Virginia Is For Music Lovers


Get ready to dance to the sounds of your favorite genre of music as Music Festival Season is finally here. From Smooth Jazz to Rock & Roll, there will be something for you to enjoy. Here’s a list of some upcoming festivals that you won’t want to miss.

FLOYDFEST 18 – WILD (July 25-29)

Music, Magic, and Mountains abound at Milepost 170.5 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd. This five-day festival will feature more than 100 artists on eight stages. Additional entertainment and activities will include: outdoor adventures, community celebrations, vibrant vendors, quality brews and chews, healing arts, children’s activities and more.

Complete event schedule and tickets are available now at


Experience the sounds of the Blue Ridge Mountains as musicians near and far gather in Felts Park to perform at the oldest and largest fiddlers convention in the world. Designated as the Worlds Capital of Old Time Mountain Music, Galax has been hosting the convention since 1935. And this year will be no different.

Tickets are sold at the door only and are available for $6 to $40. Children under 12 admitted free with paid escort. For more information, please visit


The roots of American musical culture will be on display at the 9th annual Richmond Jazz Festival. This four-day event will bring smooth jazz, R&B and Neo-Soul to the city’s Maymont Park. Over 20 local and national jazz bands will perform on two main stages. Local vendors will provide food, beverages, and tastings of Virginia wines.

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Chamber music from the Middle Ages to world premieres, performed by vocalists and instrumentalists from across Europe and the U.S. will reign supreme during the 21st annual Staunton Music Festival. This 10-day event will feature some of the greatest chamber music by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms, and dozens of others. The songs of more recent composers such Gabriela Lena Frank, Zach Wadsworth, Eric Guinivan will also be included. German composer Stefan Heucke will be in residence.

Most concerts are $23 Adult, $8 Student, and Free for Youth 18-and-under; also 12 concerts free for everyone begin at noon. Visit for more information.

LOCKN’ FESTIVAL (August 23-26)

Enjoy music, camping, outdoor activities, regional food, beverages and artisans in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the LOCKN’ Music Festival at Infinity Downs Farm and Oak Ridge Farm in Nelson County. Musical artists will perform for four days and appear in once-in-a-lifetime artist collaborations.   Festivalgoers are encouraged to bring their bikes, enjoy the hiking/biking trails, yoga, and other outdoor lifestyle activities. On-site camping packages available.

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AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL (August 31-September 2)

The largest outdoor music event on the East Coast takes place in Virginia Beach this Labor Day. Spanning three full days, the 25th Annual American Music Festival will blend rock, jazz, country, blues, R&B, and many more genres into a spectacular gathering of beach-front fun. Talent will range from local bands to national acts including ZZ Top, Goo Goo Dolls, Ziggy Marley and SOJA. Artists will play on the four main concert stages along with side stages off the boardwalk for local performances.

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This October, take a trip to the Downtown Richmond waterfront to experience one of the largest events in Virginia. For three days, patrons will Celebrate the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft and food. The festival will feature more than 30 performing groups on seven live music stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with a Virginia Folk Life demonstration area, children’s activities, a folk arts marketplace, regional and ethnic foods and more.

The Richmond Folk Festival is produced by Venture Richmond in partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA). For more information, visit

Steve Cook
Author: Steve Cook