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 2018 Schedule of events: and bands:

Wednesday, July 4 - free Admission

  • 5:00 Cornhole, volleyball, mini golf, concession stands open
  • 6:00 Frog jumping contest
  • 7:00 Dougnut eating contest
  • 7:30-9:00 Music Entertainment
  • 9:15 Star Spangled Banner
  • 9:30 Fireworks

Thursday, July 5

  • 1:00 Loose Strings Band
  • 2:30 Carolina Blue
  • 4:00 Lonesome River Band
  • 5:30 Supper Break
  • 6:30 Carolina Blue
  • 8:00 Lonesome River Band
  • 9:30 Balsam Range

Friday, July 6 - $5 Upcharge on Daily Admission

  • 1:00 Shannon Slaughter
  • 2:30 Volume Five
  • 4:00 Mountain Faith Band
  • 5:30 Supper Break (Alberta Hall)
  • 6:30 Volume Five
  • 8:00 Mountain Faith Band
  • 9:30 Diamond Rio

Saturday, July 7

  • 1:00 Sideline
  • 2:30 Terry Baucom’s Dukes Of Drive
  • 4:00 Russell Moore & Iiird Tyme Out
  • 5:00 Kids Camp
  • 5:30 Supper Break
  • 6:30 Terry Baucom’s Dukes Of Drive
  • 8:00 Russell Moore & Iiird Tyme Out
  • 9:30 Larry Sparks
  • 12:00am Sideline Campground Jam Session

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
Email Boxoffice@CI.Morganton.NC.US
Additional Contact Info

(828) 439-1866

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