WILKESBORO, NC - MerleFest, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, was founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of the late American music legend Doc Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of “traditional plus” music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles.

The annual festival has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs. And, it has gained an international reputation for its stellar music lineups, family-friendly atmosphere and loyal fans who return year after year… all considered the music, moments and memories of MerleFest! Be a part of it at this year’s 28th edition of MerleFest.

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