Events

events

Membership meetings, events, festivals, fairs and more are a terrific way to complement your visit to southwest Virginia and your adventure on the Virginia Creeper Trail! You’ll find no shortage of local and regional events awaiting you throughout the year, right here in southwest Virginia. In addition, we maintain a list of events such as 5k’s, memorial races, and other activities on the trail, as well as events the Virginia Creeper Trail Club organizes for you.

Upcoming Events:

July 18th, 7pm · Thursday Jams - John Paul White

Where: Abingdon Market Pavilion, Abingdon VA
Details: Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7pm. Beer Garden and food trucks on site. All Beer Garden proceeds benefit Virginia Creeper Trail Conservancy!

Saturday, July 27, 2018, 8am start · Creeper Trail Ride to Honor Lawrence the Legend!

Where: Welcome Center at trail head in Abingdon (300 Green Spring Road)
Details: As part of the Virginia Highlands Festival, the Creeper Trail Ride gives bikers a chance to experience the beauty of the Virginia Creeper Trail. Lawrence Dye, the 87-year-old Trail Ambassador, has logged more than 192,000 miles biking on the region’s finest rails-to-trails landmark. Sponsored by the Virginia Creeper Trail Club, the ride will begin at the VCT Welcome Center and will be led by Myrl Dunham, VCTC member, with a sendoff by Lawrence Dye at 8 am and proceed through Damascus to Whitetop Station and back. The pace will be moderate with plenty of breaks, and mileage can be shortened by joining or leaving the group at different locations along the trail. Participants should bring their own bikes (or rent one in Abingdon or Damascus) as well as weather-appropriate clothing, water, and snack.

August 28th, 7-8:30pm · VCTC Membership Meeting

Where: Washing Co. public Library
Details: Everyone is welcome to explore the benefits and friendships created by being a member of the Virginia Creeper Trail Club. Our Executive Director and President will be present as well as a guest speaker.

Saturday, August 31st, 2019 · Blue Ridge Busker Fest

Where: Main St. Abingdon, VA & Abingdon Market Pavilion, Abingdon, VA
Details: Enjoy the weird & wonderful acts on Main Street in Abingdon from Wall Street to Court Street. We've lined up acts from all over the region & country to thrill your senses. From fire-eaters to magicians, contortionists, mimes, jugglers, one-man bands and everything in between, there won't be a corner of the Main Street that will disappoint. The festival is FREE! All Buskers After Dark Beer Garden proceeds go to support the VCTC. See more at https://www.blueridgebuskerfest.com.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 · Taylor Read Memorial Ride -- Mark your calendars now!

Where: Alvarado Park
Details: Join us for fun, food and music along the river in Alvarado for the Annual Rails to River Ride for Taylor…Support the Creeper! The Read family hosts this popular annual event to celebrate the life of their son Taylor, and to continue to support a lasting legacy in his name. The day begins with a ride from the trail head in Abingdon to Alvarado where lunch and live music begin at noon at the beautiful, one-of-a-kind shelter built with donations in Taylor’s name. More info will be available closer to the date.