All Wide Open Bluegrass events moved indoors due to weather

Wide Open Bluegrass
Wide Open Bluegrass

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Due to inclement weather expected over the next couple of days, the City of Raleigh has moved all Wide Open Bluegrass Festival events indoors.


All outdoor events that were to be performed at Red Hat Amphitheatre will now take place in the Raleigh Convention Center in Exhibit Halls A and B.

On Thursday, even organizers said the main components of the StreetFest would also be moved inside.

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All current Red Hat Amphitheater tickets will be honored at the convention center. This includes all of the music stages and the vendors from the Got to be NC, Arts Market, and Shop Local Raleigh sections of the festival. The NC Pork Council’s Barbecue Experience Dinners will also be hosted inside the convention center.

“Of course we’ve been watching the weather closely all week, and IBMA staff and volunteers, City staff and volunteers, artists, vendors, sponsors, and everyone involved in making this event happen has been focused on how to make the event work in a very different environment while still celebrating the music that brought us all together this week,” said William Lewis, executive director of PineCone and the festival’s producer.

People enjoy Wide Open Bluegrass in Raleigh. (WNCN)
People enjoy Wide Open Bluegrass in Raleigh. (WNCN)

The new stage locations are as follows:
· City Plaza Stage: Ballroom C
· Hargett Street Stage: Ballroom A
· Youth Stage: convention center Room 402
· Davie Street Stage: convention center Room 301 (Ground Floor)
· Martin Street Stage: convention center Room 302 (Ground Floor)
· J.A.M. showcase stage: convention center Room 304 (Ground Floor)

Performance schedules will remain the same, and schedules will be posted outside the corresponding rooms in the convention center.

Shop Local Raleigh vendors will be placed on the Mezzanine level of the convention center outside the ballrooms, and Ballroom B will house the NC Pork Council Barbecue Experience Dinners and serve as a food court.

Got to Be NC Vendors will be placed in the North Halls on the ground level of the convention center, and Arts Market vendors will be in the South Halls on the same level.

Additional food vendors will be outside the convention center on Salisbury and Cabarrus streets.

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