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May 2017 - North Carolina Music Festivals

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


May 4 - 7    Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Silk Hope

The semiannual Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance (see October schedule) presents an eclectic mix of music - from rock to jazz and Americana, Cajun and klezmer - on five stages. There are also musicians' competitions, art and craft vendors, food vendors, games, a drum circle, children's activities and more. Donna the Buffalo is the host band. Click on the photo for more information.

Artists
TBA. 2016 lineup included Donna the Buffalo, Punch Brothers, Danay Suarez, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, and dozens more.

Festival site: Shakori Hills


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Four-day pass: adults $92 until December 31, $104 until February 28, $114 until May 3, $124 at gate; ages 13-15 $49, $54, $59, $64.
Thursday: $27 in advance, $32 at gate; ages 13-15 $16 at gate.
Friday: $37 in advance, $42 at gate; ages 13-15 $21 at gate.
Saturday: $44 in advance, $49 at gate; ages 13-15 $25 at gate.
Sunday: $27 in advance, $32 at gate; ages 13-15 $16 at gate.
Younger than 13: free.

Camping (per tent): $10 until December 31, $15 until May 3, $20 at gate.
RV camping: $69 until December 31, $79 until February 29, $86 until May 3, $94 at gate.
RV more that 25 feet long or a vehicle and trailer pay double.
Early camping (before Thursday): $10.

May 5 - 6    Bass Mountain Boogie - Snow Camp

Rock and beach music in afternoon-evening shows in a campground setting.

Artists
TBA. 2016 lineup included Magnificents, Castaways, Megan Doss, Mason Lovette Band, and five more.

Festival site: Cane Creek Campground

6 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday.

Friday: $25.
Saturday: $30.

Camping info: www.canecreekcampground.com

May 5 - 6    Asheville Electro-Music Festival - Black Mountain

Some of the world's finest electronic and experimental musicians will be joined by local artists for two days of compelling live music and innovative technology. Live video art accompanies the concerts.

Musical Artists
Solemn Shapes, Nailgun, Paul Harriman, Surreal Estate, 80 lb. Test, Kri Samadhi / A Pale Void, Jack Tamul, Twyndyllyngs, Robert Dorschel, Waveformation, Klimchak, Michael Peck, Grey Fortress, Spacecraft, Dave Fulton, Project Ruori, Wayne Kirby, embral, metlay!, Paul Vnuk Jr, The Melting Transistor, Kevin Kissinger, Vibraphonik Electronik, Kevin Spears.

Festival site: White Horse Black Mountain

Music starts 3 p.m. daily.

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

May 5 - 7    Carolina Rebellion - Concord

The three-stage heavy metal festival is held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway complex. It expands to three days for its seventh year in 2017.

Artists
Friday: Soundgarden, A Perfect Circle, Mastdoon, The Cult, Pierce the Veil, Opeth, Amon Amarth, Highly Suspect, Eagles of Death Metal, Gojira, Nothing More, Every Time I Die, Starset, Radkey, Crobot, Volumes, Dorothy, As Lions, Wage War, Mother Feather.
Saturday: Def Leppard, Korn, Tesla, Chevelle, Alter Bridge, The Pretty Reckless, Sum 41, In Flames, In This Moment, Dillinger Escape Plan, Machine Gun Kelly, The Amity Affliction, All That Remains, Rival Sons, I Prevail, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Ded, Badflower, Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes, Citizen Zero, Cover Your Tracks.
Sunday: Avenge Sevenfold, The Offspring, Volbeat, Papa Roach, Seether, Three Days Grace, Skillet, Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Falling in Reverse, Motionless in White, Beartooth, Fozzy, Kyng, Skylar, Goodbye June, Fire From the Gods, The Charm The Fury, Royal Republic.

Festival site: Charlotte Motor Speedway


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Ticket prices increase three times as they sell out.
Weekend pass: $149, then $179, $199, $219; 4-pack of weekend passes (limit of three): $460, then $580, $660, $740.
Two-day pass: $99, then $130.50, $150.50, $170.50.
Daily pass: $79.50, then $99.50, $119.50, $129.50.
VIP (shade, seating areas, premium cash bar, premium food for purchase and private restroom access): $299, $329. Sold Out

Camping: Packages with VIP tickets from $284.50 to $885 per person. See here.

May 5 - 7    French Broad River Festival - Hot Springs

The festival focuses on the French Broad River, with a river cleanup, raft races and the French Broad River Festival Bike Race, in addition to the weekend of live music. There will also be local visual artists and other vendors, and a kids' village. Ticketed attendance is limited to 2,500. It is in its 20th year in 2017.

Artists
Keller Williams, Larry Keel Experience, Keller and the Keels, Cabinet, Sol Driven Train, Snake Oil Medicine Show, Billy Cardine and North of Too Far Downs, Empire Strikes Brass, Dead 27s, Josh Phillips w/ Booty Band Horns, Brushfire Stankgrass, Sally and George, Dynamic Arts League, Hipgnostic featuring members of Eyes of the Elders; Mary, Sally, George and William; Alarm Clock Conspiracy, Station Underground, Sol Driven Train Kids Show/Parade, Emma's Lounge, The V-Tones.

Festival site: Hot Springs Resort & Spa Campground


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Three-day pass: $85 (until December 25).
Daily: TBA.
"Whole Package" (weekend pass, campground parking and rafting): $160

Guided whitewater rafting: $45.

Campground parking (all weekend): $75.

Primitive camping free with admission. Limited riverside and RV sites available by reservation online.

May 11 - 13    Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver's Bluegrass Festival - Denton

The bluegrass great's annual festival includes a golf tournament on Thursday and, on Saturday, a free children's area with rides and games, and cooking demonstrations and tastings. Bands typically play afternoon and evening sets, though headliners may not. The festival is in its 37th year in 2017.

Artists
TBA. 2016 lineup included Lonesome River Band, The Boxcars, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and 12 more.

Festival site: Denton Farmpark


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Shows start at noon and end about 11 p.m., and include a supper break.

Three-day pass: $80 until April 30, $90 gate.
Two-day pass: $65 until April 30, $70 gate.
Single day: $35 until April 30, $40 gate. Age 15 to 17 half off gate price with parent.

Camping: Tents, RVs with no hookups $12, free with two-day pass. 30-amp sites $25 per night, 50-amp sites $35 per night. Early RV arrivals $10 per night with hookups, $5 without.

May 11 - 14    The LEAF - Black Mountain

The semiannual LEAF - Lake Eden Arts Festival - embraces world music, new ageism and the outdoors (see October schedule). There's also a poetry slam and a songwriter competition. The weekend includes a lot of activities, especially for kids, and it's held at a mountain camp well-appointed for weekend festivals. Click on the photo for more information.

Artists
Macy Gray, Antibalas, A Tribe Called Red, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Martin Sexton, Danay Suarez, Rocky Dawuni, Sara Watkins, Mokoomba of Zimbabwe, Plena Libra, Daby Toure, African Guitar Summit, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Dirtwire, Mike Love, Jon Stickley Trio, Earthcry, The Ragbirds, Underhill Rose, Lyric, The Screaming J's, Ashley Heath and Her Heathens, Lex Amis, Santos Glocalsoul, Nex Millen, Jeff Bradley, DJ Kutzu, Mashanko Banda, Grandfather Mazatzin, Darrell Rose, Fredy Nganga, Geri Littlejohn, "many more."
Contra Dance: Notorious, Contra Force, Barefoot, Adina Gordon, Michael Hamilton.

Festival site: Camp Rockmont


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Tickets are discounted early and prices increase periodically. Prices below are maximums.
Four-day pass with tent camping (three nights): $184 adults, $153 ages 10-17.
Three-day pass with tent camping: $159 adults, $134 ages 10-17.
Community Pass (weekend for local residents): $106 adults, $94 ages 10-17.
Single-day passes (no camping):
  Friday or Sunday: $40 adults, $47 ages 10-17.
  Saturday: $57 adults, $50 ages 10-17.
Age 9 and younger free; younger than 18 must be with a parent. Packages for spring and fall festivals also available.

Cabins: Sleeps 9 $305; sleeps 12 $395; lodge room for five $350; lodge bunk $115. Prices are for Friday and Saturday; Thursday add $70 for cabin, $45 for bunk.
Car camping: $60; RVs $106.

May 12 - 13    North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival - Huntersville

The "celebration of music, North Carolina, and its craft brewing traditions" presents about a half-dozen bands, free beer tastings and information about beer making, food, children's activities, and vendors representing local merchants and nonprofit groups. Drumstrong, previously an independent music festival, became part of the N.C. Brewers and Music Festival in 2015.

Artists
Infamous Stringdusters, Mandolin Orange, Mipso, Empire Strikes Brass, The Broadcast, Upstate Rubdown, The Ballroom Thieves, Ghost of Paul Revere, Elonzo Wesley, Sinners and Saints, Tony Eltora.

Festival site: Historic Rural Hill


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Music from noon to 10 p.m.; beer tastings from 12:45 to 4:15 p.m.

Tasting ticket: $36 until February 14, $50 day of show.
All day music only: $26 (can buy beer)
Designated driver (16 and older): $20
Children: $8.

Open to all ages; wristbands will designate those old enough to drink.

Camping: tents - $18 Saturday, $38 Friday and Saturday; campers, RVs - $35 Saturday, $70 Friday and Saturday.

May 12 - 13    Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival - Salisbury

The family-friendly and free festival is dedicated to preserving, promoting and presenting blues and jazz with emphasis on musicians from North Carolina's Piedmont and of all ages. The long-running festival was not held in 2014 and moved from fall to spring for 2015. For 2016, the festival presented musicians aged 9 to 19 jamming with renowned recording artists.

Artists
TBA. 2016 lineup included John Dee Holman, Lakota John, Veronika Jackson, Larry Davis, Joe Robinson, more.

Festival site: Downtown Salisbury


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2 to 11 p.m.; gates open at 1 p.m.

General admission is free; limited VIP seating available through the website for $10.

May 12 - 13    Union Grove Old Time Fiddlers Convention - Union Grove

The convention is two days of competitions for old time and bluegrass music bands, individual musicians, and dancers.

Artists
Competitors TBA for adult old time fiddle, old time banjo, autoharp, harmonica, dulcimer, male and female vocal, bluegrass fiddle, bluegrass banjo, guitar, mandolin, acoustic bass, Dobro; youth old time band, old time fiddle, old time banjo, vocal, bluegrass band, bluegrass fiddle, bluegrass banjo, guitar, mandolin, acoustic bass; youth and adult dance; and adult band.

Festival site: VanHoy Farms

6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday.

Two-day pass (advance): $20.
$10 Friday, $15 Saturday.

Primitive tent camping: $10.

May 12 - 13    Earth Day Jam - Salisbury

The music and arts festival is a fundraiser for the LandTrust of Central NC and Saving Grace Farm, and is meant to raise awareness about land preservation, conservation, recycling, energy efficiency, nutrition, local farming, and homesteading/sustainability. In addition to music there will be kids' activities, food, beer and wine, informational booths, local artists and vendors, and more. The 2016 festival was not held, but organizers said they'd be back in 2017.

Artists
TBA. 2015 lineup included Tim Reynolds and TR3, Dangermuffin, Big Daddy Love, The Lee Boys and 17 more.

Festival site: Dusk Before Dawn Farm


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Noon to midnight.

Three-day pass: $40 through March 31, $45 in advance, $50 at gate.
Friday: $10.
Saturday: $25 through March 31, $30 in advance, $35 at gate.
Younger than 13 free.

Camping: included with weekend pass, $10 without if space is available.

No coolers in concert area.

May 18 - 21    Moogfest - Durham

The festival, which began in 2004 to honor Bob Moog, moved to Durham in 2016 after an unsteady tenure in Asheville. The festival presents cutting edge music by early pioneers in electronic music, and pop and avant garde experimentalists of today in venues throughout the city. Daytime programming features talks, panel discussions, workshops and presentations with futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, etc.

Musical Artists
TBA. 2016 lineup included ODESZA, Gary Numan, GZA, Laurie Anderson, Explosions in the Sky, Blood Orange, sunn O))), and dozens more.

Festival site: Durham venues TBA

Festival Pass: Pre-Sale $199.
Durm Flex Pass to Moogfest and Art of Cool (April 28-30): $249.
VIP Pass (priority access all venues, exclusive viewing areas, artist events, gift bag, complimentary food and drink in select locations): $499 (in 2016).
Engineer VIP (three-hour workshop to "build, modify and keep a new, unreleased Moog synth module with the Moog engineers who designed it"): $1,500 (in 2016).

May 18 - 21    Kinnection Kampout - Horse Shoe

Kinnection Kampout has announced it will not be held in 2017 to avoid conflicting with Tipper & Friends, a festival in Live Oak, Florida, May 19 and 20. Kinnection Kampout expects to return in 2018.

What began as a no-frills weekend that used music to "focus on interpersonal connection in the solitude of nature" in 2012 went public in 2014 and relocated to a forest resort south of Asheville for 2015. The musical lineup spans everything from rootsy organic instrumental music to world-infused bass, and has been described as mostly "psychedelic electronic music." There will also be a primitive skills village, a kids' zone, vendors, visual art, yoga, etc., as well as two swimming lakes on grounds surrounded by thousands of acres of the Pisgah National Forest.

Musical Artists
TBA. 2016 lineup included Gaudi, Kaya Project, Govinda, Kaminanda, Birds of Paradise, and 45 more.

Festival site: Deerfields


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Gates open noon Thursday, 10 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday.

A limited number of weekend tickets are sold at escalating prices (changes as they sell out): $150, $160, $180, $190 (day of show).
Younger than 11 free.

Ticket price includes tent camping fee. Limited onsite RV / bus parking passes are $125 (no hookups).

May 19 - 20    Carolina Roots MusicFest - Statesville

Carolina Roots MusicFest debuted in 2016 to celebrate diverse music styles performed by nationally known, regional and local artists in a benefit for National Balloon Rally Charities, Inc., which in turn supports local nonprofit groups. Food trucks and wine and craft beer vendors will also be onsite.

Artists
The Black Lillies, The Waydown Wanderers, Forlorn Strangers, The Ragbirds, Time Sawyer, Josh Daniel / Mark Schimick Project, Amigos, Cordovas, The Broad Pickups, Coddle Creek, more TBA.

Festival site: Statesville Regional Airport

5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Two-day pass: early bird $25 through February; $35 advance, $40 at gate.
Friday: $10 advance; $15 at gate.
Saturday: $25 advance; $30 at gate.
Hops Garden Tasting: $20.
Rhythm Lounge (two-day pass, premium parking, premium seating, hospitality tent, food and drinks, wine and beer, etc.): $125.
Younger than 13 free.

Camping: Tents $25 (one vehicle), RVs $40; extra vehicles $20. Website says: "NO Drive-up campsites available to purchase."

May 19 - 20    Beaufort Music Festival - Beaufort

The festival presents a free Friday evening show downtown and an all-day show Saturday that requires tickets. The festival also presents food trucks, kids' activities and more.

Artists
TBA. 2016 lineup included Beaufort Blues Project, The Low Counts, Rebekah Todd and The Odyssey, and 13 more.

Festival site: Downtown waterfront Friday and N.C. Maritime Museum's Gallants Channel Site Saturday (map)


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Friday: Free.
Saturday: $20 in advance, $25 day of show.

May 19 - 21    Artsplosure - Raleigh

The Artsplosure street festival draws large crowds for performances by one or two national acts plus several local and regional bands alongside visual art displays and kids' arts activities downtown. Admission is free.

Artists
TBA. 2016 lineup included Doyle Bramhall II, Sonny Landreth, Samantha Fish, Zack Mexico, and 15 more.

Festival Site: Fayetteville Street


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Music starts: 5 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, noon Sunday.

May 20    Carolina Blues Festival - Greensboro

Celebrating its 31st year in 2017, the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society's Carolina Blues Festival is the longest-running blues festival in the Southeast.

Artists
Eric Gales, Brandon Santini, Big Ron Hunter, Gate City Divas, Luxuriant Sedans, Laura Blackley and the Wildflowers, Seth Williams and Terry V, Youth showcase with Gabe Morales and Nathan Pope.

Festival site: Barber Park


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1:30 to 11 p.m.

Early Bird General Admission (until February 14): $25.
General Admission: $31 (through March 17), $37 (through April 18), $42 (through May 19), $50 (day of show).
10-pack General Admission Tickets (until February 14): $22.50 each.
Gold Circle (until February 15; reserved seating in first rows): $75.

May 20    Durham Blues and Brews Festival - Durham

In addition to bands, the festival features about 20 local craft beers in 12-ounce pours meant to eliminate long lines. Local food trucks are on hand, as well, and the whole thing is a benefit for the Exchange Family Center, which works with families to prevent child abuse and neglect. This is an adults-only event.

Artists
Willie Painter Band, Roy Roberts, Nikki Hill.

Festival Site: Durham Central Park


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4 to 9 p.m.

$35 through February 29, then $40; designated drivers $20.

May 20    Atlantic Beach Music Festival - Atlantic Beach

The free festival on the boardwalk at the Circle in Atlantic Beach presents a day of beach music. It is in its fourth year in 2017.

Artists
Coastline, Band of Oz, Fantastic Shakers, Mighty Saints of Soul.

Festival Site: Atlantic Beach Boardwalk

11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Free admission.
No glass containers or pets.

May 21    Mustang Spring Jam - Corolla

The Mustang Spring Jam, like October's Mustang Music Festival, is a benefit for the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, a nonprofit organization working to protect and preserve the last remaining herd of Spanish Mustangs on the northern Outer Banks.

Artists
TBA. 2016 lineup was People's Blues of Richmond, Major and the Monbacks, Buddha Council, Mustang Outreach Student Bands.

Festival Site: Mike Dianna's Grill Room


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1 to 10 p.m.

$15 in advance, $20 at door.
Younger than 13 free.

May 25 - 27    Lil John's Mountain Music Festival - Snow Camp

John and Natalie Maness carry on the tradition of his late father, John D. Maness, founder of the Bass Mountain Boys and proprietor for more than 30 years of the Bass Mountain Music Festival. The re-named family-oriented bluegrass show on Memorial Day weekends offers top names in bluegrass plus several vendors, and their full-service campground has a fishing pond and hot showers. The festival is on its 39th year in 2017. Click on the photo for more information.

Artists
Thursday: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Sideline, Dave Adkins, Three Jack Jenny.
Friday: Flatt Lonesome, Hammertowne, Feller and Hill, David Parmley and The Cardinal Tradition, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road.
Saturday: Seldom Scene, Boxcars, Sideline, Salt and Light; James King Tribute featuring Dudley Connell, Ron Stuart, Lou Reid, Steve Dilling, Jason Moore, Chris Hill, Jason Moore.

Festival site: Cane Creek Campground & RV Park


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2 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, 1 to 11 p.m. Friday, "1 p.m. until" Saturday.
Most bands play afternoon and evening sets.

Three-day pass: $65 until May 6, $85 after.
Thursday and Friday (each): $30.
Saturday: $35.
Younger than 12 free with paying adult.

Three-day pass includes primitive camping. Additional camping info here.

May 26 - 27    Willow Oak Park Beach Music Festival - Roxboro

Mike and Debbie Wilson, longtime partners with John Maness at the Bass Mountain Bluegrass Festival, carry on the tradition of with shows at their own venue.This beach music show feature bands each afternoon/evening plus a covered dance floor and DJs playing between live performances. They also present an April bluegrass festival.

Artists
Friday: Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, DJ Rick "Big Un" Turner.
Saturday: The Entertainers, Castaways, Band of Oz, DJs John Williford and Eldridge Meeler.

Festival site: Willow Oak Park


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4 p.m. to midnight Friday; 11 a.m. to midnight Saturday.

Two-day pass: $35 advance, $40 at gate.
Friday: $15.
Saturday: all day $25; 7 p.m. to midnight $15.
Students / ages 13-16 $15 daily.
Younger than 13 free with paying adult.

Camping: Two-day minimum. Site with electricity: $20 in advance, $25 at gate. No electricity: $10.

Weekend package for two: $105, includes tickets and campsite with electricity (bought by May 19).

May 26 - 28    Fiddler's Grove Festival - Union Grove

The Van Hoy family presents the oldest continuous old-time fiddlers' convention in North America with a barn dance Friday night, stage shows and children's shows, musicians' workshops and lots of campsite picking. Band and musicians' competitions dropped in 2013 returned in 2015, including a new session for First Time Fiddlers (very young to very old), Hot Licks contests for age 17 and younger, and for older players, and a Junior Band Competition.

Artists
TBA. 2016 lineup included The Cockman Family, Spirit Fiddle, Sons of the South, and 10 more, plus competitors.

Festival site: Fiddler's Grove Campground


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Three-day pass: $25.
Friday $10, Saturday $15, Sunday $5.
Younger than 13 free.

Camping: No hookups is $15 per night for family (two adults and their kids); $7 per additional adult.
RV water and 15 amp electricity $25 for family (two adults and their kids); RV water, 30-50 amp electricity and sewer $35 for family; $9 per additional adult.

May 26 - 28    Mountain Sports Festival - Asheville

The Mountain Sports Festival calls itself a "weekend music and sports festival," and presents about a dozen bands along with a variety of participatory sporting events for adults and kids, sporting gear vendors, and food and drink sales, including local craft beer. The free event is in its 17th year in 2017.

Artists
TBA. 2016 lineup included The Hip Abduction, The Marcus King Band, Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats and seven more.

Festival site: Carrier Park

Free admission.

Music: 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, 12:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, 12:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

May 26 - 28    White Squirrel Festival - Brevard

The downtown street festival celebrating albino squirrels in the area includes a slate of musical acts, plus arts and craft vendors, a parade, kids' activities; a 5K, 10K, and children's fun walk; food vendors and beer garden.

Artists
TBA. 2016 lineup included Town Mountain, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Pretty Little Goat, and nine more.

Festival site: Downtown Brevard


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Music noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Street festival 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Free.

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

May 29    Carl Sandburg Folk Music Festival - Flat Rock

Connemara, the North Carolina home of poet Carl Sandburg, hosts a gathering of local musicians each Memorial Day, which is open to the public and free. Tours of Connemara, the Sandburg home, which is a national historic site, will be available throughout the day for a small fee.

Artists
TBA. 2016 lineup was Mac Arnold and Plate Full O' Blues, Jon Shain, The King Bees, Dana and Susan Robinson, Steve and Jean Smith.

Festival site: Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site


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Free admission.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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