Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Summer music events are back at Virginia State Parks

Music Festival at Natural Tunnel State Park, pre-COVID. (Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation)

RICHMOND — After a brief hiatus for the past two years, concerts and music series at Virginia State Parks are back this summer.

Each location has a variety of music throughout the year — include bluegrass, jazz, gospel, country, rock and roll, symphony and contemporary — so there is something that everyone can enjoy.

Music series available at the following five Virginia State Park locations this year include:

  • Belle Isle State Park — Music by the River
  • Hungry Mother State Park — Music in the Park
  • Pocahontas State Park — Pocahontas Premieres
  • Smith Mountain Lake State Park — Ray Judd’s Music in the Park
  • Westmoreland State Park — Music on the Cliffs

“We are excited to share the music with the community again,” said Belle Isle State Park Manager Katie Shepard. “Music is a great way to unwind, relax, dance and showcase local musicians. Our Music by the River series provides a laid-back style that will make you feel right at home and one of our local musicians just might introduce you to your next favorite tune. So grab your lawn chair, pack a picnic dinner, and come enjoy the diversity of shows.”

In addition to the music series, there are concerts, festivals and music camps taking place at several Virginia State Park locations this year. The concerts begin in June. Most series begin at 6 p.m. or later and the concerts are free, but parking fees are required at all park locations upon entry.

Attendees don’t have to camp to enjoy the series, but camping is a great way to enjoy the music at night and explore the park during the day, according to Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

“James River State Park offers campers live music, s’mores and lemonade this summer for a welcoming campfire gathering and this gives first-time and returning guests a chance to connect with their neighbors,” said James River State Park Manager Adam Bresenhan. “Music is good for the soul and helps bring people together.”

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