Enjoy the Rhythm of Fall Music Festivals

Enjoy the Rhythm of Fall Music Festivals

The Wide Open Bluegrass festival takes place across two days in October in Raleigh

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. 10 – 12, 2015, 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.

National Folk Festival
Sept. 11 – 13, 2015, Greensboro
Celebrating its 75th anniversary and launching its first-ever residency in North Carolina, the National Folk Festival displays the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, crafts, storytelling and food. The three-day event features more than 300 of the nation’s finest traditional performers and craftspeople, seven stages of continuous music and dance, craft exhibits and demonstrations, a North Carolina Arts Marketplace, family activities, parades and delicious regional and ethnic foods.

Mountain Song Festival
Sept. 11 – 13, 2015, 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 2015 include Steep Canyon Rangers, Del McCoury Band, Ricky Skaggs, The Milk Carton Kids, Larry Keel Experience, Shannon Whitworth, Red Wine, Sarah Siskind and Town Mountain. In addition to the mountain music, there will be plenty of food, local artists, children’s activities and nature interests.

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival
Sept. 23 – 26, 2015, 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 Rhonda Vincent and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. 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.

Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival
Sept. 25 – 26, 2015, Wilkesboro
On the old Courthouse Square in historic downtown Wilkesboro, The Kruger Brothers will host some of North Carolina’s leading folk and roots music bands. The line-up includes: The Kruger Brothers, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Balsam Range, The Secret Sisters, Mipso, Barefoot Movement and many others.

French Broad Brew Fest
Sept. 26, 2015, Hot Springs
The fifth 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. 2 – 3, 2015, Raleigh
The International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass annual convention, awards show and fan festival continues its run in Raleigh. The two-day Wide Open Bluegrass festival features traditional and acoustic music on three stages, showcasing acts like Sam Bush, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Earls of Leicester, Steep Canyon Rangers and The Gibson Brothers. 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. 10 – 11, 2015, Kure Beach
Celebrating its 22nd 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 Dr. John and the Nite Trippers, Shemekia Copeland, Kara Grainger, Smokin’ Joe Kubek & Bnois King and more.

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


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Oyster and Seafood Festivals

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Grape Stomps and Harvest Festivals

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