Always a colorful community, Wytheville is extra bright with activity during the multi-day annual festival each June, known simply as Chautauqua. Beginning with the pre-festival Balloon Glow at dusk at Wytheville Community College on Friday evening, June 15, the festival includes eight full days of entertainment, enjoyment, and education.
This family-oriented arts and music festival offers a variety of engaging events for all ages. Most activities are held in and around Elizabeth Brown Park in Downtown Wytheville and the majority are free of charge. Events include children’s activities, live nightly entertainment, arts and crafts, hot air ballooning, magic, music, drama, dance and special exhibits. Check out the festival guide for a lineup of all the daily activities.
Chautauqua: (pronounced sha tak’wa)… of Seneca Indian origin; takes its name from Lake Chautauqua in southwestern New York. In the 1920s, Wytheville was a stop on the Chautauqua circuit, an entertainment venue that traveled in caravans holding tent performances with such noted speakers as Teddy Roosevelt. Chautauqua, NY, is the site of the educational assembly started in 1874 and still in existence today.
In 1985, the Chautauqua Festival was rejuvenated in the southwest Virginia community of Wytheville. It has been held the third week of June ever since.
Wytheville is located at the crossroads of I-77 & I-81 in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. There are a variety of great experiences all year long for travelers to enjoy. For more information about the Wytheville area, Visit Wytheville online or call toll-free 1-877-347-8307.
Rosa Lee Jude ⎮Director ⎮Wytheville Convention & Visitors Bureau