Smith Mountain Lake is a wonderful place to set your anchor for great fun. No matter the season, there's a good reason to come to Smith Mountain Lake to relax, kick back and enjoy yourself. Contact the Visitor Center at 540.721.1203 to find out more about the following events scheduled for this year.
2014 Calendar of Events
January 16 -- Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner Held at the Waterfront Country Club. This annual gala social event starts the year with the introduction of new Board members, thank you to departing Board members, and special awards presented to Chamber businesses selected by their fellow members for the past year's accomplishments.
February 21, 22, 23 -- Southwest VA Boat Show – The SML Regional Chamber will showcase the lake region at the Southwest VA Boat Show February 21, 22, & 23. We welcome everyone to stop by our booth and see what’s new at Smith Mountain Lake! Hours are: Friday, 1pm - 7pm(FREE ADMISSION), Saturday, 10am - 7pm, Sunday, 10am - 5pm.
April 18, 19, 20 -- (Oakley Tour) Blue Ridge Big Bass Classic Open Big Bass Tournament at Bridgewater Plaza, Moneta. Last year 269 anglers entered our first tournament. This year we expect 350 to 400 anglers. Registration is Friday, April 18 from Noon – 8pm. Entry Fee - $100 One Day Entry - $150 Two Day Entry. Grand Prize: 2012 Nitro Z7 valued at $25,000. Televised on WFN – World Fishing Network and Fox Sport West will be a new market for us. For more information call 540.483.9293, http://oakleybigbass.com/events/2013/Blue-Ridge-Big-Bass-Classic.
April 25 -- 11th Annual SML Business Expo Sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, this annual event showcases over 120 member businesses, service providers and their products. Public invited. Held in Downtown Moneta.
April 26 – Rockin Brews & BBQ’s an annual spring ‘music, food and fun’ event in the Smith Mountain Lake area. Held at Downtown Moneta, Route 608 and 122, Noon - 6 p.m., Saturday, April 26. $5 Admission, Children under 6 free.
May 2, 3, 4 – Optimist Club Fishing Tournament The 46th Cave Spring Optimist Club Fishing Tournament participation may get a boost from the BASS Elite Series on SML which created excitement and turned up a bunch of bass. One advantage for Optimist anglers: they can fish at night if they choose. Held at Gills Creek Marina and Lodge at the mouth of Gills Creek on the Blackwater River. CATEGORIES: The competition is for the largest fish in categories for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, muskie, catfish, crappie and striped bass. PAYOFF: The tournament offers prizes that total $15,000. In each category, the heaviest fish is worth $1,000 in cash; second, $500; third, $300; fourth, $150. For more information call Gills Creek Marina (formerly Foxport Marina) at 540-721-2451.
May 3 -- 17th Annual SML Triathlon
Come participate or cheer your favorites in swimming, biking and running events at the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake State Park located in Huddleston off of the Smith Mountain Lake State Parkway (Route 626). For more information call (540) 297-6066, www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/smi.shtml.
May 3 -- 27th Annual Take Pride in Smith Mountain Lake Cleanup Day This event marks the 27th annual lake-wide clean-up effort. Volunteers from the entire community get involved in sprucing up the lake and shore for the coming summer season. Volunteers can register individually, as a group or organization. Call the Smith Mountain Lake Visitor Center for more information at 540.721.1203.
May 16 - 18—Pigg River Ramble The Pigg River Ramble is a 3-day whitewater packed weekend full of excitement and adventure. You can race against other Ramblers or simply float for fun down the Pigg River. Friday, May 16, 2013 at 9:00pm kicks off the Pigg River Ramble weekend with the fun of a night-time float on the Blackwater River, the "Blackwater Blackout."
Saturday, May 17, at 10:00am the Annual Pigg River Ramble kicks off with a competitive style float down the Pigg River, with canoeists/kayakers from all over the East Coast.
Sunday, May 18, at 7:00am Breakfast on the Blackwater starts off with a homestyle breakfast and wraps up the weekend with one more float down the Blackwater River. Info: www.franklincountyva.org/parks, 540.483.9293.
May 16, 17 -- Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run
Special charity event organized by the Smith Mountain Lake Boating Association involves playing poker from watercraft and promoting boat safety. Prizes are awarded for both winning and losing hands and best "decked out" boat and crew. The Poker Run is dedicated to boating safety. All proceeds go to a worthy cause. Other special events surrounding the Tom Maynard Poker Run weekend include a welcome dinner/reception and entertainment on Friday night at Mango’s Restaurant; Saturday’s event and Poker Run will be held at Mariners Landing as well as a special boating safety orientation class. Registrations for the 2013 Poker Run are now being taken at smlba.com, click on poker run, then click registration. You can complete entire process on line via Paypal, or download registration form and mail in with your check. Call (540) 761-5147 for more information.
May 23 -- Smith Mountain Lake Invitational Golf Tournament
The opening of the spring golfing season at the lake is a much-anticipated event by golfers from the surrounding communities. The tournament will be held Friday, May 23rd at The Westlake Golf & Country Club. This annual event is an excellent way to showcase your company, meet new business prospects and entertain top clients - all while enjoying a day of relaxation on one of the area's finest golf courses. RAINDATE: Friday, May 30, 2014
June 14 – Juneteenth Celebration at Booker T. Washington National Monument
Freedom is the focus of this emancipation celebration for the whole family. Tour the Burroughs Plantation – music performed by local gospel groups. Free admission, 11am – 5pm. www.nps.gov/bowa, 540.721.2094.
Independence Day Celebration --July 4th, Downtown Moneta, Start the Fourth of July holiday in grand style. Enjoy the music of The Worx band from 6pm to 10 pm and then see our spectacular fireworks show! Food, drinks, children's games and more will be available. Admission $5. Free parking. All proceeds benefit Moneta Fire Department. http://www.monetafire.com
Independence Day Celebration -- Saturday, July 5th(Raindate-Sunday, July 6)
Loaded with fun, entertainment and grand fireworks for all to see, this major event is organized by the Saunders Volunteer Fire Department and is held at Parkway Marina in Huddleston to celebrate our nation's independence. No Pets will be allowed on the Point! For more information call (540) 297-4412, http://www.smlfireworks.org.
July 18, 19, 20 -- Smith Mountain Lake Pirate Days....All 3 counties Franklin, Bedford & Pittsylvania, surrounding Smith Mountain Lake, participate in creating a 3-D Pirate experience. The theme is simple and ‘family friendly’, a great way for area businesses to connect their marketing efforts to create a memorable Smith Mountain Lake experience
September 5, 6, 7 – Franklin County Civil War Days
The annual event will feature living history, military drills and demonstrations, battle re-enactments, the Ladies of the Lake Singers, a Ladies Program/Fashion Show and Tea, and much more. Location: LakeWatch Plantation, Smith Mountain Lake, 14734 Booker T. Washington Hwy. Moneta, VA 24121. Admission is $5.00 age 12 and up; $2.00 ages 5-11; and free for ages under 5. The event also features a Dinner and Barn Dance event, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15.00/individuals and $25/couples.
For more information visit www.VisitFranklinCountyVa.org or call (540) 483-3030.
September 12, 13, 14 – 24th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Antique and Classic Boat Festival and Show
In and out of the water antique and classic boats, a display of antique automobiles and a great selection of quality craft vendors. The event will be held at Mariners Landing in Huddleston, VA. For more information contact Mike Russell, 630.696.6052; email,
or visit www.woodenboats.net.
September 27 and 28 -- 26th Anniversary Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival This amazing weekend event includes 27 Virginia wineries participating offering their finest vintages. More than 85+ quality food and craft vendors, plus popular local bands— it’s one of the lakes truly GRAPE events!
October 4 – Downtown Moneta Fall Festival, Join us in Downtown Moneta to help us celebrate Fall, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM , www.DowntownMoneta.com
October 11- Bridgewater Fall Festival, Drive or boat to Bridgewater Plaza, Smith Mountain Lake, on Oct 11, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the Fall Festival. Shop all your favorite stores, as well as local craft vendors, and dine at your favorite restaurants! Also enjoy live entertainment on Mango's stage and Honey Tree Learning Center face painting.
October 10, 11, 12 -- Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour Visit eight beautiful waterfront homes reflecting a variety of architectural and decorating styles. Tour the featured homes by car or boat. For more information contact 540-297-8687, http://www.smlcharityhometour.com/
October 18 -- A Night at the Races, The Rotary Club of Smith Mountain Lake’s Fall Fundraiser will be held Saturday night, October 18, 2014, at the W.E. Skelton 4-H Conference Center. This will be a very exciting evening of trumpets blaring, horse racing, dinner, refreshments, door prizes, 50/50 raffle, race card winner’s drawing for prizes, and even a woman’s hat parade and contest. Contact Brian Raub at 540-721-1405 or Tom Cosgrove at 540-721-7838 for more information.
October 18 -- Octoberfest & 5k Trail Race, The Willard Companies, in conjunction with the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA, will present an Oktoberfest and 5K Trail Race event on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at Westlake Towne Center. The 5K Trail Race will start at 10:30 a.m. and the Oktoberfest from 12 noon to 5 p.m. This is a rain or shine event under tent. Adults $5. Children 13 and under are admitted free.
November 1 -- 12th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili and Craft Festival
Enjoy a full-day event featuring music, crafts and a spectacular competitive chili cook-off, with awards for Best Chili, People's Choice and Showmanship! Held at Bridgewater Plaza, it'll be a hot time at Smith Mountain Lake. Savor the essence of fall with ‘chili…just the way you like it’ at the Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili & Craft Festival. The event is slated for Saturday, November 1st at Bridgewater Plaza. This will be the tenth fall event sponsored by the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce and it captures the best of everything with plenty of activity, great chili for tasting, craft vendors, awards and a beautiful lakeside setting, www.visitsmithmountainlake.com.
November 29 -- 17th Annual Virginia Dare Flotilla for Toys Christmas Boat Parade
An evening event, with a parade of boats 'decked out' for the holiday season with lights and displays. The boats leave port from the Virginia Dare Marina at 7 p.m., travel to Halesford Bridge at Bridgewater Plaza, circle past the SML State Park and return to the Virginia Dare Marina. This event is a local toy drive with all gifts distributed by the Lake Christian Ministries. For more information call 540-297-7100,www.vadarecruises.com.
December 6 – Downtown Moneta Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting, 2nd Annual Christmas Parade and tree lighting will be held in Downtown Moneta to benefit the Moneta Fire Department, 6pm – 10pm. Join in the fun and festivities to include a guest appearance by Jolly Old St. Nick! Entrants and vendors please make plans to register early!
December 6 – Westlake Tree Lighting, Held at Westlake Towne Center in front of the Westlake Library, 5:30pm – 7:30pm.
Additional Events: Many other events take place at Smith Mountain Lake throughout the year. Feel free to call our SML Visitor Center for an update of the latest lake happenings. Call 540.721.1203 for more information.
The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce sponsors the “Business After Hours” program for its members the third Thursday of each month from 5:00 -7:00 PM at scheduled business locations. "Business Before Hours" are also held periodically. The SML Regional Chamber of Commerce also hosts annual business educational seminars and other noteworthy events for the benefit of its membership. To learn more about the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, click on “Chamber of Commerce” on the website or call 540.721.1203.