Events

Events Calendar

Thursday Jams Concert Series
May
09
Music | Family Fun | Performances | Wine/Beer

Thursday Jams Concert Series

The Abingdon Music Experience presents Thursday Jams 2019. The events will showcase nationally recognized artists on stage at the Abingdon Market Pavilion each Thursday evening May 9-July 18, 2019. Food and drink are available at every show, as well as a beer garden-bring your ID! All concerts are free, bring a lawn chair and a blanket and enjoy the music! Tickets: This event is free to the public. Food and Beverages will be for sale. Bring your lawn chairs and blanke…

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Church Basement Ladies at Barter Theatre
May
12
Music | Family Fun | Performances

Church Basement Ladies at Barter Theatre

The ladies of the local church fortify their flock with love, wisdom and, of course, the food they prepare in the church’s basement kitchen. Bringing their own special brand of humor, the story of the four women, as they organize the food and solve the problems of their church, mixes together wonderful music, endearing characters, and side-splitting scenes to serve up a deliciously delightful journey. Funny and down-to-earth, you will recognize and embrace these ladies as they witness t…

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May
18
Music | Family Fun | Performances

Shrek The Musical at Barter Theatre

Follow the adventures of Shrek, his sidekick Donkey, Princess Fiona, Lord Farquad and every fairytale adventure you know and love in this Tony Award-winning musical based on the blockbuster DreamWorks Animation film. A little green ogre grows up to be a big, disgusting, layered hero. Shrek finds himself on a life-changing journey to rescue the feisty princess with his witty and sarcastic friend, Donkey. Along the way, they encounter a lively cookie, a flirty dragon, and a small villain. Can t…

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Exit Laughing
May
30
Performances

Exit Laughing

For this group of genteel southern ladies, the biggest highlight in their lives for the past 30 years has been their weekly bridge night out with the “girls.” What do you do when one of your foursome, whose caustic wit and love of life makes her the bond that holds the four musketeers together, inconveniently dies? If you’re Connie, Leona and Millie, three southern ladies from Birmingham, you do the most daring thing you’ve ever done. You “borrow” the ashes…

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Jun
06
Music | Family Fun | History/Heritage | Performances

The Crooked Road Open Jam

The Crooked Road Open Jam is an informal musical gathering on the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Thursday of each month. You don't have to play an instrument to partake, though it's always open to those who do. Either way, just come prepared to have fun and be blown away by the level of talent Southwest Virginia has to offer. Entertainment is free; special a la carte BBQ menu also available. 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Thursday of each month 6:30-9:00 p.m.

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The Presence of Water ~ Watercolor Paintings by Thelma Blake
Jun
07
Arts & Crafts

The Presence of Water ~ Watercolor Paintings by Thelma Blake

The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the summer installment of the CornerGallery’s 2019 exhibition series with a collection of watercolor floral and still life works entitled "Presence of Water” by Abingdon, Virginia artist, Thelma Blake.          In her artist’s statement, Thelma reveals, “I am drawn to the media of watercolor for its fluidity on paper and the magical presence as it moves about on paper. Sometimes I…

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Thursday Jams Presents: The Commonheart
Jun
20
Music | Family Fun | Performances | Wine/Beer | LGBT Friendly

Thursday Jams Presents: The Commonheart

Warm Night, Cool Grass, The Appalachian Mountains, Free Music… and You! Thursday Jams, in the heart of Downtown Abingdon, is the place for families and friends of all ages and backgrounds to experience 10 nights of free, diverse music every year at the Abingdon Market Pavilion. Our concert calendar includes artists from all around the country and right in our own backyard, from bluegrass to soul, home-grown country to Indie rock, and fun, southern rock. Visit award-winning resta…

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Jun
22
Music | Family Fun | Performances

Live Music: Justin Mychals

Enjoy authentic Appalachian tunes and storytelling with Justin Mychals Music~ $5 per adult added at register for musician~ All ages welcome!

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Living History at the Abingdon Muster Grounds
Jun
22
Family Fun | History/Heritage | Performances

Living History at the Abingdon Muster Grounds

Overmountain Men and their families come to life at the Abingdon Muster Grounds during Living History Days 2019. These events highlight the importance of the Washington County, Virginia militia and the Revolutionary War Battle of Kings Mountain, 1780.  There will be demonstrations related to life in backcountry Virginia during colonial times.  This event has activities for the whole family!  Join the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, Blacks Fort Chapter-DAR, and Gene…

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Thursday Jams Presents: Love CANON
Jun
27
Music | Family Fun | Performances | Wine/Beer | LGBT Friendly

Thursday Jams Presents: Love CANON

Warm Night, Cool Grass, The Appalachian Mountains, Free Music… and You! Thursday Jams, in the heart of Downtown Abingdon, is the place for families and friends of all ages and backgrounds to experience 10 nights of free, diverse music every year at the Abingdon Market Pavilion. Our concert calendar includes artists from all around the country and right in our own backyard, from bluegrass to soul, home-grown country to Indie rock, and fun, southern rock. Visit award-winning resta…

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Jun
27

Storytime with the Curator

Storytime with the Curator is the perfect opportunity for families looking for a fun and easy way to introduce their young children to art and art history. The second and fourth Thursday of each month, join the William King Museum of Art’s curator for a story about art, artists, or one of our exhibits. This is a unique opportunity for young learners to discover the vast and wonderful world of art guided by an expert in the field! This program is free and open to the public. For inform…

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Damascus VA Independence Day Celebration
Jul
03
Music | Family Fun | Holidays | 4th of July

Damascus VA Independence Day Celebration

July 3rd from 6pm until 10pm at the Damascus Town Park, 202 South Beaver Dam Avenue, Damascus, VA 24236 United States Live Music, Food, and Fireworks!   (Rain date will be set for Labor Day in September, if necessary)

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Jul
04
Music | Family Fun | Performances | 4th of July

4th of July Blues & BBQ

Come celebrate with live music by Steele Cookin Band and delicious BBQ!~ Free admission, all ages welcome!~ Boat and kayak parking available~ Food, drinks and wine slushees for sale!

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Abingdon's Independence Day Extravaganza
Jul
04
Music | Family Fun | History/Heritage | Festivals | 4th of July

Abingdon's Independence Day Extravaganza

Abingdon All-American Independence Day Extravaganza in downtown Abingdon at the Abingdon Market Pavilion. This event is a collaboration between Abingdon Music Experience, Parks & Recreation & Abingdon Main Street. The day’s festivities will begin at 4pm, celebrating Abingdon’s rich Revolutionary War history, with living historians & the Fife & Drum Corps on site. Activities include a Block Party with a foam pit and DJ, kid’s crafts, food trucks &a…

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Thursday Jams Presents: The Happy Fits
Jul
11
Music | Family Fun | Performances | Wine/Beer | LGBT Friendly

Thursday Jams Presents: The Happy Fits

Warm Night, Cool Grass, The Appalachian Mountains, Free Music… and You! Thursday Jams, in the heart of Downtown Abingdon, is the place for families and friends of all ages and backgrounds to experience 10 nights of free, diverse music every year at the Abingdon Market Pavilion. Our concert calendar includes artists from all around the country and right in our own backyard, from bluegrass to soul, home-grown country to Indie rock, and fun, southern rock. Visit award-winning resta…

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Jul
17
Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes

July Lunch and Learn at William King Museum of Art

Bring something new to your lunch hour! Join us at William King from 12:00pm-1:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month to watch (or even participate in) a studio art demonstration or hear a brief arts lecture. Topics vary each month! How to participate: 1.) Call a day prior to ensure a seat is saved for you 2.) Bring your brown bag lunch the day of the Lunch n Learn. The front desk will direct you to the month's meeting place. 3.) Enjoy your lunch while participa…

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Thursday Jams Presents: John Paul White
Jul
18
Music | Family Fun | Performances | Wine/Beer | LGBT Friendly

Thursday Jams Presents: John Paul White

Warm Night, Cool Grass, The Appalachian Mountains, Free Music… and You! Thursday Jams, in the heart of Downtown Abingdon, is the place for families and friends of all ages and backgrounds to experience 10 nights of free, diverse music every year at the Abingdon Market Pavilion. Our concert calendar includes artists from all around the country and right in our own backyard, from bluegrass to soul, home-grown country to Indie rock, and fun, southern rock. Visit award-winning resta…

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Summer Market at the SWVA Cultural Center
Jul
20
Music | Arts & Crafts

Summer Market at the SWVA Cultural Center

‘Round the Mountain: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network, in partnership with the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center & Marketplace will host Inaugural Summer Market on Saturday, July 20th. Live music, children’s activities, food trucks and fun for the whole family!

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Virginia Highlands Festival
Jul
26
Family Fun | History/Heritage | Arts & Crafts | Festivals | Antique Shows/Flea Markets

Virginia Highlands Festival

Come celebrate the Virginia Highlands Festival in historic Abingdon, VA. Named "Best Art Event" in the region by readers of Virginia Living magazine, the Festival offers activities and entertainment for the whole family. Anchored by an antiques market and an award-winning juried arts and crafts show, the Festival includes live music, historical re-enactments, fine art and photography competitions, performances, creative writing workshops, guided nature hikes, and numerous…

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Living History Tour of Sinking Spring Cemetery
Jul
27
Family Fun | History/Heritage | LGBT Friendly | Festivals

Living History Tour of Sinking Spring Cemetery

LIVING HISTORY TOUR of Sinking Spring Cemetery July 28 (Saturday)    5:00 – 7:15 pm Presented by The Historical Society of Washington County, VA. Join us for a walk through this picturesque burial ground as guides lead small groups through while interpreters in period costume tell the stories of various persons lying in rest. Each tour lasts about an hour and the last one will begin at 7:15 pm…

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App(uhg)lachian Games - 10k Run, 10k Bike, 20lb Carry
Jul
27
LGBT Friendly | Virginia Green | Eco-Friendly | Sporting

App(uhg)lachian Games - 10k Run, 10k Bike, 20lb Carry

Benefiting non-profit Appalachian Sustainable Development, this is a race series like no other.  Located in the beautiful mountains of St. Paul and Coeburn, Virginia, this event will consist of a run, a bike, and a carry, and will provide a full participant experience in App(ugh)lachia. Are you ready to be conquered, OR are you App(ugh)lachian? Registration includes: - Race swag bag and t-shirt  - Entry into all three events…

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Aug
21
Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes

August Lunch and Learn at William King Museum of Art

Bring something new to your lunch hour! Join us at William King from 12:00pm-1:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month to watch (or even participate in) a studio art demonstration or hear a brief arts lecture. Topics vary each month! How to participate: 1.) Call a day prior to ensure a seat is saved for you 2.) Bring your brown bag lunch the day of the Lunch n Learn. The front desk will direct you to the month's meeting place. 3.) Enjoy your lunch while participa…

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Main Street Busker Fest
Aug
31
Music | Family Fun | Performances | Wine/Beer | LGBT Friendly | Festivals

Main Street Busker Fest

Weird and wonderful street performers will fill downtown Abingdon for the Main Street Busker Fest  We’ve lined up acts from all over the region & country to thrill your senses. From fire-eaters to magicians, human statues, one-man bands and everything in between, there won’t be a corner of the Main Street that will disappoint. There is something for all ages! The Imagination Station, presented by William King Museum & Barter Youth Academy is all for kids & kids at heart from 11-3…

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Sep
01
Music | Family Fun | Performances

Labor Day Blues & BBQ with Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillen

Enjoy rockin' blues by Victor Lawson and Boogie Chillen and delicious BBQ!~ Food, drinks and WINE SLUSHEES available for purchase~ Boat and kayak parking available~ All ages welcome!

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Sep
14
Music | Family Fun | Wine/Beer

Oktoberfest at Abingdon Vineyards

Grab your favorite glass of wine from Abingdon Vineyards and join the Mountain Top Polka Band for a fun German-themed party!

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Sep
14
Family Fun | Antique Shows/Flea Markets

Abingdon's Town Wide Yard Sale

Abingdon’s Town Wide Yard Sale 8.2 miles of "trash to treasure" for you to discover The Town of Abingdon will host a Town-wide yard sale.   Residents are encouraged to sell their goods in a yard sale type setting only on private property, no commercial vendors allowed.

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Sep
18
Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes

September Lunch and Learn at William King Museum of Art

Bring something new to your lunch hour! Join us at William King from 12:00pm-1:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month to watch (or even participate in) a studio art demonstration or hear a brief arts lecture. Topics vary each month! How to participate: 1.) Call a day prior to ensure a seat is saved for you 2.) Bring your brown bag lunch the day of the Lunch n Learn. The front desk will direct you to the month's meeting place. 3.) Enjoy your lunch while participa…

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Abingdon Block Party
Sep
28
Music | Family Fun | Performances | LGBT Friendly | Fall

Abingdon Block Party

GET YOUR COSTUMES READY Abingdon's newest event will have you dancing in the streets...literally! We're closing down Main Street for a block party, featuring a street fair, costume contest, kids activities and live music. Come and join us at the 200 Block of West Main Street. For ALL AGES & FREE!

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Oct
16
Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes

October Lunch and Learn at William King Museum of Art

Bring something new to your lunch hour! Join us at William King from 12:00pm-1:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month to watch (or even participate in) a studio art demonstration or hear a brief arts lecture. Topics vary each month! How to participate: 1.) Call a day prior to ensure a seat is saved for you 2.) Bring your brown bag lunch the day of the Lunch n Learn. The front desk will direct you to the month's meeting place. 3.) Enjoy your lunch while participa…

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Oct
18
Music | Family Fun | Wine/Beer

Oktoberfest! at Wolf Hills Brewing

Join us for our annual Oktoberfest event with Mountain Top Polka Band, traditional food and our Oktoberfest lager. The Oktoberfest tradition started in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. The citizens of Munich were invited to join in the festivities which were held over five days on the fields in front of the city gates. Come join in the revelry. Prost!

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Abingdon Veterans Day Ceremony
Nov
11
Music | Family Fun | History/Heritage | Holidays

Abingdon Veterans Day Ceremony

The Town of Abingdon, the Veterans Association and the VFW invite the public to a special ceremony for Veterans Day on November 11, 2019 at 11:00am.    The event will include a flag raising ceremony, memorial tree dedications, music by the fife & drum corps and local marching bands, and a special guest speaker. 

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Nov
20
Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes

November Lunch and Learn at William King Museum of Art

Bring something new to your lunch hour! Join us at William King from 12:00pm-1:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month to watch (or even participate in) a studio art demonstration or hear a brief arts lecture. Topics vary each month! How to participate: 1.) Call a day prior to ensure a seat is saved for you 2.) Bring your brown bag lunch the day of the Lunch n Learn. The front desk will direct you to the month's meeting place. 3.) Enjoy your lunch while participa…

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Abingdon Christmas Parade
Dec
07
Family Fun | Holidays | Winter

Abingdon Christmas Parade

The Kiwanis Christmas traditional holiday parade will flow down the Main Street of Abingdon. Come and enjoy the many floats and entertainment for the Christmas season!

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Dec
18
Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes

December Lunch and Learn at William King Museum of Art

Bring something new to your lunch hour! Join us at William King from 12:00pm-1:00pm on the third Wednesday of the month to watch (or even participate in) a studio art demonstration or hear a brief arts lecture. Topics vary each month! How to participate: 1.) Call a day prior to ensure a seat is saved for you 2.) Bring your brown bag lunch the day of the Lunch n Learn. The front desk will direct you to the month's meeting place. 3.) Enjoy your lunch while participa…

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Lodging

Shrek The Musical at Barter Theatre

127 West Main Street | 12:00AM

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