Photo Essay: Rockin' Out at Virginia's FloydFest Music Festival

 
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Each July, FloydFest transforms this peaceful meadow just off the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 170.5) in southwestern Virginia into a playground of artistic creativity.  
Credit: Russ Helgren 
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An eclectic musical lineup offers everything from indie funk to bluegrass to old-school rock, and attracts big-name headliners including the Lumineers, Drive-By Truckers, and Jackson Browne.  
Credit: Russ Helgren 
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Events take place on three main stages and occur throughout the day and night for four days during the last weekend in July. Tickets are available for the day, as well as overnight and multiday admission (camping included).  
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Camping at FloydFest is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so get there early if you want to snag the most level spots. While it’s not the quietest, the fun and camaraderie is guaranteed.  
Credit: Roger Gupta 
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Be prepared to schlep your camping gear from the parking areas, though pull-carts and buggies will help as you establish base camp for the weekend.  
Credit: Roger Gupta 
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Even though the camping is rudimentary, don’t think you’ll be roughing it in the backcountry. Onsite vendors sell everything from coffee to noodles to ice cream to massages (bring cash, as well as a camp stove, as food and drink is a little pricey).  
Credit: Russ Helgren 
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FloydFest welcomes all ages, and is in fact particularly welcoming to families. Beyond the music and dancing, activities include face-painting, tetherball, magic shows, trapeze classes, and more.  
Credit: Chelsea Yoder 
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A kid-friendly play area and stage is set aside for families to escape some of the hubbub, offering a good spot for parents to grab a coffee while the kids play.  
Credit: Russ Helgren 
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Other onsite activities include mountain-biking and hiking trails, as well as offsite trips to go tubing on a nearby river.  
Credit: Roger Gupta 
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If you’re there with kids or not, be sure to rest up during the day so you have stamina for your evening’s entertainment.  
Credit: Russ Helgren 
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FloydFest not only lets you discover new musicians, it’s also a great chance to taste new flavors, from microbrews to locally-sourced burgers.  
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A moment of quiet overlooking the Streamline Stage at Hill Holler.  
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A four-hour drive from the metro Washington, D.C., region, FloydFest attracts an eclectic mix of festivalgoers, from teenage flower-power wannabes to dyed-to-the-core hippies to suburban families.  
Credit: Roger Gupta 
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A young FloydFest attendee enjoys the chance to freshen up after a night’s camping.  
Credit: Chelsea Yoder 
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…while another highlights that it takes a village.  
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Twilight falls over FloydFest’s Dreaming Creek Main Stage, nestled off the Blue Ridge Parkway in the rolling hills of southwestern Virginia.  
Credit: Roger Gupta 
 
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