Beaufort Music Festival (BMF) is a community-supported, volunteer-run, non-profit organization working with and for the community to bring music and tourism to Beaufort and Carteret County.
This free festival takes place each May in Beaufort’s historic downtown, and the town is packed on Friday and Saturday with locals and tourists alike enjoying the beautiful weather and some pretty great music.
Two of the main goals of the Festival are to present a diverse music line-up and to introduce attendees to fresh musical acts. In addition, the BMF strives to be a family-inclusive event and to provide an immersive experience for all ages over two days with food trucks, a family area with children’s activities, and a beer garden highlighting North Carolina craft brews.
Some recent past performers include the Avett Brothers, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, St Paul and the Broken Bones, Margo Price, Richie Havens, Southern Culture on the Skids, the Banditos, the Rosebuds, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Tift Merritt, Mandolin Orange, American Aquarium, Donna the Buffalo, Yarn, River Whyless, AJ Ghent Band, Chatham County Line, Old Man Markley, Bombadil, Justin Townes Earle, Wrinkle Neck Mules, and many, many more.
Each year, the Festival gives a portion of the festival’s proceeds to a deserving local charity, school, or individual in need. The BMF is funded by sponsorships from local businesses, donations, partnerships with other local organizations, and beer and wine sales during the Festival, all of which allow it to remain a free event.
You won’t want to miss the most amazing music festival and the best weekend in Beaufort!
Friday Evening, May 19th, Downtown Beaufort, NC
All events to take place on Beaufort Historic Site grounds
Friday Evening Vendors:
- Stewart Doggz Mobile Food Cart
- Beer Garden
Friday Evening Performances:
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm :: 4EverAll
6:00 pm – 6:45 pm :: SAAG
6:45 pm – 8:00 pm :: Elise Davis
8:00 pm – 8:45 pm :: Strung Together Band
8:45 pm – 10:15 pm :: Muddy Magnolias
Saturday, May 20th, Downtown Beaufort, NC
All events to take place on Beaufort Historic Site Grounds and First Baptist Church Parking Lot (corner of Turner and Ann Streets)
- Food Trucks (daytime): Beaufort Grocery Company AND Urban Street Eats
- Food (nighttime): Stewart Doggz Mobile Food Cart
- Kid and Family Area brought to you by Kitty Hawk Kites – Beaufort Historic Site, 1-4 pm
- Two Beer Gardens – one near each stage
Saturday Main Stage Performances:
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm :: Blue Cactus
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm :: L Shape Lot
3:45 pm – 4:45 pm :: Quiet Hollers
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm :: Kristin Diable
7:00 pm – 8:15 pm :: Polyrhythmics
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm :: Big Sam’s Funky Nation
Saturday NC Spotlight Stage Performances:
11:30 am – 12:15 pm :: Room 120
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm :: Caroline Dare
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm :: Frederick the Younger
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm :: Matt Walsh from the Low Counts
6:15 pm – 7:15 pm :: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm :: Darkwater Rising
- Friday, May 19th in Downtown Beaufort, NC
- Saturday, May 20th in Downtown Beaufort, NC
The Friday, May 19th, and Saturday, May 20th, event is FREE for all!
- NO tailgating in parking lot.
- NO dogs allowed.
- NO outside alcohol (ABC rule).
- Low chairs ARE allowed, though not directly in front of the stage.
- Bikes ARE allowed (and encouraged!) – Bring your own lock.
- Sunscreen and rain gear are a good idea. It’s Eastern North Carolina, you never know.
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