Though not officially fall, September is an acceptable time to break out your autumn wardrobe, seek out the pumpkin spice lattes, and plan a seasonal getaway for football, the early shades of fall foliage, and cool mountain breezes. We call that #CrushFridayVA. It's when you cash in a vacation day and hit the road. We hope to see you soon!
The annual Labor Day Fest in Buena Vista traditionally draws stumping politicians and includes a morning kids fun run, 5K, and parade followed by an afternoon of concerts and entertainment at Glen Maury Park. The day concludes with a display of fireworks.
September 5-7 is the Rockbridge Regional Fair & Expo at the Virginia Horse Center and the carnival rides are BACK! Check out the 4-H Livestock shows, Heritage Barn, free live music every night, Expo contests, horse pulling, barrel racing, bull riding, and tasty food trucks. FREE admission and FREE parking.
The annual Mountain Music and Dance Festival descends upon Glen Maury Park September 6-7. It's the only place lovers of old time and folk music to be! Camping is available.
Taste excellent Virginia wine and craft beer at the 25th annual Rockbridge Beer & Wine Festival at Lime Kiln Theater on September 7. Two stages of live music keep the atmosphere fun and light while you sample local foods and beverages.
Who doesn't love PIE?! The 10th Annual Rockbridge Pie Festival at Great Valley Farm Brewery will include pies by the slice and pints of tasty delights. September 14 from 4 to 8 p.m.
The annual Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival will be September 19-21 at Glen Maury Park. Expect to hear from The Malpass Brothers, Ralph Stanley II, Sideline, Breaking Grass, and many more. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Artist Xavier Tavera exhibits "On the Edge/En el Filo" at Washington and Lee University's Staniar Gallery during the month of September. This exhibition focuses on the notion of borderlands as Tavera explores the echoes of cultural clashes at the United States/Mexican border through other Latina/o/x geographies. The Staniar Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Ready to hustle? The Hospice Hustle 5K and half-marathon takes off from Camden Field in Buena Vista on September 21.
At Natural Bridge State Park this month ...
- September 7: Park After Dark: Twilight Hike
- September 8: Grandparents Day
- September 14: Park After Dark: Storytelling in the Longhouse
- September 14: Full Moon Yoga
- September 28: National Public Lands Day
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