The Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax

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About the Blue Ridge Music Center:

The Blue Ridge Music Center is open seasonally, May through October.

The Blue Ridge Music Center celebrates the music and musicians of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1995, the site includes an outdoor amphitheater and indoor interpretive center used to highlight an important strand of American musical culture, which is still alive and thriving in the region. The site is operated through a partnership between the National Park Service and the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

In the summer, its beautiful outdoor amphitheater comes alive through a vibrant and diverse concert series featuring artists like Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal, Rickey Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, The Kruger Brothers, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Steep Canyon Rangers, The Sherman Holmes Project and John Dee Holeman. There is an admission charge for the weekend concerts (generally held on Saturday evenings with admission $10, $15, or $20).

The Music Center's award-winning, interactive Roots of American Music Museum - open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - and the Midday Mountain Music Program, which offers informal, mountain music performances by local and regional old-time and bluegrass musicians on the Music Center's covered breezway - daily from noon until 4 p.m. - are both FREE and open to the public.

About the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation:

Since 2013, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation has funded the concert programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center in keeping with the nonprofit’s mission to ensure cultural and historical preservation, along with natural resource protection, educational outreach, and visitor enjoyment now and for future generations. For more information, visit
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  • My husband and I stopped there as we were driving down the Blue Ridge Parkway. What a wonderful place nestled in the middle of nowhere. The museum displays the history of Appalachien music with origin...  more »
  • This place is just off the The blue ridge parkway at mile marker 213. Lots of great information on the music of the mountains and the social history of the people living in the mountains and the role ...  more »
  • Great place to visit for good music and awesome trails nearby. Ample parking and clean restrooms, gift shop, museum are just a few things that make this a super place to visit. Check online for a schedule of performers for the season and bring a camera for the hiking available nearby.
  • This museum is fascinating and informative. We stumbled into a group performing live music, and they sounded great! We loved everything from the interactive displays to the adorable gift shop. Bonys: The public restrooms are very clean and well maintained...not always something you find on the Parkway.

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