October is ripe with music festivals across Virginia, but good luck choosing. Several occur at the same time, but offer quite different experiences. Cheers to a fun music-filled month!
Richmond Folk Festival – Richmond, Va.
October 7-9, 2016
Celebrating the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft and food, the Richmond Folk Festival features more than 30 performing groups on seven live music stages, along with a Virginia Folklife demonstration area, children’s activities, a folk arts marketplace, regional and ethnic foods and more.The free three-day festival is one of the largest events in Virginia.
The Festy Experience – Roseland, Va.
Oct. 7-9, 2016
Enjoy three full days of live music, award winning craft beer from Oskar Blues Brewery, fall camping, and lots of fun. This year’s lineup includes Lee Ann Womack, Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen, Mary Chapin Carpenter, the Infamous Stringdusters, Lord Nelson, the Sam Bush Band, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Steep Canyon Rangers, and more.
Genuine Bacon, Bourbon, & Beach Music Festival – Smithfield, Va.
Oct. 1, 2016
Taste small batch and hard to find bourbons and thick hearty bacon samples while you listen to live music at this annual Smithfield festival. Each visitor also gets a 1/2 pound of thick cut Smithfield Premium bacon to take home with them. Think you’re the biggest bacon fan in the Commonwealth? Participate in the bacon eating contest for a chance to win a year’s supply of local bacon! There is also additional food, craft beer, and Virginia wine available for purchase at this fall festival.
Pickers and Fiddlers Bluegrass Gospel & Mountain Music Songfest – Bassett, Va.
Oct. 8, 2016
Musicians and music lovers are invited to bring their instruments to Pocahontas Bassett Baptist Church and join fellow music lovers and musicians to play songs together. This event is free and coffee and doughnuts will be provided. Other dates for this year are Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.
Blue Ridge Folklife Festival – Ferrum, Va.
Oct. 22, 2016
Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Folklife Festival celebrates western Virginia’s folkways and rural life with three music stages with all the famed Blue Ridge music styles including bluegrass, ballads, blues, gospel, and string band music. There will also be craftspeople, vintage farm tractors, hundreds of custom cars, and more.
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