Category Archives: Galax

Nutcracker Christmas Tea in Galax

Galax, Va.—Chestnut Creek School of the Arts is sponsoring a Nutcracker Christmas Tea in collaboration with the Conservatory of Dance and Theater of Galax on Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Chestnut Creek School of the Arts in downtown Galax. The event will include a sumptuous light feast of tea, sandwiches and cookies in the English tradition along with short performances from the Nutcracker. Admission is $20 for adults or $15 for children under 12. For more information, call (276) 236-3500.

Bluegrass Fever


On Aug. 7, the Blue Ridge Music Center present Bluegrass Fever, a Sunday concert kicking off a great week of music at the Galax Old-time Fiddlers’ Convention.

Bluegrass Fever features Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper plus Galax’s own Houston Drive. Michael Cleveland has performed with Rhonda Vincent, Dale Ann Bradley, Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Melvin Goins and others.

Houston Drive will kick off Bluegrass Fever. The band is named in memory of banjoist Houston Caldwell. The band also won the blue ribbon for best bluegrass band at the Galax Fiddlers’ Convention.

Tickets for the Sunday August 7 concert are $20 or the earlybird price of $18 by Aug 3. Children 12 and under are free. Concert starts at 7 p.m. and seating opens at 5:30 p.m. Smokehouse barbecue is available at the concert.

Upcoming Blue Ridge Music Center Performances:

  • *Aug 20th 7pm Mountain & Bluegrass-Gospel: Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice/Rich in Tradition / Sonrise. Free
  • Aug 27th 7pm Virginia Bluegrass: Jesse McReynolds/Gerald Anderson Band. $15/$13
  • *Sept 3rd 7pm The Next Generation – Youth Concert! Snyder Family Band/Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder/ Loose Strings. Free
  • Sept 10th 7pm Stringbands of Surry County: Toast String Stretchers/Zephyr Lightning Bolts. $10/$8

* Free concerts are made possible with your support through the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

The Blue Ridge Music Center is located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Tickets available at Barrs Fiddle Shop, the Galax Visitor Center and online at or by calling (276) 236-5309. Bring the whole family. Lawnchairs and blankets recommended. Picnic food is permitted. Smokehouse BBQ available on concert nights. No pets in the amphitheater.

The Music Center has evening concerts every weekend all summer through mid-September at the foot of beautiful Fisher Peak (only 10 miles from Galax). The Blue Ridge Music Center is open 9-5 seven days a week through October 30. Come see the new Roots of American Music exhibition and sit awhile in our covered breezeway and listen to Mid-Day Mountain Music from 1 until-4 p.m. daily. There is no fee for Visitor Center activities.

Blue Ridge Music Center

The Blue Ridge Music Center is located at mile 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway and opened in 2001. The Center was established by the U.S. Congress and was developed by the National Park Service in partnership with The National Council for the Traditional Arts for traditional music of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Center includes a state-of-the-art outdoor amphitheater with seating for more than 2,000 people, picnic facilities, shop, indoor auditorium, hiking trails, and the ‘Roots of America’ exhibit. This new exhibit opened in May 2011 and was designed by Ralph Appelbaum Associates of New York, the noted firm which also designed the Holocaust Museum. The exhibit lets children mix and match song lyrics and mix their own version of mountain music.

Visitors will also see examples of the evolution of the five-string banjo since its arrival in America with enslaved Africans. They will see the relatively few changes made in the fiddle, brought with Europeans who migrated here.

Daily and Summer-Long Music
There is free music every day called ‘Mid-day Mountain Music’ from May until October. There are concerts every weekend through September 10 in the amphitheatre, and tickets usually run from $8 to $18. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Concessions are always available and picnic baskets are welcome.

Music Center Hours and Info

April 29 – May 25 9:00 am-5:00 pm daily
(5 Days a Week, Closed Tuesday & Wednesday)

May 26 – October 30   9:00 am-5:00 pm daily
(7 Days a Week)
Last Day Open: October 30

You are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets and flashlights. Pets and alcohol are not permitted. Concerts may be moved in case of inclement weather. Call (276) 236-5309 or visit for more information.

Galax Leaf and String Festival

For nine years, during the second weekend in June, the Galax Leaf and String Festival has served to highlight the best Virginia has to offer. This festival was originally created as a traditional music event, but the community continued to evolve into a showcase for other events as well. Now, the festival is a celebration of arts, music and literature as more activities are offered for everyone. If you’re looking for something to do during the second weekend of June, don’t miss out on this amazing festival. Bring your family and enjoy! For more information, visit the festival’s website.

Rooftop Crafts

Since 1965 Rooftop of Virginia was formed along with its goal of helping low-income citizens from Carroll, Grayson and the City of Galax. Rooftop continues the fight against poverty by helping people develop different skills or by promoting those skills each citizen has. Rooftop is divided into several departments, each of them focused in different tasks. Rooftop Crafts offers everything from arts and crafts to emergency home repair, rental assistance and some other special projects concerning the Earned Income Tax Credit program and the Virginia Individual Development Account program. Rooftop also organizes Fundraising events such as the Nightmare Mansion, music events and much more.

Galax Smokehouse

The city of Galax is known for its BBQ, so what better place to experience it than at a true smokehouse? The Galax Smokehouse has only been opened since February 2003, but it has already become a town favorite. It’s the kind of place where you’ll see the “who’s who” of the locals hanging out at lunch and tourists enjoy eating there as well. The Galax Smokehouse provides fantastic prices, great service and award-winning BBQ. If you’re visiting Virginia and in the mood for some good BBQ, head to the city of Galax and experience the Galax Smokehouse for yourself. Click over to their website for a complete, mouth-watering menu.

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Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series

Come enjoy some fun in the summer sun with the Blue Ridge Music Center Summer Concert Series! This is a featured event that runs each Saturday evening beginning in June and ending in September. There is a great line up of country bands ready to perform during the summer. These bands include Paul Williams & the Victory Trio, Claire Lynch, Jacob Bowen, Rich In Tradition and Red Stick Ramblers. If you’re tired from the summer heat and looking for a relaxing evening, don’t miss out on the summer concert series at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

Blue Ridge Music Center Presents: Tony Rice in Concert

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International performing artist and guitar legend, Tony Rice and his four piece band of stellar musicians, (Wyatt Rice, Rickie Simpkins, Josh Williams and Bryn Davies) will put on a hot concert at the Blue Ridge Music Center Sunday evening, Aug. 8 at 7pm. Rice is the guitar player that countless bluegrass pickers have modeled their playing after. This concert will feature the real deal on stage and is guaranteed to be quite an event! Born in Danville, VA but raised on the westcoast Rice was introduced to bluegrass music at a young age by his father, an accomplished and active bluegrass musician himself. Rice entered the bluegrass arena in the late ‘60s with Bluegrass Alliance, a band that coined the term “newgrass.”

Following in the steps of Clarence White, Rice’s role as guitar picker blazed a trail that was much more than keeping time. He became a maverick of the flat-picked acoustic guitar. Today, Rice spans the range of acoustic music from straight-ahead bluegrass to jazz-influenced tunes and songwriter-oriented folk.

Opening up for Rice will be Rich in Tradition – one of the best bluegrass bands playing in the Blue Ridge today. They hail from the Virginia/North Carolina line and have been playing together since 2006. They are exceptional singers and pickers. Numerous years they have either won or placed in the top five spots for “Best Bluegrass Band” at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, Virginia. Come on out and see why they have garnered so many prize ribbons. Rich in Tradition plays good, old, traditional bluegrass, gospel and original material as well.

The concert starts at 7 pm Sunday with seating beginning at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $20. BRMC Concert Club members get a $2 discount per ticket. This is an all ages event. Children 12 and under are free. Advance tickets and info are available online at or by calling the Blue Ridge Music Center at (276) 236-5309. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

The  Blue Ridge Music Center is located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. No pets in the amphitheater or alcohol please. Picnic food is permitted. Concessions are available. Lawnchairs and blankets recommended.

The Blue Ridge Music Center has evening concerts every weekend through mid-September in the outdoor amphitheater at the foot of beautiful Fisher Peak (only 10 miles from Galax).

Upcoming performances:

Aug 14, 2010–No Concert (Enjoy the 75th Annual Galax Fiddlers Convention)

Aug 21, 2010–Piano Concert: Daryl Davis, Gary Patton & guests $15

Aug 28, 2010–Paul Williams & The Victory Trio / Carl Jones & Beverly Smith $15

Sept 4, 2010–Family Traditions Concert: Dale Jett & Hello Stranger/ The Sheets Family Band  $10

September 10,11,12–Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary Free performances and activities at BRMC all weekend long including concerts featuring: Sierra Hull Band, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth, The Churchmen, The Round Peak Boys, Phil Jamison and Buck Mountain Band. Call (276) 236-5309 x112 for info.

Mid-day Mountain Music: Pack your lunch and grab a lawn chair – we have free informal music presentations every day in our covered breezeway, starting around 12 noon.

Something for the kids:  Pick up Junior Ranger booklets at the Visitor Center desk. Activities are self-guided and kids can earn free badges, patches and pins by completing the worksheets.

The Blue Ridge Music Center is operated jointly by the National Park Service and the non-profit National Council for the Traditional Arts. It is located at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Our hours of operation are 9-5 daily through October, later on concert nights.

Tour Galax – “Capital of Old-Time Music”

Paint a Portrait. Craft in Clay. Carve a Walking Stick.

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GALAX, Va. – Chestnut Creek School of the Arts recently opened in downtown Galax offering instruction in arts and music. This nonprofit school is located in the restored 1922 First National Bank building with 8,800 square feet of classrooms and studios across three levels. Galax is the “Capital of Old-time Music.” Being true to this legacy, the school offers instruction in playing the banjo, dulcimer, fiddle, mandolin and guitar. There’s even a class on flatpicking, taught by noted flatpicker Steve Kilby of nearby Mouth of Wilson. Classes outside the music realm includes: pottery, glass blowing, weaving, wood carving, metalsmithing, clogging, lapidary, sewing, photography and painting.

Sign up for your classes today at