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NOTE: The Galax Volunteer Fire Department has announced that the 2023 HoustonFest would be the last one. It will no longer be held.

Every year the city of Galax hosts HoustonFest, a festival of song and service in honor of Galax firefighter Houston Caldwell, who died in a car crash on April 30, 2010.

About HoustonFest

The 2-day festival, this year held on June 10 and 11, is chock full of bluegrass and mountain music, including some widely known artists. Check here for the lineup.

Proceeds from HoustonFest go to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department with discretionary contribution to be made to local youth music and service education programs.

Houston Caldwell

Houston Caldwell was only 18 years old when he died, but he was known to his neighbors in Galax for his musical legacy and spirit of community service. The festival was started in his honor.

The Music of HoustonFest

HoustonFest has grown to be one of the premiere bluegrass and old time music festivals in the region. It takes place the second weekend in June.

Year after year, HoustonFest consistently presents the region’s finest traditional music artists and some of the most celebrated artists in bluegrass and old time music.

If you like bluegrass and mountain music and are in the area, attend HoustonFest and enjoy four stages of great music, special exhibits, jamming, great food and vendors.

A Place to Stay

If you’re looking for great place to stay in the area, check out Pilot’s Perch Cabins, which is about 30 minutes from Galax.

More Info

$35 per day at gate; available online until June 9th; gate purchase after June 9th

Gates will open at 9am on Friday + Saturday

Parking is free, first come first serve in the park until full.

Location: 601 S Main Street. Galax, Virginia 24333

Phone: 276.236.9908

Check here and here for more.