It’s free, it’s fun and it’s super energetic. There'll be bluegrass, country rock, folk, swing, surf rock, reggae, roots, indie and lots of other types of music. The event kicked off in 1988 and now attracts thousands of people to this beautiful coastal town. The festival takes place on the 2nd weekend in May on Beaufort’s historical downtown waterfront. The town is packed on Friday and Saturday with amazing bands performing for free, food trucks and a fun-filled kid area.There will be multiple stages as well as many live performances in local pubs and restaurants. The ‘Family Fun Zone’ will engage your children with fun activities, such as games, arts and crafts, musical entertainment, face painting and storytelling.

THe BMF will be able to donate thousands of dollars from each event to local nonprofits and charities to help with the betterment of the community that we live in, so mark BMF down on your calendar for 2016. 
Locals and tourists alike enjoy the beautiful weather and some pretty great music. As laid back as the festival weekend is, it actually takes a whole year to plan.
The Beaufort Music Festival is a two day event taking place this year on Friday, May 19th and Saturday, May 20th.
You can support the festival for years to come by drinking in our “Beer Garden”; while coolers with food, water and soft drinks are allowed into the festival grounds, as per ABC rules, no outside alcohol is allowed.
Kids of all ages are encouraged to come out and celebrate this wonderful weekend. Kids are also encouraged to bring their parents to the family fun area! Thanks to the good folks at Oceanside Pediatrics for sponsoring the family area and to the teachers and volunteers of Beaufort Elementary and the Tiller School for their hard work!
At the conclusion of most music festivals, the committee is able to give a large donation to the BMF College Scholarship, which goes to a local graduating high school senior. Each year, we hope to offer more to the scholarship; we are committed to our cause and as the economy rebounds, we are driven to see the numbers increase.

Music Lineup for the 2017 Beaufort Music Festival

FRIDAY:  ​Main Stage
4:30 pm – 5:40 pm : Kudubai
6 – 7 pm : Rebekah Todd & the Odyssey
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm : The Midatlantic
9:00 pm – 10:30 pm : AJ Ghent Band

SATURDAY:  Main Stage
11am – 12pm : Beaufort Blues Project
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm :  Brett Harris
2 – 3pm : Matt Phillips & the Philharmonic
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm :: The Low Counts
5pm – 6pm : Mariachi Flor de Toloache
6:45 pm – 8pm : Smooth Hound Smith
8:30 pm – 10pm : Banditos

SATURDAY:  Spotlight Stage
11:45 am – 12:30 pm : Qualian 
1pm – 2:00 pm : Hank Barbee
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm : The David Dixon Trio 
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm : *the paper stars*
5:30 pm – 6:45 pm : The Tan & Sober Gentlemen 
7:15 pm – 8:40 pm : L Shape Lot 

ALL EVENTS TO TAKE PLACE ON BEAUFORT HISTORIC SITE GROUNDS AND MIDDLE LANE.
   
Food for sale (on Middle Lane): Clawson’s/Aqua; Beaufort Grocery; Cru Wine Bar; Taqueria El Azteca – Taco Truck
Kid and Family Area – Beaufort Historic Site, 2-5 pm
FREE water – bring your own cup!
Ann-Marie Yoga – yoga classes and clinics, 2-5 pm
2 Beer Gardens – one near each stage: Provided by R.A. Jeffreys – offering wine and beer for purchase (featuring Natty Greene’s and other NC beers)