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Community Events & Calendar

No matter the season, the Highland County community features events that are fun for all ages.  From the arts to food to the outdoors, you’ll find many ways to elevate your travel experience.

The Highland County Chamber of Commerce sponsors the annual fall Hands & Harvest Festival, annual Wintertide, and annual Highland County Maple Festival.

Check out the closest future events to the right, or click the green "View All Events" button for a full community calendar. Below, you’ll find a list of major community events with descriptions and links for further exploration.

Looking for more dates of programs, meetings, and events sponsored by local churches, schools, civic groups, and non profits?  Check out The Highland Center's Community Calendar at

*** NOTICE *** Please keep in mind that each organization is solely responsible for their events.  Plans can change rapidly, so please check with the organizations beforehand to confirm plans.

Need a quick glance of major 2024 events in an easy-to-print format?
Click here or the image above for the 2024 Calendar of Events Rack Card.
You can also request your own physical copy at our brochure page by clicking here.
Rack card brought to you thanks to the Highland Tourism Council.

Big Fish Cider Photo

Big Fish Cider’s Wassail

This annual fun re-creation of an old English custom typically takes place in February in Monterey at Big Fish Cider, Co. and includes scaring away evil orchard spirits and blessing the apple trees for the upcoming harvest.
February 17, 2024

Highland Farmers’ Market

Every Friday from May to early October, come on to The Highland Center pavilion in Monterey to purchase local produce, baked goods and handcrafted items from local farmers and artisans.
Fridays in May - October

Highland Arts Academy

Immerse yourself in creative monthly visual and performing arts workshops from the Highland County Arts Council and The 3rd Space.

Photo by Holly Marcus

Artists' Weekend

Let the scenic beauty of our mountains, valley views and farms inspire you during this three-day outdoor painting event, typically held in late June.  Artists from all around come to capture Highland County scenes on canvas, capped off by a Wet Paint Show where you can browse and purchase the created artwork.
June 28 - 30, 2024
(Wet Paint Show on June 30)

4th of July Parade Blue Grass Photo

4th of July Children’s Parade and Lawn Party

Celebrate Independence Day with one of the smallest parades in the USA!  It may be small, but its full of fun and excitement.  Held at the Blue Grass Ruritan Building, you can enjoy the parade, lawn party, food and games during the annual summer celebration.
July 4, 2024

Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge

Sponsored by the Highland County Recreation Commission, this annual summer event is a cyclist’s dream, featuring 2 states, 3 counties, 9 mountains, 105 miles, and over 10,000 feet of climb.  This challenge features 5 course of different ability levels in the clean mountain air.
August 3, 2024

Taste of Highland

You have a place at the table for a community meal celebrating the food, drink and culture of Highland County, held annually at The Highland Center in the summer.  Try all the delicious dishes prepared by local culinary talent.
August 17, 2024

Highland County Fair

There’s no shortage of family fun and excitement at one of Virginia’s oldest fairs.  Traditionally held over Labor Day weekend, the multi-day fair features a kickoff horse show, parade, carnival rides, games, demolition derby, truck and tractor pulls, live entertainment and so much more.
August 24 (Horse Show)
August 28 - 31, 2024

18th Century Trades Fair

Colonial era craftsmen demonstrate and sell their wares at this unique immersive event at Fair Lawn Farm south of Monterey.
August 30 - September 1, 2024

Highland County Star Parties Photo

Highland County Star Party

Observe Highland County’s dark night sky with even greater clarity at these educational and inspiring events. Knowledgeable local astronomers bring powerful telescopes to share views of stars, constellations, planets, and nebulae.
September 28, 2024 *
October 26, 2024 *
* Weather depending

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