Steppin' Out, Downtown Blacksburg's annual street festival, takes place on the first Friday and Saturday in August from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Steppin' Out features over 150 artists and crafts people from around the United States selling unique handcrafted items - jewelry, pottery, textiles, metal work, basketry, stained & fused glass, yard art, fine art, furniture, toys, artisan foods and so much more! Street performances make the scene magical . . . you could be greeted by a visiting Jedi Master, or have your wishes granted by the Blue Fairy.
Downtown Blacksburg merchants also hold their much-awaited, final clearance sidewalk sales during Steppin' Out. Great merchandise goes at bargain-basement discounts. And those festival foods you love are provided by downtown restaurants. Admission is free. Town of Blacksburg metered parking is all free and Blacksburg Transit provides free shuttles to get you there without the hassles. Bring your friends. Bring your family. Don't bring your dog.
The Main Stage, sponsored by www.OurValley.org, provides continuous live music at the intersection of Draper Road and College Avenue, both Friday and Saturday.
The Sun Trust Acoustic Stage brings folk, contemporary, and utterly unique sounds to the Post Office parking lot on the town's Main Street.
The National Bank's Community Stage showcases local & regional performers from cloggers to belly dancers. This is also where children's activities are centered. The Community Stage is located on the corner of Draper Road & Jackson Street.
The Annual Draper Mile Run happens on Friday at 6:15 p.m., starting and ending on Draper Road, with the finish in the heart of the festival area.