Summer Arts Festival


With the joint efforts of Virginia Tech's School of Performing Arts and the Town of Blacksburg, we are proud to present the  2017 Summer Arts Festival's Calendar of Events.  This summer marks our 26th year of this cultural and entertaining event for the Virginia Tech Campus and the New River Valley!  This Festival has become a tradition that is now solidly established.  We have developed a very strong audience base for the Summer Arts Festival over the past 25 years, and with the renewed support of Virginia Tech and the Town of Blacksburg, the Festival continues to be a welcome tradition to the university and the community.


E. Jane Harrison, Producer    
Summer Arts Festival


Well folks, the 2017 Summer Arts Festival is coming to an end soon!  But I am already working on plans for the summer of 2018!  Please check in with the Summer Arts Festival webpage around mid-April, 2018 to see what will be happening next summer!  Until then, a big thank you to all the wonderful patrons for helping to make the Summer Arts Festival a continuing success!

Friday Night Outdoor Concerts  (2017)

Henderson Lawn Stage, Virginia Tech Campus
(Rainsite:  Old Dominion Ballroom, Squires Student Center)
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Admission:  FREE

June 2   -   Surrender Dorothy (Classic Rock and Country)
June 9  -    Jamtastics (Smooth R&B Jazz)
June 16  -  Gerry Timlin (Irish Singer)
June 23  -  Rick Strickland Band (Beach & Shag)
July 7     -  Crossties (Bluegrass)
July 14   -  Hoppie Vaughan and the Ministers of Soul (Blue-eyed Soul)
July 21   -  Domino Band (R&B, Soul, and Variety)
July 28   -  Zydeco-a-Go-Go (New Orleans-style Jazz)

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, and families for a warm summer evening of music on the Virginia Tech Campus in Blacksburg, Virginia!
(Henderson Lawn is located at the corner of Main St. and College Ave.)

Live Theatre Events

Elephant and Piggie's WE ARE IN A PLAY!  

Presented by the Virginia Tech/Town of Blacksburg Summer Arts Festival 2017
(Performed by the Roanoke Children's Theatre) 

Based on the books by Mo Willems; script & lyrics by Mo Willems & Deborah Wicks La Puma

A singing elephant? A dancing pig? That can only mean one thing! Mo Willems’ beloved and award-winning children’s books, Elephant and Piggie, are coming to the stage! In this brand new vaudevillian romp of a musical, Elephant and Piggie explore the importance of friendship. Children and adults alike will be dancing in their seats as this musical experience has them doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” all night long.

Studio Theatre, Squires Student Center, Virginia Tech Campus
Saturday, June 17; Sunday, June 18; and Monday, June 19, 2017  (2 pm and 4 pm-each day)
Admission to all events is free, however, we do request that you reserve your free seating for this event.  On-line reservations will be available beginning June 1.

Make free online reservations here for Elephant and Piggie's WE ARE IN A PLAY! 

OH, KAY!         

(A Musical Comedy written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin)

Presented by the Virginia Tech/Town of Blacksburg Summer Arts Festival 2017

George Gershwin's "Oh, Kay" is filled with bootleggers, mistaken identities, warring couples, and of course, hit songs!  Join us to experience some of your favorite Gershwin songs ("Someone to Watch Over Me," "Do, do, do," "Clap yo' hands"), and to watch Virginia Tech students present a musical that you may never get a chance to see again!

Studio Theatre, Squires Student Center, Virginia Tech Campus
Thursday, August 10 and Friday, August 11, 2017 (7:30 pm each night)
Admission to all events is free, however, we do request that you reserve your free seating to this event.  On-line reservations are available now!!!

Make free online reservations here for OH, KAY!  

Classic Movies

The Historic Lyric Theatre

135 College Avenue
Office Phone: (540) 951-4771
CAIO Office: (540) 951-1772

Susan Mattingly - Executive Director

All classic movies begin at 3:00 pm

June 10          -  Endless Summer
June 14          -  Endless Summer

July 8             -  Cool Hand Luke
July 12           -  Cool Hand Luke

August 12      -  Cabaret
August 16      -  Cabaret

Special Events  


Presented by the Downtown Merchants 

Art Walk - June 2, 2017 - 5-7 p.m.

Summer Solstice Fest  (10th Annual) -  June 17, 2017 - 1-11 p.m

Art at the Market (with Breakfast at the Farmers Market) -  July 15, 2017 - 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Steppin' Out Street Festival -  August 4 & 5, 2017

Presented by the Town of Blacksburg

Independence Day Celebration - Tuesday July 4, 2017

2-3 p.m.: Parade in downtown Blacksburg, followed by a free movie at The Lyric Theatre (sponsored by Mt. Tabor Ruritan Club)
6 p.m.: The Blacksburg Community Band
8 p.m.: 3 Minute Lovin' Band
9:30 p.m.: Fireworks

For more information on Independence Day Celebration, call  the Town of Blacksburg Parks & Recreation @ 540-961-1135.

Blacksburg's Market Square Jam - Every Wednesday beginning June 1 and each successive Wednesday through September 28, 2017 - 8 pm - 10:00 pm

Blacksburg’s Market Square Jam is an official Crooked Road affiliated venue that provides fun and entertainment on Wednesday evenings, June through September. The Jam takes place at Market Square Park from 8-10 p.m.  Catering to traditional old time music, the Market Square Jam brings regional musicians together to pick a tune, enjoy fun times with their friends and family, and take in all that downtown Blacksburg has to offer. 

For more information about the jam or to inquire about being a host band contact the Town of Blacksburg Community Relations Office at 540-961-1199 or email 

Art Exhibits

Perspective Gallery        
2nd Floor, Squires Student Center, Virginia Tech   

Gallery Open:  Tuesday-Saturday - 12 pm - 8:00 pm; Sunday - 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm; closed Mondays (Also closed on July 4)

"Travelers and Other Nurds"
(Paintings by Michael Farrar)

Dates: June 2 - August 12, 2017

Armory Art Gallery            

Draper Road
Blacksburg, VA

Gallery Open:  Monday - Friday - 10 am - 4 pm; closed Saturday and Sunday)

Widely Gathered:  Printmaking Collected

Dates:  June 2 - July 7, 2017

Showcase of the work of Dongsoo Choi (AP Faculty, IT specialist, and recent MFA graduate in the School of Visual Arts)

Dates:  August 4 - September 2, 2017

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