A Message from our Founders
Ever since its founding in 2010, the Festy has focused on being a family-friendly, environmentally friendly, world class music festival.
For its first six years, the Festy was hosted at Devils Backbone Brewery in Nelson County, Virginia, and in 2016 we moved the festival to a larger location at Infinity Downs Farm in rural Nelson County, home of Lockn’.
After three years hosting our event at Infinity Downs Farm, we took a hard look at our core values of being a family-friendly and environmentally-friendly festival that showcases world-class music, and realized we could better achieve our mission by bringing the festival closer into a population center, to gain better access to family-friendly accommodations and amenities, public and ride-share transportation, and world-class hospitality options for both fans and artists.
Charlottesville has been our home for over 20 years. It is a town we care deeply about, and a place that has never been in greater need of the positive vibes and community spirit provided by the Festy. We’re excited to play a small role in the healing and rebirth of our hometown on the world stage by bringing the Festy to where it can do the greatest good.
After evaluating all our options, we decided we could create the best experience for our fans and artists, and celebrate the first decade of our event, by hosting the 10th Annual Festy at IX Art Park in Charlottesville, Virginia, two short blocks from the downtown pedestrian walking mall. While there will be no on site camping this year, we are a short walk or Uber ride from 30 hotels and hundreds of quality Airbnb’s – urban camping at its finest!
We know that a lot of folks who historically experienced the Festy as a rural camping festival were disappointed with this news. For those in this group, we invite you to attend one or more of the many great options you have in Virginia with our sister festivals: Red Wing Roots, Rooster Walk, Hoopla, Floydfest, and Lockn’.
However, for those of you looking to experience the best family-friendly, eco-friendly, world class music festival in Central Virginia, conveniently located in beautiful downtown Charlottesville, we hope you’ll join us at the Festy this year at IX Art Park on October 11-13. Weekend bracelets are one sale now with most diverse lineup yet, and this new incarnation of the Festy is shaping up to be a truly magical weekend, one not to be missed.