FREE Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival
Performers include a broad mix of local, national, and international talent. The free Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival will include 50+ bands, three music stages, a dance tent, vendors, concessions, youth performances and activities - including programming set up by IBMA’s Youth Council, an Exhibit Hall and a Masters Workshop Stage in the Raleigh Convention Center.
The bluegrass tide spills over into downtown Raleigh as more than 50 bands perform on three stages along Fayetteville Street. Performers include a broad mix of local, national, and international talent. The dance tent will feature clogging performances, participatory square dances, and late-night open dancing Friday and Saturday nights. On Saturday near the convention center, don’t miss the youth music stage - situated on the outdoor plaza at the Convention Center. Bands performing here are being selected by the IBMA Youth Council, with media sponsorship from KIX 102.9. Members of these groups will be mostly high school and college students. Booked so far are Flatt Lonesome, The Vickie Vaughn Band, Lonesome Meadow, and The Snyder Family. There will also be youth-oriented activities along Cabarrus Street just off the plaza. See the Live Performance Schedule here.
Free Access to IBMA Exhibit Hall Friday & Saturday
Folks who come downtown for the street fair will also be welcomed to visit the IBMA exhibit hall, open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Major instrument manufacturers and dozens of bluegrass-oriented businesses will have their wares displayed for all to see – and touch – throughout the day. In years past, only registered WOB attendees had access to the exhibit hall. While you’re there, be sure to stop by the North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion, which will present a variety of displays, panels, workshops, videos, and music throughout World of Bluegrass. See Conference Schedule and Highlights here.
North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship
A weekend of bluegrass-flavored fun for the whole family. The Pork Council will make a contribution of up to $10,000 in barbecue sales income to IBMA.
The North Carolina Pork Council and the farm families that make up our state’s pork industry are proud to host this year's North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship in the heart of the Wide Open Bluegrass festival in downtown Raleigh and sponsored by IBMA media partner, WTVD. The championship is the culmination of the annual state whole hog qualifying series that includes 15 to 20 local barbecue competitions conducted as part of community events in Tar Heel cities and towns throughout the spring and fall. At this year's state championship, the cooked barbecue will be collected after judging, chopped and sold to the general public by the Interfaith Food Shuttle. Proceeds from the sale of the barbecue will go to support the Interfaith Food Shuttle and the IBMA Foundation. Spectators will be able to watch the judging process in the parking area in front of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Authentic North Carolina pork barbecue will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the Interfaith Food Shuttle tent located on Fayetteville Street between Davie and Martin in front of ABC11 studio.
WOB Art Market Presented by Artsplosure; Got to Be NC Area; NC Craft Beers, and more!
What is a Raleigh street festival without art? The WOB Art Market is an intimate showcase designed to recognize North Carolina’s talented and enthusiastic arts community and feature unique artisans from across the United States.
Under the “Got To Be NC” banner, The North Carolina Department of Agriculture is sponsoring an area where vendors will be offering food items from throughout NC for tasting and purchase. And if you’re thirsty after sampling the regional cuisine, check out the craft beer tent for a sampling of local and regional brews and wines.