International Bluegrass Music Festivial

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Wide Open Bluegrass (FREE) StreetFest 2016!

More than 200,000 people enjoyed the 2016 PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass - thank you for your continued support of live music! 


Mark your calendar for next year's Wide Open Bluegrass: Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29-30, 2017, Noon-11PM


Wide Open Bluegrass has a ticketed Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater, with part of the proceeds benefiting the Bluegrass Trust Fund, and a FREE StreetFest with music in downtown Raleigh on five stages and a dance tent, free activities, a music expo inside the Raleigh Convention Center, and much more! 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, local vendors thanks to Shop Local Raleigh, the best jamming imaginable, Sir Walter's Banjostand, and more!


Updates about next year's ticketed Main Stage, and the full World of Bluegrass programs, will be available via IBMA's website:



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.


The championship is the culmination of the annual Whole Hog Barbecue 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 championship, the cooked barbecue will be collected after judging, chopped and sold to the general public by the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. Proceeds from the sale of the barbecue will go to support the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.


Learn more about all North Carolina Pork Council activities during Wide Open Bluegrass.



Come Dance - Keynote Video - 2016 World of Bluegrass

- Video: OddFellows 

- Music: Steep Canyon Rangers 


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



All vendor applications are now closed. View this year's vendors.




Brought to You By
The PNC presents 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 and 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. The StreetFest is sanctioned by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). 


About IBMA’s World of Bluegrass
World of Bluegrass week is the annual homecoming for the bluegrass music community, taking place September 27-October 1, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. World of Bluegrass features three separate events: the IBMA Business Conference (Sept. 27- 29) that focuses on development and networking for bluegrass professionals; the International Bluegrass Music Awards (Thursday, Sept. 29), and Wide Open Bluegrass (Sept. 29-Oct. 1), 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 and Visitors Bureau, PineCone —The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.