Festivals

Get Downtown Street Festival

Each Fall, the city shuts down traffic and the streets comes to life with Downtown businesses, vendors, artists, crafters, live music and performances on multiple stages, dancers and street performers, and local cuisine from Downtown restaurants and food trucks. This festival is the perfect place to experience old favorites and find something new. Around every corner there is a new surprise waiting to be discovered.

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LOCK’N Music Festival

Each year, Nelson County sets the stage for one of the biggest musical events in the area—LOCK’N. Founded in 2013, the festival has quickly grown to feature artists such as Tom Petty, Robert Plant, Phish, Dead & Company and more! The community that surrounds this event is one that you are sure to fall in love with.

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Virginia Wine and Garlic Festival

In October, Rebec Winery comes to life with the sights, smells and taste of garlic! There are five stages with constant music and entertainment, including Garlic Cooking, Garlic Crafts and Garlic King and Queen Contests. Attendees can also browse 150 unique booths with offerings from crafts to garlic ice cream.

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History

James River Batteau Festival

In this unique event, participants begin an eight day flat boat journey on the James River at Percival’s Island in Lynchburg. Their journey takes them near Richmond in the tradition of the Batteaux which once carried goods and passengers during the 1800s.

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National D-Day Memorial Annual Commemoration of the D-Day Invasion 

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. The town of Bedford played an integral part in this mission. As the 75th anniversary of D-Day approaches, the National D-Day Memorial will host a five day “Final Salute” in commemoration.

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Sporting Events

Virginia Commonwealth Games at Liberty University

This annual multi-sport festival hosts 10,000 athletes from around the Commonwealth of Virginia of all ages and skill levels participating in over 55 different Olympic and Pan American sports, most games taking place at the exceptional Division I athletic facilities of Liberty University.

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