Summer Solstice Fest in Downtown Blacksburg

Celebrate the solstice with music, food and fun!

Volunteers Needed

We cannot make our festival happen without the assistance of a crew of tremendous community minded volunteers like you! Please sign up now to be part of the fun. All volunteers will receive a meal coupon!

Saturday June 16, 2018, 1-11pm!!!

The 11th Annual Summer Solstice Fest is scheduled to take place Saturday June 16 and is a rain or shine event! As always the festival is free and open to all.

Fun filled free family activities will include the ever popular Alberti’s Fleas Circus, Water Wars, moon bounces, doggie costume contest and returning 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.

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

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

Downtown Sundown® 5K Race

Run the streets and trails of Blacksburg at sunset! The Downtown Sundown 5k® starts and finishes on Draper Road in the heart of the Summer Solstice Street Festival featuring crafts, live music, food, drink, and more. Race day registration will take place on the lawn of the Alexander Black House from 3pm to 8pm. All runners must wear reflective clothing and carry a glowstick or LED light.

You can register online or use the attached downloadable paper form that can be turned in at RunAbout Sports. Registering in-store avoids the $3.25 fee for online processing.

Solstice Yoga

It is almost time for Blacksburg's 11th annual Summer Solstice Fest! and BEACH YOGA AT Cabo Fish Taco is back!

Join us on the "Cabo Beach" from 8:30-9:30 am each day from June 12th through Saturday, June 16th for Yoga on the beach with In Balance Yoga!
· Tuesday 6/12, 8:30-9:30 am – led by Betsy Walker
· Wednesday 6/13, 8:30-9:30 am –led by Nicole Boyle
· Thursday 6/14, 8:30-9:30 am –led by Jonny Walker
· Friday 6/15, 8:30-9:30 am –led by Keala Mason
· Saturday 6/16, 8:30-9:30am –led by Betsy Walker

Refreshing morning yoga practice: just bring yourself, your mat, and anything else you might need for your practice (water, towel, etc). This is a free community class-bring friends! Open to all levels and there is no charge to attend - come practice with us!

**AND**There are two other sure-to-be-amazing yoga opportunities to enjoy as you celebrate Summer Solstice in Downtown Blacksburg. In addition to morning yoga on the Cabo Beach, we will have afternoon and evening yoga at the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center.
These are at the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center lawn:

- Saturday 6/16, 12:00-1:00 pm IBY Teacher Ellen Goldlust
- Saturday 6/16, 5:30-6:30 pm IBY Teacher TBD

All classes will be open to all levels and there is no charge to attend! Come practice with us!

Stage Schedule

  • 1:00pm-2:00pm PanJammers

  • 2:30pm-3:30pm Smokestack Lightnin' Blues Band

  • 4:00pm-5:00pm Flight One

  • 5:15pm-5:45pm Dog Costume Contest

  • 5:45pm -6:15pm New River Irish Dance School

  • 6:30pm-7:30pm Space Monkey

  • 8:00pm-9:00pm Soulacoustix

  • 8:30pm **Downtown Sundown 5K STARTS**

  • 9:30pm-11:00pm Kind of Woodshed

Circus Stella

We are excited to welcome back Circus Stella to the 11th 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
Blacksburg Early learning Center
Blacksburg First Church of God
Dr. Steve Jacobs O.D.
Freedom First Credit Union
Hethwood Homes
Main Street Inn
Mellow Mushroom
National Bank of Blacksburg
NRV Macaroni Kid
Skip Slocum with Nest Realty
Solar Connexion
Spicer, Olin & Associates P.C.
The Mountain 101.5/102.5 WVMP
The Roanoke Times
Town of Blacksburg
Vacation Villages

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

Solstice Craft Market Vendors

  • Vendors will be located on Main St from 1pm-8pm

    Beautifully Beaded
    Bent Mountain BBQSauce & Baked goods
    Blacksburg Henna
    Cristal's Unique Collection
    Deona's Sleepy Little Dreams
    Diva Treva Soapworks
    DK Fizzles
    Fanciful Fun Face Paint
    Goody Paws Bakery
    Holly Cromer
    Kry Babies Pots & Plants
    Looking Glass Designs
    M and M Sparkle
    Megan Elaine Designs
    Millennial Boutique
    Morgan's Earth Treasures
    Ours to YourS "O2Y"
    Pat & Sid Johnson
    Patina Creek Silver
    Shine your light Soy Candles
    Simply Stones
    Sweet & Simple Prints

Activities & non craft vendors

Blacksburg Boxing & Fitness
Blacksburg Fit Body Boot Camp
Blue Creations
Crimpers Climbing Gym
eXp Realty
Little Leapers
Mary Kay
New River Irish Dance
Pil Seung TKD LLC
Real Life Dental
Real Life Smiles
The Beach Shop

Non Profit Community Groups Participating

Blacksburg Rugby Football Club
Children's Museum of Blacksburg
Community Health Center
Democratic Party
Girl Scouts of VA Skyline
Habitat for Humanity
Mountain View Humane
New Life Christian Fellowship
NRV Indivisible
NRVAC Chapter of VAMA - Virginia Apartment Management Association
Planned Parenthood South Atlantic
Stroubles Creek Restoration Initiative
Sustainable Blacksburg
The Blacksburg Partnership
TOB- Time Bank
Town Of Blacksburg Recycling
US Army
VT Dept of Entomology

New River Irish Dance

New this year at Summer Solstice Fest!

A group of traditional Irish dancers of all ages and experience levels from Blacksburg's own local Irish dance studio, New River Irish Dance.

Get Active at Summer Solstice Fest


Blacksburg Boxing & Fitness
Blacksburg Fit Body Boot Camp
Crimpers Climbing Gym
Little Leapers
New River Irish Dance
Mary Kay Skincare including skin cancer prevention.