The Artisan Tour
Every Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving weekends, the many Artisans of Green Valley Lake open their homes or studios to visitors. From fine photography to handmade jewelry to custom furniture — every tour is different. A description of participants and a map will be available at all the downtown businesses as well as the Post Office. Information about becoming a member of the Tour is also included on the handout.
The Fourth of July Parade
Independence Day is made extra special when the whole town shows up at 11:00 to cheer as young and old alike decorate their cars or bikes and wagons and pets and march through the downtown area, then back again. Sometimes even Eddie the bald eagle drops in to make a special appearance. There is also a boat parade on the lake with every kind of canoe, rowboat, kayak or raft sporting patriotic colors.
The Summer Faire Series
Every-other-Saturday from June 17 to Aug. 12 people from all over come to the GVL Community Garden to enjoy the Summer Faire Series and free music concerts. There’s a Barn Dance on July 1. The wide variety of bands includes gypsy jazz, swing jazz, bluegrass, and Irish—no matter what the music, the kids dance and the community celebrates these joyful events in such a beautiful setting. In addition to the free concerts, there are also Pie Festivals, Quilt Shows, Photography Exhibits, guest speakers and so much more. The craft vendors open at 10:00am; the guest speakers (or other events such as the pet contest) are at noon; the concerts run from 5:30 to 7:00pm.
The Water Carnival
This is Green Valley Lake’s oldest tradition. For over 70 years there have been swim races from the dam and boat races in all age groups and categories. It’s a fun way to spend the whole day at the lake and cheer the competitors on. It is always held on the Sunday of the Labor Day weekend.
The Christmas Tree Lighting Party
Every year, on the Saturday evening of Thanksgiving weekend, the lights on the enormous Green Valley Lake Christmas Tree by the Water Company Clubhouse are turned on to mark the beginning of the Holiday Season. Santa makes an appearance, and there is a big raffle of baskets.