The Virginia Highlands Festival is known for attracting people outside of Abingdon to visit and get a taste of what our community has to offer. But while the Festival is the main event, there are plenty of other small events for people to enjoy. They’re so woven into the Highlander and Abingdon itself, they often go unnoticed. With a series of exhibits offered at the William King Museum, the Sawdust Festival, events planned by Habitat for Humanity, and a special luncheon, Abingdon is packed to the brim with a variety of events that occur alongside the Festival. The community is one of Abingdon’s biggest strengths, and while the Festival is ample time for tourism and publicity to increase, it can be difficult if no one knows about the smaller things happening in the midst of the energetic fun of the VHF. The wonderful people of Abingdon work hard to offer fun and engaging experiences to entertain the community and tourists. Keep an eye and ear out for Abingdon’s smaller on-going events and be entranced by its charm.
Come support the annual Fairview Homestead Benefit Car Show at Latture Field in Abingdon. Gates open for cars to check in at 4:00pm, and the show begins for the public at 5:00pm. Food will be available on site. Dash plaques go to the first 50 cars, and trophies will be awarded! Come enjoy a great time while supporting the historic preservation of Fairview. For additional information contact Jerry Keen at 276-698-4746.
Event Date: Saturday, August 1, 2015 – 9:00am to Sunday, August 9, 2015 – 5:00pm
Event Venue: Adventure Mendota
Ticket price (advance): $30
Ticket price (door): $30
Adventure Mendota is a paddle sports river outfitter featuring Jackson Riviera sit-on-top recreational kayaks. We also offer Tube Pro tubes, U.S. Coastguard-certified life vests and guide fishing as well as shuttle and parking service (shuttle and parking service is offered on a limited basis–please call for details). Adventure Mendota is located on the North Fork of the Holston River in Mendota, Virginia. To ensure you have your watercraft waiting when you get here, we work by reservation and remember — and remember…no flipflops or barefeet! Please call and reserve your space!!
Friday, July 31, 2015 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, August 1, 2015 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 2, 2015 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Monday, August 3, 2015 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, August 4, 2015 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, August 6, 2015 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, August 7, 2015 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, August 8, 2015 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 9, 2015 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Event Venue: White’s Mill
Since the late 18th century, White’s Mill has provided stone ground cornmeal, grits, and flour for the farm and kitchen, as well as a gathering place for sharing news and views.
Monday, August 3, 2015 – 11:00am to 1:00pm
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 – 11:00am to 1:00pm
Event Venue: St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Ticket price (door): $8
Take a break from your busy Festival schedule to enjoy lunch at St. Thomas Church on Monday and Wednesday. Quiche, ham rolls, salad, dessert and a drink, all for $8 (children under 12, $5). Proceeds support the many charitable activities of the church.