A Letter to FloydFest


I came late to the festival scene. My first was the Charm City Music Fest in Baltimore in April 2015 – and I was instantly hooked. My husband and I went on a whim, as a little getaway from our home in DC, separate from our three teenage boys. But the music, the relaxed vibe, and the easygoing people grabbed me in a way I hadn’t anticipated.

I started following individual bands and going to local shows every chance I could. We hit Charm City in 2016, 2017 and 2018 – and, by then, we had multiple people tell me I HAD to go to FloydFest. As an avid non-camper, I was reluctant; then I discovered glamping :). Knowing someone else would set up – and more importantly, carry – the gear for me was enough. We booked our tickets in early March 2018.

While I was seriously not sure about it all as we dragged our suitcases, large cooler, and groceries from the car to the school bus, then the school bus to our tent – along the bumpiest road in the history of the universe – my stress and concerns all quickly evaporated as soon as we dropped our gear and made our way to the main drag and into the FloydFest vibe.

Thus began three of the best days of my life. Being on top of that mountain, surrounded by nothing but beauty and love and some of the best music I’ve ever heard was a balm to my city-girl soul. While we were only there a short time, I’m taken back there every time I hear – or better yet, see – one of the fabulous musicians we heard there.

In 2019, we made a return visit, this time with two friends who loved it as much as we did. We bought tickets for 2020 on the first day they were on sale – and are thrilled that four friends will be joining us this year.

As a wife, mom, and business owner approaching midlife – and not sure what this next stage will bring – I’m thrilled to have discovered FloydFest and the whole festival scene. It’s exhilarating and calming at the same time to anticipate and enjoy the whole experience – and know it will be there every year. So thank you, FloydFest!!