Bluegrass Festivals

Bluegrass is a type of American music played on stringed instruments like banjos, fiddles, and guitars. It is a related genre of country music that has some distinct characteristics. Traditional Bluegrass features musicians playing folk songs with acoustic instruments. Typically, each instrument takes its turn playing the melody and improvising around it, while the other instruments accompany it. Bluegrass festivals are popular in the southern United States. If you're interested in joining in on the fun, let AAA Travel plan your roadtrip this summer.


The Wayside Bluegrass Festival will be held July 12th – 15th, in Stuart, Virginia, at beautiful Wayside Park. It promotes traditional country, folk, and gospel bluegrass music.The foot stomping festival includes the talents of Southern Gentlemen, Ten Brooks, Open Mic, Changing Lane, Five Friends, Deer Creek Boys, and more. Daily tickets range from $10 – $30 for adults and $5 – $10 for children 10 and older, or you can get a discounted 4-day pass. RV and Rough on-site camping is offered.


The Dillard Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival will take place on August 4th & 5th at the Dillard City Hall Fairgrounds, in Dillard, Georgia. On stage Friday, you will hear the sounds of Big Country Bluegrass, Sons of the South, Foxfire Boys, and Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express. The Saturday lineup includes Balsam Range, Shadow Ridge, Curtis Blackwell & the Dixie Bluegrass Boys, Eddie Rose & Highway 40, and The Suggins Brothers. The festival also features the KCBS Georgia State Barbeque Cookoff. You can purchase a 2-day pass for $25 or a 1-day pass for $15. Children 12 and under are free. Nearby lodging includes hotels, bed & breakfasts, cabins, and RV parks.


The North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival will take place August 17th – 19th in the western North Carolina city of Marion. It will be held at the Tom Johnson Camping Center & Rally Park, where there is a variety of on-site camping options. The 2017 bluegrass music lineup includes: Gene Watson & The Farewell Party Band, Dailey & Vincent, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, The Little Roy & Lizzie Show, plus more. In addition to the music, the festival offers bluegrass jamming classes featuring the Wernick Method. Tickets range from $45 per day for adults to $15 per day for children, and children under 7 are free with an adult. Discounts offered for advance ticket purchases.


The 18th Annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival will be held on September 14th – 16th at Dumplin Valley Farm RV Park in Kodiak, Tennessee. Located in Eastern Tennessee near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival will showcase 15 bands including Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Junior Sisk & Ramblers, The Gibson Brothers, Flat Lonesome, Lonesome River Band, Volume Five, and more. The location offers a wide variety of on-site camping options. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance or you can pay at the gate. Prices range from $30 – $90 for daily and weekend passes.


The World of Bluegrass Festival will take place from September 26th – 30th in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. The festivities include the IBMA Business Conference and trade show for Bluegrass professionals, as well as, the festival, showcases, and exhibits. The main stage lineup includes Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Hot Rize, The Travelin' McCourys, Flat Lonesome, Bluegrass 45, and several others. Ticket prices vary depending on your involvement with the conference or festival. Reserve your stay at a preferred AAA hotel for special member discounts and savings.

Plan your Bluegrass Festival tour with AAA Travel. We can help you with lodging, tickets, and directions. We will help you plan the best route with TripTiks so you can maximize your time at these festivals. Before you hit the road, be sure to bring your car to AAA Car Care Center for a free, pre-road trip inspection. Call 1-800-444-8691 or visit a local AAA Travel branch to book your trip.

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