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About BRPA

Promoting Tourism for more than 60 Years

The Blue Ridge Parkway Association, founded more than 60 years ago, is the officially designated marketing partner of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a majestic highland boulevard that winds through the Blue Ridge Mountains for 469 miles.  BRPA is a nonprofit organization comprised of businesses and organizations that serve visitors to the Blue Ridge Parkway and along the scenic corridor of the Shenandoah National Park, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the tri-state region of Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Blue Ridge Parkway Association members work together to offer more than 15 million annual visitors to the Parkway a broad range of family entertainment, recreation, shopping, lodging, dining and support services in communities along the scenic corridor's 469-mile length.

Not affiliated with any government agency and strictly non-political, BRPA is administered by a board of directors who are elected by the membership at the Annual Meeting and serve without remuneration. Members are encouraged to attend all Association meetings.

The Association is financed by membership dues and by extra-lines income received from the Blue Ridge Parkway Directory & Travel Planner. Revenues are put to work directly and indirectly in advertising and promoting the Blue Ridge Parkway and BRPA's member businesses, and in the administration of the organization through its staff.

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Oktoberfest

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 6:00 pm

ArtsMart

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 am

WNC Pottery Festival

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 am

Homestead Hikers

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 am

Homestead Quilters Exchange

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 10:00 am

12th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 11:00 am

Music on Main

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 6:00 pm

Music at the Star

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 7:00 pm

Tweetsie Railroad's Ghost Train

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 7:30 pm
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Oktoberfest

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, November 2, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Monday, November 3, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Monday, November 3, 2014, 10:00 am
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Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 10:00 am
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Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 10:00 am
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 10:00 am
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The Polar Express™

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:00 pm

Nantahala Outdoor Center's Cyclo-Cross

Friday, November 7, 2014, 7:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Friday, November 7, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Friday, November 7, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, November 7, 2014, 3:00 pm

Lexington First Friday Art Walk

Friday, November 7, 2014, 5:00 pm

The Polar Express

Friday, November 7, 2014, 5:00 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, November 7, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, November 7, 2014, 7:00 pm
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The Polar Express™

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 6:00 pm

7th Annual Holiday Bazaar

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 9:00 am

Shops at Old Salem Holiday Open House

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 5:00 pm

Music on Main

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 6:00 pm

Music at the Star

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 2:00 pm

The Polar Express

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Monday, November 10, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Monday, November 10, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Monday, November 10, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 5:00 pm

Monthly Old Time Music Jam

Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 6:00 pm
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Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 5:00 pm
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5:00 pm
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The Polar Express™

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:00 pm

BINGO

Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Friday, November 14, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Friday, November 14, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, November 14, 2014, 3:00 pm

Culpeper Magical History Tour

Friday, November 14, 2014, 4:30 pm

The Polar Express

Friday, November 14, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, November 14, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, November 14, 2014, 7:00 pm
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The Polar Express™

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 10:00 am

6th Annual Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 11:00 am

58th Remembrance Day Parade

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 1:00 pm

Classic Car Cruise-In

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 3:00 pm

Patrick County Music Association

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 4:00 pm

Annual Remembrance Illumination

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 5:00 pm

The Polar Express

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 5:00 pm

Music on Main

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 6:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 6:30 pm

Music at the Star

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 2:00 pm

The Polar Express

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 6:30 pm
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Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Monday, November 17, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Monday, November 17, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Monday, November 17, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Monday, November 17, 2014, 6:30 pm
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Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 6:30 pm
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Dedication Day

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:30 pm
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Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6:30 pm
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The Polar Express™

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Friday, November 21, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Friday, November 21, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, November 21, 2014, 3:00 pm

The Polar Express

Friday, November 21, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, November 21, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, November 21, 2014, 7:00 pm
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The Polar Express™

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 5:00 pm

Music on Main

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 6:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 6:30 pm
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The Polar Express™

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 2:00 pm

The Polar Express

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Sunday, November 23, 2014, 6:30 pm
24

The Polar Express™

Monday, November 24, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Monday, November 24, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Monday, November 24, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Monday, November 24, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Monday, November 24, 2014, 6:30 pm
25

The Polar Express™

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 6:00 pm

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 6:30 pm
26

The Polar Express™

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:00 pm

Thanksgiving Family Festivities at Fontana

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 8:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Wednesday, November 26, 2014, 6:30 pm
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The Polar Express™

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 6:00 pm

Marion Mountain Music

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Fashions for Evergreens

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 7:00 am

Thanksgiving Family Festivities at Fontana

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 8:00 am

2014 Union Drumstick DASH

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 9:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Thursday, November 27, 2014, 6:30 pm
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The Polar Express™

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:00 pm

Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town

Friday, November 28, 2014

Fashions for Evergreens

Friday, November 28, 2014, 7:00 am

Thanksgiving Family Festivities at Fontana

Friday, November 28, 2014, 8:00 am

27th Annual Hard Candy Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival

Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Friday, November 28, 2014, 10:00 am

Free Guided Walking Tours of Historic Lexington

Friday, November 28, 2014, 3:00 pm

The Polar Express

Friday, November 28, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Friday, November 28, 2014, 6:30 pm

Old Fort Mountain Music

Friday, November 28, 2014, 7:00 pm

Woody's Original Mountain Music

Friday, November 28, 2014, 7:00 pm
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The Polar Express™

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 6:00 pm

Christmas in the Park & Lighting of the Town

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fashions for Evergreens

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 7:00 am

Thanksgiving Family Festivities at Fontana

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 8:00 am

Saturdays with St. Nickolas

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 am

27th Annual Hard Candy Christmas Arts & Crafts Festival

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Annual Thanksgiving Kiln Opening

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 10:00 am

The Polar Express

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 6:30 pm

Music at the Star

Saturday, November 29, 2014, 9:00 pm
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The Polar Express™

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 6:00 pm

Fashions for Evergreens

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 7:00 am

Saturdays with St. Nickolas

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 10:00 am

Common Threads: Five Influential Women and their Legacies

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 10:00 am

Battle of the Brushes Exhibit

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 10:00 am

Informal Jam on the Porch

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 2:00 pm

The Polar Express

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 5:00 pm

Christmas by Candlelight Tours

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 6:30 pm
           

Highlights & Happenings

  • 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
  • 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
  • Humpback Rocks, MP 5.8
  • Located at the northern end of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Humpback Rocks is an area rich in history, scenic beauty, and abundant hiking trails. Early European settlers forged a living from the native materials that flourished in the Appalachian Mountain
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Fall Color - Tips for Leaf Season
  • Tips for planning your scenic drive or vacation to see the fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway.
  • 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.
  • 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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