MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the son of the late American music legend Doc Watson, renowned guitarist Eddy Merle Watson. Merle Watson was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in October, 2019.

MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including old-time, classic country, bluegrass, folk and gospel and blues, and expanded to include Americana, classic rock and many other styles.

The festival hosts a diverse mix of artists on its 13 stages during the course of the four-day event.

Dates: September 16, 2021 – September 19, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM
Location: Wilkes Community College
Address: 1328 S. Collegiate Drive, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
Phone: (800) 343-7857


Sep 16 - 19 2021


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Wilkes Community College
1328 S. Collegiate Drive, Wilkesboro, NC 28697
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