Enjoy the Rhythm of Fall Music Festivals

Ted Richardson | Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors BureauEnjoy the Rhythm of Fall Music Festivals

Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival in September is a much-loved event among music lovers

Whether your taste in music is rock, rhythm and blues, bluegrass, hip-hop, metal, or somewhere in between, there’s a music festival that will have you dancing in the streets this fall.


Hopscotch Music Fest
Sept. 4 – 6, Raleigh
Considered one of North America’s most talked-about long weekends for music lovers, Hopscotch Music Festival presents 160 national and international bands at 13 walkable downtown Raleigh venues over three days. Almost every musical genre is represented, including rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic, experimental and more. And with five varied ticket options from three-day passes to single-day City Plaza tickets, you can jam as much or as little as you like.

Mountain Song Festival
Sept. 12 – 13, Brevard
This family-friendly music event was inspired by the youth of Transylvania County and the proceeds benefit the local Boys and Girls Club. Held at Brevard Music Center’s Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium, the scheduled artists for 2014 include Steep Canyon Rangers, Della Mae, The Kruger Brothers, Shannon Whitworth, Seldom Scene, Chatham County Line and Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan. In addition to the mountain music, there will be plenty of food, local artists, children’s activities and nature interests.

Farm Aid
Sept. 13, Raleigh
The internationally known concert that began in 1985 is bringing its 28th annual show to Raleigh’s Walnut Creek Amphitheatre. This year's lineup includes performers like Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews, Jack White, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, North Carolina’s own Delta Rae and more. The all-day music and food festival was founded on supporting the farm-to-table concept and will also offer concertgoers family farm-identified, local and organic foods with its own HOMEGROWN Concessions.

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival
Sept. 25 – 28, Manteo
Four days of "good ole Southern pickin'" in the tradition of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park features today’s bluegrass stars including Ricky Scaggs and Rhonda Vincent. Other highlights include Boomgrass, a signature fireworks show coordinated to bluegrass music; a bring-your-own instruments Jam Village where festivalgoers can play with the band Banjo Island; and the Bluegrass Breakfast on the Oceanfront.

French Broad Brew Fest
Sept. 27, Hot Springs
The fourth annual French Broad Brew Fest in Hot Springs, just north of Asheville, offers up more than a dozen craft breweries, 12 hours of great music, and beautiful scenery. With the festival grounds located on the banks of the French Broad River and its intersection with the Appalachian Trail, festivalgoers can enjoy all the outdoors has to offer. French Broad Brew Fest is all about the music, craft beers, and food in one glorious afternoon.


Wide Open Bluegrass
Oct. 3 – 4, Raleigh
The International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass annual convention, awards show and fan festival returns to Raleigh in 2014. The two-day Wide Open Bluegrass festival features traditional and acoustic music on three stages, showcasing acts like Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Noam Pikelny and Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby. Ancillary activities include a business conference, a music expo, workshops, a film festival and a North Carolina whole hog barbecue competition.

Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival
Oct. 11 – 12, Kure Beach
Celebrating its 21st year, this oceanside festival in Kure Beach presents nationally recognized blues and jazz performers on two stages, coastal cuisine, crafts, a wine tasting, and a children’s area with magicians, jugglers, clowns and more. On tap this year are the Robert Cray Band, Delbert McClinton, Shamekia Copeland, Justin Fox, Damon Fowler, Nina Repeta, Vermillion Sands and more.

Lynn and Cele Seldon are Oak Island-based travel writers who love covering their home state.

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