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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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Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Friday, July 25, 2014

Grandfather Mountain Campout

Friday, July 25, 2014

Nature Photography Exhibit: Our Spectacular Southern Appalachians

Friday, July 25, 2014, 9:00 am

Pisgah District - Hike of the Week

Friday, July 25, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Friday, July 25, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, July 25, 2014, 3:00 pm

Summertime Barrels, Bottles & Casks

Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

16th Annual Union Beach Music Festival & Classic Car Show

Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, July 25, 2014, 7:00 pm

"Boeing Boeing"

Friday, July 25, 2014, 8:00 pm

Dinosaur Train

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 11:00 am

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Grandfather Mountain Campout

Saturday, July 26, 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

16th Annual Union Beach Music Festival & Classic Car Show

Friday, July 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Gatlinburg Farmer's Market

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:30 am

Nature Photography Exhibit: Our Spectacular Southern Appalachians

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 9:00 am

Black Mountain Tailgate Market

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 9:00 am

Guided Tours - Cone Manor

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:00 am

James River Transportation Festival

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Dinosaur Train

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 11:00 am

Summertime Barrels, Bottles & Casks

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Civil War in the Mountains"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 7:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

"Boeing Boeing"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Gatlinburg Craftsmen's Fair

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 6:00 pm

Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Grandfather Mountain Campout

Sunday, July 27, 2014

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Nature Photography Exhibit: Our Spectacular Southern Appalachians

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Guided Tours - Cone Manor

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Sunday Sounds at Chateau Morrisette

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 1:00 pm

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 2:00 pm

Dinosaur Train

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 3:00 pm

"Boeing Boeing"

Sunday, July 27, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Monday, July 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Nature Photography Exhibit: Our Spectacular Southern Appalachians

Monday, July 28, 2014, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Monday, July 28, 2014, 10:00 am
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Nature Photography Exhibit: Our Spectacular Southern Appalachians

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 9:00 am

Live Glassblowing Demos

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Historic Marian Tailgate Market

Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 3:00 pm
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 10:00 am
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Smoky Mountain Tunes & Tales

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, July 31, 2014

"Miss Saigon"

Saturday, July 26, 2014, 8:00 pm

Live Glassblowing Demos

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:00 am

Woodsy Owl’s Curiosity Club

Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:30 pm
   

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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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