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Events Calendar

Church Basement Ladies at Barter Theatre
Jul
13
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 the chu…

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Exit Laughing
Jul
17
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 from the funeral home for one last …

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Jul
17
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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Jul
18
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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Jan Hurt art collection
Aug
01
Arts & Crafts

Art Sale: Can't Take it With You

Art sale from the collection of Jan Hurt & Sam Hurt, Jr.  Priced to sell! Framed work by regional, national and international artists. Collection includes antique maps, prints, charcoals, oils, acrylics, watercolors, wood block prints, photography, wood burnings. Proceeds benefit Barter Theatre & Washington County Business Challenge. Abingdon Sale LocationsAugust 1 - 31, Wolf Hills BrewingSeptember 1 - 30, Rain Restaurant

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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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Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarns Trunk Show
Aug
23
Winter | Arts & Crafts | LGBT Friendly | Spring | Fall

Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarns Trunk Show

A Likely Yarn's annual Miss Babs Hand-Dyed Yarns Trunk Show will be here the last weekend in August! Friday, August 23rd from Noon-8pm and Saturday, August 24th from 10am-5pm. Come shop this huge selection of Miss Babs yarns and see the array of samples to inspire you. The trunk show will have yarn bases not normally carried in our shop along with favorites.

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Living History at the Abingdon Muster Grounds
Aug
24
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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Maytag Virgin at Barter Theatre
Aug
27
Performances | Arts & Crafts | Fall

Maytag Virgin at Barter Theatre

When Jack moves in to a house next to Lizzy they find that they have as many things in common as they do differences, and a relationship that begins as a coincidental, neighborly friendship becomes an unexpected journey of self-discovery and healing. This is a character driven play set in the Deep South. Peopled with quirky yet recognizable characters and full of humor and evocative language, “A radiant gem of light into the ordinary struggles of love, loss, and life.”

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Aug
27
Performances

American Pride Country: Music of the Statler Brothers

Enjoy an evening with American Pride, the group that has brought back the songs, the memories, and the authentic sounds of the most award winning act in Country Music history - the legendary Statler Brothers.Relive the musical memories of The Statler Brothers through American Pride with favorites such as "Bed of Roses", "Class of '57", and "I'll Go to My Grave Loving You", as well as patriotic and gospel song like "I'll Fly Away" and "Heaven's Jubilee." American Pride captures…

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Johnny-Cash-tribute
Aug
28
Performances

Johnny Cash Now Concert

Another historic venue, the Barter Theatre, is the site for our tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash – another Virginia native!  Enjoy a show by Gray Sartin, a tribute artist who will make you believe you are at a live concert with Johnny Cash. He will introduce his band the Tennessee Three, who are not just playing instruments but who are playing the parts of Johnny’s original band members. You will also see and hear an actress playing the part of June Carter, Johnny’s wife as …

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Glassfest — talks, demonstrations, and the performance of glassmaking
Aug
29
Family Fun | Performances | Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes | Festivals

Glassfest — talks, demonstrations, and the performance of glassmaking

Glassfest: Live glassblowing is coming to Abingdon in August In conjunction with their exhibit, Now Playing: New Forms in Contemporary Glass, William King Museum of Art (WKMA) is hosting Glassfest—a weekend of talks, demonstrations, and performance all centered around the art of glassmaking. Glassfest is WKMA’s effort to bring their exhibit, & the drama of glassmaking, alive in Abingdon. Glassfest starts at 6 PM on Thursday, Au…

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Glassfest
Aug
29
Arts & Crafts | Workshops/Classes

Glassfest

The “drama of discovery” came to define the early days of the Studio Glass movement as artists transitioned the material of glass from functional object to sculptural. Examine where the dramatic element of glassmaking is leading artists working today with Glassfest, 4 days of demonstrations, lectures and tours, hosted by William King Museum of Art.   Glassfest Events: WHAT IN THE BLAZES? Glass ExplainedLecture with Mark Russell, owner o…

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Main Street Busker Fest 2017 Cyd Show
Aug
31
Music | Family Fun | Performances | Wine/Beer | LGBT Friendly | Festivals

Blue Ridge BuskerFest

Weird and wonderful street performers will fill downtown Abingdon for Blue Ridge BuskerFest  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 is all for kids & kids at heart from 11-3pm on the Barter Green. Join them for FREE puppet making, impro…

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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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Book Club at the SWVA Cultural Center
Sep
02
History/Heritage | Wine/Beer

Book Club at the SWVA Cultural Center

Join us at the Southwest Virginia Cultural Center for our monthly book club, every first Monday of the month! This club features books by Southwest Virginia authors or books about Southwest Virginia. We hope you will join us to discover the culture and amazing authors SWVA has to offer. 

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Wait Until Dark
Sep
06
Performances | Holidays | Arts & Crafts | Fall

Wait Until Dark

Murder, secret identities, and a switchblade named Geraldine sets the stage for this white-knuckle thriller that will have you screeching with delight! In a new, fresh adaptation of Frederick Knott’s original compelling mystery that will have you shrieking out loud, this is the story of Susan Hendrix, a blind yet capable woman, is imperiled by a trio of men in her own apartment. As the climax builds to its unknown conclusion, Susan discovers that her blindness just might be the key to h…

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Washington County Fair
Sep
09
Music | Family Fun | Arts & Crafts | Fairs

Washington County Fair

Washington County Fair in Abingdon, VA Presents “Let The Good Times Grow,” the 70th Annual Fair. The Fair hosts a variety of family events and fun activities. Music Concerts, Livestock Shows, Horse Shows, Lawn Mower Race, School Days, Senior Day, Carnival Rides, Food, Commercial Exhibits, Educational Exhibits, Arts, Crafts, and Old McDonald's Petting Zoo plus other special events. Join us for the Washington County Fair! The Fair is held on the Washington County Fairg…

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The Loophole at Barter Theatre
Sep
13
Performances | Arts & Crafts | Fall

The Loophole at Barter Theatre

Darlene and Charlene, twin sisters from South Carolina, steal $20.5 million from the Department of Defense through a loophole. What begins as an accident turns into a 7-year fraud that these middle-aged Baptist women justify. Funny and touching, The Loophole is a surprising look at greed, grief and the extraordinary journeys of a wounded heart.  

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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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The Producers at Barter Theatre
Sep
19
Music | Performances | Arts & Crafts

The Producers at Barter Theatre

Book by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan, Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks “Fun, funny and alive!” Mel Brooks turned his iconic cult classic film into a record breaking musical for the stage. A hotshot Broadway producer, who has lost his luck and his partner in crime, attempt to create and produce the greatest failed Broadway show in history. They make a plan to raise $2 million, hire the worst director and actors, and choose the most offensive and doomed show. Although it seem…

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Bristol Rhythm & Roots
Sep
20
Music | Festivals

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival

The award-winning Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion isn’t just a music festival. It’s an infectious, three-day music experience, bursting with creative passion, electricity, and soul - a celebration of the legacy of the 1927 Bristol Sessions recordings. Headliners in 2019 include Wynonna & The Big Noise, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Patty Griffin, Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, Sam Bush, Mike Farris, Elizabeth Cook, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Jim Lauderdale, CAAMP, Ruston Kelly, M…

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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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Abingdon Harvest Festival
Oct
05
Family Fun | Culinary | Festivals | Fall

Abingdon Harvest Festival

Bring your whole family to enjoy our annual Harvest Festival, featuring apple butter stirring and apple cider pressing, and take home some goodies! Artisans will be demonstrating their crafts as well.  Members will stir off delicious apple butter the traditional way in a copper kettle over a wood fire while sweet and tangy apple cider pours out of the apple press. Bring your own apples and our volunteers will press them for homemade apple cider that you can take home and enjoy.&nb…

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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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White Christmas at Barter Theatre
Nov
15
Music | Performances | Holidays | Arts & Crafts | Fall

White Christmas at Barter Theatre

A timeless tale of joy and goodwill filled with Irving Berlin’s call songs, topped off with glorious dancing and lots of snow makes this a show a holiday classic for all audiences! Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is the story of Bob and Phil, two showbiz buddies putting on a production in a picturesque Vermont Inn after World War II. In the bargain, these two meet their perfect mates, who happen to be sisters and honor their beloved army general. Full of romance, laughter and some…

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Nov
15
Performances

Barter Theatre Christmas Shows

A timeless tale of joy and goodwill filled with Irving Berlin’s call songs, topped off with glorious dancing and lots of snow makes this a show a holiday classic for all audiences! Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is the story of Bob and Phil, two showbiz buddies putting on a production in a picturesque Vermont Inn after World War II. In the bargain, these two meet their perfect mates, who happen to be sisters and honor their beloved army general. Full of romance, laughter and some…

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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's Small Business Saturday
Nov
30
Family Fun | Holidays | Winter | Arts & Crafts | LGBT Friendly

Abingdon's Small Business Saturday

Skip the Black Friday madness, and head to downtown Abingdon for Small Business Saturday.  This national campaign was originally created by American Express to encourage shoppers to support small businesses.  Abingdon will celebrate Small Business Saturday with free family activities, extended merchant hours, and freshly roasted chestnuts for sale on Main Street.  Stroll along the adorable brick sidewalks and enjoy the window displays: this year Abingdon’s merchant…

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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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Community Christmas
Dec
11
Family Fun | Performances | Holidays | Winter

Community Christmas

"Making Spirits Bright." The 23rd annual Community Christmas program is the perfect way to usher in the holidays for the entire family. The Annual Community Christmas Program will celebrate the Spirit of Giving at the Barter Theatre. An evening of Holiday Fun featuring our areas best in dance, music, and storytelling. The Community Christmas Program is a non-profit organiztion, which raises money to help feed the hungry through organizations in our area.

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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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