ROAD TRIP: OBX Bluegrass Fest or Bust!

Posted by  | September 27, 2012  at 9:05 PM  

Main Stage on "Bluegrass Island"
This time next week I'll be topping off my tan with my toes in the sand and a frosty beverage in hand, as I anxiously await the start of the 1st Annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival! Over the Columbus Day holiday weekend (October 5-6) Roanoke Island will be transformed to "Bluegrass Island" as legendary acts like Doyle Lawson and Rhonda Vincent take to this sound-side stage.
Drymill Road
While this festival may be several hours southeast of the Panhandle, don't be surprised if you spot quite a few familiar faces on stage! Our region will be well-represented by some of the area's top talent when Drymill Road and Stoney Creek step on stage Friday afternoon. And, if you attended Pickin' in the Panhandle and/or Watermelon Park Fest, you'll also find familiar the sounds of Stacy Grubb & Clay Hess, Cumberland River, and (one of my new faves) The Whiskey Rebellion

For those of you attending this fest, be sure to pay special attention to the "after party" agenda. To give you a glimpse, Friday and Saturday evenings the Outer Banks Brewing Station will be hosting Drymill Road and Cumberland River respectively. Admission is free for those sporting a festival bracelet, and for others there will be a small cover charge. I did some "research" at this brewery back in August and I recommend you plan on doing some serious "sampling" while you're there.

I'll be posting pictures and tweeting throughout the weekend, so to stay in the loop (and to feed your jealousy) be sure to "Like" Pretty in the Panhandle on Facebook ( and follow me on Twitter ( @richelecole ) with the tag #OBXGrass.

P.S. It's not too late to plan a little last minute vacay! The weather is looking perfect--low 80's/ upper 70's-- and tickets are still available here:!tickets

Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival
October 5-6, 2012

Bluegrass Island
Manteo, NC

$25 - Friday Only
$35 - Saturday Only
$10 - Sunday Only
$50 - All Three Days