We pay as much attention to the “off the bike” activities on the tour as we do the riding. Each day and evening you’ll have a chance to explore, learn, kick up your heels, and satisfy your hunger and thirsts.
Many activities are included with your registration. Other local activities are coordinated for your convenience and may include a fee. We will continue to update our entertainment page as the planning continues!
Not familiar with Bike Virginia? As an example, read below for what we had going on last year in the New River Valley…
Check-in at Pulaski High School. Live music at Tent City. Vendors open for shopping. Music and dining at Draper Mercantile (additional fee applies see below for more detail)
On Friday night June 24, 2011 Bike Virginia participants can take part in a special Blues & Brews event hosted by the historic Draper Mercantile. Ticket sales are limited for this special event.
After a great ride you’ll have time to relax then head out for two Saturday evening entertainment options: Baseball and an outdoor Concert or an evening at the Race Track.
If you’re in the mood for something a little speedier swing on over to the at the Motor-Mile Speedway .
A dinner can be pre-purchased for this evening and will be served at Calfee Park Baseball Stadium.
Sunday is “dine on your own night”. Our shuttles will deliver you from tent city to downtown Radford for “A Taste of Radford” or downtown to Blacksburg. In both towns you can find an assortment of restaurants and two movie theaters. Tour the area’s institutes of higher learning, in Radford walk around Radford University or take a self guided tour through Virginia Tech which is located in the Town of Blacksburg.
Tangent Outfitters offers ‘Learn to Walk on Water’ paddleboard classes-10 am, 1 pm & 4 pm, $139/person, reservation required, 540/731-5202, also tube, kayak, canoe rentals for use on the New River or Claytor Lake.
Catch a Movie, Sunday evening at Radford High School time and title will be available at the Local Info Booth at tent city.
‘Sounds of the Night’ with Jerry Via, 8 pm, Wildwood Park, directly adjacent to Tent City. Pathways-sponsored event . Note the special late time and bring a flashlight! Jerry Via: Virginia Tech -Chirps, croaks, hoots, and shrieks — find out what is making those extraordinary sounds of our warm summer nights with this popular multi-media presentation. Do not be surprised by answering calls or a winged appearance of a nocturnal inhabitant!
Free workout passes at Radford Recreation Center throughout event
An Evening at Nesselrod. Details coming soon on this event.
‘Take a Walk on the Wild Side’-8:30 am, guided birding walk with Radbird, 800-916-9346 (call New River Retreat for bird tour reservations), $15/person, res. required
Tangent Outfitters ‘Learn to Walk on Water’ paddleboard classes-10 am, 1 pm & 4 pm, $139/person, reservations required, 540/731-5202, also tube, kayak, canoe rentals
Jump into a Stream-Frank Taylor Biology Teacher / Radford High School- 10:30 am, Outdoor Classroom. Explore the hidden aquatic world using invertebrate sampling nets and techniques for stream monitoring. Learn to identify dozens of stream critters and how they are used to evaluate stream quality.
‘Green Heron Glide’, 12:30 pm, ‘Experience Water Fowl by Raft on the New River!’ guided birding tour with Radbird, 800-916-9346-call New River Retreat for bird tour reservations, $60/person, res. required
‘Night Heron Cruise’, 6:30 pm, evening bird tour by raft on the New River, 800-916-9346-call New River Retreat for bird tour reservations, $60/person, res. required
Music on Main & Taste of Radford-fiddle & banjo jams all along Main Street and dine around Radford (free shuttles from Tent City to area restaurants).
Bike Virginia Dinner- A dinner can be pre-purchased for Monday evening. We’ll be serving at the Farmer’s Market. A favorite long time caterer, and Virginia Tech graduate-owned, Mill Valley Barbecue will be serving their super-fantastic skewers!
Celebrate the last evening of the tour with live music, food, and drink in Radford. Join us in the riverside Bissett Park on the banks of the New for “Jazz in the Park”. Music by The Jazz Band from 7-9pm. VA produced beer and wine available for purchase. A dinner can be pre-purchased for this evening and will be served at Bissett Park from 5:30-8:30pm.