Festival Info

About the Festival

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival is an electrifying music experience that features the very best roots music. Held annually in September in historic downtown Bristol TN/VA, the three-day music is amped to the beat of Appalachia’s past, present, and future. The Festival digs down deep into the roots of the traditional Appalachian sound and lifts its branches to new heights. It all happens in the heart of the Birthplace of Country Music.

Festival Hours


Friday, September 11, 2020

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Sunday, September 13, 2020

About the Area

Discover Bristol

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion takes place in Historic Downtown Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia. To complement your visit to the Festival, there are a variety of independent shops, art galleries, and restaurants worth a visit along nearby State Street and the neighboring side streets – all within walking distance of the museum. Believe in Bristol, our cities’ Main Street organization, acts as a welcome center at 36 Moore Street, conveniently located beside the museum. They offer brochures and information on downtown attractions and businesses, three self-guided downtown walking tours: Bristol history, Art in Public Places (public sculpture), and the Caterpillar Crawl (for families), and regional destinations and organizations.

Festival Wristbands

Wristbands are available for individual days or for the entire festival. Wristbands are generally delivered 60-30 days prior to event. Once you’ve received your wristband, be sure and register them online in case they are lost or stolen!

Festival Guide & Map

The Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival Guide is an essential keepsake for every festival attendee and includes everything you need to know about the bands, the events, and getting around the festival.

Look for the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival Guide Labor Day Weekend in the Bristol Herald Courier, Washington County News, Floyd Press, Richlands News Press, Clinch Valley Press, and Smyth County News. The guide is delivered to a number of area restaurants and businesses and will be available at the gate.

Guide Available September 2020

Festival Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

When do gates open? What does this “Tennessee side” and “Virginia side” stuff mean? Where is will call?
You’ve got questions; we’ve got answers!

Stay Informed with Our Mobile App Bristol Rhythm & Roots – To Go!

Get the app

Discover new artists, create your own schedule, and get the latest news from the Festival. As the Festival gets closer, you’ll receive updates on the app with more features that will help you maximize your experience at the Festival.

Features include: complete festival lineup, band bios, schedule festival news, updates, event countdown clock, weather forecasts, interactive map, and much more.

The new Festival App will be live in April 2020.