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UPDATE! (9/12/18):

Tickets are now open to the public to our updated event! Please read below for the changes to our original festival plan due to Hurricane Florence. We still have rooms available for what is sure to be a hurricane party to remember!

Jim Cantore tried to buy a WA Fest ticket, but sadly he’s been called out to the coast.  We know you all are keeping up on the forecast - so are we. We want to make you all aware of our contingency plan for the weekend: most importantly, WA is 100% committed to providing you all with a fun and safe WA Fest experience.  

With the uncertainty of how hurricane Florence will impact the weekend, here’s how we’re going to maximize the fun and the safety of the event: we are are going to open the doors at noon on Saturday when we’ll know better what the weather holds.  Blue Connection, 40 Years After, Empty Bottles, The Floorboards, Black Mountain Revival, Place Called Home, and more will be playing all day long! We’ll still be running raffles, selling Parkway Beer and Virginia Mountain Vineyard Wines, and getting up to all kinds of hurricane-day shenanigans. Weather permitting, attendees will be able to ride the Zip Line, do the Climbing Wall, or canoe on our lawn (;)).

For a few reasons, we will not be hosting food vendors and are no longer going to offer camping.  To make up for it, we’re offering this update as an all-inclusive VIP experience.

Tickets will now include music all day Saturday, a farm to table dinner, a private room, a free WA Fest t-shirt, Sunday brunch, and if we can safely do any activities, 1 free activity-- previously a value of $150 per person, now only $90 per person - children 12 and under, FREE. These tickets will be available at 6pm on Wednesday to anyone who hasn’t already purchased tickets - after our current ticketholders have had the chance to opt in.

Good Music, Good Vibes, for a Good Cause

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Opening night, we honor our home in the Blue Ridge by featuring Bluegrass, Rock, and a first-rate Farm-to-Table Dinner!   (Feat. Black Mountain Revival, The Kind, & Blue Connection)

  • FRi Only: $15/adult or $10/youth


Get ready for camp classics, funky hits, and breath-taking adventure activities like zip lining, caving, mountain biking, and more!  Free activities available all day include stand up paddle boarding, giant foosball, one-handed volleyball and OTHER THINGS YOU CAN't EVEN YET IMAGINE!  (Feat. AMONG MANY: Empty Bottles, Psylo Joe, SHorefire, & Place Called HOME)

  • Sat-Sun: $30/adult or $15/youth


Brunch vibes and new music make for fitting closing activities... & so does our Budding Tradition: a Hike to the Bluff overlook for an Epic group Picture.

  • Weekend Pass: $40/Adult or $20/youth

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Add-on VIP Status to your WA Fest Ticket, and join us for a first-rate Farm to Table Dinner on Friday Night! Other perks to be discovered at the Festival!

Add-on VIP Status to your WA Fest Ticket, and join us for a first-rate Farm to Table Dinner on Friday Night! Other perks to be discovered at the Festival!



Camping/Sleep Under the stars

  • Community (Field, closer to music & noise)

  • Family (Wooded, further from hub-ub)

  • RV (In the Community area, sorry no hook-ups available.)

The Main Lodge/Sleep in Air Conditioning!

  • Hostel-style (Beds, in shared room... possibly with folks you don't know now, but could be your best friends come Sunday!)

  • Private Room (Just what it sounds like, with space for up to 8 people!)


Guided Activities will run throughout the week-end, including 900' Zip Line, Canoeing on Craig's Creek, Mountain Biking, Caving, and more!  Schedule TBD.  Choose how you want to play:

  • Night-time Zip Line


  • FAMILY ACTIVITY PACKAGE - unlimited play all week-end!

WA Staff & Sponsors will be hosting free games and activities throughout the week-end in the Music Area.  Free activities will be available like: hiking, volleyball (& one-handed volley ball ;) ), Lumber-jack Jenga, Giant Foosball, and more!


  • Eno hammocks

  • River Rock Climbing

  • Tacos Rojas

  • Lenore Restaurant

  • Sweet Donkey Coffee

  • ...& More coming soon!


Festival Rules and FAQs:

  • WAFEST is a rain or shine event
  • All ticket-holders are subject to search upon entry. Wristbands must be worn at all times.
  • Valid ID is required for purchase of any alcoholic drinks.
  • Any Pets must be leashed.

You May Bring

  • Phone
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Blankets
  • Camping Chairs
  • Camping Supplies
  • Small Purses or Backpacks (Must be 12" x 12" or smaller)

Leave In Car or At Home

  • Fireworks/Explosives of any kind
  • Weapons/Firearms
  • Bladder-Style Backpacks
  • Bota Bags
  • Outside Alcohol
  • Audio Recording Devices

Age Restrictions

Kids are welcome but must have a ticket. Children 7 and under are admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult.

Drug & Alcohol Policy

You must be 21 to drink and you must possess a valid ID to purchase alcohol. WAFest is a zero tolerance event. All local and State laws will be strictly enforced. There will be no tolerance for illegal activities. Security guards will be on premise working with local law enforcement.

Food & Alcohol

We will have beer and wine for sale (Virginia Mountain Vineyards, PBR, Pkwy Brewery, Ballast Point) and there will be multiple food vendors (BBQ, tacos, burritos). No outside alcohol is allowed on premise. Please bring your own reusable pint (NO GLASS). We have compostable cups for alcohol sales, but please help us cut down on trash. Outside food is allowed in the camping areas. Outside food is not allowed in the music field.

Pet Policy

Pets are permitted as long as they are on a leash. If possible/practicable, please tie several spare keys to your pet's leash. We want to be able to say "A leash of keys (Alicia Keys) was at WaFest" so we can get a bigger turnout next year.

What are we permitted to bring into the concert site?

Blankets and low back chairs are permitted. Food snd outside alcohol are not permitted in the concert site. Small umbrellas are okay but NO pop-up-tents or shade structures allowed. There is a covered pavilion close to stage.

What are the available camping options?

Community Camping allows you to camp with your car parked in a nearby lot. You can easily camp with your friends and have access to your car via a short walk. Your car will be parked a few hundred yards away. The community camping area is close to the music field and our main lodge. One wristband is required per person.

Family Camping allows camping further from the hubub and noise of the main festival area. This is set in the wooded/shaded area of our property in smaller primitive sites. There is limited availability for this area though we will fit as many we as can comfortably. You will have to transport any equipment on foot, though as the jeep trail they are located near is too narrow for traffic.

RV Camping Your RV must fit into a 20′ X 50′ space (including slides or awnings). Tents, canopies, hammocks, etc. may be set up next to your RV as long as they fit within the designated space. It is a primitive RV site so no dumping stations. Please arrive at the festival with a full water tank and bring a portable container. Water will be available. Power is limited and connection are on a first come first serve basis.

What's your policy on campfires?

  • Tiki torches are not permitted.
  • Campfires in the Commnity Camping Area are not permitted.
  • WaFest will provide firepits in areas where campfires are permissible.

Will there be water in the campgrounds? Can/Should we bring water to the concert grounds?

Refillable water bottles are encouraged. There are multiple free water spigots on our basecamp. Please only drink from potable(BLUE) spigots.

Will there be showers available in the campgrounds?

Yes. There is a bathhouse available for campers which includes four male and four female shower stalls.

Will we be able to exit and return to the concert grounds throughout the day?

Yes. Guests can come and go from campgrounds to concert site as often as they wish as long as they hold an event wristband and do not enter with any outside food or beverage.

Will there be Cell Service?

Eh... If you're used to cell service in rural Virginia then yes. If you're expecting 3g or 4g then you're at the wrong place. Verizon works best and has the strongest signal near the Admin building. For guests who don't have Verizon, two Solo cups and a piece of string are available upon request.

What if I need bug spray, sunscreen, batteries, or snacks?

The Base Camp Store (located in the Admin Building) has a wide variety of camping items, snacks, and souvineers. Be sure to stop by for a WaFest 2018 T-Shirt!

Will there be an ATM on site?

Guests may take out cash at the Base Camp Store for a 5% fee.

What makes this a Music and Adventure Festival?

We have miles of trails for unguided hiking and biking. Canoes are available to take out on our pond. Anyone in the pond must have a PFD(life jacket). Canoes are limited, so please do not use for more than an hour at a time. Bikes will be available to rent on a first-come. first-serve basis. Climbing Wall, Zip Line, and Canoe rentals (require passes) are available throughout the festival on a first-come, first-serve basis. Activity passes can be purchased at our office and will leave 15 minutes before the hour.

What happens if there is an emergency?

EMS & Security will be available throughout the entire event. EMS will be stationed on the back porch of our lodge next to the beer ticket sales. Security will be patrolling the parking, camping, and music area. Coolers/bags are subject to search. Additionally, W.A.E.L. staff are certified in Wilderness First Aid.


Well, that wasn't really a question... But, since you really wanna know... guests are welcome to arrive as early as 4:30 PM Friday. At 10 AM on Sunday we will lead a hike to our scenic Bluff Overlook. This will be the closing event of WA Fest and will be our goodbye for anyone not on the final 11 AM activities.

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Highlights from WA Fest 2017:


Great Local Lineup encompassing fun and talented musicians from all your favorite genres: Blue Grass, to Psycobilly, to Rock Covers,  toJam, & even some great Alt Country!

BBQ, Burritos, Empanadas & Coffee Vendors!

Hand made Clothing, Jewelry,  & Massages!

Night Zip Lines, Stand Up Paddle-boards on the Pond, a group hike to the Bluff with everyone and much, MUCH More!