Backwoods Beat Music & Art Festival 2022

Backwoods Beat Festival is a weekend of music and arts in beautiful Sparta, North Carolina

honoring and memorializing the late T.J. Worthington, a local artist, writer, and music supporter. 

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  • Centrally located in the heart of Sparta, NC, not far from the Blue Ridge Parkway. 
  • Close proximity to downtown restaurants, a brewery, coffee shops and music venues. 
  • Vigorous marketing regional campaign 
  • Children’s activities/art area adjacent to the show 
  • Demonstration area – all artists are encouraged to participate. 

Since 2017, The Backwoods Beat Music & Art Festival has centered around two well-know musical headliners. They conduct singing, songwriting, and performance workshops on Saturday. the headliners then perform in the evening to sold out crowds at Muddy Creek Music Hall.

The day of the show we have many singer-songwriters performing at various venues, most of which are within walking distance. A free shuttle is provided.

Dilly Dally Alley is our wonderfully immersive children’s music and arts activity area adjacent to the show’s boundary.

A vigorous marketing campaign for Backwoods Beat Music & Art Festival is in place and has been growing since our inception.


In 2019, we expanded our scope to include a juried art show, with a boutique of 27 juried artisans. We are looking for no more than 50 artisans of the highest quality of work and presentation for our annual event.

The jury will be comprised of artists, gallery owners, and Arts Council board members. All applicants will be juried t assure the highest quality of work and presentation. There will also be a limited number of invited artists to help ensure a cohesive event.

Please do not send your booth fees along with your application and application fee. Once our jury process is complete, you will be emailed our decision and information for submitting the booth fee will be provided. See IMPORTANT dates below.


  • Indoor restrooms
  • artist Lounge with water & snacks
  • Volunteer unloading
  • Free convenient parking
  • Ample 10′ X 10′ booth space
  • Volunteers for restroom breaks
  • Complimentary lunch delivery from nearby restaurants.


Setup and check-in will begin at 7:00am. Set up and break down instruction will be included with acceptance information.

Thank you for your interest in participating in Backwoods Beat Music & Art Festival. To help ensure exhibit/exhibitor quality, we have established some rules and regulations. To participate in our event, you MUST consent to the following:

  • All work must be original, handcrafted, and created by the artists themselves. Kits, imports, and mass-produced items are not permitted.
  • All applications require images of your work and one image of your booth. Photos will not be returned.
  • Application fee is nonrefundable.
  • NO subletting or sharing of space.
  • Artists are responsible for paying NC sales tax and must be able to produce the NC Sales & Use Certificate.
  • All exhibit booths must be clean of trash during the show. Trash areas will be designated.
  • All tents must be no more than 10′ x 10′
  • All display and artwork must remain within booth parameters.
  • Water and electricity are not available at your booth area; generators are not permitted.
  • Exhibitors are required to secure their tents with weights against wind, rain, etc.
  • Staking into the pavement is NOT be permitted.
  • The category/medium juried must be your work. All exhibited products must be like in style and quality. Questionable products will be asked to be removed.
  • Items sold must be in keeping with the event’s family environment. The Committee reserves the right to ban or dismiss any exhibit or products that are deemed offensive.
  • No personal amplification of music or distracting audio permitted.
  • No pets are allowed in your booth space.
  • No smoking or vaping in or around your booth space. A designated smoking area will be identified.
  • This is a rain or shine event; no refund for inclement weather.
  • If the event is cancelled, your application and booth fee will be deferred to the 2023 Backwoods Beat Music & Art Festival.
  • Personal/Business Liability insurance is STRONGLY encouraged to protect your property.
  • Backwoods Beat Music & Art Festival Presented by the Alleghany Arts Council does not insure the property of any exhibitor or artist. All exhibitors and artists participate, as independent contractors, at their own risk.
  • No refunds for no-shows. Contact us if you have extenuating circumstances!

Application & Booth Info

  • Application Fee $20 (due with application)
  • Single Booth Fee $80 (due after acceptance)
  • Double Booth Fee $145 (due after acceptance)

Important Dates:

  • Application Deadline: May 10, 2022
  • Acceptance notification: on or before May 15
  • Event: June 25, 10-5pm, setup 7am

Application Form

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Please use this format for naming your image files:
Last name_First name_Name of photo.jpg

Images should be .jpg or .jpeg format no larger than 1mb
Images should be .jpg or .jpeg format no larger than 1mb
Images should be .jpg or .jpeg format no larger than 1mb
Images should be .jpg or .jpeg format no larger than 1mb

Mail completed application, $20 application fee, and photos to: Alleghany Arts Council • PO Box 962 • Sparta, NC 28675


Photos from 2019

Alleghany Arts Council

Welcome to the Alleghany Arts Council! We’re a group dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts in Alleghany County, North Carolina. We’ve got a lot going on – sign up for our mailing list or check our website often to stay up to date! 

Alleghany Arts Council • PO Box 962 • Sparta, NC 28675

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