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Festivals and Events

Throughout the year, Smith Mountain Lake businesses and community groups organize an array of standout events, providing abundant entertainment for both residents and visitors. 

For in-depth monthly guides, we recommend you check out the Smith Mountain Lake Insiders’ Guide!



SML Business Expo

More than 100 area businesses showcase products and services from a wide variety of industries related to home, business and life. Free and open to the public.

Smith Mountain Lake Restaurant Week

Indulge in enticing food and drink offerings from a variety of restaurants throughout the lake region. 


SML Triathlon

Join as a participant, spectator or volunteer at this decades-long tradition at scenic SML State Park. 

Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run

Check out awe-inspiring boats and lively crews at this charity event with card stops around the lake. 


Juneteenth Celebration

Experience living history, guided tours and gospel music at this popular event at Booker T. Washington National Monument.

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Independence Day Celebrations

Get in the patriotic spirit at one of the many 4th of July festivities around Smith Mountain Lake, including a spectacular over-the-water fireworks display at Parkway Marina.

Pirate Days

Join us for a weekend of swashbuckling' fun with pirate-themed events like a Pirate’s Ball, lake battles,  live music and kid-friendly breakfast.

Hundreds of people on the lawn a the SML Wine Festival at Mariners Landing in 2022


Antique and Classic Boat Show

Admire beautifully restored wooden boats and explore various vendors at this long-standing lakeside event.

Wine Festival

Enjoy wine, beer, cider, spirits, live music and artisan vendors along the shores of Bernard’s Landing at the region’s largest annual event.


Charity Home Tour

Tour eight stunning waterfront homes (accessible by both lake and land) and support several lake-area charities.



Fall Chili and Craft Festival

Enjoy stunning fall foliage and family-friendly festivities, including chili sampling, shopping and live entertainment

Lighted Boat Parade

Kickoff the holiday season by watching festively-decorated boats cruise up the main channel from Virginia Dare Marina to Bridgewater Plaza and back. 

Santa Around Bridgewater Plaza

Watch Santa arrive by boat to hear wishes, participate in the Elf on the Shelf contest, shop Small Business Saturday specials, and more.

Santa waiving from a tritoon as he arrives at Bridgewater Plaza


Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas

Celebrate the season with a Christmas parade, tree lighting, dancing, music, shopping and more in downtown Rocky Mount.

Festival of Trees

Experience the holiday spirit at the Bedford Area Welcome Center, where community organizations and businesses showcase uniquely decorated trees.

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