The Virginia Tech School of Performing Arts and Cinema and the Town of Blacksburg announce the 20th annual Summer Arts Festival. The 2011 lineup of events includes concerts, movies, theatre, festivals, and art exhibits.

The festival kicks off on June 10 with the first of eight “Friday Night Out” concerts on the Henderson Lawn with the band Surrender Dorothy. The concert begins at 6 p.m. on the Henderson Lawn located on the corner of Main Street and College Avenue, on the campus of Virginia Tech.  The rain site will be the Old Dominion Ballroom in the Squires Student Center, located next to Henderson Hall. Other concerts in the series showcase Dixieland, Americana, Irish, Soul and R&B, jazz, bluegrass and Caribbean rock styles. 

Enjoy live theatre? The Virginia Tech Department of Theatre and Cinema will present two theatre productions: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” June 22-July 2 and “Rumplestiltskin” June 23-July 2.  

If sitting inside a cool movie theatre is more your style, consider taking in a classic movie at the Lyric Theatre, which will show “West Side Story” on June 18 and 22; “Bringing Up Baby” on July 16 and 20; and “To Kill a Mockingbird” on Aug. 13 and 17.

Other events include the Summer Solstice Fest on June 18; Art at the Market on July 16; Blacksburg’s annual Independence Day Celebration on July 4th; the Steppin’ Out Street Festival Aug. 5-6; and art exhibits at the Armory Art Gallery.

Free parking is available after 5 p.m. in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street, in the Architecture Annex Lot on Otey Street, and the Perry Street/Prices Fork lots. Find more parking information online or call (540) 231-3200. Alternative parking is available in the Kent Square parking garage or the Farmers Market metered parking lot, both located on Draper Road. Additional Downtown Blacksburg parking information can be found online.

All events are free and open to the public. Additional information is available online or by contacting Jane Harrison at (540) 231-5921.

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