July Events and Activities
Welcome to July and Summer in Lexington and Rockbridge County! You're invited to join us for a week-long Independence Day celebration with events stretching weekend to weekend. It's the perfect time to #CrushFridayVA and cash in those vacation days.
We're kicking off the celebration with fireworks on July 1! The annual Sunrise Rotary Club Fireworks and Festival will be held at the Virginia Horse Center. Parking is $5 per vehicle and gates open at 1:30 p.m. Entertainment begins at 2 p.m. and fireworks shut down the night.
Families flock to downtown Lexington for the annual Children's Bike Parade on Main Street. Bring your bikes to Rockbridge Regional Library to join in the decorating (a bag of fun stuff is provided!). Families will parade through the city at 11 a.m. Leashed pets and strollers are welcome.
One of the most beautiful sights across Lexington and Rockbridge County are the hot air balloons floating gracefully above during Independence Day week. Make your reservation for a Balloons Over Rockbridge ride July 6 or 7. A festival with music, tethered rides, and balloon glow will be held July 7 at Oak Hill across from the Virginia Horse Center.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Visit Virginia's newest state park when you plan a trip to Natural Bridge State Park in southern Rockbridge County.
- July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Diggin' Up Firepower
- July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Natural Tree-Sources Hike
- July 7, 14, 21, 28: Legends of Natural Bridge
- July 7: Star Viewing
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
For more live music, head to Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista July 6 for Friday's in the Park with Southern Company Band. Bring a chair and your dancing shoes!
First Fridays in Downtown Lexington (July 6) is a family-friendly arts event. Peruse our galleries, meet artists at opening receptions, enjoy craft cocktails at TAPS or Rocca, enjoy the piano at Haywood's, or relish a farm-to-table dinner at one of our downtown restaurants.
Lime Kiln Theater welcomes Darrell Scott Bluegrass Band July 7. Scott was a fairly prominent country music songwriter in the 1990s with artists like Garth Brooks, Dixie Chicks, and Faith Hill recording his music. The gate opens at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
The VMI Community Theatre presents The Man Who Came to Dinner beginning July 12 at Gillis Theater in Marshall Hall. Can't make the premier? Try July 13, 14, 19, 20, or 21 for other performances.
Music in the Garden is a concert series offered by Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Gardens. July 13, see Lee Martin and Jive Cowboys, artists offering a line-up of traditional Country and Western. Bring your blanket and a picnic to enjoy the atmosphere.
July 13th's Friday's Alive welcomes PG-13 to the stage. Bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the music. Pets, outside food, and drinks are prohibited. Concession proceeds benefit Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center and Rockbridge SPCA.
- July 27: Five Dollar Shake
Ragtop Live brings their set of acoustic Classic Rock, Folk Rock, New Country, Blues, and American Standards to Devil's Backbone Outpost Brewery July 21. Have a craft beer at this Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail brewery and don't forget to have them stamp your passport!
Love to shag? Then you'll love the 20th Annual Bank of Botetourt Beach Music Festival & Classic Car Show July 27-28 at Glen Maury Park! Bring your chair and your best dance shoes, because this music is contagious.
The "Passport to Adventure" offers special pricing to Natural Bridge attractions Dinosaur Kingdom II, Caverns at Natural Bridge, Natural Bridge Zoo and Jellystone Park Campground (Day Pass). Pick up passports at Lexington Visitor Center, Virginia Horse Center, McDonalds, RC State Theater, Natural Bridge Hotel, Natural Bridge General Store, Jellystone Park Campground, and Layne's Country Store.
July 14 is the annual Summer Breeze Wine Festival at Rockbridge Vineyard in Raphine. The festival's proceeds support a regional SPCA, meaning your glass of wine can feed, house, vaccinate, neuter, or spay a pet in need.
Descend upon downtown Lexington for Summer Restaurant Week July 23-29! Our independently owned restaurants are offering both lunch and dinner specials from $10 to $20 per person. The best part? You'll be entered to win a sweepstakes when you participate. Come taste the local flavors!
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