Annual Smyth County Events

Smyth County is home to many wonderful events that happen every year. Mark your calendars!

Woolly Mammoth Day

Hosted by the Friends of the Museum of the Middle Appalachians, the annual Woolly Mammoth Breakfast is usually on the last Saturday in January in Saltville, Virginia. Call the Museum of the Middle Appalachians for more information at 276-496-3633.

Smyth County Opportunity Fair

Held in April each year, the Smyth County Opportunity Fair features employers, education and training, entrepreneur resources, and volunteer opportunities. Call the Smyth County Chamber at 276-783-3161 for more information.

Hungry Mother 25K & 50K

Held at Hungry Mother State Park, the Hungry Mother 25K & 50K is held in April every year and registration opens in October. Please call The Smyth County Chamber for more information at 276-783-3161.


Second Friday Artwalk

Every Second Friday of the month between April and December, the Appalachian Spirit Gallery hosts the Second Friday Artwalk. Join them for a musical and artistic experience!

Broad Street Cruise In

The Town of Marion hosts the Broad Street Cruise-In every Fourth Friday from April through October on Broad Street in Downtown Marion. This event is free to the public with live music, and vintage cars.

Mountain Do Triathlon

The Mountain Do Triathlon is held annually on the second Saturday in May at Hungry Mother State Park.

Memorial Day Parade and Flag Display

Each year for Memorial Day, The Town of Marion puts crosses on the courthouse lawn in memory of their Smyth County Veterans. They also hold a parade and a special Memorial Day service at the VFW post #4667.

Family Fish & Fun Day

The Family Fish & Fun Day is held annually on the Saturday of the first full weekend in June. Bring the family for a day of prizes, food, and family fun! This is a FREE fishing weekend so NO FISHING LICENSE IS REQUIRED! Call the Smyth County Chamber for more information at 276-783-3161.


Hungry Mother Festival

The Annual Hungry Mother Festival brings together arts and crafts vendors, entertainment, live music, food, and family fun. All set in beautiful Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, Virginia. The 3-day event is always held the third weekend in July, rain or shine.

Marion Chili Cook-Off

Chili teams will compete on Main Street in Downtown Marion for over $500 in cash and trophies, and most importantly, bragging rights for “The Best Chili in Town.”

Saltville-Rich Valley Lions Club Carnival

The Annual Saltville-Rich Valley Lions Club Carnival held in Saltville each July. Proceeds from the carnival help the Lions Club provide for people with vision problems and perform community service.

Rich Valley Fair & Horse Show

The Annual Rich Valley Fair and Horse Show, is held every July/August at the Rich Valley Fair Grounds.

Battle of Saltville Reenactment

Every year, on the third weekend in August, the Civil War Battles of Saltville are commemorated with a reenactment, and other activities.

Saltville Labor Day Celebration

Each year, on Labor Day weekend, The Town of Saltville holds its Annual Saltville Labor Day Celebration. This event features free musical events, food, and entertainment.

Chilhowie Apple Festival

The Annual Chilhowie Apple Festival is held every third weekend in September This festival includes a beauty pageant, agricultural and crafts fair, pet show, parade, and a high school band competition.

Halloween Madness

The Annual Halloween Madness in Downtown Marion is held on the Saturday before Halloween and features a “trunk-or-treat” for children.

Mayberry Comes to Marion & Vintage Market

Each year in October, the Song of the Mountains hosts a Mayberry Comes to Marion, Virginia concert. The Town of Marion and the Smyth County Chamber celebrate by hosting many fun events to go along with it including a Vintage Market.

Winter Wonderland of Trees

Every Christmas season from the weekend of Thanksgiving, until New Year, the Museum of the Middle Appalachians holds a special exhibit called the Winter Wonderland of Trees. Call 276-496-3633 for more information.

Downtown Christmas Market

Downtown Christmas Market

Each year, The Town of Marion hosts an outdoor and indoor Christmas market the first weekend of December.

Christmas Parades

Every year, the people of Smyth County celebrate Christmas with four annual parades in Chilhowie, Marion, Saltville, and Sugar Grove! Contact each town for their parade date.