The 8th Annual Festy Experience

The Festy Experience is a music and lifestyle festival happening October 5-8, 2017 in Nelson County, VA. Throughout our eight-year history, we’ve designed an event that weaves together Experience, Community, and Environment.

Festy 8 | October 5-8, 2017 in Nelson County, VA


… a carefully curated lineup of artists who demonstrate high-quality musicianship, tell authentic stories, and inspire positive action.

… an awesome array of Virginia’s craft breweries, food vendors.

... a variety of outdoor activities and workshops, encouraging rich connections with the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The Festy is group of friends celebrating amazing music, craft food and beverage, and the outdoors.


Each year, The Festy strives to become a more welcoming and inclusive place for anyone who wants to join. This year we are working toward our expanded community in three main ways:

  1. Gender equality with a majority female artist lineup
  2. Multigenerational fun with an epic family zone for people of all ages
  3. ADA accessibility with a free shuttle service running throughout the site

So bring your kids and your parents, your neighbors and your friends! We will have a little something for everyone. Feel free to share some of your Festy story or any ideas for how we can keep improving The Festy community for future years to


The Festy is committed to becoming a 100% sustainable festival. This year we are reducing our environmental impact by:

  1. Giving every weekend ticket holder a FREE Klean Kanteen Steel pint and eliminating all waste from single-use plastic cups
  2. Charging the same amount for day-parking and car-camping to incentivize people to carpool to Festy and stay onsite, reducing daily traffic and carbon emissions
  3. Relying on local businesses and vendors wherever possible

We’d love to hear any of your ideas for how we can further reduce our environmental impact:

Artist Lineup

The Festy artist lineup is not just about amazing musicians. We believe that festivals are perfect platforms for influencing social change. Gender equality is a critical social issue and that’s why we chose to hire female artists for over half of our 2017 lineup.

The Infamous Stringdusters

Ani DiFranco

Drive-By Truckers

Elephant Revival

Sam Bush Band

Beats Antique

The Jerry Douglas Band

Joan Osborne

The Travelin’ McCourys

Sierra Hull

Danny Barnes & Nick Forster


The 8th Annual Garrettgrass Gospel Hour

Della Mae


Shook Twins

Billy Strings

Sarah Siskind & Sunliner

Carl Anderson

Phoebe Hunt

Love Canon

Maggie Koerner

Dori Freeman

Erin Lunsford

Gallatin Canyon

Tara Mills

Infinity Downs Farm

1500 Diggs Mountain Rd, Arrington, VA 22922

Infinity Downs is a 387-acre property in Arrington, VA, located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains-- 35 miles south of Charlottesville and 30 miles north of Lynchburg. Home to The Festy, LOCKN', and a diversity of others music, food, and sporting events, Infinity Downs is one of Virginia's premier outdoor venues.

ADA Accessibility

One of The Festy’s focuses this year is to make sure that we are a fully accessible festival for all who want to join. Our Car Camping area has a designated ADA area at the front of the Green Field, in close proximity to the Main Stage and food vendors. Shuttle service will be provided throughout the site for patrons who do not choose to camp in the designated ADA area. If you need any extra accommodations or have any feedback please reach out to and we will discuss what’s possible.

Outdoor Opportunities

Coming soon...

Local Events

Why wait until October when you can have The Festy Experience now? Come hang at our summer events throughout Virginia. Each event will feature FREE Festy swag, sweet deals from our local partners, and a chance to buy discounted Festy tickets!

The Infamous Stringdusters at Lime Kiln Theater

Friday, July 21st, 8:00pm-10:30pm
Lime Kiln Theater (607 Borden Rd. Lexington, VA)
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The Festy Presents an evening with The Infamous Stringdusters at the historic Lime Kiln Theater. Doors 6:30pm, Show starts at 8:00pm.

Bluegrass Brunch at Walkabout Outfitter (Harrisonburg)

Sunday, July 23rd, 10:00am-2:00pm
Walkabout Outfitter (90 N. Main Street Harrisonburg, VA 22802)

We’re taking Bluegrass brunch on the road! We’ll have Live Bluegrass, Chickapig, Carpe Donut, and kids activities by Little Planets. Festy ticket holders will receive a FREE Pint of Blue Ridge Bucha and Snowing in Space Nitro Cold Brew.

Ani DiFranco at The Norva

Saturday, September 30th, 8:00pm-11:00pm
The Norva (317 Monticello Ave. Norfolk, VA)
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Come see Ani DiFranco and enter to win a pair of FREE Weekend Camping Tickets to The 8th Annual Festy Experience, October 5-8.