For more events and details please check out our Calendar of events

For Information about Sustainable Activities & Events visit our GREEN LIVING page


Christmas in July sale at the Blacksburg Thrift Shop

July 25 - July 27
Jul 25 at 9:00am to Jul 27 at 5:00pm
Store-wide sale - everything at least 30% off. We've pulled out all of the Christmas decorations for this huge event! Plenty of items to buy at great rates, ranging from pre-lighted Christmas trees to wreathes, not to mention our normal offerings of furniture, books, clothing and more! During our normal operating hours: 9AM - 7PM Friday & Saturday, 12 - 5PM on Sunday.

Alexander Black House & Cultural Center Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
“Blacksburg’s Living Room”

The Alexander Black House & Cultural Center will celebrate its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, August 6th, at 10 a.m. on the lawn of the region’s new cultural center located at 204 Draper Road SW. (Regular business hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10am – 4pm)

Beginning Friday, August 1st, events will take place throughout the month and provide unique opportunities for everyone to experience the Alexander Black House:
• Aug 1 & 2 - Step into the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center during Steppin Out!
• Aug. 6 - Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening: Ribbon Cutting 10am. Open House with self-guided tours, children's activities, refreshments, information tent and more until 4pm.
• Aug. 9 - Papermaking workshop with artist, Gibby Waitzkin http://sarvisberry.com/
• August 14 - Antique Appraisals, 6:30pm-8:30pm - Free appraisals for first 50 participants to register.
• Aug. 21 - Historic Lecture Series - 6pm-8pm, Price House and Gardens (to be held at the Price House: 107 Wharton St. SE); speakers and refreshments; free to public.
• Aug. 23 - Alexander Black Tie GALA (@Inn at VT), 6:30pm-11:30pm - Tickets on sale now! www.blacksburghistory.org.

Hahn Horticulture Garden

Wednesday Garden Walks (and Talks) - Free!

All run 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. - meet at the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion. No registration required. Parking passes available at Pavilion for Visitors only. F/S must park in designated F/S spaces.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014. 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Understanding Permaculture with Sarah Gibbs of NatureScapes

Join Sarah for a discussion on permaculture - a design system for creating sustainable human environments in cooperation with nature. It is an integrated approach in which all elements in the system have many functions and all functions are supported by many elements. This system is intended to create balanced and synergistic relationships between all of the living and non-living parts of this human-initiated habitat.

Wednesday August 6 and 20, 2014. 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Butterfly Walks with Entomologist, Tom McAvoy, Virginia Tech.
Join Tom in the garden for a fascinating walk and talk about our winged friends. Always popular!!


Saturday September 6, 2014. 10:00 a.m. (1 ½-2hrs)
Sand-casted Leaf Workshop with Rachel Yungman
This talented craftswoman will teach you how to make a beautiful sand-casted leaf for your garden, to hang on a wall, turn into a birdbath, etc. Rachel’s leaves are amazing! Have fun creating your own!
$35 Friends of the Garden members/$45 general public (materials included)
Workshop limited to 20 participants; must pre-register

Saturday September 20, 2014. 10:00 a.m. (1 ½-2hrs)
Embellishing Your Leaf with Paints with Rachel Yungman
Limited to 20 participants, must pre-register
Fee includes instruction and supplies to finish one leaf
$15 Friends of the Garden members/$20 general public

To register, please contact Stephanie at vtgarden@vt.edu or 540-639-2233.

Blacksburg Farmers Market hours

Market Hours:
Wednesdays 2pm-7pm
Saturdays 8am-2pm
Wednesday July 9, Mingle at the Market, 5 – 7:00 pm

For more information and upcoming activities visit: http://www.blacksburgfarmersmarket.com/

Seek Education, Explore DiScover - SEEDS®Discovery Learning for Everyone

Founded in 1995
Come Visit!!
107 Wharton St. SE
PO Box 824
Blacksburg VA 24063-0824


YMCA Thrift Store

Sundays-The Thrift Shop will be open 12-5pm for shopping as well as dropping off items at the dock.
The YMCA at Virginia Tech hours for reception of Thrift Store donations are as follows:
Monday through Saturday…..9 AM until 6 PM.
Sunday………………… ….12 PM until 4 PM.

For specific information on Downtown Blacksburg Events please contact:

Laureen Blakemore, Director


Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.  |  P.O. Box 233  |  Blacksburg, Virginia 24063  |  (540) 951-0454  |  dbi@downtownblacksburg.com