Virginia State Parks hosting music series, concerts, camps in summer of 2022

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For the past two years, Virginia State Parks haven’t hosted summer music events. But for the summer of 2022, things are going back to the good ole days.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation announced music series will be available at five Virginia State Parks this year, including:

• Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster with its Music by the River
• Hungry Mother State Park in Marion with its Music in the Park
• Pocahontas State Park in Chesterfield with Pocahontas Premieres
• Smith Mountain Lake State Park in Huddleston with Ray Judd’s Music in the Park
• Westmoreland State Park in Westmoreland with Music on the Cliffs

There will also be concerts, festivals and music camps at other parks. For example, James River State Park Manager Adam Bresenhan said that park will offer live music, s’mores and lemonade this summer for a welcoming campfire gathering to give first-time and returning guests a chance to connect with their neighbors.”

Across Virginia’s parks, there will be a variety of music including bluegrass, jazz, gospel, country, rock and roll, symphony and contemporary. There are currently over 60 events in the music category scheduled between now and the end of the year. You can explore them here.

You don’t have to camp to enjoy a series. Most series begin at 6 p.m. or later and the concerts are free, the Department of Conservation and Recreation states. However, parking fees are required at all park locations upon entry.

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