February
Bluegrass First Class (Asheville, NC)We'll see how the festival goes this year with the snow and all. I think I am going to more jam sessions in the hall this year.

 
April
MerleFest (Wilkesboro, NC)MerleFest began in the spring of 1988 and has grown from two flat-bed trailers and 4,000 attendees to 13 stages with more than 81,500 festival participants.

Unbelievable lineup (like usual). You have to go to at least one MerleFest!

 
May
Fiddler's Grove Ole Time Fiddlers and Bluegrass Festival (Union Grove, NC)The Fiddler's Grove Ole Time Fiddler's & Bluegrass Festival is held over Memorial Day weekend every year. The festival strives to maintain a low-key, family feel by limiting ticket sales to the first 5,000 takers.
 
June
Bluff Mountain Festival (Hot Springs, NC)The festival is FREE to the public and features some of the region's best Traditional and Bluegrass Music followed by an evening Square Dance until dark! Bring the family and the lawn chairs to enjoy a day full of music under the shade trees!
 
Cherokee Bluegrass Festival (Cherokee, NC)There IS A FESTIVAL IN 2013. June 13-15, 2013 at the Happy Holiday RV Village. The web pages says there are more bands and lower ticket prices. Check it out.
 
Shindig on the Green (Asheville, NC) This mountain tradition features an always-enjoyable variety of Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Bluegrass and Old Time String Bands, Ballad Singers, and Storytellers. Shindig on the Green gets underway "along about sundown," or for those using a watch- 7:00 p.m., and usually runs until 10:00 p.m.
 
July
Red, White and Bluegrass (Morganton, NC)The festival will include a bluegrass camp for kids, wagon rides, 4 days of bluegrass music, tent sales of bluegrass instruments, music and other bluegrass related materials, food and drink sale, special July 4th Celebration of old-time activities and the largest fireworks show in western North Carolina.
 
Shindig on the Green (Asheville, NC) This mountain tradition features an always-enjoyable variety of Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Bluegrass and Old Time String Bands, Ballad Singers, and Storytellers. Shindig on the Green gets underway "along about sundown," or for those using a watch- 7:00 p.m., and usually runs until 10:00 p.m.

 
Cashiers Mountain Music Festival (Cashiers, NC)Always a great festival! The Cashiers Mountain Music Festival is held every summer in Cashiers, a beautiful mountain village nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Cashiers is a unique and warm community that invites you to stay awhile and explore our unique mountains, forests, lakes and waterfalls.
 
MusicFest 'n Sugar Grove (Watauga County, NC)Music to remember on the cool banks of Cove Creek in Sugar Grove North Carolina, preserving our mountain musical heritage and celebrating the diversity it has inspired!
 
August
Shindig on the Green (Asheville, NC) This mountain tradition features an always-enjoyable variety of Big Circle Mountain Dancers, Clog Dancers, Bluegrass and Old Time String Bands, Ballad Singers, and Storytellers. Shindig on the Green gets underway "along about sundown," or for those using a watch- 7:00 p.m., and usually runs until 10:00 p.m.

 
Mountain Dance and Folk Festival (Asheville, NC)Since 1928, mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers, balladeers and others have come to enjoy themselves "along about sundown" the first weekend in August at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival. In 2007, performers at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival will take to the stage for the 80th time at Diana Wortham Theatre at Pack Place in downtown Asheville on Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m.
 
Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention (Jefferson, NC)Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention is in Jefferson, NC. The focus continues to be musician-centered as they honor the Old Time and Bluegrass music of the mountains and the musicians who make it.
 
Ola Belle Reed Music Festival (Ashe County, NC)The Ola Belle Reed Music Festival is three days of Americana, Bluegrass, Old-time, Country music and camping, celebrating the life and music of this remarkable woman in the locale where her life's journey began, the small community of Lansing in Ashe County, along the New River in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. This year's lineup includes The Mosier Brothers, Big Daddy Love, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Curley Maple and many more. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
 
North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival (Marion, NC)The music will be great so bring your own chairs. Chairs may be set out on a first come first served basis after the tent is set up. .
 
High Country MusicFest (Boone, NC)Held at the Boone Fairgrounds in Boone, NC. from 10am to 11pm.
 
Fines Creek Bluegrass Festival (Haywood County, NC)The Fines Creek Bluegrass Jam is held on the grounds of the old Fines Creek School, 192 Fines Creek Road, Clyde, NC. The performance stage is outdoors, giving the audience a wonderful view of the mountains. Bring a lawn chair and position yourself for some wonderful mountain music. Tents are available for the audience in case of rain but the music goes on. Food and drink are available on the school grounds and in the old cafeteria. Limited chairs are available for rent. Atmosphere is informal and family-centered.

Map

 
September
Smoky Mountain Folk Festival (Lake Junaluska, NC)Features two nights of the finest traditional Southern Appalachian music and dance the Smoky Mountain Folk Festival is held annually Labor Weekend in Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska, NC
 
Mountain Song Festival (Brevard, NC)Hosted by the Steep Canyon Rangers. The Mountain Song Festival is a great festival to go to. Make your plans now!
 
Brewgrass Festival (Asheville, NC)Hosted by the Great Smokies Craft Brewers Association and benefiting Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Western North Carolina, the Brewgrass Festival has quickly become one of the most popular beer and bluegrass events in the Southeast.

This event ALWAYS sells out. Watch their Facebook page and check with local breweries for ticket information.

 
October
Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival (Mars Hill, NC)The festival brings out the region's finest musicians and dancers. Numerous stages, jam circles, and workshops will occur throughout the day. At night there will be a concert featuring more than 20 different performances by ballad singers, dancers, and string bands.

You can call and reserve tickets at the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill College at (828) 689-1571.

 
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