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 Village of Fairfield Heritage Festival is September 1! An all day event featuring vintage tractors, cars, and trucks, a variety of history exhibits, model trains, homemade ice cream, and more. Plan to stay for the ghost tour beginning at 7 p.m.
The area's annual Labor Day festival is LaborFest in Buena Vista. Traditionally a draw for stumping politicians, LaborFest 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 6-8 is the Rockbridge Regional Fair & Expo at the Virginia Horse Center. Free parking and admission makes our fair a perfect family experience. Bring the kids out to see the animals, enjoy the live music, peruse the 4-H displays, taste fairway food, and more. Fairway activities require a wristband ($10 for all day play).
The annual Mountain Music and Dance Festival descends upon Glen Maury Park September 7-8. 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 24th annual Rockbridge Beer & Wine Festival at Lime Kiln Theater on September 8. Two stages of live music keep the atmosphere fun and light while you sample local foods and beverages.
Who doesn't love PIE?! This year's Rockbridge Pie Festival has a new venue at Great Valley Farm Brewery. Dive in for a slice and a pint and a wonderful view on September 15 from 4 to 8 p.m.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Artist Sheryl Oring exhibits "Writer's Block" at Washington and Lee University's Staniar Gallery during the month of September. The centerpiece is a robust sculpture of old typewriters encapsulated by rusty, steel wire boxes. In doing so, she metaphorically censors free speech. The Staniar Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bluegrass music rings out from Blue Phoenix Cafe every Wednesday morning. Drop in for breakfast and a fun time between 8 and 10 a.m. Better yet, bring your instrument and join in.
Make a beeline for Heartstone Lodge for "Music for Music," a Rockbridge Symphony benefit and performance. It's September 7 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Uncorked is the Sunday evening wine and music event at Rockbridge Vineyard in Raphine. From 1 to 4 p.m. the winery is a relaxing destination where a food truck is at hand for eats and the wine flows as smoothly as the music drifts on the wind.
Upcoming at Uncorked:
- 9/2: Honest Labor
- 9/9: Burr Datz and Blake Shester
- 9/23: Kiz Carter and Juke Jack
Love Canon is spinning the 80s you love into bluegrass masterpieces and you don't want to miss a minute. They'll be playing Lime Kiln on September 22!
The Passport to Adventure offers special pricing to Natural Bridge area attractions. 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.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
The 4-H State Championships Horse & Pony Show is September 13-16 at the Virginia Horse Center. See entries by 4-H members from across the Commonwealth.
Ready to hustle? The Hospice Hustle 5K and half-marathon takes off from Camden Field in Buena Vista on September 15. Entrants will enjoy a t-shirt, pizza, and Devils Backbone Brewing Company craft beer (21 and older).
Barrel racing is great fun to watch and the Virginia State Barrel Racing Finals will be September 21-23 at the Virginia Horse Center. The best racers from across Virginia will compete.
At Natural Bridge State Park this month ...
- September 1: Star Dates & Wagon Rides
- September 1, 15: Carlos Dowling Artist Demonstration
- September 1, 2, 15, 16, 22, 23: Ronald Navroski Artist Demonstration
- September 15: Native Storytelling
- September 22: National Public Lands Day
- September 29: Ages of Appalachia
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