Top Choice Live Music in Blue Ridge Highlands & Southwest Virginia

Carter Family Fold

In a tiny hamlet in southwest Virginia formerly known as Maces Spring (today part of Hiltons), you'll find one of the hallowed birthplaces of mountain music. The Carter Family Fold continues the musical legacy begun…
Top Choice Live Music in Floyd

Floyd Country Store

This place is why most folk come to Floyd, especially for the Friday Night Jamboree, which starts at 6:30pm. For $5, you get three bluegrass bands in four hours and the chance to watch happy crowds jam to regional h…
Top Choice Live Music in Galax

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…
Top Choice Theater in Staunton

Blackfriars Playhouse

Don't leave Staunton without catching a show at the Blackfriars Playhouse, where the American Shakespeare Center company performs in a re-creation of Shakespeare's original indoor theater. The acting is up-close and…
Live Music in Alexandria


This 50-year-old place, hailing itself as ‘America’s Legendary Music Hall,’ hosts a wide range of fare, from old-time folk musicians to country, blues and R&B stars. The lineup also features the odd burlesque sh…
Theater in Abingdon

Barter Theatre

Founded during the Depression, Barter Theatre earned its name from audiences trading food for performances. Actors Gregory Peck and Ernest Borgnine cut their teeth on Barter's stage.
Cinema in Arlington

Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse

Ice-cold beer and arthouse and first-run films at bargain prices? Count us in. You'll find comfy chairs for flick-viewing, a menu of sandwiches, pizzas and popcorn, as well as brews, wine and cocktails (this is one …
Live Music in Arlington

Clarendon Ballroom

A ballroom done up to look like a big-band-era dance hall, the Clarendon is a NoVa cornerstone that attracts throngs of 20- and 30-somethings to bump and grind on weekend nights. The upstairs deck is perfect for lin…
Cabaret in Richmond


The Sunday brunch at this Richmond institution draws LGBTQ and straight crowds, who enjoy their meals while watching drag performers sing and strut their stuff to pulsating disco beats. There's one brunch sitting on…
Live Music in Richmond

Cary Street Cafe

Live music (plus the odd karaoke crooner) emanates from this excellent bar just about every night of the week. This spot is proudly pro-hippie, but doesn't just bust hippie tunes; the gigs juke from reggae and folk …