Frequently Asked Questions


I have tickets for shows at Red Hat. Can I leave and come back in?

Yes! You will receive a wristband at the gate that will allow you to come and go from Red Hat throughout the day.


What is the difference between “World of Bluegrass” and “Wide Open Bluegrass”?

World of Bluegrass is the umbrella term for ALL of the IBMA events taking place in Raleigh – the Business Conference, Bluegrass Ramble, Awards Show, and Wide Open Bluegrass festival all fall under the collective umbrella name World of Bluegrass. 

Wide Open Bluegrass is the weekend festival component of IBMA’s weeklong program. Wide Open Bluegrass takes place Friday & Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 in downtown Raleigh – the ticketed Main Stage is Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater, located across McDowell Street from the back of the Raleigh Convention Center, and the free StreetFest includes 6 music stages and a dance tent along Fayetteville Street, which is walking distance from the amphitheater.


Are pets allowed at the festival?

Pets are allowed at the free StreetFest, as long as they are on leash. Dogs should be comfortable with large crowds and loud music. Please clean up after your dogs!


What do I do when I get to the airport in Raleigh?  RDU Airport visitor services desks are located near baggage claim areas in both terminals.  Special IBMA welcome desks will be located near the visitor desks, so stop by and say hello and ask us any questions you may have about heading to World of Bluegrass!   


How do I get from the airport to the hotels?  Ground transportation is easy to find at RDU.  RDU taxisand other transportation services  are readily available at the airport. Taxicab meter rates in Raleigh are $4.20 for the first mile and 25¢ for each additional 1/10-mile. The average taxicab trip between RDU International Airport and downtown Raleigh costs approximately $35.  Raleigh, NC is also has UBERand LYFT


How do I find my way to the Raleigh Convention Center if I am driving and what about parking my car? Directions to the Raleigh Convention Center  
There are thousands of parking spaces within a few blocks of all the action at World of Bluegrass.  Parking is highlighted in gray on this downtown Raleigh map.

Additional information about downtown Raleigh parking decks, lots and the local R-line shuttle


Where may I find visitor information?  The Raleigh, NC Visitor Information Center (VIC)- Provides official brochures, event calendars, special promotions, maps and other visitor information. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 8am-8pm with expanded hours during IBMA World of Bluegrass Week. The VIC is located inside the connector space between the convention center and the Raleigh Marriott City Center.  The phone for the VIC is 919.834.5900.  Additional visitor information areas include a welcome kiosk at the convention center located near IBMA registration and an information tent on Fayetteville Street during Wide Open Bluegrass.


What if I need to know something about IBMA World of Bluegrass once I arrive in Raleigh and want to call?  You are welcome to call the special IBMA WOB Information line at our visitor center which is 919-645-2665.  The line will be manned daily from 8am to 8pm and messages will be responded to at other times.


What about WIFI in Downtown Raleigh?  The City of Raleigh provides free outdoor WIFI in the downtown area.  User information or tech support for downtown Raleigh WIFI


Where do I catch taxis once I’m at World of Bluegrass?  For the early part of the week, taxis stage on the Cabarrus Street side of the convention center and on Salisbury Street outside the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel.  During Wide Open Bluegrass cabs will stage outside the convention center at the corner of Lenoir and Salisbury Streets. 


You can also use the R-LINE, a FREE downtown Raleigh circulatorservice fleet of hybrid electric buses that will connect you to restaurants, retail, entertainment venues, museums, hotels, and parking facilities in downtown Raleigh. Buses run approximately every 15 minutes, so whether you’re a resident, employee or visitor, it’s a great way to get around downtown.


Standard Hours of Operation: Mon-Wed (7 am-11 pm); Thurs-Sat (7 am-2:15 am); Sun (1 pm-8 pm)


During World of Bluegrass, the R-Line will have extended hours, running nightly until 2:30 a.m. See the Bluegrass Ramble maps or World of Bluegrass app for an idea of where the R-LINE runs and how it can save you time (and energy) when heading out to the Ramble! 


For more Info: Call 919-485-RIDE (7433) or Visit


Pedal cabs (bicycle rickshaws) are readily available and will go anywhere for a tip:

Raleigh Rickshaw

Crank Arm Rickshaw




What about food?  You're in one of the "Top 10 Tastiest Towns in the South" according to Southern Living, and you'll quickly see why our culinary scene is gaining other national recognition. Farmers' marketsprovide fresh meat and produce to restaurants that are focused on farm-to-table cooking (be sure to check out our Downtown Farmers’ Market on Wednesday of WOB week... Carolina favorites like sweet tea, barbecue and home-style vegetables are staples of our culinary history... and award-winning chefs (we can claim two Iron Chef contenders) are setting trends in unique and creative takes on comfort food.  Choose from more than 1,200 Greater Raleigh restaurants, in a wide range of prices and cuisines while you’re here OR stop by our visitor center for a copy of “Hanging Around Downtown” map – a list of over 70 restaurants within 5-6 blocks of the convention center.


What about camping and RV parking?  IBMA attendees wanting full hook ups for camping will still find camping spots available at the NC State Fairgrounds at $30 per night. The Fairgrounds are located about 10-15 minutes from the convention center. To reserve a spot call or email Claudine Davis at 919.839.4501 direct or 919.523.3346 or


Is there a shuttle service from the campground to the World of Bluegrass?  There is!  It will run daily and stay tuned for the schedule.


Is there a mobile app?  YES, “World of Bluegrass Official Visitors App” is available in the App Store and is FREE.


I have a question about accessibility – where can I get information?

Start on the Wide Open Bluegrass accessibility page– if you don’t find the answer to your question there, you can contact Jamie Katz Court (, 919-664-8333 x103) or Julie Brakenbury (, 919-645-2661).


If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please e-mail, and we will answer your question or direct you to the person who can best answer your question. We look forward to seeing you at PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass!