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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.
  • Building a Survival Kit
    Apr 30, 2017 Ewing
    While the woods and open fields offer endless amounts of fun and educational opportunities, they can also create troublesome situations in case of injury or you get lost. In this short workshop, we will discuss the tried and true basics of putting together a survival kit...
  • Free Ride Day at Mountain View Trail
    May 6, 2017 St. Paul
    Ride free for a day on Spearhead's Mountain View Trail in St. Paul, Virginia.
  • 3rd Annual Charity Horse Show
    May 6, 2017 Castlewood
    Great fun for family and participants. This annual charity show is sponsored by the Castlewood Riding Club as a benefit for the American Cancer Society. Great fun for the entire family. ASB classes at this show will count towards Louisville Qualification as well as ASHA High...
  • Donnie Lowe's Kids Fishing Day
    May 6, 2017 North Tazewell
    The Annual Donnie Lowe's Kids Fishing Day will be held on May 6th, 2017 at Cavitt's Creek Park, Lake Jack Witten. Prizes and good family fun. Free for all children. Licenses required for anyone 16 or older.


    9:00 AM - Gates Open

    9:00 - Noon Lake open for...

  • 4th Annuak Fit Farmer 5K
    May 13, 2017 Norton
    Don't forget! Registration for the fourth annual Fit Farmer 5K / Kids Obstacle Course is now open! This year's race is May 13. All proceeds benefit the Low-Income Seniors’ Supplemental Nutrition Program, which provides a weekly matching benefit to area low-income seniors...
  • 7th Annual Blessing of the Bikes
    May 19-21, 2017 Grundy
    Come join us for the 7th Annual Blessing of the Bikes on May 19th - 21st, 2017 at Grundy Community Center, Grundy, VA. Lots of entertainment, gospel music and activities during this 3 day event. Bring the children and all the family. This event isn't just for motorcycle...
  • 22nd Annual Russell County Kids Fishing Day
    May 20, 2017
    The 22nd annual, Russell County Kids Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, May 20th from 9:00 a.m-2:00 p.m at the Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve for ages 1-15 years. A day of family fun!! Lunch will be served until 11:45 am. Fishing poles and bait provided (while supplies...
  • Kids to Parks Day
    May 20, 2017 Ewing
    Buckle up for a day of fun and surprises as we celebrate National Kids to Parks Day. The Nature Center will be set up to provide numerous fun and educational activities with participants also enjoying a variety of ranger led games, crafts, and educational programs throughout...
  • Sunday Cinema - BEARS
    May 21, 2017 Ewing
    Grab your popcorn and join us for a special big screen presentation of Disney Nature's BEARS in speactacular BluRay. Enjoy stunning footage of some of our area's most misunderstood neighbors. This educational documentary is a wonderful teaching tool to aid young naturalists...
  • Dr. Ralph Stanley's 47th Annual Hills of Home Festival
    May 25-27, 2017 Coeburn
    Plans are already under way for the 2017 festival and we look forward to seeing you there! Celebrating the 47th Annual Dr. Ralph Stanley's Memorial Day Weekend Festival! We have food and merchandise vendors, shower facilities, water and dump stations on the grounds....
  • Gathering in the Gap Music Festival
    May 27,2017 Big Stone Gap
    Come Gather in the Gap and enjoy musical competitions, live music, arts & crafts, antiques, inflatables for kids, and food vendors. See website for the full schedule Order tickers by calling 276-523-1322 Adult (Pre-Purchased) $15 Adult (Purchased at Gate)...
  • Making Tracks
    May 27, 2017 Ewing
    Some of an animal's most identifiable traits is the prints it leaves behind. Discover how to identify animals simply from the tracks they leave and then create your own animal track souvenir with plaster and molds during this fun and educational ranger led program.
  • Bug Safari
    May 27, 2017 Ewing
    Bugs are those little critters everyone loves to hate, but they play an important role in our fragile ecosystem. Join our ranger and grab an insect viewer and field guide as we take a stroll into the "bug outback". There are 353 bug in the Virginia's Insect Identification...
  • Painting with Nature
    May 28, 2017 Ewing
    Have you wondered how ancient artists created their masterpieces? Beofre the times of modern art supply stores, paint and brushes had to be crafted from materials found in the wild. Let's rediscover the old methods of painting using grass, leaves, sticks, and stones. We...
  • Clinch River Days Festival
    Jun 1-3, 2017 St. Paul
    Every year the town of St. Paul comes alive with the flavors of the region during Clinch River Days. Highlights include river and railroad lore and history, photography, symphony and bluegrass, carnival rides and games, educational wetlands, nature walks, endangered mussel...
  • Virginia-Kentucky District Fair
    Jun 5-10, 2017 Wise
    As one of Virginia’s longest continuing county fairs and Southwest Virginia’s largest fair venues, the Virginia-Kentucky District Fair has proudly featured fun and excitement for all ages since 1913! Along with a week full of everyone’s favorite carnival rides by Drew...
  • The Dragon Roars
    Jun 9-11, 2017 Tazewell
    Record Setting Alert: This will be the biggest, most action packed Back of the Dragon Event EVER! You do not want to miss this one. June 9th 6:00 pm New This Year! We are opening with the Dragon Derby! A top notch demolition derby like you've never seen before! $5.00...
  • RTE 23 Music Festival Presents: Mama Said String Band
    June 10, 2017 Wise
    Our RTE 23 Listening Room series continues with Mama Said String Band at Mountain Rose Vine- yards on June 10, 2017! Bring a blanket and come out to enjoy some fine music and fine wine right here in Wise!! Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the...
  • Bees, Blooms, and Bluegrass
    June 10, 2017 Castlewood
    The Bees Blooms & Bluegrass Festival began in 2012 as a spin-off to the Virginia Coalfield Folklife Festival hosted by Russell County Extension and the Virginia Coal Festival hosted by the Heart of Appalachia Tourism Authority. The mission of the festival is to promote...
  • Ralph Stanley II, Ricky Skaggs, & Larry Sparks; Stanley Brothers Tribute Concert- Norton
    June 12, 2017 Norton
    Stanley Brothers Tribute: Ralph II, Ricky Skaggs & Larry Sparks. As one might expect for the son of a renowned banjo player, the first instrument Ralph II ever held was a banjo. At the ripe old age of three, Ralph (or simply "Two" as he is called by his family and...
  • Ronnie Reno and Reno Tradition - Pennington Gap
    June 13, 2017 Pennington Gap
    Ronnie Reno and Reno Tradition In 1955, seven-year-old “Little Ronnie Reno” climbed atop a milk carton, stretched up to the mic, and performed for his first national audience on “The Old Dominion Barndance.” This performance would prove to be the beginning of one...
  • Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
    Jun 16, 2017 Coeburn
    Jesse McReynolds and The Virginia Boys at Lays Hardware Center for Arts Jesse McReynolds, one-half of the famed Jim & Jesse bluegrass duo, is a legend in the world of bluegrass music. Known as “Mr. Mandolin,” and the "Ironman of Bluegrass," this multi-instrumental...
  • High Knob Music Festival
    June 16, 2017 Norton
    Nestled in the forest close to High Knob Lake, The annual High Knob Mountain Music Festival celebrates a music legacy found throughout the westernmost tip of Virginia. This year, eight highly acclaimed regional bands and a special "Headliner" will fill the forest with...
  • High Knob Music Festival
    June 17, 2017 Norton
    Mark your calendars for the High Knob Music Festival on June 17, 2017 during the Mountains of Music Homecoming. Nothing better than Music in the Mountains and a White Sand Beach at the Lake
  • 5th Annual Thunder on the Mountain Motorcycle Ride
    Jun 24, 2017 Grundy
    Great opportunity to experience everything uniquely Heart of Appalachia with great people. Buchanan County is totally motorcycle friendly and our back roads are the best! Make plans to attend! Registration 9AM-10AM Kickstands up at 10:30AM $15 per person riders fee-...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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