Q. Where is the Festival held?
A. The Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy is based at Wintergreen Resort in Nellysford, Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While our large orchestra concerts are held at the Dunlop Pavilion at the Resort (new location this year!), many chamber performances and Academy concerts are presented in the Valley, at neighboring wineries, cideries, breweries, and venues. Our student ensembles often play in "unusual places" like coffee shops, galleries, mountain overlooks – they'll even take over Charlottesville for a day!
Q. WHERE IS THE DUNLOP PAVILION THIS YEAR?
A. We have some exciting new changes this year, noticeably the location of our main performance venue, the Dunlop Pavilion. We are so appreciative of our partnership with Wintergreen Resort, who helps us with student housing, rehearsal spaces, and other important Festival logistics, all while working on their own projects that help make Wintergreen the beautiful and captivating Destination that our concert-goers love so much.
The Dunlop Pavilion will be set up near Ridgley's Fun Park at Discovery Ridge – just to the left of the Lookout. The Michael White Performance Center will be set up near the Lookout as well. Restrooms, handicapped parking, and every logistical detail has been taken care of to ensure that you have an engaging, positive, and memorable experience!
Q. What kind of music will I hear?
A. Artistic Director Erin Freeman has a masterful way of creating concerts that have something for everyone. We focus on classical music (nothing pairs better with the scenery) in small ensembles and in four weekends of full orchestral concerts. Guest artists travel from all over the country to perform with our fully professional Wintergreen Festival Orchestra. We love to make classical music as accessible and immersive as possible. So throughout the Festival, you might hear a string quartet at Bold Rock Hard Cider, or sample a trio with your tasting at Veritas Vineyard & Winery, or even a mash-up of jazz and classical music at Devils Backbone Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows.
We have pops programming for our Wild Wednesday audiences, casual concerts with cocktails on Tuesdays and Thursdays as part of our Mix, Mingle & Music series, and movies set to new, live music as part of our Festive Fridays concerts. MountainTop Masterworks will impress you with a full orchestra and the world's best guest artists performing on top of a mountain – what could be better?
Q. How do I purchase tickets?
A. This year, packages and passes are available for purchase on April 2. Single tickets are on sale starting April 16. There are three easy ways to purchase tickets: online, by phone, or at the Box Office.
- Online: Enter the ticket purchase portal online. You can search concerts by keyword or browse by selecting concert and event groupings from the pull-down tab labeled "Select a Catalog". Add tickets to your cart and keep browsing if you'd like – they will all be accounted for when you're ready to check out. The ticket purchase portal will open in a new tab so that you can easily return to WintergreenPerformingArts.org when you've finished your transaction.
When you complete your purchase, you will have the option to create an account. We recommend you take advantage of this new feature as it will allow you to easily log back in at any point to add more tickets, update your mailing or contact information, and more. If you created an account last year, you can access the log in portal through our website anytime!
- By phone: Call 434-361-0541 to speak with our friendly staff and order tickets by phone. Call Monday-Friday 1:00-4:00 pm. We'll process your ticket order and have them ready for pick up at will call from July 8-August 5.
- Box Office: From July 8-August 5, you may purchase tickets in person at the Festival Box Office.
Q. Where do I pick up my tickets?
A. All tickets may be picked up at the Festival Box Office or at concert sites one hour prior to performances. Your purchases to tickets online will be confirmed by email, which will serve as a receipt. Your tickets will be held at will call until you can collect them.
Q. When is the Festival Box Office open?
A. From July 8-August 5, 2018, the Box Office will be open for your convenience. Please check back shortly for details on Box Office location and hours. The Box Office will also open onsite one hour prior to concerts.
Q. Are my tickets refundable?
A. All ticket sales are final. No refunds will be given.
Q. Can I reserve seats at performances?
A. All seating is general admission and first come, first served. While we recommend that patrons arrive early for the best choice of seating, every seat in the main concert venue (Dunlop Pavilion) offers an excellent viewing and listening experience.
Q. Are performances held outdoors or indoors?
A. Our main performance tent, the Dunlop Pavilion, offers the best of both worlds. While providing excellent protection from the elements to attendees, musicians, and instruments, the side panels remain open during good weather allowing us to take advantage of the stunning mountaintop views and cool breezes.
Q. Are the performance venues handicapped accessible?
A. Yes. All of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival performance venues are fully accessible. The Dunlop Pavilion is situated on a level pad and there are no stairs. Persons who need the accessibility option can be dropped off near the venue. Special parking is available near the new tent location, and a golf cart shuttle is available before and after all performances to provide a ride to the tent entrance. Parking spaces for those needing accessibility accommodations will also be available near the Dunlop Pavilion. Accessible restrooms are located nearby the new performance venue.
Q. Where do I park?
A. As you approach Wintergreen Resort's Mountain Inn (approximately 3 miles from the gate house at the bottom of the mountain), there will be signs to the “Dunlop Pavilion.” Follow signs toward Ridgely's Fun Park and the Lookout to park near the new performance location.
Q. Are performances held during inclement weather?
A. The show will go on, rain or shine. We will update our website and Facebook page with any communication related to any changes.
Q. Are food and beverages available onsite?
A. Wine, beer, soft drinks, and bottled water are available for purchase just outside the Dunlop Pavilion prior to performances and during intermission. Profits from your concessions purchases directly benefit Wintergreen Performing Arts! Keep your eyes open for "guest bartenders" from neighborhood wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries.
Wintergreen Resort offers a variety of options for meals before or after an event, and The Market at Wintergreen has a great selection of gourmet deli sandwiches and salads, fresh baked goods and pizza.
Q. Where should I stay during the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival?
A. Festival attendees have access to a very special discount: Call Wintergreen Resort at 855-491-1486 or visit their website to take advantage of 20% off daily lodging rates. Just mention that you're attending the Festival! It's the perfect way to getaway for a week, a weekend, or for the entire Festival.
Q. What other recreational activities are available in the area?
A. Many performances are held at Wintergreen Resort where patrons can also take advantage of the many activities offered by Wintergreen Resort, which include hiking, swimming, golf and spa services. The surrounding areas of the Rockfish Valley and Route 151 in Nelson County is home to many of the area's best breweries, vineyards, cideries, distilleries, and restaurants. In between concerts, take a leisurely scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway and/or Skyline Drive, accessible just minutes from Wintergreen. Visit Nelson County Tourism to see everything "the sunrise side of the Blue Ridge" has to offer and find out why our Community is truly a Destination to remember!
Q. Is the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival appropriate for children?
A. Kids are welcome to attend all performances! Tickets priced at $11 are available to children ages 10-18 for most performances and events. Children under the age of 10 are admitted free of charge! New this year: children 18 and under are welcome to attend MountainTop Masterworks concerts for free. Exceptions include the Opening Night Party and Concert, Cooking Classes, Specials, or WPA Spirit of the Blue Ridge fundraising events.
Wintergreen Resort's fun-filled Treehouse childcare program is available Tuesday-Saturday during the summer. Check out our family-friendly Coffee & Kids concerts on Sundays: come early for pre-concert activities at 10:15 am and a casual concert at 11:00 am – children 18 and under are admitted free of charge.
Q. Is Wintergreen Performing Arts part of Wintergreen Resort?
A. Wintergreen Performing Arts (WPA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization separate from Wintergreen Resort. The Resort is a major sponsor of WPA and while we would not be successful without their partnership, we are managed, staffed, and operated separately. We are very grateful for the support of Wintergreen Resort, of the Wintergreen Property Owners Association, and many other sponsors, partners, and community organizations.