June 1, 2021 - The summer season has arrived at Smith Mountain Lake and, like us, you're probably itching to get out and enjoy some fun-filled events.
We have plenty of annual events for you to experience but keep in mind, too, that many of our 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 our community calendar.
Plan your visit around one (or more!) of these awesome upcoming events at SML.
Story by Jessica Bohn Bishop
8th-10th - 30th Anniversary Smith Mountain Lake Charity Home Tour. Eight beautiful lakefront homes are opened to the public for touring on Columbus Day weekend. All Tour homes are accessible by road and by water, with a significant number of residents and visitors traveling from home to home by private or rented boat. The event benefits eight local charities.
15th-17th - Bedford County Fair. Features an awesome midway, competitions, demonstrations, a livestock show, equine events, antique car show and much more! New location for 2021: Bedford Moose Lodge.
16th - Gross Orchard Apple Harvest Festival
23rd - Blue Ridge Folklife Festival. For 47 years, on the fourth Saturday of October, this festival has brought together a host of musicians, moonshiners, craftspeople, cooks, motorheads, mule jumpers, horse pullers, coon dog racers, antique tractor buffs, and old-time gamers for a celebration of the rich heritage and traditions of the region. Festival participants are the real thing, sharing folk traditions that have been a part of their families and/or communities for years. The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival is handicap accessible. It is a rain or shine event. Parking is free, and ticket sales go toward offsetting the costs of staging the festival and other Blue Ridge Institute programs.
6th - Smith Mountain Lake Chili Festival, Stunning fall foliage and cooler temperatures create the perfect atmosphere for this annual, family-friendly lakeside event. A competitive chili cookoff is at the center of the action with teams going all out with themes, decorations and costumes! Enjoy chili tastings and then cast your vote for “People’s Choice” and “Showmanship.” Also awarded is an overall “Best Chili” trophy. Stroll the decks of Bridgewater Plaza while enjoying live music, shopping and perusing the wares of a variety of craft vendors. Come by car or boat!
We hope you've found this WanderLove blog post helpful in planning your vacation to Smith Mountain Lake or getting familiar with all of the region's community events from now through November! Be sure to check back next month to read about the top hiking spots in and around SML (to include dog-friendly hikes.)