Historic Rural Hill Presents North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival

Frequently Asked Questions


I'm a merchandise (not food) vendor. What can I do to be considered as a festival vendor?
Email your request to [email protected]. Call 704 875 3113 for additional questions.

Where is the North Carolina Brewers & Music Festival (NCBMF?)
NCBMF will be on May 6th and 7th at Historic Rural Hill, a non-profit historic site and farm located 15 minutes from downtown Charlotte, NC in Huntersville. This event is rain-or-shine and will not be rescheduled. For directions, click here.

What is the NCBMF?
A celebration of Music, North Carolina, and its craft brewing traditions, NCBMF will delight you with eight bands and as many NC brewers who can be here, serving free tastings of their finest brews for over three hours, all in the confines of one of the largest open and beautiful areas in Mecklenburg County!

What do I get with my ticket?
If you purchase a tasting ticket, you will be given admission to the show, a program guide / schedule, exclusive tasting glass and the right to try as many beers as you would like, for free, during the three hour tasting session. That’s a lot of time and a lot of beer, we encourage you to pace yourself, try new flavors and varieties, meet new people and find new favorites! If you purchase the 20 and under / Designated Driver ticket, you will receive a program guide / schedule, and over 9 hours of live music from six of the most talented bands in the region!

What do I HAVE to bring with me?
If you intend to purchase a tasting ticket for the NCBMF, you and all recipients of said tickets must possess a valid government issued picture ID which will be checked at the gate. If you do not bring a valid picture ID, you will be given a designated driver ticket, even if you have already paid for the tasting ticket. WE WILL NOT ISSUE REFUNDS OR PAY OUT THE DIFFERENCE. Your wrist will be banded at the gate according to the type of ticket you have purchased. No beer will be given or sold to anyone without the correct type of band and tasting glass.

What can I bring to NCBMF?
You may bring the following items for your personal comfort:
Lawn / camp chairs
Cameras (Photograph, NOT video)
Pop-up tents (must be securely staked into the ground and kept within the designated area)
SEALED bottled non-alcoholic beverages (All bottles will be inspected for a seal, if seal is broken, bottle may not come through gate. NO GLASS BOTTLES ALLOWED PERIOD) KEEP YOUR BOTTLE AND REFILL FOR FREE AT THE AVAILABLE WATER STATIONS.
*NCBMF is not responsible in any way for any lost and / or stolen items, personal or otherwise; bring it at your own risk*

What CAN’T I bring to NCBMF?
Pets other than service animals
Firearms, Knives or any other weapons
Glass Containers of any kind
Mugs, Cups, Thermoses or any other open drinking vessel
Outside food
Any Alcoholic Beverages

My friend isn’t feeling too well and has a cut – where can I take him for help?
The North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival is proud to be sponsored by the wonderful folks of Jamcare – Look on your festival map that was given to you at the front gate and find the medic tent. They will be more than ready to help you!

Jamcare's mission is to provide the best care available to attendees of music festivals, other mass gatherings and to the community at large. They specialize in first aid, crisis intervention, community support and wellness. Their team of friendly first-responders provides compassionate, empathetic and discerning care to music fans. Having them on-site decreases the number of unnecessary medical transports and unwarranted legal involvement, allowing for a more positive experience for everyone involved. Feel free to find Jamcare and have a visit with their non-judgmental crew if you are experiencing any problems at the event.

Where’s the smoking section?
There’s not one. Pursuant to Mecklenburg County Ordinance, Rural Hill is now a tobacco-free zone. This includes both smoking, smokeless tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaporizers and other such devices.

Will there be food vendors?
Yes, there will be several food vendors including some local food trucks.  Check back soon for more info.

What about parking?
Historic Rural Hill has plenty of parking spaces available; just follow the signs as you approach the festival from Neck Road. Parking is FREE. We strongly recommend all participants to have a designated driver with them. Taxi companies will be posted in case you need a ride home, there is no charge to leave your vehicle overnight with us. Camping is another great option to consider!

What time should I arrive Saturday if I’m just coming for the festival and not camping?
The gates open to the festival at 11:30, keep in mind that there will more than likely be a line to get in, so plan accordingly. (Obviously we’ll do our best to keep it moving as quickly as possible. Help us help you by having your tickets, ID’s and method of payment ready.)

Can we tailgate in the parking lot while we’re waiting to get in or ‘till our friends get here?
Unequivocally NO; the consumption of alcohol in the parking lot is strictly banned and will be dealt with accordingly. Any person deemed to be intoxicated prior to entry will not be allowed into the festival area by festival staff.

Can I leave and come back?
Yes, but any person deemed to be intoxicated by festival staff will not be allowed back inside the gates during festival hours.

Okay, I’m inside the festival, where can I go?
You will be given a festival map upon entry. While it’s pretty easy to get around, please note that crossing into the red zone is not allowed. This area is for artists and staff only. Fences and signs have been placed for your safety. Do not cross into this area please.

When will beer be available to purchase?
A varying number and variety of craft NC beers will be on sale at multiple locations throughout the day. Anyone with a “tasting” or “music only” wrist band may purchase beer. BTW, each tent will have a different selection, so be sure to shop around.

I have a drone, can I fly it and take pictures of the property and/or event?
Drones are not allowed on Rural Hill property or at ANY Rural Hill event unless written permission from Rural Hill Staff has been obtained. To inquire about obtaining permission, please contact the office of Rural Hill at 704 875 3113 or email [email protected]

What are those cool buffalo looking things inside that fence?
That is Historic Rural Hill’s small herd of Scottish Highland Cattle. Bubba, Fiona, Dolly, and Chewy live on the farm throughout the year and are a key part of our educational programs, which reach over 2500 students each year. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FENCE THAT THEY ARE KEPT INSIDE OF IS ELECTRIC AND WILL SHOCK YOU. IT WILL HURT BADLY.

Can I touch them?
Please see above statement in all caps.

Want to hang out all weekend?
Camp here! The Historic Rural Hill Campground is an easy walk from the festival grounds, located across the road in the secluded Rural Hill Nature Preserve. We have hookups for power and water, as well as ample space for tents and pop-ups. Cost for overnight camping starts at $17 for tents or hammocks. For more information about camping please click here.


What's the deal with the Friday Night Campground Jam?
We have added Friday night camping!  The campground will open at 3:00pm Friday May 6th for everyone registered to camp that night.  That night we are proud to present an exclusive* campground jam and free show that will feature two great acts.  There will also be a food truck and craft beer sales on site. *The Friday night show is ONLY available to campers and is not open to the public. 

Note: If you camp Friday night you must commit to camping all weekend. All campers must also purchase a ticket to the NCBMF.

I’m planning on camping- can I keep my car near my tent?
Vehicles are not allowed in the campground due to safety and space concerns. You will be allowed to unload your gear and then park in the designated parking area near the campground.

I have one tent but 6 people – how many camping reservations should I purchase?
You should purchase one reservation per tent / camper trailer / RV.

If I buy a camping reservation does this include Saturday admission?

If I buy a Saturday ticket does that include camping?

Can I camp for the weekend and not go to the festival?
No. Well yes, but you’ll have to purchase a festival ticket anyway and won’t get to have any fun, so it’s not advised.

What time should I arrive Saturday if I’m setting up camp?
You can arrive Saturday morning as early as 8:30 to set up camp. The gates open to the festival at 11:30, keep in mind that there will more than likely be a line to get in, so plan accordingly.

Have a question that you don’t see here in this list? Feel free to contact Rural Hill staff by emailing your question or comment to [email protected].