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Good community and music for the soul, amidst the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, means only one thing: Arrington, Virginia’s largest summer festival is right around the corner. Pitch a tent and gather with others to experience all the campfire feels. The festival features a lineup of groove-worthy fusion genres including bluegrass, country, jazz and more. Home cooked food, craft beers, artisanal treats, and outdoor adventuring are a few of the other festival draws. First come first serve campsites are key to creating the ultimate community experience over four days of musical bliss. Here’s your complete Lockn Festival Guide. 

Lockn Dates and Location 2017

The 2017 festival takes place from Thursday, August 24 through Sunday, August 27 at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, Virginia.

Lockn Lineup

The festival kick starts Thursday with headliners like The String Cheese Incident and Umphrey’s McGee. The weekend continues on with Phil Lesh, Widespread Panic, The Record Company and more. To see the full breakdown of the lineup check out the official Lockn lineup page

Lockn Festival 2017 Guide
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Lockn Tickets

General Admission 4-day Pass – Student/Military – $239

Includes a general admission wristband granting access to all four days of the festival.

Must present a valid Student/Military ID to claim tickets.

General Admission 4-day Pass – $299

Includes a general admission wristband granting access to all four days of the festival.

VIP Admission 4-day Pass – $999

Includes access to private entrance, VIP Lounge, VIP Viewing area, fully catered Sunday brunch, and a whole lot more!

Super VIP Admission 4-day Pass – $2099

Super VIP amenities include all VIP amenities plus some extras including access to private entrance, Super VIP Lounge, Super VIP Viewing area, fully catered lunch and dinner Friday AND Saturday, and private Super VIP cash bar.

Lockn Tickets can be purchased online at the official site.

Lockn Festival 2017 Guide
Photo by Patrick Hughes

How to Get to Lockn Festival

Air – The closest airports to the festival are Charlottesville Albemarle Airport (CHO) and Lynchburg Regional Airport (LYH).

Car – If you plan on driving yourself, take advantage of the general admission 4-day parking pass for $40. This pass gives you the freedom throughout the four days to come and go as you please. The festival grounds are located on Oak Ridge Road.

Shuttle – Shuttles run to and from the festival from the nearby cities of Charlottesville and Lynchburg. The shuttle will drop you off at the Shuttle Information Tent located outside the festival entrance.  Four-day shuttle packages can be purchased for $240.

Find more information about the Lockn Festival grounds.

Lockn Festival 2017 Guide
Photo by Patrick Hughes

Where to stay for Lockn Festival

Although many Lockn Festival goers gravitate towards camping on-site, if that’s not your style, no problem. There are various off-site accommodations to fit your comfort level.

Camping – From tent camping, to car camping, family to RV, and even sober camping, there’s an option for all.

HotelThis courtyard view room at Fenton Inn, offering two double size beds, is a great option for a group of 4. For $199 per night, you can enjoy a daily complimentary breakfast before heading off to the festival with your friends.

Bed and Breakfast – This historic farmhouse B&B is a quick 10-minute drive from the festival grounds and a great option for couples. Starting at $100 per night you can experience vineyard views from a spacious room with your own private bathroom.

AirbnbThis quiet Airbnb offers a private room and bathroom in a quaint neighborhood home.  It’s a great option for two friends attending the festival and craving some decent shut-eye after the day’s festivities. An affordable $50 a night and excellent 5-star rating on Airbnb adds to the appeal.

Lockn Festival 2017 Guide
Photo by Patrick Hughes

The Lockn Festival is a four-day community-filled experience for music and nature lovers alike. Collaboration among world-class artists within a nature-filled wonderland creates the ultimate atmosphere to experience live music at its finest. With the picturesque settings, eclectic band line up, campsite experiences, vendors, craft beers and so much more, it can be difficult to determine how exactly to navigate through it all. Here are a few tips on how to make the most of your experience.

Lockn Festival 2017 Guide
Photo by Patrick Hughes


1. Determine where to stay

Since camping is the most common accommodation option near the festival, be sure to decide which form of camping suits you best. From tent camping, to car, to RV and even glamping, there’s an array of options to fill your nature-loving soul. Spaces are limited so check it out sooner than later!

2. Embrace Community

The Lockn Festival celebrates community and the do-gooders of the world. Surrounded by local vendors, organizations and community leaders, you’ll only be out of place if you don’t embrace the family feel of the experience. Branch out and enjoy your campsite neighbors over some real feel-good tunes.

3. Bring a Bicycle

It’s encouraged to bring a bike! The festival grounds abut the beautiful trails of the Oak Ridge Farm property. But, note that bikes are not allowed on the main event site, which is where the world-class performances take place.

4. Bring a refillable water bottle

It’s summer, it’s hot, and it’s a four-day festival. You need water! Luckily, that part is covered. Free water fill stations will be located out on the show field. Just bring the bottle.

5. Embrace practical

Although it’s tempting to bring our most fashion-forward selves to the festival, some of these ensembles just aren’t the most practical. Think camping. Dress for comfort. Do yourself a huge favor and pick a pair of shoes that after four days of camping and festival-filled fun, you can still walk in. You can thank yourself later.

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