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  2019 Summer Arts Festival's Calendar of Events.  This summer marks our 28th 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 27 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




Friday Night Outdoor Concerts  (2019)

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

June 7   -   Orquesta Tropikiimba (Afro-Cuban Salsa)***
(Rainsite, if necessary, for Orquesta Tropikiimba (ONLY) will be Squires Studio Theatre. The remainder of the concerts will use the Squires Old Dominion Ballroom as the backup rainsite.) 
June 14 -    Domino Band (R&B)
June 21  -  Gerry Timlin (Irish Folk)
June 28  -  Half Throttle (Contemporary Rock & Country)
July 12  -  Java Brothers (Country & Bluegrass)
July 19   -  Surrender Dorothy (Classic Rock & Rockabilly)
July 26   -  Rick Strickland Band (Beach & Shag)

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.)

***Partial support for Orquesta Tropikiimba provided by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts



Live Theatre Event


Based on the book by: Scott Ferguson, George Keating & Kyle Hall

Music & Lyrics by: Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall & Tom Yohe

Performed by the Roanoke Children's Theatre 

The popular Saturday morning cartoon that taught kids history, grammar, math and more will take the stage this summer for the first theatre event of the 2019 Virginia Tech/Town of Blacksburg Summer Arts Festival.   SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! takes you on a journey with Tom, a brand new teacher, who is a bit nervous about starting his first day. While watching TV to relax, characters emerge to show him how to win his students over through song and quite a bit of imagination.

Dates of Event:  June 15, 16, 17,  2019 @ 2 pm and 4 pm 
Location:  Squires Studio Theatre, Virginia Tech Campus

Admission to all events is free, however, we do request that you reserve your free seating for this event.  Reserve your FREE ticket here for SchoolHouse Rock Live! beginning June 1, 2019.

Special Events  

Presented by the Downtown Merchants 

Summer Solstice Fest   -  June 15, 2019 - 1-11 p.m

Art at the Market  -  July 20, 2019- 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Steppin' Out Street Festival -  August 2 & 3, 2019

Presented by the Town of Blacksburg

Independence Day Celebration - Thursday, July 4, 2019

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

For more information  - Town of Blacksburg Parks & Recreation @ 540-961-1135.

Blacksburg's Market Square Jam - Every Wednesday beginning June, 2019 and each successive Wednesday through September, 2019- 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 

Classic Movies

The Lyric Theatre
135 College Ave.
Blacksburg, VA  24060

Free Classic Movies at the Historic Lyric Theatre all begin at 3 pm for each date shown below:

Harold and Maude       Saturday, June 8 and Wednesday, June 12
Night at the Opera       Saturday, July 6 and Wednesday, July 10
Guys & Dolls                    Saturday, August 10 and Wednesday, August 14

Art Exhibit

Virginia Tech Perspective Gallery
Squires Student Center
Virginia Tech Campus

Bottom Up, Top Down: Stained Glass Sculptures by Nikki Pynn 


Nikki Pynn is a New River Valley based artist, who has been working to transform the traditional art form of stained glass into sculpture. She frequently integrates stained glass with found metal objects. Putting glass in the structures to create sculpture repositions traditional stained glass from the window to the middle of the room. Nikki draws on folk art for the stands, which hold glass constructions, marrying two distinctly different genres of art. Influenced by artists and farmers who solve problems and create with what is at hand, Nikki has pulled from scrap piles at bike shops and dump areas, and has dug up pieces from abandoned farms to build the sculpture stands. Bikes are built to move. Using discarded bike wheels, Nikki invites viewers to touch and move the art, thwarting usual gallery rules.

Nikki discovered stained glass while working towards her BFA at Virginia Commonwealth University. She constructed stained glass panels by traditional methods from graduation in 1980 until 2012. From then, she has experimented with the fragility within the stability of sculptures.

Opening reception Friday June 7,  5 – 7 p.m.

Music by Kat Mills

Free and open to all

Dates of Exhibit:  June 7-August 9, 2019
(Find the summer hours on the Perspective Gallery website)

To make a gift to the School of Performing Arts visit the link below. Designate your gift to the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Once you select the College a secondary field will open and you may then designate the School of Performing Arts.

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