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Wide Open Bluegrass (FREE) StreetFest 2015!

Thanks for making 2015 Wide Open Bluegrass (Bluegrass Under the Roof) one to remember.


Save the dates for next year:




StreetFest Moving Inside Raleigh Convention Center


All performances will go on as scheduled!


Raleigh, NC (October 1, 2015) – Even the weather can't steal center stage from all the great bluegrass musicians in Raleigh this week for IBMA's World of Bluegrass, but this weekend the Raleigh Convention Center will be the physical manifestation of the proverbial "Big Tent" - it'll house more than 100 bands from around the world playing a variety of styles of bluegrass over the course of the two-day PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass festival.


In addition to yesterday's announcement that the ticketed portion of the weekend will be moved indoors to the Convention Center, organizers confirmed this morning that the main components of the StreetFest will also move indoors, including all of the music stages and the vendors from the Got to be NC, Arts Market, and Shop Local Raleigh sections of the festival. The NC Pork Council's Barbecue Experience Dinners will also be hosted inside the Convention Center.


The Dance Tent will move to Salisbury Street in front of the Convention Center - in addition to a tent over the top, the area will be walled in to help shield dancers, musicians, and audience members from the weather.


Read the full press release here.


See the new Convention Center Event Map!



Wide Open Bluegrass is October 2-3, 2015! 

The 2015 Wide Open StreetFest will be chock-full of great music, dance, food, artwork, NC products, and more! More than 50 bands will play music on five stages and in the dance tent, and the North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue Championship will once again add a distinctly NC flavor to this event. Plus, there will be plenty of other mouth-watering food and drinks to keep you going as long as the music is playing. While you're at the festival, make sure to check out the juried artists in Artsplosure's Arts Market area, the Got to Be NC products, and much more, including additional FREE festivities inside the Raleigh Convention Center (including IBMA's music expo, indoor stages, the best jamming imaginable, and more!).



Whole Hog BBQ Championship

The North Carolina Pork Council and the farm families that make up our state’s pork industry are proud to host this year's Whole Hog Barbecue Championship in the heart of the Wide Open Bluegrass festival in downtown Raleigh and sponsored by IBMA media partner, WTVD. Read more about the championship here.

The N.C. Pork Council will also be hosting special Barbecue Experience Dinners on Friday and Saturday nights where attendees will be able to sample barbecue from across the state and witness cooking demonstrations by some of North Carolina’s finest chefs.




Friday night will kick off at 5 pm with a N.C. Barbecue Experience Dinner featuring Matthew Register of Southern Smoke. Reserve tickets


Saturday night’s barbecue festivities finish strong with another N.C. Barbecue Experience Dinner with Linwood Parker of White Swan from 5-9 pm. Reserve tickets


Learn more:



Wide Open Minds - Keynote Video - 2015 World of Bluegrass

- Video: OddFellows 


Welcome back to Raleigh IBMA!

- Video: OddFellows - Song: Kick'n Grass Band


2014 IBMA World of Bluegrass Preview


“We’re all glad you came, and rambled ‘round our town”

-Chatham County Line




See All Wide Open Bluegrass Press Releases Here!

Volunteer at World of Bluegrass in Raleigh

Food Vendors

Click to Download: Food Vendor Application- Wide Open Bluegrass 2015

This file is a compressed Microsoft Word Doc that you can expand after downloading, fill out, and email back to us as indicated on the form.

General Info
Taylor Coughlin - 
IBMA  615-256-3222


Sponsorship Info
Susan Woelkers
  - (ticketed World of Bluegrass events), 615-497-4801


Loren Gold(FREE StreetFest Events), 919-645-2669


Brought to You By
The Wide Open Bluegrass Streetfest -- which drew 180,000 fans in 2014 -- is produced by the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh Convention Center, the Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pinecone and a host of community volunteers. We’re honored to showcase not only our talented musicians, but the excitement of downtown Raleigh and the hospitality of those who call this great city home.


About IBMA’s World of Bluegrass
World of Bluegrass week is the annual homecoming for the bluegrass music community, taking place September 29-October 3, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. World of Bluegrass features three separate events: the IBMA Business Conference (Sept. 29 - Oct. 1) that focuses on development and networking for bluegrass professionals, the International Bluegrass Music Awards (Thursday, Oct. 1) and Wide Open Bluegrass (Oct. 2-3), which will host the best in bluegrass music as well as multiple workshops, jam sessions and activities (ticketed events).

IBMA the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s six-year stay in Raleigh is the result of a partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, PineCone —The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.