Music Festivals

Music in the Blue Ridge mountains is as old as human history here, and its musical traditions continue to grow with each passing generation. The High Country is now host to some of the country’s biggest musical events which often feature well-known bands playing in a more intimate atmosphere. The following is just a sampling of some of our must-see musical events.

Symphony by the Lake at Chetola

Every July, the Blowing Rock symphony treats residents and guests to an exceptional evening of classical music under the stars. One of the most anticipated events of the year, The Symphony by the Lake is held at Chetola Resort and attracts thousands. BRMC members and guests are always welcome to join us under the BRMC tent, where gourmet hors d’eouvres, beverages, and friends are always waiting. Contact the Community Concierge if you’d like to attend the next Symphony by the Lake!

Beach Blast on the Blue Ridge

One of the Blue Ridge’s most exciting summer music festivals has a new home… at BRMC! Summer 2012 marked our first backyard Beach Blast, and the success of that edition has cemented our beautiful property as the festival’s home venue. Join us each September when the Beach Blast returns to celebrate music, friends, and community in the High Country! See the Events Calendar for dates and details.

Merle Fest

Named after the legendary blind Appalachian musician Eddy Merle “Doc” Watson, Merle Fest showcases the best of “traditional plus” – music traditional to Appalachia, plus a number of influences ranging from blues, rock, country, and more, that have helped elevate its sound over the years. Held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC, Merle Fest is considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, and often features surprise guest appearances by celebrity artists.

Appalachian Summer Program

The Appalachian Summer Festival began in 1984 as a chamber music festival and has developed over the years to become one of the nation’s largest, regional, multi-arts festivals, with over 26,000 people attending each year. Presented by the Appalachian State University Office of Arts & Cultural Programs, the annual arts celebration is held every July on and around the university campus, and features an eclectic mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and film. For nearly a decade, the festival has been named one of the “Top Twenty Events in the Southeast” by the Southeast Tourism Society.