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#WOB 2015 Visitor’s Guide

Who is ready for Wide Open Bluegrass? There are lots of moving parts to this event so I thought it would be helpful to put together a guide of where to go to get the most up to date festival information.



There are activities, dancing and music throughout downtown Raleigh. You do not need a ticket to enjoy the Streetfest. This is free and there are some really great acts that you do not want to miss. One of my picks, Sierra Hull. Make sure to check her out.


The Main Stage

This is at the Red Hat amphitheater and you are required to have a ticket for this event. There are lots of great acts that will be playing. I am really excited about Jerry Douglas, Steep Canyon Rangers and Alison Krauss.


Bluegrass Ramble

This great event showcases bluegrass musicians around town at the local venues. Attendees are invited to ramble around town and listen to the great music. This does require a ticket. (Keep an eye out – you never know who you might meet.)


Dig the Pig?

Check out the whole hog bbq contest. For just $15 you can enjoy a BBQ dinner Friday or Saturday night. Check out the details here.

Make sure to get the latest updates and the schedule on your phone and download the app. [iOS] [Android]

Follow us on Twitter @919raleigh (@CaraDMc and @McLeod919) for live tweets and updates of the event. We look forward to sharing the event with you this weekend.

Update 9/30/15:

Red Hat Amphitheater Main Stage Peformances Moving into the Raleigh Convention Center

Final call for StreetFest to be made on Thursday morning, Oct. 1

wob2015Raleigh, NC (September 30, 2015) – Thank you for your ongoing coverage and interest in IBMA’s World of Bluegrass & PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass.

The ticketed portion of this weekend’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival will be moved from the Red Hat Amphitheater into the Raleigh Convention Center in Exhibit Halls A & B. All current Red Hat Amphitheater tickets will be honored. Friday’s peformances are sold out; tickets are still available for Saturday and can be purchased via or at the door at the event.

“We are grateful for our strong partnership with the City of Raleigh. It allows us to move forward with the Wide Open Bluegrass main stage performances as planned,” said Paul Schiminger, Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Association.

In addition, the local organizing committee, in partnership with the IBMA, has a contingency plan for all free performances to move indoors to the Raleigh Convention Center, along with all vendors and other festival activities, if the current weather forecast holds. Organizers finalized the plans this afternoon and will make a final call tomorrow morning by 10 a.m. whether to implement the plan.

Our primary concern is for all event participants–attendees, performers, vendors, and sponsors–to be safe, and to have a jammin’ good time.

Updated information will be made available via, on the festival app, and via IBMA’s and various local social media channels and platforms.

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