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Festivals in the Blue Ridge Mountains


(Milepost 165) FloydFest is an annual world music and arts festival that is held in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Floyd, Virginia. Seven stages are featured, along with on-site camping, local arts and crafts, dance workshops, story telling, morning yoga, and children's events. The festival lasts four incredible days and is held at the end of July.



Floyd Fandango

(Milepost 170.5) The Floyd Fandango Beer & Wine Festival combines the best of both worlds. That's right, Wine Down the Music Trail and the infamous Floyd Fandango will be uniting forces this Festival season for a stellar event. Featuring over 15 wineries from the VA and NC regions and 10 of your favorite microbrews along with amazing entertainment, this is sure to be a one-of-a-kind event! Festival will take place at the beautiful festival venue, Blue Cow Pavilion, which is located at milepost 170.5 off the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.




(Milepost 247) MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate "traditional plus" music. Music presented includes the very best of bluegrass, contemporary acoustic, blues, folk, old-time music, Cajun, jazz, and singer-songwriter combo music. The festival is held the last weekend in April and is hosted by legendary guitar player Doc Watson.



Music on the Mountaintop

(Milepost 292) Music on the Mountaintop is a one of a kind, ecologically driven large-scale music festival, offering first class entertainment as well as educational awareness on current environmental issues. Visitors can expect to find themselves tapping a foot to grammy-winning artists like Jerry Douglas, savoring the local barbeque and burgers, and simply relaxing in the fresh mountain air. The festival is held at the end of August.


Music On The Mountaintop

Bele Chere

(Milepost 375) Bele Chere is the largest free festival in the southeastern United States, attracting over 350,000 people. This street festival has a wide variety of arts, music, food, beverages, events, and childern's activities and is sure fun for all ages. Located in downton Asheville, the festival is held on the last full weekend of July.


Bele Chere

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