A young fan at the Railroad Earth concert at last year’s FloydFest..

FloydFest 18,, “Wild” kicks off Wednesday for a five-day run on the site just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 170.5.

The annual extravaganza brings thousands to our rural area of Southwestern Virginia and the Blue Ridge Mountains with music, food, vendors and attractions that has grown over the years since beginning in 2002.

Local restaurants, shops and music venues can expect extra patrons from those who take a break from the schedule that officially extends from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day and night and often goes around the clock and many camp out or stay in RVs on the site.

For non-festival fans, the weekend offers other events, including the Friday Night Jamboree at the Country Store (which also has a concert on Thursday night), Bluegrass music at Wildwood Farms on Saturday night and much more.

Whatever your taste, there is music or events to be found.  Selected events from the schedule of events provided by the folks at the Floyd Tourism office and on their website.

Wednesday, July 25

Floyd Fest 18 Wild, 894 Rock Castle Gorge Road, Milepost 170.5 Blue Ridge Parkway, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Free Community Lunch at Plenty!, 192 Elephant Curve Road, Floyd, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Library Bingo for Adults, Jessie Peterman Memorial Library, 321 W. Main St., Floyd, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Thursday, July 26

Floyd Fest 18 Wild, 894 Rock Castle Gorge Road, Milepost 170.5 Blue Ridge Parkway, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Floyd Moves It! Thursday, Jessie Peterman Memorial Library, 321 W. Main St., Floyd, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The Magical Musical Tour!, Floyd Music School, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Scrabble Club, Jessie Peterman Memorial Library, 321 W. Main St., Floyd, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Floyd Country Store, 206 S. Locust St., Floyd, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Friday, July 27

3 Celli Benefit Concerts, 169 Newtown Rd., Floyd, 7:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Floyd Fest 18 Wild, 894 Rock Castle Gorge Road, Milepost 170.5 Blue Ridge Parkway, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Heart of the Child Music Education, Floyd Country Store, 206 S. Locust St., Floyd, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Spikenard Bee Sanctuary Open Day for Visitors!, 401 Hideaway Lane, Floyd,11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Harry Potter Escape Room, Jessie Peterman Memorial Library, 321 W. Main St., Floyd, 12:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Old Church Gallery Exhibit: “What Do We Need To Carry?”, 110 Wilson Street, Floyd, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Floyd Artisan Market, Floyd Community Market, 205 South Locust St. Floyd, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Friday Night Jamboree @ Floyd Country Store, 206 S. Locust St., Floyd, 6:30 PM – 10:30 PM

Saturday, July 28

Floyd Fest 18 Wild, 894 Rock Castle Gorge Road, Milepost 170.5 Blue Ridge Parkway, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Floyd Farmers Market, Floyd Community Market, 205 South Locust St. , Floyd, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Old Church Gallery Exhibit: “What Do We Need To Carry?”, 110 Wilson Street, Floyd, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Americana Afternoon, Floyd Country Store, 206 S Locust St, Floyd, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Live Bluegrass at Wildwood Farms General Store, 2380 Floyd Hwy S., Floyd, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sunday, July 29

Floyd Fest 18 Wild, 894 Rock Castle Gorge Road, Milepost 170.5 Blue Ridge Parkway, 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Music at Mabry Mill, 266 Mabry Mill Rd SE BRP MP 176, Meadows of Dan, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Sunday Sounds on the Courtyard, Chateau Morrisette Winery, 287 Winery Rd. SW, Milepost 171.5 Blue Ridge Parkway, Floyd,1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Sunday Music Jam @ Floyd Country Store, 206 S Locust St, Floyd, 1:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Open Mic Night at Dogtown Roadhouse, 302 S Locust St, Floyd, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM