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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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Thursday, March 5, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, March 5, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, March 6, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, March 6, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9:00 am

Kansas City Barbecue Society Judging Class

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 10:00 am

Kansas City Barbecue Society Table Captain Class

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 3:00 pm

Yoga For All at the Peaks

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 4:00 pm

Yoga For All at the Peaks

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 4:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

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Sunday, March 8, 2015, 9:00 am

Group Painting

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 2:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, March 8, 2015, 2:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Monday, March 9, 2015, 9:00 am
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 9:00 am

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 6:00 pm
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 9:00 am
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Thursday, March 12, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, March 12, 2015, 7:00 pm
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Woody's Original Mountain Music

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Bear Crawl 5k

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 8:00 am

"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9:00 am

Old Fort Spring Fling 5k

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 9:15 am

Flat to Fabulous

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 10:00 am

McDonald's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Shamrock Festival

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 11:00 am

Peak Perfection Vintner Dinner

Saturday, March 14, 2015, 6:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, March 15, 2015, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

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Thursday, March 19, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, March 19, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, March 20, 2015, 9:00 am

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, March 20, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 9:00 am

Painting Glass

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 10:00 am

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 3:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 7:00 pm

"The Future of U.S. Manned Spaceflight"

Saturday, March 21, 2015, 8:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2:00 pm
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Thursday, March 26, 2015, 9:00 am

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Friday, March 27, 2015, 9:00 am

Guest Chef Weekend at Chateau Morrisette Restaurant

Friday, March 27, 2015, 4:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, March 27, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 9:00 am

Flat to Fabulous

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 1:00 pm

Guest Chef Weekend at Chateau Morrisette Restaurant

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 4:00 pm

Tracks Music & Dance

Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:00 pm
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"Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times"

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 9:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 2:00 pm

Guest Chef Weekend at Chateau Morrisette Restaurant

Sunday, March 29, 2015, 4:00 pm
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Highlights & Happenings

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Doughton Park, MP 240
  • Renew your senses amid this landscape of open meadows. Doughton Park is one of the best places along the Blue Ridge Parkway to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats.  Flowers burst on the scene in late spring and crea
  • Julian Price Memorial Park, MP 297
  • A majestic 4,200 acres at the foot of Grandfather Mountain, named in honor of Julian Price, comprises this popular park and lies directly adjacent to the Moses H. Cone Memorial Park. Together these parks make up the largest developed area set as
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hiking Trails
  • A journey on the Blue Ridge Parkway offers motorists spectacular views of Southern Appalachia’s diverse beauty for 469.1 uninterrupted miles.
  • 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.
  • Nearby Accommodations
  • Explore the quaint towns and vibrant cities that the Blue Ridge Parkway weaves through, and a variety of lodging choices.
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