Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. PRESENTS

36th Annual Steppin' Out®

August 5-6, 2016. Steppin' Out is a "Rain or Shine" event!

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.

Steppin' Out, August 5-6, 2016

Steppin' Out features over 250 artists and crafts people from around the United States selling unique handcrafted items – jewelry, pottery, textiles, metal work, basketry, stained & fused glass, yard art, fine art, furniture, toys, artisan foods and so much more!

Downtown Blacksburg merchants also hold their much-awaited final clearance sidewalk sales during Steppin' Out. And those festival foods you love are provided by downtown restaurants.

Admission is free! Town of Blacksburg metered parking is all free and Blacksburg Transit provides free shuttles to get you there without the hassles. Bring your friends! Bring your family!

But please don't bring your pets. Steppin' Out gets crowded so leave your dog in the Canine Corral on the Henderson Lawn on College Ave. For the safety and comfort of our festival guests, Steppin' Out does not allow dogs (except for service dogs).

We're Virginia Green!

Steppin' Out has achieved Virginia Green status, with our recycling, efforts to reduce packaging, encouraging mass-transit and more. Details here.

Announcing the winning design of the Steppin' Out 2016 t-shirt

The Steppin' Out t-shirt has become an annual collector's item and is part of the great Steppin' Out tradition! We are excited to reveal the design for this year's t-shirt and to introduce you to the designer, Maya Renfro. Maya entered and won the annual t-shirt design contest held by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. in 2015 and again this year!

The Steppin' Out t-shirt will be printed by downtown merchant, High Peak Sportswear, and will be available to purchase in early May from Mish Mish, Fringe Benefit and Heavener Hardware.

About Maya Renfro

"Even though I now live up in Loudoun County I still feel very connected to Blacksburg from all the time I spend there. Between growing up and visiting family in the New River Valley and then residing in Blacksburg for years afterward I consider it my second home.

"Even though we are a few hours away, I end up visiting Blacksburg about once every other month in order to perform with my boyfriend and artistic companion Jared Hall Garland in our band, Atoka Chase. I play guitar, fiddle, and sing while Jared plays his homemade suitcase drum and sings along with his homemade frankenstein banjo that he got from my father. It was played in Blacksburg back when my father was living here in college!

"At the moment I work as a substitute teacher for Loudoun County and as a freelance illustrator and designer. Over the fall and into the winter we took a brief hiatus from playing shows to go exploring. During that time we went on a cross country road trip with our smelly dog Ellie to the shores of Oregon, rode the rails of Germany and the Czech Republic, and moved into a new home where we can now make music and art into the glimmering hours of the waking light.

"It's taken a moment to settle in to our current abode after all of that fun commotion, but we will be returning to our crazy schedule of shows in late March! In the meantime, I've been working on some artwork for the Bernie Sanders campaign, planning the art direction for Lovettsville's very own Moon Valley Music Festival, and working on some new musical material for Atoka Chase."

See more of Maya's artwork on her Tumblr.

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Laureen Blakemore

Tel: 540-951-0454