PNC Bank logo presents Wide Open Bluegrass!

8 FREE music stages take over downtown Raleigh, NC featuring IBMA and Grammy Award winners, top-notch emerging acts, and traditional bluegrass, and acts that stretch boundaries in downtown Raleigh, NC. The Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater is a fundraiser for the IBMA Trust Fund, a 501c(3) that provides emergency support for bluegrass music professionals. The festival also features a dance tent, workshops and exhibit hall with instruments and gear in the Raleigh Convention Center, food vendors, a juried arts market area, and more!

The Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater is FREE! (Subject to venue capacity)

Limited preferred reserved seating is available for purchase in sections 1-3 of the amphitheater.

Tickets On Sale!

While PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass is completely FREE, we offer for sale a limited number of reserved seats at our Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater.


Members: $60
Non-Members: $70
Day-of-Show: $70



Members: $120
Non-Members: $140
Day-of-Show: $140

ADA Seating Available.  

Single Day

Members: $50
Non-Members: $60
Day-of-Show: $60



Members: $100
Non-Members: $120
Day-of-Show: $120

ADA Seating Available.

New for 2019!

Sections 4-7 and the Lawn are absolutely FREE to the public!

No ticket required.
Subject to venue capacity.
ADA Seating Available.

Stage Schedules and Festival Map

View Lineup & Schedule


Volunteers are critical to a successful event! Over more than two decades, our volunteers have proven this beyond any doubt, helping to make World of Bluegrass a world-class music industry event. Whether you are a seasoned returning volunteer or a new talent, join a stellar team of folks working to make this year’s event even better!

Find out all about…

Other World of Bluegrass Events
and How to get involved!

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Featured Events

Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater

The Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater features the best in bluegrass music!  This one is not to missed!  Lineup coming spring, 2019.


Exhibit Hall

The World of Bluegrass Expo is the central gathering place, where over 12,000 visitors browse the latest in instruments, gear, and more!

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Youth Programming

Featuring a Youth Stage with top youth bands curated by the IBMA’s Youth Council, as well as workshops and artist meet-ups for youth only.  Always a winner with youth and parents alike!

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Whole Hog BBQ Championship

Strike the perfect chord with barbecue and bluegrass! Buy a wristband to sample ‘cue from 28 championship cooks and support two great causes.

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Thank you to all of our 2019 Sponsors!

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Exhibit Hall Vendors
The Exhibit Hall is central to the conference and festival experience throughout World of Bluegrass week with the broadest range of instruments and accessories, gear, artists, music services, museums and events, special installations and more.

Learn More and ReSERVE A Booth

Street Vendors
Shop our Wide Open Creations featuring the finest artisans, foods and locally grown products at the PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. Browse the Art Market, Shop Local Raleigh Vendors, Got to be NC Vendors and Food an Drink Concessions. Street vendor application is now closed. Art Vendor applications are now being accepted. Deadline for Art Vendor applications is June 16th.

Submit 2019 Art Vendor Application Online

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