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Community Matters! 


Community defines the Blue Ridge culture. Spending time interacting in local gatherings is sure to build great character, memories and friendships!

Some ways to have fun at community events are noted below.

Thank you for your interest in exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains! All events on this page are examples of fun community gatherings that help people spend more time with nature. Some of these events are led by a guide. Group size is limited on guided events and registration is required. More information about registration.

In addition to this Community page, you can find even more recommended experiences on the following pages:

Art  ...  Food  ...  Hiking  ...  Learning  ...  Music 


Scheduled Events (guided outings, hanging out with locally-grown creatives, etc.)

New Year's Day Hike

New River Trail State Park

Cliffview Campground Access, Galax, VA

January 1, 9:00am

Enjoy the first day of the new year with a ranger-led guided hike along Chestnut Creek from the Cliffview campground to Chestnut Falls. Learn about the history of the Norfolk and Western Railroad and the significance of the industries that the railroad supported while enjoying the scenery as you walk along Chestnut Creek. It will be an approximately 4 mile hike along the old railroad bed. Strollers and leashed pets are welcome. Please dress for the weather. 

A nice thing about the tradition of hiking on New Years Day is knowing there are millions of others hiking in groups today across the globe.

VA State Parks is hosting this event (and events at other parks). The park's description (link below) says 3 miles but it's more like 4 miles to the falls and back. FYI, parking fees are waived at all VA State Parks on New Years Day.

Virginia State Park event description



Recurring Events

Most Days, June-October, 12:00pm - 4pm

Mid-Day Mountain Music

Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax, VA

As part of the Music Center's educational mission, live music is performed by local musicians for free in a covered breezeway that seats about 40 people, socially distanced. In addition to the music, musicians will offer short historical and social tales in between some of the songs. Depending on current pandemic practices, the adjacent museum inside offers a wealth of information in the form of text, photographs, video, audio, and musical instrument displays depicting the origins of Appalachian music and people, history and how all that relates to current places, music and life in the mountains. In addition, there are hiking trails behind the center that offer an abundance of indigenous species, some of it rare and found nowhere else.

More about the Blue Ridge Music Center

More about music events in the Blue Ridge


Wednesdays, 10:00am

Bicycling along the New River

Galax - Foster Falls, VA

A beautiful, peaceful, relatively flat bike ride along the New River Trail State Park is available to you year-round. There are 10-20 mile guided options from Galax, Fries and Foster Falls. Although these events are free, group size is limited to 10 and pre-registration is required.

Feel free to contact us if you're interested in cycling with others on these trails.


Fridays, 6:00pm

Friday Night Backyard Jamborees

Floyd Country Store, Floyd, VA

A great way to see regional old-time and bluegrass musicians perform. Although much of the musicians and audience will be local, don't be surprised if you meet people from lands as distant as Europe and New Zealand!

Music inside the store starts at 8pm. In mild weather, you will also find sidewalk music jams throughout town.


More about the Country Store

More about music events in the Blue Ridge


Saturdays, 10:00am

Hiking Along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Various locations in Southwest Virginia

Hike 3-6 miles on beautiful trails off the Parkway. Guided location options are Fisher Peak, Cumberland Knob or Rocky Knob. Mileage and location to be determined by participants. These events are free although group size is limited to 10 and pre-registration is required. 

Free mountain music is performed at the Music Center (Fisher Peak location) noon-4pm during summer months.


More about the Blue Ridge Music Center

For more information and to register please contact us by email and indicate location preference.


Saturdays, June-September, 7:00pm

Summer Concerts at the Pavilion

Blue Ridge Music Center, Galax, VA

Although this venue's top-tiered performers and 3,000 person audience may seem large in print, the staff and musicians do wonders with making you feel like you are part of a small intimate community, sharing a special time under the stars.

More about the Blue Ridge Music Center

More about music events in the Blue Ridge


Saturdays & Sundays, May-October

Art in the Park

Blowing Rock, NC

Once a month (usually second weekend, but check web page for dates), downtown Blowing Rock comes alive with afternoon locally created arts, crafts, and music. 

More about Art in the Park 

More about art events in the Blue Ridge


Various Dates & Virtual

John C. Campbell Folk School

Campbell, NC

This school offers weekend and week-long classes for adults in the folk arts including crafts, music, dance and more, as well as community events such as contra-dancing, singing and festivals.

More about the Folk School 

More about art events in the Blue Ridge



Various Dates & Virtual

Penland School of Craft

Penland, NC

Drawing on the talent of instructors across the globe, Penland offers week-long workshops and residencies for adults in various crafts such as books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, wood, and other media in the folk arts traditions.

More about Penland 

More about art events in the Blue Ridge


For more recommended experiences visit the following pages:

Art  ...  Food  ...  Hiking  ...  Learning  ...  Music 


By participating in events noted on this page, you agree to the terms below:

I acknowledge that this website serves only as an information guide to certain events, activities and venues and has no connection or relationship with these entities. In addition, I fully realize that hiking and other activities noted on this website could involve risks of personal injury, property damage, or loss of my person or property. I hereby for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, and same for persons with whom are in my party, waive and release any claims or rights against the owners of this website, all associated leaders, guides, other volunteers and participants for any and all injury, damages or loss to my person or property incurred during this activity. I also understand that the owners of this website,
 all associated leaders, guides, other volunteers and participants are not required, nor should it be assumed that they are CPR/First Aid/Wilderness Survival Certified and I am responsible for my own personal safety.