The Red Wing Roots Music Festival is launching the 9th annual festival in June this year!

Held in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the Red Wing Roots Music Festival is held annually at the Natural Chimneys Park and Campground in Mt. Solon, Virginia. This will be the ninth year for the 3-day festival taking place June 24-26, 2022. In addition to over 50 artists performing on 5 stages, Red Wing features excellent food and drink vendors, multiple venue options camping on site, and fun activities for all.

Festival hosts The Steel Wheels perform throughout the weekend in a variety of settings. This year they also welcome the following artists to the Red Wing stage: The Jayhawks, BAHAMAS, Yonder Mountain String Band, Aoife O’Donovan, Langhorne Slim, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, James McMurtry, Darrell Scott’s Bluegrass Band, Aaron Lee Tasjan , Allison Russell, Gaby Moreno, Sammy Rae & The Friends, Natalie Hemby, Seth James and many more!

Prior to the festival, the Red Wing Academy brings together young string players for a week of intensive learning and playing with the host band. The academy experience culminates with students performing alongside The Steel Wheels on the Friday of the festival.

Red Wing Academy Festival Show
Red Wing Academy Festival Show. Photo credit: RubySky Photography

In 2021, the festival added Red Wing Glamping to the camping options. Glamping offers a special touch of comfort and convenience to your Red Wing experience with many added benefits. From setup to teardown, you’re covered – just arrive ready to enjoy the festival. In addition to glamping, there are several other great camping options still available for the June weekend.

Red Wing Glamp Village
Red Wing Glamping Village. Photo credit: RubySky Photography

The towering limestone chimneys, reaching over 120 feet in the air, provide a spectacular backdrop for fans to relax and listen to great music outdoors. Right next to Music Meadow you will find an incredible variety of food and drink vendors. WNRN hosts the Blue Mountain Beer Garden each year, featuring craft beers from Blue Mountain Brewery, as well as wine, hard cider, and hard seltzer from other regional companies.

Blue Mountain Beer Garden
Blue Mountain Beer Garden, hosted by WNRN, offers guests craft beers, wine, hard cider and hard seltzer options during the festival. Photo credit: RubySky Photography.
Festival-goers like to cool off at The North River. Photo credit: RubySky Photography.

Red Wing focuses on the whole experience, not just the music. Shady Grove offers activities and games for children of all ages and The Kinfolk Stage hosts several dances and other family-friendly programs. Local organizations organize scheduled outdoor activities over the weekend, such as running, biking, hiking, and yoga under the fireplaces. And between the North River, the mist tent at Shady Grove, and the Natural Chimneys pool, there’s always a way to cool off from the summer heat.

A variety of activities for guests of all ages! Photo credit: RubySky Photography

Last year’s eighth annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival was a huge success after being canceled due to covid in 2020. Each year the festival improves and grows with the help of staff, volunteers and support from patrons.

We have a great team of volunteers every year! Photo credit: RubySky Photography

A big part of what helps the Red Wing Roots Music Festival run as smoothly as possible is our fantastic team of volunteers. Volunteering for just 12 hours before, during or after the festival grants individuals a weekend pass to Red Wing IX. Visit the Volunteers page to learn more about volunteer requirements, deposit and more.

Sunday’s Tribute Set features several artists from the weekend. Photo credit: RubySky Photography

Tickets have been selling out ahead of the festival weekend for the past few years and with Red Wing IX sales moving quickly, fans are encouraged to purchase tickets as soon as possible. Single-day tickets will be available for purchase in May.

For tickets and more information, visit www.redwingroots.com.

Cover photo: Saturday night under the chimneys with The Steel Wheels. Photo by Lara Ressler Horst

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