It's nearly Labor Day - the unofficial end of summer (officially, the season continues until Sept. 22), and that means one last fun long weekend fling before the changing of the season! We've compiled a list of the top events taking place in Morgan County over Labor Day Weekend, but don't forget about other great things to do in the area! Hit the hiking trails, enjoy a drive-in movie (or two) under the stars, explore a new-to-you eatery, visit some locally owned boutiques or indulge in a sweet treat or two... whatever you do, have a great holiday weekend!
Cruise-in on the Square
Kick off the holiday weekend early with an evening in downtown Martinsville. Cool cars, trucks and motorcycles begin to arrive on the courthouse square just before 5 pm on Thursdays for Cruise-in on the Square. Enjoy walking through the unique collection of vintage to modern vehicles (sometimes more than 90!) and chatting with owners and be sure to stop in at a locally-owned downtown eatery for dinner or dessert!
2023 Paragon Homecoming Festival
This three-day event (Sept. 1-3) is a Paragon tradition. Enjoy live music each evening, a car show, a vintage fire truck display, carnival games, vendor booths, great food and more! Enjoy live music each night on the Union Street stage and don't miss the annual parade, complete with super heros (and villains), courtesy of Krypton Comics! Keep an eye on our blog for the complete festival schedule when it becomes available.
Looking for a fun family activity that's still low-key? Head for the drive in movies! See two movies under the stars for the price of one. The Centerbrook Drive-in will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday night for Labor Day Weekend. They will be showing two first-run films, beginning at approximately 8:45 pm. Gate opens at 7:30 pm. Cash only for admission (cards are accepted at concessions).
WOO Extreme Midgets Series
The historic Paragon Speedway welcomes the WOO Extreme Midgets Series, a two-day racing event on the historic dirt track just north of Paragon. This special event features Extreme OutlawMidgets, 410 Sprints and Hornets. As always, pit passes are available as well as General Admission. Pits open at 3 pm. Gates open at 5 pm. Hot laps begin at 6 pm and racing starts at 7 pm for both days of this special event.
Morgan County Farmers Market
It's prime harvest time, which means your Morgan County Farmers Market is absolutely bursting with tasty locally grown produce, freshly baked treats, handmade items and more! The market often features live music from young aspiring artists as well, so hang around a bit and get to know local farmers as you enjoy the atmosphere of this Saturday morning tradition.
Granny's Treasure Hunt
EDIT: GRANNY'S TREASURE HUNT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.
WATCH FOR A NEW DATE IN THE FUTURE.
Love puzzles, riddles and escape rooms? If so, this event is for you! A fundraiser for local non-profit A Senior Retreat, Granny's Treasure Hunt on Sept. 2 will find you following clues to various locations in Morgan County in search of a single winning ticket, worth $500! Tickets to participate are $25, and a limited number are available, so get yours early! A new clue or hint will be released each hour to help guide you to the winning ticket - figure them out quickly to stay ahead of other participating teams! If you find the winning ticket, bring it to A Senior Retreat to collect the prize.
Drink at the Creek: Country Rockin' Blues Fest
Cedar Creek's Drink at the Creek Concert Series rachets things up a notch for the holiday weekend with the Country Rockin' Blues Fest - a longer-than-normal Drink at the Creek event featuring multiple performers. Remember to bring your own seating. All ages are welcome; kids 12 and under are free! This year's line up includes Henry Lee Summer, Mellencougar, Eliminator and Jennie DeVoe. Food and beverages available on site from both the new Cedar Creek Eatery and a food truck or two. Music begins at 2 pm.
Looking ahead past Labor Day Weekend, be sure to get all of Morgan County's fun fall festivals and seasonal activities on your calendar! There's at least one (sometimes more!) festival scheduled each and every weekend in September that you won't want to miss. As always, additional events will be added to our event calendar almost daily, so be sure to check back as Labor Day Weekend gets closer!