The tiny town of Floyd, Virginia (population: 432, according to the 2000 Census), exerts an outsize influence as a regional destination for music and the arts, most notably Appalachian-flavored bluegrass and folk music. Located south of Roanoke amidst southwestern Virginia's rolling Blue Ridge Mountains, Floyd's weekly Friday Night Jamboree attracts local and regional bands as well as a growing number of music aficionados. Then there's big-time events like the annual FloydFest, a four-day jamboree of folk, rock, and other diverse musical styles that unfurls in a scenic meadow just off Virginia's snaking Blue Ridge Parkway. This summer's event (July 28-31) will feature over 70 performers across a half-dozen outdoor stages, not to mention a colorful supporting cast of jugglers, henna artists, acrobats, and untold other impromptu alternative acts. And unlike some other music festivals we can think of, FloydFest is a distinctly all-ages affair, with family camping, crafts, and activities for the budding Woody Guthries in your brood. Three-day tickets for the weekend fiesta cost $135 until July 1 and include on-site camping; single-day tickets cost $55, or $60 at the gate. Tickets for children 6-12 are $15 for the entire weekend, $20 on the gate. Check the festival website for complete lineup, tickets, and planning details.
Image credit: FloydFest 2011 cover art (courtesy, FloydFest)
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