Carolina Music Festivals is a comprehensive calendar and guide to multi-act, daylong or multiple-day music festivals in North Carolina.

September 2015

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

September 4 - 5    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. (See the Lake Junalaska link below; the festival website is slow to update each year.)

TBA. 2014 lineup included Cockman Family, Spirit Fiddle, Whitewater Bluegrass Co. and about 10 more.

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: $10 in advance, $12 at door.

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

September 4 - 6    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.

The Kruger Brothers, Kilby Spencer and the Crooked Road Ramblers, Strictly Clean and Decent, Harris Brothers, Jeff Little Trio, The Wayne Henderson Guitar Extravaganza, Cecil Gurganus and Strictly Strings, The Neighbors Bluegrass Band, plus competitors.

Festival site: Jones Farm

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The festival's Web site provides directions and a map to the private farm hosting the festival.

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 4 - 6    Labor Day Family Bluegrass Festival - Garner

The festival, first held in 2014, is hosted by the coffee house run by bluegrass musician and bandleader Lorraine Jordan.

TBA. 2014 lineup included The Grascals, Junior Sisk and Rambler's Choice, Marty Rabon and Full Circle, and three more.

Festival site: Lorraine Jordan's Coffee House and Music

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7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday.

$20 in advance; $25 at door.
Only 90 tickets will be sold.

September 5 - 6    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.

Saturday: David Sanborn, Marcus Miller, Earl Klugh, The Bold Soul Revival, Youth Workshop Band.
Sunday: Snarky Puppy, Poncho Sanchez, 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 $220; daily $125 in advance, $140 at gate.

It's OK to bring in your own food and drinks, but coolers are not allowed, the website says. No alcohol.

September 5 - 6    God of Second Chances Music Festival - Cherryville

The gospel festival is presented by the Catawba Valley Music Revival, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving and promoting live music and arts in Catawba County and surrounding areas of North and South Carolina. In addition to music, festivities include corn hole and ladder ball games for kids, and home-cooked food concessions. The same group puts on a bluegrass festival later in September.

TBA. 2014 lineup included Michael Combs, Leon Everette and the Faith Riders, The Pioneers and six more.

Festival site: Private Farm on Coot Williams Road

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Gates open 9 a.m., music begins at noon.

$10 in advance, $15 at gate; younger than 13 free.
Group sales: two free tickets with purchase of 10.

Free parking and camping (bathhouse on-site).

No alcohol.

September 5 - 6    ProgDay - Chapel Hill

The intimate festival of progressive rock music features artists from all over the world. The festival, which is in its 21st year in 2015, embraces a Friday night pre-show at Local 506 in Chapel Hill. Click on the photo for more information.


TBA. 2014 lineup included Alex Carpani Band with David Jackson, Backhand, The Galactic Cowboy Orchestra and eight more.

Festival site: Storybrook Farm (map), Local 506

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

Weekend (Saturday and Sunday) pass $100, daily $60; patron pass for $140 includes preferred parking.
Younger than 16 free, ages 16 to 18 half off.
Friday pre-show: $10.

No overnight camping.

September 6    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.

TBA. 2014 lineup was Johnny Neel, Charlie Sayles and Tony Fazio, Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen, Boo Hanks, 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 camping onsite; camping nearby at New River State Park.

September 10 - 12    Hopscotch - Raleigh

Hopscotch, put on by The Independent Weekly of Durham, presents more than 175 national and international bands from rock, hip-hop, alt-country, heavy metal, dance, punk, classical, noise, drone, folk and more at 15 downtown venues. The festival also presents bands at more than 30 day parties happening throughout the city.

Thursday: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Deerhunter, Battles, Eyehategod, Goldlink, Lizzo, Phil Cook presents Southland Mission, Lydia Loveless, Jenny Hval, Mac McCauhghan, Lawrence English, Mumdance, Bully, Sannhet, John Chantler, DJ Earl, OBN IIIs, Dorthia Cottrell, Forn, Wildhoney, Mamiffer, Grandma Sparrow, Grand Champeen, Keath Mead, Adveta, Some Army, Solar Halos, Jake Xerxes Fussell, Eyes Low, Booher, Patois Counselor, Silent Lunch, Lilac Shadows, Soon, Lud, Dad and Dad, Nick James, Shitty Boots, Acid Chaperone, Echo Courts, Wahas, Chulo, TZYVYX.
Friday: TV On the Radio, Pusha T, Tycho, Roky Erickson, Old Man Gloom, Le1f, Natalie Prass and the Spacebomb Orchestra, Moon Duo, Steve Gunn and the Black Twig Pickers, Pile, Father, Mitski, Blaxxx, Nots, Jubilee, Chaz French, Tombs, Zeena Parkins, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Big Ups, Nocando, Obey City, Wizard Profile, Leapling, Tashi Dorji, Pill, Jenks Miller and Rose Cross NC, Carlitta Durand, Loud Boyz, New Music Raleigh: Music by Oscar Bettison and Evan Zipory, Brief Lives, HeCTA, No Love, Natural Causes, SkyBlew, SMLH, May Erwin, Morbids, Nathan Golub, Secret Boyfriend, Must be the Holy Ghost, Lost Trail, Luxe Posh, Naked Naps, Ace Henderson, Escher.
Saturday: Dwight Yoakam, X, Godflesh, Cashmere Cat, Owen Pallett, Chelsea Wolfe, Clark, American Aquarium, Wovenhand, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Jessica Pratt, Porches, Hank Wood and the Hammerheads, Cakes Da Lila, Zs, Flock of Dimes, Daniel Romano, Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler, Prurient, Elisa Ambrogio, Sheer Mag, Ian William Craig, Black Clouds, Warehouse, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Hanz, Birds of Avalon, Peacers, Microkingdom, River Whyless, Sarah Louise, Leverage Models, Wymyns Prysyn, Breathers, Zack Mexico, Choked Out, The Vibekillers, Oulipo, Less Western, Bandages, Las Rosas, Boulevards, Drippy Input, Yandrew, Outer Spaces, Ameriglow, Thefacesblur.

Festival site: City Plaza, Fletcher Opera Theater and several clubs downtown.

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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: $135 (beginning February 5).
Three-day VIP pass: $195 (beginning February 5).
Daily all-access (on sale in June): TBA.
City Plaza shows (on sale in June): TBA.

September 10 - 12    Music Fest at Blue Bear Mountain - Todd

The campground-based show features side-by-side stages and attendance limited to 500 people.

Acoustic Syndicate, Jeff Little Trio, Carter Brothers, Melissa Reaves, Dr. Bacon, Mel Jones and His Bag of Bones, Lost Ridge Band, more TBA.

Festival site: Blue Bear Mountain Campground

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Two Day Pass: $55 in advance, $60 at gate.
Friday: $25 in advance, $30 at gate.
Saturday: $35 in advance, $40 at gate. Younger than 13 free.

Camping: $90 per person, includes two-day festival pass, Thursday-Saturday night camping.

September 11 - 12    Catawba Valley Music Revival Music Fest - Cherryville

Catawba Valley Music Revival Inc. works to preserve and promote live music in the Unifour and surrounding areas of North and South Carolina by making sure it can be heard, appreciated and celebrated in a family-friendly environment.

TBA. 2014 lineup included The Roys, The Hurleys, The Harris Brothers and six more.

Festival site: Private Farm on Coot Williams Road

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Music starts 6 p.m. Thursday, 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday; headliners on at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Some bands play two sets.

Three-day pass: $35 in advance, $45 at gate.
Daily: $20 in advance; $25 at gate.
Younger than 13 free.

Free camping with showers available.

September 11 - 12    Bull Durham Blues Festival - Durham

The Bull Durham festival has changed repeatedly over its 25-plus years, but in 2014 returned to its usual format of presenting blues and R&B acts in an auditorium show Friday night followed by an outdoor festival at the historic baseball park on Saturday. Food and craft vendors also join the outdoor show.

TBA. 2014 lineup included Kermit Ruffins, Shemekia Copeland, John Dee Holeman and eight more.

Festival site: St. Joseph's Performance Hall, Durham Athletic Park (map)

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Doors open 5 p.m., music at 6 (both days).

Friday: $35 in advance, $40 at door.
Saturday: $45 in advance, $50 at gate.

September 11 - 13    Mountain Song Festival - Brevard

Proceeds of the Brevard Music Center show hosted by Steep Canyon Rangers benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Transylvania County.

Friday: Steep Canyon Rangers, Shannon Whitworth and Barrett Smith, Del McCoury Band.
Saturday: Steep Canyon Rangers, The Milk Carton Kids, Larry Keel Experience, Sarah Siskind, Town Mountain.
Sunday: Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder; Steep Canyon Rangers with special guests; Red Wine.

Festival site: Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, Brevard Music Center

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

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 11 - 13    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 for free on six to seven stages ranging in size from large, open-air venues to small, intimate acoustic-style stages. There will also be 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 celebrates its 75th year in 2015.

TBA. Previous performers include Lurrie Bell Blues Band, Aurelio Martinez, Stooges Brass Band, Christine Salem, Yves Lambert Trio, Rhythm of Rajasthan and many more.

Festival site: Downtown Greensboro

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Details TBA.

September 12    In The Pines Bluegrass Festival - Goldsboro

The nonprofit North Carolina Bluegrass Association presented the inaugural In the Pines Bluegrass Festival in 2014. In addition to music, it presents arts and crafts vendors, raffles and more in an alcohol-free, family-friendly environment.

TBA. 2014 lineup included Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, Nu-Blu, Al Batten and the Bluegrass Reunion and three more.

Festival site: Waynesborough Park

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Some bands are to play two sets.

$20 in advance, $25 at gate.
Younger than 12 free.

September 12    Charlotte Sunset Jazz Festival - Charlotte

The free festival presents a nationally known and local smooth jazz acts.

TBA. 2014 lineup included Adrian Crutchfield, Kenneth Carr and the Tigers and three more.

Festival site: Symphony Park

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2 to 9 p.m.

September 12 - 13    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 festival, which is put on by the Stokes County Arts Council, is in its 41st year in 2015.

TBA. 2014 lineup included Lonesome River Band; John Cowan, John McFee and Friends; Blues Creek and about 10 more.

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.

Daily: $50
VIP pass (limited number, includes front row seat, backstage pass, parking, food and drink, souvenirs): $85 per day.

Parking at Moratock Park: $10 (limited number)
Shuttle service from Stokes County Government Center (1014 Main Street) and Hilltop Market Tubing parking area (1039 NC 8 and 89 South) near the intersection of Sheppard Mill Road. Here's more parking info.

September 17 - 19    Hoppin' John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers' Convention - Silk Hope

Shakori Hills 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.

TBA. 2014 lineup included Five Points Rounders, Berlicoco, The Hoppin' Johnnies, and three more plus competitors.

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, $26 at gate; competitors $18 in advance, $20 at gate.
Thursday $6, Friday $8, Saturday $12.

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).

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). Outdoor hot showers available. Early camping available.

September 17 - 19    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.

Dailey and Vincent, The Gatlin Brothers, The Grascals, The Cleverlys, The Isaacs, Lonesome River Band, Blue Highway, The Church Sisters, Summer McMahan and Mountain Faith, Danny Paisley and Southern Grass, Heather Berry, Michael Cleveland and Flame Keepers, ETSU College Bluegrass Band.

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 18 - 20    Smiling Frog Music and Art Festival - Snow Camp

The weekend hosted by JuJuGuru (and previously known as Camp JuJu) includes music, Khmer dancers, stand-up comedian, food vendors, a bonfire and camping.

TBA. 2014 lineup included JuJuGuru, Abe Reid and the Spikedrivers, Jive Mother Mary and 16 more.

Festival site: Little Creek Vineyard

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Weekend pass: $20.
Daily: $10.

September 19    Apex Jazz and Music Festival - Apex

The festival presents jazz and blues 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 5th year in 2015.

TBA. 2014 lineup included Peak City Sound, The Soul Psychadelique Orchestra, Heart Brigade and 10 more.

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 19    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.

The Harris Brothers and Friends, Lacy Green, Moore Brothers Band, Steve Davidowski and Xenophobia, Shelby Moore, Mitch Clark and Masten Cloer, Buck Haggard, more.

Festival site: The Blowing Rock

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Gates open 9 a.m., music starts at 11 a.m.

$25 in advance, $30 at gate.
Reserved seats: $35 in advance.
VIP tents and seating "available" (see website at link above).
Younger than 12 free.

September 19    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.

The Jeff Austin Band, Big Daddy Love, The Packway Handle Band.

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 23 - 26    Outer Banks 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, late-night street dance and more. The producers of this festival also presents a 4th of July bluegrass festival in Louisburg.

Wednesday: Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Darrell Webb Band, Trinity River Band, Corey Hensley and Friends, Gospel Plowboys, Velvet Blue.
Thursday: Sam Bush, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Nu Blu, Johnny Staats and Delivery Boys, Lonely Heart String Band, Little Roy and Lizzie, Turning Ground.
Friday: Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis, Steep Canyon Rangers, Marty Raybon, The Roys, The Spinney Brothers, Adkins and Loudermilk, The Church Sisters.
Saturday: Cherryholmes, Lonesome River Band, Dailey and Vincent, ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band, Steve Dilling and Sideline, Mountain Faith, Volume Five.

Festival sites: Roanoke Island Festival Park

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Gates open 10 a.m.

Four-day pass: $110 (limited in advance; at gate TBA); ages 7 to 12 $50.
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): $200.

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

September 24 - 26    Mantrabash Music & Art Festival - Ferguson

Mantrabash presents national and North Carolina regional bands on two stages, plus arts and crafts, and food vendors. Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. A portion of proceeds are to go to a non-profit organization to be named. The Mantras host.

The Mantras, Eoto, Bernie Worrell, Tauk, Big Something, Consider the Source, The Fritz, The Broadcast, ELM, Empire Strikes Brass, Broccoli Samurai, Groove Fetish, Nomadic, Electric Soul Pandemic, Travers Brothership, Imperial Blend, D. Bacon, Psylo Joe, Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands, Coddle Creek, Treehouse, Soul Mechanic, The Southern Belles, Madd Hatters, Everyday Junior.

Festival site: High Country Motorcycle Camp

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Three-day pass: $75.
Family camping pass (threeday pass, car camping in designated quiet area): $85.
VIP (meet-and-greet with artists, souvenirs, private access shower and restrooms, more): $140.

Must be 18 years old or older to attend unless accompanied by an adult; younger than 12 free.

Free tent camping with ticket; RVs $75; car camping only with VIP ticket.

Parking: $5.

September 25 - 26    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. There will also be food trucks and other vendors on-site during the day.

The Kruger Brothers, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Balsam Range, The Secret Sisters, Mipso, Barefoot Movement, Snyder Family Band, Lindsay Lou and the Flat Bellies, Kontras Quartet, Zoe and Cloyd, The Hook and Bullet, The Neighbors, Backporch Bluegrass, The Idle Time Band.

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

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

Two-day pass: $20.
Two-day VIP pass (includes Carolina Jam): $60.

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 25 - 27    Ancient Tones - New Sounds Festival - Union Grove

The festival debuts in 2015 with a lineup of Americana, Celtic, bluegrass and old time country music artists to put a focus on the common musical thread that runs through the roots of each of those genres. The festival will also present various world food vendors and an arts and crafts marketplace.

Scythian, The Horse Flies, Yarn, Mountain Heart, Blu Bop, The Fighting Jamesons, Big Fat Gap, Hard Cider, Whiskey of the Damned, Brynmor, The GoodFellers, The Brown Liquor Pickers, Mason Via and Friends, Take Two, Seven Handle Circus, The Josh Daniel / Mark Schimick Project, The Prairie Belt Boys, The Morning After, Jamestown Pipes and Drums.

Festival site: Van Hoy Farms

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Noon to midnight Friday, noon to 2 a.m. Saturday, open jam Sunday.

Two-day pass: $80 until June 30, $100 July through September 20, $120 at gate; age 14 to 16 - $40 until June 30, $50 July through September 20, $60 at gate; younger get in free.

Friday: $40.
Saturday: $60.

Weekend passes include car camping (tents).
RV camping booked through VanHoy Farms Family Campground.

September 26    French Broad Brew Fest - Hot Springs

The festival, which is in its fifth year in 2015, presents a celebration of music, the mountains and craft beer. The festival's producers also present the spring French Broad River Festival.

TBA. 2014 lineup included Yarn, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Tony Trischka and Territory and five more.

Festival site: Hot Springs Resort & Spa Campground

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10 a.m. Saturday to 9 a.m. Sunday.

$75 (includes T-shirt, 5-ounce commemorative souvenir sampling glass, unlimited beer samplings)
Designated driver or younger than 21: $60.
Must be at least 12 years old to attend.

Camping free with admission, but it's $25 to park in the campground.

September 26    3B Music Festival - Union Grove

The 3B festival presents country, bluegrass, blues and barbecue, plus crafts and more in a benefit for the American Renaissance School.

TBA. 2014 lineup included Rockie Lynne, Misty River Band, Mel Jones and eight more.

Festival sites: Fiddler's Grove Campground

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11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

$10 in advance, $12 at the gate.
Younger than 15 free if accompanied by an adult.

Fiddler's Grove is an alcohol-free facility.

September 26 - 27    Carrboro Music Festival - Carrboro

The festival presents about 150 acts from around the Triangle in all sorts of genres at about two dozen indoor and outdoor venues all day and into the night.

TBA. 2014 lineup included Marie Vanderbeck Group, Tim Smith and Eileen Regan and friends, Rhonda Robichaux Band and many more.

Festival site: Downtown Carrboro

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2 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
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. The festival's website has alphabetical, chronological and stage schedules.

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

September 29 - October 3    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 added in 2014, 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.

Blugrass Ramble (Tuesday through Thursday): April Verch, Ash Breeze Band, Big Virginia Sky, Blue Mafia, Bradford Lee Folk and the Bluegrass Playboys, Caribou Mountain Collective, Charm City Junction, Chris Henry and The Hardcore Grass, Detour, Donna Hughes, Front Country, Gold Heart, Greg Blake, Hank Smith & Lindsey Tims, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, Mipso, Rex McGee, Rob Ickes and Trey Hensley, Ryan Cavanaugh, Songs of the Fall, Steve Gulley and New Pinnacle, Taarka, The Lonesome Ace Stringband, The Missy Werner Band, The Original Five (from Sweden), The Steel Wheels, The Tyler Williams Band, Unspoken Tradition, Vickie Vaughn Band, Wood and Wire.
Wide Open Bluegrass (Friday and Saturday): Steep Canyon Rangers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Balsam Range, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, The Wailin' Jennys, The Kruger Brothers (with special guests), The Claire Lynch Band, Flatt Lonesome, Band of Ruhks, performances from "Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited," more TBA.
StreetFest (Friday and Saturday): TBA.

Festival site: Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh Convention Center, City Plaza, Nearby Clubs

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Convention Center: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Red Hat Amphitheater: 1 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Bluegrass Ramble: 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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).

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