Enjoy the Rhythm of Fall Music Festivals

Enjoy the Rhythm of Fall Music Festivals

The Wide Open Bluegrass festival takes place across two days this fall 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. 7-10, 2017, Raleigh
This annual festival has been called "America's (Secretly) Best Festival" and "the premier experimental and underground festival in America." More than 120 bands will perform over four days, including Solange, Run the Jewels, Future Islands, Big Boi (of Outkast), Angel Olsen and Margo Price. The Hopscotch Design Festival is also held in conjunction during the first two days.

North Carolina Folk Festival
Sept. 8-10, 2017, Greensboro
Celebrating its 77th anniversary – and third year in Greensboro – this three-day event features more than 300 of the nation’s finest traditional performers and craftspeople, seven stages of continuous music and dance, a North Carolina Arts Marketplace, parades and regional and ethnic foods. Read more about family fun at the festival, including suggestions on things to do during your visit to the area.

Mountain Song Festival
Sept. 8-10, 2017, 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 2017 include Steep Canyon Rangers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Hot Size, Sierra Hull, Carolina Blue, Molly Tuttle, and more. In addition to the mountain music, there will be plenty of food, local artists, children’s activities and nature interests.

Carolina in the Fall Music & Food Festival
Sept. 22-23, 2017, 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, Snyder Family Band, Wayne Henderson & Friends, Acradian Wilde, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys and many others.

Deep Water Soul Fest
Sept. 22-24, 2017, Hot Springs
Not far from Asheville is quaint Hot Springs, which has attracted visitors to its mineral springs for more than 200 years and is a popular stop-over for hikers on the Appalachian Trail. Nearly 25 local and national bands will perform along the banks of the French Broad River during this inaugural music and camping festival.

Wide Open Bluegrass
Sept. 29-30, 2017, 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 the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Steve Martin, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Hot Rize and many others. Ancillary activities include a business conference, a music expo, workshops, a film festival and a North Carolina whole hog barbecue competition.


Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival
Oct. 4-7, 2017, 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 & The Rage, The Darrell Webb Band, Billy Strings, The Gibson Brothers, and many others. Festival food includes fresh local Outer Banks seafood, barbecue, burgers, sausages and more.

Duck Jazz Festival
Oct. 7-8, 2017, Duck
Celebrating its eleventh year in the town of Duck on the Outer Banks, this free festival offers two days of live jazz music by artists such as Davina & The Vagabonds, Marquis Hill Blacktet, Robert Jospé Express Trio, The Rad Trads, Mint Julep Jazz Band and more. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from local restaurants, and you're welcome to bring your own food and coolers as well as chairs, blankets and pets.

Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival
Oct. 14, 2017, Kure Beach
Celebrating its 24th 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.


The Shindig
Nov. 4, 2017, Clayton
This sixth annual music festival celebrates Americana bands along with local craft beer. Taking over downtown Clayton (just outside of Raleigh), the lineup includes performances by The Black Lillies, Yarn, Forlorn Strangers and more. There will also be several craft breweries and food trucks.

Sunrise Blues Crawl
Nov. 4-5, 2017, Southern Pines
The historic Sunrise Theater is the centerpiece of this 17th annual event in downtown Southern Pines. Saturday features an afternoon concert at the theater, then a complimentary shuttle will take attendees to several participating venues throughout the evening and night.

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


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Raise a Pint to Fall Beer Festivals

Raise a Pint to Fall Beer Festivals

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Oyster and Seafood Festivals

Oyster and Seafood Festivals

There's no time like fall to sample seafood at events like the Airlie Gardens Oyster Roast and the North Carolina Oyster and Seafood festivals.

Grape Stomps and Harvest Festivals

Grape Stomps and Harvest Festivals

Celebrate the fall grape harvest at Childress, Raffaldini and Shelton vineyards and wine-tasting events from Charlotte to Bald Head Island.

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