Festival Hours

Friday August 4: 10am-11pm Community Connections closes at 8pm and other vendors close at 10pm. The Main Stage continues until 11pm.
Saturday August 5: 10am-10pm Community Connections closes at 8pm; all else at 10pm.

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Event Schedule

Three stages of live performance, made Steppin' Out one of this region's premiere arts events. Remember, Steppin' Out happens "Rain or Shine"!

The Main Stage provides continuous live music on College Avenue, both Friday and Saturday. The Acoustic Stage brings folk, contemporary, and utterly unique sounds to the festival area of Main and Lee Streets. The Community Stage showcases local and regional performers from cloggers to belly dancers. The Community Stage is located in Roanoke Street.


Main Stage

3-4 PM


4:30-5:30 PM

Mateo Monk

6-7 PM

The Duskwhales

7-7:30 PM

DJ Charles Sullivan

7:30-8:30 PM

The Shack Band

8:30-9 PM

DJ Charles Sullivan

9:00-11:00 PM

The Southern Belles

Acoustic Stage

12:15-1:15 PM

Shannon Hunter

1:30-2:30 PM

Sezessionvile Road

2:50-3:50 PM

David Simpkins

4:10-5:10 PM

American Roots

5:30-6:30 PM

Willie DE

7-8 PM

Java Brothers Bluegrass

Community Stage

12:15-1:15 PM

Say YES to Science - Youth Experiencing Science

1:30-2:30 PM

VT Hip Hop Studies Feat. Flowmigos

3:00-4:00 PM

Renaissance Music Academy of Virginia

4:30-6:30 PM

Mainstream Music Student Performances


Main Stage

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

The Blacksburg Community Band

1-2 PM


2:30-3:30 PM

You Knew Me When

4-5 PM

Gabe Morales

5:30-6:30 PM

Seph Custer with The Papa Tom Band

7-8 PM

Annabelle's Curse

8:45-9:45 PM

Erin & The Wildfire

Acoustic Stage

11:00-12:00 PM


12:15-1:15 PM

Juliet McConkey

1:30-2:30 PM

Kat Mills

2:50-3:50 PM

Kylie Odetta

4:15-5:15 PM

The Rusty Seesaws

5:45-6:45 PM


Community Stage

11:30-12:15 PM

Dance Tech

12:45-1:45 PM

Little Leapers

2:15-3:15 PM

Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers

3:45-4:30 PM

New River Irish Dance at Holli's Academy of Dance

5:00-6:00 PM

VA Techniques


Modular Railroad

New River Valley Modular Railroad

The New River Valley Modular Railroad Club's overall goal is to show the public how much fun model railroading can be, improve our modeling skills, and enjoy our hobby with others. We especially enjoy allowing youngsters to run our trains around the layout.

Our modular layout is HO scale and models the Norfolk & Western transition period of the 1950s and 1960s. We highlight Southern and Norfolk Southern steam and diesel equipment. Scenery is modeled on the hills, valleys, and industry of Southwest Virginia. Using 2' x 4' portable modules, we are currently able to display a 16' x 24' oval layout. We have been featured at 2016 Steppin-Out, The Augusta County Train Show, The Pulaski Train Show, and at Warm Hearth Village, to name a few. During Steppin-Out 2017, we will be running our railroad in the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church at the corner of Jackson and Church Streets from 10:00 to 6:00 on Friday and 10:00 to 5:00 on Saturday. See you there. ALL ABOARD!

The Big Latch On 2017

Saturday, August 5 at the Lawn in Market Square Park

Global Big Latch On events take place at registered locations around the world, where women gather together to breastfeed and offer peer support to each other. Their friends, family and community join this celebration to promote and support breastfeeding. Volunteers from within the community host each location, hosting a Global Big Latch On event creates a lasting support network for the community.

Any person who is breastfeeding including SNS and pumping may participate as every form of breastfeeding is celebrated. Participants are encouraged to bring something for them to sit on during the event. Since the event happens very quickly, lasting only from 10:00 -10:01 am, participants are required to check-in by 9:45 am.

Participants must check in by 9:45 am and it'll be on the lawn at the Farmer's Market. Official website https://biglatchon.org

PETS are NOT Allowed

If you must bring your dog, please leave him/her in the Canine Corral on the Henderson Lawn on College Ave. Sponsored by The Retreat.

Service provided by Prestige Pet Sitting Agencies, 540-961-1710. The Corral will be open 10am - 10pm on Friday and Saturday.

Laureen Blakemore

Tel: 540-951-0454