This week it is all about bluegrass! The International Bluegrass Music Association is holding its annual convention in downtown Raleigh all week. Thursday, the IBMA Awards will be presented at the Duke Energy Center and Friday and Saturday the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival takes over downtown. The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival includes a free street festival and ticketed shows at the Raleigh Convention Center and Red Hat Amphitheater. Performers include Steve Martin and Steep River Canyons, Edie Brickell and Bela Fleck. Check out our guide to the festival.
The annual International Folk Festival hits Fayetteville this weekend with music, arts, crafts and more. One of the highlights is the Parade of Nations on Hay Street Saturday morning. On Saturday and Sunday, Festival Park will have multiple stages, international cuisine and a children's area.
Rebus Works will be hosting a food truck rodeo featuring GOUGE Wrestling on Saturday night. Food trucks include Blue Sky Dining and Baton Rouge Cuisine.
Big Boss Brewery and Models for Charity are teaming up with The Pink Effect to celebrate their 5th anniversary and raise money for early breast cancer detection. The Pink Effect fashion show is Saturday night and will feature live entertainment and a raffle. Tickets start at $25.
A rodeo, concert, parade and carnival rides highlight the annual Benson Mule Days this weekend. It all kicks off with a concert Thursday night in downtown Benson featuring The Trailblazers performing cowboy songs, hymns and music from Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and more.
The Town of Carrboro is the site of the North Carolina Folklife Festival. Head to town hall on Saturday for a walkable feast of food, arts and crafts, demonstrations, documentary films, storytelling, symposia, hands-on activities, music and more. Admission is free.
Bull City Burger and Brewery in Durham is holding its third annual Octoberfest Street Party on Saturday. Bands start at 2 p.m. and music continues into the night. There will be a balloon animal maker for the children and other family-friendly activities. The event is free.
Irish musicians and bands will be in Moore Square in downtown Raleigh on Saturday for the Raleigh Irish Fest. The free festival kicks off at 11 a.m.
The Carrboro Music Festival on Sunday will feature more than 180 acts, food and craft vendors and activities for the children. The free party starts at 1 p.m.