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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June 2017 - North Carolina Music Festivals

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

June 2 - 3    Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention - Mount Airy

The two-day festival dedicated to old-time and bluegrass music and dance includes competitions, jam sessions and education in a family-friendly environment. Winners in 15 solo and band competitions are awarded cash prizes.

Contestants TBA in old-time and bluegrass bands, and individual bluegrass fiddle, old-time fiddle, bluegrass banjo, old-time banjo (clawhammer), guitar, mandolin, bass, dobro, dulcimer, autoharp, folk song and dance (adult and youth).

Festival site: Veterans Memorial Park

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7 p.m. Friday. 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

$10 daily; younger than 7 free with adult.

Camping: $10 per day, $30 per day with water and electricity.

June 2 - 3    Brevard Blues Festival - Brevard

The annual event is a lead-in to the Brevard Music Center's classical series, which begins later this month, and includes a barbecue competition and craft beer on the day's menu. It is in its fourth year in 2017.

Friday: Delta Moon, Roomful of Blues, Lee Griffin Band.
Saturday: Tinsley Ellis, Dangerous Gentlemens with Anson Funderburgh, Mojo Brothers Blues Band, Peggy Ratusz, Unpaid Bill and the Bad Czechs.

Festival site: Brevard Music Center

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Times TBA.

Two-day pass: $45.
Friday: $25.
Saturday: $35.

Camping nearby, including at the Pisgah National Forest's Davidson River Campground.

June 2 - 4    Ocrafolk Festival - Ocracoke Island

Ocrafolk is presented by Ocracoke Alive, a non-profit cultural arts organization. In addition to music on two stages and musicians' workshops, the festival presents a square dance, storytellers, visual arts, a live auction, a pot-luck dinner, a skipjack cruise with music and storytelling, and more.

Musical Artists
Molasses Creek, Donald Davis, Roland White and Friends, Bio Ritmo, Ballet Folkorico Guadalupano, Mitch Barret, Craicdown; Hank, Pattie and the Current; Martin Garrish and Friends, De Tierra Caliente, Beleza, Lipbone Redding, Violet Bell, John Golden, Bob Zentz and Jean McDougall, Louis and Amy Allen, Mahalo Jazz, The Blue Eyed Bettys, Captain Rob Temple, Philip Howard, Oak Grove String Band.

Festival site: Howard Street and School Road

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Saturday and Sunday admission: $15, ages 6 to 12 $5, younger free. Some shows require additional admission.
Patron pass: $35 includes ticketed shows and enters ticket holder in giveaways for patrons.

June 3    Carolina Beach Music Festival - Carolina Beach

The show presented on the sands at the home of beach music and shagging is in its 32nd year in 2017. In addition to music, the festivities include a shagging contest with cash prizes. It's the first Saturday in June each year.

Jim Quick and Coastline, Band of Oz, Black Water Rhythm and Blues Band.

Festival Site: On beach near Carolina Beach Boardwalk

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11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; gates open at 10 a.m.

$20 in advance, $25 at the gate. Younger than 13 free.

June 3    Mondo Roots - Clayton

Mondo Roots, a cultural arts festival offering a blend of funk, blues, Reggae and other musical genres, debuted in 2016. In addition to music, the festival presented visual art demonstrations, arts and crafts vendors, food trucks, craft beer and wine, a sidewalk chalk art contest, face painting, a drum circle, street performances, and more.

Nappy Roots, Roots of a Rebellion, Cha Wa, The Ragbirds, DJ Jedi Echelon Brass - Trumpet and Brass Studio, more TBA.

Festival Site: Horne Square

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1 to 8 p.m.

Free admission.

June 3    Crystal Coast Music Festival - Atlantic Beach

The Crystal Coast Music Festival debuted in 2016 with four bands and a variety of other activities on the boardwalk, sands and surf of Atlantic Beach. The day included surf- and kite-boarding demos in connection with a World Paddle Association-sanctioned race going on the same weekend, and organized beach games like cornhole, bocce and volleyball. Food trucks and other vendors offered craft beer, barbecue, tacos, slushies and other street food.

NeedToBreathe, Dr. Dog, Shovels and Rope, Bombadil, Los Colognes, Rebekah Todd & The Odyssey.

Festival Site: Atlantic Beach Boardwalk

Gates open at 12:30 p.m., music 1:30 to 10 p.m.

$30 limited advance, $40 advance; $50 week and day of festival.
Younger than 3: Free.
VIP admission (special entrance entry and viewing areas, early entrance, cash bar, restrooms, happy hour hors d'oeuvres, more): $125.

June 8 - 10    Bluegrass in Cherokee - Cherokee

A long-running bluegrass festival at the gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a family-oriented festival held at a campground pavilion. Most bands play afternoon and evening sets.

Thursday: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Feller and Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos, Volume Five, Jumbo Whaley and the Greenbrier, Old Friends (Lawson and Williams).
Friday: Gene Watson and the Farewell Party Band with special guest Rhonda Vincent, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, The Little Roy and Lizzy Show, The Farm Hands, Breaking Grass.
Saturday: Dailey and Vincent, VW Boys, Goldwing Express, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, The Harris Brothers, Deeper Shade of Blue.

Festival site: Happy Holiday RV Village

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Three-day pass: $90 in advance, $95 at gate; age 6 to 13 $45 and $50; younger free with parent.
Daily pass: $40 in advance, $45 at gate; age 6 to 13 $15; younger free with parent.

No alcohol.

June 8 - August 11    Brevard Summer Institute & Festival - Brevard

The Brevard Music Center's summer institute for classical music students aged 14 and older presents some 50 concerts throughout its nine-week festival, showcasing nationally recognized artists and the center's three orchestras. The Independence Day concert at Whittington-Pfohl open-air auditorium features live cannons during the 1812 Overture. Keith Lockhart is musical director.

Ricky Skaggs with Orchestra, Shanghai Quartet, Adam Goltzman and the Texas Guitar Quartet, Leningrad Symphony, Amernet String Quartet, Sidney Outlaw, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Asian Youth Orchestra with Sarah Chang, Brevard Music Center Orchestra, Brevard Sinfonia, and more.
Additional shows include: Kurt Weill Cabaret, Music of Kurt Weill, Kurt Weill on Broadway, Jazz @ Brevard, Opera's Greatest Hits, Beethoven 5 (Garrick Ohlsson, piano), Patrushka (Anne Akiko Myers, violin), Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (Mayuko Kamio, violin), Maud Powell: An American Legend, Don Pasquale, Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 (Lise de la Salle, piano), Liszt Piano Concerto No. 1 (Norman Krieger, piano), The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan, many more.

Festival site: Brevard Music Center and nearby venues

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Performance times and individual admission fees vary; see the calendar.

See the 2017 Subscription Guide for individual show and package prices, as well as show times, venues, etc.

June 9 - 10    Charlie Poole Music Festival - Eden

The festival honoring the legacy of North Carolina string bands and roots music includes a dozen musicians' competitions in addition to stage shows Friday evening, and the presentation a lifetime achievement award to the headlining artist. It is a project of Piedmont Folk Legacies, Inc., a non-profit organization that promotes and preserves the musical and cultural legacy of the Piedmont, and celebrates its influence on American vernacular music as exemplified by banjoist Charlie Poole who, with his North Carolina Ramblers in the 1920s, had a great influence on the development of bluegrass.

TBA. 2016 lineup was Bob Carlin and Cheick Hamala Diabate, Seth Swingle, The Zinc Kings, plus competitors.

Festival site: Governor Morehead Park

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Stage shows 6 to 10:30 p.m. Friday; competitions begin at 11 a.m. Saturday and are followed by dance at 8:30 p.m. and awards ceremony.

Two-day pass: $25.
Daily: $15.

Camping: $10 per night, $20 maximum.

Competition categories: Youth Band, Youth Instrument, Youth Vocal, Flatpick Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Bluegrass Fiddle, Old Time Fiddle, Clawhammer Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo, Open Instrument, Solo Vocal, Duet Vocal, Bluegrass Band, Old Time Band, Folk Song, Poole Song, Grand Prize - Three-Finger Banjo.

June 9 - 10    Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival - Tryon

The Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival has been cancelled for 2017. "We hope to bring it back in 2018," organizers say.

In addition to a barbecue cook-off sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society that awards $20,000 in prize money, the festival presents two stages with a variety of music, a crafts fair, a classic car show, carnival rides and more.

TBA. 2016 lineup included The Marcus King Band, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, The Steepwater Band, and 18 more.

Festival site: Harmon Field

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10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

$8, younger than 13 and active military free; free admission until 2 p.m. Friday.

June 9 - 11    GroverFest - Olin

GroverFest presents local and East Coast bands representing music genres from across the board for an all-ages event. Festival attendance is to be limited to 650 people on site. GroverFest is in its 11th year in 2017.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Duk Tan, Coddle Creek, Grubwerx, The Goodnight Brothers Band, Jack Lawrence and 30+ more.

Festival site: Moon Lake Vineyards

Music starts 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Weekend pass: Early bird $30 and 10-year anniversary pass and mystery package $40; later prices TBA.

Tent Camping: $15 per person.
Car Camping: $50 per vehicle.

Parking: $5 per day or included with tent camping.

June 10    Hoppin' Beats & Eats Fest - Greensboro

A Greensboro group that sponsors several food truck rodeos is adding four bands to a June event with 15 food trucks scheduled at Greensboro's minor league baseball park to create a new music festival in 2017. If all goes well, they hope to expand in 2018, organizers tell Carolina Music Festivals.

Big Something, The Mantras, Seabreeze Diner, Rinaldi Flying Circus.

Festival site: Grasshoppers Stadium

4 to 9 p.m.

$5 advance, $7 at gate.

June 10    Bluff Mountain Festival - Hot Springs

The free all-acoustic show presents bluegrass and more, including cloggers, a silent auction, raffle, and art and food vendors. The festival is in its 21st year in 2017.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Sheila Kay Adams with Paul Brown, Alice Gerrard with Travis Stuart, The Stoney Creek Boys, Roger Howell and nine more, plus clogging teams.

Festival site: Hot Springs Spa and Campground

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10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Campground information here.

June 10    Lansing NC Blues Festival - Lansing

The festival debuted in 2016 with several regional blues acts. A pre-festival show was held Friday in nearby West Jefferson.

Red Dirt Revelators with Willie Shane Johnston, more TBA.

Festival site: Lansing Creeper Trail Park



June 14 - 18    Southport Songwriter Festival - Southport

The ScreenDoor Songwriter Alliance puts on the festival to celebrate local, regional and national songwriters and original music. Selected events throughout the week include a walking tour of Southport music venues, and a concluding concert that is free. The Wednesday night kickoff is in Wilmington at Ted's on the River. The festival is in its third year in 2017.

Louisa Branscomb and Friends of Distinction (host band), Jeremy Truett, more TBA.

Festival site: Downtown Southport (multiple venues)

Shows at various times (see website at link above for schedule).

Festival kickoff (Wednesday) $15; other events are a mix of free and charged admission; final show 2 to 9 p.m. Sunday is free.

June 15 - 17    Willow Oak Park Bluegrass Festival - Roxboro

Mike and Debbie Wilson, longtime partners with John Maness at the Bass Mountain Bluegrass Festival, carry on the tradition of family bluegrass shows at their own venue and also present a May beach music festival. Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road are the festival hosts.

Thursday: Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Charlie Oakley and Blazin Grass, Drive Time.
Friday: Sideline, Bass Mountain Boys, The Bluegrass Brothers, Garrett Newton Band, Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass.
Saturday: Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Big Country Bluegrass, Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome, TBA.
Also: Open stage with Cuttin Grass and top jam band.

Festival site: Willow Oak Park

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Music starts 2 p.m. Thursday, noon Friday and Saturday. Bands play afternoon and evening sets.

Three-day pass: $80.
Thursday: $25.
Friday: $30.
Saturday: $30.
Ages 13 to 16 $15 per day with parent; younger than 13 free with parent.

Camping: "Open field" camping free with three-day ticket, primitive camping $5 per night. Limited number of sites with electricity are $20 per day or $100 for entire week; $25 per day at gate.

No alcohol, smoking or pets in the concert area.

June 17    All Go West - Asheville

The All Go West street fair embraces the ideals of Asheville's local music (on three stages), art, fashion, food and beer, including food from west Asheville restaurants and breweries.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Floating Action, Kool Keith, The Marcus King Band, RBTS Win and 27 more.

Festival site: Isis Restaurant & Music Hall and nearby

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11 a.m. to 1:45 a.m.


June 22 - 25    1Luv Food & Music Festival - Fletcher

The four-day fair, food, beer and music festival showcases Western North Carolina's independent musicians from several genres, along with a select number of national recording artists, plus food and beer, alongside fair rides and shows. Proceeds benefit the nonprofits Homeward Bound and Brother Wolf Animal Rescue. The festival expanded from two days to four in 2016, its second year.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Caleb Johnson, Porch 40, The Primate Fiasco, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra and 27 more.

Festival site: WNC Agricultural Center

Music 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Daily: $10 advance, $12 at gate; seniors and veterans $9; younger than 7 free.

Camping: $45 per night in advance, $50 at gate.

June 23 - 25    Cape Fear Blues Festival - Wilmington

The annual festival presented by the Cape Fear Blues Society features local, regional and national acts, a two-hour blues cruise onboard a riverboat, an all-day open blues jam and musician workshops. The festival is in its 22nd year in 2017.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Jon McDonald, Southern Avenue, Jim Nelson, David Bolton, and six more.

Festival site: The Rusty Nail, Henrietta III riverboat, Ted's Fun on the River, more

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Consult the website for show times and ticket prices.

June 23 - 25    State Annual Singing Convention - Benson

The 91-year-old gospel singing competition presents the previous year's winners Friday, nationally recognized recording acts in concert Saturday evening, competition Saturday and Sunday, and performances by the winners Sunday evening. The music is good and the competition is serious. The festival is held the weekend of the fourth Sunday in June each year. Click on the photo for more information.

Friday: Called Out, The Hinshaw Family, Potter's Will, Two for Christ, Trinity Quartet, The Shockey Family.
Saturday: Ernie Haase and Signature Sound, The Walters Family, competing groups.
Sunday: Competing groups.

Festival site: Benson Singing Grove

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Friday: 7 p.m.
Saturday: singing begins 10 a.m., competition starts 2 p.m., concert 7 p.m., round-robin sing 9 p.m.
Sunday: round-robin sing 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., service 1:30 p.m., competition 2 to 5 p.m., award presentations 5:30 p.m.

Free admission.

Competition categories: Junior, Duet, Trio, Mixed Trio, Quartet, Mixed Quartet, Family, Choir, Bluegrass.

June 24    Sirens on the Mountain - Boone

The celebration of women's contributions to the arts returned in 2016 after taking 2015 off. The festival includes an artisan village with visual artists, crafts people, healing artists, and food vendors.

TBA. 2016 lineup was Ruthie Foster, Chastity Brown, Laura Blackley, Melissa Reaves, Diane Durrett, Megan Palmer Duo.

Festival site: High Country Fairgrounds

Noon to 11 p.m..

$25 early bird, $30 in advance, $35 at gate.

June 24 - July 29    Eastern Music Festival - Greensboro and points west

The Eastern Music Festival and School trains aspiring musicians between the ages of 14 and 22, and presents five weeks worth of classical and chamber music performances, plus jazz, blues and more. Gerard Schwarz is the music director. The festival is in its 56th year in 2017.

Hunter Bockes, Horatio Gutierrez, Jon Manasse, Anne Akiko Meyers, Awadagin Pratt, William Wolfram, Midori, Jason Vieaux, Nadja Solerno-Sonnenberg, Jeffrey Multer (concertmaster), and faculty musicians.

Festival site: Guilford College and other venues.

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Performance dates, times, prices and venues vary. Check the calendar here.

June 25 - August 5    An Appalachian Summer Festival - Boone

An Appalachian Summer Festival is a multi- and inter-disciplinary arts festival presenting and producing programs in music, theater, dance, film and visual arts.

Musical Artists
TBA. 2016 lineup included Pat Benatar and Nick Giraldo, Melissa Etheridge, Jerry Douglas Band, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue and seven more.

Festival site: Appalachian State University and nearby venues

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Performance times and admission fees vary. Get the schedule here.

June 25    Singing on the Mountain - Linville

The daylong sing at the base of Grandfather Mountain is the oldest ongoing old-time gospel convention left in the Southern Appalachians. The festival, which includes a mid-day sermon, is in its 93rd year in 2017.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Michael Combs, The Cockman Family, Andrew Greer, The Primitive Quartet and five more.

Festival site: MacRae Meadows, Grandfather Mountain

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Music starts at 8:30 a.m. and goes to about 3 p.m., with a break for the sermon at 1 p.m.

The festival is free.

Primitive camping on MacRae Meadows is free on a first-come, first-served basis.

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