Graduation is over and summer is almost here so mark your calendars now for Summer Fun in Downtown Blacksburg.
Having fun with a different sort of flash mob…..a Cash Mob. We all go to a local business on a specific date and time and give them an extraordinary amount of patronage! Then we’ll all go and get to know each other over a drink or snack at one of our local watering holes! No need to spend a ton of money, but just join in by being a patron of any level. A real way to be a true part of our downtown community.
Next Cash Mob-May 23 at 6:02pm. There will be a Cash Mob every month all year round!
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ARTCRAWL and Spoken Word Celebration- Friday, June 1
Writers Reading at Cafe de Bangkok 4:30-7pm
4:30 Beth Wellington, activist poetry
4:45 Michael Abraham, fiction from his new book, Providence, VA
5: 00 Elias Simpson, VT MFA 2012, poetry
5:15 Elizabeth McCommon, wise woman, actress, essay
5:30 George Norton, agricultural economist, essays on 3rd world poverty
5:45 Anna Hawthorne, humorous essay
6:00 Chelsea Adams, poetry
6:15 Kathy Coleman, coal region storyteller, and former storytelling ambassador to China
ArtCrawl with Scavenger Hunt, 5-8pm
Participating Galleries include:
Bollo’s Gallery– Work by George Wills
Community Arts Information Office– featuring work by members of the Blacksburg Regional Arts Association
Capone’s Fine Jewelers – works of art by the former director of The School of the Visual Arts, Truman Capone and custom made jewelry
Eucalyptus Massage Center Gallery featuring work by Knic Umstead
Gallery at Mish Mish featuring work by Julie Hawkins
Gillie’s Gallery-Artist to be announced
John’s Camera Corner– OLD Blacksburg Photos, Pictures by Earl Palmer, and Blacksburg Postcards
Kent Jewelers – Work by Serjo, world renowned Brazilian artist
Main Street Inn Gallery– featuring work by Holly Cromer
Matrix Gallery-featuring work by wood turner, Trev Smith
The Artful Lawyer A Fine Gallery Inc., (housed at The Creekmore Law Firm) -featuring the work of Dale Goorskey, Ellen Braaten, Charlotte Chan, Jen Richter, and Jenny Huffman.
Color College Avenue
May 19, 10am-2pm
Virginia Celebrates Minds Wide Open, Children and the arts in the New River Valley.
Children will create a beautiful painting on College Avenue before it is repaved. Latex paint will be used. Please bring your own paintbrush or roller. Event will take place on College Avenue in front of the Lyric Theatre and is FREE and OPEN TO ALL!
Sponsored by Lyric Council, Blacksburg Regional Art Association, Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech.
Alexander Black House Movies on the Lawn Series
Friday, May 18, 2012- The Adventures of Tin Tin
Friday, June 8, 2012- The Muppets Movie
Friday, July 13, 2012- Puss in Boots
8:30pm until 11:30pm
On the Lawn of the Alexander Black House
The Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation and Log Cabin BBQ present movies on the lawn of the Alexander Black House. The movie begins at dark but arrive early, bring your blankets and chairs and purchase some delicious Log Cabin BBQ before the movie. For something lighter, enjoy popcorn on us!
In the event of rain, the movie will take place the following day.
Thank you to our partners: The Blacksburg Partnership, Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., National Bank, Real Life Dental Care, Starshine Events, and the Lyric Theatre.
Blacksburg Restaurant Week- June 18-24
Blacksburg Restaurant Week will showcase the diverse culinary culture of Blacksburg’s local restaurants – from Thailand to Mexico -from vegetarian to sweets and treats. Whether you’re looking for a family meal, girls’ or guys’ night out, a great date, or a business luncheon come check out the dishes and deals of Blacksburg Restaurant Week! The first annual Blacksburg Restaurant Week is brought to you by Downtown Blacksburg Inc. and The Blacksburg Partnership with support from The Lyric Theatre, Flavours Magazine, 16Blocks, Out & About, Mix 100.7, The Bear 105.3 and 107.1 WSPK.
Friday June 22:
Carnival by Brinkley Entertainment 5-10pm located in the First Church of God Parking lot on Lee Street. Featuring fairground rides and games for all ages.
Cabo Fish Taco Beach Party
Saturday June 23:
Summer Solstice Fest
Featuring Carnival, Dog Parade, Downtown Sundown 5kRun, Beer Garden, Food, Live Music, Burnt Creative Indie & Vintage Craft Fair, Sand Sculpture Contest, Alberti’s Flea Circus, Water Wars, Dancing and so much more. Wing Eating Contest sponsored by Sharkey’s, PK’s and Café de Bangkok. The event will take place on Main St. between Roanoke St & Washington St, Lee St. between Church St & Draper Rd. and Draper Rd between Roanoke St and Kent Square Parking Garage.
Summer Solstice Fest is a DEQ Certified Virginia Green Event
To get your application for the New River Valley Apartment Council 2012 SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST and the Downtown Sundown 5k Race please visit our SUMMER SOLSTICE FEST Website
Thank you to our sponsors: Freedom First Credit Union, Mike Drzal on behalf of LeClair Ryan, Comcast Spotlight, Dr. Steve Jacobs, Shelor Motor Mile, Wireless Zone, Town of Blacksburg, Amerigroup VA Inc., It Works! Independent Distributor, NextThreeDays.com, NRV Macaroni Kid, WDBJ7, & NRV Varmints
Art at the Market
Saturday July 21, 9am-2pm
Come and celebrate Blacksburg’s vibrant arts community during Art at the Market on the lawn across Draper Rd. from Market Square Park. This exposition of unique works will showcase local artists in all visual media. The event will be held in conjunction with the annual Breakfast at the Farmers Market. This family event features wonderful local food, live music and the best produce the farmers have to offer. Make it a family affair and take in some art along with your breakfast! Calling all artists- download your application form here!
Thanks to our Sponsors: Fringe Benefit, The Lyric Council, Matrix Gallery and Mish Mish
Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. PRESENTS 32nd Annual Steppin’ Out
August 3-4, 2012 from 10 am until 10 pm. Steppin’ Out features over 200 artists and crafts people from around the United States selling unique handcrafted items – jewelry, pottery, textiles, metal work, basketry, stained & fused glass, yard art, fine art, furniture, toys, artisan foods and so much more!
Downtown Blacksburg merchants also hold their much-awaited final clearance sidewalk sales during Steppin’ Out. And those festival foods you love are provided by downtown restaurants.
Admission is free! Town of Blacksburg metered parking is all free and Blacksburg Transit provides free shuttles to get you there without the hassles. Bring your friends! Bring your family!
But please don’t bring your pets. Steppin’ Out gets crowded so leave your dog at home OR in the Canine Corral on the Henderson Lawn on College Ave.
Three stages of live performance make Steppin’ Out one of this region’s premiere arts events. Complete performance schedules will be posted a few weeks prior to the festival on this website.
The Draper Mile is on Friday at 6:15 p.m., starting and ending on Draper Road, with the finish in the heart of the festival area.
High Peak Sportswear
T-shirts may also be purchased directly from our website here.
Thanks to our Sponsors: The Roanoke Times, National Bank of Blacksburg, Amerigroup VA Inc, Main Street Inn, Vacation Village Resorts, NextThreeDays, NRV Macaroni Kid, WDBJ7,
Up on the Roof
Don’t forget to meet Up on the Roof of Kent Square Parking Garage the last Thursday every month (April through Sept), 5:30-8pm on the rooftop of the Kent Square parking lot. The event was originally designed to bring fun locals, grad students and professionals together for the purposes of socializing and enjoying our downtown venues. Food, beer and vodka mixers are available with a $5 donation! Reusable cups are $1. Live Music sponsored by Blacksburg Live Music. Blacksburg is a great place to be! Downtown Events Inc., the non-profit that produces of Up on the Roof, is first and foremost a social organization with a mission to connect newcomers, locals and creative professionals in Blacksburg. Come and join us! Be Local. Be Social.
Market hours for April- October:
Wed, 2 – 7 pm
Sat 8am – 2pm
Summer is coming- see you downtown! Tell us which is your favorite Summer Festival in the comments section below.