The Festy Experience Starts Today

Read about Virginia’s The Festy Experience which kicks off today


Video by: Kjell Redal 
Music Credit: Phoebe Hunt “Frolic of the Bees”


Listening Through The Lens is Heading to Infinity Downs Farm In Arrington, VA Today

In the Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains

The 8th Annual Festy Experience Is Kicking Off

Thursday-Sunday, October 5 – October 8, 2017



The Infamous Stringdusters, Ani DiFranco, Drive-By Truckers, Elephant Revival, Sam Bush Band, Beats Antique, The Jerry Douglas Band, Joan Osborne, The Travelin’ McCourys, and more



Full weekend and Single Day Tickets On Sale Now →


The eTown Stage

“The eTown Stage” is a new partnership with eTown, a nationally syndicated non­profit radio broadcast/podcast focused on educating and entertaining diverse audiences through music and conversation in order to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world.

For over twenty-five years, eTown’s Nick & Helen Forster have produced musical, social, and environmental programming to uplift and inspire listeners around the world.

The eTown Stage will be a third stage, premiering at The 8th Annual Festy Experience.  Throughout the weekend, eTown co-­host Nick Forster and acclaimed banjo bellwether Danny Barnes will present “Almost eTown,” a series of 30 ­minute conversational performances. Danny Barnes & Nick Forster will also be featured with their full band on The Skyline Tent Stage on Thursday night.

Almost eTown will consist of shorts sets and interviews with artists already performing.  In addition to Almost eTown, The eTown Stage will be home to family yoga, local artist performances and workshops. The Festy aims to give the ultimate laid back festival experience which is fun for the entire family: camping, outdoor activities, craft food and beer, the 22nd Annual Blue Ridge Burn (5k/10k), and stellar music on three stages!


Full Schedule

See the full schedule for each stage →



The Festy Experience ~ Full 2017 Lineup:

The Infamous Stringdusters

Ani DiFranco

Drive-By Truckers

Elephant Revival

Sam Bush Band

Beats Antique

The Jerry Douglas Band

Joan Osborne

The Travelin’ McCourys

Sierra Hull

Danny Barnes & Nick Forster


Garrettgrass Gospel Hour

Della Mae


Shook Twins

Billy Strings

Sarah Siskind & Sunliner

Carl Anderson

Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers

Love Canon

Maggie Koerner

Dori Freeman

Erin Lunsford

Gallatin Canyon

Tara Mills


The Interviews

Read our interviews with Jerry Douglas, Dori Freeman and Sierra Hull.


The Location



Blue Ridge Bowl at Infinity Downs Farm

1510 Diggs Mountain Road

Arrington, VA 22922


The Festy is also hosting the Chickapig Farm! Chickapig is a new strategic and fun board game created in Charlottesville VA. Chickapig breeder and game creator (and luthier) Brian Calhoun joined forces with his farming buddy and musician, Dave Matthews, to bring this game from farm to table where players dodge opponents, hay bales, and an unruly pooping cow. There will be games to play on site as well as a life-sized version!





Environmental sustainability is important to the organizers and they are eliminating all waste from single-use plastic cups. Instead every All Weekend ticket comes with a free commemorative steel pint cup from The Festy’s Partner, Klean Kanteen, which they can use for free water from filling stations placed throughout site as well as beer purchases.








Read about Virginia’s The Festy Experience which kicks off today


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