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SML Events and Festivals Journey

A visit to Smith Mountain Lake offers the opportunity to enjoy a ton of fun festivals and events for everyone of all ages. Depending on the time of year that you travel to Smith Mountain Lake, you’ll get to experience a wide assortment of fun activities. The following are some of the SML events and festivals occurring in the area year-round. If you are interested in attending a specific event, make the necessary arrangements to do so in a timely manner.


As temperatures drop and the leaves begin to fall from trees, Smith Mountain Lake turns into a beautiful, scenic landscape. If you happen to be visiting the lake during autumn, this is the perfect time to take advantage of the various wine festivals. Annually in late September, the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival occurs over two days and features some of the best made local wines as well as food and crafts. There is also the Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival hosted annually in November in the well-known popular Forest region. If you are a lover of music, make sure to check out the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival held every 4th Saturday of October. Operating for over 45 years, this festival is a great way to enjoy musicians, local craftsman, and the sharing of the heritage and the traditions of the Smith Mountain Lake region. The festival is held on the grounds of Ferrum College and is a popular get together for both locals and visitors.

Smith Mountain Lake Festival in Winter

Don’t be turned off by cold temperatures as the area continues to host a number of interesting SML events throughout the winter season. In January, Restaurant Week makes its annual return in downtown Roanoke. You’ll get the chance to try out different restaurants at various price ranges. Because of its popularity, make reservations for the restaurants that you are interested in trying. For lovers of sci-fi, the annual MystiCon sci-fi horror fantasy convention continues to in Roanoke. Get ready to experience the wonders of the sci-fi fantasy world with other like-minded individuals. For you sporty individuals, the annual Shamrock Festival Volleyball Tournament in March will keep you on your toes and engaged.


Warmer temps and budding trees make for the perfect time to attend a Smith Mountain Lake festival. If you’ve been looking for an opportunity to get out and enjoy the warm weather, the annual Blue Ridge marathon and Smith Mountain Lake triathlons are held during the Spring season. Don’t forget to enjoy the annual Strawberry Festival as well as a festive three days full of music known as Down by Downtown.


Summertime is prime time for festivals and Smith Mountain Lake offers many to enjoy. If you are a beer lover, get your tickets early for the ever-popular mount Festivus Beer Festival. You’ll get to enjoy a variety of local craft beers from all over the region. Smith Mountain Lake also does it big when it comes to Independence Day, so make sure you get in on all the fun at the various Independence Day celebrations happening throughout the region.

No matter what time of year you are visiting Smith Mountain Lake for festivals and events, Premier Smith Mountain Lake rentals can set you up with a vacation rental of your choosing. Just let us know when you are visiting the area, and we will find a luxurious vacation rental that you are sure to enjoy. Contact us to learn more about Smith Mountain Lake festival and events occurring, and to book your next vacation rental!

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