Summer Solstice Fest in Downtown Blacksburg

Celebrate the solstice with music, food and fun!

Saturday June 17, 2017, 1-11pm!!!

The 10th Annual Summer Solstice Fest is scheduled to take place Saturday June 17 and is a rain or shine event! As always the festival is free and open to all. Downtown Blacksburg businesses are planning a schedule of exciting activities leading up to the event starting June 8- details of 10 Days of Summer Solstice Fest will be released soon so be sure to watch this space!

Fun filled free family activities will include the ever popular Alberti’s Fleas Circus, Water Wars, moon bounces, doggie costume contest and new this year….Circus Stella- a traditional family circus which features performing rescued dogs and amazing human feats like trapeze, aerial silk, rope-walking, and acrobatics.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the event we are bringing back some of the favorite bands from past festivals in addition to a few new faces to our stage. The PanJammers will kick off the music on the stage leading a fun-filled line up including the J-Stout Trio, The Kind, Secondhand Jones performing a Beatles tribute, Badunkafunk, with HopeHop reuniting for this event to finish off the night!

Please walk, bike, bus or ride share to our festival.

T-shirts may be purchased at Summer Solstice Fest, or online at

Stage Schedule

  • 1:00pm-2:00pm PanJammers

  • 2:30pm-3:30pm J-Stout Trio

  • 4:00pm-5:00pm The Kind

  • 5:15pm-5:45pm Dog Costume Contest

  • 5:45pm -6:15pm Belly Dancing

  • 6:45pm-7:45pm SecondHand Jones performs A Beatles Tribute

  • 7:45-8:15pm Open Drum Circle- to participate sign up at

  • 8:15pm-9:15pm Badunkafunk

  • 8:30pm **Downtown Sundown 5K STARTS**
    9:45pm-11:00pm HopeHop

Downtown Sundown® 5K Run
Download the Registration Form here

Solstice Yoga

InBalance Yoga will once again be hosting FREE Solstice Yoga sessions at the festival. Bring your own mat!
8:30am Yoga on the Beach at Cabo Fish Taco
12:30pm Yoga on the Alexander Black House Lawn
5:30pm Yoga on the Alexander Black House Lawn

Circus Stella

We are excited to welcome Circus Stella to the 10th annual Summer Solstice Fest!
Circus Stella is a traditional family circus featuring performing rescued dogs and amazing human feats like trapeze, aerial silk, rope-walking, and acrobatics. Circus Stella has been featured on both The Ellen Degeneres Show and America's Got Talent..
3 free shows will take place in Blacksburg First Church of God Parking Lot on Lee St behind Cabo Fish Taco.
Show times are: 2pm, 4pm and 6pm

Alberti Flea Circus

The flea circus is an almost legendary part of fair and festival entertainment, with a history going back well over one hundred years. "See" these delightful performers, including Paddy O’Reilly Shaughnessy who waves an Irish Flag, Captain Spaulding who is shot from a cannon, and the daring diving bikini clad Dardenell who does the traditional flea circus high dive.
3 free shows will take place in front of the National Bank of Blacksburg on Main Street.
Show times are: 1:15pm, 3:15pm and 5:15pm

Thank you to our sponsors

Bath Fitter
Beliveau Estate Winery
Blacksburg First Church of God
Hethwood Apartment Homes
INTotal Health
LeafFilter of NC
Mellow Mushroom
National Bank of Blacksburg
Prestige Pet Sitting Agency
Prince Michel’s Vineyard
Real Life Dental
Skip Slocum with Nest Realty
Solar Connexion
The Mountain 101.5/102.5 WVMP
The Roanoke Times
Town & Country Vets
Town of Blacksburg
Vacation Village
Valley Distribution
Virginia College Savings Plan
Virginia Energy Sense

Summer Solstice Fest is once again proud to be a certified Virginia Green Event!

Solstice Craft Vendors

The Market will be located on Main St from 1pm-8pm

  • Beautifully Beaded
    Cristal's Unique Collection
    Debbie Schillo
    Deona's Sleepy Little Dreams
    Diva Treva Soapworks
    Explore More Outfitters
    Fanciful Fun Face Paint
    Goody Paws Bakery
    Joy's Crocheted Dolls & Bows
    M and M Sparkle
    Morgan's Earth Treasures
    Mystical Memories
    New River Jewelry
    Paper Moon Vintage
    Shine your light Soy Candles
    Simply Stones
    Stefan's Moonrise Kingdom
    Sweet & Simple Prints
    The Devotea
    Unleashed LLC
    Virginia Glass Girl Studio
    White Stage Furniture Revival

We Need YOU!!

We need many hands to make light work to bring this fabulous festival to the community. Volunteer tasks range from set up, to pouring beer to assisting with the Flea Circus, to selling t-shirts. All volunteers receive a meal voucher and a day of fun serving the community. Shifts are 2 hrs. Come and be part of the fun!
We need you!