For more than a generation, the Eno River Association has presented one of the area’s finest music festivals as part of a fund-raising Fourth of July celebration to support the organization’s efforts to protect land and water in the Eno River basin in Durham and Orange counties.
The 36th annual Festival for the Eno will play host to more than 65 musical acts again this July 4-5, as well as food trucks, a beer garden, about 75 artisans selling their wares, and various demonstrations to promote sustainability and other environmentally friendly practices.
The Eno festival’s musical acts include Barefoot Movement, 6 String Drag, Paleface and Lila on Saturday and the Duhks, Mandolin Orange, Bombadil, Orquesta GarDel and Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba on Sunday. They and others will play on four stages spread out among the 404 acres of West Point on the Eno, a Durham City Park on North Roxboro Road. Shows are scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
This is a daytime festival only, with no overnight accommodations. Two-day tickets are $35. Single-day tickets are $23 for adults, $11 for ages 13-17 and free for younger folks. Parking at and near the park is limited. Parking at Durham County Stadium, 2700 North Duke St., is served by free, air-conditioned commercial bus shuttles to the park. Info: enoriver.org/festival.
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Elsewhere this month
▪ The Norris Creek Pig Pickin’ Bluegrass and BBQ Festival in Louisburg continues through Saturday, having begun Thursday. Balsam Range and Adkins and Loudermilk headline Friday’s lineup of five bands; Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, and The Roys top Saturday’s bill.
The Norris Creek Outdoor Entertainment Complex is south of Louisburg at 751 Old Halifax Road off N.C. 98 west of Bunn. Show starts are 1 p.m. to 9 pm., with a supper break at 6. Tickets are $75 for the weekend, $35 Thursday and Friday and $40 on Independence Day. Camping onsite (with restrooms and hot showers) is $10 for tents, $20 for RVs. Info: norriscreekpigpickin.com.
▪ The 20th annual Cape Fear Blues Festival in Wilmington, July 24-26, presents Dave Fields, Elliott and The Untouchables, Tad Walters and more at several venues, including a sunset riverboat cruise with three bands playing Friday evening. Info: capefearblues.org/festival.html.
▪ The PreddyFest Bluegrass Festival in Franklinton hosts Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers, the Malpass Brothers, Flatt Lonesome, Darin and Brooke Aldridge and seven more July 30-August 1. Most bands play afternoon and evening shows. PreddyFest Bluegrass Park is on the Tar River, and onsite camping (with hot showers) is free with a festival ticket. Info: preddyfest.com.
Get details about these and 13 more July music festivals at Carolina Music Festivals: carolinamusicfests.com.