Summer unleashes music, and lots of it in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley! You won’t have trouble finding live performances most any night of the week in Waynesboro, and the Valley’s summer festival season rolls in like a heatwave, with the hottest bands and coldest brews lining up for a season of entertainment. From free and relaxing nights in the park to big-name festivals nearby, we’ve compiled a musical score to keep your summer humming all season long.
Free Concerts in the Park
Love spontaneous and FREE? No need to book tickets for a major music festival in advance when there’s live and free outdoor music all June and July in Waynesboro. Join groups like the Judy Chops every Thursday in June for the Groovin’ at the Greenway series, or swap parks in July for the Rock n’ Ridgeview line up that includes Gaby Haze and Chamomile and Whiskey. These events are all free to the public and organized by Waynesboro Parks and Recreation.
Sounds of the Beerwerks Trail
There’s no better summer combination than music, brews, and food — and the Shenandoah Valley Beerwerks Trail breweries are happy to carry that vibe through every weekend this summer. Check out Stable Craft Brewing for the rolling hills of a working horse farm, Basic City Beer Co for the saw-toothed windows and industrial architecture of a former foundry, or Seven Arrows Brewing for weekly releases of new beer infusion flavors. From open jams, featured artists, to karaoke nights, this schedule of events will keep you smiling, toasting, and tapping your toes all summer long.
Stage Performances Not to Miss
From the music of beloved animated films to performances by the rising classical stars of the Heifetz Institute, country music trio the Quebe sisters, and the big band sound of The Glenn Miller Orchestra 2018, there’s always a plethora of LIVE musical events to choose from on the historic Wayne Theatre calendar.
Around the Region
The Music Fest Line-Up
Book it fast, because the June 16th Shenandoah Valley Blues and Brews festival is right around the corner. This one day event will feature the widely touring Samantha Fish along with local favorites like Sun-Dried Opossum and Kiz Carter and Juke Jackson. Sponsored by Blue Ridge Beverage and Miller Coors, the event is sure to keep you hydrated and happy.
On its heels comes the Valley-wide July 13-15 sensation, the Redwing Roots Music Festival, featuring Trampled by Turtles, Josh Ritter, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Secret Sisters, The Steel Wheels, and many more. With the tagline Great Music, Great Outdoors attendees will be treated to a stellar line up of more than 40 bands, plus gorgeous camping at Natural Chimneys, hiking and biking options throughout the weekend, and even free morning yoga to keep your dancing limbs limber.
The season won’t slow down there, with LOCKN’ Music Festival arriving on August 23-26 in Arrington, Virginia. Nestled in the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains, LOCKN’ says “Our goal is not only to offer fans mind-blowing lineups but also to present the best in local and regional cuisine, craft beers and wines, and opportunities to explore our picturesque setting.” If you love their location, be ready to return six weeks later, as the next door Festy Experience featuring Gillian Welch and Railroad Earth arrives October 5-7 to offer craft beer, food trucks, camping, and outdoor adventures.
For those who miss the June Blues and Brews Fest, full redemption arrives September 22nd with the Virginia Chili, Blues, and Brews Festival in downtown Waynesboro, featuring a similar blues line up with the spicy addition of a chili cook-off along with a curated selection of micro- and mega-brews.