The Big What?

If you haven’t gotten your fill of summertime music festivities yet, The Big What? is coming to central North Carolina for three nights in August. Running Thursday, August 8th through Saturday, August 10th, catch the sounds of southern nights at Shakori Hills Community Arts Center in Pittsboro, North Carolina. 

This annual summer music festival and campout is the best way to end the summer on a high note before heading back to school at the end of the month. It’s a summertime tradition you won’t want to miss out on!

The Music:

Now, what is a music festival without the music? You may have heard of the band BIG Something, a group from Burlington, North Carolina that expertly fuses together the elements of rock, pop, funk, jazz and hip hop to take listeners on an epic musical journey. For the past eight years, BIG Something has been the creative mind behind The Big What? 

In developing a strategic lineup of musical and artistic talent, BIG Something has gained an extensive following, or “WHATFAM.” Thanks to that following, The Big What? is commonly referred to as one of the best intimate festival experiences in the Southeast.

Music lovers anticipate the eclectic featured musicians, artists and vendors who join the WHATFAM throughout the week in Pittsboro. No matter your interest, there is a sound for you! 

The Lineup:

  • BIG Something
  • Too Many Zooz
  • Sunsquabi
  • The Mantras
  • Toubab Krewe
  • The Nth Power
  • The Broadcast
  • People’s Blues of Richmond
  • Dr. Bacon
  • Litz
  • Empire Strikes Bass
  • Hank, Pattie & the Current
  • Kate Rhudy
  • Jonathan Scales and Fourchestra
  • The Ries Brothers
  • Check out the rest!

The Campout:

You’ll feel right at home with the vendor village, wooded camping sites, car camping sites and RV camping sites. Amenities onsite include outdoor showers, morning yoga, a photo booth and guided activities and workshops. 

This will be unlike any camping experience you may have encountered in the past. From water stations, to food vendors, to a general store and an art gallery, you won’t be lacking in amenities or entertainment.

Tent and hammock camping is encouraged and is included with the ticket price. On a first-come, first-serve basis, you can gain access to wooded campsites. Make sure you pack appropriately for warm days and cooler nights. 

Camping Prices (The pass prices do not include tickets to the event)

  • Car Camping Passes – $70
  • RV Camping Passes – $110

The Details:

As this festival is generally meant for adults, there is a children’s admission price of $20 at the gate. Festival staff recommend using caution when exposing young children to hot environments. 

The VIP Ticket Package is available for WHATFAM followers who are looking forward to capturing the entire experience of the week. This package includes a souvenir laminate, reserved car camping, access to a reserved viewing area in front of the stage and access to private bathrooms. Throughout the day, you will receive access to refreshments and one hot meal at nighttime. 

Gate Hours

  • Thursday: Noon – 11 pm
  • Friday: 9 am – 11pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday: Depart festival grounds by noon

Gate Ticket Prices

  • Thursday Arrival: $150
  • Friday Arrival: $110
  • Saturday Arrival: $80

Theme Nights:

Last, but certainly not least, we cannot forget about the theme nights! On Thursday night, the theme is “Waves”, bringing music lovers an ocean-themed beach party to start the weekend. Friday’s theme is “Outer Space Creatures,” so you’ll be in the midst of an intergalactic paradise. Finally, Saturday’s theme is “Pinky’s Purple Party!” The celebration of the color purple will be hosted by BIG Something characters Pinky and friends. 

More Information:

Whether you are a guest to the area or ending the summer with a staycation, this weekend getaway is guaranteed to surprise, entertain and leave you with an enhanced sense of musical wonder. 

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