We all have our own take on things—that special flair that allows us to merge new and traditional ideas and create an exciting new twist on experiencing life. Downtown Roanoke is the perfect place to create your own adventure in arts and culture. It’s the place you can go to and see your style come alive.
From the live sounds of jazz, rock and blues, to house music on the dance floor, Downtown Roanoke has a diverse music scene filled with well-known acts and up-and-coming musicians. You’ll hear live music almost every night in several of our restaurants such as Martin’s Downtown Bar & Grill, Blue 5 Restaurant, Fork in the City and The Blues BBQ Co. And downtown is also host to performing arts centers like the Kirk Avenue Music Hall that provides a smaller, more intimate feel for music lovers. Venues such as the Jefferson Center host the Roanoke Symphony and Roanoke Ballet Theatre along with other national touring acts and musicians.
If you love the arts, visit the many galleries and art museums featuring local, national and world-renowned art. Downtown is home to the prestigious Taubman Museum of Art as well as many other galleries and studios featuring talented regional artists. Art By Night, which takes place the first Thursday of every month is a great way to see the number of galleries in Roanoke as well as meet the artists themselves. For more information visit www.artbynight.com
Downtown also hosts many cultural and historical venues including the Virginia Museum of Transportation, The Science Museum of Western Virginia, The O. Winston Link Museum, The History Museum of Western Virginia, and The Harrison Museum of African American Culture.
Make it yours - Innovative, smart and well-connected. Downtown Roanoke is creating its own style; merging young and old, traditional and edgy. We’re building a new culture. A renewed sense of life and excitement tailored to your sense of adventure—a regional hot-spot for industry, enlightenment, and creativity. We’re ready to make things happen. Shop, eat, create, explore. There’s always something happening in Downtown Roanoke. See for yourself, one visit and you’ll understand we’re designing a new way for you to experience the city—by making it yours.
I-81 to Exit 143 onto I-581/Route 220 South to Exit 5 (Downtown). Follow signs.
Or Route 220 North to Exit 6 (Elm Avenue). Turn left onto Elm Avenue. Follow signs.
Wherever you’re headed downtown, you’re sure to find parking nearby. With more than 600 free on-street spaces and 6,000 parking options off-street, it’s easy to get close to your favorite place. All of our on-street parking is free and often unlimited after normal business hours. And many of downtown’s paid parking garages and surface lots are even free on the weekends or after 5pm on weekdays. We’re also proud to be a very pedestrian and bike-friendly area with lots to see along the way!