World of Bluegrass is the largest, integrated platform for bluegrass music in the world!

From professional to fan, it’s where the bluegrass music community comes to connect, discover, and grow in bluegrass music.

The events facilitate the growth and development of the bluegrass music community, from professional to fan.  We accomplish this goal through four main World of Bluegrass events.

September 24-28, 2019
Raleigh, NC

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Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass is a one-of-a-kind urban bluegrass festival!

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IBMA Awards Show

Don’t miss the biggest night in bluegrass music!

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IBMA Business Conference

Connect, discover, and grow with the bluegrass music industry!

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Bluegrass Ramble

IBMA’s innovative showcase series in club venues in downtown Raleigh!

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Ticket Information

Member pre-sale for all events begins in April, 2019!

Save money, and have first crack at reserved festival seating and hotel blocks at the Marriott, Sheraton, and Residence Inn!

Join today for member discounts and access!


Hotel Blocks Open April 2019!

The IBMA has discounted hotel blocks at 9 area hotels, including Marriott City Center, Sheraton, Residence Inn, DoubleTree, Hampton Inn & Suites, Hilton North Raleigh, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown, Red Roof Plus.

Reservation Policy

Reservations at the Marriott, Sheraton, and Residence Inn require purchase of one ticket or registration (Bluegrass Ramble not included).

The Marriott and Residence Inn will charge a non-refundable deposit of the first night plus tax.  Additionally, the Marriott will require a 3-night minimum stay.  The IBMA instituted these policies due to a high number of last-minute cancellations that put the organization at financial risk and prevented many attendees from reserving rooms in these hotels.  For questions about our policy, email [email protected].

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Why you should book on the IBMA block

The importance of reserving a hotel room at one of the official host hotels cannot be stressed enough.  First, it saves you up to $100 per night (depending on the hotel)!  And there is another important reason. In order to obtain such steeply discounted hotel rates, the IBMA must contract a room commitment to our host hotels, and should the organization fail to meet that commitment due to booking outside the block and last-minute cancellations, it is potentially liable for making up the difference which can be as high as $50,000.  When anyone  reserves a room with an official IBMA host hotel, and fulfills any minimum must-stay, he or she is helping to support not only the IBMA in 2019, but also future events and the organization itself.

Get involved and make the most of the largest platform for bluegrass music!

In addition to purchasing tickets to the events, there are numerous ways to get involved and maximize your World of Bluegrass experience.

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The International Bluegrass Music Association and our partners PineCone, Greater Raleigh CVB, the City of Raleigh, and all of the members of the Local Organizing Committee welcome ALL bluegrass professionals and fans to the World of Bluegrass in Raleigh.

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