Contact information for Press, Sponsorship, Volunteer Opportunities, Vendors, Accessibility, Business Activations and Deals, and Hotels, Camping, Lodging.



For high-resolution press photos and other media needs, please contact:

communications@pinecone.orgJamie Katz Court, Communications & Programs




To customize a Wide Open Bluegrass sponsorship, please contact:


Greg Behr, He or a member of the Festival Sponsorship Team will follow-up with you within three to five (3-5) business days.


Wide Open Bluegrass is the most trafficked and only free portion of a weeklong musical extravaganza produced by the International Bluegrass Music Association.


For more information on IBMA’s paid events, contact Paul Schiminger, IBMA - | 615-256-3222.


Learn more about Wide Open Bluegrass sponsorship opportunities



Volunteer Opportunities

Without our amazing and dedicated volunteers, Wide Open Bluegrass wouldn’t be possible.


If you are interested in volunteering during the Wide Open Bluegrass festival, and/or during the World of Bluegrass conference and related events, please e-mail: - Courtney Wheeler, Membership Coordinator, PineCone


tjeffries@visitraleigh.comTammy Jeffries, Assistant Director of Convention Services, Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau




Got to be NC: Tony Haywood -

Got to Be NC application opens in May 2017; application deadline July 15, 2017


Shop Local Raleigh/Greater Raleigh Merchants Association: Jennifer

Shop Local Raleigh application deadline is July 15
Download the 2017 Shop Local Raleigh vendor application


Application deadline for Shop Local Raleigh is Sept. 2 - Download the 2016 Shop Local Raleigh vendor application.


Arts Market: Artsplosure: Glynda
Arts Market application deadline: June 23


Concessions: Rachel

Application deadline: Monday, July 17, 2017, 5pm

Download the 2017 Wide Open Bluegrass Concessions Application


Download the 2017 Merchandise Vendor Application



Accessibility – Jamie Katz Court, Communications & Programs Manager, PineCone (festival producer); 919-664-8333 x103 – Julie Brakenbury, Director of Visitor Services; 919-645-2661 – Gray Henderson, Convention Services Manager; 919-645-2680



Business Activations and Deals – Julie Brakenbury, Director of Visitor Services; 919-645-2661 – Gray Henderson, Convention Services Manager; 919-645-2680



Hotels, Camping, Lodging

There are a variety of lodging options in Raleigh during Wide Open Bluegrass, at a variety of price points to fit most budgets. All room bookings are on a first-come, first-served basis, and the rooms are filling up quickly. All are quality hotels with interior corridors and are fully non-smoking. No pets allowed at any hotel. Each hotel has a 48-hour cancellation policy.

Learn more about hotels with IBMA room blocks

North Carolina State Fairgrounds Camping: For reservations, e-mail Claudine Davis - or call 919-839-4501.

Courtesy shuttle provided between Campground and Convention Center. Full service water, sewer, electric hook-up $30 per night.

Reserve space for Downtown Raleigh RV Camping during Wide Open Bluegrass; contact Meredith McLaurin if you have any questions: or 919-743-9588