BLACKSBURG, Va., May 12, 2008 – The Summer Arts Festival 2008, a joint effort by Virginia Tech School of the Arts and the Town of Blacksburg, is celebrating its 17th year bringing the joy of the arts to Blacksburg summers.
The festival's events, beginning May 30 and ending in late August, are completely free and provide New River Valley residents; tourists; and Virginia Tech faculty, staff, students, and conference attendees with a wide array of arts attractions.
The tremendously popular "Friday Night Out" concerts will continue in 2008 with a temporary move from Henderson Hall Lawn to Shultz Dining Hall Lawn because of the Henderson Hall refurbishing and Department of Theatre Arts' new Experimental Theatre construction projects.
The new location is conveniently located just 100 yards away from Henderson Hall Lawn across University Mall Avenue that runs between Henderson Hall and Shultz Dining Hall and it is adjacent to free parking in the Shultz Dining Hall parking lot. The rain site will be the Old Dominion Ballroom in Squires Student Center located on University Mall Avenue next to Henderson Hall.
Concerts start at 6 p.m. and are scheduled as follows:
Summer Arts Festival 2008 events also include three Virginia Tech Department of Theatre Arts productions:
Also included in the festival will be gallery exhibitions at the Perspective Gallery and the Armory Art Gallery, an Independence Day Celebration sponsored by the Town of Blacksburg, the Steppin' Out Street Festival sponsored by the Downtown Merchants Association, and for the first time ever, free classic movies at The Lyric Theatre.
From taking the kids to see a children's theatre performance and watching classic movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, to enjoying a breezy summer evening swaying to the music of a Jimmy Buffet cover band, the festival has a little something for everyone.