GUIDE: Earl Scruggs Music Festival - First Peak of the Blue Ridge
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GUIDE: Earl Scruggs Music Festival

GUIDE: Earl Scruggs Music Festival

It is time to get geared up for the annual Earl Scruggs Music Festival at the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, NC. The 3-day festival brings together an all-star line-up of bluegrass, Americana, and roots music to celebrate the contributions of North Carolina’s own Earl Scruggs to the rich musical culture in the area.

Earl Scruggs, born in nearby Shelby, NC, is a musical icon known for radically redefining old time and string band music. He developed a new playing style with picking rolls and timing patterns. He crossed musical boundaries, bridged generations, and his “Scruggs style” spread rapidly. Earl Scruggs has dozens of awards and Hall of Fame accolades. Learn more at the Earl Scruggs Center.

The 2nd Annual Earl Scruggs Music Festival will be held from Sept 1-3, 2023. This year’s line-up includes dozens of amazing musicians, including Emmylou Harris, Greensky Bluegrass, Del McCoury, and Della Mae. For more information on this year’s festival and to purchase tickets, visit

Get your festival tickets, then pick out a great place to stay close to the festival venue.  Browse our lodging listings or use our interactive map to find someplace to make the weekend even better.

Within the festival at TIEC you can enjoy several musical spaces, from the main stage to a jam session pickin’ pavilion.  Each stage is a short walk to the other, but positioned so you hear who you came to enjoy.

Past attendees liked the fact that it’s easy to park, catch a short shuttle and move around the festival. Amenities at TIEC are abundant with restaurants and food vendors, shopping, artist tents, and plenty of restrooms. There is a children’s area for family fun. Camping is available on site. Attendees can customize their experience with various levels of tickets from general admission to VIP, and with day tickets or weekend passes. Covered and indoor seating is also available.

For a more in depth look into the musical influence of Earl Scruggs and the celebration that is the Earl Scruggs Music Festival, watch PBS North Carolina Weekend’s August 2023 feature video here.

We’ll see you there!