BLACKSBURG, Va. -

Come Friday and Saturday, thousands will be "Steppin' Out" to downtown Blacksburg.

Hundreds of artists, live bands and vendors will line the streets around College Avenue, starting at 10 a.m. Friday. Small businesses in the area will also open their doors.

Although admission is free, organizers hope this event will encourage visitors to shop and eat locally, like at The Cellar Restaurant.

"The business is open, and we have a lot of customers from Steppin' Out," said employee Essie Metzler. "Two days of Steppin' Out are very hectic and very crazy."

The stress has a very positive outcome, though.

"It puts money back into the growth of extending businesses, and maybe helping increase pay for people too," Metzler said.

Volunteer Susan Anderson says it's all about experiencing new food, music and people.

"You might find that wonderful slice of pizza at the Cellar, and decide to come back and dine," Anderson said. "Blacksburg is a large town, with a really unique, small-town charm. Steppin' Out brings people down, lets people see it, and hopefully we'll get them back every single day. Not just festival days, but every day."

The fun ends at 11 p.m. on Friday, and picks up again Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

For more information on Steppin' Out, click here.