Virginia’s music scene boasts a broad array of genres – from outdoor Beach and Bluegrass events in the warm-weather months, Orchestra and Opera at some of the country’s grandest concert halls, top billing entertainers at our nation’s only national park performance venue to soulful Jazz and Blues at intimate big city nightclubs. Virginia’s music roots span from the Appalachian Mountains to the coastal shores, with some of the nation’s biggest names growing up here, fine-tuning their musical talents and performing for the first time in front of fellow Virginians! Below are a few suggested itineraries for your next musical journey through Virginia.
Breathtaking Mountains and Music, Dickenson
Enjoy a day or two in Dickenson County, home of American bluegrass artist and Grammy Award winner Ralph Stanley. Experience gorgeous mountain views, energies of bluegrass music, story-telling museums, fabulous foods and much more. Read more.
– Ralph Stanley Museum and Traditional Mountain Music Center –
History Addict to Front Row Fanatic, Fairfax
Connect with America’s history and culture through unique Fairfax County historical sites and performance venues. Visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens and enjoy year-round performances ranging from symphony to rock at the country’s only National Park dedicated solely to the performing arts, Wolf Trap. Read more.
Music, Mountains and Memories, Abingdon, Hiltons
Delight in an incredible matinee performance at the popular Barter Theatre. Travel the Crooked Road to Hiltons, Virginia and the Carter Family Fold. Enjoy a Gospel Brunch at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace, your gateway to Southwest Virginia’s arts and crafts, music, food, and local culture. Read more.
– Carter Family Fold –
Virginia International Tattoo & Springtime in Coastal Virginia, Norfolk, Virginia Beach
Visit Coastal Virginia in full bloom for the Virginia International Tattoo. See patriotism and pageantry on parade at this spectacle of military bands, drill teams, bagpipers, drummers, Celtic dancers, choirs and much more! Read more.
Mountains, Music and More, Wise
Wise County offers a taste of the first “Old West” in a setting of mountain splendor on The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail. Stop by historic Big Stone Gap, sip on some local wines or listen to jaw-droppin’ mountain music accompanied by clog dancers at Lay’s Hardware. Read more.
Sights and Sounds in and around Newport News, Newport News, Hampton
With cold, wintry days behind us, it’s time to turn our thoughts to the outdoor fun that warm, sunny weather brings! Pack your sunglasses and sunscreen – and perhaps even a wide-brimmed hat and some lip balm – and get outside to bask in the sights and sounds of summertime in Newport News and Coastal Virginia! Read more.
Patsy Cline and the Bottling Line, Winchester, Occoquan, Fredericksburg and Manassas
Discover the life of a local Virginian turned country music star while on the Crazy for Patsy Cline Tour. This tour details the life and career of Patsy Cline, highlighting local spots with connections to her journey to fame plus Victorian treasures of Occoquan, whiskey and Manassas. Read more.
Beaches to Bluegrass, Statewide
In this cross-state iconic itinerary, visit the home of Patsy Cline, the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Carter Family Fold, Monticello, the Virginia State Capitol and more. Sail on a Dolphin Watching Boat Trip and see the largest naval station, Naval Station Norfolk. Read more.
From The Heart Melodies Crooked Road Multi-Regional Tour, Statewide
Enjoy a magical weekend of music, food, and crafts rooted deep in America’s history. Explore Abingdon and enjoy local entertainment and a farm-to-table dinner. Learn how to clog in Galax. Tour the Birthplace of Country Music and much more. Read more.
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