In response to directives from North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and growing concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Wilkes County officials have cancelled all mass gatherings of more than 100 people in Wilkes County through the end of April. Therefore, MerleFest 2020 has been cancelled. While this decision is disappointing for all of us, we fully support the directive from our county officials. The health, safety, and well-being of all involved with MerleFest is, and always will be, our primary concern. Click here for details.

We are offering three options for current ticket holders who have purchased MerleFest 2020 tickets through the official MerleFest ticketing system:

  • Option 1: Convert your purchase to a donation (applies to challenge)
  • Option 2: Roll your tickets forward
  • Option 3: Refund

You may contact us via one of the following ways:

  • Email: merlefest@wilkescc.edu
  • Mail: MerleFest Tickets, P.O. Box 120, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
  • Phone: (800) 343-7857 to leave message for return call

We look forward to seeing you at MerleFest 2021!

April 15 Deadline is Approaching!
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Lineup

The initial lineup for MerleFest 2020 has been announced! Sign up for our newsletter and get the news first!

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Purchase

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.

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Volunteer

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.

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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.

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Getting Here

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

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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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Vendors

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! Vendor applications are now closed.

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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.

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