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The Blue Ridge Music Center is where harmony & heritage unite.

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Blue Ridge Music Center’s 2022 Visitor Center Hours

The Blue Ridge Music Center’s Visitor Center, which houses the Roots of American Music Museum Exhibit and a gift shop, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week until October 30.

Midday Mountain Music

Midday Mountain Music, noon- 4 p.m. daily, is a FREE informal music presentation by local and regional musicians held in our covered, open-air breezeway.

Schedule:

  • Sundays: Stu Shenk and the Fisher Peak Timber Rattlers
  • Mondays: The Buck Mountain Band
  • Tuesdays: 1st and 3rd Tuesday-Cedar Ridge; 2nd and 4th Tuesday-Jackson Cunningham and Friends
  • Wednesdays: Bill and Maggie Anderson
  • Thursdays: Scott Freeman and Willard Gayheart
  • Fridays: Bluegrass Jam with Lynn Wolf and Jim Purcell
  • Saturdays: 1st Saturday: TBA; 2nd Saturday: Butch Robins; 3rd Saturday: Sugar Loaf Mountain; 4th Saturday: Blue Ridge Ramblers

The hiking trails are available year-round.

MILEPOST MUSIC

Milepost Music concerts are free presentations on rotating Sunday afternoons at several destinations along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Milepost Music sessions are offered from 1 to 3 p.m., on the following dates, from June through September.

  • Humpback Rocks, milepost 5.8 (near Visitor Center & Picnic Area), Virginia. Third Sunday of the month (June 19, July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18)
  • Peaks of Otter, milepost 85.6 (near the Peaks of Otter Lodge), Virginia. First Sunday of the month (June 5, July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4)
  • Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area, milepost 120.4, Virginia, Third Sunday of the month (July 17, Aug. 21, Sept. 18)
  • Mabry Mill, milepost 176.1 (in the Old Mill Village), Virginia. Second Sunday of the month (June 12, July 10, Aug. 14, Sept. 11)
  • Doughton Park, milepost 241 (near the Bluffs Lodge building), North Carolina. Fourth Sunday of the month (June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25)

Milepost Music is a collaboration between the Blue Ridge Music Center, Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, and National Park Service.

Milepost Music

Summer 2022 Concerts

We had a great concert season with 12 fantastic Saturday evening concerts in our outdoor amphitheater. The season ended on Labor Day weekend, but we still have lots of music with our Sunday afternoon Milepost Music concerts at various locations along the Parkway through September, and Midday Mountain Music held daily in the covered breezeway through October.

Thank you to all who attended the concerts this year. We couldn’t do it without you!

DEEP ROOTS, MANY VOICES

Deep Roots, Many Voices explores diversity and inclusion in roots-based music.

he five-part virtual discussion series explores issues related to diversity and inclusion in American roots-based music. The first two episodes of the Deep Roots, Many Voices video series features a conversation with heralded musicians Dom Flemons and Rissi Palmer. Additional discussions were with Pura Fé and Charly Lowry, Sam Gleaves and Joe Troop, Tray Wellington and Earl White, and Joseph Kwon and AJ Lee.

These discussions, along with an online symposium held on April 21 and summer concerts, are all part of the Deep Roots, Many Voices project.

Deep Roots Many Voices

Get Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway License Plate!

Sample Virginia Parkway License plate featuring a sunset on the Parkway

Be among the first Blue Ridge Parkway fans in Virginia to order the only specialty license plate dedicated to supporting projects and programs on the Parkway!

The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation specialty plate will cost $25 annually for a standard plate and $35 annually for a personalized plate for your vehicle or motorcycle. A portion of proceeds from each sale will support projects and programs along the Parkway, including programming at the Music Center.

Here’s how it works, The Foundation must secure 450 preorders to make the plate official. So please tell your friends, family, and neighbors in Virginia about the new plate, and order yours today!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Blue Ridge Music Center

THE HOME OF MOUNTAIN MELODIES

The sounds of the fiddle, banjo, and guitar welcome you when you visit. We invite you to clap along to bluegrass, old-time, blues, and Americana concerts in our scenic amphitheater, learn about the region’s musical heritage at the Roots of American Music Museum, sit a spell on the breezeway while you enjoy live music everyday during our Midday Mountain Music sessions, and go for a walk on one of our hiking trails.

While the Music Center is open May through October, the music continues year-round with our On the Road series, when we partner with regional venues to host off-site performances, exhibits, conferences, and additional events.

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“A perfectly set stage among the mountains! Beautiful scenery! Amazing music! Loved the museum…and the staff is friendly & very helpful.”

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