Events in Covington and Clifton Forge

The Alleghany Highlands knows
how to have a good time.


There are events, festivals, sports competitions, art exhibitions and performances happening all year round. We celebrate our beautiful outdoor surroundings with grand events like the annual Fall Foliage Festival. Our competitive nature is on display as we host a triathlon, cycling competition and more. Of course, our thriving artistic, cultural and heritage communities host unique events throughout the year. Bookmark this Events page and check back often or sign up for our e-newsletter to ensure that you don't miss out on any of the fun.

  • Clifton Forge
    Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day & C&O Heritage Festival
    Saturday, June 3, 2017
    Show details

    Locality:
    Alleghany
    The Historic Masonic Theatre
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Join the fun at Alleghany Highlands sixth anniversary Heritage Day on June 3 from 10:00 to 5:00. Heritage Day is partnering with C&O Historical Society for the Heritage Festival that celebrates train history. The event will take place at the Masonic Amphitheatre, the Historic Masonic Theatre, C&O Heritage Center, Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, Clifton Forge Public Library and Clifton Forge School of the Arts and The Jungle. Over eighty artisans will be demonstrating arts & crafts of the heritage of the Alleghany Highlands in addition to a dozen food vendors, Celtic, English, Gospel and Bluegrass music, experiential activities for kids and adults, Scottish games, a quilt lecture & bed turning by Pepper Cory, & WW1 and WW2 presentations. Irish, Scottish, English, African American, Native American, German and Alleghany Mountain cultures will be celebrated. The train show will include story telling and vendors selling all things related to the railroad. Explore all the delights of the C&O Heritage Center, view a large exhibit of quilts and embroidery at the AH Arts & Crafts Center.

    Date/Hours:
    Saturday, June 3, 2017(10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-5655

    Email:
    masonictheatre@yahoo.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/AlleghanyHighlandsHeritageDayCOHeritageFestival

  • Clifton Forge
    The Homecoming Festival
    Friday, June 9, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017
    Show details

    Locality:
    Alleghany
    4301 Longdale Furnace Rd.
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    The Homecoming Festival, is a homegrown, 3-day camping optional celebration of Virginia, filled with intimate musical & art filled experiences- complete with fireworks! Limited to 3,000 people, you can relax, sprawl out, and start a new Virginia tradition with friends year after year. Honoring 19 Virginia bands & various musicians and artisans, this year we spotlight on Glass Blowers, Blacksmiths, Potters & Painters! We will also celebrate members of the Virginia Craft Brewery Guild. What unifies this festival is the love for our beautiful state, and all of its colorful magic makers! Come for the music, the art, or the beer- but get your tickets in advance, they WILL SELL OUT!

    Date/Hours:
    Friday, June 9, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017(12:00 PM - 7:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Info: 434-962-5822

    Email:
    info@greenhopsproductions.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/TheHomecomingFestival

  • Clifton Forge
    Annual Flag Day Celebration
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    Show details

    Locality:
    Alleghany
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    The Flag Day Celebration @ the Masonic Amphitheatre begins at 5:30pm. The Stars and Stripes Celebration Committee of Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. is excited to announce this year’s 241st Nation’s Birthday events! We will kick off our patriotic celebration with a Flag Day Ceremony, June 14th, at 5:30 pm at the Masonic Amphitheatre. Included in the ceremony will be flag presentations by Boy Scout Troop #2, Girl Scout Troops #730 and #1281, and Clifton Forge VFW post 4299. In addition there will be patriotic music sung by Alan Dale Craft and a benefit picnic supper with birthday cake. Everyone is invited to this very special occasion. We urge you to bring children to this event. It's a great opportunity for them to be reminded of the importance of our nation's flag. This event kicks off The Town of Clifton Forge's Stars and Strips Celebration culminating on July 4th.

    Date/Hours:
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017(5:30 PM

    Telephone:
    540-862-2000

    Email:
    cfmainstreet@ntelos.net

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/AnnualFlagDayCelebration

  • Covington
    Covington Cork and Pork Festival
    Friday, June 23, 2017 - Saturday, June 24, 2017
    Show details

    Locality:
    Covington City
    Covington, VA 24426

    The Annual Covington Cork and Pork Festival features a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned barbeque competition. Come see dozens of professional and amateur barbeque cooks put their knowledge to the test. The festival will also feature wine tastings from some of the best wineries in the State of Virginia as well as juried arts/crafts vendors, lots of food, music, and entertainment. For the kids, there will be plenty of bounce houses and other activities to keep them having fun for hours. This festival offers the public the opportunity to sample of the best barbeque this side of Virginia in the People's Choice Competition where you get to vote on your tastiest.

    Date/Hours:
    Friday, June 23, 2017 - Saturday, June 24, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-960-1532

    Email:
    corkandpork@gmail.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/CovingtonCorkandPorkFestival

  • Covington
    JRST Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and 1 mile Family Fun Run
    Saturday, June 24, 2017
    Show details

    Locality:
    Alleghany
    110 Mall Road
    Covington, VA 24426

    The Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon is held on one of the most scenic trails in the country.  The Jackson River Scenic Trail follows its namesake river, winding its way between Intervale, just north of Covington, to Smith Bridge Trail Head following an old railroad bed of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (Hot Springs Branch) and passes through small communities, cultivated fields, and small patches of woodland along the way. It's common to see wildlife from the trail (birds, turtles, raccoons, rabbits, ground hogs, and deer).  Our course is on the smooth crushed gravel surface of The Jackson River Scenic Trail. The trail is mostly flat with some light hills. All finishers will receive a medal.  Strollers will be allowed in the 1 mile and 5k events and will start in the back at the start line. Coinciding with the fourth annual Covington Cork and Pork Festival BBQ everyone is encouraged to stay following the race and visit this Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event.  While the barbeque will stand front and center as the centerpiece of this festival, there will be entertainment, a wine tasting event, and children activities.      

    Date/Hours:
    Saturday, June 24, 2017(7:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-962-2178

    Email:
    sknick@ahchamber.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/JRSTHalfMarathon10k5kand1mileFamilyFunRun

  • Clifton Forge
    Annual Stars and Stripes Celebration
    Tuesday, July 4, 2017
    Show details

    Locality:
    Alleghany
    547 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    • On July 4th, we will begin the day-long celebration with a Down Town parade at 11 am. At the conclusion of the parade everyone is invited to gather at the Town Hall steps for a special ceremony honoring our Veterans.• Following a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence at the Town Hall steps we encourage you to follow our bagpipers on a short walk to the Masonic Amphitheatre for an afternoon concert and a picnic lunch. Children can enjoy painting cardboard houses and getting their faces painted.• At 6 PM, the grounds of the C & O Heritage Center open to the public, free of charge, for an evening of informal fun, food and festivities. Back by popular demand are the Ladies for Liberty singing trio followed by the 50 member Celebration Chorale presenting a Patriotic Cantata. This outstanding presentation will include a Retreat of the Colors. The miniature train at the Heritage Center will also be available to ride, for a small fee. An awesome fireworks display will take place at dusk to close out the day-long celebration.

    Date/Hours:
    Tuesday, July 4, 2017(11:00 AM - 10:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-2000

    Email:
    cfmainstreet@ntelos.net

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/2017StarsandStripesCelebration

  • Covington
    Gran Fondo Alleghany
    Saturday, July 22, 2017
    Show details

    Locality:
    Alleghany
    110 Mall Road
    Covington, VA 24426

    The Gran Fondo Alleghany celebrates its eighth edition this July and our commitment to providing riders with a premium experience remains steadfast. Riders may choose from four courses:  the Gran Fondo is a 116-mile mountainous course, the Medio Fondo is a 69-mile hilly course, the Medio Mountain is a 69-mile mountainous course or the Piccolo Fondo which is  29-mile hilly course. All of our rides come with course timing, neutral technical support, fully stocked rest stops and food and beverage at the finish served with our renowned Alleghany Highlands hospitality!  

    Date/Hours:
    Saturday, July 22, 2017(7:30 AM - 6:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Office: 540-962-2178
    Matt Butterman, Director: 434-594-3268
    Susan Knick Coordinator: 540-962-2178
    Fax: 540-962-2179

    Email:
    sknick@ahchamber.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/AlleghanyHighlandsCyclingFestivalGranFondo

  • Covington
    Lake Moomaw 1 Mile Open Water Swim
    Saturday, August 5, 2017
    Show details

    Locality:
    Alleghany
    110 Mall Road
    Covington, VA 24426

    The Lake Moomaw One Mile Open Water Swim will take place on August 6, 2016 amid the beautiful mountain landscape and breathtaking scenery of the Alleghany Highlands. The Alleghany Highland Chamber will co-host the event with Dave Holland, United States Masters Swimming Long Distance Chair.  

    Date/Hours:
    Saturday, August 5, 2017(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Office: 540-962-2178

    Email:
    sknick@ahchamber.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/LakeMoomaw1MileOpenWaterSwim

Events

Events in Covington and Clifton Forge

The Alleghany Highlands knows
how to have a good time.


There are events, festivals, sports competitions, art exhibitions and performances happening all year round. We celebrate our beautiful outdoor surroundings with grand events like the annual Fall Foliage Festival. Our competitive nature is on display as we host a triathlon, cycling competition and more. Of course, our thriving artistic, cultural and heritage communities host unique events throughout the year. Bookmark this Events page and check back often or sign up for our e-newsletter to ensure that you don't miss out on any of the fun.

  • Clifton Forge
    Alleghany Highlands Heritage Day & C&O Heritage Festival
    Saturday, June 3, 2017
    Show details

    Locality:
    Alleghany
    The Historic Masonic Theatre
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    Join the fun at Alleghany Highlands sixth anniversary Heritage Day on June 3 from 10:00 to 5:00. Heritage Day is partnering with C&O Historical Society for the Heritage Festival that celebrates train history. The event will take place at the Masonic Amphitheatre, the Historic Masonic Theatre, C&O Heritage Center, Alleghany Highlands Arts & Crafts Center, Clifton Forge Public Library and Clifton Forge School of the Arts and The Jungle. Over eighty artisans will be demonstrating arts & crafts of the heritage of the Alleghany Highlands in addition to a dozen food vendors, Celtic, English, Gospel and Bluegrass music, experiential activities for kids and adults, Scottish games, a quilt lecture & bed turning by Pepper Cory, & WW1 and WW2 presentations. Irish, Scottish, English, African American, Native American, German and Alleghany Mountain cultures will be celebrated. The train show will include story telling and vendors selling all things related to the railroad. Explore all the delights of the C&O Heritage Center, view a large exhibit of quilts and embroidery at the AH Arts & Crafts Center.

    Date/Hours:
    Saturday, June 3, 2017(10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-5655

    Email:
    masonictheatre@yahoo.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/AlleghanyHighlandsHeritageDayCOHeritageFestival

  • Clifton Forge
    The Homecoming Festival
    Friday, June 9, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017
    Show details

    Locality:
    Alleghany
    4301 Longdale Furnace Rd.
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    The Homecoming Festival, is a homegrown, 3-day camping optional celebration of Virginia, filled with intimate musical & art filled experiences- complete with fireworks! Limited to 3,000 people, you can relax, sprawl out, and start a new Virginia tradition with friends year after year. Honoring 19 Virginia bands & various musicians and artisans, this year we spotlight on Glass Blowers, Blacksmiths, Potters & Painters! We will also celebrate members of the Virginia Craft Brewery Guild. What unifies this festival is the love for our beautiful state, and all of its colorful magic makers! Come for the music, the art, or the beer- but get your tickets in advance, they WILL SELL OUT!

    Date/Hours:
    Friday, June 9, 2017 - Sunday, June 11, 2017(12:00 PM - 7:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Info: 434-962-5822

    Email:
    info@greenhopsproductions.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/TheHomecomingFestival

  • Clifton Forge
    Annual Flag Day Celebration
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017
    Show details

    Locality:
    Alleghany
    510 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    The Flag Day Celebration @ the Masonic Amphitheatre begins at 5:30pm. The Stars and Stripes Celebration Committee of Clifton Forge Main Street, Inc. is excited to announce this year’s 241st Nation’s Birthday events! We will kick off our patriotic celebration with a Flag Day Ceremony, June 14th, at 5:30 pm at the Masonic Amphitheatre. Included in the ceremony will be flag presentations by Boy Scout Troop #2, Girl Scout Troops #730 and #1281, and Clifton Forge VFW post 4299. In addition there will be patriotic music sung by Alan Dale Craft and a benefit picnic supper with birthday cake. Everyone is invited to this very special occasion. We urge you to bring children to this event. It's a great opportunity for them to be reminded of the importance of our nation's flag. This event kicks off The Town of Clifton Forge's Stars and Strips Celebration culminating on July 4th.

    Date/Hours:
    Wednesday, June 14, 2017(5:30 PM

    Telephone:
    540-862-2000

    Email:
    cfmainstreet@ntelos.net

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/AnnualFlagDayCelebration

  • Covington
    Covington Cork and Pork Festival
    Friday, June 23, 2017 - Saturday, June 24, 2017
    Show details

    Locality:
    Covington City
    Covington, VA 24426

    The Annual Covington Cork and Pork Festival features a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned barbeque competition. Come see dozens of professional and amateur barbeque cooks put their knowledge to the test. The festival will also feature wine tastings from some of the best wineries in the State of Virginia as well as juried arts/crafts vendors, lots of food, music, and entertainment. For the kids, there will be plenty of bounce houses and other activities to keep them having fun for hours. This festival offers the public the opportunity to sample of the best barbeque this side of Virginia in the People's Choice Competition where you get to vote on your tastiest.

    Date/Hours:
    Friday, June 23, 2017 - Saturday, June 24, 2017

    Telephone:
    540-960-1532

    Email:
    corkandpork@gmail.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/CovingtonCorkandPorkFestival

  • Covington
    JRST Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, 5k and 1 mile Family Fun Run
    Saturday, June 24, 2017
    Show details

    Locality:
    Alleghany
    110 Mall Road
    Covington, VA 24426

    The Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon is held on one of the most scenic trails in the country.  The Jackson River Scenic Trail follows its namesake river, winding its way between Intervale, just north of Covington, to Smith Bridge Trail Head following an old railroad bed of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (Hot Springs Branch) and passes through small communities, cultivated fields, and small patches of woodland along the way. It's common to see wildlife from the trail (birds, turtles, raccoons, rabbits, ground hogs, and deer).  Our course is on the smooth crushed gravel surface of The Jackson River Scenic Trail. The trail is mostly flat with some light hills. All finishers will receive a medal.  Strollers will be allowed in the 1 mile and 5k events and will start in the back at the start line. Coinciding with the fourth annual Covington Cork and Pork Festival BBQ everyone is encouraged to stay following the race and visit this Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event.  While the barbeque will stand front and center as the centerpiece of this festival, there will be entertainment, a wine tasting event, and children activities.      

    Date/Hours:
    Saturday, June 24, 2017(7:00 AM - 3:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-962-2178

    Email:
    sknick@ahchamber.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/JRSTHalfMarathon10k5kand1mileFamilyFunRun

  • Clifton Forge
    Annual Stars and Stripes Celebration
    Tuesday, July 4, 2017
    Show details

    Locality:
    Alleghany
    547 Main Street
    Clifton Forge, VA 24422

    • On July 4th, we will begin the day-long celebration with a Down Town parade at 11 am. At the conclusion of the parade everyone is invited to gather at the Town Hall steps for a special ceremony honoring our Veterans.• Following a reading of excerpts from the Declaration of Independence at the Town Hall steps we encourage you to follow our bagpipers on a short walk to the Masonic Amphitheatre for an afternoon concert and a picnic lunch. Children can enjoy painting cardboard houses and getting their faces painted.• At 6 PM, the grounds of the C & O Heritage Center open to the public, free of charge, for an evening of informal fun, food and festivities. Back by popular demand are the Ladies for Liberty singing trio followed by the 50 member Celebration Chorale presenting a Patriotic Cantata. This outstanding presentation will include a Retreat of the Colors. The miniature train at the Heritage Center will also be available to ride, for a small fee. An awesome fireworks display will take place at dusk to close out the day-long celebration.

    Date/Hours:
    Tuesday, July 4, 2017(11:00 AM - 10:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    540-862-2000

    Email:
    cfmainstreet@ntelos.net

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/2017StarsandStripesCelebration

  • Covington
    Gran Fondo Alleghany
    Saturday, July 22, 2017
    Show details

    Locality:
    Alleghany
    110 Mall Road
    Covington, VA 24426

    The Gran Fondo Alleghany celebrates its eighth edition this July and our commitment to providing riders with a premium experience remains steadfast. Riders may choose from four courses:  the Gran Fondo is a 116-mile mountainous course, the Medio Fondo is a 69-mile hilly course, the Medio Mountain is a 69-mile mountainous course or the Piccolo Fondo which is  29-mile hilly course. All of our rides come with course timing, neutral technical support, fully stocked rest stops and food and beverage at the finish served with our renowned Alleghany Highlands hospitality!  

    Date/Hours:
    Saturday, July 22, 2017(7:30 AM - 6:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Office: 540-962-2178
    Matt Butterman, Director: 434-594-3268
    Susan Knick Coordinator: 540-962-2178
    Fax: 540-962-2179

    Email:
    sknick@ahchamber.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/AlleghanyHighlandsCyclingFestivalGranFondo

  • Covington
    Lake Moomaw 1 Mile Open Water Swim
    Saturday, August 5, 2017
    Show details

    Locality:
    Alleghany
    110 Mall Road
    Covington, VA 24426

    The Lake Moomaw One Mile Open Water Swim will take place on August 6, 2016 amid the beautiful mountain landscape and breathtaking scenery of the Alleghany Highlands. The Alleghany Highland Chamber will co-host the event with Dave Holland, United States Masters Swimming Long Distance Chair.  

    Date/Hours:
    Saturday, August 5, 2017(9:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

    Telephone:
    Office: 540-962-2178

    Email:
    sknick@ahchamber.com

    Website:
    http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/LakeMoomaw1MileOpenWaterSwim