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October 2017 - North Carolina Music Festivals

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

September 29 - October 1    Asheville Barnaroo - Leicester

The festival showcases local and regional singer songwriters and bands in the rock 'n' roll, hard rock and funk genres on two stages, one of which is in a barn. Shows are Saturday followed by "wake-up activities" Sunday. There will also be art and food vendors onsite. A portion of proceeds go to the Asheville Music School.

Friday: Southern Culture on the Skids, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Parker Gispert, Shake It Like a Caveman, Pierce Edens.
Saturday: Laura Blackley and the Wildflowers, Asheville Music School of Rock, Resonant Rogues, Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats, The Get Right Band, Midnight Snack.

Festival site: Franny's Farm

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10:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; gates open 9 a.m.

Three-day pass: $50 and $75 with camping; $55 without camping.
VIP weekend pass: $100, includes camping.
Friday: $20.
Saturday: $35.
Younger than 13 free.

October 4 - 7    Bluegrass Island Festival - Manteo

The festival debuted in 2012 and has established itself as a major fall event on the Outer Banks featuring top bluegrass acts, a band competition, vendors, fireworks and more. Click on the photo for more information.

Wednesday: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Darrell Webb Band, Alan Bibey and Grasstowne, Stoney Creek, Commonwealth Bluegrass.
Thursday: The Gibson Brothers, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Steve Dilling and Sideline, Irene Kelley, Charlie Oakley and Blazin' Grass.
Friday: Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Flatt Lonesome, Love Canon, Nothin' Fancy, Code Blue, Heidi and Ryan.
Saturday: Billy Strings and Co., The Boxcars, The Isaacs, The Sowell Family, Jimmy Fortune, The Grascals, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice.

Festival site: Roanoke Island Festival Park

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Gates open 10 a.m.

Ticket prices typically rise periodically, sometimes without prior notice.
Four-day pass: $145 through May 12, later prices TBA.
Daily: $45.
VIP 4-Day Pass (chair in front of stage, reserved parking on the island, barbecue shindig, 20 percent discount on merchandise): $275.
VIP 4-Day Onstage Seating (preferred parking, complimentary water and sodas, artist meet-and-greets, barbecue shindig, 20 percent discount on merchandise): $400.

All non-VIP parking is at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, where a $5 shuttle (all-day pass) is available.

October 5 - 8    Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival - Silk Hope

The semiannual Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance (see May schedule) presents an eclectic mix of music - from rock to jazz and Americana, Cajun and klezmer - on four 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.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, Donna the Buffalo, AJ Ghent Band; Hank, Pattie and the Current; Darlingside and 35 more.

Festival site: Shakori Hills

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Music starts 5 p.m. Thursday, 1 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday, 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Four-day pass: $104 early bird (to August 14), $114 advance (to October 3), $124 at gate; ages 13-15 $54, $59, $64.
Thursday $27 in advance, $32 at gate; Friday $37 in advance, $42 at gate, Saturday $37 in advance, $42 at gate; Sunday $27 in advance, $32 at gate.
Ages 13-15 (at gate only): Thursday $16, Friday $21, Saturday $21, Sunday $16.
Younger than 13 free.
Check website for various discounts.

Camping: Tents $15 in advance, $20 at gate; vehicle camping (car, camper, RV, van, etc.) $86 in advance, $94 at gate. RV more that 25 feet long or a vehicle and trailer pays double.
Early camping begins prior Saturday at $10 for tents, $10 per day for vehicles.

October 5 - 7    Mustang Music Festival - Corolla

The Mustang Music Festival has gone on hiatus for 2017 after having to cancel in 2016 because of Hurricane Matthew. The 2017 Mustang Spring Jam was to be held in May, and organizers said their "hope is to come back in the fall of 2018."

The 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, presents a slate of shows on two stages at a main outdoor site and late night sets at a various other venues. There's also a Thursday kickoff party. Regional breweries and area restaurants will have contingents at the main festival site alongside arts and craft vendors. See also the Mustang Spring Jam in May.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Lettuce, Yonder Mountain String Band, moe., G. Love and Special Sauce and 16 more. (The 2016 edition of the Mustang Music Festival was cancelled because of bad weather.)

Festival site: The Whalehead

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5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, 12:15 to 10 p.m. Saturday, and to 2 a.m. at clubs.

Two-day pass: $55 until August 9 or sell out, $69 through October 6 or sell out, $85 at gate.
Daily: $40 in advance, $50 at gate.
VIP pass (catered dinner and five beverages each day, VIP tent access with private bar and snacks, flush-toilet restrooms with AC, "'Front Row' viewing area" (sic) at both stages, priority access to late night show, VIP parking): $179.
Younger than 13 free.

October 6 - 7    Ol' Front Porch Music Festival - Oriental

The picturesque coastal village of Oriental opens the front porches of several homes and businesses for about 30 performers who play a variety of music throughout Saturday afternoon. Artisans and crafters display their wares at the Country Marketplace, and various restaurants and businesses support the festival with special sales and other activities. The festival also presents a classic car show and a chicken barbecue dinner. The festival is in its fourth year in 2017 and is free.

Friday: Dom Flemons.
Saturday: Red Clay Ramblers, more TBA.

Festival site: Broad and Hodges streets (map), Old Theater

6:30 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Porch performances (including Red Clay Ramblers) are free. Dom Flemons show admission TBA.

October 6 - 7    Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival - Mars Hill

Regional musicians and dancers remember Bascom Lamar Lunsford, a musician and folklorist who dedicated his life to collecting and promoting the music of the Southern Appalachians. The festival presents showcase (i.e., very short) performances outdoors during the day and in an auditorium at night. The day includes the Fiddlin' 5K Road Race and Fun Run. The Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival is in its 50th year in 2017.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Stoney Creek Boys, Peter and Susi Gott, Don Pedi, Roger Howell, Rhiannon and the Relics and 20-plus more.

Festival sites: Mars Hill University

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Daytime stage 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; ballad and story swap 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.; evening show starts 7 p.m.

Daytime shows are free; evening show $10, $5 younger than 12, free with Mars Hill University ID.

October 7    3B Music Festival - Union Grove

The 3B festival presents country, bluegrass, blues and barbecue, plus crafts, a hayride and children's area, and more in a benefit for the American Renaissance School, a K-8 arts-centered public charter school.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Lou Reid and Carolina, Sons of the South, Jim Avett and nine more.

Festival site: Fiddler's Grove Campground

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6 p.m. Friday, noon to 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

$15 until September 30; later prices TBA.

Fiddler's Grove is an alcohol-free facility.

October 13 - 15    Three Days of Light Gathering - Ferguson

The 3DL festival bills itself as part retreat, part festival, part summer camp, part earth school. In addition to music in the evenings, the weekend offers three dozen workshops on such topics as sustainable living, natural health and wellness, personal / spiritual development and community and culture, plus keynote speakers, yoga and movement classes, flow / fire performances, fire dance, drum circles, and more. It is in its sixth year in 2017 and has moved from and August date in 2016.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Desert Dwellers, The Human Experience, Kaminada, Living Light about 35 more.

Festival site: High Country Motorcycle Camp

2:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday.

See the website for multiple ticket / camping packages.

October 13 - 21    Clayton Piano Festival - Clayton

The festival dedicated to concert piano in 2016 presented five pianists in individual concerts, and a final show at the Clayton Center with each performing a piece of personal significance, and then all playing together. Some shows include dinner options. 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. 2016 lineup was Rachel Flowers, Jonathan Levin, Angello Rondello, Wiliam McNally, Azamat Sydykov, Mary Prescott.

Festival site: Wagner House (map), Cary Arts Center, Preston Woodall House (Benson), Clayton Center

7 p.m. October 14, 3 p.m. October 16; remaining shows, 7:30 p.m.

Individual shows' prices vary.
Final show: $20, $15 seniors, free younger than 19.

October 14    Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival - Kure Beach

The oceanside festival presents national, regional and local blues and jazz performers on two stages, plus coastal cuisine; craft vendors; wine, beer and liquor; and a children's area with magicians, jugglers, clowns and more. The festival is sponsored by the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce, which serves Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, and is typically two days. The 2016 festival was postponed because of weather and held on a single day last April, but the October date appeared on the Chamber's calendar soon afterward. Click on the photo for more information.

TBA. 2016 (Spring 2017) lineup included Jonny Lang, Samantha Fish, Kara Grainger and nine more.

Festival site: Fort Fisher Air Force Recreational Area

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Begins 11:30 a.m.

$50 in advance, $60 at gate.
Younger than 13 free.

Tickets are limited and tend to sell out.

October 19 - 21    Deweyfest - Burlington

Deweyfest is fiddler Dewey Brown's family-style bluegrass celebration. The festival moved from spring to fall in 2016 for two-days of shows, and expands to three days for 2017. The festival also presents picking and vocal harmony workshops, vendors, a fishing pond and a free "Beans & Cornbread Supper" on Thursday. Some bands play two sets each day.

Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass, Nathan Stanley, Kevin Prater Band, Carolina Blue, The Hinson Girls, Eliza Meyer and Dewey Brown, Mark Templeton and Pocket Change, Country Gentlemen Tribute, Marteka and William Lake, Buttermilk Creek, Wood Family Tradition, Jonah Riddle and Carolina Express, Three Jack Jenny

Festival site: Maplewood Hills Events Center

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Show starts: 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, 1 to 8 p.m. Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday.

Three-day pass: $50.
Thursday and Friday (each): $20.
Saturday: $25.

Free camping with tickets; showers available on site.

No alcohol allowed in the concert area.

October 19 - 22    The LEAF - Black Mountain

The semiannual LEAF - Lake Eden Arts Festival - embraces world music, new ageism and the outdoors (see May schedule). 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.

TBA. 2016 lineup included Balkan Beat Box, Beats Antique, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Third World, Solas, and 36 more.

Festival site: Camp Rockmont

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Ticket prices in several combinations increase periodically or as limited numbers available at each tier are sold out. These are prices 2016 for August 25 to October 20:
Weekend pass (with tent camping, three days, two nights): $173 adults, $146 ages 10-17.
Weekend Plus (with tent camping, three and a half days, three nights, i.e., Thursday): $209 adults, $182 ages 10-17.
Community Pass (weekend for local residents): $115 adults, $102 ages 10-17.
Friday or Sunday: $52 adults, $42 ages 10-17.
Saturday: $62 adults, $55 ages 10-17.
Age 9 and younger free; younger than 18 must be with a parent. Packages for spring and fall festivals also available.

Car camping: $80 per 20x20 spot (one vehicle per spot).
RV Parking: $160 per spot (for larger vehicles that do not fit within the 20x20 vehicle camping spots)
Cabins: Sleeps 9 $458; sleeps 12 $504; lodge room for five $458; lodge bunk $184. Prices for Thursday through Saturday.
More options at website.

October 21    Groove in the Garden - Raleigh

The day at Raleigh Little Theatre's rose garden includes shows by mostly local bands playing indie pop, Southern rock, R&B and bluegrass, with an acoustic side stage added for 2016. There are also be food trucks, craft beer from North Carolina, vendors and a kids' zone. The festival, which is put on by The Pour House music hall, has moved from August to October for 2017, its third year. Click on the photo for more information.

American Aquarium, Toubab Krewe, Bombadil, Lonnie Walker, Rebekah Todd and The Odyssey, Dark Water Rising; Hank, Pattie and The Current; Ghostt Bllonde.

Festival site: Stephenson Amphitheater at Raleigh Little Theatre

1 to 9 p.m.; gate opens at noon.

$20 limited advance, $25 advance and at gate; younger than 6 free.
VIP (festival t-shirt, screenprinted poster, VIP tent access with complimentary food and drinks, side stage viewing privileges): $75.
(Packages also available with advanced ticket plus t-shirt or poster or shirt and poster.)

October 21    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 has struggled to stay afloat, changing formats and times of years. For 2017 it moves back to a single fall date.

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.

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