Weekend Pick: The Festy Experience

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This weekend, October 10th-13th, is the 4th Annual Festy Experience. Hosted by The Infamous Stringdusters and set at Devils Backbone, this event features excellent camping, interactive workshops, and incredible roots music from around the country. With the Blue Ridge Mountains serving as the backdrop, you really can’t go wrong.

There are many ticket options for those wanting to camp, park, or simply attend one day. If you’d like to wait until the lats minute, you can purchase passes at the gate.

Live performances start Friday at noon. There will be two music stages at the venue – the Main and the Southern. Get excited for acts such as Railroad Earth, J.J. Grey & Mofro, Chris Thile & Michael Daves, Joy Kills Sorrow, and the weekend’s host, The Infamous Stringdusters. Check the Festy’s website for a full artist schedule and lineup.

There is also a stage for the many workshops being held over the weekend. Common Ground will be leading guided meditation and yoga classes each morning. The folks from Mountain Hardware and Blue Ridge Mountain Sports will host hiking and backpacking talks. There will even be a coffee brewing demonstration from Charlottesville’s own, Mudhouse.

Be sure to take advantage of the locally sourced food and beverages. Relay Foods is partnering with The Festy to help make this possible. All ciders and beers are actually produced right along the Route 151 corridor where The Festy grounds are!

And to physically prepare for all that beer drinking, you can participate in the Blue Ridge Burn, a 5K or 10K fun trail run. This year, it will take place on site Saturday October 12th. Sign up is $20, which also gets you a 2013 race tee. You can register day of at 8am. The fee will be $25. And don’t forget to swing by the BRO Roadshow tent to chat up the gang, demos some gear, and sign up for our raffle.

This is a family friendly event and all kids under 12 get in for free. If you’re interested in bringing the crew to camp, there is even a designated family zone. Activities such as face painting, clay sculpting, and hula hooping will take place throughout the weekend.


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