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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.
  • Big Stone Gap Visitor Center Sip N' Paint
    Apr 21 Big Stone Gap
    Mark your calendars! Our next Sip N Paint will be Saturday, April 21 at 6:00 pm. $30 covers refreshments and supplies. Stencils will be provided!
  • NYC COMEDY NIGHT @ Sugar Hill Brewing Company
    Apr 21 St. Paul
    ON TAP (pun intended) for Herron Entertainment, LLC is "The BREWERY COMEDY TOUR" and it's picking up much steam as it heads into 2018 promising to hit 300 breweries all across the U.S.A. These comics will be touring your state(s) and cities performing in breweries and...
  • Carter Family Fold - Jenny & The Hog Drovers
    Apr 21 Hiltons

    Carter Fold on Saturday Nights! Welcome to The Carter Fold every Saturday night! Jenny & The Hog Drovers - Warren Wilson College - (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...
  • Thawfest 2018
    Apr 21 Tazewell
    Come join Painted Peak Brewing Co. on Main Street in Tazewell, VA. to bring in spring right! The Kind Thieves will be headlining on Main Street Saturday night! Dalton Dash, Matt Mullins & The Bringdowns and Black Garlic will also be performing live outside the brewery on Main...
  • MountainRose Mediterranean Cuisine Comes 2 You
    Apr 26 Wise
    Enjoy a wonderful 4-part dinner series on Mediterranean cuisine! Classes will include dinner, a nutritional lesson, olive oil & wine tastings! $60 for the whole series, or $16 for individual evenings!

    April 26 Introduction to the lifestyle, history, and culture of the...

  • Adam Bolt Live at Milton's!
    Apr 27 St. Paul
    Adam Bolt will be playing for us at Milton's Music Hall Friday, April 27th from 7-9. Join us for an awesome night!
  • Randy Gilkey @ Painted Peak Brewing Co
    Apr 27 Tazewell
    Don't miss this show! We are thrilled to have Randy Gilkey at Painted Peak! Enjoy great music food and drinks  
    Randy Gilkey is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and recording engineer from Oak Hill, West Virginia
  • Carter Family Fold - Carson Peters and Iron Mountain
    Apr 28 Hiltons

    Carter Fold on Saturday Nights! Welcome to The Carter Fold every Saturday night! Carson Peters and Iron Mountain 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...
  • Friday Night Bluegrass- Benny Jones Band and CMT Country
    Apr 28 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...
  • Frontier Muster and Trade Faire
    Apr 28-29 Duffield
    Frontier Muster and Trade Faire will celebrate the end of a long, harsh winter and the renewal of hope that comes with the arrival of spring on the Southwestern Virginia frontier in 1775. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about and observe the skills that were...
  • 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.  More details will be posted at a later date.
  • Harp and Coat Hanger LIVE @ Sugar Hill Brewing Company
    Apr 28 St. Paul
    Come join us for music, food, brew and good vibes at Sugar Hill Brewing Company in St. Paul Va. 
  • 2nd Annual Mud & Obstacle Relay
    Apr 28 Castlewood
    Four person relay consists of a 1 mile loop to be completed by each team member. Challenging, hilly course complete with plenty of mud, lots of obstacles, and maybe a few water slides
  • Run the Tunnel
    Apr 28 Duffield
    Do you have what it takes to run this multi-terrain race? The race will take you through several sections of the park from the campground through wooded areas along asphalt and grassy areas. This is a 3.8 mile race that is hosted by the State of Franklin Track Club and the...
  • Annual Kids Fishing Day - Natural Tunnel
    Apr 28 Duffield
    Fishing helps kids discover nature. Help kids (3-12 years) get hooked on the thrill of fishing. Throughout the day there will be several programs taking place. Programs consist of archery and BB competition. Registration starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Fishing starts at...
  • Full Moon Hike - Natural Tunnel
    Apr 29 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...
  • MountainRose Sip N Paint - Bike Bouqet
    Apr 28 Wise
    Food, Fun, Wine & Laughter! This 'Bike Bouquet' can be customized to a choice of flowers! Suzanne will be painting daisies! Join us at the vineyard and create your own masterpiece! Art supplies, light refreshments and a glass of your favorite MRV wine included! Guided class,...
  • Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park - Artisans In The Gap Showcase
    Apr 28-29 Big Stone Gap
    The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park introduces its first Artisans in the Gap Showcase. Area artisans from the museum's own Artisan in the Gap gallery will be demonstrating and selling a wide variety of beautiful hand crafted items during this two-day...
  • Carter Family Fold - Tennessee Mafia Jug Band
    May 4 Hiltons

    Carter Fold on Saturday Nights! Welcome to The Carter Fold every Saturday night! Tennessee Mafia Jug 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 historic...
  • Dallas Danger at Milton's!
    May 4 St. Paul
    Dallas Danger brings his unique brand of acoustic rock 'n' roll to Milton's music hall inside the Western Front Hotel!
  • Friday Night Bluegrass- Town Branch Bluegrass
    May 4 Coeburn
    This Friday Night on stage Town Branch Bluegrass 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...
  • Donnie Lowe's Kids Fishing Day
    May 5, 2018 North Tazewell
    Donnie Lowe served six years as the Western District representative of the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors.  Donnie loved kids.  This is a day named in his honor so children can come to Lake Witten with their parents or grandparents and experience the outdoors...
  • 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. 
  • Carter Family Fold - Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys
    May 5 Hiltons

    Carter Fold on Saturday Nights! Welcome to The Carter Fold every Saturday night! Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys 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...
  • Brunch and Baskets
    May 5 St. Paul
    Clinch River Brunch and Baskets fundraiser to feature gifts for moms ST. PAUL - Find a unique gift for a special mom at the Clinch River Valley Initiative’s Brunch and Baskets fundraiser Saturday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Estona Learning Center next to St. Paul...
  • Rotary's Annual Kentucky Derby Party and Trail Ride
    May 5 Lebanon
    Join the Russell County Rotary for our annual Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 5 at Leonard Barn & Operation Center beginning at 5 pm. Dinner will start at 6 pm. There will be a cook-out, traditional Derby refreshments, Hat Contest and games. Watch the Derby on the big...
  • Open Mic @ Jettie Baker Center
    May 5 Clintwood
    This is a free event! Bring your talent, friends, and family. There will be a sign-up sheet available when the doors open at the Jettie Baker Center at 5:30 PM the day of this event. Whether you play an instrument, sing, or read poetry! Everyone is welcome! Acoustic...
  • Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park - Saturday Community Coffee House
    May 5 Big Stone Gap
    The Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will host its First Saturday Community Coffee House on Saturday, May 5 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. WiseJAMS String Band will serve as the featured host for this month’s Coffee House.   The WiseJAMS String Band consist of...
  • Burke's Garden Blessing of the Bikes
    May 6 Tazewell
    The annual blessing of the bikes Burke's garden community center. Come join us for a day of fun food and blessings
  • Hills of Home Concert Series feat. The Empty Bottle String Band
    May 11 Clintwood
    THE 'Hills Of Home' Concert Series... Friday, May 11th 6 PM
    Free admission We're thrilled to announce a very special night of music at the Ralph Stanley Museum! The Empty Bottle String Band will be joining our new 'Hills Of Home' concert series honoring the...
  • Carter Family Fold - Jake Krack and the Bing Brothers
    May 12 Hiltons

    Carter Fold on Saturday Nights! Welcome to The Carter Fold every Saturday night! Jake Krack and the Bing Brothers 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 - American Pride: Statler Brothers Tribute Band
    May 12 Pennington Gap
    American Pride: Statler Brothers Tribute Band - Police Week kickoff

    Back by popular demand, American Pride has brought back the songs, the memories, and the authentic sounds of the most award winning act in Country Music history, that came to be known as the legendary...

  • Waylon Nelson LIVE @ Sugar Hill Brewing Company
    May 12 St. Paul
      Come join us for music, food, brew and good vibes at Sugar Hill Brewing Company in St. Paul Va.  No admission fee.
  • 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...
  • Annual Blessing of the Bikes
    May 18-20 Grundy
    Come be with us at the 8th Annual Blessing of the Bikes in Grundy, VA on May 18,19 and 20. We will be hosting the "Ride Home" of the POW Flag 50 State Tour back to it's founding community on Saturday May 19th. The Ride Home to Grundy, VA will stage at Mine Shaft Harley...
  • Annual Russell County Kids Fishing Day
    May 19 2018
    The 24th Annual Russell County Kids Fishing Day will be held on Saturday, May 19th,2018 at the Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve/Big Cedar Creek. Fishing for the children will begin at 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ages are 15 years old and younger. Lunch will be served free at...
  • The Great Richlands River Race
    May 19 Richlands
    Come to Critterville Park at the Lavendar Access Point for The Great Richlands River Race.  This is a cardboard and duct tape boat race.  Creativity and performance will be judged.  The first 25 registered participants will receive a T-Shirt.  For complete details about ...
  • Carter Family Fold - Appalachia Rising
    May 19 Hiltons

    Live performances at The Carter Fold featuring: Jim Lauderdale Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice Hogslop String Band The Church Sisters ($20 Tickets Available at the Door)

    Janette Carter, one of three children of A.P. and Sara Carter established the Carter Family Fold to...
  • Fit Farmer 12K Trail Run
    May 19 Norton
    Join the City of Norton and the Norton Friends and Farmers Market for the inaugural Fit Farmer 12K Trail Run (formerly the Fit Farmer 5K). All race proceeds benefit the Norton Friends and Farmers Market‘s Senior Supplement Nutrition program. This program provides incentives...
  • Street Festival hosted by Sugar Hill Brewing
    May 19 St. Paul
    The streets of historic downtown Saint Paul are blocked off and our dining room is extended to beautiful outdoor seating. Each Streetfest features talented local artists  
  • Nickelsville Days Festival
    May 25-27 Nickelsville
    Friday.....Blue Highway will perform from 7 to 8:30 pm!!! "FREE ADMISSION" Friday.....Scott County Jams will perform from 6 to 6:30 pm!!! Saturday.....Memorial Service at 11:00 am!!!! Saturday.....Parade lineup on School Street at 12:30 pm and parade starts @ 1 pm!!!...
  • Gathering in the Gap Music Festival
    May 27,2017 Big Stone Gap
    Come Gather in the Gap and enjoy musical competitions, live music, arts & crafts, antiques, inflatables for kids, and food vendors. Join us on May 26 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for amazing performances by Seldom Scene, Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, If Birds Could Fly, and...
  • Clinch River Days Festival
    May 31- Jun 2 St. Paul
    Every year the town of St. Paul comes alive with the flavors of the region during Clinch River Days. Highlights include river and railroad lore and history, photography, symphony and bluegrass, carnival rides and games, educational wetlands, nature walks, endangered mussel...
  • Virginia-Kentucky District Fair
    Jun 4-9 2018 Wise
    As one of Virginia’s longest continuing county fairs and Southwest Virginia’s largest fair venues, the Virginia-Kentucky District Fair has proudly featured fun and excitement for all ages since 1913! Along with a week full of everyone’s favorite carnival rides by Drew...
  • High Knob Music Festival
    Jun 16 Norton
    Nestled in the forest close to High Knob Lake, The annual High Knob Mountain Music Festival celebrates a music legacy found throughout the westernmost tip of Virginia. This year, six highly acclaimed regional bands such as 49 Winchester, Young Mister, Adam Graybeal’s...
  • 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
  • High Knob Outdoor Festival
    Aug 18 Norton
    Join the City of Norton and Wise County Cooperative Extension Office for an all-day High Knob Outdoor Festival offering guided adventures on High Knob and festivities, including food and music, in Downtown Norton that showcase the outdoor recreation opportunities available in...
  • Russell County Fair
    Sept. 3-8, 2018 Castlewood
    The Russell County Fair in Castlewood, Virginia is celebrated annually.  Enjoy fair food, carnival rides, bull riding, demolition derby, great music, and more during the first week of September. Keep an eye out for this years theme and schedule.
  • 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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