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.

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 Never Odd or Even

  • 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

Thank you to our 2019 sponsors

Blacksburg Boxing & Fitness
Blacksburg First Church of God
Dr. Steve Jacobs O.D.
Freedom First Credit Union
Main Street Inn
National Bank of Blacksburg
Southern Trust Home Services
Spicer, Olin & Associates P.C.
Town of Blacksburg

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

    Arrowwood Minerals
    Blacksburg Henna
    Bohicket Apothecary formerly known as Diva Treva Soapworks
    DK Fizzles
    Fanciful Fun Face Paint
    Fishing Innovations LLC
    Gracie Girl
    Looking Glass Designs
    M & M Sparkle
    Megan Elaine Designs
    Millenial Boutique
    Morgan's Earth Treasures
    Mountaintop Mama Creations
    New River Nature
    Pat & Sid Johnson Artists
    Shine Your Light Soy Candles
    Simply Stones
    Splat Back!
    Sweet & Simple Prints
    The Beach Shop- Sand art

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
Walkabout Outfitters

Community Groups Participating

Town Of Blacksburg Recycling
Girl Scouts of VA Skyline
Mary Kay Skin care in the sun
Sustainable Blacksburg
VT Dept of Entomology

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!

12th annual Summer Solstice Fest Application Process

Now accepting Craft Vendor applications for Summer Solstice Fest 2019! Please fill out the participation form, Festival Guidelines acknowledgment and application payment below.
Food Vendors not accepted.

Applications are not complete without payment!

Scroll to the bottom of this page for the application payment button.

Summer Solstice Fest Booth Options