Top Smith Mountain Lake Events and Live Music in July (2024)

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Welcome to the ultimate guide for Smith Mountain Lake events in July!

We’re kicking things off with Independence celebrations and fireworks at Smith Mountain Lake, one of our favorite weeks of the year. Then we’ll move right into SML Pirate Days. Arrrrg!

We’ve also rounded up dozens more fun-filled things to do at SML this month. Keep scrolling to find the best SML activities in July 2024.

Please note, this post is updated throughout the year as events are finalized so please check back often or sign up for our email newsletter to be the first to hear about everything going on at SML!

July 1, 2024

Trivia Night: At Magnum Point Marina. 6-8 p.m.

July 2, 2024

Michael Franti & Spearhead: Live music at The Coves Amphitheater. 7:30 p.m.

July 3, 2024

Moneta Farmers Market: Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, bread, jams, jellies, and more, plus local artisans. Adjacent to the Moneta-SML Library, 13641 Moneta Road. 3-6 p.m.

July 4, 2024

Karlee Raye: Live music at Portside Grill & Bar. 5-7 p.m.

Staff and volunteers welcome visitors to the SML Business Expo

Parkway Marina Fireworks

July 4

The largest over-the-water fireworks display at SML, this event is a fundraiser for the Saunders Volunteer Fire Company. Live music by Tate Tuck, food and drink vendors. Gates open at 5 p.m., music at 6 and fireworks at dusk. If coming by boat, please remember this is a NO-WAKE event!

Karaoke: At Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7 p.m.

4th of July Fireworks Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a front-row seats for the fireworks at Parkway Marina aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. 8 p.m.

July 5, 2024

Common Ground: Live bluegrass music at Lake Denim. 12-3 p.m.

Try Before You Buy: Free wine tastings at SML Fine Wines. 4-7 p.m.

Christian Q.: Live music at Portside Grill & Bar. 5-7 p.m.

Out of Spite: Live music at Goodhue Boat Company – Blackwater. 6-9 p.m.

Elizabeth Davidson: Live music at Bottles & Bites. 6:30 p.m.

Mitchell’s Point Marina Fireworks: This fun SML tradition runs from 7 to 11 p.m. Parking is limited at the marina so fireworks are best viewed by boat near channel marker C3 on Craddock Creek. Donations accepted for charities.

The Dundies: Live music performance at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30-11:30 p.m.

4th of July Fireworks Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a front-row seats for the fireworks at Mitchell’s Point aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. 8 p.m.

July 6, 2024

Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a 2-hour tour of Smith Mountain Lake aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. Noon and 6 p.m.

Keith McFadden: Live music at Drifter’s. 2-5 p.m.

Justin Prillaman.: Live music at Portside Grill & Bar. 5-7 p.m.

Fire WORX Fest: Festivities start at 5 p.m. and include live music by The Worx, food, drinks, vendors, games and fireworks. Takes place at Downtown Moneta and benefits the Moneta Fire Department.

Ben Trout: Live music at Bottles & Bites. 6:30 p.m.

Pizazz: Live music performance at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30-11:30 p.m.

Staff and volunteers welcome visitors to the SML Business Expo

Beastlake 5K & Obstacle Course

July 6, 2024

A fundraiser for Smith Mountain Lake Christian Academy, this event features a 5k, a 5K Obstacle Course and a 1.5-mile Obstacle Course Fun Event at Eastlake Community Church. 8 a.m.

July 7, 2024

Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a 2-hour tour of Smith Mountain Lake aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. 1 p.m.

Christian Q.: Live music at Drifter’s. 2-5 p.m.

Wood & Strings.: Live music at Portside Grill & Bar. 2-4 p.m.

July 8, 2024

Literary Lakers Book Club: Open meeting at the Moneta/SML Library. 3 p.m.

Trivia Night: At Magnum Point Marina. 6-8 p.m.

July 9, 2024

Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a 2-hour tour of Smith Mountain Lake aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. Noon and 6 p.m.

July 10, 2024

Moneta Farmers Market: Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, bread, jams, jellies, and more, plus local artisans. Adjacent to the Moneta-SML Library, 13641 Moneta Road. 3-6 p.m.

The Embers featuring Craig Woolard: Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7-10 p.m.

July 11, 2024

Texas Hold ‘em Poker: Enjoy two games of poker (6 p.m. and 8 p.m.) in this fun-filled weekly Poker League at Hot Shots Bar & Grill.

Trivia with Wes Hale: Trivia night at Bottles & Bites. 6:30 p.m.

Karaoke: At Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7 p.m.

July 12-14, 2024

SMAC Photo Contest and Show: Annual display of local photography sponsored by the Smith Mountain Arts Council at Kaleidoscope: The Gathering Place. Times vary.

Andy Burnette Trio: Live music at Goodhue Boat Company – Blackwater. 6-9 p.m.

July 12, 2024

Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a 2-hour tour of Smith Mountain Lake aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. Noon and 6 p.m.

Try Before You Buy: Free wine tastings at SML Fine Wines. 4-7 p.m.

Carter Mullins.: Live music at Portside Grill & Bar. 5-7 p.m.

Dave Owens & Tony Wright: Live music at Bottles & Bites. 6:30 p.m.

Glen Shelton: Live music performance at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30-11:30 p.m.

July 13, 2024

Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a 2-hour tour of Smith Mountain Lake aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. Noon.

Jessie Pugh.: Live music at Portside Grill & Bar. 1-3 p.m.

Shark Tooth Vodka (tentative): Live music at Drifter’s. 2-5 p.m.

Annalyse Marie.: Live music at Portside Grill & Bar. 5-7 p.m.

Creedence Clearwater Recital: Live music at Goodhue Boat Company – Blackwater. 6-9 p.m.

Abbey & Andy: Live music at Bottles & Bites. 6:30 p.m.

Float-In and Concert: Live music by Five Shades of Gray at Gills Creek Marina. 6-9 p.m.

Misbehavin: Live music performance at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30-11:30 p.m.

Larry Sigmon & the Virginia Girls: Live music at Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount. 8 p.m. 

July 14, 2024

Justin Prillaman: Live music at Drifter’s. 2-5 p.m.

Noah Spencer.: Live music at Portside Grill & Bar. 2-4 p.m.

Jodie Davis: Live music performance at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 2-6 p.m.

Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a 2-hour tour of Smith Mountain Lake aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. 3 p.m.

July 15, 2024

Trivia Night: At Magnum Point Marina. 6-8 p.m.

July 17, 2024

Staff and volunteers welcome visitors to the SML Business Expo

Wildlife Wednesday Cruise

July 17, 2024

Enjoy a meal, a tour down to the dam and a presentation by an SML State Park interpreter about the wildlife that call SML home. Noon.

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Moneta Farmers Market: Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, bread, jams, jellies, and more, plus local artisans. Adjacent to the Moneta-SML Library, 13641 Moneta Road. 3-6 p.m.

July 18, 2024

Texas Hold ‘em Poker: Enjoy two games of poker (6 p.m. and 8 p.m.) in this fun-filled weekly Poker League at Hot Shots Bar & Grill.

Bingo: Bingo night at Bottles & Bites. 6:30 p.m.

Karaoke: At Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7 p.m.

July 19-21, 2024

Staff and volunteers welcome visitors to the SML Business Expo

SML Pirate Days

Celebrate a weekend of fun-filled activities for scallywags of all ages with a wide range of pirate-themed events. Pirate’s Ball with live music and a costume contest, pirate ship battles on the lake, a marketplace, magic shows, kid-friendly breakfast, and much more.

July 19, 2024

Try Before You Buy: Free wine tastings at SML Fine Wines. 4-7 p.m.

Travis Reigh.: Live music at Portside Grill & Bar. 6-8 p.m.

Music by Sunshine: Live music at Bottles & Bites. 6:30 p.m.

Pirate Ball with That 80s Show: Live music performance at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30-11:30 p.m.

July 20, 2024

Pirate Days – Pancakes With Pirates: Family-oriented breakfast at Bridgewater Plaza. Come in costume for photos and live interactions with the Pirates of SML. Face painting, balloon animals and a treasure chest filled with goodies for the kids. Advance tickets required. 8-10 a.m.

Tate Tuck: Live music at Drifter’s. 2-5 p.m.

Christian Q.: Live music at Portside Grill & Bar. 5-7 p.m.

Dave Owens & Tony Wright: Live music at Bottles & Bites. 6:30 p.m.

Fuzzy Logic: Live music performance at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30-11:30 p.m.

July 21, 2024

Justin Prillaman.: Live music at Portside Grill & Bar. 2-4 p.m.

Marie Anderson: Live music at Drifter’s. 2-5 p.m.

Annalyse Marie Duo: 2-6 p.m.

July 22, 2024

Trivia Night: At Magnum Point Marina. 6-8 p.m.

July 23, 2024

Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a 2-hour tour of Smith Mountain Lake aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. Noon and 6 p.m.

July 24, 2024

Staff and volunteers welcome visitors to the SML Business Expo

Moneta Farmers Market

Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, bread, jams, jellies, and more, plus local artisans. Adjacent to the Moneta-SML Library, 13641 Moneta Road. 3-6 p.m.

July 25, 2024

Texas Hold ‘em Poker: Enjoy two games of poker (6 p.m. and 8 p.m.) in this fun-filled weekly Poker League at Hot Shots Bar & Grill.

Trivia with Wes Hale: Trivia night at Bottles & Bites. 6:30 p.m.

Karaoke: At Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7 p.m.

July 26, 2024

Robinson Treacher: Live music at Drifter’s. 2-5 p.m.

Try Before You Buy: Free wine tastings at SML Fine Wines. 4-7 p.m.

Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a 2-hour tour of Smith Mountain Lake aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. 6 p.m.

Ella Folk & The Shenandoah Sound: Live music at Goodhue Boat Company – Blackwater. 6-9 p.m.

Tim Martin: Live music at Bottles & Bites. 6:30 p.m.

Vinyl Nation: Live music performance at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30-11:30 p.m.

July 27, 2024

Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a 2-hour tour of Smith Mountain Lake aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. Noon and 6 p.m.

The Jodie Solo Show: Live music at Drifter’s. 2-5 p.m.

The Megan Doss Band: Live music at Goodhue Boat Company – Blackwater. 6-9 p.m.

Andrew Winn & Brian Mesko: Live music at Bottles & Bites. 6:30 p.m.

Breaking th e Chain: Live music performance at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30-11:30 p.m.

July 28, 2024

Karlee Raye: Live music at Portside Grill & Bar. 2-4 p.m.

Chris Suter: Live music at Drifter’s. 2-5 p.m.

Travis Reigh: Live music performance at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 2-5 p.m.

Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a 2-hour tour of Smith Mountain Lake aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. 3 p.m.

July 29, 2024

Trivia Night: At Magnum Point Marina. 6-8 p.m.

July 29-Aug. 2, 2024

Youth Arts Camp: Half-day sessions sponsored by the Smith Mountain Arts Council for kids ages 8 to 15 at Kaleidoscope: The Gathering Place. 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

July 30, 2024

Christopher Cross: Live music at Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount. 8 p.m. 

July 31 2024

Moneta Farmers Market: Fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, eggs, bread, jams, jellies, and more, plus local artisans. Adjacent to the Moneta-SML Library, 13641 Moneta Road. 3-6 p.m.

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Andie Gibson

PUBLISHER

Andie has been covering Smith Mountain Lake since 2000 for a variety of publications, including Smith Mountain Laker Magazine, The Roanoker, SML Visitor and Newcomer Guide, SML HOME Magazine and Life Outside. As a partner in G&C Ventures, LLC, she oversees all content for our suite of websites, including Smith-Mountain-Lake.com and LakeLubbers.com.

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