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Blue Ridge Music Center

Blue Ridge Music CenterThe Blue Ridge Music Center is a state-of-the-art performing arts facility built to preserve and promote the historic music of Virginia and the Blue Ridge. The Blue Ridge region has produced more old-time and bluegrass musicians per capita than any other and it is the epicenter or heart of many of America’s living music traditions.

Drawing from this rich heritage, which continues to thrive, the air at the BRMC is almost always filled with music, even when there is no concert on the stage. From June through October when you leave your car you’ll likely hear the ring of the banjo and the song of the fiddle wafting on the air from the breezeway that separates the visitors center from the indoor auditorium. Well-known local musicians volunteer their time to share the music they love with visitors, inviting those who can pick a tune to join them as well. Listeners relax in rocking chairs and enjoy both the music and the scenic view of Fisher Peak.

What to Do

  • Explore the visitor center as well as permanent and changing exhibits that trace the diversity of American roots music to the region
  • Experience the region’s musical traditions through live performances – past performances include Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury and Ralph Stanley
  • Enjoy music at a 3,000-seat capacity outdoor amphitheater with state-of-the-art sound and lights
  • Discover an indoor theater for films and more intimate performance talks, and a shop for instrument construction

The site is operated through a partnership between the National Park Service and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation. The BRMC was built through the efforts of three organizations:  the City of Galax, VA, which donated 1,000 acres of land on Fisher Peak near the Parkway – land originally purchased to protect the city’s watershed, the Blue Ridge Parkway (National Park Service, US Department of Interior), which owns the facility and maintains it, and the National Council for the Traditional Arts, (NCTA) a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional music. It operates from May through October each year.

Phone: 276-236-5309

Web:  www.blueridgemusiccenter.org

Explore the listing of hours and opening and closing dates for visitor centers, campgrounds, and concessions and facilities - many of which are at or near the Highlights featured.

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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Heritage Fest

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10:00 am

Bogs, Bugs and Beavers

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 10:30 am

Festival in the Park

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 11:00 am

7th Annual Crawfish Boil

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 5:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, May 23, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 10:00 am

Festival in the Park

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 11:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 2:00 pm

Winemaker's Dinner at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 5:00 pm

Winemaker's Dinner at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 5:00 pm

Chateau Morrisette Winemaker's Dinner

Sunday, May 24, 2015, 5:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Monday, May 25, 2015, 10:00 am
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 10:00 am
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 10:00 am
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Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 10:00 am

148th Memorial Day Parade and Ceremonies

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 2:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend

Friday, May 29, 2015, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Friday, May 29, 2015, 10:00 am

17th Annual Lebanese Festival

Friday, May 29, 2015, 11:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, May 29, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10:00 am

Sidewalk Art Show

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 10:00 am

Blue Ridge Music Festival with Brad Paisley & Florida Georgia Line

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 11:00 am

17th Annual Lebanese Festival

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 11:00 am

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Grandfather Mountain Nature Photography Weekend

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demonstrations

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 10:00 am

57th Annual Sidewalk Art Show

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 10:00 am

Sidewalk Art Show

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 10:00 am

17th Annual Lebanese Festival

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 11:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, May 31, 2015, 2:00 pm
           

Highlights & Happenings

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  • These high elevation summits are home to spectacular floral displays. June and July are usually prime times to view the pink and purple blooms of rhododendron, but don’t despair if you miss the peak bloom. Violets, blackberry, May-apple, a
  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • At the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is perhaps the best representation of the varied combination of natural and cultural resources anywhere along the Parkway corridor. Visitors can tour a collection of nineteenth century far
  • Waterrock Knob, MP 451.2
  • An ideal spot for watching sunrise and sunsets across the rugged mountains, Waterrock Knob Visitor Center sits at almost 6,000 feet elevation. Exhibits, book sales, and a trail leading to the summit of Waterrock Knob await visitors. The last hik
  • Peaks of Otter, MP 86
  • With stunning views, natural beauty, and the surrounding Jefferson National Forest, it’s no wonder the Peaks of Otter area has attracted people to the region for more than 8,000 years.
  • Parkway Visitor Center, MP 384
  • Visitors traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway can now make one stop to learn about the entire 469 miles and 73-year history of the Parkway. The Parkway Visitor Center opened in 2008 and unveiled innovative, high-tech interactive exhibits. The LEED-certif
  • Cumberland Knob, MP 217.5
  • Located near the Virginia state line, Cumberland Knob is the site where construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway began in 1935. It was the first recreation area opened to the public and remains a favorite destination for both locals and visitors. The m
  • James River & Otter Creek, MP 60-63.8
  • At the lowest elevation along the Parkway, visitors can hike, camp, fish, have a picnic, and see restored Battery Creek Lock from the Kanawha Canal.
  • Civil War Sesquicentennial
  • 2015 marks the 150th year anniversary of when the last shot east of the Mississippi was fired during the Civil War, which rang out in present-day Waynesville.
  • Parkway Road Conditions
  • An open Parkway is a safe Parkway. Be sure to check road conditions online or by phone before you travel and during your visit.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner
  • The 66th edition of the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner is your ultimate source for planning a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
  • Camping
  • Camping is one way visitors traveling through the Blue Ridge Parkway can spend the night under the stars in one of America’s most beautiful natural settings.
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