While much of the massive bluegrass festival that takes over downtown Raleigh every fall was already free, this major event is about to become even more "wide open"—it was announced this week that general admission tickets to the Red Hat Amphitheater shows will be free for the first time ever this year. The shows will also start later this year—running from 5p-11p—giving you an excuse to hand clap and foot stomp long into the evening.
While there will still be ticketed sections for some of the better seats in the house—running around $50-$70 per night—over half of the space in the amphitheater will be free. These seats can't be reserved ahead of time, and instead will be given away first-come-first-serve style.
The goal of this is to make the festival's biggest shows even more accessible. While the lineup for this year hasn't been announced yet, past Red Hat acts have included Rhiannon Giddens, Bela Fleck, Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, and other major names and award-winners in the world of Bluegrass.
And worry not—the StreetFest will still be on, taking over Fayetteville Street with music throughout the weekend. This year's festival is scheduled for September 27-28. Mark you calendars and watch for more info to come!