Building community through the arts, history and cultural heritage of Blacksburg!


Alexander Black House & Cultural Center
Regular hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall
Regular hours: Thursday & Friday 2 pm-5 pm




Through April 24 - “Natives”: This group of paintings imagines the past, present, and future of animals that live around Blacksburg, conveying the sense of awe the artist feels when he sees an animal in its natural environment. (Alexander Black House and Cultural Center)


April 16 - “Keepers of the Tradition” Reception: 7:30 pm. Storyteller Michael Abraham and painter Leslie Robert Gregg will present an introductory lecture on their upcoming project Keepers of the Tradition: Portraits of Contemporary Appalachians as part of our monthly lecture series. (free, Alexander Black House & Cultural Center)

April 18 - Chocolate Festival: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. The Rotary Club of Blacksburg will host the second annual Blacksburg Chocolate Festival on Saturday, April 18 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Come taste Chocolate Spike’s “Chocolate Mint Julep” at the Alexander Black House & Cultural Center throughout the day! For more information, visit

April 22 – Earth Day Film Festival: 7:00 pm -9:00 pm. Join the New River Land Trust, Sustainable Blacksburg, and the Blacksburg Museum & Cultural Foundation for a screening of four short films about watr, aquatic life, and people. Admission is free, but registration is required. RSVP at or call 540-951-1704. (Alexander Black House & Cultural Center)

April 25 - St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall Open House: 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Hear nationally acclaimed poet Nikki Giovanni read her poetry, interact with the audience, and discuss her work as a poet. Walk the virtual streets of New Town as you hear about the people who lived in this historic African American neighborhood and talk with creators and authors of the virtual and augmented reality recreations of New Town. Be one of the first to hear readings from their children’s book Three Boys in New Town: A Story of Perseverance and Accomplishment. Listen to singer/songwriter/photographer and guitar artist Neal Wyms play and discuss his music. (free, St. Luke & Odd Fellows Hall)


April 26 - “Keepers of the Tradition: Portraits of Contemporary Appalachians” Reception: 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm. Come see the secret portraits revealed! (free, Alexander Black House & Cultural Center)



Through May 30 – “Keepers of the Tradition”: Keepers of the Tradition is a collaboration between portrait artist Leslie Roberts Gregg and author Michael Abraham to present portraits of contemporary Appalachian people who are pursuing the avocations and occupations of their parents and grandparents. The exhibit of portrait will run through May 30. (Alexander Black House & Cultural Center)

May 2 – Kentucky Derby Casino Night: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Hosted by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc., this event will include viewing the Kentucky Derby, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, a fancy hat contest, and casino games. Tickets are available now at Proceeds will benefit the Blacksburg Museum U Cultural Foundation and Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. ($40 single, $70 couple, Alexander Black House & Cultural Center) 


May 7 – Old Time Music JAMS: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Join host band Katie and the Bubbatones for an evening of traditional music. Bring an instrument and join in or come sit back and listen! (free, Alexander Black House & Cultural Center)

May 14 – Brown Bag Lunch and Memories: 11:30 am – 2:00 pm. (free, Alexander Black House & Cultural Center)

May 21 – Confederate Disbandment Commemoration: 6:30 pm. Join us at the Montgomery Museum & Lewis Miller Regional Art Center to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the second largest disbandment of Confederate soldiers in Virginia and the end of the Civil War in Christiansburg. (Montgomery Museum & Lewis Miller Regional Art Center, 300 Pepper St. SE, Christiansburg, Virginia 24073, free)