It’s Festival Season in Virginia – Are You Ready?

June 29, 2017

Written by Stephanie Long, Contributing Author

Guitars on the grass near peopleThe days are long and the nights are warm. It’s the perfect time of year to kick back to the sounds of your favorite band. Whether you’re a hardcore festival goer or just a casual consumer of an evening concert, Southwest Virginia has a music scene that’s sure to fit your style.


Elmwood Park

There’s always something happening at Elmwood Park – Roanoke’s cornerstone music venue. You can get your shag on with Party in Elmwood, Downtown’s Beach Music Thursdays, or enjoy these big hitters on the Elmwood stage this summer during the Budweiser Summer Series:

July 16 - Flo Rida

July 29 - George Thorogood and the Destroyers

September 15 - Third Eye Blind

Music on the Mountain

If laid-back is more your style, check out Music on the Mountain every Sunday this summer on Mill Mountain.

GO Fest

GO Fest is a celebration of everything outdoors, including outdoor music! Along with camping, races, and demos, GO Fest is packed with lots of great music. Check out all they have to offer October 13 through 15.

Indoor Venues

For the best in local and regional music, check out Roanoke and Salem’s finest local venues, such as Martin's Downtown, Billy's Barn, Blue 5, and Fork in the Market. Also, be sure to catch a performance at the Jefferson Center for world-renowned musical acts in a classy setting.

Franklin County

Harvester Performance Center

With nearly 200 musical performances annually, the Harvester Performance Center has something for everyone. Pulling in acts from all over the globe, the Harvester brings a big-city feel to downtown Rocky Mount!

Front Porch Fest

Front Porch Fest is where lovers of music come together! Enjoy this relaxed weekend campout in an intimate outdoor setting. Make your plans now for Front Porch Fest in Stuart, VA, August 31 through September 3.

New River Valley

Steppin' Out

Steppin’ Out is an art and music street festival held annually in downtown Blacksburg. Artists and musicians from all across the region converge on the streets of Blacksburg to bring this wonderful, family-friendly event to area residents. The 37th annual Steppin’ Out will be held August 4 through 5.

Old Fiddlers' Convention

Tap your toes and enjoy tunes that have been handed down from generation to generation in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Hundreds of fiddle players come to compete for cash prizes at the 82nd Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax from August 7 through 12.

Wilderness Trail Festival

Downtown Christiansburg is host to the 44th Annual Wilderness Trail Festival presented by the Kiwanis Club of Christiansburg. Enjoy craft vendors, artists, and live music at this family-friendly festival that spans three city blocks in downtown Christiansburg on September 16.


Cheers Lynchburg

Cheers Lynchburg is downtown’s premier outdoor concert series. This year brings a stellar lineup to one of Lynchburg’s most beautiful outdoor venues—Riverfront Park. Enjoy amazing local and national bands, alongside Lynchburg’s hometown talent. There’s a show every week this summer, so check out their website for the full lineup.

Riverfront Park Concert Series

From George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic to Blues Traveler, the Academy Center of the Arts in Lynchburg is bringing world-renowned music to Riverfront Park downtown. This is a concert series you won’t want to miss. Check out the full lineup here.

Worth the Drive

No matter where you are in Southwest and Central Virginia, these weekend music festivals are worth the drive!

Red Wing Roots Music Festival

Mount Solon, VA  July 14-16

Hosted by The Steel Wheels, a Virginia sting band, this annual gathering takes place at Natural Chimneys Regional Park in the Shenandoah Valley. The lineup is always impressive, featuring a full slate of Americana and bluegrass heroes, and the atmosphere is intimate and friendly, meaning parents can feel good about bringing little ones to the party.


Floyd, VA  July 26-30

FloydFest is a multi-stage musical blowout on a beautiful, 80-acre mountain plateau right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Headliners this year include Thievery Corporation, Shovels and Rope, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Steel Pulse, Railroad Earth, and St. Paul & the Broken Bones.

Lockn' Music Festival

Arrington, VA  August 24-27

The ultimate jam rock marathon takes place on the scenic grounds of Nelson County’s Oak Ridge Farm, located about halfway between Charlottesville and Lynchburg. The main stage at the Lockn’ Music Festival rotates like a turntable, so sets between acts are linked together and fans don’t miss a note of music due to overlap.

Watermelon Park Fest

Berryville, VA – September 21-24

Watermelon Park Fest is a family-friendly music festival located on the Shenandoah River just outside of Berryville, VA. Festivities include concerts, dances, workshops, pickin' contests, kids activities, and food and craft vendors.

The Festy Experience

Arrington, VA  October 5-8

Settled into a new site, the expansive Infinity Downs in Arrington (located about a half-hour south of Charlottesville), this annual festival will feature its usual impressive roster of roots music acts, headed by the Infamous Stringdusters. In addition to the tunes, expect an experience full of local food, craft beer, and plenty of outdoor action, including the Blue Ridge Burn, the annual 10K/5K trail race hosted by Blue Ridge Outdoors.

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