2015 MUSIC FESTIVAL GUIDE
Big Lick Bluegrass Festival
The place: Big Lick Festival Park, Oakboro, NC The site: biglickbluegrass.com The buzz: 12 th annual festival One(s) to watch: Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Bass Mountain Boys (Reunion Show), and more! Book it: April 9-11 How much: $11 for adults/ $5 for kids 12-16 on Thursday, $28 adult/ $10 for kids 11-16 on Friday, $33 adult/ $10 for kids 12-16 on Saturday. FREE for kids under 12. SATUR- DAY ONLY after 6PM admission $15
Bonnaroo Festival The place: Manchester, TN The site: bonnaroo.com The buzz: “80,000 happy campers. 700 acres of Tennessee nature. 150 epic performances. 10+ stages of music. Dozens of comedians. Four of the best days ever.” One(s) to watch: Billy Joel, Mumford &
Sons, Kendrick Lamar, Slayer, and many more famous artists! Book it: June 11-14 How Much: $324.50/ticket plus applicable service fees. VIP passes offered.
World Beer Festival The place: Moore Square, Downtown Raleigh, NC The site: allaboutbeer.com The buzz: Samples from over 250 beers from all over the world. One(s) to watch: Chris Overstreet, Outside Soul…more TBA
Book it: April 11; noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. How much: $50 for General Admission and $100 for VIP
Spring Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival The place: Silk Hope, NC The site: shakorihillsgrassroots.org The buzz: “A music lover’s paradise. Four days, Four stages & over 60 bands.” There will also be children’s activities, crafts, food, music workshops and environmental sustainability forums “in a family-friendly setting.” One(s) to watch: Preston Frank, A.J. Ghent Band, Big Mean Sound Machine and more. Book it: April 16-19 How much: $27-$49/ day, $114 for 4-day pass, kids are free.
Asheville Earth Week The place: Lexington Avenue, Asheville, NC The site: avlearthday.org
The buzz: “Great music, local crafts, food vendors and beverages, along with local and national environmental non-profits One(s) to watch: TBA Book it: April 12-22 How much: FREE
Merlefest The place: Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC The site: merlefest.org The buzz: In memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate “traditional plus” music. One(s) to watch: The Avett Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band, Chatham County Line, and more Book it: April 23-26 How much: $40-$70 single day, $150- $180 multi-day.
BBQ Capital Cook-Off The place: Uptown Lexington, NC The site: uptownlexington.com The buzz: Barbecue in a city renowned for its heritage of slow-cooking pork shoulders over hickory wood. Teams will serve ribs, chicken, brisket and pork for sampling. Shopping is within walking distance.One(s) to watch: TBA Book it: April 24-25 How much: FREE
Mebane Dogwood Festival The place: Downtown Mebane, NC The site: mbamebane.com The buzz: Golf Tournament and 5K run on Friday. Vendors set at night fall. One(s) to watch: Amanda Daughtry and Lakeside Drive Band. Book it: April 24-25 How Much: FREE
NC Pickle Festival The place: Mount Olive, NC The site: ncpicklefest.org The buzz: Tickled Pickle Poetry Contest display, Tour de Pickle bike ride, N.C. Pickle Princesses. One(s) to watch: Spare Change concert. Book it: April 24-25 How Much: FREE admission, but some parts of the festival vary in cost
BBQ Festival on the Neuse The place: Downtown Kinston, NC The site: bbqfestivalontheneuse.com The buzz: Beach music, burgers, barbecue, fireworks, and fun southern style One(s) to watch: Kellie Pickler, David Kroll and Mickey Guyton Book it: April 30-May 2 How much: FREE
Spring Folly The place: Kernersville, NC The site: kernersvillespringfolly.com The buzz: Spring Folly is Kernersville’s largest and most comprehensive music festival. Groups will be performing every half hour. One(s) to watch: Bucky Covington, Emily Minor, The Legacy, and many more. Book it: May 1-3 How much: FREE
French Broad River Festival The place: Hot Springs, NC The site: frenchbroadriverfestival.com The buzz: “Come spend the weekend with family and friends listening to great regional and national recording artists.” There will be art and craft vendors, an 8th annual FBRF Mountain Bike Race, and a live auction. One(s) to watch: The Larry Keel Experience, Sol Driven Train, Big Daddy Love, and many more artists. Book it: May 1-3 How Much: $90.00 for a weekend pass, $50 parking pass.
Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival The place: Downtown Smithfield, NC The site: hamandyam.com The buzz: 31 st annual festival. Craft, commercial, and food vendors will be there.
“Barbecue cook-off, rubber duck race, 5K, and the always popular “What’s That Yam Thing?” contest One(s) to watch: The Dave Matthews Tribute Band, Taylor Leopold and other local artists. Book it: May 2 How much: FREE
HoustonFest The place: Galax, VA. The site: houstonfestgalax.com The buzz: A portion of the profits from HoustonFest will be set aside for scholarships to individual youth and non-profit traditional music programs. One(s) to watch: Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Marty Stuart, Steep Canyon Rangers and more. Book it: May 1-2 How much: $25/day at the gate, children admitted free with adult’s ticket purchase, $15-25/day for camping.
Jacksonville Jamboree The place: Jacksonville Commons Complex, Jacksonville, NC The site: jacksonvillenc.gov The buzz: “A celebration of Spring, Sports, and Family.” Jacksonville’s Got Talent music competition. Saturday is the day to come for music. Statewide sports competitions run through the event.
One(s) to watch: Freeway, and The 2nd Division Marine Band Book it: May 1-3 How much: FREE
Carolina Rebellion The place: Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway Charlotte, NC The site: carolinarebellion.com The buzz: North Carolina’s rock festival. Vendors such as Monster Energy & more. One(s) to watch: Rise Against, Godsmack, Marilyn Manson, Korn, Slipknot and more. Book it: May 2-3 How much: $139 for weekend tickets, $399 for weekend 4-Pack, $89.50 for single day ticket, camping SOLD OUT.
The Gig: Daniel Boone Family Festival Historic Downtown Mocksville, NC The site: danielboonefamilyfestival.com The buzz: Frozen T-Shirt contest, local talent and historic tours.
One(s) to watch: Natalie Stoval and the Drive, Taylor Vaden & the Memphis Thunder, Mel Jones & His Bag of Bones.
Book it: May 2 from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. How much: FREE admission, tours cost $5.
Beach Music In The Park The place: Festival Park Downtown Greensboro NC The site: chsnc.org The buzz: Sleeping Booty Band on opening night. All while supporting the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina. One(s) to watch: The Embers, Liquid Pleasure, Eric & The Chilltones, Too Much Sylvia, The Entertainers. Book it: May 21- June 25 How much: Tickets are $7
Lake Eden Arts Festival The place: Black Mountain, NC The site: theleaf.org The Buzz: Celebrating 20 years, explore a magical world music festival where the very best of music, art, and culture join together. One(s) to watch: Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Bombino, and many more. Book it: May 7-10 How much: $40-$60 for single day tickets, $142-$168 for weekend pass, camping is SOLD OUT.
Beaufort Music Festival The place: Downtown Beaufort, NC The site: beaufortmusicfestival.com The buzz: Food trucks and a kid friendly environment. One(s) to watch: American Aquarium, Tan and Sober Gentleman, The Midatlantic, and more. Book it: May 8-9 How much: Free music on Friday, Saturday tickets – Adults $20, Students (13-18) $15, children under 12 free.
Carolina Blues Festival The place: Barber Park, Greensboro, NC The site: fest.piedmontblues.org The Buzz: They will have their 29th anniversary Carolina Blues Festival and PBPS t-shirts along with souvenirs and CDs from musical artists. Beer from Natty Greene’s Brewing Company and wine from Grove Winery. One(s) to watch: Shemika Copeland, Devon Allman, Larry McCray. Book it: May 16 How much: Ticket price is $20 plus sales tax and handling fee. Tickets can be bought online. Bundles including festival t-shirts are available as well.
NC Potato Festival The place: Elizabeth City, NC The site: ncpotatofestival.com The buzz: Kick-Off Party on Friday night, rides on Midway, delicious food, and opportunity to dance.
One(s) to watch: TBA Book it: May 15-17 How much: FREE
Artsplosure The place: Moore Square Park, Raleigh, NC The site: artsplosure.org The buzz: The Raleigh Arts Festival One(s) to watch: The Mantras, more TBA Book it: May 15-17 How much: FREE
Lil John’s Mountain Music Festival The place: Cane Creek Campground & RV Park, Snow Camp, NC The site: littlejohnsmountainmusic.com The buzz: Vendors, concessions, fishing pond and the best bluegrass line up. One(s) to watch: Crowe Brothers, Dailey & Vincent, Passin Thru and more. Book it: May 21-23
How much: $30 for gate admission, $60 for 3-day pass before May 2, $80 for 3-day pass after May 2.
Fiddler’s Grove Festival The place: Fiddler’s Grove Campground Union Grove, NC The site: fiddlersgrove.com The buzz: Plans to have a senior and junior fiddle competition and more. One(s) to watch: Don Pedi, Mel Jones, Lissy Rosemont and more. Book it: May 22-24 How much: $10 for adults Friday, $15 for Saturday, $5 for Sunday, $25 for the entire weekend at the gate, $20 advance, free for kids 12 and younger.
Chickenfest The place: North Wilkesboro, NC. The site: north-wilkesboro.com/events The Buzz: “Hear everything from Allison Krauss to Led Zeppelin.” Celebrating Wilkes County’s poultry industry, sponsored by The Record and Tyson. One(s) to watch: All types of music. Book it: May 22-24 How much: FREE
NC Wine Festival The place: Tanglewood Park, Clemmons, NC The site: ncwinefestival.com The buzz: Wine, food, artists and crafters. “The largest wine festival in North Carolina.” One(s) to watch: Back Porch Orchestra, Ken Knox & Co, and The Plaids will be performing. Book it: May 23 How much: Tickets are $30 at the gate.
NC Gold Festival The place: Old Fort, NC The site: ncgold.org The buzz: Great food and entertainment from “America’s first gold rush.” One(s) to watch: TBA Book it: June 5-6 How much: FREE
Carolina Beach Music Festival The place: Pleasure Island, NC The site: pleasureislandnc.org The Buzz: Longest running beach festival still held on the beach celebrates its 30 th anniversary. One(s) to watch: Band of Oz, Gary Lowder, and Jim Quick. Book it: June 6 How much: Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show, kids 12 and under are free.
Texas Pete Twin City Ribfest The place: Downtown Winston-Salem, NC The site: twincityribfest.com The buzz: BBQ competition and quality entertainment. One(s) to watch: The British Invasion Beatles tribute band, Artemis Pyle, Blind Boy Paxton, and more. Book it: June 11-14 How much: $7 for adults, $1 for kids. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thursday and Friday – $1 for everyone.
Groverfest The place: Ferguson, NC The site: groverfest.com The buzz: Family fun environment, vending, arts and crafts, art related exhibitions.
One(s) to watch: Papa John and the House Party, Dr. Bacon, Les Raquet and more. Book it: June 5-7 How much: Weekend pass – $60 tent, $80 vehicle
Ocrafolk Festival The place: Ocracoke Village, NC The site: ocrafolkfestival.org The buzz: Storytelling (schedule subject to change.) One(s) to watch: Alberti’s Flea Circus, Ocrachicks, Molasses Creek and more Book it: June 5-7 How much: $20 adults, $10 kids 6-12, free for kids under 5
Charlie Poole Music Festival The place: Governor Morehead Park, Eden, NC The site: charlie-poole.com The Buzz: Legendary American music One(s) to watch: TBA Book it: June 12-13 How much: TBA.
Fun Fourth Festival The place: Downtown Greensboro, NC The site: funfourthefestival.com The buzz: Freedom run & walk, kick-off block party, Pops concert, parade and street festival and fireworks. One(s) to watch: Drake Murphy, Emily Musolino Band, The Broken Parts, Junk Jam Drum Circle and more. Book it: June 27-July 4 How much: FREE
Eastern Music Festival The place: various location in the Triad, NC The site: easternmusicfestival.org The buzz: The finest summer educational institution and most imaginative performance festival.
One(s) to watch: Ida Bieler, Stefan Jackiw, Robert Vernon and much more. Book it: June 27-August 1 How much: TBA
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s Bluegrass Festival The place: Farmpark, Denton, NC The site: farmpark.com The Buzz: Admission (per plate) includes BBQ chicken, slaw, baked beans, bun, dessert, tea or coffee.One(s) to watch: The Gibson Brothers, Flatt Lonesome, Big Country Bluegrass and more.
Book it: May 7-9 How much: $12 in advance, $13 at gate for food, $35-$40 for one day music tickets. Three day passes available.
Red, White and Bluegrass Festival The place: Catawba Meadows Park, Morganton, NC The site: redwhiteandbluegrassfestival.com The buzz: “Nominated for IBMA ‘Bluegrass Event of the Year’ “ One(s) to watch: Nu Blu, Mountain Heart, Del McCoury Band, Seldom Scene and more. Book it: July 1-4 How much: $20-30 for daily admission with $1 ticketing fee, kids FREE with paying adult.
Uncle Sam Jam The place: Oak Hollow Festival Park, High Point, NC The site: None The buzz: Family fun fourth celebration. One(s) to watch: Lineup TBA Book it: July 4 How much: FREE
Heavy Rebel Weekender The place: The Millennium Center, Winston-Salem, NC The site: heavyrebel.net The buzz: 15 th Anniversary celebrating the rebels of rock and roll. Custom car and bike show vendors, bands, burlesque, sideshow, contests and four stages of rock and roll. One(s) to watch: The Cogburns, The Brimstones, The Hellhounds and much more.
Book it: July 3-5 How much: 3-day pass: $90 in advance, $100 at the door. One-day pass $35.
Christmas in July Festival The place: Downtown West Jefferson, NC The site: christmasinjuly.info The buzz: Street performance, puppet parade, Christmas tree grower’s competition, appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus plus much more. One(s) to watch: Taylor Miller & Steve Lewis, Generation Excellent, Tonya Halsey’s Voice and more. Book it: July 3-4 How much: FREE
Floydfest The place: Floyd, VA The site: floydfest.com The buzz: For five glorious July days of the year, this quiet 80-acre plateau off the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway is transformed into a temporary burb of music aficionados. One(s) to watch: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Trampled By Turtles, Shovels & Rope and more. Book it: July 22-26 How much: $80- $110 Thursday- Sunday (one-day tickets), 3-5 day tickets are available.
Cape Fear Blues Festival The place: Wilmington, NC The site: capefearblues.org The buzz: 20th annual event in the beautiful Cape Fear area of Wilmington.
One(s) to watch: line-up TBA Book it: July 24-26 How much: TBA
Waldensian Festival The place: Historic Valdese, NC The site: visitvaldese.com The buzz: The 2015 Waldensian Festival will concentrate on unique crafts, great food, top quality entertainment. One(s) to watch: TBA. Live entertainment will be played throughout the day. Book it: August 7-8 How much: FREE
Winterville Watermelon Festival The place: Winterville, NC The site: watermelonfest.com The buzz: Amusement rides, crafts, music, flea market and a watermelon-eating contest.
One(s) to watch: TBA Book it: August 27-29 How much: FREE
Laze Daze Arts & Crafts Festival The place: Downtown Car, NC The site: townofcary.org The buzz: TBA One(s) to watch: line-up TBA Book it: August 22 How much: FREE
Mantrabash The place: Ferguson, NC The site: mantrabash.com The Buzz: “Four sets of The Mantras & more!” One(s) to watch: The Mantras, remaining line-up TBA Book it: Sept. 24-26 How much: Being announced April 10
Happy Valley Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention The place: Jones Farm, NC The site: happyvalleyfiddlers.com The buzz: 11th annual One(s) to watch: The Kruger Brothers, The Neighbors Bluegrass Band, Jeff Little Trio and more. Book it: Sept. 4-6 How much: $TBA
Brushy Mountain Apple Festival The place: Downtown North Wilkesboro, NC The site: applefestival.net The buzz: Exhibits, music, food and crafts. One(s) to watch: live entertainment Book it: Oct 3 How much: FREE
Hopscotch Music Festival The place: Downtown Raleigh, NC The site: hopscotchmusicfest.com The buzz: Sixth year of Hopscotch. Huffington Post says, “This North Carolina festival has it all.” One(s) to watch: Owen Pallett and Godflesh announced, full lineup to be announced in April.
Book it: Sep 10-12 How much: $145 three-day wristband. VIP wristbands available.
Festival in the Park The place: Charlotte, NC The site: festivalinthepark.org The buzz: 51 st Annual Festival. Clowns, magicians, food, family and music in the big city of Charlotte. One(s) to watch: The Spongetones, The Mannish Boys, Gigi Dover and the Big Love, and more. Book it: Sep 25-27 How much: FREE
Benson Mule Days The place: Downtown Benson, NC The site: bensonmuledays.com The buzz: The weekend is packed with rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, street dances, carnival rides, camping, parades, bluegrass shows and more.” One(s) to watch: Drifting River Bluegrass Band, Russ Varnell and His Too Country Band, DJ Hugh Jackson and more. Book it: Sep 24-27 How much: FREE
Rock the Block The place: Downtown Winston-Salem, NC The site: rocktheblockws.com The buzz: 5K and Fun Run One(s) to watch: TBA Book it: Sep 18 How much: FREE !