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If you're coming to Raleigh, N.C., for
Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC!

Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC, produced in concert with the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA's) World of Bluegrass week, is the largest urban bluegrass festival in the world! Make your plans now to spend a music-filled weekend in N.C.'s capital city.


BandFrom morning 'til... morning

The schedule

There will be pickin' going on virtually around the clock.
Main Stage schedule

StreetFest schedule

HotelRest easy


Take your pick (pun intended!) of any of the official IBMA bluegrass week hotels. Click here

ParkingNeed to know


Here's a guide to knowing where to park your car while you're in downtown Raleigh during Wide Open Bluegrass. Click here

R-LINEEasy and free

Getting around

To make getting around downtown easy, take the free, hydroelectric circulator bus, the R-LINE.
Click here

BBQ Trophy

eatin' High on the hog!

2017 Whole Hog Barbecue Championship

Every fall, the best whole hog barbecue chefs in N.C. square off to become state champion. The championship will return to downtown Raleigh as part of Wide Open Bluegrass. After the judging is complete, the mouth-watering barbecue will be chopped and sold in sandwiches to festival attendees. Learn more


Whole Hog Barbecue Championship photo courtesy of the N.C. Pork Council.

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Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

421 Fayetteville St., Ste. 1505  
Raleigh, NC 27601   1.800.849.8499

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