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Written by: Beth Stinnett
Monday December 9, 2019

Get ready to party like it’s 2020!

We are geared up and excited for another action-packed year of events and happenings in Martinsville – Henry County. With everything from spectator sports to hands on competitions, to live performances and celebrations, you can count on finding something fun to do in MHC all year long. It’s never too early to start planning your long weekends or daycations, so grab a pen and paper or your phones and jot these events down:

January
Plan to bundle up and make your way to the Virginia Museum of Natural History on Saturday, January 25th for the Ice Age Festival, featuring mammoth-sized (literally) displays from the Ice Age.

February
Daddies, get ready for a special evening with your princess at the Daddy Daughter Dance at Piedmont Arts on February 8th.

Families are invited to attend the African American Read-In & Family Day at Piedmont Arts on the 22nd
to enjoy performances by storyteller Fred Motley that teach African-American history through classic folktales, songs and stories from around the world. Community members will also read excerpts from books, stories and poems by their favorite African American authors.

Come out to the Smith River Sports Complex and watch the Ultimate action of the Commonwealth Cup Tournament on the 22nd & 23rd, featuring college teams from along the East Coast.

March
Brass 5
returns to Piedmont Arts on the 5th to play a variety of music including renaissance, classical, Dixieland, jazz, rock and country.

Catch a performance of the classic "Of Mice & Men” presented by TWCP on various dates & different times from the 19th to the 30th.

April
Lace up those running (or walking) shoes and join the 10th annual Martinsville Half Marathon on the 4th.

Dancing for the Arts on the 4th is a perfect show for anyone who loves, music, dancing, Piedmont Arts or the hit television show “Dancing with the Stars!” 

Sister Act by the PHCC Patriot Players, with various dates & showtimes 4/17 – 4/27, promises to be another comical performance!

Garden Week: Martinsville on the 22nd will showcase some of the community’s finest homes and gardens.

May
Don’t miss the excitement as NASCAR returns for the Monster Energy Series Night Race at Martinsville Speedway on the 9th. 

The Super Run 5K & 8K on the 5th is a family favorite… because you are encouraged to dress as your favorite super hero!

Kick off your summer at Rooster Walk from the 21st to the 24th and enjoy four days of music and arts.

June
Enjoy the art garden, music, yard games and refreshments at Piedmont Arts’ Garden Party on the 1st.

Shindig’s 2nd annual Pride Event will take place on the 13th and will include special events, vendors, specials and more.

July
Celebration at Martinsville Speedway is the region’s largest fireworks shows and Independence Day celebrations. Stay tuned for the date TBD.

Relive the magic of Cinderella at a PHCC Patriot Players performance; various dates & times 7/31 -8/9

August
Embrace foot racing and NASCAR while competing in the Martinsville Speedway Mile on the 15th.

Celebrate all the outdoor recreation opportunities in MHC at the annual Smith River Fest on the 22nd.

September
The annual craft beer and music festival, Brewster Walk is a fall must! Stay tuned for the date TBD.

October
The Harvest Moon Run & Dancing on Depot
on the 2nd will offer exercise and entertainment.

Oktoberfest in Uptown Martinsville is another favorite fall tradition. Stay tuned for the date TBD.  

November
The NASCAR Monster Energy Series Race
at Martinsville Speedway on the 1st is one of the final races in the chase and is sure to thrill.

Test your running skills with the Nail the Rail 9 Miler on the 7th

Get your run on before you get your turkey on during the Turkey Day 5k & Family Fun Run on the 26th

December
Partake in the annual Light Up the Night 5K on the 5th which has become a family favorite. 

The Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops presented by Piedmont Arts will return for this annual holiday tradition. (date TBD)

Enjoy your holiday season and get ready to kick-off your 2020 with these, and other, fun events in Martinsville – Henry County. For more details, on these events and to find others, go to  www.VisitMartinsville.com/upcoming-events. You can also find information on local dining and lodging options as well as suggested itineraries on our website to help you with your plan your visit(s). 

 

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