The festivals just keep on coming. Every time we appear to hit critical mass in a region filled with fun galas, more events keep surfacing. To keep you in the loop on everything fest, BRO is delivering its biggest Festival Guide to date, featuring 100 of the best bashes in our backyard. Whether you’re looking for stellar sounds, craft beer, art, or adventure, we’ve got you covered.

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance

Silk Hope, N.C.    May 4-7

Shakori Hills brings a stacked line-up of roots acts together for a long weekend of family-friendly revelry. Headliners include Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Donna the Buffalo, Amy Helm, and Todd Snider. A fall version also takes place October 5-8.

French Broad River Festival

Hot Springs, N.C.    May 5-7

French Broad River Festival was started two decades ago by a group of local boaters with great taste in music. In its 20 years the paddler party has grown into one of the region’s favorite low-key fests, staying relatively intimate at the Hot Springs Campground but featuring an impressive line-up of roots music and plenty of chances to play on the river. This year catch sets by Keller Williams, Larry Keel, Cabinet, Sol Driven Train, and Snake Oil Medicine Show. Also, recruit some friends for the French Broad River Raft Race, a nine-mile, class I-IV run that holds distinction as the biggest mass start raft race in the South.

Cheat River Festival

Albright, W.Va.    May 5-6

Expanded to two days, this big annual party is filled with arts, boating, bluegrass, food, and fun, all to support the Cheat River watershed. Paddle in the Downriver Race, run a 5K, and catch tunes by the Hillbilly Gypsies and the Hackensaw Boys.

Shaky Beats Music Festival

Atlanta, Ga.    May 5-7

The electronica sister to the older Shaky Knees Music Festival, this fest at Centennial Olympic Park will feature Griz and the Chainsmokers.

IPA Jambeeree

Crozet, Va.    May 6

Starr Hill Brewery hosts the second running of this new fest that will feature the best in hoppy brews from Virginia.

Beale Street Music Festival

Memphis, Tenn.    May 5-7

A mega fest in a musically historic city—Beale Street’s 2017 line-up boasts sets by Kings of Leon, Sturgill Simpson, Widespread Panic, and Snoop Dogg.

Carolina Rebellion

Concord, N.C.    May 5-7

Hair metal and grunge live in Concord! Catch Def Leppard, Soundgarden, Tesla, and many more at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival

Huntersville, N.C.    May 12-13

A celebration of tasty beer and good tunes brings some of the region’s best craft brews and bluegrass tunes together on Huntersville’s historic Rural Hill. Bands this year: Mandolin Orange, the Infamous Stringdusters, and Mipso.

Aiken Bluegrass Festival

Aiken, S.C.    May 12-13

This two-day celebration of bluegrass, biking, and beer returns to Aiken, featuring jams from the Infamous Stringdusters, Larry Keel, and members of Leftover Salmon.

Shaky Knees Music Festival

Atlanta, Ga.    May 12-14

The Atlanta indie and roots rock throwdown at Centennial Olympic Park hosts big names including LCD Soundsystem, The XX, Phoenix, and Ryan Adams.


Black Mountain, N.C.    May 11-14

The family friendly LEAF celebrates arts and culture from around the globe. Twice a year, in the shadow of Mt. Mitchell, traditions from around the world are represented through interactive exhibits, activities, food, and especially music. This spring the festival’s six stages will feature musicians from 13 different African countries, along with Macy Gray, Antibalas, Martin Sexton, and Sara Watkins. If you can’t make it in May, LEAF returns for its second yearly running in October, and the 3rd Annual Downtown AVL LEAF is happening August 4th and 5th. More info at

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival

Gettysburg, Pa.    May 18-21

This serious bluegrass festival celebrates its 74th running with the Seldom Scene, Rhonda Vincent, the Soggy Bottom Boys, and many more.


Bedford, Pa.    May 18-20

Jam outfit Pigeons Playing Ping Pong hosts this three-day festival at Fort Royal Farm. Additional acts include the Main Squeeze, Consider the Source, and Aqueous.


Durham, N.C.    May 18-21

Sonic pioneer Bob Moog is honored at this festival in Durham featuring Flying Lotus, Animal Collective, and Michael Stipe.

Trail Days

Damascus, Va.    May 19-21

With the Appalachian Trail running through town, Damascus is the perfect place to host this big festival that’s an annual reunion for thru-hikers and a huge weekend party that lets all outdoor enthusiasts become immersed in A.T. culture. traildays.u

The Moonshiner’s Ball

Irvine, Ky.    May 19-21

Indie folk and alt-country ring through the Red Lick Valley at this festival, featuring Con Brio, Lydia Loveless, the Marcus King Band, Margaret Glaspy, and Vandaveer.

Susquehanna Breakdown

Scranton, Pa.    May 19-20

Pennsylvania bluegrass group Cabinet hosts this festival at the Pavilion at Montage Mountain. Additional acts on the bill include Greensky Bluegrass and the Wood Brothers.

Dominion Riverrock

Richmond, Va.    May 19-21

Riverrock is a huge outdoor sports and music festival on the banks of the James River in downtown Richmond. Run the James River Scramble 10K, demo a SUP board, and catch sets by Hard Working Americans and the Steeldrivers.

Hangout Music Festival

Gulf Shores, Ala.    May 19-21

Hang out for three sunny days on the Gulf Coast of Alabama and listen to top national artists like Mumford and Sons, Twenty One Pilots, and Frank Ocean.

Virginia Beach Funkout

Virginia Beach, Va.    May 20

Virginia’s own Keller Williams leads the pack at this one-day groove bash in the Shaka’s Live Parking Lot.

Virginia Beer Festival

Norfolk, Va.    May 20-21

Enjoy the best offerings from 65 breweries at Town Point Park in downtown Norfolk.

Tour De Fat

Asheville, N.C.    May 20

New Belgium hosts this traveling celebration of “beer, bikes and bemusement” featuring a large bike parade and live music. The first date is in Asheville, featuring a show by Third Eye Blind, and additional regional stops include Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta, Ga., Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C.

Dr. Ralph Stanley’s 47th Annual Memorial Weekend Bluegrass Festival

Coeburn, Va.    May 25-27

Ralph Stanley II leads his legendary late father’s band, the Clinch Mountain Boys, at this bluegrass festival at the Stanley old home place in southwest Virginia.

RoosterWalk Music and Arts Festival

Axton, Va.    May 25-28

This family friendly festival held near Martinsville continues to raise the bar with its impressive line-up of roots music. Bands this year: Greensky Bluegrass, The Wailers, Anderson East, and many more.

Papa Joe’s BanjoBQue Music Festival

Evans, Ga.    May 26-27

Dig into some delicious BBQ and killer tunes from the Avett Brothers and Greensky Bluegrass.