Fun in the Sun

Summer sun, family fun, and lazy days of summer. Check out arts, crafts, music and more at these festivals that are perfect for the day or a weekend getaway.

 Art Festivals

Maryland

July 8

Silver Spring Arts & Crafts Summer Fair

2 – 8pm
Silver Spring

Free entertainment, music, and family fun at Veterans Plaza. See more than 60 arts and crafts and food and dessert vendors. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/silver-spring-arts-crafts-summer-fair-tickets-42343807468.

Virginia

August 3 – 4

Steppin Out, Blacksburg

10am – 11pm Friday
10am – 10pm Saturday
Blacksburg

Free live entertainment, festival food, and sidewalk sales with more than 200 artists. Free admission and shuttle parking. For more information, visit www.blacksburgsteppinout.com.

August 4

Annual Manassas African-American Heritage Festival

11am – 6pm
Manassas

A wide swath of artists, authors, musicians, health professionals, and business and church groups. Plenty of food, fun, and activities. Free admission. Check out details at www.maahf.com.

August 17 – 18

Warren Street Festival

5pm Friday
10am Saturday
Rocky Mount, VA

Celebrate Warren Street’s African-American history at Rocky Mount Farmers’ Market with musical performances, food, art, activities, a car show and a parade. Admission is $5 per day. For details, visit www.virginia.org/listings/Events/WarrenStreetFestival.

September 1

Taste of the Mountains Main Street Festival

9am – 4pm
Madison

Free admission and free shuttle from Madison County High School. Arts, crafts, regional food, kids’ activities, and music. Access to wine and beer tent, $10. For more information, visit madisonva.com/events.

September 29 – 30

Occoquan Arts and Crafts Show

10 AM – 6 PM Saturday
10 AM – 5 PM Sunday
Occoquan

A free weekend of art, fun, food, music, and shopping at this annual arts and crafts show. Shuttle from satellite parking $5. Visit www.occoquanva.gov/arts-and-crafts-show.html.


Summer Music Festivals

Pennsylvania

July 19 – 22

The Peach Music Festival

Times TBD
Montage Mountain in Scranton

Camping, music, and more, including a waterpark, ziplines, and more inside the festival grounds at Montage Mountain in Scranton. General admission and VIP passes available online at thepeachmusicfestival.com.

Maryland

July 21 – 22

Summer Reggae Wine Festival

 10am – 6pm
Mt. Airy

Shop the open air market, listen to live bands, and sample wine at Linganore Winecellars. For more info and to purchase tickets online, visit www.linganorewines.com/event/reggae-wine-festival.

August 11

Moonrise Festival

11am – 11pm
Baltimore

Concerts range from hip hop and electronic acts to house music and everything in between at Pimlico Race Course. For details and tickets, visit www.moonrisefestival.com.

August 18

Hot August Music Festival

11am – 7pm
Cockeysville

A full day listening to great music with friends at Oregon Ridge. Event details, music lineup, admission prices, and parking details available at hotaugustmusicfestival.com.

August 25

Summer Soul Funk Festival

11am – 9pm
Waldorf

Full day of fun and funk at Regency Furniture Stadium. Admission prices and details available at www.eventbrite.com/e/sponsorship-vendorssummer-soul-funk-festival-tickets-38000483469.

Virginia

July 12 – 15

Pasture Palooza Music & Arts Festival

Berryville

Annual weekend festival and campout with live music, camping, and food. Tickets range from $40 – $90; $60 for a 3-day pass. Kids 12 and under are free. No dogs allowed. For tickets and details, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/pasture-palooza-9-tickets-42062501073.

July 13 – 15

Drums of the Painted Mountain Pow Wow

Cedar Bluff

Free admission for three days of performances and demonstrations, Native American dancing, storytelling, arts, crafts, and programs. Held at the Southwest Virginia Community College Soccer Field, dancers and traditional drums welcome.

July 13 – 15

Red Wing Roots Music Festival

Mt. Solon

Check out national and regional bands, kids’ events, and bike rides in the Shenandoah Valley. For more information and tickets, visit www.redwingroots.com.

July 19 – 21

Virginia Lake Festival

6 – 10pm
Clarksville

Free admission. Music, helicopter rides, antique cars, arts, crafts, hot air balloon rides, and fireworks. Visit business.clarksvilleva.com/events/calendar/2018-07-01 for more information.

July 20 – 21

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

8 – 11pm each night
Orkney Springs

Four concerts per weekend at Shrine Mont historic retreat and conference center featuring nationally recognized Americana, bluegrass, classical, country, folk, and pop/rock. For more dates, information, ticket prices, and packages, visit musicfest.org.

August 10 – 19

Staunton Music Festival

Staunton, VA

A festival of world-class chamber music. Brochure, ticket prices, show locations, dates, and times available online at www.stauntonmusicfestival.org.

August 24 – 25

Annual Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival

5 – 11pm
Norfolk

A unique blend of international recording-artists and chart-toppers will perform in Town Point Park on the urban downtown Norfolk waterfront. Details available online at festevents.org/events/2018-season-events/norfolkwaterfrontjazzfestival.

August 31 – September 2

American Music Festival

Virginia Beach

Three-day ticketed concerts of blues, country, jazz, R&B and rock flood the oceanfront for three days over Labor Day. For more information, visit www.beachstreetusa.com/festivals/american-music-festival.

August 23 – 26

Lockn’ Festival

Arrington

Four-day music fest includes camping, outdoor activities, regional food, beverages, and artisans. On-site camping. Tickets start at $250. For tickets or more information, visit www.locknfestival.com.


Family Fun

July 14

Wings and Wheels

10am – 4pm
Bath County, Hot Springs

Car, truck, tractor, motorcycle, and acrobatic air show at Ingalls Field Airport. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 kids ages 4 – 12, and free for kids 3 and under. Fly and drive-in participants welcome. Registration is $15 before 6 July, $20 after 6 July and day of. For details, visit www.wingsandwheelsbathcountyva.com.

July 20 – 22

Smith Mountain Lake Pirate Days

Moneta, VA

Family friendly 3-D pirate experience at Smith Mountain Lake. For more information, visit www.visitsmithmountainlake.com.

July 21

Gran Fondo

7am – 6pm
Alleghany, Covington

Four cycling courses include: The Gran Fondo, a 116-mile mountainous course; the Medio Fondo, a 69-mile hilly course; the Medio Mountain, a 69-mile mountainous course; and the Piccolo Fondo, a 29-mile hilly course. Learn more at www.granfondoalleghany.com.

July 25 – 26

Annual Chincoteague Island Pony Swim and Auction

Chincoteague Island, VA

Volunteer firefighters round up ponies on Assateague Island and swim them across the channel to Chincoteague Island. Foals are auctioned at the carnival grounds. Learn more at www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html.

July 27 – 28

Main Street Moments

Tazewell

A free community street festival that includes carriage rides, food, music, and tours. For details, visit www.townoftazewell.org.

July 28

Peach Day Festival at Grave’s Mountain Lodge

Syria

Free admission and parking. Live music. Swimming pool open to the public for $5 person. For more information, visit www.gravesmountain.com/events-calendar/peach-day.

August 4

Founders Day in Urbanna

10am – 4pm

A free family fun day that includes pirates, colonial interpreters, storytelling, the town crier, and colonial tradesmen demonstrations along the waterfront. For details, visit www.virginiasriverrealm.com/ajde_events/founders-day-urbanna-3/.

August 10 – 12

Night Sky Festival in Shenandoah National Park

Luray

This pet-friendly festival near Bid Meadows Lodge will include constellation tours, solar scope viewing, telescope viewing and presentations by astronomy experts. For more information, visit www.goshenandoah.com/activities-events/festivals/night-sky.

August 11

The Smith River Festival

9am – 5pm
Axton

Free admission to this family run, paddle, cast and bike fest at the Smith River Sports Complex. Learn to fly-fish and check out local vendors. Visit www.visitmartinsville.com/smith-river-fest for details.

August 17 – 18

Warren Street Festival

5pm Friday
10am Saturday
Rocky Mount, VA

Celebrate Warren Street’s African-American history at Rocky Mount Farmers Market with musical performances, food, art, activities, a car show and a parade. Admission is $5 per day. For details, visit www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/WarrenStreetFestival.

September 29 – 30

Hampton Cup Regatta

Hampton

The oldest, continuously running hydroplane boat race in the country. Enjoy a children’s area, food vendors, and the Hampton Cup Regatta Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show. Find out more at www.hamptoncupregatta.com.


Virginia Bluegrass Festivals

Bluegrass music—or American roots music—is influenced by music of Appalachia, mixed with English, Irish, and Scottish traditional music, and influenced by African-American jazz. Central to the culture of Virginia, festivals throughout the region pay homage to the regions’ traditional tunes during festivals throughout the summer. Check the web for details or visit www.virginia.org/summerfestivals.

July 13 – 15

Tazewell County Old Time & Bluegrass Fiddlers’ Convention

Times vary
Tazewell

Sixteenth annual convention held at the Historic Crab Orchard Museum includes dancing, music, performers, and a youth music competition. For details, visit www.craborchardmuseum.com/fiddlers-convention/.

July 20 – 21

Shenandoah Valley Music Festival

8 – 11 PM each night
Orkney

Four concerts per weekend at Shrine Mont historic retreat and conference center featuring nationally recognized Americana, bluegrass, classical, country, folk, and pop/rock. For more dates, information, ticket prices, and packages, visit musicfest.org.


Virginia Wine, Beer & Food Fests

Quench your thirst and please your palette this year with some of the region’s best foods, brews, and wines. Beer tents, wine tastings, and delicious foods have become the focal point of these notable festivals. Visit websites for details. For more Virginia festival information, visit www.virginia.org/summerfestivals.

July 14

Horse and Hound Wine Festival

11am – 6pm
Bedford

Music, wine, and horse and hound attractions at Johnson’s Orchards. General admission $15, tasters $20, and children 12 and under and dogs $5. For tickets and more information, visit www.peaksofotterwinery.com/horse-and-hound-wine-festival.

July 21

Blackberry Delight in Shenandoah National Park

10am – 5pm
Luray

Love blackberries? Skyland chefs create special blackberry-infused dishes while family enjoy live music, dancing, and activities. This pet-friendly event is free. Details at www.goshenandoah.com/activities-events/festivals/blackberry-delight.

July 21

Annual Summer Seafood Festival at Mountain Cove Vineyard

5 – 8pm
Lovingston

Sixth annual crab feast and Democratic party event at Mountain Cove Vineyard. Tickets available in advance and at the gate. For tickets, call 434-361-1442. For more information about Mountain Cove Vineyard, visit www.mountaincovevineyards.com.

July 21

Winestock

11am – 6pm
Washington, VA

Live music, tie-dyed T-s, flip flops, and flowers in your hair. Dirt Road Wine Tour features wines from all over the world. $20 in advance for adults and $25 at the gate. K–16 and under are free. Find out more at www.virginiawine.org/events/winestock-festival-29302.

July 21 – 22

Pork, Peanut and Pine Festival

10am – 7pm Saturday
10am – 5pm Sunday
Surry

Check out Surry’s three world-renowned agricultural products during a two-day festival or arts, crafts, food, and music. Tickets are $5; free admission for children 10 and under. For details, visit www.porkpeanutpinefestival.org.

August 4

Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery Blackberry Harvest and Music Festival

9am – 6pm
Nellysford

Live music, wine and mead tasting, and blackberry picking. Admission includes logo glass. For more information, visit www.hilltopberrywine.com. 434-361-1266.

September 1

Taste of the Mountains Main Street Festival

9am – 4pm
Madison

Free admission and free shuttle from Madison County High School. Arts, crafts, regional food, kids’ activities, and music. Access to wine and beer tent, $10. For more information, visit madisonva.com/events.

September 3

Annual Herndon Labor Day Festival

11am – 5pm
Herndon, VA

Outdoor street festival at the Herndon Town Green features unlimited samples from Virginia wineries, local craft brews, music, art, and more. Wine tasting is $20. Entrance only admission $5 and free for children 12 and under. Get details at www.herndon-va.gov/recreation/special-events/labor-day-festival.


For more Virginia festival information, visit www.virginia.org/summerfestivals.

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