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Diversify Your Summer Experience at these Festivals in Virginia

Stepping out of the world of earthquakingly massive music festivals, we hike through some of wild wine country Virginia’s best local events. Whether it’s traditional festing at FloydFest, folksy foot tapping, or an outdoor music adventure – we’ve got you. End the tour with a cozy jazz event and you’ve been to the scene of festivals in the diverse state of Virginia.


FloydFest, born in 2002, is a five-day extravaganza nestled in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. With on-site camping and a plethora of stages, it’s a music paradise featuring everything from rock and bluegrass to reggae and folk. Each year has a theme, and in 2024 that is “Horizon”.

Besides music, there are workshops, yoga sessions, storytelling, and even a special kids zone called the “Children’s Universe” tent. Of its four keystones, outdoor adventure is capitalized. So a 5k, a sunrise hike, and group bike rides are only scratches on the iceberg of available activities. Grab your friends, and get ready for an unforgettable five-day adventure at FloydFest!

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion celebrates the rich musical heritage of Bristol, the “Birthplace of Country Music”. Since its inception in 2001, it has focused on showcasing both renowned talent, like Ralph Tsanley and The Avett Brothers, and upswing artists.

Across the 4-block festival area, attendees enjoy four main stages, a vibrant dance tent, artisan booths, food vendors and more. Set in the breathtaking Appalachia area, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion welcomes music lovers with Southern hospitality and a feast of sounds.

Dominion Energy Riverrock Festival

The nation’s largest outdoor sports and music festival is focused on getting you up and doing something! Surrounded by intertwining aquatic and terrestrial sportsman’s trails, nature, and the city’s skyline, the ultimate city-gone wild ambience encompasses the event! With over 30 events to try out, unbeatable energy and lively music, this is the ultimate outdoor summer festival.

Open and free to attend, the event draws serotonin-infused festivalgoers to a scenic mixture of music and adventure. The 2024 line-up features Palmyra, Space Koi, EGGY, Tyler Meacham, and more to keep the good vibes going all the way through.

Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival

Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival is a 4-day bash at Pop’s Farm in Martinsville, jam-packed with music, art, and outdoor fun. With 50 bands rocking out on 6 stages, there’s no shortage of groovy sounds, covering everything from rock to bluegrass. More than the music, Rooster Walk is all about family fun, with kids activities, craft beer, tasty eats, and artsy vibes.

Plus, you can soak up Virginia’s natural beauty with kayak tours, bike rides, yoga sessions, and even a disc golf course. And when you’re ready to recharge, the beautiful on-site camping options have got you covered. It’s the perfect mix of music, art, and adventure, making Rooster Walk a favorite hangout for music lovers and families alike.

Appaloosa Festival

This is a two-day camping and root music festival that boasts being #WhereYouFindTheNextBigThing. In 2022, Molly Tuttle performed and later won a Grammy. Other golden finds while they were still unpolished were Billy Strings, Sierra Hull, Mipso, Penny & Sparrow, Watchhouse, and more. Out of the festivals in Virginia, this is where rising stars are found for Bluegrass, folk, Celtic, and Americana.

So pencil Appaloosa in from 31 Aug – 1 Sep in 2024 at the Skyline Ranch Resort. And stay updated on the lineup and everything else at this heart-jig festival!

FunkFest 2024

You haven’t been to all the festivals in Virginia if you haven’t been to the beach. Funk music was born in the 1960s and is an amalgamation of soul and R&B, with a sped up dance-twist. The sands at 24th Street host this two day beach party with drool-worthy food, funky music, and vendors.

The music pulses across the sand and anyone who hears it, can join the party FREE of charge! Preferred Viewing sections can be paid for for the best seat on the beach, but keep in mind that the capacity for this event is limited, so it’s first come, first serve. Attendees can bring their own chairs, food and drink, but alcohol, glass, professional photography equipment and tents should be left at home.

Hampton Jazz Festival

Going strong for its 56th year, the Hampton Jazz Festival features jazz, pop, R&B, soul, and blues. People refer to the event as more of a reunion – of friends, culture, and life, tied together by music.
It’s one of the oldest and largest jazz fests on the East Coast, and happens annually at the Hampton Coliseum.

Past performers have included legends like Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, and Ella Fitzgerald. The 2024 lineup is TBA, but with a reputation to uphold and such a rich history, this festival is a can’t-miss for jazz enthusiasts.

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Inge Strauss