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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.
  • Full Moon Hike
    Mar 1 Duffield
    Enjoy a guided hike to the Gazebo and be a part of a unique experience here at Natural Tunnel. You'll have the opportunity to watch the moon rise over the mountains and hear stories about the thrilling night life. This 1.2 mile hike will take place along a semi-moderate...
  • Friday Night Bluegrass- Benny Jones Band and CMT Country
    Mar 2 Coeburn
    This Friday Night on stage Benny Jones Band and CMT Country Come join us for bluegrass and gospel music every Friday night in downtown Coeburn, the home of Jim and Jessee McReynolds. Each week offers a different group with fun activities for the entire family. On Friday...
  • Spearhead Trails Stone Mountain Pre-Spring Jamboree
    Mar 2-4 Pennington Gap
    Stone Mountain Pre-Spring Jamboree March 2nd-4th at Leeman Field at Trailhead in Pennington Gap, VA Events include: Vendors starting Friday... ATV Poker Run with $500, $250, and $100 prizes Horse Show on Saturday Free Concert in the Park featuring the band...
  • Carter Family Fold - Folk Soul Revival
    Mar 3 Hiltons

    Carter Fold on Saturday Nights! Welcome to The Carter Fold every Saturday night! Folk Soul Revival headlines this Saturday!

    Janette Carter, one of three children of A.P. and Sara Carter established the Carter Family Fold to honor the memory of her parents and Maybelle Carter who played a historic role in...
  • Lee Players' Variety Show
    Mar 3 Pennington Gap

    Comedy, song and good times much in the same style as Lee Haw.

    $5 admission

  • Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park - Saturday Community Coffee House
    Mar 3 Big Stone Gap

    The First Saturday Community Coffee House is an open-mic event and is open to all family-friendly performers. All interested musicians, storytellers, and poets should arrive by 6:30 p.m. for sign-up and scheduling. Admission is free to this program. Refreshments will be...

  • City of Norton Oil Painting Class
    Mar 5 Norton
    Offered by Norton Parks and Recreation Department. Cost: $50. Includes all needed supplies. Landscape and floral paintings offered. Students take home a finished painting at the end of each class. For more information, call Michele Knox, Norton Parks and Recreation Director,...
  • Friday Night Bluegrass- Right Fork Ramblers
    Mar 9 Coeburn
    On stage this Friday night Right Fork Ramblers Come join us for bluegrass and gospel music every Friday night in downtown Coeburn, the home of Jim and Jessee McReynolds. Each week offers a different group with fun activities for the entire family. On Friday nights the...
  • Carter Family Fold - White Top Mountain Band
    March 10 Hiltons

    Carter Fold on Saturday Nights! Welcome to The Carter Fold every Saturday night! White Top Mountain Band  headlines this Saturday!

    Janette Carter, one of three children of A.P. and Sara Carter established the Carter Family Fold to honor the memory of her parents and Maybelle Carter who played a...
  • Lee Theatre - Security & Safety for Places of Worship: Every Day, All the Time
    Mar 10 Pennington Gap
    Former officer and U.S Marshall, Tina Lewis Rowe, author of Worship Without Worry will conduct the seminar for church leaders and staff, security teams and ushers, teachers and interested parties; Offers information and inspiration about safety and security for churches of...
  • Friday Night Bluegrass - High Test Grass
    Mar 16 Coeburn
    On stage this Friday Night High Test Grass Come join us for bluegrass and gospel music every Friday night in downtown Coeburn, the home of Jim and Jessee McReynolds. Each week offers a different group with fun activities for the entire family. On Friday nights the Crooked...
  • Union Half Marathon and 4-Person Relay
    Mar 17 Big Stone Gap
    10 am. The 1st Annual Union Half Marathon will start and end at the Visitor Center in Big Stone Gap, VA. The course will utilize the paved Greenbelt Trail in Big Stone and then unite with the newly created paved Powell River Trail in Appalachia, VA. Participants will be able...
  • ATV Easter Egg Hunt
    Mar 17 Grundy
    Mark your calendars! An ATV Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Spearhead Trails Coal Canyon Trail and Haysi's Ridgeview Trail on Saturday, March 17, 2018. All participants must be registered. Pre-registration is $15.00 per participant or $20.00 per participant the day of the...
  • Hills of Home Concert Series feat. Caleb Ryan Martin
    Mar 24 Clintwood
    THE 'Hills Of Home' Concert Series...
    Friday, March 24th 6 PM $6 admission We're thrilled to announce a very special night of music at the Ralph Stanley Museum! Caleb Ryan Martin, who plays old-time string music from Arkansas, will be joining our new 'Hills Of...
  • Lee Theatre - C. F. Bailey & Shadowridge
    Mar 24 Pennington Gap

    Formed about ten years ago, this five-piece band from East Tennessee specializes in solid, spirited hard-driving traditional and gospel bluegrass with some powerful vocal harmonies that are second to none. They have four recordings out presently and are working on a fifth to...

  • Heather Land I Ain't Doin It Tour
    Mar 25 Honaker
    Heather Land has a knack for finding the funny out of the frustrating. Leaving no stone (or people) left unturned, she hilariously unravels everyday events that causes us to laugh not only at each other, but more often than not, ourselves. From ex-husbands to failed diets,...
  • Hills of Home Concert Series feat. The Local Honeys
    Mar 30 Clintwood
    THE 'Hills Of Home' Concert Series...
    Friday, March 30th 6 PM $6 admission We're thrilled to announce a very special night of music at the Ralph Stanley Museum! The Local Honeys will be joining our new 'Hills Of Home' concert series honoring the influence of music...
  • Flag Rock Full Moon Hike
    Mar 31 Norton
    Hike 2 miles from Norton’s Upper Reservoir to the Flag Rock Overlook to view the full moon and listen to an astronomy presentation by Lucian Undreiu, associate professor of physics at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. A shuttle will be provided back to vehicles...
  • Carter Family Fold - Crooked Road Ramblers
    April 7 Hiltons

    Carter Fold on Saturday Nights! Welcome to The Carter Fold every Saturday night! Crooked Road Ramblers (Old Time) headlines this Saturday!

    Janette Carter, one of three children of A.P. and Sara Carter established the Carter Family Fold to honor the memory of her parents and Maybelle Carter who played a...
  • Carter Family Fold - Raymond McLain and the Morehead State Mountain Music Ambassadors
    April 14 Hiltons

    Carter Fold on Saturday Nights! Welcome to The Carter Fold every Saturday night! McLain and the Morehead State Mountain Music Ambassadors headlines this Saturday!

    Janette Carter, one of three children of A.P. and Sara Carter established the Carter Family Fold to honor the memory of her parents and...
  • Pocahontas Coal Heritage Festival
    Apr 28 Pocahontas
    Come celebrate the season opening of the Pocahontas Exhibition Mines and enjoy the annual Pocahontas Coal Heritage Festival.
  • Silence in the Stars Live @ Sugar Hill Brewing Company
    May 5 St. Paul
    Come join us for music, food, brew and good vibes at Sugar Hill Brewing Company in St. Paul Va. 
  • Map and Compass 101 Micro Class
    May 17 Norton
    Join Pathfinders Outdoor Adventures and the City of Norton Parks and Recreation Department for a Map and Compass 101 Micro Class. Cost: $30 per person. Pre-Registration Required. Class size limited to 10 people. Minimum Class Size: 5 people. Open to ages 13 and above. The...
  • The Grizzly and Cub Run
    Aug 11 Big Stone Gap
    Grizzly:  3 plus mile obstacle race ending with an ice bath and beverage of choice. Cub Run:  Kids version (11 and under) of the Grizzly
  • Home Craft Days
    Oct 19-21 2018 Big Stone Gap
    The first celebration of mountain culture in the region was realized with the establishment of Home Craft Days in 1972. Since that time, the festival has served as an integral part of Mountain Empire Community College’s longstanding commitment to promoting and preserving...

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