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December 2018 - North Carolina Music Festivals

Nov. 30 - December 1    Balsam Range Art of Music Festival - Lake Junaluska

The popular bluegrass band from Haywood County presents two days of evening concerts featuring some of the top nationally touring artists in the field of bluegrass and acoustic music. There are also workshops Saturday afternoon ranging from all skill-level to master-level instrument workshops, handcrafted instrument building, songwriting, dancing and more. It takes place at the Lake Junaluska resort with accommodations available onsite. The festival is in its second year in 2017.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Balsam Range, Darrell Scott, Flatt Lonesome and four more.

Festival site: Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center

7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday; workshop schedule TBA.

All seats reserved. Multiple prices range from $25 a night to $60 a night, with a $10 price break for Friday and Saturday night-only tickets.

Lodging packages start at $301 per couple (single rates available) onsite with concerts and meals, and $120 per person at a nearby ranch with meals, shuttle to concerts, and admission to Thursday kickoff show.

December 14 - 16    A Bluegrass Kinda Christmas - Raleigh

The promoter behind fall's Bluegrass Island Festival in Manteo presents a three-day winter festival in a Raleigh hotel. The weekend also includes workshops, vendors and late-night jamming. The festival is in its third year in 2018.

Thursday: Sister Sadie, Nu Blu, Heidi and Ryan, Tomorrow's Bluegrass Stars, Julian Davis and the Hay-Burners, Charlie Oakley and Blazin' Grass, Darrell Webb Band.
Friday: Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Nothin' Fancy, The Band of Kelley's, Tomorrow's Bluegrass Stars, Darrell Webb Band, The Hinson Girls, Edgar Loudermilk Band.
Saturday: Dailey and Vincent, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Darrell Webb Band, Tomorrow's Bluegrass Stars, Tony and Heather Mabe, Steady Drive, Presley Barker.

Festival site: Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown

Three-day pass: $150 (reserved seats; 400 available); $125 general admission; ages 7 to 12 (general admission) $65.
Daily (general admission): $45, ages 7 to 12 $25.

December 15    Winter Music Fest - Morganton

The evening of music is a fundraiser for Casting for Hope, a nonprofit that helps women in western North Carolina who are living with ovarian or other gynecological cancers and their families through "limited financial assistance" and fly-fishing retreats, fly-tying and rod-building clinics, and other recreational outings. The festival, which is in its fifth year in 2017, presents local, regional and national musical acts. There is also a benefit dinner at a nearby church before musical performances and an after-party with food and drinks as part of its admission price.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Mipso, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Tellico, and more.

Festival site: City of Morganton Municipal Auditorium

Dinner 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., first show 7 p.m.

Concerts: $15.
Deluxe: $50, includes concerts and after-party.
VIP: $75, includes dinner, concerts and after-party.

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