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Mountain Lake Lodge ‘Dirty Dancing Days’ Summer Festival Set for August 16 and 17, for The Time of Your Life

Mountain Lake Lodge ‘Dirty Dancing Days’ Summer Festival Set for August 16 and 17, for The Time of Your Life

PEMBROKE, VA (June 7, 2024) – The award-winning Mountain Lake Lodge, where the iconic movie Dirty Dancing was filmed 38 years ago, is debuting Dirty Dancing Days Summer Festival on Friday and Saturday, August 16 and 17, 2024. The first-ever event is open to the public and geared especially for Dirty Dancing fans who live within driving distance to go back to where the magic began – a nostalgic experience normally reserved only for the resort’s infamous Dirty Dancing Weekends.

The two Dirty Dancing-themed days – from 3 to 11 p.m. on Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday – will feature live performances from Cassette Rewind; Marcel Portilla Band; FlashBack, The Party Band, and Riverside. Also on tap are scavenger hunts; 80’s dress-up dance competitions; dance lessons in Mary’s Barn; watermelon races; Dirty Dancing trivia contest; drink specials; Dirty Dancing merchandise, and screenings of the original film. Tickets for both days are $75.

“Now ‘locals’ and those in our region can experience Dirty Dancing at Mountain Lake Lodge right in their own backyard without booking an overnight package” said Heidi Stone, president and CEO, Mountain Lake Lodge. “This is an exciting opportunity for the public to discover the sentiments and fun of Dirty Dancing, and a real destination steeped in history.”

Located in the center of a 2,600-acre nature preserve and bird sanctuary in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Mountain Lake Lodge – known as Kellerman’s Mountain House in the classic movie – is still the ideal place “to have the time of your life” as it mixes numerous activities with nostalgia and reminders of the cult classic scattered around the property.

Tickets for the festival are available online at bit.ly/3VcP8Am. For the full weekend itinerary, visit bit.ly/3VtQxDW.

Highlights of resort venues filmed in the movie include Stone Lodge with its great stone hearth and magnificent mountain views; the adjoining Harvest Restaurant and Patio where main characters “Johnny” and “Baby” saw each other for the first time; the Gazebo for salsa lessons, and Baby’s Cabin, the fictional Houseman family home.

In addition, Kellerman’s Gift Shop, the region’s first brick and mortar store for official Dirty

Dancing® merchandise, offers a collection of Dirty Dancing clothing and memorabilia. Fashioned after the studio where Baby first learned to dance, the shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Merchandise is also available at https://mtnlakelodge.shop.

Mountain Lake Lodge is recognized in TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice Awards 2024, The Knot Best of Weddings for 2024, and was recently inducted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame. In addition to Dirty Dancing, activities run the gamut from hiking and the new onsite Giles County Trail Center at Mountain Lake Lodge, to the Artist’s Studio; Nature Center with guided hikes, nature crafts and bird-watching; excursions through the mountains; Salt Pond Pub Sunday Mountain Music and Dog Days; two new Escape Rooms; golf; fly fishing, and family floats on the New River.


For information, visit www.mtnlakelodge.com or call 540-626-7121. Mountain Lake Lodge is located at 115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke, VA 24136.


Mountain Lake Lodge – known as Kellerman’s in the classic movie “Dirty Dancing” – will debut its “Dirty Dancing Days” Summer Festival, open to the public, on August 16 and 17, 2024. (Photo Credit – Dan Mirolli)

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