What do you get when you combine 10+ hours of live music with craft beer tastings, a farm-to-table dinner, trail races, children’s activities, and wellness workshops, all in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains? It’s none other than the next generation cult classic: Floyd Fandango.
Being billed as the “FloydFest Love Child,” Fandango can either be an old-school FloydFest experience for all of you veteran FloydFesters. Or, it can be a little taste of everything you’re missing out on if you’ve never experienced the “magic, music, and mountains” that FloydFest provides for five days every July.
For those of you who fall in the previous category, you can expect the same combination of eclectic roots music and outdoor amenities, all branded with the unique, “love is all around me” FloydFest vibe you’ve come to know and love. As always, this year’s lineup is packed full of talent, with many of the performers coming out of our great Commonwealth.
Most of these are bands have battled it out on The Phoenix stage to win a spot in the On-The-Rise (OtR) Competition. Each year, FloydFest hosts OtR to provide additional exposure for some very talented up and coming bands. Swamp Candy, Annabell’s Curse, The MidAtlantic and Paperbird are just a few of those bands who have taken home top OtR honors in recent years. Then there’s that little known group, The Avett Brothers, who claimed the 2004 OtR title and is now packing venues nationwide. You just never know what raw talent is waiting to be discovered with OtR bands. The Fandango music culminates with a two-and-half-hour set by MC Broom and the Jam. Dancing shoes advised.
The truly beautiful thing about Fandango is the cost. For just $25 (in advance), you get all that music, a souvenir beer or wine glass, three tasting tickets, plus camping and parking. Then there are the add-ons.
For an additional fee there will be a sit down farm-to-table dinner with music provided by the Dharma Bombs. Plus, there’s a Rundango 5k trail race & relay, a bike race, and disc golf tournament that patrons can participate in.
To add to the fun, Fandango will also feature a five “drink tank” events where patrons can partake in a 30-minute beer, wine, and cider tastings. For a complete list of libation vendors and tasting details, visit the Floyd Fandango website.
So, now the question is what are you waiting for? Purchase your tickets. Then on June 24, grab your tent, the kids, and boogie on up to Floyd where you can “Trip the Lights Fandango.”Fandango Details
Date: June 24
Time: Gates open at 11:00 & Music starts at 11:30am
Location: Blue Ridge Parkeway, MP 170.5 (FloydFest site)
Cost: General Admission: $25 advance, $30 at the gate | Kids: Age 12 and under FREE | Farm-to-Table Meal: $30 | Mountain X Cross Bike Race, Disc golf Tournament, Rundango 5K Trail Race, Rundango 5K Relay (*NEW for 2017), add-ons: $8 advance, $12 gate (each)
More information can be found on the Fandango website.