The LOCKN’ Story

LOCKN’ Festival was born in 2013, and will celebrate its fifth year in 2017. Located in Central Virginia, amidst the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Arrington is halfway between Charlottesville and Lynchburg and close to Washington, DC and Richmond.

We’re a group of dedicated music fans who began this journey in 2013, aspiring to provide the ultimate atmosphere for live music and community to flourish.

Over the last few years, LOCKN’ ‘Lumni have savored the sounds of artists such as: Tom Petty, Robert Plant, Phish, Carlos Santana, My Morning Jacket, Ween, Wilco, Zac Brown, Willie Nelson, Phil Lesh and more. We’ve facilitated unexpected but inspiring collaborations like The Doobie Incident featuring The String Cheese Incident and The Doobie Brothers, and Widespread Panic and Jimmy Cliff.

We also recognize that an optimal festival experience extends far beyond the stage. It should be a blend of world-class music, local vendors, and community engagement. Our goal is not only to offer fans mind-blowing lineups but also to present the best in local and regional cuisine, craft beers and wines, and opportunities to explore our picturesque setting. We take pride in our local organizations and community leaders. We’re eager to support all the good folks who have supported us over the years.

It’s been a collective journey and we sincerely hope LOCKN’ has become, or will become, as much a part of your life as it is ours.


There’s no shortage of food options at LOCKN’. Try a taste for every palate in the venue, so you don’t miss a wink of the show, or hit up the food trucks next to Garcia’s Forest serving around the clock. Food vendors and menus are coming soon.


Shop handmade goods and original designs from over a dozen makers and artists. Browse the options in the venue and next to Garcia’s Forest. The application to vend is no longer available. Stay tuned for a list of featured vendors.


Bring your bicycle to LOCKN’ and breeze through the campgrounds to the venue, or enjoy over 7 miles of bike trails on Infinity Downs Farm. To explore the trails, check in at Wheelhouse, which is located at the trailhead by Garcias Forest. Ride with professional Red Bull cyclists on Friday and Saturday at Wheelhouse. 

Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike Club will be stationed at Wheelhouse for bike repairs, so stop by if you trouble with your wheels. 

Reserve a rental bike from  Respect Cycles and it will be awaiting your arrival at Lockn’. 


Warm up each morning at 9 AM with Opal Yoga at Terrapin Station Porch. Bring your own mat!



LOCKN’ offers a dedicated campground for the sober community. There will also be various meetings throughout the day in the Fellowship Tent located in the venue.

Meeting times:

9 a.m. in Sober Camping
Noon in SoberLockn’ Tent
4 p.m. in SoberLockn’ Tent
7 p.m. in SoberLockn’ Tent (no Sunday)
Midnight in SoberLockn’ Tent (no Sunday)


WaterLockn’ is the outreach ministry of Trinity Episcopal Church, very near Infinity Downs. Festival goers enjoy an hour-long swim at an exclusive location on the Tye River, Nelson’s own natural treasure, minutes from the venue. Enjoy an air-conditioned-rich ride courtesy of our volunteer-led van shuttle. Trips are hourly and run like clockwork so you don’t miss a Lockn’ thing — all for $20!

Reserve your ride online here or stop by the WaterLockn’ tent next to the main entrance to buy tickets at the festival. WaterLockn’ proceeds from years past have addressed food scarcity in Nelson County and fresh water and education initiatives in Haiti.

Fri: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sun: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Mobile App

The 2017 LOCKN’ mobile app will be available for download on both iOS and Android. Stay tuned for more information.

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal drugs / drug paraphernalia
  • Weapons, including bats, kitchen knives and anything that can be considered a weapon
  • Fireworks of any kind or size
  • Glass bottles or containers of any kind (This includes, but is not limited to: glass bottles, glass food jars, and anything made of glass.)
  • Beer kegs / Unreasonable amounts of alcohol. (One (1) case of beer, One (1) bottle of liquor per car for patrons that are 21+ is permitted. NO GLASS BOTTLES.)
  • Unlicensed vending
  • Charcoal and any containers with addition fuel, accelerants, large amounts of propane are prohibited. Campers may bring small burners that utilize up to one pound propane cylinders. RV campers may enter with tanks that have been professionally and safely installed by the manufacturer
  • Bundles of firewood
  • Motorized vehicles (golf carts, ATVs, etc.)
  • Pets (If a pet is found in your vehicle or camping area, they will be turned away. We have learned from experience that pets, especially dogs, have been trapped in overheated vehicles, bitten people, roamed in packs and been lost, much to the anguish of their owners. These events are not designed for pets.)
  • Box trucks. (All large sized box trucks will be turned away, and be not permitted on the festival site.)
  • Drones of any size
  • Paper Lanterns (aka Peace Lanterns, Sky Lanterns or other floating lanterns). These are not “green” and they are a danger to farm animals and adjacent lands.
  • Professional Cameras (ie., those with removable lenses) and No Video At All, without appropriate credentials.
  • Helium Tanks
  • Generators (no portable generators are allowed; generators permanently attached to an RV are permissible)
  • Flags:You may bring a flag, banner, or sign into the EVENT AREA, but it can only be flown behind front-of-house/soundboard(s). If your flag, banner, or sign is too large or flown in such a manner that it obstructs the views of other patrons, it will be removed from the SHOW FIELD, where you can either return it to your car or campsite or collect it from security later. Additionally, LOCKN’ reserves the right to confiscate any flag, banner, or sign LOCKN’ deems, in its sole discretion, to promote hatred or intolerance towards people on the basis of their race, ethnicity, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
  • On the SHOW FIELDS:• No chairs on the VIP or other viewing platforms
    • No coolers
    • No outside food
    • No tents or shade structures (*Very low shade structures are okay behind the sound board, but up to the discretion of security.)
    • Blankets and low-back chairs are allowed, but only behind or even with the FOH/Soundboard
    • Small umbrellas are allowed, but only behind or even with the FOH/Soundboard

PLEASE NOTE: By attending this event, participants consent to their persons and property, including belongings and vehicles, to be searched for prohibited items prior to entering the LOCKN’ Music Festival, including the campgrounds and the event sites. Officials have the right to deny access to any person(s) who do not consent to these searches.

Patrons with Disabilities

The following information should answer your questions regarding accessibility at LOCKN’. If you have any additional questions, by all means contact us via email at:

Festival Grounds

LOCKN’ is a large site with various types of terrain including hills, sandy pathways, dirt roads, and grassy fields. Please plan accordingly as there are some distances to be covered to get to all of the areas and stages on the site, and as with any natural terrain, rain can impact the conditions.

Access Tent

The Access Tent is where guests with disabilities can come to get information and request services. It will be located within the Accessible Camping area. The Access Tent will be staffed throughout the festival hours, from gates open until gates close. This is also the designated area for recharging wheelchairs, scooters, and medical devices. Remember, guests use this power at their own risk. Lockn’ Music Festival is not responsible for any personal equipment.


All ADA patrons will follow the same directions as General Admission campers. These directions are in the festival guide under directions.

Accessible Camping and Parking

The entrance into all accessible camping and parking areas including, car camping, tent camping, RV camping, and day parking is gained with a ticket, and appropriate camping pass. All vehicles in ADA Camping or Parking must also have a current, state issued disabled license plate, hang tag or placard. The person to whom the placard is issued must be present. Spaces are not reserved; they are first-come, first-serve. Please be prepared to present your state issued disabled license plate, hang tag or placard, to festival staff upon your arrival.

We will be checking for proper credentials both at the gate and in our accessible camping and parking areas. If you do not need to be in accessible camping or parking please be respectful and camp in the appropriate area for you.

Accessible car camping, accessible tent only camping, and accessible RV camping are all located in the same area. Please read all the festival FAQS. It helps clarify the details to these areas.

Accessible Day Parking

ADA day parking will be located in the front of General Admission day parking area near the box office. Drive to the front of the day parking area and parking staff will park you accordingly.

Accessible Viewing Platform

Lockn’ Music Festival will provide an elevated Accessible Viewing Platform at both the Blue Ridge Bowl and the Main Stage. These viewing areas are for guests who use wheelchairs, have significant mobility disabilities, or who have difficulty standing for long periods of time. Staff will manage the viewing platform accordingly to make sure all patrons are comfortable during busy times. Platforms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive early.

Golf Carts

A golf cart shuttle will be available for patrons with mobility impairments. Golf carts travel to and from Accessible Camping to the ADA entrance of the venue, located near the Blue Ridge Bowl ADA viewing platform. Please note that ADA shuttles will no longer run inside the Venue. Rules and guidelines for golf cart transportation will be distributed on-site for patrons who require this service.

ADA Golf carts will operate during the following hours:

Thursday: 12:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Friday:     10:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Saturday: 10:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Sunday: 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Accessible Restrooms

There will be accessible porta-johns in the Accessible Camping area, and near all other restrooms.

Powered Mobility Devices

Guests with mobility disabilities are welcome to use motorized wheelchairs and three or four wheeled scooters at Lockn’ Music Festival. Guests may NOT use golf carts, all-terrain vehicles, two wheeled scooters or motorbikes, either in the venue itself, or in the parking and camping areas.

Prescription Medicines

Prescriptions must have a prescription label. Photo ID must match the prescription label. For the safety of our staff please dispose of all medical waste/syringes in the proper receptacles in our medical tents. Guests needing a cool place to store their medicines can contact: to make those arrangements.

Special Dietary Needs

If a patron has special medical dietary restrictions, a personal amount of food will be allowed in if accompanied by a doctor’s note. Please contact: with any questions or concerns.

Interpreting Services

Please make your requests as early as possible, and no later than 4 weeks prior to Lockn’ Festival. Send request to:

Additional Auxiliary Aids and Services

For any other requests or questions regarding auxiliary aids and/or services not covered in the paragraphs above, please email us at:

Service Animals – Definition, Policies, and Procedures

Lockn’ welcomes and supports the rights and attendance of all persons with disabilities that rely on the special skills of a trained service animal. What we DO NOT support, nor will tolerate, are pets being misrepresented by their owners as service animals, when in fact they are not. So please, don’t do it. Leave your pet at home. We mean it.

Service Animal Definition:

A ‘service animal’ means “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler’s disability.”

Emotional support or comfort animals are not considered service animals under the ADA and therefore are not allowed at Lockn’.

Service Animal Policies:

For patrons with disabilities who wish to bring their legitimate service animal to Lockn’, we ask that you review and follow the policies outlined below:

  1. Service animals must be accompanied by the handler with the disability at all times.
  2. Service animals must be under the control and supervision of their handler at all times.
  3. Service animals are not permitted to be left in camp unattended under any circumstances.
  4. Handlers are required to be prepared for, and clean-up after, their animals at all times.
  5. We reserve the right to remove and/or refuse access to any service animal from the campgrounds or venues if that animal is deemed to be a health or safety threat to festival patrons, staff, or other service animals, or in violation of these policies.
  6. All service animals must be credentialed by the Lockn’ staff (see the procedures below).

Service Animal Procedures

All patrons with disabilities attending Lockn’ this year with a service animal will need to have that animal credentialed by Lockn’ staff before entering the main gate. This process will be performed quickly and respectfully by our Accessibility Staff.

What will you need to do? It’s easy. Once you arrive at Lockn’, come to the Access Tent in the front of the Accessible Camping area. Staff will speak with you, record your contact information, and provide a collar tag for your service animal. Then you are good to go! Security/Staff will be on the lookout this year for all animals to have a properly credentialed Lockn’ collar tag.

Remember, Service animals are allowed, all other dogs are not!