Outdoor Festivals of North Carolina 


Here is the listing for the outdoor festivals for the state of North Carolina. If you know of one that is not listed here for the months below, click here to let us know. Click on one of the months on the line below to jump to that month's festivals.




January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December




January (Back to Top)


Date: January 18th 2014
Festival Name: NC Dance Festival
City: Greensboro
Location: Downtown Greensboro
Details: Experience the beautiful world of dance. This festival showcases a wide array of dancers and their eclectic styles of dances.
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Date: January 23rd-26th 2014
Festival Name: Blowing Rock Winterfest!
City: Blowing Rock
Location: Downtown Blowing Rock
Details: Polar Plunge! Winterfest! Wine Tasting! Bonfires! Hayrides! Dog Show! Music and much more winter fun!
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Date: January 25th 2014
Festival Name: Winter Warmer Beer Festival
City: Asheville
Location: Ashville Civic Center downtown Ashville
Details: Beer Festival, Bluegrass and Electronic Live bands!
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Date: January 25th 2014
Festival Name: Jolly Skull Beer Festival 
City: Greenville
Location: Greenville Convention Center
Details: Jolly Skill is a Huge Beer Festival which will definitely make all of you craft beer lovers smile!
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Date: January 31st-Feb 2nd 2014
Festival Name: Celtic Weekend
City: Asheville
Location: The Omni Grove Park Inn
Details: Live Celtic bands, Celtic vendors, Scottish Collie Sheepdog shows, and massages!
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February (Back to Top)


Date: February 1st 2014
Festival Name: Queen City Brewers Festival
City: Charlotte
Location: NC Music Factory
Details: Come out and check out a collection of Charlotte breweries, brewpubs, craft beer tasting, and Live Music!
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Date: February 1st-2nd 2014
Festival Name: Carolina Chocolate Festival
City: Morehead City
Location: 3505 Arendell Street
Details: Everything Chocolate! Also includes a 5K Run and a Chocolate Spa!
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Date: February 6th-8th 2014
Festival Name: NC Jazz Festival
City: Wilmington
Location: Hilton Wilmington Riverside
Details: Live Jazz Bluegrass and Fiddle will be performing in this three day music event!
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Date: February 7th 2014
Festival Name: Appalachian State Old Time Fiddlers Convention
City: Boone
Location: ASU Campus
Details: Come out and get your fiddle on with a Fiddle concerts, along with guitar and banjo fun as well!!!
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Date: February 14th-16th 2014
Festival Name: Bluegrass First Class Festival of Asheville
City: Asheville
Location: Crown Plaza Resort
Details: Live Bluegrass bands take the stage all three days!
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Date: February 19th-22nd 2014
Festival Name: Carolina Jazz Festival
City: Chapel Hill
Location: Memorial Hall
Details: Come out and listen to the romantic sounds of the Sax, along with performances by the UNC Jazz band, and the Wayne Shorter Quartet.
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Date: February 22nd 2014
Festival Name: Mardi Gras
City: Jamestown
Location: Kivett Drive
Details: Mardi Gras! Need we say more?
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Date: February 22nd 2014
Festival Name: Stanley County Winter Wine Festival
City: Albemarle
Location: Downtown Albemarle
Details: Wine!
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Date: February 22nd-March 9th 2014
Festival Name: Charlotte Jewish Film Festival
City: Charlotte
Location: Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium, Temple Israel, Sam Lerner Center
Details: Films galore!
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March (Back to Top)


Date: March 1st 2014
Festival Name: Cape Fear Beer Fest!
City: Wilmington
Location: Wilmington Convention Center
Details: http://capefearbeerfest.com/index.html
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Date: March 15th 2014
Festival Name: St. Patrick’s Day Festival with Charlotte Goes Green!
City: Charlotte
Location: Tryon Street
Details: Live Irish Music, Professional Irish dancing, Pipe performances, and Irish cuisine!
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Date: March 22nd 2014
Festival Name: All Ale to the Queen Beer Carnival
City: Charlotte
Location: NC Music Factory
Details: Craft Beer Lovers dream carnival!
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Date: March 22nd 2014
Festival Name: Crystal Bowl Sound Healing
City: Asheville
Location: Eagle Street
Details: Come heal.
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April (Back to Top)


Date: April 4th-14th 2014
Festival Name: RiverRun International Film Festival
City: Winston-Salem
Location: Perture Cinema
Details: http://riverrunfilm.com/
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Date: April 9th-13th
Festival Name: NC Azalea Festival
City: Wilmington
Location: Wilmington-various locations
Details: http://www.ncazaleafestival.org/
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Date: April 12th 2014
Festival Name: Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival
City: Cary
Location: Booth Amphitheatre
Details: Over 100 wines to sample!
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Date: April 12th 2014
Festival Name: Pirate Fest
City: Greenville
Location: Evans Street
Details: April 11th will feature the Buccaneer Bash, Live music, Beers and wines. The street festival will be held on April 12th! Arts and crafts will be on display for you to admire, and to take home with you!
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Date: April 12th 2014
Festival Name: Charlotte Slow Day
City: Charlotte
Location: Central Piedmont Community College
Details: On April 12th, art lovers all over the world will get the opportunity to visit museums and look at art! Viewers will take ten minutes to look at each art piece and then meet up over lunch to discuss each piece.
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau
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Date: April 12th-13th 2014
Festival Name: Rural Hill Scottish Festival
City: Huntersville
Location: Rural Hill
Details: http://www.ruralhillscottishfestivals.net/
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Date: April 13th 2014
Festival Name: Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
City: Raleigh
Location: Downtown
Details: Run while jamming out to Jazz, Rock, Soul, and Alternative bands!
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Date: April 18th-19th 2014
Festival Name: Indie Music Showcase
City: Mooresboro
Location: 3613 Cliffside Road
Details: Independent artist show off their eclectic styles. Your welcome to bring your tent and camp out!
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Date: April 19th 2014
Festival Name: Cuegrass Festival
City: Raleigh
Location: Davie Street
Details: Local brews and Bluegrass! Yes!
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Date: April 23rd-27th 2014
Festival Name: Moogfest 2014
City: Asheville
Location:
Details: The synthesis of Technology, Art and Electronic Music! http://www.moogfest.com/news/kraftwerk-leads-landmark-line-moogfest-2014




Date: April 24th-27th 2014
Festival Name: GAYCHARLOTTE MUSIC FESTIVAL
City: Charlotte
Location: Queens Road
Details: Come out and celebrate the LGBT culture!
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Date: April 24th-27th 2014
Festival Name: MerleFest
City: Wilkesboro
Location: Wilkes Community College
Details: Bluegrass, Country and Rock bands. LIVE!
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Date: April 25-26th 2014
Festival Name: Art of Cool Festival
City: Durham
Location: Various locations. Check out their website for a more detailed descriptions of all of the venues for his awesome event.
http://aocfestival.org/
Details: Music concerts!
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Date: April 26th-27th 2014
Festival Name: Art Walk of Charlotte
City: Charlotte
Location: Little Sugar Creek Greenway
Details: Art! Art! Art! 85,000 in attendance! Music, food, and much more!
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May (Back to Top)


Date: May 1st-4th 2014
Festival Name: Five-String Fest
City: Lawndale
Location: Elliot Family Farms
Details: Banjo enthusiast better get ready!
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Date: May 2nd-4th 2014
Festival Name: French Broad River Festival
City: Hot Springs
Location: Hot Springs Campground
Details: Live music, artists, rafting adventures, bike racing and much more!
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Date: May 3rd 2014
Festival Name: Peak Fest
City: Apex
Location: Downtown
Details: Street performers, live bands, crafts, games.
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Date: May 3rd-4th 2014
Festival Name: Sanford Arts and Vine Festival
City: Sanford
Location: Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center
Details: Wine, Beers, music and pottery!
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Date: May 8th-11th 2014
Festival Name: Leaf Festival
City: Black Mountain
Location: Rockmont
Details: Come out and listen to an eclectic array of Live musical acts! Get a massage and participate in relaxing yoga classes as well! Be sure to bring your little Granolas too, as there will be plenty of fun children’s activities also!
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Date: May 10th 2014
Festival Name: Brewers and Music Festival
City: Huntersville
Location: Rural Hill
Details: Live bands and dark brews!
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Date: May 17th 2014
Festival Name: Carolina’s Blues
City: Greensboro
Location: Festival Park
Details: Come celebrate the Blues… music of course!
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Date: May 17th 2014
Festival Name: Dragon Boat Asian Festival
City: Cornelius
Location: Ramsey Creek Park
Details: http://www.charlottedragonboat.com/
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Date: May 31st 2014
Festival Name: NC Wine Festival
City: Winston-Salem
Location: Downtown
Details: http://www.visitwinstonsalem.com/special-events/view/salute
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June (Back to Top)


Date: June 6th-8th 2014
Festival Name: Taste of Charlotte
City: Charlotte
Location: Uptown Charlotte
Details: Sample an eclectic variety of foods while meandering through uptown!
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Date: June 26th-29th
Festival Name: Wild Goose Festival
City: Hot Springs
Location: Hot Springs Resort and Spa
Details: Get inspired! http://wildgoosefestival.dreamhosters.com/
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July (Back to Top)


Date: July 25th-27th 2014
Festival Name: Bachata and Salsa Festival
City: Charlotte
Location: The Blake Hotel
Details: Salsa dancing workshop, Salsa party, pool party!
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August (Back to Top)


Date: August 23rd 2014
Festival Name: Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival
City: Cary
Location: Downtown Cary
Details: http://www.townofcary.org/Departments/Parks__Recreation___Cultural_Resources/events/festivals/Lazy_Daze_Arts_and_Crafts_Festival.htm
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October (Back to Top)


Date: October 3rd-5th
Festival Name: NC Seafood Fest
City: Morehead City
Location: The Waterfront
Details: Tons of seafood, live concerts and much more! Check out http://ncseafoodfestival.org/
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November (Back to Top)


Date: November 1st-2nd 2014
Festival Name: Whirligig Festival
City: Wilson
Location: Downtown Wilson
Details: Live music, crafts, arts, and children’s activities, along with many Whirligig activities! http://www.wilsonwhirligigfestival.com/
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