by Morgan Herbert
The end of the school year and the beginning of tourist season are upon us! Whether you live in the area and are in need of a good staycation itinerary or you’re planning a visit from out of town, there is so much to do in the region and the community this summer. Here’s a rundown of the Wytheville and Wythe County highlights in June and July!
Brews and Bands, Wytheville’s craft beer festival, was originally scheduled for May 22nd but postponed until June 2nd due to torrential rain and flooding at the festival site. This festival highlights breweries from around the region as well as local bands competing for the top spot! You can purchase tickets at Petals of Wytheville or at the gate. Brews Bands is hosted by the Wythe Arts Council. Visit their website to learn more.
Chautauqua, currently in its 34th year, is Wytheville’s biggest event and is also an Arts Council production. Spanning eight days from June 16th to the 23rd, Chautauqua features live music, food, arts, crafts, and lots of family fun. It kicks off with a hot air balloon glow the night before the festival officially begins. Check out their site for a full schedule of events.
Downtown Wytheville hosts the town’s July 4th Celebration on–you guessed it–July 4th along Main Street. Come spend the day with us and enjoy live music by One Side Missing, a classic car cruise-in, hot dog and donut eating contests, a beer garden, and kids’ activities including a parade! Afterward, head over to Elizabeth Brown Memorial Park for the Town of Wytheville’s festivities, finishing up with fireworks, of course!
The Town of Wytheville hosts an After Hours Summer Concert Series, and this year, Downtown Wytheville will host a concurrent classic car Cruise-In. The first event will be held on June 1st from 5:00-7:30 and will feature musical guest Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band. Tickets to the concert are $5 at the gate.
The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming series is coming to Wytheville on June 9th. Our town was selected as the site of one of three “Feastival” events, featuring sumptuous, multi-course meals, music, art, and history. Wytheville’s theme is “An Unexpected History,” so it seems fitting that it will kick off with a cocktail hour at the Heritage Preservation Center, then move to the grounds of the Bolling Wilson Hotel for dinner, dessert, and music. Click here to buy tickets.
Beagle Ridge Herb Farm in Matney Flats is paradise for anyone who loves lavender, butterflies, or the outdoors in general. They’re offering a range of programs this summer, including Butterfly Awareness Day on June 2nd, Lavender Thyme Festival on June 16th, and Pick-Your-Own Lavender Days starting on June 21st. Visit their website to learn more.
The Wytheville Farmer’s Market has a busy event schedule this summer. Visit them on Saturdays from 8am-12pm—with more than 30 vendors and programs like Master Gardeners and Kids Cooking, there’s always plenty to do. Summer highlights include Dairy Day on June 16th and Blueberry Day on July 21st; check out their schedule of events for more information!
This is just a small sample of all the great stuff Wytheville has to offer residents and visitors alike. There’s also the Wythe County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, a whole slate of events and camps at Rose Cottage School of Arts, and happenings at Petals of Wytheville, the Bolling Wilson Hotel, the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum, Town departments, and much more! Visit our home page and check out our events calendar to stay up-to-date on all the Downtown Wytheville happenings, and go to Visit Wytheville’s events page for great stuff going on all over Wythe County!