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 15, 2019, 1-11pm!!!

Start the summer off right with the 12th Annual Summer Solstice Fest is scheduled to take place Saturday June 15 and is a rain or shine event! As always the festival is free and open to all.

Featuring old favorites, super new additions and a few surprises! Be sure to keep checking back for updates and more information!!

Check out the action on the Freedom First Credit Union stage located in the Spicer, Olin & Associates, P.C. Beer Garden!

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 12th annual Summer Solstice Fest! and BEACH YOGA AT Cabo Fish Taco is back!
Enjoy a week of Yoga on the beach at Cabo Fish Taco leading up to Summer Solstice Fest. All classes are free. Please bring your own mat.

Tues., 6/11, 8:30 - 9:30 am Cabo Fish Taco “Beach” with BETSY
Wed., 6/12, 8:30 - 9:30 am Cabo Fish Taco “Beach”
Thurs., 6/13, 8:30 - 9:30 am Cabo Fish Taco “Beach” with KEALA
Fri., 6/14, 8:30 - 9:30 am at Cabo Fish Taco “Beach”

And on the day of Summer Solstice Fest, June 15 join us as we celebrate the Solstice with Yoga in 3 locations within the festival!
Sat., 6/15, 8:30 - 9:30 am at Cabo Fish Taco “Beach” with BETSY
Sat., 6/15, 12:00 - 1:00 pm at Eucalyptus Massage Therapy Lawn
Sat., 6/15, 5:00 - 6:00 pm at Alexander Black House Lawn

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 Whitney Lewis Band

  • 4:00pm-5:00pm The Antecedents

  • 5:00pm -5:25pm New River Irish Dance School

  • 5:30pm- 6:00pm Buffalo Wild Wings Blazing Hot Challenge!

  • 6:00pm-7:00pm The Breakfast Club

  • 7:30pm-9:00pm Jared Stout Band
    8:30pm **Downtown Sundown 5K STARTS**

  • 9:30pm-11:00pm Solacoustix ft. JoJo Stockton & Stuart Brown


New this year!

THE KENYA SAFARI ACROBATS® have redefined the perception of African Acrobats. For the past 20 years they have wowed and awed audiences all of the USA.The KENYA SAFARI ACROBATS have changed the way they bring a show to your venue. Bringing high energy with lots of daring maneuvers. Even going as high as 8 chairs, that are over 25 feet in the air without a safety harness!!

3 free shows will take place in Blacksburg First Church of God Parking Lot on Lee St behind Cabo Fish Taco.
Show times are: 1:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:30pm

The Kenya Safari Acrobats are brought to you with the help of a grant from the Montgomery County Regional Tourism Office.

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors

Beliveau Winery
Blacksburg Boxing & Fitness
Dance Tech
Dr. Steve Jacobs
Freedom First
Main Street Inn
National Bank of Blacksburg
Southern Trust Home Services
Spicer & Olin
Terrace View Apartments
Valley Distributing
Walkabout Outfitter

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

Solstice Vendors

Craft Market Vendors

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

    Arrowwood Minerals
    Blacksburg Henna
    Bohicket Apothecary formerly known Diva Treva Soapworks
    DK Fizzles
    Fanciful Fun
    Fishing Innovations LLC
    Hannah Howard Art
    Lifetide Bodyworks
    Looking Glass Designs
    M and M Sparkle
    Mary Kay
    Megan Elaine Designs
    Millennial boutique
    Morgan's Earth Treasures
    New River Nature
    Pat & Sid Johnson
    Rugged Meats
    Shine your light Soy Candles
    Simply Stones
    Sweet & Simple Prints
    The Beach shop
    Wander Seek Explore
    Direct Primary Care of Blacksburg
    Real Life Dental
    Real Life Smiles
    Schillo accessories
    The Wise Leaf

Activities & non craft vendors

Bike Party Fixit Station
Blacksburg Boxing & Fitness
Buffalo Wild Wings Wing Eating Contests
Little Critters Petting Zoo & Pony Rides
The 501st Legion-Garrison Tyrannus
Walkabout Outfitters

Community Groups Participating

Blacksburg Rugby Club
Commonwealth Catholic Charities
Community Health Center
Girl Scouts of VA Skyline
New Life Christian Fellowship
NRV Diaper Pantry
NRV Habitat for Humanity
Planned Parenthood
Sustainable Blacksburg
Town Of Blacksburg Recycling
Twin Valleys Roller Derby
Virginia German Shepherd Rescue
VT Dept of Entomology

Food Vendors

Big Lick Ice Cream
Buffalo Wild Wings
Cabo Fish Taco
Café de Bangkok
Carly's Kettle Corn
Champs food truck
Idego Coffee
MCFACC- Cotton Candy
Mellow Mushroom
The Cellar

New River Irish Dance

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

The dancers will perform in front of the stage which is located on Draper Road at 5pm

Garrison Tyranus

New this year!

The 501st Legion
An all-volunteer organization, The Legion seeks to promote interest in Star Wars through the building and wearing of quality costumes, and to facilitate the use of these costumes for Star Wars-related events as well as contributions to the local community through costumed charity and volunteer work.

The Garrison will be keeping order at the festival- bring your camera!

The Blacksburg Museum at Summer Solstice Fest

From 10am-4pm
Opening of our new exhibit on the Gardening Culture of Blacksburg
Master Gardeners on the lawn with information and activities
History & Genealogy tent

All Day Long
Big Lick Ice Cream

Summer Solstice Fest Booth Options