Arts and Music

With a vibrant and diverse offing of music, visual arts and performing arts throughout the year, there is always an event in Montgomery County to stimulate the senses.  The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech features a 1,300 seat performance hall (pictured above) and will be opening late 2013.

Blacksburg Regional Art Association

With over 90 members, the Blacksburg Regional Art Association is made up of talented painters, sculptors, photographers, wood carvers and turners, glass fusers and cutters, textile weavers and quilters, multi-media maniacs, copper artists and more with immense determination. The association hosts numerous events and exhibits throughout the year.

Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech

The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech is creating a thriving creative community fueled by inspiration, where patrons have meaningful experiences, enjoying arts of the highest caliber in a wide variety of forms.  Center for the Arts offers the residents of Montgomery County something new and exciting, from music, theatre, and dance performance to visual arts galleries for traditional, digital, and new media exhibition.

Lewis Miller Regional Art Center

The Lewis Miller Regional Art Center - located in the Montgomery Museum - promotes an understanding of the role of art and artists in the region primarily through the exhibition of the work of regional artists. The Montgomery Museum exhibits both historic and contemporary artwork. A focus of its collection is Lewis Miller, a nineteenth-century folk artist who lived most of his life in York, Pennsylvania. Miller often visited family in Christiansburg and produced work depicting many scenes in Montgomery County. In celebration of the tradition of local art highlighted by Lewis Miller, we sponsor frequently changing exhibits in the art gallery by regional artists.

School of Performing Arts & Cinema at Virginia Tech

School of Performing Arts & Cinema at Virginia Tech brings together the talents and expertise of the faculty, staff, and students in the Department of Music and the Department Theatre and Cinema.  The School provides a broad spectrum of public performance opportunities for the university and New River Valley communities. Ranging from opera and musical theatre, through instrumental and choral ensembles, to theatre productions in mainstage and studio formats, these events contribute significantly to the cultural life of the university and local community.

The Armory Art Gallery

The Art Armory is home to the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech.  The Armory Art Gallery is operated as an educational and outreach service of the University. Its exhibition calendar includes work by students, faculty, and artists of regional and national importance.

The Lyric Theatre

The Lyric Theatre is a 1930 stylet movie theatre and community in the heart of downtown Blacksburg's Historic District. Throughout the year, it offers independent and foreign films on a regular weekly basis and a variety of live music, theatre, and other events as part of our Live At The Lyric series. The Lyric is also home to year-round educational programs, ranging from conferences and academic lectures to theatre and video camps.

Notable Events:

Market Square Jam
Market Square Jam is a weekly jam session that takes place at the Blacksburg Farmers Market during the warmer month's. The Jam, catering to traditional old time and bluegrass music, brings musicians together to pick a tune in downtown Blacksburg.

Summer Arts Festival
The Summer Arts Festival is held each summer in downtown Blacksburg beginning in June and ending in late August. The summer long festival provides Montgomery County residents and tourists an array of arts and cultural events to attended, including: live theatre productions; gallery exhibitions at the Armory Art Gallery; outdoor musical concerts on Henderson Lawn, an Independence Day Celebration; the Steppin' Out Street Festival, Art at the MarketSummer Solstice festival and classic films at The Lyric Theatre.

Vocal Arts and Music Festival
The Vocal Arts and Music Festival brings some of the world’s biggest opera superstars, vocal coaches, and instrumentalists together for two and a half weeks of performances in Blacksburg.  The festival, jointly hosted in June by the International Vocal Arts Institute and the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, includes master classes, chamber music concerts, and solo and ensemble performances spotlighting the festival’s talented singers.  The festival is one of only three International Vocal Arts Institute (IVAI) programs in the world; the other two are in Tel Aviv, Israel, and Montreal. 

Options Nearby:

  • Taubman Museum of Art (Roanoke, VA) - The Museum's permanent collection focuses on American art, with an emphasis on the artistic expressions of the Western Virginia and the Appalachian region.
  • Floyd Country Store (Floyd County) - Hosts a Friday Night Jamboree that brings people each week to dance and enjoy gospel, old-time, and bluegrass music.

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