Traffic Patterns During Lockn’ Festival August 24-26, 2016

The Lockn’ Festival returns for its fourth year in 2016, from August 24 – 28th, to the Nelson County Preserve and Oak Ridge Estate in Arrington.

Download the Traffic Patterns Map: Lockn’ Festival August 24-26, 2016

We are expecting close to 25,000 Lockn’ Festival attendees this year. Compared to other multi-day festivals, Lockn’ sells 4 times (almost 12%) the average number of VIP tickets. Lockn’ patrons spent 2.1 times the norm and chose higher quality, local concession products.


  • Pre-Event Traffic: VIP and RVs will arrive on Wednesday, 8/24. They will load-in from 5 to 8 pm. Traffic will leave Route 29 at the stoplight, follow Route 29 business (Front Street) to Route 56 to Oak Ridge Road and to the venue. Oak Ridge Road from Buena Vista Road to west of Wilson Road will be one way traffic during this time.
  • Thursday, 8/25: attendees will load-in beginning at 6 am. (From the North and South along Rt. 29, and Rt. 151 South to Rt. 6 and Route 6 East to Rt. 29)
  • Schools are closed on Thursday, 8/25
  • During the event (8/25-28) most attendees will remain at the Festival, so there should be little impact on traffic on these dates.
  • Monday, 8/29: Post-Event traffic may be a little heavier as attendees depart the festival. (North and South along Route 29, Route 6 West and Route 151 North)
    NOTE: No departures from the festival grounds onto Route 29 will be allowed on Monday, 8/29 morning between 7:30-8:00 am while school buses are on the roads.
  • Similar to 2015, traffic will be routed by Virginia State Police to most expediently direct vehicles with the least amount of disruption to the usual flow of traffic, and to business accessibility.

From the Virginia Department of Transportation:

Be aware of possible congestion and changes in traffic patterns on US 29 and side roads near Oak Ridge Estate from Wednesday afternoon, August 24 through midday Monday, August 29. The highest volumes of traffic on Route 29 are expected to occur during the afternoon hours of Wednesday through early Thursday evening, late afternoon on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and during the departure period Sunday afternoon into midday Monday.

On Wednesday morning, contractors working for the Lockn’ Festival, in collaboration with the Virginia State Police and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), will begin setting up traffic control south of the Lovingston area. Due to the possibility of increased congestion, several changes in traffic patterns are planned, including:

  • Access to crossovers between Oak Ridge Road (Route 653) and Morse Lane (Route 748) will be restricted on Thursday and at other times as needed.
  • Diggs Mountain Road (Route 668) and Oak Ridge Road (Route 650) will be closed to through traffic.
  • Wilson Road (Route 653) will be closed to event traffic.
  • Through traffic on Route 29 South will use the right lane; event traffic will use the left lane, and
  • Through traffic on Route 29 North will use the left lane from north of Morse Lane (Route 748); event traffic will use the right lane.

If considering an alternate route, motorists are encouraged to use Route 151 (Patrick Henry Highway) from the intersection of Route 29/151 in Amherst County to the intersection of Route 250/151 in Albemarle County. This route is not recommended for trucks.

Motorists should anticipate additional vehicles, including recreational vehicles on Route 29 and several adjoining secondary routes, including Oak Ridge Road (Route 653), Diggs Mountain Road (Route 668), Arrington and possibly Variety Mills Road (Route 655), Williamstown Road (Route 722), James River Road (Route 56), and Findlay Mt. Road (Route 647).

Message boards, other traffic control devices and a Traffic Hazard Advisory Radio will be used to alert motorists to these changes in traffic patterns and any major congestion issues. A Motorist Assistance Patrol unit will also be available during peak traffic periods to assist with any incidents that may occur.

Consider signage to Welcome Lockn’ Festival attendees to Nelson County!


Ticket Purchasers – 64.3% are from Out-of-State, and 35.7% are from Virginia, including patrons from all 50 states and international visitors.

Top States of Purchasers – include Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Georgia, New York, Tennessee, Florida and Ohio.

Top Metro Areas – DC/Northern Virginia, Central Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA, Charlotte, NC, Raleigh-Durham, NC, Atlanta, GA, Asheville, NC, Wilmington, NC, Baltimore, MD, Charleston, SC, Nashville, TN, Lexington, KY, Knoxville, TN.

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