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After a long hike you might want to just call it a day.

But don’t go doing it in front of a TV. You can do that at home. Out here you can experience live performances of real bluegrass and old-time music, or come out to one of the local jam sessions.  There is always traditional music being picked in the Heart of Appalachia.  Unique experiences will enhance your visit like going to the drive-in, watching an outdoor drama, or seeing exotic animals from across the globe, up close and personal.  The possibilities are virtually endless.

  • Trivia Night at Painted Peak Brewing Co.
    Aug 21
    The Tazewell Library will run a Trivia Night at the Painted Peak Brewery on Main Street Tazewell. Test your knowledge as a team (no more than 6 people) or by yourself at this family event. Call the library or Painted Peak Brewery at 988-7325 for more details.
  • Warren live at Painted Peak
    Aug 23
    Come listen to one of our Warren while you enjoy some delicious food and brews.
  • RTE 23 Music Festival
    Aug 24 Wise
    The RTE 23 Music Festival has its origins back in February of 2009, when The Bristol Rhythm & Roots  Concert Series at UVa-Wise hosted its first show in the college’s student center.  The goal then – and now – was simple: bring the best Americana bands possible to...
  • Forks in The Road Food Truck Rally
    Aug 24 Lebanon
    The Forks In the Road Food Truck Rally comes back bigger and better for 2019! Brothers Andrew and Ben Gilmer will open for singer / songwriter Scott Miller as we close down the streets for a night of music, food, local spirits, and fun!
  • Annual Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival
    Sept 1 Duffield
    On Sunday, September 1st, the 17th Annual Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival will honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Joseph “Papa Joe” Smiddy. The event is presented by the Cove Ridge Center Foundation and will be held in the amphitheater at Natural Tunnel State Park...
  • Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park - First Saturday Community Coffee House
    Spet 7 Big Stone Gap
    The First Saturday Community Coffee House is an open-mic event and is open to all family-friendly performers. A different performer/host will take center stage each month to welcome other artist in the community. Come hear music, poetry, and stories from some of the...
  • MountainRose Vineyards Concord Grape U-Pick
    September 14 Wise
    Call the family, bring your buckets and visit the vineyard to pick your own fresh Concord grapes right from the vine! This annual event is a wonderful treat for all ages! Grapes sold by the pound ($1.75) opening day and the following week, while supplies last! Call the...
  • The Long Hunt- 250th Anniversary of Boone's 1769 Excursion into Kentucky
    Sept 14-15 Ewing
    Daniel Boone, America's best known 18th century backwoodsman breeched the barrier of the Cumberland Mountains in 1769 as he journeyed through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky. This first trip was not just a hunting expedition, but the fist westward migration. In conjunction...
  • MountainRose - Grape Stomp Harvest Festival
    Sept 28 Wise
    Fall in love with Harvest Time and join us for our treasured annual celebration! See how wine is made, have a wine tasting, enjoy a glass of your favorite wine and explore our collection! Enter our Annual Grape Stomp contest and have your photo on a wine bottle! Please...
  • Oktoberfest at Sugar Hill
    Sept 28 St. Paul
    The streets of historic downtown Saint Paul are blocked off and our dining room is extended to beautiful outdoor seating. Music Line-Up: 5:00-7:00 PM: Ron Short and Possum Playboys More to be announced
  • Gent Farm’s “Moos and Brews 2”
    Sept 28 Castlewood
    We are so excited to be having Moos & Brews again this year! We will be having fun things for the whole family! Music, food, local beer, farm tours, kids activities, corn hole tournament, smoke off, and fireworks! Hope to see you there September 28th from 1pm-11pm!
  • Haunted Ghost Tours
    October 4,5,11,12,18,19, 25,16, 31. November 1,2.
    Take a ride of a lifetime and tour local haunted spots in Wise County. You’ll hear tales of horror and history of some of Wise County’s most haunted spots. Price of the tours is $15.00 in advance

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