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Heart of Appalachia » Events & Festivals

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After a long hike you might want to just call it a day.

But don’t go doing it in front of a TV. You can do that at home. Out here you can experience live performances of real bluegrass and old-time music, or come out to one of the local jam sessions.  There is always traditional music being picked in the Heart of Appalachia.  Unique experiences will enhance your visit like going to the drive-in, watching an outdoor drama, or seeing exotic animals from across the globe, up close and personal.  The possibilities are virtually endless.
  • Movie on Main
    June 25 Tazewell
    The Town of Tazewell and Tazewell Today are proud to sponsor Movies on Main. Held the last Sunday of the month from May through August, Movies on Main features a different family friendly movie each month. Bring your lawn chairs and join us at dusk for free snacks and a...
  • Freedom Festival
    June 30-July 1 Richlands
    The 5th annual FREEDOM FESTIVAL will be held in Richlands, VA on June 30 & July 1.  . The goal of the festival is to promote patriotism, history,  Appalachian culture,  and to provide musical entertainment & fireworks for the community.   On Friday, June 30, at...
  • Honaker Independence Day Celebration
    July 1 Honaker
    Join our Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 1st in a new location, the Vacant Lot above Pizza Plus. There will be entertainment, foods and crafts vendors, inflatables, and a Black Diamond Corn Hole Tournament, The day will end up with fireworks.
  • 11th Annual Seth Bailey Memorial Cruise-In
    July 2 Big Stone Gap
    Join the 11th Annual Seth Bailey Memorial Cruise-In July 2 at the Big Stone Gap Visitor Center. Enjoy live music, concessions, win door prices, and don't forget the car show! Trophies will be awarded by categories. Admission is free, but there is a $10 fee for the car show...
  • Cleveland's Independence Day Celebration
    July 3 Cleveland
    Come join us for our annual Independence Day Celebration Monday, July 3rd 4pm-11pm at the Cleveland Recreation Center and Ball Park. There will be music, food and plenty of fun games for the kids. The parade starts at 6Pm and the fireworks show begins at dark.
  • A Declaration of Independence - Independence Day at Wilderness Road State Park
    Jul 4, 2017 Ewing
    News spreads across Virginia's frontier that On July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia approved a Declaration of Independence, severing the colonies' ties to the British Crown. Experience the news of liberty with the men and women at Martin's...
  • Independence Day Celebration at the Historic Crab Orchard Museum
    Jul 4, 2017 Tazewell
    Renew your revolutionary spirit as we celebrate our country’s Independence on July 4th at the Historic Crab Orchard Museum. Be sure to mark your calendars for the museum's oldest annual event and celebration of our nation's independence! This family-oriented event includes...
  • Independence Day Celebration-Town of Tazewell
    Jul 4, 2017 Tazewell
    Be sure to come join The Town of Tazewell who will celebrate Independence Day with a special fireworks display commemorating this anniversary. All the action will be at Tazewell High School.  Starting at 5:30pm, the evening will include sack races, hula hoop contests, bounce...
  • Independence Day Celebration - Town of Lebanon
    Jul 4, 2017 Lebanon
    Be sure to come join The Town of Lebanon who will celebrate Independence Day with a special fireworks display. All the action will be at Lebanon Middle School.  Starting at 10:30AM the parade will began downtown. Flag Raising starting at 11:45 , and at 12PM Vendors open...
  • Sip N Paint
    Jul 8, 2017 Wise
    MountainRose Vineyards planted its first vines in 1996 with several varieties on the previously mined land.Eight varieties of grapes (white: Traminette, Riesling, Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Niagara, Rkatsiteli, and red: Chancellor, and Cabernet franc) now grow here....
  • Field Fest
    July 13 Bluefield
    This is the second year for this evening event.  It will be held once monthly in Bluefield, Virginia, every second Thursday from June until August.  This event is designed to help promote micro-businesses throughout the region.  There will be fresh produce, Artisans,...
  • Chillin’ and Grillin’ In The Glades
    July 14 & 15 Wise
    Chillin’ and Grillin’ In The Glades was first started in 2013 as an amateur BBQ contest.  With the help of the Town of Wise, The Wise Business Association, Wise County Tourism Office, and RTE 23 Music Festival this event has since evolved into a three day BBQ & Music...
  • The Gap to Gap Road Race
    July 15 Pennington Gap
    Join us for the first bike race that begins and ends in Lee County, VA. The Gap to Gap Road Race will consist of 62 miles, with 4,000 feet of elevation. This will be a fun-filled race that begins and ends at Leeman Field in Pennington Gap, VA, looping through Mulberry Gap,...
  • Summer Concert Series 2017
    July 22 Wise
    Join the Summer Concert Series at the Big Glade Amphitheater in Wise, VA. Enjoy 3 bands on July 22nd; Eddy Baker with Shades of Blue, Bluegrass band Cumberland River, and Heart of Appalachia's very own Kaitlyn Baker!  
  • Sip N Paint - Pear
    July 31 Wise
    Join us at the vineyard and create your own masterpiece! Art supplies, light refreshments and a glass of your favorite MRV wine included. Tickets sold online. Guided class $30.00
  • RTE 23 Music Festival
    Aug 26, 2017 Wise
    The RTE 23 Music Festival has its origins back in February of 2009, when The Bristol Rhythm & Roots  Concert Series at UVa-Wise hosted its first show in the college’s student center.  The goal then – and now – was simple: bring the best Americana bands possible to...
  • Russell County Fair
    Sept. 2-9, 2017 Castlewood
    The Russell County Fair in Castlewood, Virginia is celebrated annually. This years theme is "Farming! It's Our Way of Life!" Enjoy fair food, carnival rides, bull riding, demolition derby, great music, and more during the first week of September.
  • 49th Annual Dock Boggs & Kate Peters Sturgill Festival
    Sep 9, 2017 Norton
    2016dockboggsfestflyerOne of the eight major venues on the Crooked Road-Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, the original Country Cabin was built in 1937-38 with the encouragement of local musician Kate O’Neil Peters Sturgill, a ballad singer and songwriter. Country Cabin II (pictured above) was...
  • Crab Orchard Corn Maze & Pisgah Pumpkin Patch
    Sep 16 - Oct 29, 2017 Tazewell
    Saturday, September 16 - Sunday, October 29   -   Open Fridays: 5 pm - 10 pm; Saturdays: 10 am - 10 pm; Sundays: 1 pm – Dusk Flashlight Tours After Dark on Friday & Saturdays    
      WEEKDAY PRE-SCHEDULED SCHOOL TOURS $10 per Student, $5/parent (no...
  • Cedar Bluff Heritage Festival
    Sept. 16 Cedar Bluff
    The Annual Cedar Bluff Heritage Festival is always held the third Saturday in September.  For 2017 there is an exciting line-up of musical performances will entertain festival goers from three stages, and many artists, craftsmen, antique dealers and food vendors will fill...
    October 7 - October 7 Tazewell
    OKTOBREWFEST is a festival that is held on beautiful historic Main St. Tazewell, VA and is created to promote the craft beer industry in southwest VA and the surrounding area. It is the Premier Craft Beer Festival of the Heart of Appalachia. OKTOBREWFEST will feature craft...
  • Grape Stomp Harvest Festival
    October 7 - October 7 Wise
    Fall in love with Harvest Time and join us for our treasured annual celebration. Enjoy our 2017 harvest with wonderful family friendly events. Take hayrides through the vineyard, enjoy lunch, compete in our grape stomp contest, get your picture made in a wine barrel, and...
  • 39th Annual Wise County Famous Fall Fling
    October 14 - 15, 2017 Wise

    Nestled in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains, and on the Crooked Road, Virginia's Heritage Music Trail, Wise is the place to be during the second weekend each October.

    Held downtown in Wise and on the lawn of the historic courthouse while...

  • Home Craft Days
    Oct 20 - 22, 2017 Big Stone Gap
    The first celebration of mountain culture in the region was realized with the establishment of Home Craft Days in 1972. Since that time, the festival has served as an integral part of Mountain Empire Community College’s longstanding commitment to promoting and preserving...
  • Halloween Murder Mystery Dinner
    October 28, 2017 Wise
    Join us for a delicious dinner & death! Help us investigate one of our hilarious murder mysteries or play along as one of our suspects! Dress in your favorite Halloween attire and see if you can win our Costume Contest! Dinner and show $35.00
  • Carter Family Festival
    Nov 3 - 4, 2017 Hiltons
    Once each year, a two-day (Friday and Saturday) festival takes place at THE FOLD to honor the legacy of the infamous Carter Family. Celebrating the music of the Mountains at the true birthplace of country music is the headliner! Bring your dancing shoes.  Mountain craftsmen...
  • Small Business Saturday Open House
    November 25, 2017 Wise
    Join us at the winery's Open House with tours, tastings, sweet treats and 15-25% savings store-wide as we celebrate local small businesses! Free gift for all visiting customers! Shop Small!

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