If you are planning to be in Blacksburg for the summer, take some time to enjoy a full schedule of summer arts activities. The Summer Arts Festival offers fun for all ages and includes indoor and outdoor concerts, movies, visual arts, children’s activities, and other special events.

The festival is presented in partnership between the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech and the Town of Blacksburg. All events are free and open to the public.

“I am excited about the 2023 Summer Arts Festival. We continue to offer fun outdoor concerts on Friday nights, exciting classical concerts on Thursday nights, classic films, and activities for children," said Ariana Wyatt, associate professor of voice in the School of Performing Arts and director of this year’s festival. "There is something for everyone.”

Friday night outdoor concerts

The summer 2023 lineup of outdoor concerts offers six bands throughout June and July. The live music will take place Friday evenings on Henderson Lawn at the corner of Main Street and College Avenue, from 6-7:30 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the event will be canceled.

Thursday night indoor concerts

Thursday night concerts return for the second year and again include the popular community-sing concert. Concerts will be held at the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church at 701 Church St. at 7 p.m. The first concert will feature Virginia Tech alumna Aurora Martin '12.

The Joseph Haydn “Lord Nelson Mass" performance is a community-sing event. Those interested in participating as a choir member are asked to fill out this form. Rehearsals begin on July 5.

Lyric Classic Movies Series

Beat the summer heat with a free classic movie at the historic Lyric Theatre at 135 College Ave. All movies begin at 3 p.m.

"Backyard Stone Carvers" art exhibition

Perspective Gallery is hosting “Backyard Stone Carvers,” a sculpture exhibition that honors the spirit of sculptor and teacher Darcy Meeker, who led a group of artists to find their voices through stone carving workshops that began in her backyard.  

Storytime and Improv Workshop with Joelle

Join storyteller Joelle for stories, songs, and silly fun.  All ages are welcome for the storytime sessions. The Improv Workshop is created for children 10 to 15 years old.

Saturday Morning Yoga  

The month of July will bring Saturday Morning Yoga on the lawn of the Blacksburg Museum. This easy flow yoga is a great start to your weekend.

Special events

Sign up for weekly Summer Arts Festival updates from the School of Performing Arts here. Find more information online or contact Ariana Wyatt, Summer Arts Festival producer, at ariana1@vt.edu.

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