2016 Festival Hours

Friday August 5: 10am-11pm Community Connections closes at 8pm and other vendors close at 10pm. The Main Stage continues until 11pm.
Saturday August 6: 10am-10pm Community Connections closes at 8pm; all else at 10pm.

Apply to Perform in 2016

Thank you for your interest in performing at the 36th Annual Steppin' Out Festival, taking place August 5-6th, 2016 in downtown Blacksburg, VA.

To be considered please email your formal request to Rock the Blocks, attention Eve Yee at eve@rocktheblocks.com. Make sure to put "Steppin' Out" in the subject line and include your contact information, brief bio and links to music/videos.

All materials will be reviewed and bands will be selected no later than May 16. If you are selected, we will be in touch to discuss performance date, set time and additional details.

IMPORTANT: Please do not continue to contact us once you have submitted your request; we will contact you if we are interested.

Thank you,
Eve Yee
Rock the Blocks | Music & Arts Festival

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.

The children's activities are centered at the corner of Lee Street and Draper Rd and offer bounce houses, story times and crafts from the Blacksburg Junior Women's Club and a whole host of fun and educational activities provided by the Blacksburg Children's Museum.

Laureen Blakemore

Tel: 540-951-0454