Music is woven into the culture of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is celebrated at many points along the Blue Ridge Parkway. On your next journey, be sure to stop in for these free musical interludes.
Humpback Rocks, VIrginia: Check out the free live Old Time Concert Series from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays at the Humpback Rocks Visitor Center at milepost 5.8 on the Parkway. This year's lineup includes The Lovell Coleman Band, Sunny Side, The McKenzies, and Uncle Henry's Favorites. Complete lineup
Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area, Virginia: Enjoy free, live shows from 7 to 8 p.m., Sundays, May 27-August 26, and from 5 to 6 p.m., Sundays, Sept. 2-Oct. 21, at the Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area. The performers this season include The Original Orchard Grass, Mountain Revelers, American Roots, and Left Over Biscuits. To reach the picnic area, exit the Parkway at milepost 120.4 and follow the Mill Mountain Spur Road for 1.3 miles. Learn more
Mabry Mill, Virginia: Live music is a long-running Sunday tradition at the mill, milepost 176 on the Parkway. All performances are free. The Original Orchard Grass, Southfork Ramblers, Easy Pickens, and many more are on the calendar this summer. Bring chairs or blankets for seating. Learn more
Blue Ridge Music Center, Virgina/North Carolina border: Local musicians entertain visitors with music and stories from noon to 4 p.m. daily for free Midday Mountain Music sessions on the breezeway at the visitor center at milepost 213 near Galax, Virginia. Players can join the fun during the Friday bluegrass jams. The Music Center also hosts ticketed concerts most Saturdays, spring through fall, at the outdoor amphitheater. Check out the concert schedule