Enjoy free music at this year’s State Fair

The State Fair offers great deals on musical entertainment for the  entire family. The State Fair’s Bluegrass Stage and the Waterfall Stage will play host to a variety of live music acts, all of which are completely free and appropriate for the entire family.

The  Bluegrass Stage is located in Heritage Circle and will feature two different acts, both representing some of the best traditional bluegrass music. The Grass Cats are famous for playing music as diverse as traditional fiddle and banjo music, bluegrass classics, acapella gospel numbers and popular hits. A North Carolina born-and-bred act, the Back Porch Bluegrass Band focuses on traditional bluegrass and gospel bluegrass music. Be sure to check out both acts!

A performance on the Bluegrass Stage at last year's fair.

Across the fairgrounds, between Dorton Arena and the Jim Graham Building, three acts will grace the Kitchen Craft Waterfall Stage. A true blast from the past, the Orange County-based  Frankie Faucet and the Drips will play 1950s and ’60s doo-wop-style music. Originally from Williamston, Jamie Leigh Bryant’s smooth country-rock fusion sound is sure to be a crown favorite. Based out of Fort Bragg, the Army Ground Forces Band is marked by a long tradition of excellence and a distinct traditional marching band-style sound. Three components of the Army Ground Forces Band will perform on Wednesday, Oct. 19, only.

All other acts will appear a number of times over the course of the fair, and between the two stages there will be at least six concerts each day. To find out when you can see each show, head over to the General Info section of our website and check out the daily schedules.

The fair’s free entertainment doesn’t stop at the Bluegrass and Waterfall stages. Be sure to check out the wide variety of grounds entertainment and roaming acts as well.

About Tilt-A-Whirl

Jeff Miles interned for the N.C. State Fair in 2011. This is his bio from that year: People usually call me Jeff Miles but when asked what my favorite part of Fair was, rides was the first thing that came to mind--so call me Tilt-A-Whirl from here on out. I've always been a big fan of the State Fair and I'm really excited to be working here this summer. I'll be bringing you weekly updates on the goings on at the fairgrounds and hopefully much more. I can't wait to see you all in October (and hopefully before)!


  1. I was wondering when you will start showing progress photos? I pass by every day and I see you put the gate flags up! Also are their any new deep fried food this year?

    • We’ll start posting progress photos soon, and should be able to confirm some deep fried announcements by the end of this week. Stay tuned for more.

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