We love a festival here at Smith Mountain Lake! In fact, we never miss the opportunity to celebrate a holiday, our history, or the lake! From fishing tournaments to wine festivals, Smith Mountain Lake has a festival for everything. Many of these festivals have been running annually for more than 30 years. You’ll understand our love of celebration and community after attending any of these Smith Mountain Lake events.

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Our Favorite Smith Mountain Lake Events!

Cast Your Line at the Annual Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Tournament

Every spring, the competition is on to bag the biggest fish in the Annual Smith Mountain Lake Fishing Tournament. The money raised by the tournament goes directly to the Challenger Little League Baseball program, which is a non-profit division of Little League Baseball. The tournament runs for three days and offers a maximum of $15,000 in prizes for six categories. There’s also a youth tournament, which allows kids 12 and younger to participate. You’re never too young to get that competitive spirit!

Watch Fireworks at the Smith Mountain Lake Fireworks & Fundraiser Event!

Independence Day is always a big celebration at Smith Mountain Lake! The SML Fireworks & Fundraiser event has grown bigger and better each year since its start in 1991. The event raises funds for the Saunders Volunteer Fire Company and other participating non-profits. There is live music and fun activities for all ages. It’s a great event for families. Kids love the YMCA Kids’ Zone, and parents love getting the chance to browse the vendors. After the sun sets, there’s an incredible fireworks show that can be seen from the lake.

Taste the Best Local Wines at Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

For 30 years, the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival has been attracting visitors to the lake. There were over 10,000 attendees at the 2016 festival! With music from live bands in the background and the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake weather, the wine festival is a wonderful, casual event that should not be missed. Taster tickets are available, as well as VIP Lounge tickets.

Discover What’s New at the Bedford County Fair

The Bedford County Fair is a fantastic annual event that’s been a staple in Smith Mountain Lake for over 50 years. The fair has free parking and admission, so attendees only have to pay for rides and special attractions, as well as any food or products they purchase. Past events at the fair include equine demonstrations, a youth livestock show, and an antique car show.

Learn Our History at the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival

The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival has been celebrating the heritage and traditions of the region for over 40 years! It’s the largest regional event of its kind in Virginia. The festival occurs every year on the fourth Saturday in October. It brings together musicians, moonshiners, craftspeople, cooks, motorheads, mule jumpers, horse pullers, coon dog racers, antique tractor buffs, and old-time gamers. If only some of those terms made sense to you, then a visit to the festival is in order! The Blue Ridge Folklife Festival keeps the folk traditions that are part of this community alive and teaches them to younger generations and visitors.

Stay at a Premier Vacation Rentals Property

No matter which event you attend, the best place to stay is at a Premier Vacation Rentals property. Whether you’re on a romantic getaway or hosting a family reunion, we have the perfect property for your Smith Mountain Lake vacation. Many of our properties are pet-friendly, so you’ll never have to leave your four-legged family member home! Lakeside Cabin is a great option for a small family getaway and allows up to two pets! Browse our selection of rental properties and book your trip today!