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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.

  • 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

  • Clifton Forge
    Big Mama Shakes
    Friday, September 8, 2017
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    4301 Longdale Furnace Rd
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    WHY WE LIKE EM': The fresh, Southern Americana Rock sounds of Big Mama Shakes, is likable and fun, and it makes us feel nostalgic. Their commanding stage presence and originality is a reminder of the Rock Stars of yore. Influenced by Springsteen, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison and CCR, these boys have carved out a unique niche in the modern Rock n' Roll genre. CHECK THEM OUT IF: You Like Singing in the Shower, Sipping a "Cold One" After Work, Cant Help But Look Twice When You See a 70's Hot Rod, & Still Love Your Worn Out Jeans. WHY YOU SHOULD SEE THEM: This Americana Rock Band out of Richmond, VA, was one of the 2017 Homecoming Festival "Fan Favorites," and they're well on their way to THE BIG TIME. It is possible that BMS fans won't have too many more of these intimate opportunities to catch them before they're shelling out the big bucks to watch them on a jumbo-tron. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR: Hardcore EDM Fans OPENING ACT: Chad Nickell & The Loose Change FOOD TRUCKS: The Dirty Bean & Fork in the Road. WHAT TO BRING: Bring a Blanket, or Camping Chair. No Coolers; Beverages On-Site. TICKETS: $10 in Advance $15 at the Gate. 

    Date:
    Friday, September 8, 2017(7:00 PM - 11:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    Mobile: 434-962-5822

    Email:
    info@thefarmatglenhaven.com

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

  • Millboro
    Odyssey Trail Running Rampage
    Saturday, September 9, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460

    The Odyssey Trail Running Rampage will bring in Fall with four great trail running races: the Trail Six-Miler, the Trail Half Marathon, the Trail Marathon, and the 40 mile Trail Ultra. These trail races will give athletes the opportunity to run on some of the best trails in the Southeast at a gorgeous state park nestled in the mountains of Virginia, Douthat State Park. Get together with family and friends this weekend at Douthat State Park to enjoy hiking, mountain biking, paddling, fishing, and relaxing.

    Date:
    Saturday, September 9, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-444-4422

    Email:
    Ronny@oarevents.com

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

  • Millboro
    Bath County Fair
    Saturday, September 16, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    411 Church Street
    Millboro, VA 24460

    Enjoy food, music, entertainment, vendors and games. Enter contest exhibits and participate in the dog show! Fair booklets and raffle tickets are available at the County of Bath Office of Tourism, Bath County Chamber of Commerce, Millboro Elementary School and VCE-Bath County. For more information, call Kari at 540.839.7261.

    Date:
    Saturday, September 16, 2017(10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-839-7261

    Email:
    karis@vt.edu

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

  • Millboro
    Campsite Cook Off
    Saturday, September 16, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    14239 Douthat State Park Road
    Millboro, VA 24460

    The 2nd Annual Campsite Cook Off at Douthat State Park is hosted by Douthat SPEED Group on Saturday September 16. 21 contestants will be competing for $1,000 over all winner. Contestants will be given meats the night before, unknown to them what they will be cooking, provided by SPEED. Spectators are encouraged to come sample all the meats that are being cooked, enjoy some great wine and beer, and also enjoy live music entertainment and dancing for an admission fee of $10...Kids 10 and under get in free. More details to come later. -Thanks to our sponsors Douthat S.P.E.ED Group and Devils Backbone Brewing Company

    Date:
    Saturday, September 16, 2017(11:00 AM - 10:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-8114

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

  • 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

  • Hot Springs
    "Cascades Classic" Golf Tournament
    Sunday, October 1, 2017
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    Locality:
    Bath County
    Route 220
    Hot Springs, VA 24445

    The County of Bath Chamber of Commerce and The Omni Homestead Resort are hosting the 2017 Bath County Chamber “Cascades Classic” Golf Tournament as a fundraiser for the County of Bath Chamber of Commerce. Come join us rain or shine for a friendly competition on the beautiful course of The Cascades at The Omni Homestead.  This is a Captain’s Choice tournament with a rate of $400 per four-man team.  This rate includes green fees, cart fees, entry, and dinner.  We are accepting the first 30 teams to register and pay in full.  Registration deadline is September 22nd.  Any team that registers after September 22nd will pay $440.  All payment is non-refundable. Visit http://countyofbathchamber.org/page/golf_tournament for more information or contact Emily Plecker at 540.839.5409

    Date:
    Sunday, October 1, 2017(1:00 PM

    Telephone:
    540-839-5409

    Email:
    executivedirector@countyofbathchamber.org

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

  • 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 - Sunday, October 8, 2017
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    Locality:
    Highland County
    Courhouse Lawn
    Monterey, VA 24465

    The annual Hands & Harvest Festival is a celebration of the spectacular display of autumn colors in this rural, mountain community! The event features an Arts & Crafts show, Farmers' Market, Clogging performances, bluegrass music, the Highland Hills Farm 5K Run, and a self-guided Harvest Tour that takes travelers to different farm locations throughout the county. The Highland County Public Library sponsors its annual used book sale, while the S.P.C.A. holds its fund-raising sweater sale. Southern Rail Express performs Friday at 5 pm, the Little Switzerland Cloggers perform Saturday afternoon at 1 pm, and Wayne Henderson and Helen White perform Sunday at 3 pm. Fair Lawn Farm, Sugar Tree Country Store, and Laurel Fork Sap Suckers invite 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, and the Highland County Humane Society hosts a silent auction, face painting, a bouncy house, and more! In addition, artists studios are open at The Highland Center, and free hay rides are given throughout the town. Come celebrate autumn in Highland County!  

    Date:
    Friday, October 6, 2017 - Sunday, October 8, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-468-2550
    Highland Visitor Center: 540-468-2551
    Fax: 540-468-2551

    Email:
    findyourescape@highlandcounty.org

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

  • Clifton Forge
    ZoSo: Worlds Greatest Led Zeppelin Tribute
    Saturday, October 7, 2017
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    Locality:
    Alleghany County
    4301 Longdale Furnace Rd.
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    WHY WE ARE EXCITED: Firstly, because its Zeppelin!! Secondly, these lads are hailed as the greatest tribute band EVER. ZoSo executes the music of Led Zeppelin flawlessly...... For real though. (Like- for real, for real.) CHECK IT OUT IF YOU LIKE: British Classic Rock WHY YOU SHOULD COME: Because its the closest that you're gonna get to Led Zeppelin unless you have a time machine- in which case, we want a spin. OPENING ACT: The Reliefs NOT RECOMMENDED FOR: Lawrence Welk fans. FOOD TRUCKS: The Saucy Bird, and The Dirty Bean. The Saucy Bird will be Serving up Chicken Tenders, Chicken Sammies, and Homemade Sauces! The Dirty Bean will be Dishing out Empanadas, Quesadillas, Coffee & Sweet Treats!WHAT TO BRING: Camping Chair, or Blanket and a Sweater or Light Jacket. No Coolers. TICKETS: $20 in Advance, $25 at the GateAges: 21 & Older Show. Free Parking  

    Date:
    Saturday, October 7, 2017(7:00 PM - 11:30 PM)

    Telephone:
    Information: 434-962-5822

    Email:
    info@thefarmatglenhaven.com

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

  • 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

    Join us this holiday season and celebrate an old fashioned Christmas in Highland County! It’s like a scene right out of your favorite Hallmark Christmas movie – a small town celebrating Christmas, Santa Claus, Christmas lights, good will, and a community coming together to celebrate the season. Enjoy the holiday evening with friends and family – old and new. Even if you’re a visitor to our community, we’ll make you feel right at home in no time! Experience Christmas in a small country town, shop through our local stores and vendors, sip on hot chocolate, and even visit Santa after he arrives in our annual Christmas parade! Slow your pace and enjoy Christmas in Highland County! View our schedule of events on our website to plan your day. We’re always adding new things, so be sure to check in frequently!  

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

    Telephone:
    540-468-2550
    Highland Visitor Center: 540-468-2551
    Fax: 540-468-2551

    Email:
    findyourescape@highlandcounty.org

    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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