The weather is warming up (slightly, but we’ll take it!) and the Smith Mountain Lake community is showing signs of springtime planning. Update your calendar with these not-to-be-missed events.

Vinton Dogwood Festival

April 25-28, 2019

Just over the mountain is the lovely town of Vinton, and 2019 marks the 64th year of The Vinton Dogwood Festival. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment which includes a parade, carnival, craft show, food court, concerts, and more.

SML Business Expo

May 3, 2019, 12p-5p

In its 16th year, the SML Business Expo allows members of the Smith Mountain Lake community to learn about local business and all they have to offer. The event is held at the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA.

Smith Mountain Lake Brews & Tunes Festival

May 4, 2019, 1p-7p

Taste samples from 20 local and regional craft breweries and cideries representing 60 craft beers. Live music and food vendors on site. This is a rain or shine event and children under 6 are free. Located at the Smith Mountain Lake YMCA.

Gretna Strawberry and Wine Festival

May 11, 2019, 11a-6p

Enjoy a variety of strawberry dishes, wine tastings, and live music. The event is held at 405 North Main Street in Gretna.

Tom Maynard Memorial Poker Run

May 18, 2019

This fundraising event gives players the opportunity to play poker on the water! Boats travel to seven card stops located around Smith Mountain Lake to retrieve a playing card. Once finished, each player presents their five best cards to be eligible for prizes! The first player to get four aces receives $5000.00. There is also a $1500 prize for the best hand, $500 for second best, and $250 for third.

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Smith Mountain Lake Invitational Golf Tournament

June 7, 2019


This annual event has become one of the most popular business networking events of the season. Showcase your business or entertain your clients with a relaxing day on the one Smith Mountain Lake’s most beautiful courses.