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We’d like to share a little secret with you.

Fall foliage in Virginia's Western HighlandsSmall towns have the best festivals. All across Virginia’s Western Highlands, you’ll find fairs, festivals and special events that celebrate everything from maple syrup season to railroad heritage to our spectacular fall foliage. And you’re invited to them all.

  • Hot Springs
    Bath County Art Show
    Saturday, July 22, 2017 - Saturday, July 29, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    98 Panther Drive
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Take a scenic drive through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley to the Virginia's Western Highlands of Bath County and join us for the Bath County Art Show featuring artwork from over 250 Virginia artists (and beyond!)  Proceeds from the Bath County Art Show assist the Bath County Arts Association in awarding scholarships to local students, sponsoring visual and performing arts programs and supplementing art education in the Bath County Public School.  Enjoy stunning works of art in a variety of mediums--acrylic, charcoal, graphics, oil pastel, photography, sculpture, watercolor and more. Artwork will be received July 15 & 16 between 1:00-5:00pmEntry form will be available on the website in May.

    Date:
    Saturday, July 22, 2017 - Saturday, July 29, 2017(1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-839-2139

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/BathCountyArtShow

  • Hot Springs
    Sip & Paint at Hot Springs Gallery
    Thursday, July 27, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    2809 Main Street
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Paint in a fun group for 2 hours and take home a masterpiece! No experience is needed.  Apron, canvas, paint and brushes are provided.  BYOB. $45 per person. Perfect for private parties, weddings and ladies night! Reservations are required. Get your art buzz on!

    Date:
    Thursday, July 27, 2017(6:00 PM - 8:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-520-4684

    Email:
    neversart@yahoo.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/SipPaintatHotSpringsGallery

  • Warm Springs
    Poor Farm Bluegrass Festival
    Friday, July 28, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    54 Poor Farm Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484

    Join us at the Poor Farm Bluegrass Festival in Warm Springs, VA.  More information TBA.

    Date:
    Friday, July 28, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-679-0385

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/PoorFarmBluegrassFestival

  • Hot Springs
    WannaGOFAST 1/2 Mile Shootout
    Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Sunday, July 30, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    6240 Airport Road
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    This incredible 2-DAY event will be held on at the stunning Ingalls Field Airport (www.ingallsfield.com) in Hot Springs, VA, only 90 minutes north of Roanoke! Nestled in the Allegheny Mountains this airport provides one of the most incredible backdrops we've ever seen for High Speed Fun!! Come join us for 2 FULL DAYS of, side-by-side, HALF MILE racing at this rare and exclusive location. All of our participants will be given a chance to take their vehicle’s Top Speed down Ingalls Field’s private 5600ft runway and race door-to-door against the competitor of their choice!! See what it’s finally like to race without the restrictions of speed limits, on what is basically your own private raceway in the mountains!! This event is limited to only 135 cars per day and is sure to sell out quick!! So register today and we promise to make your automotive DREAMS come true!! Visit www.wannagofast.com/hotsprings for more.  

    Date:
    Saturday, July 29, 2017 - Sunday, July 30, 2017(8:30 AM - 6:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    Ingalls Airport: 540-839-5326

    Email:
    ingallsfield@tds.net

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/WannaGOFAST12MileShootout

  • Warm Springs
    Poor Farm Bluegrass Festival
    Saturday, July 29, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    54 Poor Farm Road
    Warm Springs, VA 24484

    Join us at the Poor Farm Bluegrass Festival in Warm Springs, VA.  More information TBA.

    Date:
    Saturday, July 29, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-679-0385

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/PoorFarmBluegrassFestival

  • Hot Springs
    Bath County Art Show
    Sunday, July 30, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    98 Panther Drive
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Take a scenic drive through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley to the Virginia's Western Highlands of Bath County and join us for the Bath County Art Show featuring artwork from over 250 Virginia artists (and beyond!)  Proceeds from the Bath County Art Show assist the Bath County Arts Association in awarding scholarships to local students, sponsoring visual and performing arts programs and supplementing art education in the Bath County Public School.  Enjoy stunning works of art in a variety of mediums--acrylic, charcoal, graphics, oil pastel, photography, sculpture, watercolor and more. Artwork will be received July 15 & 16 between 1:00-5:00pmEntry form will be available on the website in May.

    Date:
    Sunday, July 30, 2017(10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-839-2139

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/BathCountyArtShow

  • Covington
    Lake Moomaw 1 Mile Open Water Swim
    Saturday, August 5, 2017
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    110 Mall Road
    Covington, VA 24426

    The Lake Moomaw One Mile Open Water Swim will take place on August 6, 2016 amid the beautiful mountain landscape and breathtaking scenery of the Alleghany Highlands. The Alleghany Highland Chamber will co-host the event with Dave Holland, United States Masters Swimming Long Distance Chair.  

    Date:
    Saturday, August 5, 2017(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Office: 540-962-2178

    Email:
    sknick@ahchamber.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/LakeMoomaw1MileOpenWaterSwim

  • Monterey
    Valley AeroSpace Team Rocket Launch
    Saturday, August 12, 2017
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    Locality:
    Highland County
    3003 Jackson River Road
    Monterey, VA 24465

    The Valley AeroSpace Team (VAST) will be holding Rocket Launches at its Jack Mountain Village Launch Site off of Route 220, approximately 3 miles south of Monterey, Virginia.  Rockets of all sizes will be flown but is subject to participation and the weather (visit our website www.valleyaerospace.com for launch status).  Take a drive and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area.  Come to watch or bring your own rockets to fly with us!  Kids get to fly and take home their very own rocket.  Please contact vastinfo@valleyaerospace.com for more information.

    Date:
    Saturday, August 12, 2017(11:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Contact Cell Phone: 540-280-8908

    Email:
    vastinfo@valleyaerospace.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/ValleyAeroSpaceTeamRocketLaunch

  • Millboro
    Hi Neighbor
    Saturday, August 19, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    252 Church Street
    Millboro, VA 24484

      Join us for the 3rd Annual Family Fun Day "Hi Neighbor" hosted by the Millboro Preservation & Cultural Association. 10-5pm Bring your entire family and a lawn chair to spend the day reminiscing with your neighbors, enjoying live music, great food, and games for everyone. Free admission. No alcoholic beverages allowed. Not responsible for accidents.

    Date:
    Saturday, August 19, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-997-5318

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/HiNeighbor

  • Monterey
    Highland County, VA Country Fair
    Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - Saturday, September 2, 2017
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    Locality:
    Highland County
    386 Myers Moon Rd.
    Monterey, VA 24465

    The Highland County Fair is Virginia’s longest continually running county fair. Focusing on fun for the entire family, this event features a carnival and midway with games and rides for all ages, a demolition derby, and a truck and tractor-pulling contest. Additional activities include livestock shows, a dog show, a horse show, clogging, music and much more. This exciting family-fun event ends on Saturday with a beautiful fireworks display. 

    Date:
    Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - Saturday, September 2, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-468-2179
    540-468-2225
    During Fair Week: 540-468-2639

    Email:
    highlandfairinfo@yahoo.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/HighlandCountyVACountryFair

  • Monterey
    Valley AeroSpace Team Rocket Launch
    Saturday, September 16, 2017
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    Locality:
    Highland County
    3003 Jackson River Road
    Monterey, VA 24465

    The Valley AeroSpace Team (VAST) will be holding Rocket Launches at its Jack Mountain Village Launch Site off of Route 220, approximately 3 miles south of Monterey, Virginia.  Rockets of all sizes will be flown but is subject to participation and the weather (visit our website www.valleyaerospace.com for launch status).  Take a drive and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area.  Come to watch or bring your own rockets to fly with us!  Kids get to fly and take home their very own rocket.  Please contact vastinfo@valleyaerospace.com for more information.

    Date:
    Saturday, September 16, 2017(11:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Contact Cell Phone: 540-280-8908

    Email:
    vastinfo@valleyaerospace.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/ValleyAeroSpaceTeamRocketLaunch

  • Warm Springs
    Bath County Plein Air Festival
    Monday, October 2, 2017 - Sunday, October 8, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    12 Katydid Trail
    Warm Springs, VA 24484

    The Warm Springs Gallery is delighted to announce the Fifth Annual Bath County Plein Air Festival October 2-8, 2017, celebrating the tradition of outdoor painting with some of the finest painters from Virginia and across the country. Thirty nationally acclaimed artists will set up their easels, pull out their paintbrushes and document the landscape and culture of Bath County, Virginia. For four days artists will paint picturesque scenes throughout Bath County. Visitors and locals will have the unique opportunity to observe artists as they paint on location. Listen and learn from daily artist demonstrations. Discover the talent and techniques behind this painting tradition and become a part of our flourishing arts scene. At the end of the week, join us for a Gala Celebration and cast your vote for the best painting at the Reception and Awards Ceremony. Explore one of the most beautiful small towns in Virginia while interacting with some of the nation’s top plein air painters.

    Date:
    Monday, October 2, 2017 - Sunday, October 8, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-839-2985

    Email:
    barbara@warmspringsgallery.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/BathCountyPleinAirFestival

  • Monterey
    Hands & Harvest Festival
    Friday, October 6, 2017 - Saturday, October 7, 2017
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    Locality:
    Highland County
    165 W. Main Street
    Monterey, VA 24465

    The annual Hands & Harvest Festival is a celebration of the spectacular display of autumn colors in this rural community. The event features an arts & crafts show and farmers' market. Highland County’s public library sponsors its annual used book sale, while the S.P.C.A. holds its fund-raising sweater sale. The Little Switzerland Cloggers perform Saturday afternoon. Southernmost Maple Products, Fair Lawn Farm and Laurel Fork Sap Suckers invites visitors to their sugar camp for apple butter, cider making, hay rides and pick-your-own pumpkins. Word of Faith Outreach Ministry hosts a BBQ Chicken Dinner to benefit those in need. Ginseng Mountain Store holds an "Open House" with door prize & discounts throughout the store, along with lamb, beef & marinade tasting on the front porch.  

    Date:
    Friday, October 6, 2017 - Saturday, October 7, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-468-2550
    Fax: 540-468-2551

    Email:
    findyourescape@highlandcounty.org

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/HandsHarvestFestival

  • Monterey
    Valley AeroSpace Team Rocket Launch
    Saturday, October 7, 2017
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    Locality:
    Highland County
    3003 Jackson River Road
    Monterey, VA 24465

    The Valley AeroSpace Team (VAST) will be holding Rocket Launches at its Jack Mountain Village Launch Site off of Route 220, approximately 3 miles south of Monterey, Virginia.  Rockets of all sizes will be flown but is subject to participation and the weather (visit our website www.valleyaerospace.com for launch status).  Take a drive and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area.  Come to watch or bring your own rockets to fly with us!  Kids get to fly and take home their very own rocket.  Please contact vastinfo@valleyaerospace.com for more information.

    Date:
    Saturday, October 7, 2017(11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Contact Cell Phone: 540-280-8908

    Email:
    vastinfo@valleyaerospace.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/ValleyAeroSpaceTeamRocketLaunch

  • Millboro
    Apple Day - A Celebration of Applachian Heritage and Arts and Crafts Fair
    Saturday, October 14, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460

    Enjoy crisp mountain air and beautiful fall foliage. Celebrate the fruits of fall. Enjoy games, hay rides, bluegrass music and great food. See apple butter making, pelt displays, campfire cooking, clogging, and traditional Appalachian artisan and craft demonstrations. The Arts and Crafts Fair features artisans and crafters from throughout the region. See quilts, birdhouses, ceramics, candles, wood crafts, jewelry, photography, baskets and more. Except for parking, it's free. Vendors must register ahead of time by calling the park.

    Date:
    Saturday, October 14, 2017(8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Park office: 540-862-8100
    Customer Serive Center: 800-933-7275
    Fax: 540-862-8104

    Email:
    douthat@dcr.virginia.gov

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/AppleDayACelebrationofApplachianHeritageandArtsandCraftsFair

  • New Castle
    Craig County Fall Festival
    Saturday, October 14, 2017
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    Locality:
    Craig County
    141 Court Street
    New Castle, VA 24127

    The 35th Annual Craig County Fall Festival on Main Street in New Castle features six blocks of street fair and the Marshall Reynolds Memorial Antique Car show. Music by local groups, crafts, book sales, food and more.  Demonstrations and exhibits will showcase the history of Craig County at the Old Brick Hotel museum and two restored cabins. Visit Craig County where your Next Adventure is Just around the Bend!  

    Date:
    Saturday, October 14, 2017(9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-580-3745
    Mary Page Cosby: 540-864-6646
    Jackie Taylor: 540-520-5555

    Email:
    dgivens29@aol.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/CraigCountyFallFestival

  • Hot Springs
    Run For Your Life 5K Run/Walk
    Saturday, October 28, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    7696 Sam Snead Highway
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Join us for the 1st Annual Run For Your Life 5K Run/Walk.  Wear your scariest and best costume for some Halloween fun! This event starts at The Omni Homestead Resort Ski Lodge. Participants can park in The Homestead parking lot behind the hospital. Shuttles will be running from the parking lot to the lodge. 8-9am Registration/check-in 9am 5K Begins 9:15/9:30am Family Fun Run/Walk Begins Awards and refreshments to follow.  Food will be available to purchase after the race from The Omni Homestead Resort Ski Lodge.   Visit BathHospital.org to register online or pick up a registraiton form at the Bath County Wellness and Rehab center located at 9247 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs, VA 24445.

    Date:
    Saturday, October 28, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-839-7330

    Email:
    erin.roberts@bcchospital.org

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/RunForYourLife5KRunWalk

  • Monterey
    Valley AeroSpace Team Rocket Launch
    Saturday, November 4, 2017
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    Locality:
    Highland County
    3003 Jackson River Road
    Monterey, VA 24465

    The Valley AeroSpace Team (VAST) will be holding Rocket Launches at its Jack Mountain Village Launch Site off of Route 220, approximately 3 miles south of Monterey, Virginia.  Rockets of all sizes will be flown but is subject to participation and the weather (visit our website www.valleyaerospace.com for launch status).  Take a drive and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the area.  Come to watch or bring your own rockets to fly with us!  Kids get to fly and take home their very own rocket.  Please contact vastinfo@valleyaerospace.com for more information.

    Date:
    Saturday, November 4, 2017(11:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Contact Cell Phone: 540-280-8908

    Email:
    vastinfo@valleyaerospace.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/ValleyAeroSpaceTeamRocketLaunch

  • Monterey
    Wintertide
    Friday, December 1, 2017 - Saturday, December 2, 2017
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    Locality:
    Highland County
    165 W. Main Street
    Monterey, VA 24465

    Wintertide Weekend offers visitors a family-friendly Christmas experience in a rural, mountain setting. Gift shops and antique stores extend their shopping hours to include evenings and Sunday. A variety of handcrafted gift items, baked goods and maple products are available at the Holiday Treasures Market & Open House in The Highland Center. A tree-lighting service on the Courthouse lawn is followed by the Highland Community Choir in concert.  

    Date:
    Friday, December 1, 2017 - Saturday, December 2, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-468-2550
    Fax: 540-468-2551

    Email:
    highcc@cfw.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/Wintertide

  • Hot Springs
    Hot Springs Christmas Parade
    Saturday, December 16, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    Downtown
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    Join us at the Hot Springs Christmas Parade in Hot Springs! Line up starts at 12 Noon, parade begins at 1pm.

    Date:
    Saturday, December 16, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-839-2100
    540-679-9176

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/HotSpringsChristmasParade

  • Monterey
    The Highland Maple Festival
    Saturday, March 10, 2018 - Sunday, March 11, 2018
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    Locality:
    Highland County
    Spruce Street
    Monterey, VA 24465

    The Highland Maple Festival celebrates the Highland County tradition of maple syrup-making. Designated a "Local Legacy” by The Library of Congress, this festival of 60 years, attracts upwards of 50,000 visitors from across the states. Sugar camp tours provide a unique and educational glimpse of a rapidly vanishing way of rural American life. Highlights of the festival include buckwheat and pancake breakfasts, maple donuts, locally harvested trout dinners, antiques, arts and crafts, bluegrass music and clogging demonstrations. Last year we celebrated the Senate's decision of designating the Highland County Maple Festival as the "official" maple festival of the Commonwealth!

    Date:
    Saturday, March 10, 2018 - Sunday, March 11, 2018

    Telephone:
    540-468-2550
    Fax: 540-468-2551

    Email:
    findyourescape@highlandcounty.org

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/TheHighlandMapleFestival

  • Monterey
    The Highland Maple Festival
    Saturday, March 17, 2018 - Sunday, March 18, 2018
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    Locality:
    Highland County
    Spruce Street
    Monterey, VA 24465

    The Highland Maple Festival celebrates the Highland County tradition of maple syrup-making. Designated a "Local Legacy” by The Library of Congress, this festival of 60 years, attracts upwards of 50,000 visitors from across the states. Sugar camp tours provide a unique and educational glimpse of a rapidly vanishing way of rural American life. Highlights of the festival include buckwheat and pancake breakfasts, maple donuts, locally harvested trout dinners, antiques, arts and crafts, bluegrass music and clogging demonstrations. Last year we celebrated the Senate's decision of designating the Highland County Maple Festival as the "official" maple festival of the Commonwealth!

    Date:
    Saturday, March 17, 2018 - Sunday, March 18, 2018

    Telephone:
    540-468-2550
    Fax: 540-468-2551

    Email:
    findyourescape@highlandcounty.org

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/TheHighlandMapleFestival

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