BENEFIT’s Crossroads Music Festival returns to downtown Leesburg on Saturday, bringing performances by more than 25 musicians and bands on 10 stages.

The event is a showcase for area artists and a community fundraiser for BENEFIT, a coalition of musicians and community leaders uniting people with music to raise funds and awareness for nonprofit organizations serving children in Loudoun County. In May, the organization awarded $24,000 in grants to nonprofits from the proceeds from last year’s festival and its Hope for the Holidays online music special.

The music kicks off at 5 p.m. Sept. 17 with a performance on the courthouse lawn and continues until 10 p.m. at SideBar, Schmidt’s Barbecue, Goose Cup, King’s Tavern, Black Walnut Brewery, MacDowell’s Beach, Dynasty West Brewing, Delirium Café and the Town Green.

Performing artists—all donating their time for the fundraiser—include Ache Harvest, Big Bad Juju, Laurie Blue, Anthony Covert, Robert Crerie and the Freedom Band, Ben Demase, Tamara Mae Dovell, Favorite Child, Frayed Knots, Richard Goldman, Dave Goodrum, Rob Hoey, Ella Levri and Todd Wright, LK3MY5T, MAAM, Mike McCab, Juliana MacDowell, Dave Mininberg, Mintons Academy of Music, Purple Voyagers, Moonlight Ride, Chris Timbers Band, The Rearview, Max Redding and The Dogwood Gospel, Summer and Eric, The Robert Rogers Blues Band, Rule Of 3rds, Gary Smallwood, and Train Wreck Endings.

Passes are available online and at each performance venue during the festival. Passes purchased in advance online will be $20 and those purchased on-site will be $30. With purchase of a festival pass, attendees will receive a wristband and a 2022 Crossroads Music Festival T-shirt at check-in. Wristbands will provide attendees access to event-day specials at participating music venues.

Passes are not required for entry at any venue, however proceeds from pass sales benefit nonprofit organizations. There also will be opportunities to make additional donations at the venues. 

“We are excited for our community to turn out for this year’s event, enjoy the widest array of artists we’ve ever presented across the entire downtown, and be inspired to contribute to the impact fund that supports our Loudoun Nonprofits serving children and families,” BENEFIT co-founder Amy Bobchek said.

To purchase passes, see the performance schedule and other details, go to crossroadsmusicfest.org.