Raleigh’s Hopscotch Music Festival Starts Today!



Tonight marks the start of Raleigh’s fifth annual Hopscotch Music Festival, recently called “America’s (Secretly) Best Festival” and “the premiere experimental and underground festival in America.” For the next three days, more than 140 bands representing every genre possible (from rock and hip-hop to folk, experimental, metal, and more)—and their fans—will spread far and wide across Raleigh.

Festival-goers in past years, (c) Creative Loafing.
Festival-goers in past years, (c) Creative Loafing.

Nearly half of the festival’s performers are from North Carolina, which helps keep Hopscotch a distinctly Southern music festival while still attracting talent from across the country. Twelve venues in town will host the shows, and there will also be art and photography exhibits, more than 30 day parties, and the new Hopscotch Design Festival, a gathering of national and local talent designed to foster conversation about how design is shaping the future.

Hopscotch is partnering with many beloved Southern brands for the festival, including Raleigh-based Larry’s Coffee. The Larry’s Coffee Veggie Shuttle will once again shuttle attendees around the festival area for free Thursday – Saturday, 9pm to Midnight. Stops will include The Pour House Music Hall, Lincoln Theatre, Fletcher Opera Theater, and more.

Running on waste vegetable oil from local restaurants, the bus will not only help festival-goers get around easier—it’ll provide quick cold brew coffee shots, fun, and music along the way.

Need tickets?

While VIP, 3-day, and 1-day wristbands went on sale months ago, but 3-day, 1-day, and specific show tickets can still be purchased online for $40-$150. Shows will be taking place over all of downtown Raleigh through Saturday. For attendees, a festival map helps.

Already have tickets?

For attendees who have already purchased their ticket(s), stop by the Raleigh Convention Center to pick up your wristbands before attending any Hopscotch show.

The Raleigh Convention Center is located at 500 South Salisbury Street. Enter on Salisbury Street or Cabarrus Street. 

Then take a peak at the Hopscotch Handbooks detailing each genre of music that will be performed during the festival, get a feel for the musicians, and start planning your schedule!



Andrea Fisher is a writer, blogger, and content specialist for Targeted Merchant Solutions. Her work has been published in  The Chicago Tribune and Business Insider, among others. Connect with her on Google+ and Twitter.