Festival Gate Hours
Friday: Noon – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Building and Exhibit Hours
Friday: Noon - 8 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Carnival Hours
Friday: Noon – 10 p.m.*
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.*
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

*May extend for one hour based on attendance

Friday: 9:15 p.m.
Saturday: 9:15 p.m.

Carnival Wristbands
Friday: Purchase from Noon to 9 p.m.,
Good all day for unlimited rides
Sunday: Purchase from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Good all day for unlimited rides

Be a Part:

Heritage Arts Corner Application

Antique Farm Equipment Registration

Become a Sponsor

Food Lion Local Goodness Marketplace Vendors

Official Lodging Partner of the
Got to Be NC Festival

Holiday Inn - Crabtree Valley

DoubleTree by Hilton
Raleigh Crabtree Valley


Music on the Festival Stage

Friday, May 18

3 p.m.

Russ Thompson
A raspy, soul-driven voice with a strong blues, folk feel

4:30 p.m.

Jon Shain
A combination of improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime

6 p.m.

The Gospel Jubilators
A style known as jubilee singing, a form of a cappella

7:30 p.m.

The Roman Spring
Cinematic Americana based in the Triangle

Saturday, May 18

3 p.m.

Africa Unplugged
World music with funky, soulful blues

4:30 p.m.


An electronica singer/songwriter based in Durham

6 & 7:30 p.m.

Four Founders
A soulful mix of blues, funk & southern rock

Sunday, May 19

1:15 & 2:45 p.m.


 Rockin’, rootsy music for children of all ages

4:15 p.m.

Wake & District
Public Safety Pipe & Drum Band

5:45 p.m.

Paige Johnson

Country singer/songwriter from Angier, NC

Carolina Bluegrass Battle

Saturday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Got To Be NC Festival Stage - outside Dorton Arena
free spectator admission 

Picking and plucking bluegrass style. Bands with both traditional and contemporary styles will compete for bragging rights, gigs and cash.

Competition is open to all amateur bluegrass bands from North Carolina playing traditional and contemporary bluegrass. Bands must consist of at least three members, and no band member may compete in more than one band. Competition will be limited to the first 8 (eight) bands to register. The winning band from 2018 will not be eligible to compete.

Bands will be provided with a professional sound system with mics and a direct box for an electric bass. Floor monitors will be provided. Bands will have five minutes to take the stage, tune and test the sound before your competition set of songs. Competition section not to exceed twenty minutes in length.

Judging will be scored on musicality, crowd appeal, vocal performance and instrument performance. The decision of the judges will be final.

1st Place $500 (plus a guaranteed paid job at the 2019 N.C. State Fair, PreddyFest 2019 and the Willow Oak Fest in Roxboro on June 15)
2nd Place $250
3rd Place $125

Carolina Bluegrass Battle Application Form


2019 Carolina Bluegrass Battle Bands

Black River Express Cuttin' Grass
Gabrielle Long & the Carolina Switchgrass Hazy Ridge Bluegrass Band
Hotwax and the Splinters Oak City String Band
One Fret Over