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.