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The Best Concerts and Music Festivals Rocking Raleigh this Fall

As the weather cools from uncomfortably hot to pleasantly warm, the Raleigh music festival scene heats up. With events ranging from the familiar twang of All-American country music to the mighty bang of hip-hop, Raleigh has concerts and music festivals for everyone. Here’s a look at nine favorites.


Raleigh Irish Music Festival

Get ready to kick up your heels and join in the fun at the Raleigh Irish Music Festival! The free community celebration will take place from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23rd in Downtown Wake Forest. Enjoy lively Irish and Celtic music and dance performances, and shop Irish and Celtic products, food and libations.


Live & Local: Roots Fest

Celebrate the roots of North Carolina music and arts at Live & Local: Roots Fest. The free festival will run from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23rd on Hillsborough Street. Two stages will showcase a range of genres and performers, from blues to bluegrass and clogging. It is a great way to get out of the house for a few hours and appreciate the community.


Kesha Concert

TiK ToK, the clock is counting down the minutes to Kesha’s concert in Raleigh at The Ritz on Oct. 2nd. A stop along the pop star’s first U.S. tour in four years, this concert is in support of her newly-released album, “Rainbow.” Kesha will perform songs from the new album as well as past crowd-pleasing hits.


IBMA’s World of Bluegrass

What a better way to usher in a new season than with five days of beer, barbecue and bluegrass music! IBMA’s World of Bluegrass festival is back from Sept. 26th to Sept. 30th with an award-winning main stage lineup, including The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Steve Martin, The Infamous Stringdusters and Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush. Come help preserve the history and encourage the progress of America’s original art form.


Zac Brown Band Concert

Grab your cowboy hats and red, white and blue plaid shirts because Zac Brown Band is performing at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6th. Get your tickets to see Zac’s jaw-dropping flatpicking skills live and sing along with your favorite hits like “Chicken Fried” and “Toes.” The country music band has won three Grammys and has released fifteen number one hit radio singles.


Kid Cudi Concert

Raleigh Concerts this Fall


If you’re in the ‘Pursuit of Happiness,’ make sure you get tickets to Kid Cudi’s concert in Raleigh on Oct. 11th! Kid Cudi is an MC and songwriter hailing from Cleveland, Ohio and is best known for his creative, modern take on hip-hop music. He is continuing his success with collaborations with Kanye West and Snoop Dogg. Get your tickets today.


Buddy Guy Concert

See the musician who influenced eminent guitarists including Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton live on stage at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 25. Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee who pioneered Chicago’s fabled West Side sound. He’s received 7 Grammy awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award and 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received). At age 79, Guy is still going strong and is a living legend every music lover should see perform.


Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

Part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, this free street festival in Downtown Raleigh features five stages, a dance tent and a music expo in the Raleigh Convention Center. PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass closes out the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass week Sept. 29-30th in Downtown Raleigh. The event draws thousands to the city as seven music stages come to life with more than 100 music performances.


Groove in the Garden

Treat your taste buds to food truck fare and North Carolina craft beer while you savor the live music at the third annual Groove in the Garden. On Oct. 21st local bands playing indie pop, Southern rock, R&B and bluegrass will converge at Raleigh Little Theatre’s rose garden. The lineup includes American Aquarium, Toubab Krewe, Bombadil and Ghostt Bllonde.


We hope that you have a ton of fun at these Raleigh concerts and music festivals this season! And we hope you’ll also make some time to come and visit us! We’re always more than happy to show you around our community. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 800.528.1282.


Hope to see you soon!