Earl Scruggs Music Festival

The Inaugural Earl Scruggs Music Festival Rescheduled for September 2 - 3, 2022

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Because of the uncertainty of gathering for indoor events at the Tryon International Equestrian Center this summer, we've decided to postpone the festival until 2022. As always, our top priority is for the health and safety of festival staff, artists, volunteers, sponsors, vendors & patrons.

We appreciate your willingness this past year to support the festival by holding on to your tickets, which may be used for the 2022 festival. Changes to the lineup will be announced in the very near future. Since the Earl Scruggs Music Festival is a fundraiser for Isothermal Community College and the Earl Scruggs Center, tickets holders may also convert their festival purchase to a tax-deductible donation to help support the festival's transition to 2022.

For those who opt to keep their tickets for 2022, the follow premiums are available as a thank you for supporting the festival:

The Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC offers free admission for each Earl Scruggs Music Festival ticket holder plus one guest, to be used anytime between now and September 4, 2022. To redeem this offer, visit the Guest Services desk & share your name. For more information about the Earl Scruggs Center's hours, exhibits, and activities, visit earlscruggscenter.org or call (704) 487-6233. ($24 value)

Tryon International Equestrian Center and Resort (TIEC), Mill Springs, NC will provide one (1) complimentary vehicle admission per Earl Scruggs Music Festival ticket holder to one night of the 2021 Christmas Light Show this November - December 2021. Max 8 passengers per vehicle. To redeem a vehicle pass, contact tickets@tryon.com once tickets for this event goes on sale. Visit tryon.com/events for event updates. ($30 value)

Isothermal Community College, Spindale, NC: One (1) complimentary ticket to WNCW's annual "Goin' Across the Mountain Live" Concert, featuring the Po' Ramblin Boys, for each Earl Scruggs Music Festival Ticket Holder as of March 3rd, 2021. The concert is scheduled for Saturday, January 15, 2022 at the Foundation Performing Arts Center, located on the Campus of Isothermal Community College. Earl Scruggs Music Festival Ticket Holders can call the Foundation Box Office at (828) 286-9990 to reserve their ticket, once they go on sale in August 2021. More information about the Foundation Performing Arts Center is available at foundationshows.org

All Earl Scruggs Music Festival tickets will automatically rollover to the 2022 festival. If you would like to donate your ticket to the festival, please contact tickets@tryon.com. If you'd like a refund, you may do so by contacting us at tickets@tryon.com by April 4, 2021.

We look forward to seeing you in 2022!

General Festival Questions/Information
(828) 395-4410

(828) 863-1002

Line-up changes to be announced soon!

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1-day, 2-day, weekend, and VIP packages available.

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The Venue

The Earl Scruggs Music Festival will be hosted at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, NC.

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Lodging Information

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Photo: Jim McGuire, Nashville Portraits. Used by permission.

About the Festival

Earl Scruggs, noted for popularizing a three-finger banjo picking style, was a defining characteristic of bluegrass music.

This two-day event celebrating Scruggs is a collaboration between the Earl Scruggs Center located in Shelby, NC and WNCW radio station located on the campus of Isothermal Community College.

The festival will include music from bluegrass, folk, and Americana styles.

Ticket Information

Limited availability

Scruggs Patron VIP

The ultimate festival experience

Two-day ticket

Reserved seating in first eight rows

Artist meet and greets

Exclusive merchandise item

Free food (snacks, cookies, chips, and deli sandwiches)

Two free drink tickets (good for beer, soft drinks, and water )


+ taxes & handling fees


Arena Floor

Seated section


+ taxes & handling fees

2-day Tickets - $140 Friday only - $85 Saturday only - $85

Arena Sides

Seated section


+ taxes & handling fees

2-day Tickets - $125 Friday only - $75 Saturday only - $75

Arena Back

Seated section


+ taxes & handling fees

2-day Tickets - $75 Friday only - $50 Saturday only - $50

Arena Floor General Admission

Blanket and camp chair seating


+ taxes & handling fees

2-day Tickets - $100 Friday only - $50 Saturday only - $50
Limited availability

Night Owl Sessions

presented by Come Hear NC

Exclusive Earl Scruggs Music Festival After Party

Cash bar available

Limited late night menu from Legends Club

Live band and dancing


+ taxes & handling fees

For questions concerning ticketing, contact (828) 863-1002

Special thanks to all who make Earl Scruggs Music Festival happen

Our Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Lakeside Mills

Silver Sponsors

Come Here NC

Bronze Sponsors

Walmart Supply Chain

Community Sponsors

Teddy Meekins Talbert Attorneys at Law

Earl Scruggs Center logo

The Earl Scruggs Center combines the life story of legendary five-string banjo master and Cleveland County native, Earl Scruggs, with the unique and engaging story of the history and cultural traditions of the region in which Mr. Scruggs was born and raised. It was in the nearby Flint Hill community where Mr. Scruggs learned to play banjo and began the three-finger playing style that has come to be known around the world as “Scruggs Style.” The Earl Scruggs Center explores Mr. Scruggs’ innovative career and the community that gave it shape while celebrating how he crossed musical boundaries and defined the voice of the banjo to the world. Mr. Scruggs embraced tradition while also adapting to the changing times and looking toward the future -- themes which resonate throughout the Center. Engaging exhibits, special event space and rich programming provide a uniquely rich experience for visitors.

WNCW 88.7 Logo Isothermal Community College Logo

Isothermal Community College, a member of the North Carolina Community College System, is a comprehensive, two-year, public institution that serves Rutherford and Polk counties. In addition to individual courses, the College offers certificate, diploma, and degree programs enabling students to either transfer to a four-year institution or acquire skills for new or current employment, as well as function effectively as responsible citizens. The College also provides training for area business and industry, personal enrichment courses, remedial and developmental courses, and community service activities.


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