Below you will find Indie on the Move's compiled listing of annual music festivals and conferences in the state of Virginia, helping bands and musicians increase their industry knowledge, broaden their networking reach, and better promote and showcase their music, shows, and tours.
We did our best to include a thorough and comprehensive index, but if for some reason we've overlooked a specific event, please let us know through the contact page located HERE so that we can add it to the site ASAP.
With regards to any larger festivals, be sure to think outside of the box. While many of them do not regularly book independent acts as part of their official showcases, the national and international bands that do perform often draw some of the biggest built-in crowds imaginable, and provide a huge influx of music lovers and enthusiasts to each respective event location.
So try booking a show at one or several of that city's smaller local venues/bars/restaurants during the festival itself and take advantage of the vast number of music fans located in one place at one time. Even playing an ad-lib acoustic set in the event parking lot can go a long way in gaining you new fans and selling some merch.
-Progress Fest - Dates: Early May
"Progress Festival is designed to give artists an opportunity to express themselves, find their audience, and facilitate growth in the local music scene. We take the "Progress" in our name to heart, and encourage nonprofits and environmental groups to set up booths and speak on stage."
-FloydFest - Dates: Late July
"Family friendly music Festival featuring roots and progressive music from around the world. Held in late July in Floyd, VA."
-MACROCK - Dates: Early April
"The annual music conference known as MACROCK began in Harrisonburg, VA in 1996 as a branch of James Madison University’s student-run radio station, WXJM. The aims of the founders were to bring independent music and DIY culture to the Mid-Atlantic region. Since cutting ties with the school and the radio station, MACROCK has been run by a small committee of volunteers with immeasurable help from local businesses and residents. MACROCK’s objectives remain the same as in its founding: showcase independent musical acts from across the country, as well as inform attendees of current happenings within the DIY realm through label expositions and panels. MACROCK continues to exist as an independent, not-for-profit organization."
-Rocktown Beer and Music Festivals - Dates: Late April and Late September
-Spirit of the Valley Festival - Dates: Late October
"The Spirit of the Valley Festival is a Valley-minded mini-Americana Roots Music Festival. The festival will highlight the rich history of the Shenandoah Valley through the music, food, beverages, crafts, agricultural tools, and activities that have made the Shenandoah Valley the agricultural heart of Virginia."
-The Festy - Dates: Mid October
-East Coast Music Conference - Dates: Early to mid May
"The East Coast Music Conference (ECMC) celebrates the intersection of the music industry and music fans, bringing them together for 4 days of fun interaction, learning, and great live shows in surprising spaces. With dozens of events, activities, and shows open to the public; industry networking and educational opportunities for conference attendees, and private parties and exclusive recreational outings, the ECMC offers music, fun, and knowledge for anyone who works in or just enjoys music. The ECMC tears down the barriers between industry and consumer and celebrates the connections made through music." - Register
-Dominion Riverrock - Dates: Mid May
"Dominion Riverrock, organized by Venture Richmond and the Sports Backers, is the East Coast's premier outdoor lifestyle festival, bringing athletes, spectators, musicians, and even dogs to Brown’s Island for a three-day festival against the backdrop of downtown Richmond’s urban riverfront."