Tryon Palace Launches Piggin’ and Grinnin’; Celebrating BBQ and Bluegrass

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Tryon Palace is announcing the lineup for its inaugural “Piggin’ & Grinnin’: Celebrating BBQ & Bluegrass” festival that will take place on the Tryon Palace South Lawn Labor Day weekend, Saturday, Sept. 2. 


Piggin’ & Grinnin’ will feature a full lineup of bluegrass and folk bands, including the headliner and Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers. Other nationally-recognized bluegrass bands at the festival include Sierra Hull, Chatham County Line, Mountain Faith, Balsam Range, Blind Boy Paxton, as well as local New Bern bands Merchant’s Road and Strung Together.


Visitors can enjoy the music and views on the South Lawn with cold drinks, craft vendors, and a food truck rodeo with plenty of BBQ.  


Tickets are General Admission on the lawn or VIP, which includes two complimentary drink tickets, seating near the main stage, meet and greet opportunities with select bands, and VIP parking. Tickets are $30 for General Admission and $50 for VIP prior to

Aug. 6, when prices increase to $35 and $55, respectively. 


For more information call 252-639-3524 or visit


Tryon Palace Foundation is currently seeking sponsorships for Piggin’ & Grinnin’. Click here for more info about this unique sponsorship opportunity. 


Upcoming events at Tryon Palace include:

June 6: Behind the Scenes: Costume Shop

June 10: Uncommon Chairs (exhibit open through Sept. 10)

June 10: Garden Lecture Series

June 15: North Carolina Symphony on the South Lawn