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November 2018 - North Carolina Music Festivals

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

October 26 - November 4    Clayton Piano Festival - Clayton

The festival dedicated to concert piano will present four shows: American Portraits, a cross-section of the greatest American music that speaks most closely to the history and culture generated by the Southern states (Oct. 26); a Halloween masked ball with dinner, concert and dessert reception (Oct. 28); Fiesta: Music without Borders, which guides audiences through some of Mexico's most beloved and important music (Nov. 2); and From Russia with Love, works from Russian romanticism (Nov. 4). Pianists involved in the festival also make presentations in local schools and to local piano students while in town. The festival is in its sixth year in 2017.

TBA. 2017 lineup included Jonathan Levin, César Reyes; Nikita Galaktionov, and three more.

Festival sites: Preston Woodall House (Benson), Brick and Mortar Events (Clayton; map), The Piazza at Portofino (Clayton), Cary Arts Center (Cary)

6:30 p.m. October 26; 6:30 p.m. October 28; 7 p.m. November 2; 7:30 p.m. November 4

Individual shows' prices vary.

November 3    The Shindig - Clayton

The small-town gathering presents mainly Americana and bluegrass bands on two stages. The day also features beer from local breweries, food trucks and other vendors, plus a wing-eating contest. New for 2017: free admission. There's a charge for beer tasting. Click on the photo for more information.

TBA. 2017 lineup included The Black Lillies, Yarn, Dangermuffin, and six more.

Festival site: Downtown Clayton

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Noon to 10 p.m.

Free admission.
VIP beer tent admission: $40 includes exclusive access and three hours' unlimited sampling of over 15 beers, mingle with the bands, party on the new party deck, full-service bar (including liquor), watch the games on multiple flat screens.

November 30 - Dec. 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.

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