Summer Events Along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia

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Enjoy music, arts, crafts, food and wine to celebrate 75 years of the Parkway.

Summer events along "America's Favorite Drive."

Celebrate the Blue Ridge Parkway's 75th Anniversary with festivals and special events, all summer long.

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia’s small towns and communities along “America’s Favorite Drive,” are celebrating with special events and festivals all summer long.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is an iconic travel destination, stretching 469 miles from Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains. Reconnect with loved ones and nature in this pristine part of Virginia where music festivals, arts and crafts fairs, and food and wine events showcase the traditions and hospitality of Virginia’s Blue Ridge region.

Details on select special events are below. Visit http://www.virginia.org/brp/ for more events, travel packages, trip itineraries and a chance to win a seven-night, six-day family vacation for four along Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway region.

Galax Leaf & String Festival featuring Authors on Grayson– Galax, June 11-12, 2010
The Galax Leaf & String Festival is a family-friendly event with plenty of fun things for kids including hands-on art projects and performances. Local food vendors and civic groups will be on hand to provide a variety of fare and the streets will be lined with some of the area’s finest artisans and craft vendors. FREE.

Cherry Pickin’ Festival and Thunder on the Parkway Car Show – Fancy Gap, June 12, 2010
Visitors can pick their own cherries, or buy them on-site from local orchards the day of the event. Event activities include: bluegrass music and dancing to local bands, storytelling competitions, a car and motorcycle cruise-in, local crafters, antique dealers, artisans and food vendors, a fun zone for kids, a bake-off contest and a Civil War encampment with reenactors in period costumes. FREE.

Wayne Henderson Music Festival and Guitar Competition– Mouth of Wilson, June 19, 2010
Famous guitar maker Wayne Henderson and his band, along with many other traditional old time and bluegrass acts, will perform at the beautiful picnic grounds in Grayson Highlands State Park. Admission Fee: $10.

Crafts in the Meadow/Meet the Authors – Meadows of Dan, July 3-4, 2010
The sixth annual Arts and Crafts Fair will feature regional artisans and traditional arts - local Blue Ridge historians and regional authors will be available for book discussion, book signings and sales. FREE.

Floyd Fandango Beer and Wine Festival– Floyd, July 3-4, 2010
An annual Fourth of July festival featuring the finest in Virginia wines and regional craft beers, plus art vendors, overnight camping and main stage music. The Floyd Fandango takes place on a beautiful 80-acre Blue Ridge Parkway plateau. Attendees can relax under two giant tents – one featuring all-day wine tastings and the other offering samplings of craft beers – all while enjoying headlining acts on the gorgeous timber-framed main stage. Go for the weekend, and enjoy free overnight camping on-site. Admission Fee: $25 in advance and $30 at the gate.

Wooden Canoe Building Workshop – Floyd, July 4-9, 2010
Torben Hanson, instructor of woodcraft at the Danish School of Craft in Copenhagen, Denmark, will be teaching this wooden canoe building workshop at Ambrosia Farm Bed and Breakfast and Pottery in Floyd - a community that encourages and therefore celebrates its artistic diversity, through music, visual art, traditional craft and theater. Admission Fee: $1350 per couple.

Chateau Morrisette Wine & Music Festival – Floyd, July 10, 2010 and August 14, 2010
Enjoy a pristine setting where local area artists, advocates and youth are encouraged to participate in the festival. Celebrating 30 years of successful winemaking in 2010, Chateau Morrisette advocates conservation of the Parkway’s natural setting, and partial proceeds of sales of Mile Marker 000 and Mile Marker 469 wines are contributed to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. Admission Fee: $15 in advance and $20 at the gate.

FloydFest 9 – Floyd, July 22-25, 2010
FloydFest is a four-day celebration of music and arts in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Featuring seven stages of bluegrass, old-time, folk, world music and more, as well as a children’s universe, healing arts, dance tent, Appalachian workshop porch and more than 100 local and regional artisans. FloydFest is an annual epicenter for music, culture and art in Southwest Virginia and beyond. Admission Fee: $145 for the weekend or $60 for a day.

Microfestivus – Roanoke, August 14
The Square Society presents the 13th annual MicroFestivus, a micro and craft beer festival. Taste from a selection of over 50 beers from 20 micro and craft breweries from the Mid-Atlantic region. Admission Fee: $5.

Galax Moose Lodge Old Fiddler’s Convention– Galax, August 9-14, 2010
The Galax Fiddler’s Convention will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2010. Musicians and fans from around the world travel to Galax to perform and hear the music that defines the sound of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Galax, a venue of The Crooked Road, has been designated the world’s capital of old-time mountain music and is proud to be identified as hosting the world’s oldest and largest fiddlers convention, which has taken place consistently since 1935. Admission Fee: $5 - $8.

Fries Fiddlers Convention – Fries, August 20-22, 2010
The Fries Fiddlers Convention promotes the music of the area’s heritage and hopefully introduces a new generation to traditional old-time music. Besides the normal various instrument competitions and band competitions, there is also a youth competition and a flatfoot competition for young and old. $.

Virginia State Peach Festival – Stuart, August 19 – 21, 2010
The Virginia State Peach Festival is Virginia’s celebration of one of its star fruits – the peach. The festival traditionally holds a ticketed Saturday night music concert with major bands and a barbeque dinner. The festival has now grown to cover a weekend of celebration and includes a Thursday night gospel sing at Patrick Springs, the Virginia State Peach Pageant on Friday and a Saturday Folk Fair celebration at Meadows of Dan. Admission Fee: $12 in advance.

5th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest – Wintergreen, August 21, 2010
Wintergreen Performing Arts will present the voices of the Blue Ridge through its fifth annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest. The 2010 program features traditional bluegrass bands, gospel, blues and rock and roll. Admission Fee: Adults $20.

Chinquapin Festival – Meadows of Dan, September 4-6, 2010
The sixth annual Chinquapin Festival celebrates the soon-to-ripen Chinquapins, a nut-bearing shrub indigenous to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Craft vendors will be on-site selling their goods and locally-grown produce will be available. Live old-time and bluegrass music and a hay bale maze are also there for people’s enjoyment. FREE.

Parkway’s 75th Anniversary Weekend Festival – September 10 -12, 2010
The official 75th anniversary celebration - a multi-day, multi-venue festival staged along the Virginia, North Carolina shared border where Parkway construction began on September 11, 1935. The festival will include a formal ceremony featuring local, state and federal officials, regional music and crafts, antique car and travel trailer vehicle exhibits, interpretive and environmental programs, storytelling, children’s activities and local foods. FREE.

Virginia celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Blue Ridge Parkway throughout 2010 with special events, travel deals and promotions up and down the parkway. Complete details are available at http://www.Virginia.org/BRP.

Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. To request a free Virginia is for Lovers travel guide with a commemorative cover design, call 1-800-VISITVA.

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