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MerleFest is back and ready for another year. Founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson (the late son of the American music legend Doc Watson), MerleFest celebrates “traditional plus” music. It is considered one of the premier musical festivals in the US, with over 130 artists performing on 13 stages over the course of the four-day event. This year’s dates will take place from April 23-26 at the MerleFest Festival Grounds in Wilkesboro, NC, with headliners including Willie Nelson & Family, Alison Krauss, John Prine, and Melissa Etheridge.

Recently, the festival finalized its lineup with the addition of artists such as Greensky Bluegrass, Paul Thorn, Mavis Staples, The Barefoot Movement, Cane Mill Road, and more.

The festival is also continuing its philanthropic endeavors this year, partnering with Wilkes Community College. The Doc Watson Student Emergency Fund helps students in financial need through donations from festival goers. So far, the foundation has been able to assist 114 students with donations collected from the event. Those who donate have their name included in the annual festival program guide that is distributed each day of the festival. More information can be found here.

Tickets to MerleFest are on sale now. Check out the full lineup, venue info, and where to get tickets below.

MerleFest Tickets

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MerleFest 2020 Dates & Location

April 23-26 @ MerleFest Festival Grounds in Wilkesboro, NC

MerleFest 2020 Lineup

Willie Nelson & Family
Alison Krauss
John Prine
Melissa Etheridge
Mavis Staples
Greensky Bluegrass
Paul Thorn
Sweet Potato Pie
The Barefoot Movement
Nefesh Mountain
Cane Mill Road
Smitty and the Jumpstarters
The Jerry Douglas Band
Sam Bush
Billy Strings
Jim Lauderdale
Kruger Brothers
The Waybacks
Scythian
Donna the Buffalo
Peter Rowan and the Free Mexican Airforce
Tommy Emmanuel
Colin Hay
Shinyribs
Charley Crockett
Darrell Scott
The Steel Wheels
Kelsey Waldon
Gangstagrass
Robbie Fulks
Amythyst Kiah
Cordovas
Alison Brown
Andy May
“B” Townes
Banknotes
Bill and the Belles
Bryan Sutton
Carol Rifkin
Charles Welch
Chatham Rabbits
Che Apalache
The Cleverlys
Creole Stomp with Dennis Stroughmatt
David Holt
Fireside Collective
Flattop
Happy Traum
Hogslop String Band
InterACTive Theatre of Jef
Irish Mythen
Iron Horse Bluegrass
Jack Lawrence
Jeff Little Trio
Jody Carroll
Joe Smothers
Ken Crouse
Laura Boosinger
The Local Boys
Los Texmaniacs
Mark Bumgarner
Mary Flower
Mitch Greenhill
Pete & Joan Wernick
Piedmont Bluz
Presley Barker
Rev. Robert Jones
Roy Book Binder
Sierra Ferrell
String Madness
T. Michael Coleman
Tony Williamson
Wayne Henderson
The Moore Brothers
The Williams Brothers
Wyld Fern