Big Concerts Coming to Virginia in October 2018

There’s a great amount of music coming to Virginia in October. From major country acts to the biggest names in rock and pop, catch your favorite artists and discover new ones all over the Commonwealth.


—Virginia Music Festivals—

The Infamous Stringdusters Ladies and Gentlemen with Nicki Bluhm

On Oct. 5-7, enjoy the Festy Experience in Nelson County for live music, award winning craft beer, fall camping, and lots of fun at Infinity Downs, adjacent to the main grounds of the LOCKN’ Music Festival. This year’s lineup includes Greensky Bluegrass, Sam Bush Band, Gillian Welch, Railroad Earth and more.

Celebrating the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft and food, the Richmond Folk Festival takes place Oct. 12-14 and features more than 30 performing groups on seven live music stages, along with a Virginia Folklife demonstration area, children’s activities, a folk arts marketplace, regional and ethnic foods and more. The free three-day festival is one of the largest events in Virginia.Blue Ridge Folklife Festival. Image by

Ferrum College’s Blue Ridge Folklife Festival on Oct. 27 celebrates western Virginia’s folkways and rural life with three music stages with all the famed Blue Ridge music styles including bluegrass, ballads, blues, gospel, and string band music. There will also be craftspeople, vintage farm tractors, hundreds of custom cars, and more.

The Hampton Coliseum will host the Hampton Roads Soul Music Festival on Oct. 27 featuring RBRM: Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky & Mike, Bell Biv Devoe, Bobby Brown, Babyface and Next.


—Over at Virginia’s Many Live Music Venues—

The National in Richmond will be bringing a number of big name artists throughout the month. The venue will be hosting Milky Chance (Oct. 2), Thrice (Oct. 3), Papa Roach (Oct. 5), The Record Company (Oct. 12), The Wombats (Oct. 18), Anderson East (Oct. 20), The Breeders (Oct. 23), Mary Chapin Carpenter (Oct. 27), The Wood Brothers (Oct. 28), Cream (Oct. 30) and others.

Cole Swindell & Dustin Lynch will be at the Richmond Coliseum on Oct. 13.

Just outside Richmond, the Innsbrook After Hours concert series at the Servpro Pavilion in Glen Allen will host Old Dominion on Oct. 5.

The Beacon Theatre in Hopewell will be hosting acts like Wynonna & the Big Noise (Oct. 18), Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy (Oct. 20), Sanctus Real (Sept. 27), and more.

In Charlottesville, the Sprint Pavilion will host Turnpike Troubadours on Oct. 5, Dirty Heads on Oct. 14, and Death Cab for Cutie on Oct. 18 while the John Paul Jones Arena will host MercyMe on Oct. 20 and Keith Urban on Oct. 28.

The Paramount Theater

Over at the Paramount Theater, Pink Martini will perform on Oct. 10 while Mary Chapin Carpenter performs there on Oct. 28.  The Jefferson Theater will hosts artists like Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls (Oct. 1), Lucero (Oct. 10), Lucy Dacus (Oct. 11), Agents of Good Roots (Oct. 12), Andy Grammer (Oct. 20), and more.

Celebrate Virginia After Hours in Fredericksburg will bring to the stage The B each Boys on Oct. 19.

The NorVa in Norfolk will be hosting acts like Milky Chance (Oct. 3), The English Beat (Oct. 5), The Record Company (Oct. 11), Dirty Heads (Oct. 13), Tesla (Oct. 17), and more.

Phish will be performing at the Hampton Coliseum Oct. 19-21.

Phase 2 Club in Lynchburg will be bringing in acts such as Buckcherry (Oct. 19), Good Charlotte (Oct. 20), and more.

In Roanoke, the Berglund Center will be hosting Old Dominion on Sept. 27. On Oct. 13, the Salem Civic Center will host Breaking Benjamin on Oct. 4 and Jake Owen on Oct. 11.

Over in Rocky Mount at the Harvester Performance Center will be hosting a number of shows including the Church Sisters on Oct. 6, Tim Reynolds on Oct. 10, Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen on Oct. 14, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage on Oct. 26, Wynonna & the Big Noise on Oct. 27.

Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow will host a number of shows including Lady Antebellum & Darius Rucker (Oct. 6) and Chris Stapleton (Sept. 13).

At the Tally Ho Theatre in Leesburg, acts like Michael Allman & The Mile High Club (Oct. 6), The Wailers (Oct. 20), The BoDeans (Oct. 20) and more will be performing.

Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone will play at Alexandria music hall The Birchmere on Oct. 7. Also on the Birchmere’s schedule are Indigo Girls (Oct. 8), Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (Oct. 9), The Jayhawks (Oct. 11), Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen (Oct. 23 & 24) and more.


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