Merlefest 2018


April 26th thru April 29th 2018

MerleFest, which began in 1988, is about the Music, Moments, and Memories.

The Music of MerleFest is “traditional-plus” and Doc Watson himself described it best: “When Merle and I started out we called our music ‘traditional-plus,’ meaning the traditional music of the Appalachian region plus whatever other styles we were in the mood to play. Since the beginning, the people of the college and I have agreed that the music of MerleFest is ‘traditional-plus’.”

The Moments of MerleFest are those unique experiences that only happen here. It may be two musicians you never expected to see collaborating, a shooting star over The Watson Stage during an evening’s closing set, or that one set that seems to have touched everyone in the audience.

The Memories of MerleFest includes the memory of Eddy Merle Watson, who we honor each day with The Tribute to Merle, and the new memories we create each year we come together to celebrate MerleFest.

MerleFest is the primary fundraiser for Wilkes Community College. You can find additional information here.

Nation’s Inn is located about 30 minutes from the venue.

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