Fall is festival time on the Outer Banks and the festival season is now in full swing. 

For music lovers, this coming week may be the best week of the year with two major festival on tap. Wednesday through Saturday it’s the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival and on Saturday and Sunday it’s the Duck Jazz Festival.

The two events are scheduled perfectly this year so music lovers won’t have to make much of a choice. Although the Duck Jazz Festival overlaps with the Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, the big day for the Jazz Fest is Sunday.

Both festivals are bringing in some world class musicians.

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will be coming again this year to the Bluegrass Festival. She and her group have made it to every one of the festivals to date. She has a very well-well-deserved reputation for outstanding musicianship.

She is not the only headliner coming to town. Darell Webb will be performing on Friday night and look for Breaking Glass on Saturday.

The Duck Jazz Festival is looking great as well with Yolanda Rabun and The Russell Malone Quartet.

Both festivals are outdoors in beautiful settings—Duck Jazz at the Duck Town Green and the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. The Duck Jazz Festival is free.

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival

Wednesday October 3rd  

This FREE shindig kick off event will be held at the Bluegrass Island Trading Co. at 107 Budleigh Street in Manteo.  

2:30PM   Presley Barker

4:00PM   Edgar Loudermilk Band

5:30PM   Intermission

6:00PM   Sideline

7:45PM   Summer Brooke & Mountain Faith 

Thursday October 4th

12:30PM  Kristy Cox Band

2:15PM    Sideline

4:00PM   Lonely Heartstring Band

5:30PM   Intermission

6:30PM   Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

8:15PM    Blue Highway

Friday October 5th 

12:30PM  Cane Mill Road

2:15PM    Mile Twelve

4:00PM   Donna Ulisse

5:30PM   Intermission 

6:30PM   Darrell Webb Band

8:15PM    Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Saturday October 6th

11:00AM   Cuttin’ Grass

12:30PM   Carson Peters & Iron Mountain

2:15PM    A Deeper Shade of Blue 

4:00PM   The Barefoot Movement 

5:30PM   Intermission 

6:30PM   Breaking Grass

8:15PM    The SteelDrivers

2018 Jazz Festival

Saturday, October 6

4:00 – 6:00 PM    Sidecar Social Club Concert on the Green

Sunday, October 7:

10:00 AM    Gates open for this free, non-ticketed festival in the Duck Town Park. Full day of live music on two stages begins! 
Main Stage:

11:00 AM  Bryan Carter and the Young Swangers

1:00 PM  Huntertones

3:00 PM  Yolanda Rabun

5:00 PM  The Russell Malone Quartet

Amphitheater Stage:

12:00 PM  Rhythm in Blue United States Air Force Jazz Ensemble

2:00 PM  “It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swang!” with Bryan Carter

4:00 PM  First Flight High School Jazz Band