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The Outer Banks is home to so many wonderful events, and perhaps the most well-known event is the annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival. Located right on the water at Roanoke Island Festival Park, bluegrass lovers come together every year for a 3-day festival of food, fun, and mountain music by the sea. Kick back on the stunning waterfront festival park with your friends and family and enjoy the sounds of the country’s finest bluegrass performers like Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Seldom Scene, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Nothin’ Fancy and Town Mountain, just to name a few! With dozens of local restaurant and merchandise vendors, you’ll also get to enjoy great food and do some shopping between sets.

This year’s festival begins on May 16th and runs through May 19th with a free “kickoff” event held on Wednesday, May 15th at the Bluegrass Island Trading Co. Tickets are now on sale but they do sell out fast so make your travel arrangements as early as possible.

If you still need lodging for the event, our Nags Head Vacation Rentals are not far from the festival park and feature amenities like elevators, private pools, hot tubs, and multiple bedrooms! If you have a smaller party attending the festival, consider one of our oceanfront condos before you book a hotel – not only is it more cost-efficient, but you still get to enjoy all the convenience and amenities of a beach house like an incredible ocean view and a full-sized kitchen.

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Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival

Event: 2019 Bluegrass Island Festival

Date: May 15 – 18, 2019 (Kickoff event on the 15th held at Bluegrass Island Trading Co. begins at 5:00 PM)

Time: Gates open at 11 AM

Location: Roanoke Island Festival Park (1 Festival Park, Manteo, NC 27954)


  • Wednesday, May 15thIron Horse, High Fidelity, Scythian
  • Thursday, May 16thHeidi & Ryan, The Farm Hands, Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith, Nothin’ Fancy, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage
  • Friday, May 17thAmanda Cook, Kevin Prater Band, Trinity River Band, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Seldom Scene
  • Saturday, May 18thGospel Plowboys, Deer Creek Boys, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Po’ Ramblin Boys, Town Mountain

Cost: Early-Bird Prices good through end 1/9/2019.

  • General Admission Single Day Pass: $40.00 per day
  • General Admission 3-Day Festival Pass: $99.00
  • 3-Day VIP Reserved Seating & Parking 3-Day Pass: $250.00
  • All Access Backstage VIP Pass: $350.00

*All tickets are mailed.

Parking: Free parking through downtown Manteo is very limited. A Park & Shuttle is available at the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site to shuttle you back and forth for the event.

Bathroom Facilities: Venue has indoor restrooms toward the back of the park and in the museum building. Portable toilets will also be provided in the festival area.

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Food & Drink Vendors:

  • The Jolly Roger Restaurant
  • Stripers Bar & Grille
  • Sugar Creek Seafood Restaurant
  • Darrell’s Seafood Restaurant
  • Sooey’s BBQ & Rib Shack
  • OBX Frozen Yogurt
  • Tony's Ice Cream
  • Kernel Kettle Corn
  • Mackey's Ferry Peanuts

Merchandise Vendors:

  • Jacmel Bay
  • LuLaRoe
  • Scentsy
  • Thirty-One
  • Norwex
  • Wildwood SoapWorks
  • Paparazzi
  • Color Street Nails
  • Fairy Hair
  • Westmoreland Wares
  • Shoptube
  • Carolina Divas
  • C.I. Soap Works
  • Artwork Prints
  • Martha Crow Guitar Straps
  • Sokiss Designs
  • Flipside Jewelry
  • OBX Creative Souls
  • Forever Bird Homes & More
  • Gordon's Glass Gallery
  • Beaded Beauties
  • Avon

Not Allowed in Venue:

  • Pets (with the exception of certified service animals)
  • Umbrellas
  • Pop-up tents
  • Canopy chairs
  • Outside food & drink

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