August 2 & 3, 2019

Downtown Blacksburg, VA

Steppin' Out features over 200 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. The festival foods you love are provided by downtown restaurants.

Continuous Live Music

Listen to over 25 excellent musical acts all afternoon and well into the evening, both Friday and Saturday. Steppin' Out is Southwest Virginia's premier street celebration!

Free Admission and Free Parking Shuttle

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!

2019 Steppin' Out t-shirt

You are invited to submit a design for the 2019 Steppin' Out t-shirt. For 2019 the design must reflect the character of Steppin' Out, downtown Blacksburg.

Designs will be judged by a panel of downtown merchants. The winning artist will be profiled through advertising/news articles, in store windows where t-shirts are sold prior to the festival, and at Steppin' Out.

Requirements: Maximum of 6 colors on shirt back and 2 colors for pocket logo. The shirt back design must incorporate the words "Downtown Blacksburg" and the date "August 2 & 3, 2019". The pocket logo should include the words "Steppin' Out".

Concept sketches are due by November 15, 2018

Submissions should be:
Emailed to
Hand delivered to the Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. Office
149 College Avenue, Blacksburg, VA24060
Mailed to Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.
P.O. Box 233,
Blacksburg, VA 24063

Design/artist will be chosen and final camera ready artwork will be due by February 15, 2019.

Winning design receives $500

Performers for 2019

Interested in performing at Steppin' Out 2019? Please complete the Artists Submission Survey at this link:

3 Stages of Live Music

The Main Stage provides continuous live music on College Avenue and Main Street. 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 the National Bank of Blacksburg Parking lot on Roanoke Street.


Public bathrooms are located next to the Children's Area on Lee Street, inside the Kent Square building, on the west side Draper Road across from Bollo's, and behind the Public Safety Zone on the east side of Main Street next to the Post Office.

PETS are NOT Allowed

Sorry, no pets are allowed at Steppin' Out, for safety reasons.

Lodging in Downtown Blacksburg

Get the most out of Steppin' Out - stay over! The Clay Corner Inn is a beautiful, friendly B&B next to Virginia Tech. The Main Street Inn is a boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Blacksburg.