FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

BLUE RIDGE MUSIC CENTER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

About the Grounds

The Blue Ridge Music Center is a National Park Service facility and attraction at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax, Virginia. BRMC is home to an outdoor amphitheater, visitor center, museum, and gift shop. The visitor center is open seasonally, from May through October, 10 a.m.to 5 p.m. The opening date varies, and is typically Thursday – Monday in early May, open 7 days a week beginning Memorial Day Weekend.

About the Amphitheater Concerts

The Blue Ridge Music Center’s Roots of American Music concerts are held most Saturdays—from Memorial Day through Labor Day—in the natural, terraced, outdoor amphitheater. Musical programming is managed and coordinated by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the primary nonprofit fundraising partner of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

About Midday Mountain Music

Midday Mountain Music is a free informal music presentation by local and regional musicians, held noon to 4 p.m. on our covered breezeway, every day the Music Center is open.

HOW DO I PURCHASE CONCERT TICKETS?

Tickets are available for purchase in advance online. Go to our Event Calendar page for the ticket link. Online sales end at 10 a.m. on the day of the concert. Advance purchase tickets are non-refundable.

At the gate: Tickets are also available the evening of the performance starting at 5:45 p.m. at the admission gates, unless noted otherwise. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted for free unless otherwise noted.

ARE SEASON PASSES AVAILABLE?

2022 Season passes are available for purchase, including Full Season ($185), Half-Season ($130), and Pick 3 ($85) passes . Learn more about our Season Passes here.

IS THERE A PARKING FEE?

No. Parking is free. The National Park Service staff and volunteers greet visitors at the entrance and direct parking for all concerts.

WHEN DO THE GATES OPEN?

Unless otherwise noted, admission to the amphitheater for concerts begins at 5:45 p.m. Season passholders are admitted at 5:30 p.m. There are two admission gates locations: one near the Visitor Center and one on the hill overlooking the stage near the upper parking area.

ARE THERE ASSIGNED SEATS IN THE AMPHITHEATER?

No. Seating is on a first-come-first-served basis. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Dancing and standing are allowed in the paved area directly in front of the stage.

IS THE MUSIC CENTER HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?

Yes. Blue Ridge Music Center is handicap accessible. Handicap parking is available in the lower lot near the entrance to the Visitor Center. Drop-off of mobility-impaired individuals is welcome.

Please note:

Though the Blue Ridge Music Center has ample handicap parking, the amphitheater is a couple hundred yards away from the parking area and drop-off locations. For high-attendance concerts, sections of the amphitheater are reserved for handicap seating, which is available on a first-come-first-serve basis. For additional information, call the Visitor Center at (276) 236-5309.

CAN I BRING MY DOG?

Yes. Dogs are allowed for most concerts (see concert listing for exceptions). Please adhere to the following rules:

  • You must have your dog on a leash at all times, and they must remain with owners.
  • You must sit on the hillside behind the main seating areas/rock walls in the amphitheater.
  • You must clean up after your pet. Bags are provided at a station on the hillside.

If your dog is creating a disturbance, you may be asked to leave. No refund will be given.

CAN I BRING ALCOHOL?

No. Because the Blue Ridge Music Center is a National Park Service facility, alcohol is NOT permitted on site.

IS TAILGATING PERMITTED IN THE PARKING AREA?

No. Tents, tables and grills are not permitted in the parking areas. You are welcome to bring food to the amphitheater when the gates open. You may also use the picnic tables located outside the amphitheater adjacent to the Visitor Center. Please note that alcohol is not allowed.

CAN I BRING FOOD TO THE AMPHITHEATER?

Yes. Visitors are welcome to bring food to the amphitheater. You may also use the picnic tables located outside the amphitheater adjacent to the Visitor Center. Grills are not permitted in the picnic area, amphitheater or parking lots.

IS FOOD AVAILABLE AT THE AMPHITHEATER?

Yes. You can purchase barbecue, down-home sides, and desserts from The Galax Smokehouse at every performance. For high-attendance concerts, additional food vendors may be on site.

Water, sodas, and snacks can be purchased in the gift shop during regular open hours (10 am-5 p.m. The gift shop is sometimes open later on concert nights.

WHERE ARE THE RESTROOMS?

There are two restroom locations. One set of restrooms is in a free-standing building across from the Visitor Center and is only open during concert nights. Additional restrooms are in the Visitor Center and can be accessed through the front entrance and breezeway.

IS SMOKING ALLOWED?

The Blue Ridge Music Center Amphitheater is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is allowed only in designated locations inside the amphitheater away from the seating area. Please ask for information at the gate.

ARE THE VISITOR CENTER AND MUSEUM OPEN DURING CONCERTS?

The Visitor Center, Museum, and Gift Shop hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are not typically later prior to the concert, so please come before 5 p.m. if you wish to view the exhibit.

WHAT SHOULD I LEAVE AT HOME?

Alcohol, drones, pop-up tents, and tables are not allowed in the amphitheater.

WHAT IS YOUR WEATHER POLICY?

Concerts at the Blue Ridge Music Center are RAIN or SHINE. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring rain gear, and umbrellas are allowed. Because weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, layers of clothing are recommended.

WHAT IF I STILL HAVE A QUESTION?

If you didn’t find an answer among these frequently asked questions, please send us a note using the “Contact Us” form found at the bottom of this page. We’re happy to help!

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