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Portraits by Aline

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until August 5, 2018

Youth Tent at Festival Park, 319 Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Monday, July 30, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, August 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Commission hand-drawn portraits of your favorite people or pets by Aline Backes, a local portrait artist with over 35 years of experience. Portrait memories captured in oil, pastel, or charcoal, as well as caricature, and created live or by submitted photos.

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Youth Art Exhibit

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until August 5, 2018

William King Museum of Art, 415 Academy Dr.
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 – 1:00 to 5:00pm
Monday, July 30, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, August 2, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, August 3, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 5, 2018 – 1:00 to 5:00pm
Celebrate the work and talent of our young artists, ages 5-18, in the Virginia Highlands Youth Art exhibit located in the Student Gallery.

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Duncansville One Room School

July 27 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 5, 2018

An event every week that begins at 1:30pm on Sunday, repeating until August 5, 2018

Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 1:30 to 4:30pm
Friday, August 3, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:30am to 4:30pm
Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 1:30 to 4:30pm
Come one, come all and tour the Duncansville One Room School located on Elementary Drive between The Coomes Center and E. B. Stanley Middle School each weekend during the festival. The Washington County Retired Teachers are your hosts for this event.

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Barter Theatre: History and Backstage Tour

July 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 5, 2018

Barter Theatre, 127 W. Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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$10

Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 11:00am to Noon
Saturday, July 28, 2018 — 11:00am to Noon
Friday, August 3, 2018 — 11:00am to Noon
Saturday, August 4, 2018 — 11:00am to Noon
Learn the history of Barter Theatre, the State Theatre of Virginia, then take a tour of the backstage area, the dressing rooms, and get to see the mysterious “Barter tunnel.”

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Meet the Authors

July 27 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 12:00pm, repeating until August 5, 2018

Anthony’s Desserts, 284 W. Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 12:00 to 6:00pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 12:00 to 6:00pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 12:00 to 6:00pm
Monday, July 30, 2018 - 12:00 to 6:00pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 12:00 to 6:00pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 12:00 to 6:00pm
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 12:00 to 6:00pm
Friday, August 3, 2018 - 12:00 to 6:00pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 12:00 to 6:00pm
Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 12:00 to 6:00pm
The Appalachian Authors Guild invites you to meet some of their featured authors at Anthony’s Desserts from 12-6PM daily during the festival. Selected readings by the authors daily at 12 and 3PM. Check the VHF website, the AAG website, or the Facebook pages for updates on each day's featured authors. Admission is free.

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The Tortoise & the Hare(s)

July 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Saturday, repeating until August 5, 2018

Free

Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 1:00 to 4:00pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Come meet two giant tortoises and an assortment of cute and cuddly bunnies for kids of all ages to enjoy.

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Shag Lessons

July 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Abingdon Market Pavilion, Remsburg Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Date:
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 6:30 to 7:30pm

Gotta dance? Wanna learn? Join the Mountain Empire Shag Society and channel your inner Ann-Margret on the Pavilion Stage. Admission is free.

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Words and Music

July 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Heartwood, 1 Heartwood Circle
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Event Date:
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:00 to 9:00pm

An Evening of Words and Music with the locally popular Wolf Hills Jazz Quartet, and Writers’ Day authors: Rita Quillen, RJ Harris, Joan Donaldson, and Eugene Wolf. The band will provide jazz interludes for readings and performances by our authors throughout their set. Heartwood’s Brew Bar Bites, Treats and Beverages will be available for purchase throughout the event. Come join us for this popular capstone event for Writers’ Day.

Admission is free for those attending Writers’ Day. General admission is $10.

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Beach Nite Band Concert

July 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Abingdon Market Pavilion, Remsburg Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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$5

Event Date:
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 7:30 to 9:30pm

Celebrate the first concert of our 70th annual festival with the Beach Nite Band! Tickets and seating open at 6 PM. Warm up your smooth moves with dance lessons at 6:30 PM. Beverages available for purchase at 7 PM, and the music cranks up at 7:30 PM. Enjoy your favorite beach party hits! Limited seating available. Bring a beach chair or use one of ours and camp out with us for a wonderful time! Admission is $5 cash only. Beer garden and food vendors open 30 minutes prior to show time.

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Barter Theatre Late Night Cabaret

July 27 @ 11:15 pm - 12:00 am
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One event on July 28, 2018 at 11:15pm

Barter Stage II Abingdon, VA 24210 United States + Google Map
$10

Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 11:15pm to Midnight
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 11:15pm to Midnight
Barter Theatre presents their annual Late Nite Cabaret. Skits, songs, improv and comedy acts as you’ve never seen them before... unscripted, unforgettable, and ready to entertain. Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28, 11:15PM to midnight at Barter Theatre II. Admission $10 per person.

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Festival Restaurant Week 2018

July 28
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An event every day that begins at 2:00am, repeating until August 5, 2018

Downtown Abingdon, Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Varies

Check out the specials at participating restaurants all week long during Festival Restaurant Week.

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Creeper Trail Ride to Honor Lawrence the Legend

July 28 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Virginia Creeper Trailhead, 300 Green Spring Road
Abingdon, VA 24211 United States
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Free

Event Date:
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 8:00am to 2:00pm

The Creeper Trail Ride gives bikers a chance to experience the beauty of the Virginia Creeper Trail. Lawrence Dye, an 86-year-old Trail Ambassador, has logged more than 192,000 miles of biking on the region’s finest rails-to-trails landmark. Lawrence the Legend often rode daily to Whitetop Station and back to Abingdon.

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Early Bird Shopping at Antiques Market

July 28 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Washington County Fairgrounds, 17046 Fairground Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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$20

Event Date:
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 8:00 to 10:00am

Don't miss the Early Bird Shopping event at the Antiques Market . Admission is $20 and includes a continental breakfast.

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Abingdon Farmers Market

July 28 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on August 4, 2018 at 8:00am

One event on July 31, 2018 at 3:00pm

Abingdon Market Pavilion, Remsburg Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Date:
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 3:00 to 6:00pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
The Abingdon Farmers Market is a space for local farmers, artisans, and food producers within a 50-mile radius to sell their products directly to the community. Fresh locally-grown fruits, vegetables, and locally-raised meats taste better and provide healthier food choices. Our local vendors offer arts and crafts, baked goods, and naturally-made products. In many cases, the growers and producers are your neighbors and friends.

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Abingdon Civil War Weekend

July 28 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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One event on July 29, 2018 at 10:00am

Abingdon Muster Grounds, 1780 Muster Pl
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Dates:
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 3:00pm
The Abingdon Muster Grounds hosts the 7th annual Abingdon Civil War Weekend, July 28 and 29, for a fun-filled family event.

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Hike to Cleveland Barrens

July 28 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Meet at Food Country, 15811 Porterfield Hwy
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Event Date:
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Hike a moderately-strenuous 4-mile round-trip trail in the Cleveland Barrens Natural Area Preserve along the Clinch River in Russell County. The property is owned by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Within species-rich limestone forests and woodlands is a globally-rare natural community called limestone-dolomite barrens. These “barrens” are remnants of native prairies which once extended from the mid-west into Virginia. Found on steep southwest-facing slopes, these “barrens” support numerous rare plants and animals.

Reservations required. Call 276-676-5673 (leaving name, phone number and number of participants) by Thursday, July 26 at 5pm. Limit 20 participants.

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4th Annual Sawdust Festival

July 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Holston Mountain Artisans Craft Shop, 214 Park St.
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Date:
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm

The 4th annual Sawdust Festival will be held at the Holston Mountain Artisans Craft Shop. Enjoy live demonstrations of Appalachian arts with a focus on woodcrafters. Admission is free. Enter for a chance to win raffle items from artisan vendors.

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Quilt Show

July 28 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 4, 2018

One event on July 29, 1982 at 1:00pm

Holston Mountain Artisans Center, 214 Park Street
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Monday, July 30, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Friday, August 3, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Holston Mountain Artisans presents a display of new and vintage quilts from Southwest Virginia and upper East Tennessee featuring work by the Wolf Hills Quilters. Admission is free.

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2018 Juried Fine Art Exhibit

July 28 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 5, 2018

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Sunday, repeating until August 5, 2018

Arts Depot, 314 Depot Square
Abingdon, VA 24212 United States
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Free

Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 – 1:00 to 5:00pm
Monday, July 30, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, August 2, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, August 3, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 10:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday, August 5, 2018 – 1:00 to 5:00pm
The Fine Arts Committee of the 70th Annual Virginia Highlands Festival is excited to announce the 2018 Juried Fine Arts Exhibit at the Abingdon Arts Depot. All entries accepted at the Abingdon Arts Depot on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22nd from 2-5pm. More than $1,500 in cash prizes awarded for work selected by our juror, including one People’s Choice prize voted on by the public. Following our annual tradition, this years juror, Brent Skidmore of UNC Asheville, will give a lecture on Thursday evening prior to the festival to announce award recipients and discuss the selection of their work. Much of the art on display at the Festival Gallery will be for sale, making this a great opportunity for art enthusiast to add to their collection!

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2018 Arts & Crafts Show

July 28 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until August 5, 2018

Barter Square, 127 West Main St.
Abingdon, 24210
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Event Dates
Friday, July 27, 2018 – 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 – 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 – 10:00 to 6:00pm
Monday, July 30, 2018 – 10:00am to 6:00pm
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 – 10:00am to 6:00pm
Wednesday, August 1, 2018 – 10:00am to 6:00pm
Thursday, August 2, 2018 – 10:00am to 6:00pm
Friday, August 3, 2018 – 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday, August 4, 2018 – 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, August 5, 2018 – 10:00 to 6:00pm
Visit the Arts & Crafts show named “Best in Virginia” for seven years in a row! Vendors bring their beautifully handcrafted items to The Barter Green where you can browse, shop, enjoy our live art demos, and find one-of-a-kind items at price points for yourself or as gifts! Vendors may change without notice, so check the Festival website for up-to-date information. We’re open rain or shine!

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