We're back from Ocean City Jazz Festival over Fourth of July weekend and ready for more musical experiences across our great state! Check out all the upcoming music festivals below.

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.

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.

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. 

Down East Music Festival

July 19-20, Rocky Mount, N.C.

On July 19-20, 2019, the Down East Music Festival will showcase the best of R&B and Southern Soul music from local, regional and national recording artists. Featuring musical entertainment on both indoor and outdoor stages, the Down East Music Festival attracts audience members from across the South and is the largest event of its kind in eastern North Carolina.

MRG 30

July 24-27, Carrboro and Durham, N.C.

MRG30 will take place July 24–27, 2019, in Carrboro and Durham, NC. The 4-day festival will feature the best Merge Records has to offer by featuring an amazing line-up of more than 30 bands including Superchunk, Fucked Up, Titus Andronicus, the Mountain Goats, Waxahatchee, Lambchop, Ibibio Sound Machine, Hiss Golden Messenger, Wye Oak, Destroyer, Sneaks, and Swearin’, just to name a few!

50th Annual Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention

July 26-27, Jefferson, N.C.

Held in Jefferson, North Carolina, the Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention will be celebrating its fiftieth year with traditional music contests, square dances, and workshops held July 26 and 27. Cash prizes will be presented to contest winners. Camping is open to festival attendees starting July 24.

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

August 1–3, Asheville, N.C.

The Mountain Dance and Folk Festival was founded by Bascom Lamar Lunsford as a means for people to share and understand the beauty and dignity of the Southern Appalachian music and dance traditions that have been handed down through generations in western North Carolina. Since 1928, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival has served a crucial role in raising awareness and understanding of the vitality and importance of Southern Appalachian culture throughout the region, nation and world. The songs and dances shared at this event echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage found in the valleys and coves between the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains.