Western North Carolina and southwest Virginia are known internationally for their traditional old-time stringband music, ballad singing and bluegrass. Traditional music can be heard throughout the region–from hometown oprys and informal jam sessions to concert stages. Festivals and old-time music conventions, some dating back almost a century, provide opportunities for enjoying traditional music and dance in family-friendly settings.
Enjoy Music on the Parkway
Special events and concerts take place at Humpback Rocks (Milepost 5.8), Roanoke Mountain Picnic Area (Milepost 120.4), and Mabry Mill (Milepost 176). Schedules are posted on the calendar of events.
Discover More Mountain Music
Both North Carolina and Virginia have routes that celebrate the local music and can connect you to jam sessions and concerts. Many of these shows are found in communities adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. Check out The Crooked Road in Virginia and the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina for more information.
Last updated: August 24, 2022