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IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC

  • Dates: October 1, 2021 - October 2, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Venue: Red Hat Amphitheater, Fayetteville St. and Raleigh Convention Center
  • Location: Downtown Raleigh
  • Address: 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Phone: 888.438.4262
  • Times: All Day
  • Admission: Free admission to the street festival; Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater is ticketed ($15 and up)


PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass is a two-day festival that sets up eight stages of free music, a dance tent, a barbecue championship, tons of art vendors and more in downtown Raleigh. The Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater is free (Limited preferred reserved seating is available for purchase in sections 1-3 of the amphitheater)!

  • Proof of vaccination (without exceptions) will be required for attendance at any IBMA World of Bluegrass activity requiring registration and ticketing: the IBMA Business Conference, the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble showcase series, the 32nd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards presented by Yamaha, and the main stage at the Red Hat Amphitheater for IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC. As in years past, IBMA World of Bluegrass indoor events will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, and at various venues downtown.
  • Masks will also be required at all indoor activities during IBMAWOB.
  • Attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination upon check-in to the event and issued a wristband that must be worn at all IBMAWOB events.
  • Anyone who has already purchased registration or tickets but prefers not to participate in the updated health protocols for the 2021 event will be given a choice with our updated refund policy, which will be available online at worldofbluegrass.org.