Virginia Highlands Festival

ABINGDON, VA — Just west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachians, in a valley formed by the Holston River is Abingdon, a town rich in history and tradition. Strolling down shaded brick sidewalks in the 20-square-block historic district, it's as if one has stepped back in time. Easily imagined are the nights spent here by Daniel Boone, ghostly sounds echoing in The Martha Washington Inn, and the applause of farmers at the Barter Theatre. The Virginia Highlands Festival began in 1948 and, over the years, has grown and flourished. Today it is one of the top 100 tourist events in North America and one of the top 20 in the Southeast — offering plenty of entertainment, an enormous antiques market, juried art and photography competitions, and a juried arts and crafts show, as well as nationally-known writers, lecturers, and visual and performing artists.

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*** Please note an error we made in the Summer 2016 Carolina Festival magazine. The article on Robbins Farmers Day wrongly listed the event as occurring in September, not the actual festival date in August.  We apologize for any confusion.


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Virginia Highlands Festival
Abingdon, VA
July 29-August 7, 2016


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Aug 4-6, 2016


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August 12-13, 2016


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Valdese, NC
August 13, 2016


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August 20, 2016


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August 27, 2016


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