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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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"Miss Saigon"

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 8:00 pm

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 8:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 10:00 am

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Wednesday, August 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 8:00 am

Gather Round the Blue Ridge 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 10:00 am

Trolley Wine Tour

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 11:30 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 6:00 pm

Pisgah District After Hours Hike

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 8:00 pm
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"Miss Saigon"

Friday, August 22, 2014, 8:00 pm

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Friday, August 22, 2014, 8:00 am

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, August 22, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Friday, August 22, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, August 22, 2014, 3:00 pm

Dedication of the 100th Kids in Parks TRACK Trail

Friday, August 22, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, August 22, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 22, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Friday, August 22, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Naturefest

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

World Kayak Pro-Am

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 6:00 am

WNC's Largest Indoor Yard Sale

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:00 am

92nd Annual South Mountain Fair

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:00 am

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:30 am

Rockbridge Community Festival

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tours - Cone Manor

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00 am

Downtown Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 10:00 am

Inaugural Gettysburg Brew Fest

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 4:30 pm

"In the Arts We Will Shine" Lecture

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 6:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 8:00 pm

5th Annual Roanoke Wing Fest

Saturday, August 23, 2014, 11:00 pm
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"Miss Saigon"

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10:00 am

Upstairs Tours - Cone Manor

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 2:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demos

Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:00 am

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Monday, August 25, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demos

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 3:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Live Glassblowing Demos

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:00 am

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Thursday, August 28, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Friday, August 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, August 29, 2014, 3:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, August 29, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, August 29, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Friday, August 29, 2014, 8:00 pm
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5th Annual LakeAlooza

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Evening Campfire Program at Mt. Pisgah

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 7:30 pm

Music in the Mountains Concert Series

Saturday, June 7, 2014, 6:30 pm

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 8:30 am

Rockfest

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:00 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 9:00 am

BBQ and Brews Dinner Train

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 7:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Saturday, August 30, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 2:00 pm

"The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Sunday, August 31, 2014, 8:00 pm
           

Highlights & Happenings

  • 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
  • Craggy Gardens, MP 364
  • 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
  • Blue Ridge Music Center
  • The 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 o
  • Moses H. Cone Park, MP 294
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks comprise the largest developed area set aside for public recreati
  • Rocky Knob & Mabry Mill, MP 169, 176.2
  • These Parkway treasures offer many opportunities for visitors including hiking, camping, picnicking, and one of the most-photographed structures along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • 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.
  • Folk Art Center, Milepost 382
  • Open year round, the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway showcases the finest in traditional and contemporary craft of the Southern Appalachians.
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
  • Attractions, Dining, Shopping & More
  • From fine arts to fun, experience the best places and activities to enhance your visit to the Blue Ridge Parkway region.
  • Fall Color - Tips for Leaf Season
  • Tips for planning your scenic drive or vacation to see the fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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