By SARAH BRADBURY
Blacksburg’s 33rd annual Steppin’ Out festival will be occurring Aug. 2-4 in downtown Blacksburg. Over 200 national artists and crafts people will be on site selling their unique and artful creations.
Some of the items available for purchase will be jewelry, pottery, textiles, metal work, basketry, stained and fused glass, yard art, fine art, furniture, toys, artisan foods and much more. Downtown merchants will also be holding final clearance sidewalk sales.
There will be three stages with live music throughout the weekend, along with a variety of delicious food provided by local vendors. Many other activities, such as free scuba instruction complete with a pool, and various children’s activities will be available.
There will also be a “Park your Art” parking meter auction to benefit the Alexander Black House Saturday, Aug. 3 at 11:10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the main stage. Decorated meters will be on display starting July 17 at the Community Arts Information Office, 149 College Ave.; First Bank of Virginia, 220 South Main St.; The Municipal Building, 300 South Main St., and the Old Town Hall, 141 Jackson St., all in Blacksburg.
T-shirts will be available for purchase at Heavener Hardware, Mish Mish and High Peak Sportswear, with special women’s cut T-shirts available at Fringe Benefit and online at DowntownBlacksburg.com.
Admission and parking is free with shuttles provided by Blacksburg Transit. This event is suitable for the whole family, but pets are not allowed at the festival. Anyone wishing or needing to bring their pet can drop them off at the Canine Corral on the Henderson Lawn on College Avenue.