In its sixteenth year running, FloydFest appears to have another great experience set up. Experience, here, seems to be the right word, as FloydFest goes beyond just a regular musical festival experience with just bands and merch. FloydFest has that, of course, (over 100 artists spread across eight stages on site), but it also has tons of outdoor activities. Everything from tubing down a river, to camping onsite, to arts and crafts and frisbee golf come with this musical experience held in Floyd, Virginia, right in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains, from July 25th to the 29th.
Headlining this year’s festival are two well-known bands: Foster the People and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. These bands, which will certainly be on display on the “Dreaming Creek Main Stage,” provide a great range of indie pop/rock to Americana and alternative country, giving everyone something to look forward to. In addition to those two, an incredible amount of artists are planning on stopping by FloydFest. These include, but are certainly not limited to, the folk band Old Crow Medicine Show, ZZ Ward, Gretta Van Fleet, Leftover Salmon (the band), Son Little, Buffalo Mountain Jam V3, the Infamous Stringdusters, and many, many more. I would continue listing bands, but my editor tells me I can only use <500 words in this writeup. The point is that music is not a limited factor here!
In addition to music, however, there are many outdoor activities for all those interested in enjoying the summer days and nights that the Blue Ridge Mountains have to offer. Mountain biking, frisbee golf, river tubing, outdoor-adventure day trips, a 5k, hiking, and onsite camping are some of the many exciting activities found at FloydFest. If someone wanted to, they could probably just fill their days with activities, arts and crafts, and camping adventures, without listening to any of the incredible bands in the lineup. This is truly more than a normal music festival – it’s a mini vacation with fun for everyone.
Prices all depend on what you want to do, as there are so many add-ons. A link to be found here for those prices exactly. There is no requirement to camp, however! For those who prioritize “comfort” and “the benefits of human progress,” there is a list of nearby lodging here . Overall, however, general admission starts at $150 for two days and $235 for all five days. For more information in general (like there policy on hugs, for example) check out floydfest.com (the hug policy is under FAQs). For more info on other festivals, check out Festival Pulse’s calendar.