Banner Elk, Beech Mountain, Blowing Rock, Boone, West Jefferson, Wilkesboro, Blue Ridge Parkway

NC High Country FREE Music

If you want to hear some great (and mostly free!) local music in the Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, West Jefferson North Carolina area, you are in luck!  The NC High Country has many music venues featuring local artists all days and nights of the week.  Here is a list of music venues for the summer of 2021 *Due to Covid, some events might be cancelled*:



  • Crossnore Jam
    : Town Meeting House, Crossnore Drive, Crossnore, 828-733-0360
    What: Free live jam sessions- bring an instrument if you would like to join in!
    : 1st Friday every month at 7-9 pm
    For more information:


  • The Orchard at Altapass
    1025 Orchard Rd, Spruce Pine, 828-765-9531
    What: Free live bands and jams.  Indoors at the Orchard Store.  Enjoy a cone of ice cream or a slice of apple pie or lunch at the farm-to-table food bar.
    When: Wednesday- Sunday from May-September, around 12-4
    For more information:


  • Sunday Sunset Concert Series
    Where: Fred's Merchantile, 501 Beech Mtn Pkwy, Beech Mtn, 828-387-4838
    What: Free in the summer, local musicians serenade visitors at Fred's Mercantile Gazebo. Be sure to bring a chair & blanket!
    When: Sundays, July- August @ 6:30 pm
    For more information:


  • Banner Elk Music in the Park
    Where: Tate-Evans Park, 210 Park Ave, Banner Elk, 828-898-8395
    What: Free eclectic Music on an outdoor stage.  Food and beer/wine vendors on site.  Bring your own chair & blanket!
    When: Thursday Evenings, June- September @ 6:30 pm
    For more information:



  • Appalachian State Hayes School of Music
    Where: 813 Rivers St., Boone, 828-262-3020
    What: An array of faculty, student & guest performances. Grand opera to jazz to bluegrass is showcased in a great free indoor location.
    When: Concerts usually last an hour and take place weeknights and Sunday afternoons indoors
    For more information:


  • Blowing Rock Concerts in the Park
    Where: Memorial Park, Blowing Rock, 828-295-7851
    What: Free concerts featuring a wide array of music in the gazebo in the park. Bring a chair and enjoy!
    When: Sundays after Art in the Park June-September 2021 @4 pm
    For more information:


  • Blowing Rock Town Concert Series
    Broyhill Park, Blowing Rock (rain location: The Blowing Rock American Legion Hall)
    A variety of free music concerts at the gazebo. Bring a chair or blanket
    When: Monday nights July-August 2021 @ 7 pm
    For more information:


  • Music on the Veranda
    Green Park Inn, Blowing Rock
    What:  Listen to a free variety of performers on the historic front veranda of the 2nd oldest inn in North Carolina!  The location is also covered in case of rain. Some chairs are available at the Inn, but fill up fast.
    When: Sunday afternoons, May-October 2021 @ 5-8 pm
    For more information:


  • Music on the Lawn
    Where: The Inn at Ragged Gardens, Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock
    What: The most popular free concert series in Blowing Rock, arrive early and being a chair.  A cash bar and lawn menu are available.  Please no dogs at this event.
    When: Fridays 5:30- 8:30 May-October 2021
    For more information:


  • Jones House Community Center
    Where:  King Street, Boone
    What: Enjoy a wide array of free musical artists on the front porch of the Jones House, the heart of Boone.  Bring a chair or blanket.
    When: Fridays @ 5 pm June- August 2021
    For more information: Click HERE


  • Red, White & Bluegrass Jam
    Where: American Legion Hall, Blowing Rock
    What: Local Bluegrass music jam in climate-controlled indoor setting with professional sound system.  $5 donation suggested
    When: April-November 2021, 1st & 3rd Thursdays @ 6-9pm
    For more information: Click HERE


  • Tunes at the Trout
    The Speckled Trout, Main Street, Blowing Rock
    What: Boot stomping, knee slappin' good time as we host some of the high country's talented musicians
    When: Thursdays, 6-8pm 
    For more information: Click HERE


  • Mast General Store
    Where: The Original & Annex in Valle Crucis
    What: Live free music inside or out, depending on the weather
    When: Monst Sat & Sun from around 12-4:30
    For more information: Click HERE


  • Mountain Home Music
    Various indoor venues in Boone & Blowing Rock
    Family-friendly traditional music and dance in indoor venues in Boone & Blowing Rock
    Various dates May-December
    For more information: Click HERE



  • Backstreet Park Summer Concerts
    Where: Downtown West Jefferson on the Backstreet
    What: Features free local and regional artists playing a mix of traditional bluegrass, country and gospel music on an outdoor park stage.  Bring a chair or blanket.  Pick up dinner to go at the Hotel Tavern or Boondocks!
    When: Held the 3rd Friday of each month, May-August (check calendar)
    For more information: Click HERE


  • Crouse House Pickers
    Where: 60 Cherry Street, Sparta, 800-372-5473
    What: Free jam sessions are held on the house porch and stage.  Bring an instrument if you want to join in!  Bring a chair or blanket
    When: Every Monday @ 6 pm
    For more information: Click HERE


  • Todd Summer Music Series
    Where: Cook Park, Todd
    What: Free concerts and food off the grill, snacks and beverages are for sale as concerts.  Bring a chair or blanket
    When:  Every other Saturday from June-August @ 6pm
    For more information: Click HERE


  • Music on the Porch
    Todd Mercantile
    What: Free local Musicians on the porch (shaded!) 
    When: Every Saturday @ 1-3pm
    For more information: Click HERE


  • Alleghany Jubilee
    Alleghany Jubilee, Main Street, Sparta NC
    Listen and dance to bluegrass and old time musicians every Tuesday ($5) and Saturday ($6) at 7pm. Line dancing classes are Monday nights at 6pm.
    For more information, call 336-372-4591



  • Concerts in the Commons
    Where: 102 W Main Street, Downtown Wilkesboro
    What: Enjoy free live music, food trucks and children's activities.  Seating is provided
    When: TBA
    For more information: Click HERE



  • Check the High Country Host Calendar for other free and paid concert listings by day: Click HERE
  • Also check out the Blue Ridge Music Trails, the North Carolina mountains and foothills guide to traditional music: Click HERE
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