Celebrating Summer at Smith Mountain Lake


Even though we’re a few weeks shy of making summer official, the Smith Mountain Lake community has already started celebrating its signature season. Calendars are capsizing with RSVPs to summer barbecues, mid-morning tee times, and afternoon excursions on the open water. Make no mistake, Smith Mountain Lake shines in the summer, and you’ll want to soak up as much fun in the sun as you can during the warmer months.

New to the area? Below are a some of the area’s most popular summer events:

Lyrics on the Lake Songwriters Festival, June 13th-17th: Lyrics on the Lake is the largest Songwriter’s Festival on the East Coast and showcases amazing talent from over 35 writers. To learn more about this event, visit www.LyricsOnTheLake.com.

Sunset Saturdays Concert Series, Every Saturday During Summer, 7pm: Watch the sun set behind the beautiful vineyards of Hickory Hill during their Sunset Saturdays concert series. Enjoy live music, wine, and a relaxing atmosphere. Bring your own chairs or blankets, and a picnic. Tickets are $10 and kids and designated drivers are free. For concert schedule, go to www.SMLWine.com.

Fireworks at Smith Mountain Lake: SML residents will get their fill of fireworks with two schedule events to attend. FireWORX Fest will be held at Downtown Moneta on June 30th from 5:30p-10:00p and will feature live music by The WORX as well as food, drinks, and children’s games. All proceeds will benefit the Moneta Fire Department.

The Saunders Volunteer Fire Company Annual 4th of July Fireworks Celebration at Parkway Marina is scheduled for July 4th from 3pm-10pm. Live music will be provided by The WORX. This event also includes food vendors and children’s activities.

Pirate Days, July 20-22: The third weekend of July has been designated as Pirate Weekend, where businesses, residents, and guests can enjoy a family-friendly event chock full of treasure hunts, contests, and pirate battles. For more information go to www.VisitSmithMountainLake.com.

The 30th Annual Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival, September 29th-30th: SML’s most anticipated local event is celebrating its 30th year! Sample wine from 30 area wineries as well as 85 juried craft and food vendors. Advance tickets are on sale now! www.VisitSmithMountainLake.com.