For 44 years on the fourth Saturday of October, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival has brought together a host of musicians, moonshiners, craftspeople, cooks, motorheads, mule jumpers, horse pullers, coon dog racers, antique tractor buffs, and old-time gamers for a celebration of the rich heritage and traditions of the region.  Our festival participants are the real thing, sharing folk traditions that have been a part of their families and/or communities for years.

The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is the largest regional event of its kind in Virginia, and there’s nothing like it in the Commonwealth.  We feature performers, artisans, foods, and activities not found at typical craft shows, fairs, and festivals.  The New York Times has called the BRFF “thoroughly authentic.”

Ferrum’s Blue Ridge Institute & Museum (the official State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore) coordinates the festival.  It is a “Major Venue” on the Crooked Road:  Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail.

Covering much of the Ferrum College campus and Ferrum’s 1800 living history farm museum, the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is handicap accessible.  It is a rain or shine event.  Parking is free, and ticket sales go toward offsetting the costs of staging the festival and other Blue Ridge Institute programs.

The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine.  Parking is free. Admission in 2015 is $10 for adults, $5 for children (ages 6 – 14), and $5 for senior citizens (55 and over).  Children 5 years old and younger are admitted free.

For more information:  540-365-4412 or bri@ferrum.edu. Order advance tickets at 540-365-4412.

4 Responses to About

  1. Vaughan Webb says:

    The new schedules are now up. The times and locations for the animal events are now listed under the “SCHEDULE” page.

  2. Vaughan Webb says:

    Lori–We do not offer any packages like that. The nearest hotels (a Comfort Inn and a Holiday Inn Express) are in Rocky Mount, 10 miles from Ferrum. There are also a couple of B&B’s around. Many of our festival visitors stay in Roanoke (35 miles away). Some rent condos at Smith Mountain Lake. Hope this helps.

  3. Lori Andersen says:

    Would love to go to the festival. Are there any “packages” available that include a place to stay? We live in Utah.

  4. T, Bailey says:

    We are interested in some of your animal events such as mule jumping, working dogs.
    Do you post a schedule for events?