Founded in 1949 by Robert Porterfield, who also founded The Barter Theatre, the Virginia Highlands Festival was created as a showcase of Southwest Virginia's finest arts and crafts. In the nearly seven decades since its founding, it has grown into a world-wide draw for artists of the highest caliber. Featuring antiques, arts and crafts, live music, local history, fine art and photography competitions, creative writing workshops, and more, the Virginia Highlands Festival has been named the Best Art Event in Virginia by Virginia Living Magazine.
The Virginia Highlands Festival runs from July 28 - August 6, 2017
The Antiques Market runs from July 29 - August 6, 2017
Celtic Ceilidh* is on July 29, 2017
*Ceilidh is a Gaelic word that literally means a visit, but can also mean a dance, a concert, or just a party!
After a full day at the Virginia Highlands Festival, the Country Inn & Suites by Carlson is the perfect stop! We'll provide a great night's rest and full, hot breakfast each morning. Call (276) 676-2829 or click here to make hotel reservations today!