One of the great things about the rise in popularity for music festivals is that the festival season never really ends anymore. After the dust settles from major events such as Bonnaroo, Coachella, and this past weekend’s Lollapalooza, a few festivals still remain on the calendar for those who aren’t ready for the party to end. One of those festivals is the Corolla, North Carolina-based Mustang Music Festival, which kicks off October 9 and 10 and will be celebrating its fifth year since forming in 2011.
Tickets for Mustang Music Festival are still on sale and all proceeds from the festival will go to benefit the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, helping care for and protect the famous wild mustangs of Corolla and the Mustang Outreach Program, which supplements the cultural arts programs in local schools. A weekend general admission pass includes general admission to festival grounds for Friday and Saturday with access to all 20 bands, the Craft Beer Village, artisan market, and first-come, first-serve access to late night venues. Currently, the GA pass is priced at $79.75. A VIP ticket to the festival includes furnished, shaded VIP lounge access, temperature-controlled, flushable restroom access, VIP viewing area access at each of the three stages, five complimentary beverages per day, snacks throughout the day served in VIP area, and top-notch dinner service on Friday and Saturday evenings, as well as a Thursday admission kick-off party. The VIP ticket is priced at $222.75.
This year’s lineup features 20 artists on three stages including Keller Williams & More Than a Little, Rusted Root, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, The Nth Power, Ryan Montbleau Band, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, and The Mike Dillon Band. Prior years have included acts like JJ Grey & Mofro, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, The New Mastersounds, Orgone, Dumpstaphunk, Rebirth Brass Band and The Revivalists.
The two-day event is held at Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park on the Outer Banks, and festival-goers can expect hours of entertainment available from local artists, food and drink vendors, as well as information on the festival’s namesakes, the Corolla Wild Horses. This family-friendly event also boasts a KidZone, complete with climbing wall, face painting and many more fun activities. New this year, the Mustang Music Festival 5K and Little Pony Fun Run will be hosted Saturday morning. The Artisan Market features over 30 artisans, and the awesome Craft Beer Village with numerous regional breweries, anchored by festival sponsor, SweetWater Brewing Co. out of Atlanta, Georgia.