Upcoming Events

August 15-31, 2022 – Patron renewals

September 12-30, 2022 – Reserved seat renewals

October 1, 2022 – Volunteer applications open

November 1, 2022 – Vendor applications open

November 15, 2022 – Tickets on sale at 10 a.m. EST

November 15, 2022 – Initial  lineup announced at 10 a.m. EST

April 15, 2023 – Volunteer applications deadline

April 27-30, 2023 – MerleFest 

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Who is Flattop?

The big friendly raccoon you will see at MerleFest is our mascot, Flattop. Why a raccoon? Merle Watson’s band, Frosty Morn, used a raccoon as its logo, based on his suggestion. A naming contest gave Flattop his name–a truly fitting one because of Merle and Doc’s mastery of the flattop guitar.