When the weather turns warm, expect plenty of outdoor events in Virginia, including some of the country’s best music festivals. With a range of styles including jazz, country, folk, roots, and R&B, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here are five Virginia music festivals you shouldn’t miss.
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival
One of the longest-running music festivals in the country, Shenandoah Valley Music Festival brings together an eclectic mix of music, with Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers headlining the 2016 festival. Bring the family and a picnic lunch to the outdoor venue – Shrine Mont Camp & Conference Center in Orkney Springs.
Held on Fridays and Saturdays this summer, festival dates include July 22 to 23, July 29 to 30, Aug. 12 to 13, and Sept. 3 to 4. Ticket price varies by performance; check the Shenandoah Music Festival website for details.
From July 27 to 31, Floyd, Virginia, will host its annual world music and arts festival – FloydFest. The 2016 festival theme is Dreamweavin’, and besides music the festival also hosts workshops, yoga, storytelling, and poetry readings. Bring the family and camp on the grounds or nearby during this five-day folksy festival.
This year’s headliners include The Wood Brothers and Railroad Earth. Single-day tickets start at $85, with a five-day Park & Camp pass for just over $1,000.
Richmond Jazz Festival
World-class jazz musicians gather in Richmond for the fourth annual Richmond Jazz Festival, Aug. 9 to 11. Showcasing jazz, funk, and blues musicians along with local vendors and cuisine makes this festival a cultural experience.
Held at the historic Maymont, the 100-acre Victorian estate is the backdrop for more than 20 musical acts. While you’re at the festival, feel free to take a self-guided tour of the beautifully maintained grounds at the Maymont. For the latest information on tickets and headline acts, be sure to check the Richmond Jazz Festival website.
Head to Arrington, Virginia, Aug. 25 to 28 to catch the fourth annual LOCKN’ music festival. This event aims to achieve the “ultimate atmosphere for live music” while collaborating with community businesses to give LOCKN’ a local flavor.
Shuttles to the hosting venue – Oak Ridge Farm – are available from off-site accommodation. There’s also an option to car-camp, RV camp, or glamp at the festival. Four-day festival passes start around $300, and camping passes start around $90.
American Music Festival Virginia Beach
This Labor Day weekend, head for Virginia Beach for the annual American Music Festival Virginia Beach, featuring music styles from jazz to rock to R&B. There’s something for everyone from Sept. 2 to 4 at the festival’s venues, including the 5th Street stage (the only ticketed venue), Dairy Queen Grill & Chill 17th Street park, the 24th Street park, and the 31st Street park.
Past headliners include Little Richard, Tanya Tucker, and Journey. Most of the festival is free to attend, with prices starting around $20 for ticketed shows.
Whether you’re a fan of rock, folk, jazz, country, or you’re out to discover new local acts, Virginia has a music festival for you. Don’t let the summer pass you by without getting out to enjoy one of Virginia’s exciting music festivals.