You can keep the music going all year with this list of Charlotte music festivals, plus music festivals within 100 miles of the Queen City. You can find festivals that feature folk, jazz, bluegrass, rock and everything in between. Many of these festivals are family friendly. Read on to learn the dates, locations, prices, and lineups for each one, as available. All details are subject to change.
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Tickets include primitive camping and parking. This family-friendly festival also features arts vendors.
Duk Tan, The Mantras, Coddle Creek, Dirk Quinn Band, Motion, Kodiak Brotherhood, The Bloodworth Project, Jack Lawrence, Knock On Wood, Juju Guru, Open Soul Project, Marcus Horth Band, Goodnight Brothers Band, Moose & Friends, Chuck “CornDog” Brine, Rusty Barkley, Backyard Dirt, Tennessee Jed, Bobby’s Jorts, Al Al Ingram, Sojourn Of Sparrows, Crackers & Snackmeat, Plato’s Stepchildren, Libby Montgomery
June 19-30, 2018
Various venues around Charlotte
Most concerts are $12 ($5 for students) and some are free
In its 7th year, Charlotte New Music Festival brings nine concerts of contemporary classical music to varied venues like Steinway Piano Gallery, The Evening Muse, Snug Harbor, Petra’s, Google Fiber Space, Free Range Brewing and UNC Charlotte. This is a chance to hear musicians play new compositions. Some of the artists are the Red Clay Saxophone Quartet, Beo String Quartet, and Hypercube. The festival culminates with two cutting edge performances at Goodyear Arts: A computer music concert and the Contest in the “Concert of the Miniatures,” in which composers were given one week to compose a new, short work.
Concerts at the Courtroom
201 E. Main Street, Rock Hill, SC
$10 for a day pass, $20 for a weekend pass
Performers: Tough Ghost, Placeholder, Rosewave, Gardeners, L.A.U.G.H., Nerve Endings, Old Fighter, Reverand, Funeral Chic, Mariah Van Kleef, Leanna Eden and the Garden Of, Naked Naps, Boo Hag, Chase Warren & The Homewreckers, Motel Glori, SHEHEHE, 2 Slices, Lee Bains III & the Gloryfires, Amigo.
July 3-4, 2018
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte
Free admission. $6 parking.
This festival is both a music festival and an outdoor adventure festival. Admission is free but competing in the competitions is not. July 3 performers: Dangermuffin and Marc Broussard. July 4: Sam Morrow and Colter Wall. Each night ends with a fireworks display.
July 21, 2018
15300 Black Farms Road, Huntersville
$20. Parking pass: $20.
This is the 10th year for this BYOB festival. Perpetual Groove, Atlas Road Crew, The Broadcast, Brody & Choch, Girls Rock Charlotte House Band, The Paper Crowns, Lisa DeNovo, Laura Staples of Mercury Dimes, Reef Blower, 2 dr Chicken Coupe, Cannon Jazz All Stars, White Collar Funk, Glen Shepherd, FamJam, Ruckus Improv
July 21, 2018
The F&M Trolley Barn
125 E. Liberty Street
Salisbury (42 miles from Charlotte)
$15 in advance, $20 at the gate
An annual indoor-outdoor arts and music festival featuring a revue of all-women musicians and artists to benefit women and children victims of violence. The Shana Blake Band, Melissa Reaves, Julie Bee, Chelsea Rhae Childers, Daisy Clover, Laura Vella, Susanna MacFarlane Lee, Rebecca Stinson, Sarah Sophia.
August 3-4, 2018
Friday, August 3: Reeves Theater, 129 W Main St, Elkin
Saturday, August 4: Elkin’s Hidden Amphitheater, 357 Ivy Circle, Elkin (free parking and shuttle off-site) (76 miles from Charlotte)
Saturday only: $23-$25 in advance, $30 at gate
Friday only: $25 in advance, $30 at door
Friday and Saturday: $40
Reevestock was founded by the Charlotte-based folk/rock band Time Sawyer, to benefit band members’ home town of Elkin. The Friday night kick-off event, at the Reeves Theater in downtown Elkin, features Todd Snider, and then the night continues at Angry Troll Brewing with BraveWorldTrio in a free show. The main event, on Saturday, is a relaxed, family-friendly festival in an idyllic park-like setting. There’s lots of shade, plenty of space and a kids’ zone. Saturday features the Eric Krasno Band, Time Sawyer, Caleb Caudle, Cordovas, The Broadcast and Dane Page.
August 18, 2018
2500 N Cannon Blvd, Kannapolis (32 miles from Charlotte)
Rockabilly bands, car show, pin-up contest, vintage vendors, swing dancing, food trucks.Jem Crossland & the Hypertonics, Mystery Hillbillies, Slippery Jake and the Bad Brakes.
Performers: Gregory Porter, Lee Ritenour, Jazzmeia Horn, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Pete Escovedo Orchestra Featuring Sheila E, Dianne Reeves, Ravi Coltrane, Coltrane Allstar Band, more.
August 18, 2018
Petra’s, 1919 Commonwealth Avenue
Presale: $10 (Under 21: $12)
Day of show: 13 (Under 21: $15)
Yeah Fest highlights the Charlotte music community and is a fundraiser for OurBridge. Performers: Hectorina, Patois Counselors, Cuzco, Pullover, Blanet Fort, Apricot Blush, Placeholder, Wild Trees, Ghost Trees, Gardeners, Taxing, Julien Calendar, Futurists, Death for Hours
September 7-9, 2018
Downtown Greensboro (92 miles)
This annual festival features a wide range of regional, national and international artists from countless musical traditions.
Performers: Indrajit Roy-Chowdhurty & Naren Budhkar, John Jorgenson Quintet, Kristyn Harris, Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas, Rhiannon Giddens, Shashmaquam, The Embers featuring Craig Woolard, The Fitzgeralds, Trio Brasileiro, Viento de Agua, more.
September 21-22, 2018
Downtown Wilkesboro (86 miles)
Hosted by the Kruger Brothers, this festival features folk music and bluegrass, as well as events like the North Carolina Banjo Championship, the Bobby Martin Songwriting Competition and more.
Performers: Kruger Brothers, The Steel Wheels, The Roosevelts, Fireside Collective, The Contenders, Snyder Family Band, Arcadian Wild, Nikki Talley.
September 28-29, 2018
VanHoy Farms, 742 Jericho Rd, Harmony, North Carolina (57 miles from Charlotte)
One day pass: $35
Weekend pass: $55
Carolina Jubilee is a music and food festival dedicated to raising funds to support the Carolina Farm Trust’s mission: protecting farm land and fostering an ecosystem of sustainable farming in North and South Carolina. The sounds vary from blues and funk to Americana and folk.
Performers: Susto, Acoustic Syndicate, The Way Down Wanderers, Dangermuffin, Moses Jones, Groove 8, Get Right Band, Big Daddy Love, Swim in the Wild, Leah Shaw, Paper Crowns, Sinners and Saints, She Returns From the War, Courtney Lynn & Quinn, Maggie Valley Band, Business People
September 29, 2018
Main & Hampton Streets, Columbia, SC (92 miles from Charlotte)
One day music festival. 12 band, 2 stages. Lineup is not published yet.
September 21-23, 2018
Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd, Charlotte
Festival in the Park is Charlotte’s oldest festival. It’s in its 54th year. It’s a celebration of both art and music, with art vendors circling the pond and performers on five stages.
Main stage performers: Carolina Dare, English, Jade Moore, Moses Jones, Pam Taylor, Nitara Reaves, Jeremy’s 10, The Spongetones, Tiffany Ashton, Charlotte Youth Symphony, Kyle Petty.
October 3-4, 2018
Various locations in York County, SC
Check back soon for details
October 20, 2018
Camp North End, 1824 Statesville Avenue, Charlotte
Charlotte’s first Black Alternative Music Festival. 2018 will be its second year. Lineup is not announced yet.
These annual festivals take place the first few months of the year. If the dates haven’t been announced yet, we’re listing the month that they took place in 2018. We’ll update details when available.
Tuck Fest (Charlotte) April, 2019
Earth Day Jam (Salisbury) April, 2019
Reverb Fest (Charlotte) April, 2019
Boom Charlotte (Charlotte) April, 2019
Charlotte Jazz Festival (Charlotte) April, 2019
Merlefest (Wilkesboro) April 25-28, 2019
River Rocks Music Festival (Columbia, SC) April, 2019
Carolina Rebellion (Concord) May, 2019
North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival (Huntersville) May, 2019
Carolina Blues Festival (Greensboro) May, 2019
Fiddler’s Grove (Union Grove) May, 2019
Memorial Day Celebration at U.S. Whitewater Center (Charlotte) May, 2019
We’ve Got the Jazz Festival (Charlotte) June, 2019