Beaufort Music Festival (BMF) is a beloved community event taking place each May in historic Beaufort. The weekend by the ocean at the scenic waterfront Gallants Channel, an annex owned by the NC Maritime Museum, is filled with live music and fun activities for locals and tourists, enjoying the beach and excellent music. In addition, the festival grounds host food trucks, a beer garden, vendors, and a children's area.
Beaufort Music Festival features a diverse music line-up of different genres. In the past, the festival's stage hosted Margo Price, Richie Havens, Avett Brothers, St Paul and the Broken Bones, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Southern Culture on the Skids, the Rosebuds, the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Banditos, Tift Merritt, Mandolin Orange, Donna the Buffalo, Yarn, Grace Potter, River Whyless, AJ Ghent Band, American Aquarium, Chatham County Line, Old Man Markley, Bombadil, Justin Townes Earle, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and others.
Combining beautiful nature and high-quality live music, BMF provides an immersive experience for all ages. Throughout more than 30 years of history, Beaufort Music Festival has funded many programs in the local community, especially music and arts programs for children, like The Boys & Girls Club, as well as other non-profits, like the Crystal Coast Restaurant Workers COVID-19 Relief Fund.