This is it, people! Fall Line Fest is THIS WEEKEND. 50+ bands, six local venues, a huge brunch, local art and two days of musical insanity is all happening. Still need tickets? Buy them here.
With this much happening in one weekend, it can be a little daunting on how to handle to Fest and what to see.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
There are a lot of bands playing this year and many have released new albums recently or are currently working on new material. Or you could just enjoy one band’s entire catalog. Listen to the Fall Line Fest Spotify playlist of this year’s artists and pick out which ones you want to see. Also, watch “A Band Called Death” on Netflix because it’s a really good documentary. Then see them perform at the Fest (if you want)!
MAKE A SCHEDULE
The schedule of performances has been released, so start planning your nights now. Find your favorites that you want to see and map out how you’re spending your nights. It’s always better to have an solid idea of where you’re going to get the maximum amount of enjoyment from the festival. Take it from someone who ran back and forth between all the venues last year, you’re going to need to plan accordingly for changing set times and traffic on the roads.
TAKE IN A NEW BAND
The best part of Fall Line Fest is getting to experience bands you’ve never heard of before. It’s a gamble, yes, but you could come out of it with a new favorite artist. Last year, I took a chance on Leverage Models, Kopecky Family Band, Cruiser, Sundials and San Fermin and fell in love with all of these groups. Sure, there are some big name groups this weekend, but there are also a bunch of lesser known acts that are just as great, so give them a little love.
If you’re running around Fall Line Fest for two days, you’re going to get hungry. And if you don’t eat, you’re going to get cranky and not fun to be around. So make sure you eat. The Fall Line Brunch Fest will be held on Saturday at The Broadberry from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and it’s included with your event ticket. You’ll get to eat meals created by eight of Richmond’s hottest young chefs. Plus, participating restaurants are offering Fall Line Fest specials throughout the weekend. So no excuses on not eating.
KNOW YOUR PARKING OPTIONS
Since the distances between venues is a little more than a good walk, you might want to drive to different places. Luckily, it’s all in one relatively short stretch of Broad Street. Street parking is available where you can find it but be mindful of where to park (especially on Friday). Read the signs and make sure you’re not parking illegally. No one wants to get a parking ticket or towed on such a great weekend. The National has a parking deck located next to the venue and free parking is available across the street from the Camel in the Lowes parking lot.
This is a no-brainer and the easiest out of everything listed here. Enjoy yourself and support all the great things about Richmond and keep this festival going.