carrboro Music Festival - Carrboro
 
23 - 24Live & Local Bluegrass - Raleigh
 
23 - 30Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh

Wide Open Bluegrass

29 - 30Carolina Jubilee - Union Grove
 
29 - October 1Asheville Barnaroo - Leicester

October 2017

 
Sept. 29 - October 1Asheville Barnaroo - Leicester
 
4 - 7Bluegrass Island Festival - Manteo

Bluegrass Island Festival

 
5 - 8Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Silk Hope

Shakori Hills

5 - 7Mustang Music Festival - Corolla
 
6 - 7Ol' Front Porch Music Festival - Oriental
 
73B Music Festival - Union Grove
 
7Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival - Mars Hill
 
7The Shindig - Clayton

Clayton Shindig

13 - 21Clayton Piano Festival - Clayton
 
19 - 22The LEAF - Black Mountain

The LEAF

 
20 - 21Deweyfest - Burlington

November 2016

 
13The Shindig - Clayton

Clayton Shindig

December 2016

15 - 17A Bluegrass Kinda Christmas - Raleigh
 
17Winter Music Fest - Morganton
 

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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