Local Spring Events That Will Make You Love the New River Valley Even More
Despite the recent snowstorms, the daffodils are blooming, the weather is pleasantly unpredictable, and the sun is shining. An in the New River Valley, that means that spring has sprung! While the NRV boasts a lot of outdoor activities, there are a few special events just for the season to add to your calendar.
Blacksburg’s Fork and Cork is the NRV’s premier food, wine and art festival. This year, it is the 10th anniversary, which you can help celebrate on April 21, from 1 to 5 p.m. Held on Virginia Tech’s Corporate Research Center campus, it’s easy to make an afternoon out of the event. Pack a few chairs and bring your own glass and bottle opener to avoid extra fees. Sponsors will include Whitebarrel Winery, Chateau Morrisette and Beliveau and each tent will be offering tastings. Plus, some the NRV’s best food trucks will help keep you fueled up throughout the afternoon.
Saturday nights at Sinkland Farms offers live music, craft brews, and a great atmosphere for a post-dinner date-night hangout. If you arrive early, you might even be able to grab a seat at one the personally sized fire-pit tables. Located in Christiansburg, Sinkland Farms is home to a large (and gorgeous) barn, the Fall’s most popular pumpkin patch, and one of the hottest event venues in the NRV.
If you’re looking for something more professionally-focused, then Up on the Roof is for you. This annual warm-weather networking event starts again on Thursday, April 26 and occurs the last Thursday of each month (April – September) at the top of the Kent Street parking garage from 5:30 – 8 p.m. This is a great event for young professionals to build their networks in the NRV and get to know their neighbors better.
Especially now that the weather is warming up, farmer’s market season is in in full-swing. Many of the communities in the NRV offer local farmer’s markets for residents. This is a great place to pick up fresh produce, flowers, and other handmade specialties from fellow NRV dwellers. Blacksburg, Christiansburg, Floyd, Radford, and Giles County all offer farmer’s markets.
Last but not least, on Saturday, May 26 Chantilly Farm is hosting its annual Bluegrass and BBQ festival in Floyd. This weekend-long festival brings bluegrass and BBQ enthusiasts from throughout the region together. The festival allows camping and also includes art vendors, kids activities, and a cornhole tournament. Tickets are on sale now.