Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance October 6-9 — Silk Hope, N.C. For music fans in North Carolina, the trek to Shakori Hills in October is a ritual. It’s a four-day fest that takes place in the spring and fall on a 75-acre piedmont farm that blends some of North Carolina’s best roots musicians with national headliners, touches of world music, and an array of food, arts, and crafts.
Richmond Folk Festival October 14–16 — Richmond, Va. The Richmond Folk Festival draws more than 190,000 people to downtown Richmond’s riverfront for music, dance, and eclectic arts.
Bridge Day October 15 — Fayetteville, W.Va. One day per year, it is legal to jump off the New River Gorge Bridge. Come out and watch BASE jumpers take flight from nearly 900 feet over the New River.
The Barbecue Festival October 22 — Lexington, N.C. Over 100,000 folks slathered in sauce can’t be wrong. Join them in the Barbecue Capital of the World.
South Carolina State Bluegrass Festival Nov. 24-26 — Myrtle Beach, S.C. Hear the best in bluegrass by the ocean at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. Acts include Dailey & Vincent, the Grascals, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and the Larry Stephenson Band.