Smoky Mountain News

October 18, 2023

Hosted by the Haywood County Arts Council, the annual Smoky Mountain Bluegrass Festival will return from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds.

Taking the stage will be Haywood County bluegrass legends Balsam Range, Appalachian Roadshow and Wildfire.

Since its inception in 2007, Balsam Range has become one of the most decorated and award-winning acts in the wide world of bluegrass music.

The band has taken home the following International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) honors: “Entertainer of the Year” (2014, 2018), “Album of the Year” (2013, 2017), “Song of the Year” (2011, 2015) and “Vocal Group of the Year” (2014, 2015), with Melton named “Male Vocalist of the Year” (2014, 2018) and Tim Surrett “Bass Player of the Year” (2018).

The annual HCAC fundraiser, the festival brings all of the organization’s programs and artists together for a truly one-of-a-kind music-themed experience. The event will also include music-themed vendors, raffles, artist member demonstrations/artwork, a child and adult playground and local food/drinks.

Advance tickets are $55 per person. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, go to or call 828.452.0593.