<h1>Downtown Lewisburg celebrates The Lewisburg Literary Festival this First Fridays after Five on Friday, Aug. 3! Join the fun \u2026 live music, poetry slam, art events and tasty treats, all free to the public. Everyone is welcome!<\/h1>\r\nCatch the tunes of Apostles of Boogie, Johnny Foster and Friends, a Lively Blues and Soul acoustic performance, in the <strong>City Green Space<\/strong> from 5:30 to 8 p.m.! Hang out for a while and enjoy!\r\n\r\nChampion slam poets Brian Olivia, Joe Limer and Torli Bush come to <strong>Lee Street Studios<\/strong> for an evening of performance poetry like you have never seen. Brian \u201cSuper B\u201d is an accomplished writer and spoken word artist with a touch of R&B and Soul and co-founder of Urbane Culture, one of the most successful open mic venues in Pomona, California. Joe Limer, originally from West Virginia, is a 4-time national poetry slam competitor from San Diego. He is a champion of slams in Long Beach, Encinitas, Honolulu and Pittsburgh. Torli Bush has performed in several slams, most notably the 25th Annual Southern Fried Poetry Slam in Louisville, KY.\u00a0 Doors open at 7 p.m. and the throw down begins at 7:30 p.m. You don\u2019t want to miss this! (232 Lee Street North, 681-318-3551)\r\n\r\nThe <strong>Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center<\/strong> welcomes you to the Lewisburg Literary Festival!\u00a0 The center is the home of the Literary Festival Bookstore and will host book vendors, authors, and two writers\u2019 workshops thru Saturday, Aug. 4.\u00a0 In conjunction with the festival, Greenbrier Artists will present a show titled \u201cPoetry Inspires Art.\u201d The paintings are inspired by poems written by the artists and their family members.\u00a0 Several of the artists will be on hand to chat about their creations. Don\u2019t miss this fun evening of art and literature! (905 Washington Street West, 645-1000)\r\n\r\nPop a Cork at <strong>Bella Gourmet<\/strong> - Get a Free Signed Champagne Print from John Reburn of Appalachia Press (really old school and really cool printing press company from Roanoke, VA.) John will be at Bella signing his handmade prints AND it\u2019s all about Champagne! Try some great champagnes and purchase any bottle of bubbly to receive your very own signed Champagne Print from Appalachia Press! What a great way to celebrate the Lewisburg Literary Festival! (1017 Washington Street East, 520-4921)\r\n\r\n<strong>Cooper Gallery<\/strong> hosts an artist reception of new original paintings in the American barn series by Virginia artist, Bruce Macdonald. Stop by to meet the artist! (1067 Washington Street East, 661-1752)\r\n\r\nAt <strong>WV Fine Artisans<\/strong>, meet local talent, Judy Lewis, this First Friday\u2019s featured Artist in Action. Judy is well known for her ability to expertly use oil and acrylics and has most recently started to explore the impressionist\u2019s techniques. Lewis\u2019s paintings are reflective of the world around her, often painting something in nature. Join us for a complimentary glass of wine or fruit infused water while you explore the beauty of Judy Lewis\u2019s artistic vision. (1042 Washington Street East, 667-0320)\r\n\r\nTry your luck at <strong>Harmony Ridge Gallery<\/strong> in hourly drawings to win unique Literary Festival inspired prizes: A Vintage Book Journal, \u201cThe Book is Always Better\u201d Rustic Wooden Sign or a Handcrafted WV Bookmark. (886 Washington Street West, 645-4333)\r\n\r\n<strong>A New Chapter<\/strong>, Lewisburg\u2019s newest Book Store, invites you to stop in for complimentary wine and live music. You\u2019ll also find a book selection available written by the visiting authors of the Lewisburg Literary Festival.\u00a0 (922 Washington Street West, 992-4323)\r\n\r\nQiet performs at <strong>Hill & Holler<\/strong> at 9 to 11 p.m. as part of the Lewisburg Literary Festival. Qiet defies the boundaries of traditional music, taking in every culture and orchestrating the sound, feel and spirit into a high energy pop package\u2026 A blend of jazz, gypsy, funk and beyond! (540 Jefferson Street North, 647-4429)\r\n\r\nAt the <strong>Irish Pub<\/strong>, Lewisburg\u2019s very own Celtic musician, Patrick O\u2019Flaherty, will play Irish tunes from 6 to 10 p.m. No cover charge. (1030 Washington Street East, 645-7386)\r\n\r\nTop off your evening with a visit to <strong>The Asylum<\/strong> for live music by Snyder, Lazare & Snyder, playing 9 p.m. to midnight. (399 Randolph Street East, 681-318-3515)\r\n\r\nFirst Fridays after 5 takes place all year long, except January, in downtown Lewisburg with shops, galleries and restaurants in downtown Lewisburg open until 8 p.m. serving complimentary refreshments and entertainment, sponsored by City National Bank. Downtown Lewisburg, America\u2019s Coolest Small Town, is just 1 mile south of I-64 via exit 169. The town center is located at Washington Street (Rt. 60) and Jefferson Street (Rt. 219). For more information go to www.downtownlewisburg.com or become a fan on FaceBook.