The second week of August in Galax, VA has long been one of musical celebration. Musicians and fans from around the world have been traveling to Galax to celebrate the music of the Blue Ridge Mountains since 1935. In fact, Galax has been designated the World's Capital of Oldtime Mountain Music!
The Old Fiddlers Convention has grown a lot over the years. What started out as two, seasonal, day-long, indoor conventions has slowly expanded into one, week-long celebratory extravaganza. Musicians come from all over to show their skill and compete for the thousands of dollars in cash prizes. A shrinking minority have been coming here since 1935 - most would come even if there were no prizes.
The Old Fiddlers Convention takes place in Galax' Felts Park. Felts Park includes a covered grandstand but you can also bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair. A wide variety of food and drinks will be available for purchase, along with musical and other merchandise from various vendors.
2018 Old Fiddlers Convention Schedule
Monday, Aug 6th, 5:30pm - Fiddlers' Youth Competition
Tuesday, Aug 7th, 6pm - Old Time Fiddle, Dobro, and Mandolin Competitions
Wednesday, Aug 8th, 6pm - Bluegrass Fiddle, Dulcimer, and Bluegrass Banjo Competitions
Thursday, Aug 9th, 6pm - Clawhammer Banjo, Autoharp, and Guitar Competitions
Friday, Aug 10th, 6pm - Old Time Band and Bluegrass Band Competitions
Saturday, Aug 11th, 12pm - Folk Song and Flatfoot Dance Competitions
6pm - Bluegrass Band and Old Time Band Competitions
Sunday, Aug 12th, Early AM hours - Winners Announced
2018 Old Fiddlers Convention Galax, VA
August 6th through the 11th, 2018
Felts Park, 601 South Main St, Galax, VA 24333
Visit www.oldfiddlersconvention.com for more information.
Old Fiddlers Convention Galax Lodging
Many musicians and fans will camp over at the convention grounds throughout the week. This is even part of the event's draw as the camping area is a great place to catch impromptu performances - if not much sleep. If you'd rather not camp, the Galax area offers plenty of more comfortable options.
For the best lodging in the Blue Ridge Highglands however, you can't top a Virginia Bed and Breakfast! No matter where you go during your Virginia getaway, you can rest assured that a locally owned and operated Virginia inn is somewhere close nearby. Find your Virginia B&B today!