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2018 Juried Fine Art Intake Days

July 21 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on July 22, 2018 at 2:00pm

Arts Depot, 314 Depot Square
Abingdon, VA 24212 United States
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Event Dates:
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 2:00 to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 2:00 to 5:00pm
Bring your submissions for consideration in this year's competition.

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2018 Patrons’ Event: John Berry

July 21 @ 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
McGlothlin Center for the Arts, 30481 Garnand Drive
Emory, VA 24327 United States
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Event Date:
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 5:30 PM Patrons' Reception
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 7:30 PM Performance

When you become a Festival Patron, you are eligible to receive benefits throughout the Festival, including admission to our exclusive Patrons' Event.

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2018 Juried Fine Art Intake Days

July 22 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on July 22, 2018 at 2:00pm

Arts Depot, 314 Depot Square
Abingdon, VA 24212 United States
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Event Dates:
Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 2:00 to 5:00pm
Sunday, July 22, 2018 - 2:00 to 5:00pm
Bring your submissions for consideration in this year's competition.

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Youth Art Intake Day

July 23 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
William King Museum of Art, 415 Academy Dr.
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Event Date:
Monday, July 23 2018 - 2:00 to 4:00pm

Submit your artwork for the Virginia Highlands Youth Art exhibit on the basement level of the William King Museum of Art. Youth in grades K-12 may bring one or two matted, mounted or framed pieces of art for display in the museum's Student Gallery during the Festival. Small three-dimensional work also accepted. $3 charge per entry.

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An Evening with Adriana Trigiani

July 26 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Auditorium, One Partnership Circle
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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$50 – $100

Event Date:
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

This special event celebrates one of Southwest Virginia’s favorite writers, Adriana Trigiani, with an evening of food, drink, book sales and signings, and entertainment by Trigiani.

Trigiani is the author of the popular Big Stone Gap trilogy and directed the film based on the first book in the series. Her new novel All the Stars in Heaven is an epic that takes place in the Golden Age of Hollywood.

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2018 Juried Fine Arts Awards Ceremony

July 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Arts Depot, 314 Depot Square
Abingdon, VA 24212 United States
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Free

Event Date:
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Fine Arts Committee of the 70th Annual Virginia Highlands Festival cordially invites you to attend the 2018 Juried Fine Arts Award Ceremony on Thursday, July 26 from 7-9PM.

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Festival Restaurant Week 2018

July 27
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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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2018 Writers’ Day

July 27 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Virginia Highlands Community College, 100 VHCC Drive
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free – $40

Event Date:
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 8:00am to 4:30pm

Registration Information
Tickets $40, students attend free

Writers' Day is a unique opportunity for writers (and the general public) to learn from regional authors and those who write about Appalachia. There's something for everyone— writing for children and young adults, poetry, literary and popular fiction and a special storytelling workshop.

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Quilt Show

July 27 @ 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 27 @ 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 27 @ 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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Stream Discovery Workshop

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
White’s Mill, 12314 White's Mill Road
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Date:
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 10:00am to Noon

Attend a hands-on Stream Discovery Workshop at White’s Mill as part of the Virginia Highlands Festival. Participants will discover how to catch and identify pollution-sensitive macroinvertebrates—tiny creatures such as stonefly, mayfly, water penny, and many others—living in stream beds. Cathy Landy, a certified trainer in the Virginia Save Our Streams monitoring method, leads the workshop which also features a pollution prevention game for kids and an educators’ session to learn teaching techniques about watersheds and pollution prevention.

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Outdoor Adventurer Activity Book

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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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 – 10:00 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 – 10:00 to 5:00pm
If you are between 4 and 14, become an VHF Outdoor Adventurer by picking up an Outdoor Adventurer Activity Book at the Youth Tent or the VHF Information Booth and completing activities as you go through Abingdon. Learn about Abingdon’s parks—for butterflies, munchkins, and veterans. Find out about wyes, muster grounds, and two kinds of Virginia Creepers. Take your completed book to the Youth Tent to receive your Outdoor Adventurer button.

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Downtown Abingdon Walking Tour

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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One event on August 2, 2018 at 10:00am

One event on August 4, 2018 at 10:00am

Gazebo at the Martha Washington Inn, 150 W. Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 10:00 to 11:30am
Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 10:00 to 11:30am
Saturday, August 4,2018 - 10:00 to 11:30am
Join historian Randy Smith at the Gazebo at Martha Washington Inn and Spa for a walking tour of downtown Abingdon. Learn about our town's history from the 1770s to the present as you stroll along Main Street. Admission is free.

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Colonial Trade Faire

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until August 5, 2018

Fields-Penn House, 208 W Main St
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Dates:
Friday, July 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday, July 29, 2018 - 10:00am 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 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Learn about the craft of making objects from America’s past—wood carving, metal working, spinning and weaving, leather working, and many other trades—and buy those hand-created treasures from the tradesmen at the Colonial Trade Faire. Sutlers and demonstrators travel from throughout the Southeast to this annual event. Open daily from 10AM to 6PM at the Fields-Penn House. Admission is free.

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2018 Photography Competition

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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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
This is the show for the annual Photography competition. Come see the juried prize winners and vote for People's Choice!

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Meet the Alpacas

July 27 @ 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until August 5, 2018

Festival Park, 208 W. Main Street
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Free

Event Dates:
Friday July 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday July 28, 2018 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday July 29, 2018 - 10:00am 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 - 10:00am to 6:00pm
Meet and pet the alpacas while browsing thru handcrafted items made from their fleece. Alpaca is a natural fiber that is considered hypoallergenic. We'll look for your friendly faces each weekend at the Youth tent in the park. Stop by and say hi!

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Express It Face & Body Art

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
Elaborate face painting and temporary glitter tattoos for all ages done by Aline Backes.

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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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