Why the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival is One of the Best Events of the Year

The beautiful surroundings of the Shenandoah Valley and the temperate summer weather make for an excellent place to host music festivals. Easily one of the more popular events of its kind, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival attractions hundreds of people to the area. Enjoy live music, craft beer, and family-friendly activities, during this ongoing concert series from July through September.

As you begin planning your trip to Harrisonburg, Virginia, let us help you cut down on your planning time when you access our complimentary Vacation Guide! Inside, you’ll find tons of tips on the sites, activities, and restaurants. Plus, learn more about the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival as well as other year-round happenings!

What to Expect at the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

This Year’s Events

For more than half a century, the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival has coordinated a summer-long concert series. Beginning in July, you can attend eight different concerts featuring talented performers from a variety of musical genres. During the 2018 Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, you can attend shows by The Temptations, Kenny G, and more. Fans of classic rock will want to witness the July 21st Music of Pink Floyd concert by the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra concert. For more details on individual events, check out the performance schedule.

The Location

Each concert that is part of the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival is held at an outdoor pavilion at the Shrine Mont retreat. Located in Orkney Springs, Virginia, the venue is just a 45-minute drive north of Harrisonburg. Aside from enjoying the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley summer weather, you’ll also be privy to stunning views of the surrounding mountains. The pavilion itself is positioned at the foot of Great North Mountain, making this spot an ideal outdoor music venue.

The Charity

Not only does the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival offer outstanding musicians and performances, but it also supports music education in the community. Every year, proceeds from the event have been donated to fund music scholarships. These grants help hard working and talented students throughout the region manage the cost of instruments and supplies.

Come Back to By the Side of the Road

When planning your trip to the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, you should treat yourself to relaxing and luxurious accommodations. At By the Side of the Road Inn & Cottages in Harrisonburg, Virginia, pamper yourself with a charming room featuring gas fireplaces and oversized Jacuzzi tubs. If you’re taking a getaway with your significant other, our inn is one of the most romantic places to stay. We promise to make your trip unforgettable!

With three different options for where to stay on the property, you can select the accommodations best suited for you. Choose from one of the Romantic Luxury Cottages–the Quill Cottage, The Fitzgerald Cottage, and the Bergey Cottage. A two-story limestone structure, the Fitzgerald Cottage is close to the Main House but offers plenty of privacy.


Browse all of our available rooms and cottages and start planning your Shenandoah Valley getaway today!