‘Steppin’ Out’ 40th anniversary in Blacksburg starts Friday

New River Valley News

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Downtown Blacksburg is celebrating its 40th ‘Steppin’ Out’ event on Friday and Saturday with hundreds of vendors and dozens of performers.

The festival — which starts at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 6 and ends at 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7 — features over 200 exhibitors from around the country selling handcrafted items such as jewelry, pottery, textiles, metal work, baskets, stained and fused glass, yard art, fine art, furniture, toys, artisan foods, and much more.

Merchants will also have a final clearance sidewalk sale while food will be provided by downtown restaurants and over 25 musical acts will perform on three different states.

Due to the event, Downtown Blacksburg will also have road closures in place from 4 a.m. on Friday through 11 p.m. on Saturday.

South Main Street will be closed beginning at the Washington Street intersection. All northbound traffic will be detoured onto Washington Street.

North Main Street will be closed at the entrance to Alumni Mall, and all southbound traffic will be detoured onto Turner Street.

Draper Road will be closed just past the entrance to the Kent Square parking garage, and the garage will be available for parking.

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. says the free Blacksburg Transit shuttle bus will pick up at the Chicken Hill parking lot at Lane Stadium and drop off at the intersection of Washington Street and Draper Road, running every 15 minutes from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Face coverings will be required on the bus.

Not only is admission to the event free, but so is metered parking!

To learn more about Steppin’ Out 2021, click here.

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