Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention

The Old-Time music tradition born in Surry County and the sounds of sweet music will carry throughout the Blue Ridge Mountains from local, national and international musicians at the Annual Mount Airy Old-Time Fiddlers Convention at Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Always held the first weekend in June, this family friendly event brings together musicians and fans for two full days of competition, jam sessions, dancing, singing, education, and family entertainment . This popular festival, established in 1972, is dedicated to old-time and bluegrass music, as well as dance. The Fiddlers Convention features solo and band competitions whose winners are awarded cash prizes.

The Bluegrass & Old-Time Convention takes place rain or shine at the Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy, North Carolina. Emcee for this year's event is Lew Bode. Sound System by Brown Communication. Bring a lawn chair and encourage a sunny weekend. The contests will be held outside if weather permits. Trolley service runs Wednesday through Saturday between Veterans Memorial Park and various stops in Downtown Mount Airy.



  • 2:00 p.m. - Old-Time Workshops hosted by the Surry Arts Council
  • 7:00 p.m. - All Bands Perform


  • 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Folk Song in Grandstand
  • 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Bluegrass & Old-Time Banjos and Fiddles
  • 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.   -  Guitar, Mandolin, Dobro, Bass Fiddle, Dulcimer, Autoharp
  • 5:45 p.m. - Youth Dance and Awards
  • 6:00 p.m. - All bands perform

Adult dance after the completion of the band competition

Event Details

Location Veterans Memorial Park
Mount Airy, NC
Cost Ticketed/Admission Charged
Adults $10.00/day, Contestants $20.00, Children under 6 free.
Music Styles Bluegrass
Event Type Festival
  • ✔ Can Accommodate Groups
  • ✔ Dancers Welcome
  • ✔ Family Friendly
  • ✔ Food Service
  • ✔ Handicapped Accessible
  • ✔ Open Jam
  • ✔ Pet Friendly

Contact Info

Phone (336) 345-7388

Upcoming Dates:

  • Fri, Jun 7, 2019 at 7:00pm - 11:59pm
  • Sat, Jun 8, 2019 at 9:00am - 11:00pm

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