28th Annual Graves Mountain Music Festival

May 28, 29 & 30, 2020

Festival of Bluegrass with its Roots and Branches.

For 2020 Graves Music Festival we include Modern Bluegrass, Celtic, Old Time, Singer-songwriter, Country, and Folk

All in the Blue Ridge of Virginia

THE SCENE - the Festival for 2020 and its Valley

Graves Mountain Music Festival – in the Virginia Blue Ridge
Returns for its 28th year with a three and half day line-up of

– Contemporary and traditional Bluegrass,
– American Indie Folk
– Singer-songwriter
– Celtic
– Irish Step Dance
– Irish and Middle Europe
– Traditional “Country” along with a new country find,
– Old Time
– Flat Foot
– Gypsy – Bluegrass Fusion
– Appalachian
– Local Blue Ridge Talent – from our neighbors

The Festival Area – the Graves Family 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

  1. the stream is waiting for a dunk or a fishing rod.
  2. they can count on the same “old style” Southern cooks, Margaret and Margie doing all the family style meals up in the Farm Restaurant
  3. down by the stage there is the usual festival food and drink plus the bonus of special menus by Gail working the grill – Graves fried chicken, mountain trout, rib-eye steak plus all the sides that will teeter on the plate
  4. the New Cafe tent’s smoker and grill and salad bar is NEW
  5. the Beer, Wine & Cider Tent is a NEW addition. Craft brews by  Beer Hound, Hard Cider – “Squeeze #1 – by the farm, and fine wines by our neighbors, DuCard. It’s ALL LOCAL





Yoga Classes




Kids Activities


Massage Escapes




Mountain Adventures


Streams & Ponds




Thursday, May 28

Music kicks off at 5 PM on Thurs after
Four mountain and mat adventures plus kids’ activities precede the music lineup.

Price Sisters – 5:00 PM

Price Sisters Website

Irene Kelley 6:10 PM

:: Irene Kelley Website >

Mile Twelve – 7:20 PM

:: Mile Twelve Bluegrass Website >

Slocan Ramblers – 8:30PM

:: Slocan Ramblers Website >

Songs from the Road Band – 9:40 PM

:: Songs from the Road Band Website >

Bonfire by the River & Picking – 10:00 PM On

Please note that the bands and schedule are subject to change.

Friday, May 29

Music kicks off at Noon on Friday after
Six mountain and mat adventures plus kids’  activities that precede and overlap the music lineup.

Carolina Blue – 12:00 PM

:: Carolina Blue Website >

Gina Furtado Project – 1:10 PM

:: Gina Furtado Project Website >

Mark Schatz & Bryan McDowell – 2:20 PM

:: Mark Schatz & Bryan McDowell Website >

Ralph Stanley II & Cllnch Mountain Boys – 3:30 PM

:: Ralph Stanley II & Cllnch Mountain Boys Website >

Hogslop String Band – 4:40 PM

:: Hogslop String Band Website >

The Fitzgerald Family – 6:00 PM

:: The Fitzgerald Family Website >

Junior Sisk – 7:20 PM

:: Junior Sisk and Band Website >

Scythian – 9:00 PM

:: Scythian Band Website >

Bonfire by the River & Picking – 10:00 PM On

Please note that the bands and schedule are subject to change.

Saturday, May 30

Music kicks off at 11 AM on Saturday after
Six mountain and mat adventures plus kids’ activities that precede and overlap the music lineup.

Sideline – 11:00 AM

:: Sideline Website >

Breaking Grass – 12:20 PM

:: Breaking Grass Website >

Cash Unchained – 1:40 PM

:: Cash Unchained Website >

Seldom Scene – 3:00 PM

:: Seldom Scene Website >

Graves Family Thank You to Festival – 4:10 PM</h3

Claire Lynch & Jim Hurst – 4:30 PM

:: Claire Lynch Website >

Appalachian Road Show – 5:50 PM

:: Appalachian Road Show Website >

Milk Carton Kids – 7:10 PM

:: Milk Carton Kids Website >

The Fitzgerald Family – 8:30 PM

:: Fitzgerald family Website >

Crawford and Power – 9:50 PM

:: Crawford and Power Website >

Bonfire by the River & Picking – 10:00 PM On

Please note that the bands and schedule are subject to change.



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 & 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 55 acres of primitive camping, so you will be able to find your own spot.
– You can buy Camping on-line – see the bottom of the general tickets page 

– Or you could just come and pay at the gate. That will be fine, too.


Camping Charges are simple – $10 per day per person 13 and up

  • During Festival Days – Thurs =Sat, the charge is $10 per person 13 years or older per day.
  • Pre and post Festival – just $15 per camp site, so very reasonable
  • Showers are just $2.
  • Electricity supplies are limited.
  • Dump station – we do have one.  Sadly, we do not have a drain field so we are forced to charge more than usual for a pump out, so the fee is $40.
  • Golf Carts are welcome for a small fee.
  • No Hookups, sorry. Next year for sure.


Then, WITHIN 35 MINUTES there are OVER 530 ROOMS and CABINS.

Onsite Lodge Rooms and Cabins

Onsite, we have 55 Graves Mountain Lodge rooms and 16 cabins.
Please call for availability. 540 642 0247

Nearby Cabins – over 30

There are more than 30 within a thirty minute drive>
Check availability on HomeAway/VRBO and AirBnB.
– Search for Syria and nearby options will come up. If that does not work, try Madison, Culpeper, Ruckersville, Stanardsville, an Sperryvile – a fine little renovated village with good coffe/pastry shop, two ood resturants, brew pub and distillery.

Hotel rooms within a 35 minute drive

Luxury Inns

Inn at Meander a luxury small inn only 30 mins from the Graves Mountain Music Festival

Inn at Meander a luxury small inn only 30 mins from the Graves Mountain Music Festival

Between Graves (the Festival)  and Orange VA – 30 mins
Luxury Inn at Meander 4 5 star lux, tiny inn  $$$$
https://www.innatmeander.com/   540 671 4912

Sperryville – 25 mins via Etlan – 16 miles

Belle Mead Bed and Breakfast $$$$
https://www.bellemeadebandb.com/    540 987 9748

Hopkins Ordinary  $$$
http://www.hopkinsordinary.com/ 540 987 3383

Inn at Mount Vernon $$$$
https://www.theinnatmountvernonfarm.com/   540 987 8115

Reva  – 20 Min drive – Between Festival and Culpeper

Walden Hall B and B   $$$$
https://www.waldenhall.com/en-us  540 764-8000

Good  B & B’s

In  Culpeper  30 Min drive

Suites at 249
http://suitesat249.com/      540-827-1100

The Thyme Inn
https://www.thymeinfo.com/   540 825 4264

Fountain Hall
http://www.fountainhall.com/    540-825-8300

Culpeper Center – 1 room and 2 Suites
http://www.culpepercenter.com/  540-812-491

222 West Park Gardens

Orange VA – near Montpelier House

Inn at Willow Grove,  $$$$
https://www.innatwillowgrove.com/  540 317 1206

Stanardsville – 35 min drive

Lafayette Inn & Restaurant – old style small village inn
https://www.thelafayette.com/  | 434-985-6345

Medium Level Hotels 2.5 to 3 Star

Medium Level Hotels near the Graves Mountain Music Festival - over 500 rooms available

Culpeper – 30 min drive from the Festival

Hampton Inn and Suites Culpeper $$$
https://www.hilton.com/en/hotels/mnzcvhx-hampton-suites-culpeper/   | 540 829 9000

Holiday Inn Express $$
https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/culpeper/cupes/hoteldetail  |   540 825-7444

Best Western Culpeper Inn $$
https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US/book/hotels-in-culpeper/best-western-culpeper-inn/propertyCode.47127.html  | 540 825 1253

Quality Inn $$
https://www.choicehotels.com/virginia/culpeper/quality-inn-hotels    | 540 825 4900

Microtel Culpeper $
https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/microtel/culpeper-virginia/microtel-inn-suites-culpeper/  | 540 829 0330

Red Carpet Inn $
Not so good, shall we say

Sleepy Hollow Motel $
Not so good but now under new management
https://sleepyhollowmotel.business.site/   | 469 408-9615

Orange VA 35 Min drive from Festival

Round Hill Inn  $$
https://roundhillinn.com/   | 540 672 6691

Comfort Inn & Suites, Orange $$
https://www.choicehotels.com/virginia/orange/comfort-inn-hotels    | 540 672 4581

Ruckersville on way to Charlottesville  – 35+ Min drive from Festival

Holiday Inn Express
Website  | 434 985 1855



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

At the campground, nights include, as you can imagine, informal jams, campfires and good times.
At the stage, it is a 40 foot walk to the stream – Rose River, dunking, splashing and fishing.
Up the hill across the stream bridge is the huge pool (small fee payable).

We have:
– two stocked trout streams – the Rose and Robinson – both on the farm – and the Rapidan is a short drive
– a bass pond
– a stocked pond
– horseback riding with the stable on the farm
– hiking along our ten miles of home farm trails and a hundred miles in Shenandoah Park, 7 miles drive away
– rock climbing on the ridge
– naturalist hikes – please give ample notice
– fly fishing clinics, guides and private coaching – please give ample notice
– swimming in the Olympic size main lodge pool, open Memorial Day through Labor Day
– road biking on short trips or a 100 mile back roads tour`
– mountain biking on abandoned forest roads, May Tour de Madison – https://tourdemadison.com/
– vineyard – our own special visit arrangements with vineyard walk and talk at DuCard Vineyard, 7 mins away, excellent French style wines by French vintner
– self guided wine tour to four wineries within 30 mins and one just 10 mins.
– five brew pubs within 35 mins



Sit down 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 – Graves’ fried chicken on Thursday, mountain trout on Friday, ribeye 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 nibbles, drinks, beer, wine and sundries, a short walk away



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