The summer season has arrived and, like us, you’re probably itching to get out and enjoy some fun-filled Smith Mountain Lake summer events!
There are plenty of annual events for you to experience but keep in mind, too, that many of the local restaurants have live music all summer long, as well as events like Sunset Saturdays at Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery and First Fridays on Franklin! You can also stay up to date on all events in the area through the community calendar.
4th-6th – 77th Anniversary at National D-Day Memorial, a three-day commemoration featuring a virtual panel discussion by renowned historians John McManus, Joe Balkoski and Mitchell Yockelson. On-site events include a book signing by award-winning author Rick Beyer, music by the 29th Division Band, historical displays, and numerous other opportunities for visitors to hear the stories of D-Day, its impact on history, and why it is important today.
12th – Franklin County Court Days, Making Music & Memories. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in addition to market vendors, the Farmers Market will be filled with activity. To the delight of kids of all ages, there will be multiple kids activities! For the adults, a cooking demonstration by Center Stage Catering, a bake-off contest, and a pie-eating contest. And for the enjoyment of all, live music at the Farmers Market and several music venues up Franklin Street to the bridge at N. Main Street. This event pays tribute to a long-standing tradition with Franklin County. Years ago, there was no sitting Circuit Court Judge. So, once a month, a traveling judge would come to town to take care of legal issues. Over time, “Court Days” became a social event as residents would travel to Rocky Mount to meet friends, make music, trade goods and “take care of business.”
23rd-27th – Lyrics on the Lake Songwriter’s Festival, the East Coast’s largest Songwriter’s Festival featuring over 35 writers at 12 venues. Annually, this event showcases some of Nashville’s biggest hit songwriters in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains on the banks of Smith Mountain Lake. In 2012, Lyrics on The Lake began as a lakeside fundraising pool party, bringing together a group of local Smith Mountain Lakers with hearts for songwriters, and two songwriters with hearts for people. In 2013, the first Lyrics On the Lake Songwriters Festival was born. Over the past five years, Lyrics on The Lake has hosted more than 200 songwriters as well as raised more than $100,000 for charity. Free and open to the public, it brings an estimated 5,000 people to the lake each year.
28th – Wake the World, a non-profit organization of boat owners providing water sports opportunities to abandoned, abused and neglected children, as well as for the handicapped and wounded warriors.
2nd – Independence Fireworks at Mitchell’s Point Marina, Watch from your boat on Smith Mountain Lake, or from your chair at the marina. Donations are accepted to the Semper Fi and America’s Fund here or in person at the Marina office.
16th-18th – Smith Mountain Lake Pirate Days, a fun-filled weekend for the whole family, Smith Mountain Lake Pirate Days continues to grow in popularity each and every year! Pirate-themed events include a Pirate Ball with live music and a costume contest, Pirate Trivia Night, water battles, a Pirate Festival, and much more. Businesses and restaurants around the lake offer up specials and sales throughout the weekend, so make plans to join us the third weekend in July.
18th – 30th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Antique & Classic Boat Show, a fun-filled opportunity to cruise the lake, display your boat, and chat with other antique boat enthusiasts. The show’s venue, at The Pointe at Mariners Landing, offers one of the most scenic vistas on Smith Mountain Lake.
18th – 43rd Annual Boones Mill Apple Festival, All proceeds will go to an annual local scholarship for a Franklin County student to pursue his or her education at a four-year college.
18th – 40th Anniversary Bedford CenterFest, one of Virginia’s largest outdoor street festivals. This rain or shine festival is sponsored by the Central Virginia Business Coalition and is a family-friendly event that celebrates and promotes the region’s rich cultural traditions of food, art, crafts and music.
25th-26th – Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival. Over the past 30 years, the festival has grown from a relatively intimate gathering into Smith Mountain Lake’s largest and most popular annual event. In 2021, Mariners Landing Resort will host the Wine Festival, which is the Chamber’s largest non-dues fundraiser with proceeds used to grow and develop programs to promote tourism and business in the lake region. Come enjoy Virginia wine, craft beer, artisan vendors and live music! Advance tickets will be required for the 2021 SML Wine Festival.