06/26/2015 | By Rosa Lee Jude Director, Wytheville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Wytheville has a variety of attractions and outdoor recreation opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy. An ideal way to experience the flavor and authenticity of the area is through the many festivals and special events that are held throughout the year. The activities mentioned below fill the spring, summer, and fall with a wealth of interesting, enjoyable, and educational opportunities for the entire family.
This eight-day event has an over 25 year history of providing entertainment. All events are free and held in the center of Wytheville throughout the day and into the evening. There are crafts and classes, art displays and food, and every evening ends with multiple bands in the open air atmosphere of a beautiful public park.
Besides this multi-day festival, there are many special or series events that are held at attractions and parks throughout the area.
July 4th Celebration
This free all day event in heart of the downtown is filled with great activities for all ages. The celebration begins at 3:00 p.m. with live music, food vendors, childrens activities. At 5:00, there’s a hot dog eating contest followed by more music and fun into the evening. The night concludes at dark with a spectacular fireworks display.
Beagle Ridge Herb Farm/Flying Flowers
This attraction includes a two-acre herb display garden, a walk-through butterfly house, four and a half miles of nature trails, acres and acres of beautiful property and the new Serendipity, a special event building. From spring to fall, Beagle Ridge holds a variety of public special events including Lavender Thyme in June, Monarch Tagging in September, and Garlic Thyme in October.
Big Walker Lookout/BW
As one of the oldest privately operated tourism attractions in Virginia, Big Walker Lookout/BW Country Store is a natural and man-made attraction and store located on a National Forest Scenic Byway just a few minutes from Wytheville. Showcasing the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as their motto says “Only the Birds See More” from atop the 100-foot observation tower that was built over 60 years ago. As a member of ‘Round the Mountain artisans group and an affiliate location of the Crooked Road Music Trail, Big Walker has embraced holding special events to add variety to their venue. From May through October, each Saturday and Sunday, they host a variety of artisans and musicians who bring an authentic experience to the area.
New River Trail State Park
As one of the most visited state parks in Virginia, the New River Trail State Park is a cornerstone of outdoor recreation in Southwest Virginia. Throughout the year, this facility holds a variety of programs and special events. Held in September, the New River Challenge has become Virginia’s premier long-distance triathlon.The challenge has a 40-mile bike ride, 12-mile kayak leg and half marathon along southwestern Virginia’s 57-mile-long New River Trail. Participants can either choose to compete solo or in teams of two or three.
West Wind Farm Vineyard
Located on a beautiful family farm, West Wind has several ongoing events throughout the year including their popular summer concert series that runs from June to October. These events showcase local and regional music as well as homegrown and home-crafted wines.
Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre
Every eight weeks, a new Broadway-caliber production graces the stage. Following a four-course meal, Wohlfahrt Haus presents musicals that showcase many different types of music from classic to contemporary as well as feature huge production numbers with unforgettable dancing. These family-friendly productions are presented in matinee and evening times throughout the entire year.
The List is Too Long
A wide variety of special events, festivals, and other activities are held throughout the entire summer and fall in the Wytheville area with many more added as the year progresses. For latest information, contact the Wytheville Convention & Visitors Bureau, toll-free at 1-877-347-8307, or visit http://VisitWytheville.com on your computer or mobile device. Also check out the VisitWytheville Facebook or Twitter pages.