Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, Raleigh 2014
Fall is here and there is no better time to enjoy the many festivals, outdoor concerts etc, in Raleigh and the Triangle. One of the biggest and best has to be the annual Wide Open Bluegrass Festival which returns to Raleigh for its second year after a hugely successful festival in 2013. There are two ways to enjoy the festival, one way is get tickets for the main stages at the Raleigh Convention Center and the Red Hat amphitheater who will host some of the best bluegrass talent around with appearances from to name just a few…
- The Gibson Brothers
- Steep Canyon Rangers
- Lonesome River Band
- Chatham County Line
- The Roys
- Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby and Kentucky Thunder
- Larry Stephenson Band
Free Festival Of Music, Food & Fun In The Fall
The second way is to enjoy the free street festival that runs from noon until 11 PM on Friday and Saturday. With four stages, along Fayetteville Street you can wander along and stop when you hear something you like. With 50 plus acts from around the world and around the corner, you will likely find something you like. Bluegrass is not fussy and you’ll see bands just start jamming on the street….like these guys.
NC Barbecue Championship And You Get To Eat The Best
Also taking place is the North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship which will be judged and the new champion crowned and all the best barbecue in NC will be sold on Saturday at the festival. Apart from barbecue there will be lots of food vendors and concessions on hand. The North Carolina dept of Agriculture is sponsoring food items from NC and there is a craft beer tent offering NC beer and wine. The folks who organize Artsplosure are having a music themed art and craft market in the middle of all the fun.
Raleigh’s Fall Festival Season Is Underway
There is no better way to spend a Fall Saturday than at the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh, its a great family event even if you’re not a Bluegrass fan. If you haven’t been to Raleigh in a while prepare to be amazed at all the new restaurants, stores and apartment buildings popping up.