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Blue Ridge Music Center

An arts and music hub for the region that offers programming that focuses on local musicians carrying on the traditions of Appalachian music. Headline performances are mostly on weekends, but local musicians give fr…
Music in Galax

Old Fiddlers' Convention

Held over six days, this is one of the premier mountain-music festivals in the world. Hosted by the local Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, musicians come from all over to compete as well as to play. And it isn't just…
Music in Galax

Barr's Fiddle Shop

Tom Barr of Barr's Fiddle Shop is the Stradivarius of the mountains, a master craftsman sought out by fiddle and mandolin aficionados from across the world.
Live Music in Galax

Rex Theater

A musty, red-curtained belle of yore. Frequent bluegrass acts cross its stage, but the easiest one to catch is the Friday-night live WBRF 98.1 show 'Blue Ridge Backroads' (admission $5), which pulls in crowds from a…
Microbrewery in Galax

Creek Bottom Brews

Has a changing line-up of its own craft brews, which go nicely with the brick-oven pizza and smoked chicken wings fired up on site. Try the Hellgrammite Brown Ale. The brewery is hidden behind a corrugated iron fenc…
Barbecue in Galax

Galax Smokehouse

The pit BBQ at this local institution produces mighty fine, sweetly sauced Memphis-style meat.