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


YMCA Healthy Kids Day

"The YMCA at Virginia Tech invites you to celebrate Healthy Kids Day® 2015 on Saturday, May 2nd from 11:00-4:00 at Cassell Coliseum and Dietrick Field. This is a free community event designed to inspire kids to keep their minds and bodies active throughout the summer.

The day will feature games, inflatables, healthy snacks, crafts, and more. There will be activities hosted by different VT groups as well as booths sponsored by various local organizations; many of these businesses will be promoting their child-friendly summer programs.

This is the YMCA's own day of play designed to get kids excited for the summertime and the opportunities that await them. VT's HKD was created to facilitate community togetherness and encourage families to adopt healthy habits. This event is targeted towards kids and parents of the surrounding communities, parents in the graduate school, and VT staff members.

For more information, email us at / Be sure to join our event page

Up on the Roof

April 30- 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.


We Want What You’ve Got!
Ytoss Collection: May 9th – 15th
Since 2006, Ytoss has been keeping VT's campus “green” by reducing waste going to the landfill during student move-out. We take gently used clothing, electronics, and furniture, from students moving off campus in the spring. We also collect non-perishable foods, laundry detergent, and cleaning supplies for local food banks. Look out for collection points conveniently located near residence halls, as well as in several off-campus communities.

Ytoss relies on volunteer support, so please consider helping to staff a collection point! For more information, please visit
or email

Unitarian Universalist Congregations- Faith-Rooted Organizing Training

Interested in organizing for justice efforts?
Curious about how to link values with action?
Faith-Rooted Organizing Training with Rev. Sandhya Jha
Saturday, May 16
9am -5 pm
Snacks provided
Please pre-register by May 10th
All are welcome
Unitarian Universalist Congregation
1301 Gladewood Dr. Blacksburg VA 24040

Join for an opportunity in interfaith organizing and practice with Rev. Sandhya Jha, author of Pre-Post Racial America: Spiritual Stories from the Front Lines.

This interactive training is open to everyone. It is offered to help individuals connect values to action and inspire an interfaith coalition to uplift social justice. Deepen your skills in justice-making, explore possibilities with others.

The leader will be the Rev. Sandhya Jha, founder and director of the Oakland Peace Center, a collective of 40 organizations in Oakland and the Bay Area of California. Rev. Jha is also Director of Interfaith Programs for East Bay Housing Organizations, formerly serving as pastor of First Christian Church of Oakland, author of "Room at the Table", and is deeply involved in anti-racism/ anti-oppression work. More information can be found at her website

This is a rare and exceptional opportunity to learn how we can do the work of social justice more effectively in a community setting and explore connections with our faith neighbors. Please join on this journey to justice.

To reserve your space please pre-register by calling the office at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation: (540) 552-9716, emailing, or registering online at

Professional childcare is available on site at no cost by reserving space for your child in advance when you pre-register by May 12th!

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.

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.

FISH FRY: Mount Tabor Ruritan Club will hold its May Fish Fry on Saturday, May 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. The Panjammers Steel Drum Orchestra will be playing. Call 540-449-6178 for further information.

New River Stage presents...

Curiosity Cat
The Village Center at Warm Hearth
Saturday, May 2nd @ 11AM and 6PM
Sunday, May 3rd @ 3PM
$10 Adults $5 Kids 5-13 Kids 0-4 FREE $8 Seniors Pre-sale group rates are available
$12 Adults $6 Kids 5-14
Kids 0-4 FREE $10 Seniors

"McGillicutty's Reef" A New River Stage Opening Act Production

2 performances at The Lyric: May 23rd and May 30th, 2015

Times for both: 11am-1pm
Tickets: FREE!

When castaways wash up on a strange island shore, who knows what fun will be in store! Join the cast of "McGillicutty's Reef" as they work together to get off the island and along the way learn about problem solving, team work and friendship. Kids will love this show acted by kids for kids, and parents will love the nostalgia of when TV shows about a skipper and his best mate caused mayhem for all. This show is a part of New River Stage's Opening Act education program and is a great family friendly theatre opportunity for kids of all ages!


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

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  |