Festivals & Jams

Annual Traditional Music Festivals in the Southern Appalachians


Appalachian State Fiddlers Convention Boone, NC


Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention Dobson, NC


Merlefest North Wilkesboro, NC

RockyFest Hiddenite, NC

Yadkin Valley Bluegrass Convention Yadkinville, NC


Union Grove Fiddlers Convention Union Grove, NC

Crooked Road Youth Music Festival Heartwood Artisan Center, Abingdon, VA

Vandalia Gathering Charleston, WV


Mt. Airy Fiddlers Convention Mt. Airy, NC

The Crooked Road Mountains of Music Homecoming

HoustonFest Galax, VA

Charlie Poole Festival Eden, NC…with old time contests and performances

Henry Reed Fiddlers Convention Newport, VA

Wayne C. Henderson Guitar Festival & Competition Grayson Highlands State Park, VA

Grayson County Fiddlers Convention Elk Creek, VA


Tazewell Fiddlers Convention Tazewell, VA

Alleghany Fiddlers Convention Sparta, NC

Ashe County Fiddlers Convention Jefferson, NC

Mountain Music School Big Stone Gap, VA


Appalachian Stringband Festival Clifftop, WV

Galax Fiddlers Convention Galax, VA…Oldest & Largest Fiddlers Convention in the World

Fries Fiddlers Convention Fries, VA

Johnson County Fiddlers Convention Laurel Bloomery, TN…Oldest Fiddlers Convention


Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention Happy Valley, NC

Rockbridge Mountain Music & Dance Festival Buena Vista, VA

Albert Hash Memorial Festival Grayson Highlands State Park, VA

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Downtown Bristol VA/TN

Hoppin’ John Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers Convention Shakori Hills (Silk Hope), NC


International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass Festival

Autumn Leaves Festival Mount Airy, NC

Other Festivals

Blue Ridge Music Guide a searchable guide to jams, festivals, concerts, and other venues featuring live traditional music along the Blue Ridge Parkway corridor in North Carolina and Virginia

Virginia Mountain Music Guide a searchable guide to jams, festivals, concerts, and other venues featuring live traditional music in Virginia’s Appalachian Mountains.

The Crooked Road Guide to traditional music sites and music-related museums in 10 Blue Ridge and Coal Field counties in Virginia

Tennessee Folk Festivals

Regular Jam Sessions

Folk JAM Connection Type in a city and find a jam

Crooked Road Jams Discover all of the weekly jams along the Crooked Road Music Trail in Virginia

Smyth County Jam Monday Nights, Chilhowie, VA

1908 Courthouse Jam Wednesday Nights, Independence, VA

Fries Community Center Jam Thursday Nights, Fries, VA

Jones House Community Jam Thursday Nights, Boone, NC

Heartwood Artisan Center Jam Abingdon, VA, 1st, 3rd, 5th Thursdays of each month

Phipps General Store Jam Friday Nights, Lansing, NC

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