Festival season is in full swing in North Carolina, which means there is no shortage of great musical experiences across our state. The coming weeks include concerts, workshops, and festivals from the coast to the mountains. Be sure to keep an eye on our Music Festivals page throughout the year for information on all the great music North Carolina has to offer!

Blue Ridge Music Trails

Year-Round Programming, Western North Carolina

The Blue Ridge Music Trail region covers 29 counties in Western North Carolina and highlights traditional North Carolina mountain music and dance. A project of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area and the N.C. Arts Council there are music events featured throughout the year, but the majority of outdoor music festivals happen from the spring through mid-fall.

The Blue Ridge Music Trail website gives you all the tools you'll need to plan a music getaway. Be sure to check their upcoming events page to find your next musical experience!

11th Port City Music Festival

June 2-9, Wilmington, N.C.

Founded in 2009 by cellist and conductor Stephen Framil and Wilmington artist Christine Farley, the 11th Annual Port City Music Festival 2019 is a summer concert series committed to the highest quality of performance, and making the experience of great music accessible to all.

The Port City Music Festival is a program of CAMERATA PHILADELPHIA, an ensemble without musical boundaries. From symphonies to concertos to chamber music to lieder to choral to opera, CAMERATA not only brings a fresh and distinct interpretation to the venerated classics, but also seeks to bridge the styles of classical, jazz, folk and world music – each program an eclectic and richly diverse musical offering. Committed to music appreciation for all ages, it is the mission of CAMERATA to make the experience of great music accessible to all.

Brevard Summer Institute and Festival

June 6 - August 16, Brevard, N.C.

Led by Artistic Director Keith Lockhart, the 2019 BMC summer music festival provides audiences with an exceptional array of performances by gifted young musicians and some of the most celebrated names in music — from classical superstars to pops, classical guitar and jazz legends, to acclaimed R&B and bluegrass artists — at our lakeside home in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

This concert series kicks off June 6 and runs through August. View the official calendar here.

NC HipHop Festival

June 21-23, Durham, N.C.

From June 21-23, Durham will open its doors and welcome 3,500 hip-hop lovers to North Carolina’s Luxury Hiphop Experience, the North Carolina HipHop Festival. They will enjoy over 100 exhibitors at venues across the city for a weekend celebrating the thriving genre. This festival is the only large-scale event in the entire Southeastern U.S. that is specifically designated to hip-hop. Keep an eye on NCHipHopFestival.com for line-up updates, ticket information, and schedule.

Cape Fear Blues Festival

June 21-23, Wilmington, N.C.

The Cape Fear Blues Festival, an up and coming festival throughout the national blues industry, is where blues fans can satisfy their soulful cravings. Scott Ellison Band, The Rhythm Bones, Catesby Jones, Fat Bastard Blues Band, and more will be playing at Wilmington's premier blues music venues: the Rusty Nail Saloon, Finkelstein's Music and various other venues in Historic Downtown. This three-day all-blues celebration features live concerts, a blues workshop, an all-day blues jam, and more!

99th State Annual Singing Convention

June 21-23, Benson, N.C.

The State Annual Singing Convention, which brings thousands of people to Benson each year, began modestly in a tobacco warehouse in 1921. About 200 people listened to two choirs that day. Since that time, the State Annual Singing Convention has grown and become one of the largest and oldest gospel sings in the United States.

Some seating is provided; however, spectators are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. There is no charge to attend the Sing or for contestants to enter the Sing, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with round robin singing.

The singing is held outdoors in downtown Benson in a beautiful one-block oak grove located at 400 E Main St, Benson, N.C. 27504.  

Eastern Music Festival

June 22 - July 27, Greensboro, N.C.

The program brings together a cross-section of the world's most sought-after artists with pre-professional students in a five-week schedule of more than 65 concerts and music-related events. 

Music Director Gerard Schwarz heads a distinguished list of participating artists. Current and past artists and/or students include Yo-Yo Ma, Sarah Chang, Wynton Marsalis, Midori, Susan Graham, Andre Watts, Joshua Bell, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, and many more.

Singing on the Mountain

June 23, Grandfather Mountain, N.C.

The 95th Annual Singing on the Mountain will be held on Sunday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in MacRae Meadows at Grandfather Mountain. In a spirit of faith and community, all are welcome to enjoy picnics and musical performances together. Admission to the Singing on the Mountain is free.

This event, now in its 95th year, will be a special one as its founder, Joseph Larkin Hartley, lived 95 years; the Hartley family is proud to have kept the festival alive for at least the duration of his life.

An Appalachian Summer Festival

June 29 - August 3, Boone, N.C.

Presented by Appalachian State University’s Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, this annual celebration of the performing and visual arts is held every July in venues across the university campus, and features an eclectic, diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film programming. An Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music series, and retains strong roots in classical music, combined with a variety of other programming geared to almost every artistic taste and preference. Celebrating its 35th season in 2019, the festival has risen in stature to become one of the nation’s most highly respected summer festivals, acclaimed for the breadth and quality of its artistic programming.

Opening night is June 29th with Winston Salem native Ben Folds! Tickets and schedule for the summer can be found at www.AppSummer.org

Stecoah Appalachian Evenings

June 29 - August 31, Stecoah, N.C.

Our annual summer concert series offers an ever-changing schedule of bluegrass, folk and old-time mountain music by award-winning artists — quality entertainment for the entire family. Rich in cultural heritage, the series continues to be a favorite with locals and visitors alike. All concerts at 7:30 pm in the air-conditioned Lynn L. Shields Auditorium.