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Giles County is your EVERYTHING Destination for Adventure, Culture, Romance and Great Memories! Check out our GC Website or click on the picture above. You deserve to live a little. You deserve Giles County!

July 2014 Events

July 2014 ~ VA Tech Center for the Arts presents the newest cultural exhibition, OpenLab: Motion + eMotion and Fields + Array

Exhibition runs through July 27, 2014 at the Ruth C. Horton Gallery, Miles C. Horton Jr. Gallery, and Sherwood Payne Quillen ’71 Reception Gallery

Motion + eMotion is a selection of intricate kinetic sculptures that dramatically redefine space.  This exhibition is a synthesis of art, architecture, and engineering.  Created by Alireza Borhani and Negar Kalantar.

Fields + Array is an immersive architectural environment engaging both its components and the viewer with the shifting relationship of scale, light, and space.  Created by Ashton Hamm, James Heard, Daniel Hemmendinger, Chelsea Kilburn, and Matthew Ridgeway, all recent graduates of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies.

Please see for complete Exhibition and Art Center information.

FloydFest 2014

July 23-27, 2014 ~ FloydFest 2014!

A celebration of music and art nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia!

FloydFest features over 50 performers on 7 stages! The 80-acre mountain plateau offers camping, a progressive ‘Global Village’ area of workshops and demonstrations, over 100 artisans and crafters, food offerings ranging from pulled-pork BBQ to fresh sushi to hand-churned ice cream, a comprehensive healing arts area, and a Children’s Universe, featuring stage performances geared toward children, puppetry, workshops, playground equipment and babysitting services.

There is a long list of Performers for this year's event so check out our website here: FloydFest 2014! for all music and performance information.

The festival is located at milepost 170.5 off the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway.

Admission Fee: Entry, Camping, and Parking fees apply. Please visit for more details.

July 28, 2014 ~ Radford Fiddle & Banjo Jam 7:00-10:00p at River City Grill, 103 Third Avenue, Radford VA 24141

Join us "almost every" Monday in 2014 for a Bluegrass Jam Session at the River City Grill. Bring an instrument or just enjoy the sounds of Bluegrass and Old-Time Mountain Music played by local musicians. Get a true taste of real American Music at the Grill! A large crowd gathers every Monday so get your table early and be ready to make new friends.

See the Radford Fiddle & Banjo Jam website for more details and dates or send an email to

Check out River City Grill for our Menu, Op Hours and Beer & Wine List. See you HERE for a fun and relaxing atmosphere!

August 2014 Events

August 2, 2014 ~ Cafe Saturday(s) at West Wind Vineyard

Join us every Saturday noon-to-2pm for Live Music and a scrumptious lunch. Our menu changes weekly (lunch served from 11am-3pm) so visit our West Wind Wine website for menu information.

West Wind Farm ~ 180 West Wind Drive ~ Max Meadows, VA 24360

August 3, 2014 ~ Beliveau Estate & Winery presents Sunday Music with Acoustic Reset (Vocals and Guitar), 3-5pm, Free Admission

Wine is fine and live music makes it better!

Join us at Beliveau Estate to relax and raise a glass!

August 4-9, 2014 ~ Galax Fiddler's Convention, since 1935!

The second week of August every year the city of Galax shows why it has been designated the World Capital of Oldtime Mountain Music.

The Annual Fiddler's Convention brings in fans and musicians from hundreds of miles around. Talented fiddlers compete for cash prices in the thousands of dollars. They want to see and be seen, and hear and be heard.

Information: Old Fiddler's Convention website

Get your tappin' foot ready and join us for true Americana in Galax, Virginia!

Admission Fee: $6-$12

Felt's Park ~ South Main Street - Galax VA 24333

August 7, 2014 ~ Cocktails & Conversations hosted by The Bank Food & Drink, 6pm

Special Guest: Jeni Benos of Jenuinely Jeni Jewelry

Jeni combines master handcraft with two of her passions: Horses and Shooting. This unique visionary combination showcases itself in two distinct lines: Equestrian Jewelry and Pistol Petal.

Drop by The Bank Food and Drink for for a cultivated conversation with the Artist and other enthusiasts.

August 7, 2014 ~ First Thursday at Abingdon Arts Depot, 314 Depot Square, Abingdon VA 24212 from 5-8pm.

Every 1st Thursday of each month join us at the Arts Depot for live music by the Abingdon Thumb Strummers and working studio artists who display and sell their original pieces of art. 

Changing displays in our Spotlight and Members Gallery will be on display also.  Hop on a trolley to tour other art venues that are open.  Our live Bluegrass Music will be sure to delight, and our casual atmosphere makes this a must-do family evening!

August 8-9, 2014 ~ Newport Agricultural Fair 2014

Help us celebrate our 79th birthday this year at the oldest continuous agricultural fair in the state of the Virginia. This annual event is scheduled to kick-off Friday, August 8th at 4:00pm on the grounds of the Newport Recreation Center located off of Route 42 in Newport VA.

What's there to do? How about a Horse Show, Livestock Show, Forestry Field Day, Reptile Exhibit, Cake Walk, JOUSTING!

The largest fireworks display in Giles County will bring the Fair to a close on Saturday, August 9th!

August 10, 2014 ~ FREE Concert at Big Walker Lookout! 2:00-4:00pm with additional dates in July and August.

August 10 Performer: Thom Moore!

Bring a lawn chair and have a good time!  Our BW Country Store is a Crooked Road venue, featuring local musicians, old time favorites as well as fresh new bands.  Local star Ron Ireland will be playing Big Walker all season long, sharing memorable stylings of folk, bluegrass and old-time sounds. 

Big Walker Lookout ~ 8711 Stoney Fork Road ~ Wytheville VA 24382

For more information please visit us at

August 15, 2014 ~ 3rd Fridays at the Narrows Farmer's Market, 5:00p until ??? the crowd decides!

Join friends and neighbors (or make NEW friends!) to shop for locally-grown produce, homemade baked goods, and fine crafts. At 8:30pm the Narrows Now 4H Club invites you to bring a chair or blanket and watch a family-oriented movie on the green. Local shops and restaurants will offer extended hours and specials.

Bring the whole family and enjoy and evening in your hometown. Fresh! Fun! Local!

Sponsored by the Town of Narrows, Narrows Now Community Coalition, and the Narrows Now 4H Club

Narrows Farmer's Market - Monroe Street - Narrows VA 24124 - email at or visit our website or Giles County's website for more local information.

August 17, 2014 ~ Tasting Notes: The Wines of South America presented by The Bank Food and Drink, 6pm.

Learn about the various grape varietals from Argentina, Chile and more with Scott DaValle of The County Vintner. Reservations required by August 12th; $20 per person.

Call (540) 921-2981 or email us at

Come for wine, stay for dinner!

August 20-24, 2014 ~ Carroll County Fair

Welcome to the annual county fair!

There will be a whole host of daily activities including the Carroll County Idol contest, Horse Show, Horse Pull and Tractor Pull, Pet Show, Ms. and Mr. Carroll County Pageant and many more special events.

Please visit the Carroll County Fair website for current information, schedule for all events and updates.

August 22, 2014 ~ Mountain Lake Lodge presents Dirty Dancing Weekend!

Join us for this very special and memorable weekend. A fine meal at our own Harvest Restaurant, followed by a special showing of the Dirty Dancing movie in the ballroom. The evening continues with Karaoke and dancing in Mary's Barn until midnight!

Saturday begins with a full breakfast buffet followed by Dirty Dancing trivia and a Dirty Dancing Movie Scene Tour! There are private and group dance lessons available throughout the afternoon. And don't miss our own Sapphire Dancers in Mary's Barn!

Many more details and travel information for this exclusive weekend experience can be found at our Mountain Lake Lodge website. Bring your dancin' shoes to Mountain Lake!

From Bee to Bottle!

August 23, 2014  ~ Mmm, Mead, Music, Mountains! at Black Snake Meadery

Join us on our Sippin’ Porch for an intimate musical experience.  Enjoy mead and music by Scott Perry $5 tasting fee. Tasting hours:  11-5, music 1-4.


Giles County is your EVERYTHING Destination for Adventure, Culture, Romance and Great Memories! Check out our GC Website or click on the picture above. You deserve to live a little. You deserve Giles County!


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