The Blue Ridge Music Center
700 Foothills Rd
Galax, VA 24333
Milepost 213 on
The Blue Ridge Parkway

Music Center Info Call:
(276) 236-5309
Concert Info Call:
(866) 308-2773 x 213
To Purchase Concert Tickets
by phone (866)308-2773 x 212

2019 Hours of Operation:

Open Thurs.-Mon., May 4-21
Open daily, May 23 - November 3
10 a.m. - 5 p.m

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Blue Ridge Music Center FAQs

The Blue Ridge Music Center is a National Park Service facility and attraction at milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax, Virginia, and is home to an outdoor amphitheater, Visitor Center, museum, and gift shop. The Blue Ridge Music Center’s Roots of American Music concerts are held most Saturdays from spring through fall in the natural, terraced, outdoor amphitheater. Musical programming is managed and coordinated by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the primary nonprofit fundraising partner of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

How do I purchase concert tickets?

In person: Concert tickets can also be purchased at the Visitor Center’s information desk from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Tickets can be purchased with cash or check (made out to Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation). The National Park Service cannot accept credit cards for concert ticket sales. Tickets are also available the evening of the performance starting at 5:45 p.m. at the admission gate. Cash and credit cards are accepted. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted for free unless otherwise noted.

By phone:
Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation at (866) 308-2773, ext. 212. Sales by phone end at noon on the Friday before the concert.

Online: Ticket are available on our Concert Lineup Page. Online sales end at 9 a.m. on the day of the concert.

Are season passes available?

Yes. Full season, half season (any 8 concerts), and Pick 3 (any 3 concerts) passes and memberships are also available. Pass holders and members receive early admission to concerts. Full and half season pass holders also receive discounted admission to special preconcert receptions, typically held once or twice a season.

Do shows go on in the rain?

Yes. Concerts at the Blue Ridge Music Center are RAIN OR SHINE. Concert goers are encouraged to bring rain gear. Umbrellas are allowed. Because weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains, layers of clothing are recommended. In extreme weather conditions, performances may be moved to an indoor venue. Check the website for any weather warnings.

Is there a parking fee?

No. Parking is free. The National Park Service staff and volunteers greet visitors at the entrance and direct parking for all concerts.

When do the gates open?

Unless otherwise noted, admission to the amphitheater begins at 5:45 p.m. Season pass holders are admitted earlier at 5:30 p.m. The admission gates are located near the Visitor Center and on the hill overlooking the stage near the upper parking area.

Are there assigned seats?

No. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Dancing and standing is allowed in the paved area immediately in front of the stage.

Is the Music Center handicap accessible?

Yes. Blue Ridge Music Center is handicap accessible. During concerts, the National Park Service staff greets visitors at the entrance and directs parking. Handicap parking is available in the lower lot by the entrance to the Visitor Center. Drop-off of mobility-impaired individuals is welcome. Please note that though the Blue Ridge Music Center does have ample handicap parking, the amphitheater is a couple hundred yards away from the parking area and drop-off locations. For high attendance concerts, sections of the amphitheater are reserved for handicap seating, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, please call the Visitor Center at (276) 236-5309.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes. Dogs are allowed for most concerts (see concert listing for exceptions). They must be on a leash at all times and remain with owners on the hillside behind the main seating areas/rock walls in the amphitheater. Please clean up after your pet. Bags are provided at a station on the hillside.

Can I bring alcohol?

No. Because the Blue Ridge Music Center is a National Park Service facility, alcohol is NOT permitted on site. On specified occasions, alcohol is offered in a designated area outside the amphitheater during ticketed preconcert receptions. Check show listings for reception announcements.

Can I bring food to the amphitheater?

Yes. Visitors are welcome to bring food to the amphitheater. You may also use the picnic tables located outside the amphitheater adjacent to the Visitor Center.

Can I purchase food at the amphitheater?

Yes. You can purchase barbecue, down-home sides, and desserts from The Galax Smokehouse at every performance. For high-attendance concerts, additional food vendors may be on site. Water, sodas, and snacks can also be purchased in the Music Center gift shop.

Where are the restrooms?

There are two restroom locations. One set of restrooms is in a free-standing building across from the Visitor Center and is only open during concert nights. Additional restrooms are in the Visitor Center and can be accessed through the front entrance and breezeway.

Is smoking allowed?

Smoking is prohibited in the outdoor amphitheater except in designated locations.

Are the Visitor Center and Museum open during concerts?

The Visitor Center, gift shop, and Roots of American Music Museum are generally open until 7 p.m. on concert nights.

What should I leave at home?

Alcohol, drones, pop-up tents, and tables are not allowed.