July in Lexington

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 the Freedom Food Festival on July 3 from 5 to 10 p.m. A brand new event for 2019, the festival will feature local chefs paired with "celebrity chefs" from area non-profits. The pairs will prepare picnic style meals which will be judged. The winning celebrity chef will pocket at $500 prize for his or her non-profit. Come for the food but stay for the excellent entertainment! Both Love Canon and Erin & The Wildfire will perform for this free festival.

Families flock to downtown Lexington for the annual Children's Bike Parade on Main Street. Bring your bikes to The Hub at the top of Main Street 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 Rockbridgeride July 5 or 6. A festival with music, tethered rides, and balloon glow will be held at Oak Hill across from the Virginia Horse Center.


Beat the heat with a tube, canoe, kayak or rafting trip with Wilderness Canoe Company on the Upper James River Water Trail.

Tubing with Wilderness Canoe Company
Tubing with Wilderness Canoe Company

Visit Natural Bridge State Park in southern Rockbridge County.

  • July 4: Reading of the Declaration on Independence, 1 p.m.
  • July 6: Park After Dark: Nighttime Forest, 8:30 p.m.
  • July 16: Full Moon Yoga, 8 p.m.
  • July 20: Park After Dark: Stargazing, 8:30 p.m.


For more live music, head to Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista July 12 for Friday's in the Park with Power Play. Bring a chair and your dancing shoes!

First Fridays in Downtown Lexington (July 5) 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 Gary Ruley & Mule Train July 6. A native son of Lexington, Gary Ruley has played with the likes of Curtis Burch, Mac Wiseman, and Bobby Lester. The gate opens at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Music in the Garden is a concert series offered by Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Gardens. July 12, see The Coprolites. Bring your blanket and a picnic to enjoy the atmosphere.

Music in the Garden at Boxerwood
Music in the Garden at Boxerwood

July 19th's Friday's Alive welcomes local favorites - Red Hill Band - 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.

Also see PG-13 on July 26.

The Greater Vision Gospel Fest returns to Glen Maury Park for the weekend of July 18-20. A family-friendly event, attendees can expect plenty of worship with a slate of nearly 20 artists performing. The festival is 5 to 9 p.m. nightly.

Head to Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen this month for great live music! Have a craft beer at this Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail brewery and don't forget to have them stamp your passport!

Also See:

  • July 11: Tyler Supko
  • July 12: Jacob Allen
  • July 13: Ball & Chain
  • July 18: Nick Andrew Staver
  • July 19: Kyle & Justin
  • July 25: Marie Anderson
  • July 27: Craig Hanson
Beach Music Festival & Classic Car Show
Beach Music Festival & Classic Car Show

Love to shag? Then you'll love the 21st Annual Bank of Botetourt Beach Music Festival & Classic Car Show July 26-27 at Glen Maury Park! Bring your chair and your best dance shoes, because this music is contagious.


July 13 from noon to 6 p.m. 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.

Summer Breeze Wine Festival
Rockbridge Vineyard


Descend upon downtown Lexington for Summer Restaurant Week July 22-28! 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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