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8 Things Not to Miss at Pilgrimage 2021

Pilgrimage Festival weekend is upon us! With new entry requirements, things may be a little different than in years past. But with such great daily lineups and vendors, it promises to be another fun-filled weekend for those who #MakeThePilgrimage.

Oh, and the forecast doesn’t hurt either.

These are the 8 things you can’t miss at 2021’s Pilgrimage Festival:

Art Barn

This unique festival is so much more than just music. Take, for example, the Art Barn. According to Pilgrimage Festival’s official website, the barn is the “most historic piece of architecture at Harlinsdale Farm and beloved home of Midnight Sun and other famed horses.” For the weekend, though, it’s an art gallery! Take a browse in between acts or take home your favorite piece for longer enjoyment.

The Grilled Cheeserie

How can you resist anything from The Grilled Cheeserie’s menu? You don’t have to during Pilgrimage weekend because they’ll be onsite with their incredible grilled cheese sandwiches. If you’ve never indulged in one of their tasty treats, might we recommend the pimento mac & chee? Their housemade pimento cheese is divine.

Marcus King Band

The first musical act on our list is Marcus King Band. If you’re a fan of southern rock or blues, you won’t want to miss this Greenville band on Saturday. They’re fronted by soulful vocalist and incredible guitar player, Marcus King. They play at 3:25 PM on the Gold Record Road Stage.

Wicked Weed Brew Hall

Wicked Weed Brew Hall is a great spot to take a music break. It’s a large tent with multiple TVs, tables and seats. You can catch up on your favorite college team’s game while ordering a round of Wicked Weed beer!

Cage the Elephant

A Nashville Noise favorite, Cage the Elephant will once again take a Pilgrimage Festival stage. The band also performed back in 2015. If you’ve never seen them live, you’ll definitely want to catch their rockin’ set on Sunday. Listen for hits like “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked” (a timeless song) and “Come a Little Closer.”

Island Noodles

Island Noodles is always my favorite Pilgrimage Festival eatery. They make yaki-soba wheat noodles that are stir-fried with veggies and a delicious island sauce. According to their Facebook page, the noodles are vegan but teriyaki chicken is also available. (Curious about Island Noodles? Follow us on Instagram, we’ll be eating there at least once this weekend!)

Maren Morris

Maren Morris’ set is at a primetime spot on Saturday (and rightfully so) but she’s definitely worth catching before The Black Keys close out night one. She’s a country star. She’s a pop star. She’s outspoken. And she’s one of the most talented women in music. Don’t miss her 7 PM performance.

Black Pumas

If somehow you only had the opportunity to see one band play at Pilgrimage Festival, the Black Pumas are who to see. Prepare to be taken to church as the Austin band brings the funk to Sunday afternoon. Listen for “Black Moon Rising.”

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