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

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

The highlight of this month’s activities are the SML Antique and Classic Boat Show on Sept. 14 at Goodhue Boat Company – Blackwater (formerly Crazy Horse Marina) and the SML Wine Festival, which will take place Sept. 28-29 at Bernard’s Landing Resort.

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

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!

Sept. 1, 2024

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

Steve & Robin: Live music at Drifter’s. 2-5 p.m.

Big Matt & The Time Machine (Hoedown): Live music at Bottles & Bites. 6:30 p.m.

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

Staff and volunteers welcome visitors to the SML Business Expo

Labor Day Concert and Fireworks

Sept. 1 or 2 (tentative)

An evening of family fun at Eastlake Community Church. Bounce houses for the kids, food vendors, live Christian music concert and a fireworks display. 5-10 p.m.

Sept. 2, 2024

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

Sept. 5, 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.

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

Sept. 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.

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

Adam Mitchell: Live music at Bottles & Bites. 6:30 p.m.

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

Sept. 7, 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.

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

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

Sept. 8, 2024

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

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

Sept. 9, 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.

Sept. 10, 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.

Sept. 12, 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.

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

Sept. 13, 2024

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

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

Sept. 14, 2024

Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a 2-hour tour of Smith Mountain Lake aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. Noon and 5 p.m.

Out of Spite: Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 7:30-11:30 p.m.

American Aquarium: Live music at Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount. 8 p.m. 

Staff and volunteers welcome visitors to the SML Business Expo

Smith Mountain Lake Antique and Classic Boat Show

Sept. 14, 2024

Come see beautifully restored wooden boats, meet their friendly owners and peruse a variety of vendors at the 31st edition of this popular lakeside event at Crazy Horse Marina.

Sept. 15, 2024

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

Marie Anderson: Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 2-6 p.m.

Sept. 16, 2024

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

Sept. 18, 2024

Wildlife Wednesday Sightseeing Cruise: 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.

Sept. 19, 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.

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

The Machine performs Pink Floyd’s The Wall: Live music at Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount. 8 p.m. 

Sept. 20, 2024

Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a 2-hour tour of Smith Mountain Lake aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. Noon and 5 p.m.

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

Sept. 21, 2024

Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a 2-hour tour of Smith Mountain Lake aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. 5 p.m.

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

Sept. 22, 2024

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

Christian Q: Live music at Mango’s Bar & Grill. 2-6 p.m.

Sept. 23, 2024

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

Sept. 24, 2024

Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a 2-hour tour of Smith Mountain Lake aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. Noon and 5 p.m.

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers: Live music at Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount. 8 p.m. 

Sept. 26, 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.

Sept. 27, 2024

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. 5 p.m.

Everclear with Marcy Playground: Live music at Harvester Performance Center, Rocky Mount. 8 p.m. 

Sept. 28-29, 2024

Staff and volunteers welcome visitors to the SML Business Expo

Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival

Sept. 28-29, 2024

One of the region’s longest-running and most popular events, this festival includes wine, beer, cider and spirits, live music and artisan vendors. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at Bernard’s Landing Resort.

Sept. 28, 2024

Sightseeing Cruise: Enjoy a meal and a 2-hour tour of Smith Mountain Lake aboard the Virginia Dare cruise boat. Noon and 5 p.m.

In the Meantime: Live music at Goodhue Boat Company – Blackwater. 6-9 p.m.

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

Sept. 29, 2024

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

Sept. 30, 2024

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

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Ultimate Guide to SML Events & Festivals (2024)

Fun-filled Smith Mountain Lake events take place year-round here. For the most popular annual festivals and events, be sure to check out this comprehensive blog post!

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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