Concerts, festivals, and Juneteenth celebrations scheduled around southwest, central Virginia this weekend

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(WFXR) — Across southwest and central Virginia, communities plan to celebrate the end of spring, the beginning of summer, and the Juneteenth holiday with concerts, festivals, and other events over the course of the weekend.

Here is a list of events scheduled around the region on Friday, June 18; Saturday, June 19; and Sunday, June 20:

Buena Vista

The 27th annual Maury River Fiddlers’ Convention is coming to Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista this weekend! The convention starts with a free concert at 6:30 p.m. on Friday by The Mark & Karen Templeton Band, Woundtight, and The Ruckus Bluegrass Band.
Then, there is a one-day fiddlers’ competition on Saturday, starting with individual child contestants at 11 a.m. and moving through to BlueGrass and old-time bands Saturday evening. You can register at the event starting on Friday.
Park admission on Saturday costs $5 per person, with children 11 and under getting in for free.

Covington

The Jackson River Sports Complex in Covington has been chosen to host the Back the Blue Scholarship Car Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. This event will feature dash plaques, goodie bags, top-25 specialty awards, a live DJ, door prizes, police and EMS displays, and more.
Then, the Fender Benders 2.0 will perform a concert at the sports complex from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Danville

The Danville Children’s Festival will help kick off the summer on Saturday with lots of activities, vendors, and concessionaires that will make it a fun day for kids of all ages. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Carrington Pavilion will be filled with free activities, including the Scrap Exchange Make-n-Take program, Fish the Magish, Danville Science Center’s Backyard Bass, caricatures, Danville Public Library of Virginia’s Lego building competition, inflatables, the fun wagon, a tubing trip on the river, Danville Otterbots, Danville Soccer Club, and more!

Then, on Sunday, you can celebrate the day of freedom in Danville with a Juneteenth picnic celebration at Carrington Pavilion. The event is scheduled from 3:30 to 7 p.m., but the gates open at 3 p.m. During this event, Danville Parks and Recreation says DJ Toya and DJ B-Stupid will battle it out on the lawn; Kuumba dancers and Fred Motely tell stories of history through movement and oral storytelling; etc. This event is free, but registration is required, so click here for more about this event.

Giles County

The opening night of Music at the Market is kicking off at 5 p.m. on Friday at the Pearisburg Community Market, which is located on the front lawn of the community center. The event will feature food, vendors, free kids crafts activities, and a live performance from Ride’n Shotgun Band.

Lynchburg

Lynchburg City Schools will have food, activities, instructional support, and more available in Jefferson Park from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday as part of #OperationStudentEngagement.

In addition, the Lynchburg Juneteenth Coalition will be celebrating the holiday with a virtual program livestreamed from the Academy Center of the Arts at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Roanoke/Roanoke County

The Southwest Virginia Wildlife Center of Roanoke invites community members to attend “First Fridays at Five” in Roanoke on Friday night. The event will take place on Franklin Road between Williamson and Jefferson, featuring live music by East Bound and Down, the Mountain Grill food truck, and beer and wine for purchase. In addition, a significant portion of the proceeds will go toward the wildlife center.
Even though wildlife ambassadors will not be at the event due to the loud music, the wildlife center’s volunteers will also be there in downtown Roanoke to help raise money for their work.

In addition, the City of Roanoke has teamed up with Commonwealth Catholic Charities, Blue Ridge Literacy, Local Colors, the Roanoke Arts Commission, Old Navy, and Welcoming America to host a celebration for 25 newly naturalized citizens from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Main Library at 706 S. Jefferson Street.

There will also be other events in downtown Roanoke over the weekend, including the Founders Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, the SCIC Juneteenth event from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and the “Shhh Issa Silent Party” from 9 p.m. on Saturday until 2 a.m. on Sunday.

For a fun Roanoke event without the downtown crowds, you can check out the Clean Valley Council’s RiverFest at Smith Park from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, featuring local vendors, live music, food trucks, outdoor skill workshops, the “Recycled Regatta,” and an Environmental Film Festival.
For those wondering about the Recycled Regatta, this event involves teams building boats out of recycled materials and racing down the Roanoke River for a chance at a prize.
You can register for the regatta or just find out more about the event by following this link.

For a free family-friendly event in Roanoke County, come out to the Roanoke County Public Safety Center at noon on Saturday to enjoy free refreshments from the Roanoke County Sheriff food truck and watch the specially-trained dogs with the Roanoke County K9 unit.

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