IBMA Bluegrass Live!
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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 IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC 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 IBMA 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 IBMA 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 2020.


Exhibit Hall

The IBMA 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 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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Street Stages

During our two-day festival, we close down Fayetteville Street to bring you five blocks and seven stages of music from the State Capitol all the way to the front door of the Marriott Hotel. You’ll see and hear a diverse lineup of up-and-coming artists and bluegrass legends! Don’t miss your chance to perform for 200,000 attendees during IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC.

2020 Applications Have Closed

Thank you to all of our 2019 Sponsors!



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

Check back in early April for Applications.

Street Vendors
Shop our StreetFest featuring the finest artisans, foods, and locally grown products at IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC. Browse the Art Market, Shop Local Raleigh Vendors, Got To Be NC Vendors, and food/drink concessions.

2020 Artist Application

2020 Standard Vendors Application

2020 Shop Local Raleigh Vendors Application

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