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Visiting Barter Theatre

Barter Theatre has two unique venues on Main Street in charming downtown Abingdon, VA. Barter's Main Stage has a grand and rich history dating back to 1831. Directly across the street you'll find Barter Stage II.

Abingdon is one of Virginia's most historic towns, with tree-lined streets, charming nineteenth century homes, and brick sidewalks offering a welcome respite for visitors.

Southwest Virginia is an easy drive from metropolitan areas including Charlotte, Knoxville, Roanoke, and the Tri-Cities area. For driving directions, click here.

The nearest airport is Tri Cities Regional Airport, just 30 minutes away.

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Abingdon Convention & Visitors' Bureau

335 Cummings Street, Abingdon, VA

Stop by the Abingdon Convention and Visitors Bureau to find out more about why “It’s Always Play Time in Abingdon.” Located just off Exit 17 on I-81, the Visitors Center is open to visitors from 9am-5pm daily with plenty of information regarding attractions, events, lodging, restaurants, and much more. Our friendly staff will help make your visit to Abingdon a memorable one.

Virginia Highlands Festival

Robert Porterfield, founder of both the Virginia Highlands Festival and Barter Theatre, held the first Festival in 1949 with the purpose of preserving and celebrating the cultural heritage of this area. Since then the Festival has evolved into an expansive multi-arts, multi-location event, with 10 full days of arts, music, food, and fun. We celebrate and preserve our cultural heritage while importing talented artists and performers from around the world for creative inspiration, education, and the enjoyment of all. Join us on the Barter Square for our award-winning Arts & Crafts show. Take a walk down Main Street to experience the Colonial Trade Faire, live concerts, youth activities, and fine art and photography. Or hop in your car for a quick trip out to the Antiques Market, now located at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Create a collection, create a new playlist, create a story. In less than 10 days, you can create memories to last a lifetime at the Virginia Highlands Festival. For more information, visit or call (276) 623-5266.