Artist 1
Tedeschi Trucks - Friday
Sturgill Simpson - Thursday
Artist 2
Mavis Staples - Sunday
Melissa Etheridge - Sunday
Artist 3
Margo Price - Thursday
LeAnn Rimes - Friday
Artist 4
Shovels & Rope - Saturday
Balsam Range - Saturday
Artist 5
The Milk Carton Kids - Friday
We Banjo 3 - Saturday & Sunday
See You Next Year

September 16 - 19, 2021

See everyone in September!

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September 16 – 19, 2021


MerleFest Safety Information


The initial lineup for MerleFest 2021 has been announced! More artists will be announced in coming weeks. Sign up for our newsletter and get the news first!



4-Day Reserved Seating, 4-Day General Admission, 3-Day General Admission, Single Day Tickets, Parking Passes, Late Night Jam Tickets, and information on River’s Edge Camping.

On Sale June 10


As a volunteer you will receive free entry to the festival for the entire day of your shift. More importantly, you will be supporting a major fundraiser for Wilkes Community College.


Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

This contest offers songwriters the opportunity to have their songs heard by a panel of professional songwriters from the music industry.

Enter CASC

Getting Here

Getting to MerleFest is easy from any direction. If you are coming from North, South, East or West – we have you covered!


Things To Do

We have 13 stages of “Traditional Plus” music and so much more! Choices include Nature walks, Acoustic Kids Showcases, Little Pickers Area, a Pickin’ Place and a pleasing variety of food and craft vendors.

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The Shoppes at MerleFest is a centrally located shopping village of vendors and official MerleFest memorabilia. Festival guests can peruse vendor booths, check email, charge cell phones, and pick up an official MerleFest t-shirt all in one spot!

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Media Room

Here you will find our media releases, media credential request applications, high-resolution festival images, important dates and official Public Service Announcements. You will also find history about our festival and the Watson Family.

Media Room