1. Collect your loyalty card at participating locations.

2. Visit 10 different participating Downtown Blacksburg merchants and make a minimum purchase of $5.

3. Have each merchant add their stamp to your loyalty card.

4. Redeem rewards at the DBI Office, (CAIO, 149 College Ave, next to the Lyric) Email to arrange a time.

Participating merchants:

Alexander Black House, Mad Dog, Fringe Benefit, Matrix Gallery, Clay Corner Inn, Cabo Fish Taco, Cafe de Bangkok, Sharkey's, Devotea, Lyric Theatre, Uncommonly Gifted, Champs Sportsbar, The Artful Lawyer, with more to follow soon.


The Lyric Theatre

Summer Arts Film Festival
Admission is Free

Duck Soup
Saturday August 15, 3:00pm
Wednesday August 19, 3:00pm

L'Union Internationale des Femmes Architectes (UIFA) AND The International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)
PRESENT  LILIA! - An internationally acclaimed play about architect Lilia Skala
Thursday, July 30 at 4:30 pm at the Lyric Theatre

The show portrays the life of Skala’s grandmother, architect and Oscar-nominated actress Lilia Skala, whose architectural drawings are archived in IAWA’s permanent collection in Special Collections at the University Library. The performance is open to the public. Tickets will be available at the door - general admission $10.00, students $5.00.

Viennese born, Lilia Skala became the first female architect in Austria, a stage star in Max Reinhardt’s theater, and finally a Hitler refugee who worked her way out of a New York zipper factory to an acting career on Broadway, television and film. She collected award nominations for her performance in “Roseland” (Golden Globe), “Eleanor and Franklin” (Emmy) and most notably Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for her role as the Mother Superior in “Lilies of the Field.”

Out of this remarkable journey emerges the story of a relationship between Lilia and her granddaughter, Libby in which the Grande Dame serves as mentor, role model, and at times unwitting adversary. Before she died, she asked Libby to write a part for her. Libby began developing the show shortly thereafter.

In 2003, Lilia Skala’s drawings were added to IAWA’s permanent collection and have toured to destinations as far reaching as Japan and Outer Mongolia in IAWA’s traveling exhibits. “We are thrilled to present Libby’s show about her grandmother Lilia Skala here at the IAWA as a part of the 18th UIFA Congress and have looked forward to this moment since we were given Lilia’s drawings by her two sons in 2003. “This is a very special moment in casting these wonderful materials and this important history into the future,” relates Donna Dunay, IAWA Chair. “Everyone should go see Lilia’s drawings prior to the play, just down College Avenue where they are on display at the University Library in the windows of Special Collections beside the College Avenue entrance.”

Libby Skala wrote and has performed LILIA! to sold-out houses across North America, in London sponsored by the Austrian Cultural Forum, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, in Berlin and Dresden, Germany, and in Tbilisi, Rep. of Georgia. It ran off-Broadway produced by Mirror Repertory Company. Her second play A Time to Dance won “Best Solo Performer” Award at The London Fringe Theatre Festival. She played Viola in Twelfth Night at St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, appeared in the film "Birth" with Nicole Kidman and is a graduate of Oberlin College.

LILIA! Photos:
IAWA Drawings by Lilia Skala:

Clay Corner Inn

WONDERFUL NEWS! Breanna Martin an amazing singer will be at the Clay Corner Inn for a CHARITY EVENT for a night full of Art Songs, Opera, Arias, Healing Chants, Singing Bowls & Accompaniment on:

SATURDAY 22ND AUGUST, 2015 from 6pm to 8pm

100% of Clay Corner Inn's collection will be donated to the Valley Interfaith Child Care Center in Blackburg, VA

To sign up please contact Nicky at (540) 552 - 4030

Reserved space $30 / On the day $35


Saturday, Aug 29, 11am - 5pm
WHERE: St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall Museum & the North End Center
203 Gilbert Street and the junction of Turner and Price’s Fork
WHO: The Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation
Sponsors: The Virginia Tech Foundation, the North End Merchants,and Downtown Blacksburg Inc.

Old Time Blues, Bar-B-Q and Beer (and wine) make for a great festival! That’s just what you’ll find on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at the St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall Museum, located in the North End Center from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Eight bands/performers will play traditional “Blues” music on two stages recalling the days when crowds would gather at the St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall in New Town at the corner of Gilbert and Barger Streets.

While the local, state, and nationally recognized historic landmark, the St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall is the center of the celebration of traditional music and good times, this year a second stage will offer even more music and fun in the middle of the North End Center located where the New Town neighborhood once stood.
Jessie Eaves, a member of the Odd Fellows Committee, said, “We’re doing what the neighbors in New Town did on a regular basis: build fellowship, enjoy a great afternoon, and experience the delights of music, food, and beer.” Admission is free, although a donation is requested.
This year the old time blues entertainers include: The Blue Monday Band, Neal Wyms, Tim Pak, Scott Perry, Emily Guill and Friends, The Indian Run Duo, The Bill Hoffman Blues Quintet, and the headliner, coming up from North Carolina, “The King Bees”.
Come to the North End Center on Prices Fork (Buffalo Wild Wings, Five Guys, Next Door Bakery, etc.) and the St. Luke and Odd Fellows Hall Museum for a rip-roarin’ ruckus with some great tunes, delicious food, and cold brews. Nothing’s better than an afternoon of Blues, Brews, and Bar-B-Q in a charming historic setting.
No outside food, drink or pets are allowed. Seating is limited, so you may wish to bring chairs while you and your family sit and dance under the big tents.

Parking is available for free in the adjacent parking garage.

Friends of the Farmers Market

August 9- Vintage & Antique Market
The Blacksburg Vintage Market takes place the second Sunday of the month April through November, 10am to 5pm, in downtown Blacksburg at Market Square Park (rain date is the 4th Sunday of the month). Vendors offer a variety of vintage and antique goods including clothing, jewelry, records, books, housewares and upcycled goods. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Farmer's Market.

Mingle at the Market

The Blacksburg Farmers Market announces its 4rd annual summer time series of Wednesday events, “Mingle at the Market”
Locally produced wine and beer will be available by the glass. All proceeds will benefit the work of Friends of the Farmers Market. Come enjoy various foods created by market vendors along with our usual bounty of locally produced products.
Enjoy our live music, sip local libations, purchase our ample fresh harvested produce, or spin a hula hoop in the sunshine. The Blacksburg Farmers Market is more than a market; it's a community gathering place, with a full calendar of entertainment and educational activities. Come on down, and join us for a taste of local culture!
Other 2015 Mingle at the Market dates:
August 13 – Welcome to Hoonah
September 10 – Dirt Road Kings

Up on the Roof

Up on The Roof is Blacksburg Premier Creative Professional's mixer. We meet on the last Thursday of every month (April through Sept) on the rooftop of the Kent Square parking lot from 5:30-8pm - it is a happy hour networking social. The event was originally designed to bring fun locals, grad students and professionals together for the purposes of socializing and enjoying our downtown venues. Food (happy hour samples), beer and vodka mixers are available with a $5 or $10 donation! Reusable cups are $1. Blacksburg is a great place to be! Downtown Events Inc., the non-profit that produces of Up on the Roof, is first and foremost a social organization with a mission to connect newcomers, locals and creative professionals in Blacksburg. Come and join us! Be Local. Be Social.

The Up on the Roof planning committee reserves the right to remove any attendee from the premises if they are deemed disruptive or a safety hazard. Please no pets. MUST be 21 with a valid ID to get in; this is a professional's mixer so children or anyone underage are not permitted as per our ABC agreement.

Mount Tabor Ruritan Club Fish Frys

Mount Tabor Ruritan Club’s 2015 Fish Fry Season is about to begin. Fries are on the second Saturday of each month, May through September. Frys are held 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Slusser's Chapel Picnic Shelter, 1531 Mount Tabor Road, Blacksburg. Adults-$8, children (under 12)-$4, carry-outs-$8.  Call 540-449-6178 for further information.

Our club raises funds through summer fish fries and fall apple-butter making to support community projects that include: college scholarships, July 4th Parade & Movie in Blacksburg, maintenance of community picnic shelter, Christmas food certificates, support of 4-H and Scouting programs, monthly donations to the Blacksburg Food Pantry, and community roadside clean-up. This year is the 50th anniversary of the chartering of our club

Comedy Club

Every Wednesday, at 9:30pm
Top of the Stairs



Visit the Nature Center
SEEDS - Blacksburg Nature Center located at Blacksburg's historic Price House and gardens.
Rain or shine...nature discovery right in town. It's a museum and more for children and the young at heart!

Tuesday: 9am-12noon
Thursday: 2pm-5pm
Friday: 9am-1pm
Saturday: 9am-1pm

...and by appointment for special visits & field trips.

Explore Tuesdays: 9am-12pm . Come play, do crafts, & tell stories!
After School Thursdays: 2pm-5pm . Nature art with Robin.
Play Date Fridays: 9am-1pm . -Outdoor Games and Fun- theme Family Saturdays: 9am- 1pm.

Come explore and also enjoy the nearby Blacksburg Farmers Market and downtown on Saturdays!

Mondays and Wednesdays: For class trips/tours please inquire by email check on availability .

Located at Blacksburg's historic Price House, 107 Wharton Street SE. Parking in our driveway, on Wharton Street, and within 2 short blocks on Clay Street at spout spring parking strip. Admission is free. Donations welcome. Visit at any point during open hours to enjoy activities-Fun for all ages.

Blacksburg Children's Museum

School's out so bring the kids to play.

Hours: Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


With the joint efforts of Virginia Tech's School of Performing Arts and the Town of Blacksburg, we are proud to present the 2015 Summer Arts Festival's Calendar of Events. This summer marks the 24th year of this cultural and entertaining event for the Virginia Tech Campus and the New River Valley. This Festival has become a tradition that is now solidly established. We have developed a very strong audience base for the Summer Arts Festival over the past 23 years, and with the renewed support of Virginia Tech and the Town of Blacksburg, the Festival will continue to be a welcome tradition in the community.

Full schedule of events available here


A downtown Tailgate on Monday September 7 from 3-6pm for the whole family!

This event will take place on College Avenue Promenade and will feature live music by Trainwreck, a beer and wine garden, activities for the kids and pre-game fun. A welcome for all fans- VT and Ohio will be found downtown!

More details to follow soon!

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  |