Eight Music Festivals in July You Need to Attend

Summer is the time to get out and enjoy all the music festivals Virginia has to offer. In July, the great music festivals are not slowing down. Lovers of everything from bluegrass to blues to classical will find something to do this month.


Castleton Festival – Castleton, Va.
July 2 – Aug. 2, 2015

The Castleton Festival has provided a stage for world-class artists of many genres including opera, jazz, bluegrass, chamber music, and more. The 2015 Castleton Festival will host over 10,000 onsite patrons to engage with the tragic tale of “Roméo et Juliette,” celebrate the world premiere of a new American opera, “Scalia/Ginsburg” and more. Joining forces for the first time, the Castleton Festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will introduce jazz to the festival season repertoire and the first edition of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Academy. Also at the festival are bluegrass performances, a presentation from Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg on Law in Opera, performances of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town,” chamber music and a tribute performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Castleton Festival. Image by Molly M. Peterson.

Castleton Festival. Image by Molly M. Peterson.


Wintergreen Summer Music Festival – Roseland, Va.
July 6 – Aug. 2, 2015

The Wintergreen Summer Music Festival is a month-long celebration which includes more than 200 performances and events. Many performances will be held at the Dunlop Pavilion at Wintergreen Resort, and at other local venues.


Red Wing Roots Music Festival – Mount Solon, Va.
July 10-12, 2015

The Steel Wheels present a 3-day event celebrating music and outdoors at Natural Chimneys Park. The festival will include craft beer, cycling, multiple stages, camping and great music from some of the biggest names in roots rock including Robert Earl Keen, Punch Brothers, The Wood Brothers, Spirit Family Reunion and more.

Red Wing Roots Music Festival. Image by Ruby Sky Photography.

Red Wing Roots Music Festival. Image by Ruby Sky Photography.


Tazewell County Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention – Tazewell, Va.
July 10-12, 2015

A weekend of traditional mountain music, flat foot dancing, parking lot jamming, band competitions, and more will be taking over Tazewell. The festivities begin with youth performances and an outdoor Dance on the Green, followed by a showcase of local talent. Musicians of all ages will compete throughout the weekend in Youth Competition, individual instrument categories and duets, including guitar, fiddle, and banjo. A group jam of current and past honorees to “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” a Gospel church service and bluegrass and old time gospel music in the Red Barn are a few of the weekend’s activities.


Live Music Week – Alexandria, Va.
July 10 – 19, 2015

Music fans can take part in the first-ever Alexandria Live Music Week, with 10 days of live music at more than 30 restaurants and venues hosting musical performances. Live Music Week will feature more than 100 acts ranging from jazz to bluegrass, Irish, folk rock, country and more at venues including the legendary Birchmere music hall, waterfront newcomer Blackwall Hitch, Daniel O’Connell’s Restaurant & Pub, Murphy’s Grand Irish Pub, John Strongbow’s Tavern and the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

The Birchmere. Image by R. Kennedy for Alexandria.

The Birchmere. Image by R. Kennedy for Alexandria.


Shenandoah Valley Music Festival – Orkney Springs, Va.
July 17-18, 24-25, 2015

One of the mid-Atlantic region’s longest-running outdoor music events, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival presents world-class music by a stellar array of performers. Acts performing this year include Toad the Wet Sprocket, Smash Mouth, Fairfax Symphony Orchestra, United States Air Force Strings and more.


Winchester Blues House Music Festival – Winchester, Va.
July 18, 2015

Now going into its 16th year, The Winchester Blues House Festival is the largest Blues music festival in the Northern Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia. The lineup this year includes Ronnie Baker Brooks, Anthony Rosano & the Conqueroos, special festival guest Ron Holloway and more.


FloydFest – Floyd, Va.
July 22-26, 2015

FloydFest is a 5-day celebration of music and art with 10 stages and more than 50 performers nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia. 2015 performers include Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris, Drive-By Truckers, Lord Huron, Shovels & Rope, First Aid Kit and many more. The 80-acre mountain plateau also offers camping, a progressive ‘Global Village’ area of workshops and demonstrations, children’s activities and over 100 artisans and crafters.



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