Martinsville, Virginia





Smith River Fest 2024 will feature these exciting demos, activity areas and performances!

Click each area for a full description and check back often as we post new 2024 additions!  

Yoga by the River 

Presented by: Yoga Pop Danville 

Time: 10:00 a.m.

Location: Beside Misting Station 




River Tubing 

Presented by: Auto Rehab 

You can check out a tube and life jacket and enjoy the approximately 30-minute ride on the cool and beautiful Smith River! 


  1. Must be at least 50 pounds
  2. Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult
  3. One rider per tube
  4. Must wear PFD


Time: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm (every 30 minutes) 

Paddling Demo Pool

Presented by: Farm Bureau Insurance

Nervous about getting out on the Smith River? Relax! The Paddling Demo Pool will offer inexperienced boaters the opportunity to feel what it is like to get on a kayak, while having the security of a shallow pool beneath them, instead of the intimidation of the depth of a river. This will allow many first-timers to get a feel for the basic of paddling and maneuvering through water. 


Time: 10 am - 4 pm



Casting Pool 

Presented by: Martinsville Speedway

Try your hand at casting a fly rod and bait casting at our 40-foot long casting pool. You can meet anglers from Smith River Trout Unlimited, Casting For Recovery and the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries and learn tips from all of them.

The casting pool doesn't have fish but it does have plenty of targets so that you can test your aiming skills. 


Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Location: Near Kids Zone 

Kids Cycle Station 

Presented by: Center for Pediatric Therapies

In this activity area, children ages 12 and under can get some one-on-one instruction
from members of Henry County Parks & Recreation. 

More advanced young riders can challenge themselves to a mini biking course 
complete with obstacles and small ramps.

Youth bikes and helmets will be provided for use by the YMCA's Mobile Bike Barn.


Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Location: Near Water Gun Battle Zone

Hammock Villages

Presented by: R&J Tire Service

Need a break from all the fun? Relax in a hammock at our Hammock Village overlooking the Smith River Fest stage!

These outdoor hammocks, made of breathable and quick-drying nylon, can easily fold it up into the compression stuff sack for storage or transport.

You'll also find another Hammock Village down by the river for a relaxing break. 


Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Locations: Along the bank of the Smith River


Live Music & Entertainment 

DJ WHAT?!  9:30 - 12:00

Joseph Young Magic Show 12:15 - 1:00

The League of Ordinary Gentleman 1:30 - 4:00


Music Presented by: Blue Ridge Bank
Stage Presented by:  




9:30 am - 12 pm   

1:15 - 4:00 pm 

Kids Zone  

Presented by: The Boys & Girls Club of the Blue Ridge 

In the Kids Zone at Smith River Fest you can enjoy all the fun of bounce houses
and the inflatable slide for free. 

You can also get up close to the cuddly creatures from Infinity Acres
Petting Ranch!

You'll see animals from around the world including alpacas, rabbits, sugar gliders,
tortoises, snakes and more. Educational animal encounters and pony rides will be
offered at this area free of charge throughout the day. 


Time: 10 am to 4 pm

Location: Left and Right Rear Corners of Festival


Mobile Bike Barn 

Presented by the Martinsville-Henry County YMCA

Borrow a Bike & Bring it Back! That's the motto of The Bike Barn presented by the YMCA.

The bike barn is bringing their fleet of bikes to Smith River Fest. Simply show your
photo ID to check out a bike (helmet included) and enjoy a leisurely ride around the Smith River Fest grounds.

Toddler trailers and adult trikes are also available.


Time: 10 am - 4 pm



Fly Tying Demos

Presented by Smith River Trout Unlimited 

Tying flies for fishing is an art that uses a diverse array of mediums. Feathers, fur, felt, thread and beads are some of the common supplies that you'll see used but you might be surprised by some of the more creative materials used in making these functional works of art.

Watch as fishermen from Smith River Trout Unlimited practice their craft throughout the day. 


Times: 10 am - 4 pm

Location: Beside Casting Pool 


Beer Garden 

Presented by Martinsville Henry County YMCA 

Join us and our friends at this year's Beer Garden! 

Lawrence Distributing will provide a variety of domestic beers. 

Price: varies by selection

Times: 11 am - 4 pm





Water Gun Battle Station 

Presented by: Henry County Parks & Recreation 

Kids, and kids-at-heart, get ready for a cool time! Have a ball and cool off at the same time as you battle it out at our water gun battle station
located next to the Kids Cycle Station.