28th Annual Graves Mountain Music Festival

June 3, 4, 5, 6, 2021 - Roots & Branches of Bluegrass

Bluegrass, Modern Bluegrass, Celtic, Old Time, Singer-songwriter, Country, and Folk




Graves Mountain Music Festival – Now Delayed until 2021 – June 3 to 6

In the Virginia Blue Ridge returning in 2021 for its 28th year with a three and half day line-up of 12 genres.

Festival Delay Announcement, April 7, 2020

Dear Friends, Guests, Musicians and Volunteers,

We are all interconnected – entwined with compassion for all of us.

So, of course, we have to tell you that we are delaying this year’s Graves Mountain Music Festival to next year 2021, June 3 to 6, when we may be able safely to gather and celebrate creation, while also celebrating those we will have lost. Reaching this decision has been wrenching, is wrenching.

Whatever happens over the next two months, we now know that the Corona virus shadow will come to all communities and we are all responsible for each other. It is clear that we must stay at home and protect each other. That is the priority and that is our journey to light.

We are so aware that the Festival is yours.

The festival days are refuge for so many communities – our legacy guests who come year after year as their special time –  those who  have endured floods and windstorms yet have come back to be with each other.

  • Our artists, now so hushed.
  • Our dedicated volunteers who make it all happen – for twenty-seven years and will again, in 2021, for the twenty-eighth.
  • Our production teams – old and new for 2020 – all passionate brilliant creators – just like the artists.
  • All the folks for this year who are creating new experiences for all ages, workshops, treks, rides, learning, and the new stage at DuCard Vineyard.

All of these creators are not lost, not gone – just delayed to 2021.

These communities must endure. We will support each other but now support means sitting at home, ensuring that we will not be the harbinger of a shadow for another.

Let us know of your successes and travails so that we can all share each other’s joys and burdens. Please.

We will be staying in touch via e-mail, websites and posts.

Email us at info@gravesmountain.com , message or post on our two Facebook accounts – the Farm & Lodges –( https://www.facebook.com/Graves-Mountain-Lodge-Inc-54876319981/ ), the Music Festival (https://www.facebook.com/gravesmountainmusic/)

Be safe, be caring, please.
The Graves Family – Rachel, Jimmy, Tricia, Missy, Lynn, Lucky, Connie, Gail, Margie, Margaret, Eric, Laurie, Mark Newton, and all the teams at the Lodge and Farm

The Future Delayed

Next Year’s Festival  – 2021, Thursday June 3rd- Sunday the 6th
We will duplicate, in every way that we are able, the talent and experiences scheduled for this year- just one year later. We will find ways to add in more – more jamming and more local talent along with all the new community experiences.

More folks planned to come this year than for a decade.
If you have bought a pass, thank you deeply.

We will honor all Passes, Tickets, and Lodging Deposits made this year for next year – 2021
We will honor and treasure every pass and lodging reservation that our festival goers have made this year for the 2021 Festival.  All will be there for you next year. All the sales have been used for advance payments to artists and production teams so, if you would like a refund, it will take us a little while to get it back to you. Sorry. We will send out emails to all of you and call to follow up. Thank you all.

Music Now
The Bluegrass and Roots artists – all artists – are only able to perform from their homes. Many are doing live or YouTube shows and get-togethers. We will gather all the info and update all of you on opportunities to download their work and be with them on the internet. We are their new at-home audiences. They need us so much. We need them.

Our broadcast and instrument partners – WNRN in Charlottesville and Pickers Supply in Fredericksburg – will be letting us all know about their initiatives and we will keep all of you up to date.

Jamming and BBQ get-together
Vince May and Rick McWelch – both legacy Festers – have kindly volunteered to plan a jamming and BBQ weekend for the late summer or autumn – of course when will be determined by the Corona virus. We will be posting and sending tentative plans with requests for ideas and volunteers. Let’s all make it happen.

The Graves Family

And on our NEW 32 ft stage for 2021 with full sound and light.

Graves New Stage 2020 music Festival roots and branches

Now Delayed Until 2021
Added Music Genres

Contemporary and Traditional Bluegrass

American Indie Folk



Irish Step Dance

Irish and Middle Europe

Country along with a new country find,

Old Time

Flat Foot

Gypsy – Bluegrass Fusion


Local Blue Ridge Bluegrass Talent – from our neighbors

Festers Making Music at Jammers’s Tent and on the RIVER STAGE

And Now Way More

15 Workshops

Beer, Wine and Cider Tent – It’s all about LOCAL

Road Bike Treks



Nature Walks

Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing 101 Learning and Brush-up Clinic

Bass & Catfish Pond Fishing

Kids’ Tent

Kids Activities – Farm Tours, Scavenger Hunts, Rubber Duckies

Re-done  Syria Mercantile into a Country Store with Take-out.

Additional Cafe Tent

Craft Vendors – Crafters’ Alley

Audience tenting – partial

High Speed Internet at Festival Site AND Campground(limited area)

Enabling Cell to Internet WiFi Calling

The Festival Area
– the Graves Family Farm of 1100  Acres

Map of Graves Mountain Farm

Meadows, walnut and oak trees, the streams, horses, cattle, goats – are all framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains just there at the edge of the camping fields.

The all new Big River Stage – 32 feet wide and 6 feet off the ground  is serenaded by the Rose River and the sixteen hundred returning campers clapping and whistling for their favorite fiddlers.

The campers and day festers know

The stream is waiting for a dunk or a fishing rod – for many both.

They can count on the same “old style” Southern cooking with Margaret, Margie, Benji, Kevin, Brenda & the Restaurant Team doing all the family style meals up in the Farm Restaurant.

Down by the stage there is the usual festival food and drink plus the bonus of special menus by Gail, Kevin, Joyce and the Festival Team working the grill  for Graves fried chicken, mountain trout, rib-eye steak plus all the sides that will teeter on the plate.

The New Vineyard Stage at DuCard – 2.5 miles over into the next hollow. Beautiful view and calm atmosphere for music.

The New Cafe tent’s smoker and grill and salad options.

The Beer, Wine & Cider Tent is yet another NEW addition. Craft brews by  Beer Hound, Hard Cider – Original “Squeeze” – by the farm, and fine wines by our neighbors, DuCard. It’s all about LOCAL.






Yoga Classes




Kids Activities


Massage Escapes




Mountain Adventures


Streams & Ponds




24 Bands
– Roots of Bluegrass up to the Branches

From Carolina Blue to the Milk Carton Kids
On the NEW Big River Stage

And On the DuCard Vineyard Stage

Local Blue Ridge and Hollow Talent
2 Bands – One Fri and One Sat
Tara Mills at the DuCard Vineyard Stage at Graves Mountain Music festival

15 of Them

2nd Chance to See the Bands
Noon to 6PM

Workshop participant at Graves Mountain Music Festival

Workshop participant at Graves Mountain Music Festival

Thursday, May 28
Vocal Harmonies  – The Price Sisters
Songwriting – Irene Kelley
Arrangements  – Slocan Ramblers
Song to Life – Songs From The Road Band

Friday, May 29 Noon on hourly
– Melodics on Banjo – Gina Furtado
– Stories behind the song -Ralph Stanley II
– Monroe Style Mandolin with Tim Jones (Carolina Blue) and Jonathan Dillon (Jr. Sisk Band)
– Mark Schatz and Bryan McDowell – Roots Music of Many Colors
– Creating a Driving Sound -Scythia

17 Mountain and Mat Adventures

Road Bike Trek at Graves Mountain Music Festival

2 Road bike runs with organizer of Tour de Madison Bike Races
5 Horse back trail rides ( $30)
1 Strenuous hike up Doubletop led by In True Nature
3 Nature Walks with In True Nature
1 Fly Fishing Family Workshop
5 Yoga Sessions with in True Nature
1 Mountain Climbing Workshop on Stony Man with Shenandoah Mountain Guides

Massages at Graves Mountain Music Festival

14 Therapeutic and Reiki Massage

Massages at Graves Mountain Music Festival

14 Massage sessions at the Massage Mini Tent

Kids’ Tent & Activities

Kids play and adventures at Graves Mountain Music Festival

3 Nature Walks
2 Stream Explores
5 Horse trail rides ($30)
3 Pony Rides – for under 8 years ($5)
1 Huge Pool with life guards
1 Hay Mountain to Climb
1 Kids tent with games and Hula hoops



3 Day Passes

Start at Just
Adult – Just $85
Youth – 17 yrs to 13 – Just $30
Youngster – 12 and unders – FREEBIE
(Then they can scavenger hunt, feed the chickens, and explore the stream)

Single Day Tickets

Adult – $30 on Thurs, Fri $50 & Sat $50
Youth – Freebie on Thurs and a Crazy $10 on Fri & Sat
Youngsters – ALL FREEBIE

Tickets Online Here
By Tel: 540-923-4231
By email : hello@gravesmountainmusic.com





We have many volunteers, as you can imagine after 28 years of music making.
If you, too, would like to volunteer next year, please email us at volunteer@gravesmountainmusic.com.


WAY MORE THAN MUSIC - 65 Activities for Adventure and Fun in the Blue Ridge and at on the FARM



Sit-down Restaurant Family Style

Just across the Rose River and up the hill is the Graves Family Farm Main Lodge, where there is a three meal a day family style restaurant with traditional Southern Style cooking by Margaret and Margie.

Should you wish, you can reserve a meal plan there for a 20% discount and 14s and under get great discounts with 5 and under for free. Plans are for 2 or 3 meals. Or just have the occasional meal,but please take a moment to make a reservation.

Festival Fare

We have all the usual foods and drinks plus snack foods – fresh fried pork rinds, popcorn, and funnel cake.

Festival Grill menu by Gail & The Festival Team- Graves’ fried chicken on Thursday, mountain trout on Friday, rib-eye steaks on Saturday, plus all the sides that can teeter on one plate.
Grill Steak Image

Deli and Provisions in the Mercantile

We have the Syria Mercantile for sandwiches, chips, snacks,  drinks, beer, wine and sundries & souvenirs- a short walk away



We welcome you to contact us for more information
about our event.