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September 2016 Music Festivals

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

September 2 - 3    Smoky Mountain Folk Festival - Lake Junaluska

The festival presents traditional Southern Appalachian music and dance by regional fiddlers, banjo players, string bands, ballad singers, buck dancers and square dance teams, as well as the sounds of dulcimer, harmonica, jew's harp, bagpipes, spoons, saws and folk ensembles of all sorts.

Friday: The Cockman Family, Lee Knight, Dixie Darlin's, Trantham Family Band, Lena Jean Ray and Tom Gardin, Helena Hunt and Tracy Best; Mack Snoderly, Flave Hart and Calvin Parham; Stone Creek Boys, George and Brooke Buckner, Spirit Fiddle, Fines Creek Flatfooters, Folk Heritage Smooth Dancers.
Saturday: The Cockman Family; Mack Snoderly, Flave Hart and Calvin Parham; Rob and Ann Lough, Whitewater Bluegrass, Trantham Family Band, Appalachian Mountaineers, The Nickpickers, Montreat Pipes and Drums, Stoney Creek Cloggers, Southern Appalachian Cloggers, Green Valley Cloggers, Bailey Mountain Cloggers.

Festival site: Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center

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Free open tent show 5 to 6 p.m.; auditorium shows 6:30 to 11 p.m.

Single-day pass: $12 in advance, $14 at door.

Lake Junaluska offers special lodging packages (at the link above).

September 2 - 4    Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers' Convention - Lenoir

At the resting place of Tom Dooley's lamented victim, Laura Foster, musicians and music lovers gather each Labor Day weekend to pay homage to the legends and stories of the Yadkin River Valley. The festival includes a community dance, a daylong competition for old time and bluegrass bands, and Sunday band performances, plus children's activities, historic information, storytelling, hay rides, a duck derby race, food vendors and more.

Jeff Little Trio, Spirit Fiddle, The Harris Brothers, Strictly Strings, Strictly Clean and Decent, The Cockman Family, Laura Boosinger and Midnight Plowboys, plus competitors.

Festival site: Jones Farm

Friday: Community dance with old-time bands and open mic 6:30 p.m.
Saturday: competitions 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., finals at 6 p.m.
Sunday: concerts 6:30 p.m.

Friday: free.
Saturday and Sunday: $10.
Younger than 16 free.

Camping: $10 per night, no hookups.

September 3 - 4    John Coltrane International Jazz and Blues Festival - High Point

The Labor Day weekend festival is sponsored by The Friends of John Coltrane, which works to preserve and celebrate the life and music of John Coltrane and to enrich the lives of others through the introduction of jazz and other musical genres. It has expanded to two days in 2015, its 5th year.

Kenny G, Esperanza Spalding, Gregory Porter, Eric Gales, The Latin Jazz All Stars, Piedmont Triad Jazz Orchestra, The 2016 NC Coltrane All Star Band.

Festival site: Festival Park

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Gates open at 3 p.m.

Two-day pass: $115, $100 each for 20 or more.
Daily: $65 in advance, $80 at gate.
VIP (reserved up-front seats, parking, two drinks, access to tent with a meal): two-day $225; daily $130 in advance, $140 at gate.

No coolers or any outside food and drinks (other than water) allowed.

September 3 - 4    African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh & Wake County - Raleigh

The annual Labor Day Weekend festival celebrates African American culture through art, music, dance, food and community. Local and national musical acts are presented each day on the main stage in addition to a juried art gallery, craft and food vendors, educational and hands-on activities in the Family Village, and more. It is a free street festival.

Saturday: Tish Songbird and the Applauze, Marcus Anderson, Jus Once Band, Smooth Ivory, Kim Pacheco, Dance N2 Shape.
Sunday: Tony Lelo, Maimouna Yousell (aka Mumu Fresh), Rudy Currence, Something 4 Tha People, Rissi Palmer, Marlon Lock, Grace the Movement, Mia Lassiter.

Festival site: City Plaza, Fayetteville Street

11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

September 3 - 4    ProgDay - Chapel Hill

The intimate festival of progressive rock music features artists from all over the world. The festival, which is in its 22nd year in 2016, embraces a Friday night pre-show at Cats Cradle in Carrboro, which is open to all ages. Click on the photo for more information.


Saturday: Deus Ex Machina, Eye, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Luz De Riada.
Sunday: Bent Knee, Discipline, Ad Astra, In The Presence Of Wolves.
Preshow: ABACAB, Eclipse - The Pink Floyd Experience.

Festival site: Storybook Farm (map), Cats Cradle

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Music starts 8 p.m. Friday, 10:15 a.m. Saturday, 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Weekend (Saturday and Sunday) pass: $100 in advance, $120 day of show.
Daily: $70.
Patron pass for $150 includes preferred parking.
Younger than 16 free, ages 16 to 18 and students half off.
Friday pre-show: $10.

No overnight camping.

September 4    New River Blues Festival - Grassy Creek

A Sunday afternoon in the mountains with acclaimed artists performing in a picturesque setting on the banks of the New River. The King Bees are the festival hosts.

Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, Jontavious Willis, Ike and Val Woods, Donald "Bluez Emperor" Ceasar, The King Bees.

Festival site: River House Country Inn

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1 to 6 p.m.; gates open at noon.

$15 in advance, $18 at gate; younger than 12 free.

Food, beer and wine will be on sale; no coolers allowed "on lawn."

No camping onsite; camping nearby at New River State Park.

September 8 - 10    Hopscotch - Raleigh

Hopscotch, put on by The Independent Weekly of Durham, presents more than 140 national and international bands from rock, hip-hop, alt-country, heavy metal, dance, punk, classical, noise, drone, folk and more at about 12 downtown venues. The festival also presents bands at more than 30 day parties happening throughout the city.

Erykah Badu, Gary Clark Jr., Wolf Parade, Wye Oak, Beach House; Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals; The Dead Tongues, Sylvan Esso, Vince Staples, Tuskha, Young Thug, Andrew Bird, Television, Converge, Big Freedia, Kelela, William Basinski, Baroness, Demdike Stare, Mr. Carmack, Twin Peaks, Beach Slang, Julien Baker, Lavender Country, Tribulation, YOB, 75 Dollar Bill, A Giant Dog, Adia Victoria, Al Riggs, Amanda X, Bad Friends, Battle Trance, Beverly Tender, blursome, Bodykit, Bond St. District, Boulevards, C/\L/\PSE, Car Seat Headrest, Charming Youngsters, Cobalt, Container, Crete, Cross Record, Dai Burger, Damon/Dorji Duo, Daniel Bachman and Friends, Diet Cig, DJ Spinn and The Era Footwork Crew, Don Bikoff, Downtown Boys, Dynamite Brothers, Earthling, Earthly, Eldritch Horror, Eric Bachmann, ET Anderson, Grohg, GRRL, Gun Outfit, Hotline, HOUSEFIRE, Inga Copeland, Japanese Breakfast, Joan Shelley, Jodi, Junglepussy, Kid Millions and Jim Sauter, Kingdom, Konvoi, Kooley High, Lacy Jags, Lambchop, Leila Abdul-Rauf and Nathan A. Verrill, LVL UP, Maiden Radio, Make, Man Forever, Milo, Mutoid Man, Necrocosm, No One Mind, Oak City Slums, Occultist, Palm, Pink Flag, Promised Land Sound, Quilt, Rabit, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Red Sea, Ricky Eat Acid, S.E. Ward, Sarah Shook and The Disarmers, Secret Guest, Sneakers, Sneaks, Soldiers of Fortune, Stooges Brass Band, Suzi Analogue, Swizzymack, The Coathangers, The Dinwiddies, The Hell No, The Powder Room, The Snails, The Wyrms, Tom Carter, Treee City, Tuskha, Vhol, Vincas, Voight-Kampff, Weird Pennies, Wiki, Wume, Youth Code, Zensofly.

Festival site: City Plaza, Red Hat Amphitheater, Memorial Auditorium, Fletcher Opera Theater, CAM Raleigh and several clubs downtown.

Venue show times vary; see schedule.

Multi-day Hopscotch tickets go on sale early in the year. As groups of "early bird" tickets sell out, the price rises. Prices include all taxes and fees.
Three-day pass (1 show at Red Hat, 3 at City Plaza, all club shows): $99, $135, $165.
Three-day VIP pass (1 show at Red Hat, 3 at City Plaza, all club shows, opening night party, priority access to club shows): $195, $200, $225.
Daily all-access: Thursday $85, Friday $95, Saturday $85.

September 8 - 10    Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain - Todd

The campground-based show features side-by-side stages and attendance limited to 500 people on a 155-acre mountaintop site. Tethered hot air balloon rides will also be offered for a fee.

Larry Keel Experience, Acoustic Syndicate, Sol Driven Train, Town Mountain, Jeff Little Trio, Carter Brothers, Josh Daniel / Mark Schimick, Handle Bar Betty, The Get Right Band, Never Too Late, Melissa Reeves, Charly Horse, Carol Rinn, more TBA.

Festival site: Blue Bear Mountain Campground

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Three-day pass: $80.
Two-day pass (Friday and Saturday): $70.
Thursday: $20.
Friday: $35.
Saturday: $40. Younger than 13 free.

See the website for multiple camping options.

September 9 - 10    Camp JuJu - Snow Camp

JuJu Guru's two nights of music from 14 bands, camping and fellowship include theme nights for a black party (dress in black) and Hawaiiantiki, and the Safety 3rd sideshow act. Food vending will be provided by Little Creek Vineyard.

JuJu Guru, Soften The Glare (featuring Ryan Martinie from Mudvayne, Bon Lozaga from Pierre Morleans Gong, and Mitch Hull), That's My Truck, Abe Reid and the Spikedrivers, Dr. Bacon, Nitrogen Tone, Katie Martin, Drew Foust, Them Damn Bruners, Chartreuse Microbus, Torn Corners, Jimmy Ray and The Dominoes, Gator, Lactose Quervo.

Festival site: Little Creek Vineyard and Music

7 p.m. Friday to 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

$25, includes camping.

September 9 - 10    Bull Durham Blues Festival - Durham

The Bull Durham festival has changed repeatedly over its 25-plus years, and this year presents a two-day indoor festival. Food trucks and other vendors will be onsite both days at 5 p.m.

Friday: Barbara Carr, Roy Roberts, Beverly "Guitar" Watkins and the King Bees, Bobby Hinton, local act TBA.
Saturday: Luxuriant Sedans, Mac Arnold and Plate Full O Blues, Joe B. Cutchins, Jr., Grady Champion, local act TBA.

Festival site: Hayti Heritage Center

7 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday.

Two-day pass: $50 available until August 11.
$35 each day.

September 9 - 10    Bikers for Bikers Foundation Music Festival-Rally - Fayetteville

The nonprofit group presents about a dozen bands from across the state. The festival relocated to Vander outside of Fayetteville for its 5th annual edition in 2015; festival dates changed from June to September for 2016. Previously it has included pro wrestling, a custom bike raffle, a poker run and other rides, contests, church services, vendors and more.

Rusted Rails, Bloody Sabbath, Idlewild South, The Robbie Reid Band, Michael Skarja Band, Breaking the Law, Bubba Joe and the Bruisers, Red Dog Band, Wide Open Throttle, The Chemical Lizzards.

Festival site: Vander Civic Association Park

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Gates open 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

Weekend pass: $20; $10 younger than 16.
Daily pass: $15; $7 younger than 16.

September 9 - 11    Mountain Song Festival - Brevard

Proceeds of the Brevard Music Center show hosted by Steep Canyon Rangers benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County. It is in its 11th year in 2016.

Friday: Jerry Douglas presents the Earls of Leicester, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tim O'Brien.
Saturday: Steep Canyon Rangers with special guest Jerry Douglas, Dom Flemons Trio, The SteelDrivers, Shannon Whitworth, Front Country.
Sunday: The Kruger Brothers with the Kontras Quartet, Steep Canyon Rangers, Darrell Scott.

Festival site: Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, Brevard Music Center

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Gates open 4 p.m. Friday, noon Saturday and Sunday.

Tickets TBA, on sale March 15, 2015 prices:
Three-day pass: $130.
Friday: $46, $51 at gate.
Saturday: $54, $60 at gate.
Sunday: $46, $51 at gate.
All tickets general admission seating; children younger than 11 free on lawn or on lap of paying adult in auditorium.

Camping nearby at Davidson River Campground and elsewhere in the Pisgah National Forest.

September 9 - 11    National Folk Festival - Greensboro

The National Folk Festival, the oldest festival of its kind in the nation, is put on by the National Council for the Traditional Arts. It presents about 30 acts from around the world for free on seven stages. There are also dance performances, children's activities, a North Carolina folklife area, a festival marketplace, and regional and ethnic foods. The festival moves to a new location every three years and has chosen to be in Greensboro from 2015 to 2017. It is in its 76th year in 2016. Click on the photo for more information.

Musical Artists
Grandmaster Flash, Bill Kirchin, Balsam Range, The Quebe Sisters, Super Chikan and the Fighting Cocks, Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Nathalie, The Alt, Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, Grupo Rebolu, Sahba Motallebi, Michael White and the Original Liberty Jazz Band, Le Vent du Nord, Chaksam-pa, Hula Halau 'O Lilinoe, The Jerry Grcevich Tamburitza Orchestra, Le Vent du Nord, Nathalie Pires, Joshua Nelson, Samba Mapangala and Orchestra Virunga, Mangum and Company, Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba, Orquestra K'Che, International Community Mass Choir, La Sombre de Mexico, Awalom Gebremariam, Dock Rmah, Y'Brom Ayun, H' Yon Kna, "Youth Rising: Tomorrow's Masters of Appalachian Music," a group of bluegrass and old-time performers ages 12 to 24, including Presley Barker and Daniel Greeson.

Festival site: Downtown Greensboro

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5:45 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, noon to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.
See the Schedule.

September 10    Sounds on Steele - Sanford

The street festival in downtown Sanford presents 10 bands, craft beer tents, food and drink from local restaurants, and a variety of vendors. The festival debuted in 2015.

Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Carolyn Martin, Unspoken Tradition, The Garrett Newton Band, Kudzu Ramblers, Ash Breeze, Tommy Edwards and the Bluegrass Experience, Faith Bardill and the Back Row Saints, Three Jack Jenny, Gary Mitchell: Music with a Message.

Festival site: Steele and Moore Streets

Noon to 9:30 p.m.

$15 in advance, $20 at gate; younger than 13 $5, kids in strollers free.

September 10    Carolina Bible Camp Bluegrass Festival - Mocksville

Proceeds from the day benefit the CBC Scholarship Fund and the CBC Development Fund. The Carolina Bible Camp and Retreat Center hosts summer camps for youths from across the Southeast. The bluegrass festival, which was begun in 2012, also features sales of pulled pork, barbecue chicken, and a variety of side dishes.

Scythian, Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, The Snyder Family Band, Tim White and Troublesome Hollow, Lightnin' Charlie.

Festival site: Carolina Bible Camp

10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

$15 in advance, $20 at gate.

RV camping with full hookups, $40 per night (Friday and Saturday).
Cabins (six available): $100 (Friday night to 6:30 p.m. Saturday). Sleep up to 20 in single bunk beds; two bathrooms with full showers and a common area.

No alcohol, no coolers, no pets.

September 10    Pickin' By The Lake - Roxboro

The PCC Alumni Partnership puts on a day of bluegrass bands at Mayo Lake Park to raise money for scholarships to Piedmont Community College. The festival is in its fourth year in 2016.

Bass Mountain Boys Reunion, The Malpass Brothers, Sideline, Salt and Light, Ridgeside.

Festival site: Mayo Lake Park Amphitheater

1 to 9 p.m.

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

Mayo Lake Park offers RV campsites, primitive tent sites, cabins and tent sites with electricity.

September 10 - 11    Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan - Danbury

The Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan presents a couple of well-known headliners and local acts, plus a children's music stage, along with dance, a parade, arts and crafts and other activities in a park on the Dan River. The free festival, which is put on by the Stokes County Arts Council, is in its 42nd year in 2016.


Saturday: Guitar Ink, Stomp Parade; North, South, West Stokes Marching Bands; The Not Bros. Band; Royal House, Charity Hampton, Sol Flo, Martha Bassett, Dodgetown, Stained Glass Canoe, Third Sunday, Anika and Django Burgess.
Sunday: 3rd Sunday, Del Ray Brothers, Dan River Current, Taylor Vaden and Memphis Thunder, Twin County Ramblers, Travis Frye and Blue Mountain, Hunter Grace Simpkins, Tara Schipof, Colin Anderson.

Festival site: Moratock Park

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9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m Saturday, parade at 10 a.m.; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Free admission.

Parking at Moratock Park and shuttle service from Stokes County Government Center, at 1014 Main Street near the intersection with Sheppard Mill Road.

September 15 - 17    Hoppin' John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention - Silk Hope

Shakori Hills presents musician showcases and hosts competitions that award cash prizes in Old Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Fiddle, Old Time Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Folk Song, Bass, Youth Musicianship, Dance and Youth Dance categories. There are also square dances, musicians' workshops, a hoppin' john cookoff, and arts and crafts, musical instrument and food vendors. Competitions and/or dances take place on the Grove Stage and in the Dance Tent (see our Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance page).

Alice Gerrard, Bill Hicks, Bob Herring, Steve Kruger, Bob Carlin, Gordy Hinners, Amy Davis, Paul Brown, Tommy Edwards, Dwight Hawkins, David Long; plus competitors. Square dance house band The Hoppin' Johnnies and Caller Carol Thompson, Rowdy Square Dance with the Five Points Rounders, Unknown Tongues (Cajun dance); Green Grass Cloggers.

Festival site: Shakori Hills

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7 p.m. Thursday, 3 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday.

Three-day pass: $22 in advance, $25 at gate; competitors $18 in advance, $20 at gate.
Thursday free, Friday $12, Saturday $12 in advance, $14 at gate.

Dogs: $10 per day (each). (Says the website: "Bringing your dog is HIGHLY discouraged.")

Camping: one vehicle and up to two tents $18 in advance, $20 at gate; RVs $26 in advance, $30 at gate; 110 volt electric hookup $15 (limited number). Saturday only: $10, $15 per large vehicle/RV.
Outdoor hot showers available. Early camping available.

September 15 - 17    Dailey Vincent Land Fest - Denton

The popular bluegrass band Dailey and Vincent started their own festival in 2013. It includes a band contest with cash prizes and stage time for winners.

Thursday: Balsam Range, Feller and Hill and the Bluegrass Buckaroos, Bruce Molsky, Bethel University's Renaissance Bluegrass Band.
Friday: Daily and Vincent, Earls of Leicester, The Gibson Brothers, The Railroaders, Breaking Glass.
Saturday: Daily and Vincent and Jimmy Fortune, Larry Sparks, Jimmy Fortune, Flatt Lonesome, The Harmans, The Spinney Brothers.

Festival site: Denton Farm Park

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Three-day pass: $110 reserved, $90 general admission; younger than 17 $55 reserved, $45 general admission.
Two-day pass (general admission): $70; younger than 17 $35.
One-day pass (general admission): $35 general admission; younger than 17 $17.50 general admission.

Tent camping with one vehicle is free with two-day pass. See the website for RV pricing.

September 16 - 17    White Oak Shores Bluegrass Festival - Stella

Whiter Oak Shores debuts its fall festival in 2015 after the success of its spring show. The campground-based show is on the coast at the edge of the Croatan National Forest. Camping is not required to attend. The campground has a small water park and playgrounds, and food and beverage vendors will be on hand during the festival. Bands play two sets each day and evening.

Friday: Telluride, The Old Gray Suits, Wood Family Tradition, Carolina Tradition, South Ridge Bluegrass Band.
Saturday: Ted Jones, Diamond Creek, Hwy 58, Dowdy and Chandler, Al Batten and Bluegrass Reunion.

Festival site: White Oak Shores Camping & RV Resort

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Noon to 4:25 p.m. and 6:15 to 10:40 p.m. each day; each band plays afternoon and evening sets.

Two-day pass: $35.
Daily: $20.

Camping package: $170 for two nights and two tickets for each day; additional people $35 each for two days; extra nights $50.
"Dry" camping is free.

September 17    Apex Music Festival - Apex

The festival presents local bands on an outdoor stage and at several clubs, and by street musicians throughout the day. There's also a beer garden. It is in its 6th year in 2016.

Ripe, Jimbo and the Soupbones, The Willies, Season and Snare, Jacob Johnson, Royal and Toulouse, Bashri Asad, Outside Soul, Brothers Egg, Andrew Kasab, Grayscale Whale, Tea Cup Gin, Peak City Blues Project, Peak City Sound, Nick and the Babes, more TBA.

Festival site: Downtown Apex

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Main stage 3:30 to 11:30 p.m.; club shows 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.

$10; beer garden drink tickets $5 each, or five for $20.

September 17    The Blowing Rock Music Festival - Blowing Rock

The day of Americana, folk, blues, rock and jazz on two stages at the site of the famous mountain tourist attraction debuted in 2014.

Mitch Clark and Masten Cloer, Nautical Wheelers, The Neighbors, Carolina Ray and Cecil Palmer, Charlie Carpenter, The Harris Brothers, None of the Above, Buck Haggard Band, Soul Benefactor, Carolina Gator Gumbo, Shelby Rae Moore, Wayne Henderson.

Festival site: The Blowing Rock

Gates open 10 a.m., music noon to sunset

$30 in advance, $40 at gate.
Younger than 12: $10.
Reserved seats: $40 in advance.
VIP tents and overnight packages available (see website at link above).

September 17    Creedmoor Music Festival - Creedmoor

The street festival presents music from local and regional artists on two stages, more than 100 food and craft vendors and free children's activities.

Tim Cifers, Backyard Bluegrass Boys, The British Invaders, GrassStreet, TranZition Band and Show, Sourwood Mountain Band, South Granville High School Marching Band, Creedmoor Elementary / Mt. Energy Mustang Melodies.

Festival site: Main Street

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.


September 17    Brewgrass Festival - Asheville

The festival hosted by the Great Smokies Craft Brewers Association presents beer from about 50 local brewers and several bluegrass bands as a benefit for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Western North Carolina.

Travelin' McCourys with Special Guest Peter Rowan, Peter Rowan, Jon Stickley Trio, Bob Miller and the Virginia Daredevils.

Festival site: Memorial Stadium

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1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

$55; VIP ticket $150 (light catered fare, private bathrooms, backstage access) sold out.

This festival is for adults 21 years old and older.

September 21 - 24    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: The Willis Clan, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, Sideline; Wyatt Rice, Richard Bennett and Tina Fields; ETSU Bluegrass Pride, Salt and Light/Moore Family, Band Competition.
Thursday: Tony Rice Tribute, Steep Canyon Rangers, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Balsam Range, Band of Ruhks, Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome.
Friday: Gene Watson, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Volume Five, The Grass Cats, Gospel Plowboys.
Saturday: Soggy Bottom Boys, Darrell Webb Band, Dave Adkins Band, Breaking Grass, The Roys, Gold Heart.

Festival sites: Roanoke Island Festival Park

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Gates open 10 a.m.

Ticket prices typically rise periodically without prior notice.
Four-day pass: $120 until November 14; $145 as of November 15; ages 7 to 12 $55 until November 15.
Daily: $40; ages 7 to 12 $15.
VIP 4-Day Passport (chair in front of stage, backstage access, reserved parking on the island and souvenir gift): $225.

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

September 23 - 24    Carolina in the Fall - Wilkesboro

The Kruger Brothers bring some of North Carolina's best folk / roots bands and others from elsewhere to their adopted hometown of Wilkesboro for a weekend amid the beauty of the foothills in the fall. The daytime street festival will shift to a local convention center for the Carolina Jam hosted by the Krugers and featuring musicians from the day's lineup plus special guests. The festival will also include the North Carolina Banjo Championship, hosted by Jens Kruger. There will also be food trucks, chefs, vintners, craft beer brewers and other vendors on-site during the day.

The Kruger Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Steel Wheels, The Symphony of the Mountains, Flatt Lonesome, Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line, The Snyder Family Band, Humming House, Front Country, Molly Tuttle Band, Slocan Ramblers, Sarah Siskind w/ Travis Books, Locust Honey, The Contenders, BackPorch Bluegrass, The Honey Dewdrops, The Buck Stops Here, Hook and Bullet, Moore Family Band, The Non-Prophets, Time Sawyer, The Trailblazers, ShadowGrass, Wayne Henderson and Friends, Bandits Roost, Strictly Strings, Uncle Joe and the Shady Rest, Cane Mill Road, Rob and Roberts Kogut, Foothill Cloggers, High Country Cloggers.

Festival site: Wilkes Heritage Museum (map) and Holiday Inn Express (Carolina Jam)

11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Carolina Jam 10 p.m. to midnight.

Two-day pass: $40.
Daily: $25.
Two-day VIP pass (includes Carolina Jam): $80.

Camping available nearby for free in city park used for MerleFest, as well as at W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir, about a mile west of town on NC 268, for a fee.

September 24    French Broad Brew Fest - Hot Springs

The festival, which is in its sixth year in 2016, presents regional and national recording artists, regional craft brews, and art and craft vendors. The festival's producers also put on the spring French Broad River Festival.

George Porter Jr. and the Runnin' Pardners, The Fritz, Lyric, Pond Brothers, Billy Cardine and North of Too Far Downs, Johnathan Scales Fourchestra, more TBA.

Festival site: Hot Springs Resort & Spa Campground

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8 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday.

$50 (includes plastic pint glass and camping).
VIP pass (stainless steel pint glass and leather coozie, camping, parking pass, 25 beer tokens, T-shirt): $135.
Beers tokens $1 each.

Camping free with admission, but it's $30 to park in the campground.
"Parking pass not required (free parking is available)," the website says.

September 24 - 25    Carrboro Music Festival - Carrboro

The festival presents about 180 acts from around the Triangle in all sorts of genres at about two dozen indoor and outdoor venues all day and into the night - mostly on Sunday. And it's all free.

Dmitri Resnik & Bootleg Beat, Radar's Clowns of Sedation, The Hay Brothers, Sisters’ Voices, The Lids, Rhythmicity, Mojo Rising, ElecTrick LadyLand, Fleeting Vibrations, Parafilm, F.O.G., Rooster Logic, Patrick Turner, the Carrborators, 0001, Zoltar's Fortune, Kate Rhudy, Ephemera, Pretend I'm A Genius, MKR, Eric Bannan, Near Blind James and Harmonica Bob, North Carolina Harp Duo, Judy Woodall, Stray Owls, David George, Del Ward Band, The Little Wing Band, Doug Prescott Band, The Estranged, That's My Truck, Roxaboxen, Dennis Dougherty, 15-501, Judson Hair, Solo Steve, Renzo Ortega, Magnolia Klezmer Band, Richard Cooper Jazz Piano, Southern Routes, Americana Meets Samba, The Mighty Gospel Inspirations, The Triangle Jazz Orchestra, The Jazz Tones, Raleigh Jazz Orchestra, Green Eggs and Pham, Brookie and Kay, Patrick J. Blackburn, Isabel Taylor, Shaan Hassan, Red Nucleus, Keith Buckley, Molly, 4tet, Turntable Graveyard, LUD, XOXOK, The Stars Explode, Big Fat Gap, The 8:59s, Bellflower, Billy Sugarfix and the Early Girls, The Whiskey Honeys, Too Much Fun, Saludos Compay, Milagro Saints, Graymatter, Aviation Parkway Featuring DeAnna, Last Tuesday, Tim Darrow, Juanito Laguna, Vinyl Revival, Odd Cardinal, Tim Smith and Eileen Regan, Scarecrow's Brain, Twofer, Jazzbaux, Baffle, Upward Dogs, ZenGroove Arkest, Yaux Katz, Gabriel David, The Atomic Organ Trio, BaddBop, The Oblations, JuJu Guru, Matt Phillips and Friends, PaperMoon, Triple Fret, Sad Magazine, Ellis Dyson and the Shambles, Curtis Stith and the Silver Lining, Grand Shell Game, Blue Cactus, Michael Rank and Stag, The Outboards, Happy Abandon, Midnight Plus One, Bad Balloon, Transportation, Pipe, Colossus, Dexter Romweber, and many more.

Festival site: Downtown Carrboro

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2 to 6 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday.
Sunday times vary at stage and venues but outdoor stages generally start at 1 or 3 p.m. and run to 7 p.m.; indoor venues, especially bars/nightclubs go into the evening. See the festival schedule.

A shuttle bus runs from remote parking to downtown between 1 and 6 p.m.

September 24 - 25    Live & Local Bluegrass - Raleigh

The community event is a preface to the IBMA's festival, which begins later in the week (see below), and celebrates the culture, history and future of bluegrass music with bands on multiple stages. The festival will also present dozens of local artisans, food trucks, local beer, and a kids' zone. It expands to two days in 2016, its third year.

Saturday: Three Jack Jenny, GrassStreet; Nixon, Blevins and Gage.
Sunday: Sideline, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Jenni Lyn, Salt and Light, Moore Brothers Band, Garrett Newton Band, Counterclockwise String Band, The Carolina PineCones, Dry Bread Road.

Festival site: Louise Stephenson Amphitheatre at the Raleigh Little Theatre Rose Garden (Saturday), Compeign Park and adjacent streets (Sunday).

2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Free admission.

See our page about another festival at the RLT Rose Garden.

September 27 - October 1    Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Raleigh

The International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass annual convention, awards show and fan festival relocated from Nashville to Raleigh for 2013 through 2018. It presents newgrass, jamgrass, traditional bluegrass, old-time and more by more than 150 acts in Wide Open Bluegrass at the downtown amphitheater, the Bluegrass Ramble showcase performances at downtown clubs and the Convention Center, and a free street festival put on by the City of Raleigh. The convention also includes a business conference, music expo, a bluegrass-oriented film festival, workshops, fan / celebrity meet-and-greets and more.
The IBMA Awards show, which is also a part of the weekend, requires separate tickets (see below). Click on the photo for more information.

Wide Open Bluegrass
  Friday: Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dailey and Vincent, Jerry Douglas presents The Earl of Leicester, Soggy Bottom Boys, The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands.
  Saturday: Del McCoury Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Kruger Brothers, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, John Cowan with Darin and Brooke Aldridge, Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Greensky Bluegrass, Becky Buller Band.
Bluegrass Ramble: Missy Raines and the New Hip, Hackensaw Boys, Town Mountain, Zoe and Cloyd, 10 String Symphony, The Andrew Collins Trio, Annie Lou, Bill and the Belles, Cardboard Fox, Carolina Blue, Hannah Shira Naiman, High Plains Jamboree, The Honey Dewdrops, Hot Buttered Rum, J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band), Jenni Lyn, Joe K. Walsh, Kaia Kater, The Lil' Smokies, The Loose String Band, Molly Tuttle Band, Old Salt Union, Red Wine, Run Boy Run, Steep Ravine, Tellico, The Unseen Strangers, Tim Carter and Bang Bang, Trout Steak Revival, Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike.
Street Festival: Balsam Range, The Travelin McCourys, Claire Lynch Band, Town Mountain, Wood and Wire, Missy Raines and the New Hip, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado, Terry Baucom an Dukes of Drive, Alan Bibey and Grasstowne, Sideline, The Grass Cats, Volume Five, Billy Strings, Hubby Jenkins, Front Country, Sierra Hull, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Band of Ruhks, Jim Lauderdale, Jeanette Williams Band, Amythyst Kiah, Dale Ann Bradley Band, Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle, Red Wine, Jacob Jolliff Band, Flashback, The Williamson Brothers, Danny Paisley and Southern Grass, Larry Stephenson Band, Alice Gerrard and the Piedmont Melody Makers, Clay Hess Band, Chris Jones and The Night Drivers, Christiane and The Strays, The Gravy Boys, The Malpass Brothers, The Outliers, Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, Big Fat Gap, Tellico, Molly Tuttle Band, Kaia Kater, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Flatt Lonesome, Songs from the Road Band, Compton and Newberry, Carolina PineCones, The Honey Dewdrops, Piney Woods Boys, Ray Cardwell and Tennessee Moon with Pat Flynn; Mark Kuykendall, Bobby Hicks and Asheville Bluegrass; Nixon, Blevins and Gage; Moore Brothers Band; Hank, Pattie and The Current; Tommy Edwards and the Bluegrass Experience, Snyder Family Band, David Holt and Josh Goforth, Dave Adkins Band, David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition, New Deal String Band, The Longleaf Pine Nuts, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, Newtown, Vickie Vaughn Band, Scythian, Fireside Collective, The Buck Stops Here, Patrick Walsh and Friends, The Happy Valley Pals, Haywood Billy Goats, The Ivory Boys, Virginia Luthiers Band, Shamu Garcon, Ellis Dyson and The Shambles, The Zolla Boys, That Dalton Gang, Sugar Creek, The Way Down Wanderers, Williamson Branch, Kids on Bluegrass, East Tennessee State University, Morehead State University, Denison University, UNC – Chapel Hill, Liam Purcell and Eliza Meyer, The Hill Family, Streamliner Bluegrass, Cane Mill Road, The Lang Sisters w/Ruth Shumway, Strictly Strings, Tater Hill Mashers, Virginia Luthiers Band with Shadowgrass, In With the Old, The Band of Kelleys, Gravel Road, The Lindsey Family, Left Lane, ShadowGrass, Allstar JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) Showcase, and one dance band TBA.

Festival site: Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh Convention Center, Fayetteville Street, Nearby Clubs

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Bluegrass Ramble: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Red Hat Amphitheater: 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Street Fest: Noon to 11 p.m.

Two-day pass with reserved seat at amphitheater: sections 1 to 3 - $120 IBMA member, $140 nonmember; sections 4 to 7 - $100 IBMA member, $120 nonmember.
Single-day with reserved seat: section 1 to 3 - $60 IBMA member, $70 nonmember; sections 4 to 7 - $50 IBMA member, $60 nonmember.
Two-day general admission pass: $80 IBMA member, $100 nonmember; younger than 15: $60 IBMA member, $70 nonmember.
Daily general admission pass: $40 IBMA member, $50 nonmember; younger than 15: $30 IBMA member, $35 nonmember.

Bluegrass Ramble: full pass $65 IBMA member, $75 nonmember; $20 per evening IBMA members, $25 nonmembers.

Bluegrass Wide Open tickets include admission to expo as well as amphitheater and convention center stages. Bluegrass Ramble tickets are separate but are included with business conference registration.

IBMA Awards: Lifetime IBMA Members - $90, $50, $40.
Organizational, Individual, or Grass Roots Club IBMA Members - $95, $55, $45.
Non-members: $105, $65, $55.

Camping: N.C. State Fairgrounds (about 5 miles away with a shuttle available) $25 per night for tents, campers or RVs with full hookups (50 sites available). RV camping with no hookups adjacent to convention center $30 per night (30 sites).

September 30 - October 1    Carolina Jubilee - Union Grove

The festival is a fund-raiser for the Carolina Farm Trust, which buys farm land and puts it into a protective trust to lease back to new and existing farmers. In addition to music, several Carolina microbreweries, wineries and farm-related vendors will showcase their products and educate the community. 2015 was the festival's debut year.

Stutso, Groove 8, Tacoma Narrows, Stolen Hearts, Leah Shaw, The Paper Crowns, Saints and Sinners, Amigo, The Business People, Time Sawyer, The Menders, Look Homeward, The High Divers, Aaron Burdett, Camryn Wilson, She Returns From War, Henry River Honey, Roots and Doore, Rinaldi Flying Circus, Sister Love, Striking Copper.

Festival site: VanHoy Farms

Two day pass: $55, with tent camping $65
Daily: $35.

RV camping through VanHoy Farms.

September 30 - October 2    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: Travers Brothership, Pierce Edens, Danielle Howle.
Saturday: Yarn, Folk Soul Revival, Shake it Like a Caveman, Asheville Music School Rock Band, Roots of a Rebellion, Porch 40, Andrew Scotchie and the River Rats, Goldie and the Screamers, Taylor Martin, This Mountain, Shivering Timbers.
Sunday: Acoustic jams.

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: $45 until July 5; additional prices TBA (includes camping).
Younger than 13 free.

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