Red, White and Bluegrass Festival

Thousands of bluegrass fans converge on the Catawba Meadows Park in Morganton for one of North Carolina's largest music events. Red White and Bluegrass grew out of the city's municipal Fourth of July celebration. What had been a one-day event now boasts a lineup of more than thirty of the biggest names in bluegrass. In 2010, it was nominated for an International Bluegrass Music Association award for "Bluegrass Festival of the Year." Visitors to the festival can enjoy a fantastic fireworks display on the night of the Fourth. Over fifty vendors set up near the stage, selling food, CDs, and other bluegrass-related items. After the show stops on the main stage, musicians jam in the campground under the light of Coleman lanterns. Nowadays you see license plates from all over the country in the parking lot, but for its size, tickets are very reasonably priced. RV and tent camping are available in the park.

The 2017 Schedule of performers includes:

Saturday, July 1

  • 1:00 Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass
  • 2:30 Flatt Lonesome
  • 4:00 Blue Highway
  • 5:30 Supper Break
  • 6:30 Flatt Lonesome
  • 8:00 Blue Highway
  • 9:30 Larry Sparks

Sunday, July 2

  • 1:00 Terry Baucom's Dukes of Drive
  • 2:30 Volume Five
  • 4:00 Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice
  • 5:30 Supper Break
  • 6:30 Volume Five
  • 8:00 Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice
  • 9:30 The Isaacs

Monday, July 3

  • 1:00 Sideline
  • 2:30 Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • 4:00 The Boxcars
  • 5:00 Kids Camp
  • 5:30 Supper Break
  • 6:30 Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • 8:00 The Boxcars
  • 9:30 Mountain Heart

Tuesday, July 4

  • 5:00 Free activities begin with cornhole, volleyball, miniature golf, concession stands open
  • 6:00 Frog jumping contest
  • 7:00 Watermelon eating contest
  • 7:30-9:00 Music Entertainment
  • 9:15 Star Spangled Banner
  • 9:30 Fireworks

Event Details

Location Catawba Meadows Park
Morganton, NC
Cost Ticketed/Admission Charged
From $20 daily pass to 3-day weekend passes. Children 12 and under admitted free with a paying adult. Visit website for details.
Music Styles Bluegrass
Event Type Festival, Jam Session
  • ✔ Family Friendly
  • ✔ Food Service

Catawba Meadows Park offers 2.5 miles of greenway along the Catawba River; an 18-hole disc golf course; sand volleyball courts; an adventure playground, corporate picnic shelters; acres of open space for picnics, public restrooms and more.

Contact Info

Phone (828) 438-5350
Additional Contact Info

(828) 439-1866

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