The Appaloosa Music Festival will celebrate five years with over 30 bands from Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 at the Skyline Ranch Resort in Front Royal.
The festival, hosted by the D.C.-area band Scythian, will feature performances from several bands representing the bluegrass, country, folk, and Celtic genres, including Steep Canyon Rangers, Humming House, Six-String Soldiers, and the Gothard Sisters.
“Every year, [the festival] gets bigger,” said Dan Fedoryka, one of the co-founders of Scythian. “It’s becoming a tradition for people. It’s becoming a Labor Day weekend tradition.”
This will be the first year the festival will be extended to three days.
“It’s a big deal,” Fedoryka said. “People were already showing up on Thursday. We’ll pull in more people a day early.”
Since it began in 2015, the Appaloosa Music Festival has attracted artists, volunteers and fans from around the country with an environment that harkens back to an “old-school community feeling.” Fedoryka said the festival has become a big event for the Shenandoah Valley and D.C.-areas.
“It’s a testament to the Appaloosa community,” he said. “The event is about togetherness.”
Fedoryka said that 6,200 people attended the festival in 2018 and he hopes that 7,500 people attend Appaloosa this year.
“I’m hoping the addition of the third day will help with that,” Fedoryka said.
In addition to the musical performances, the festival will feature other activities such as fiddle workshops, Irish dancing, and late-night jam sessions with bands performing at the festival. Activities for children will include bounce houses, slides, face painting and a children’s music program.
Skyline Ranch Resort will be offering on-site accommodations, ranging from cabins to RVs to camping tents.
Single-day tickets are available at the gate for $60 for adults and $10 for kids ages 13-17. Advanced tickets can be purchased online for $55 for a single day or $120 for the entire weekend. A 10 percent discount is available for active-duty military personnel, and veterans and kids 12 and under get in for free.
Parking for a single day will be $10. It is $30 to park for the weekend. There are also ticket packages available for all three days and for events like the late-night jams, at an extra cost.
For more information on the festival, performance schedules, or to pre-purchase tickets, visit appaloosafestival.com.
Correction: The Appaloosa Music Festival started in 2015, not 2014.