The “Queen City” of Virginia is a hoppin’ place this summer. Some around here say that summer doesn’t start until the Land of Loon Festival, a mid-June arts and crafts show with food, music and more in Olcott Park, but this year the season starts a little early, with the dedication of the Olcott Park Fountain.

Cover image from Virginia’s Facebook page.

Like countless communities around the country, many city parks in the region were once home to elaborate fountains/wading pools, zoos, greenhouses and more. In Olcott Park, the fountain has been restored to its former glory, and will be celebrated with a light show and more on June 13. Amazingly, the city Botanical Center is still there, too!

Now THIS is how you spend a summer evening !

These aren’t the only great things happening. The owner of Smith’s Infusion, a handmade arts and crafts boutique, has organized Art Crawls throughout the summer and fall.

Grab a map and visit businesses in historic downtown Virginia.

And the City’s Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an open mic night at Olcott Park.

Free entertainment!

The Community Band will be there, too!

Thursdays are summer concert night!

There’s an exhibit at the Lyric Center for the Arts that you should check out (their gift store is great, too)

Visit the historic Lyric building this summer.

The Bridge City Music Festival, a free concert featuring Christian bands, is right around the corner, and there’s a weekly bike ride led by Mesabi Outdoor Adventures in Virginia, too. And oh, by the way, there’s a farmers market you should check out!  And this is only June! You can learn a little more about the Queen City/Bridge City here, and find events for the whole region here.