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Roanoke Calendar of Events

Virginia's Blue Ridge Calendar of Events

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Feeling festive? The events in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge are just the thing for that.

Each year, the greater Roanoke Valley hosts so many festivals, you'll swear we celebrate just about everything. Beer. Chili. Music. Dogs. Outdoor recreation. Blues and barbecue.

Downtown Roanoke is where you'll find lots of big events like Festival in the Park and Local Colors - a celebration of the many cultures that shape our growing region. 

Not to be outdone, Salem is home to the annual Salem Fair, Olde Salem Days and many more fun events.

Smith Mountain Lake, area wineries and the charming small towns across the region also host unique festivals and events all year round.  

For a party almost any day of the week, follow the Crooked Road to the heart of bluegrass country or take part in the abundance of arts and culture events.

The region has also become known for hosting some of the premier music festivals in the country, including the iconic Blue Ridge Music Festival and FloydFest. Keep up with all the upcoming shows, performances, and live music by checking out our Arts Calendar.

Find out more about the fantastic annual events in Virginia's Blue Ridge.  

Note - Because the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge has so many of them, the featured exhibits and galleries at the museums in the region are not featured in this section of the calendar. Those can be found on the featured exhibits calendar. 

Interested in submitting your own event? Fill out the form on this page to submit your event. 

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Thursday Mar 05, 2015

Calendar of Events

Afternoon Arts – Every Thursday, 4-5pm

Starting March 20, 2014
  • Location: Jacksonville Center
  • Address: 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, VA 24091
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
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Afternoon Arts – Every Thursday, 4-5pm This arts class is for children Pre-K to 7th grade and is divided into two age groups. Each week a new arts experience is given to the children. This is a drop in class, no preregistration is required. Each class is $3 or 4 for $10. This class happens every Thursday as long as The Jax is open.   more >

Young at Art at The Taubman Museum of Art

February 05 – May 21, 2015
The Taubman Museum of Art’s most popular children's studio art class! Discover new ways of introducing art to your pre-school age children. Each week we will meet in Art Venture and travel as a group upstairs to hear a story read, making the artwork come alive in ways never before! At each class session, children will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on activity in Art Venture. For Children Ages 2-5 with Adult Thursdays, 10:30am – 11:15am January 22 - May… more >

Showtimers presents: "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

February 19 – March 8, 2015
Showtimers is an all-volunteer organization, with talented people donating their time on and off-stage to present six full productions per year. Membership is open to everyone, but is not required to be involved with the theatre. For information on membership, click here.       more >

"Peaceable Kingdom" documentary film screening

March 5, 2015
Explores the awakening conscience of several people who grew up in traditional farming culture and who have now come to question the basic assumptions of their way of life. Order dinner and eat while you watch the movie from one of our padded desk chairs, then join us for an audience discussion following the film. more >

Broadway in Roanoke - RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

March 5, 2015
RAIN Berglund Performing Arts Theatre Date and Time: March 5 @ 7:30pm Ticket Prices: $32, $42, $57 CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS Groups: Group Rates are available for groups of 10 or more, for more information please contact Jonathan Carlin at 540-853-5372 orJCarlin@TheBerglundCenter.com CLICK HERE FOR SEATING MAP Broadway Buffet: $28.50 CLICK HERE FOR BROADWAY BUFFET We invite you to dine with us prior to each Broadway show and enjoy an elegant meal from our new,… more >

EventZone's Cabin Fever Series at Sidewinders: Superhold

March 5, 2015
  • Location: Sidewinders Steak House and Saloon
  • Address: 16 W. Campbell Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24014
  • Venue: EventZone
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EventZone's Cabin Fever Series Schedule:   March 5 - Superhold March 19 - Too Much Sylvia   Tickets: Just $10 per person at the door! Cash or credit card accepted.  Season packages for all five nights plus reserved seating are available for $75.  Limited quantity.  Call EventZone at 540-389-1232 to reserve.  A limited number of reserved seats are also available for $5 per person per night.    Location: Sidewinders Steakhouse and… more >

First Thursday Lunch Box Lecture: Estelle Avner

March 5, 2015
Estelle Avner, recently retired after 40 years as executive director of the Bradley Free Clinic. $15 for non-members, $10 for members Reservations required.   more >

Lisa Bulawsky 2015 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence

March 5, 2015
Lisa Bulawsky, 2015 Frances Niederer Artist-in-Residence, Opening Lecture Thursday, March 5, 6 pm Eleanor D. Wilson Museum, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center Widely recognized for her work in print media, St. Louis based artist Lisa Bulawsky’s practice spans installation, works on paper, and temporary public art. The artist exploits the inherent qualities of printmaking, including the uniqueness of the printed mark, to explore correlations between private life and civic space. In… more >

Thursday Night: Beer 101

March 5, 2015
The museum is open late until 9:00 pm every Thursday. Join us for live music, beer, trivia, dancing, and art! Expect exciting adult programming: new each week, with something for everyone! General admission to the galleries and programming events is free, except where otherwise noted. Beer 101 | Sunken City Brewery | 6:00-8:00pm | Atrium Join brewery representatives for a free tasting of their brews, information about the brew process, as well as the type of glassware beer should be… more >

Young at Art

March 05 – May 21, 2015
The Taubman Museum of Art’s most popular children's studio art class! Discover new ways of introducing art to your pre-school age children. Each week we will meet in Art Venture and travel as a group upstairs to hear a story read, making the artwork come alive in ways never before! At each class session, children will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on activity in Art Venture. For Children Ages 2-5 with Adult Thursdays, 10:30am – 11:15am January 22 - May 21 Free for… more >

Friday Mar 06, 2015

Calendar of Events

Historic Downtown Food & Cultural Tour

March 22, 2014 – March 28, 2015
  • Location: Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
  • Address: 110 Shenandoah Ave. NW, Roanoke, VA 24016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Visit Website
#1 Rated on TripAdvisor A walking food and cultural tour of historic downtown Roanoke VA - is 3 hours of delicious fun! You'll never view, or taste Roanoke the same again. Our Historic Downtown food tasting and cultural walking tour combines delicious food with tales of downtown Roanoke’s colorful history. It's a rare opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience unique and one-of-a-kind culinary treasures. A fun, filling and memorable culinary adventure for you and your taste… more >

Friday Night Jamboree

Starting September 26, 2014
The Floyd Country Store has become a traditional gathering place on Friday nights for musicians, dancers, and visitors from all over the world. The first hour is gospel music, followed by two dance bands. It’s a great time for the whole family, and you’re likely to see kids from six to ninety-six out on our hardwood dance floor. The Jamboree happens every Friday night, rain or shine, all year round. Tickets are $5.00 at the door. Seating is limited, so if a seat is important to you… more >

Showtimers presents: "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

February 19 – March 8, 2015
Showtimers is an all-volunteer organization, with talented people donating their time on and off-stage to present six full productions per year. Membership is open to everyone, but is not required to be involved with the theatre. For information on membership, click here.       more >

"THRIVE" documentary film screening

March 6, 2015
THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream -- uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future. Order dinner and eat while you watch the movie from one of our padded desk chairs, then… more >

Art by Night at the Taubman

March 6, 2015
ART BY NIGHT showcases Roanoke’s thriving arts community, featuring diverse galleries, museums and artist’s studios. This event supports Roanoke’s talented, local artists, and brings the community together through art openings, live music and demonstrations. This is a free event from 5:00-9:00 pm. The Taubman provides live musical stylings by local bands from 5:30-8:30pm in Norah's Cafe, the Atrium, or on the patio (weather permitting). Beverages are available for purchase… more >

Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band at The Jefferson Center

March 6, 2015
It is no overstatement to say that Brian Blade is among the best jazz drummers in the world. The son of a preacher and musician from Louisiana, Blade absorbed the unique drumming styles of the American South and distilled them over the years into a powerful, swinging, percussive trademark. Having played with everyone from jazz greats Joshua Redman and Kenny Garrett, to popular icons Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, and Joni Mitchell, Blade last appeared at Jefferson Center with Chick Corea and… more >

Healing Hearts One Paw At a Time - Animal Rescue Benefit

March 6, 2015
Forever Home Animal Rescue Benefit. The price of tickets is $15 - which includes an appetizer buffet catered by Panera Bread and entertainment by Roanoke's Hottest new dance band, Uptown! We will also have a cash bar of beer and wine. We will have several Raffles - It's going to be a fun night for a great cause! more >

Judy and Ross Arkell, Sharon Mirtaheri March Featured artists at The Market Gallery

March 6, 2015
March Featured artists: Judy and Ross Arkell, Sharon Mirtaheri Art By Night Featured artist reception March 6, 2015. Judy Arkell's work represents the beauty of flowers and handmade objects she collects in still lifes presented primarily in pastels. Ross Arkell's large scale shaped paintings show women in fascinating ambivalent situations. Ross designs the shapes from wood and covers it with open rough textured canvases. They recently had a two person show at the Allegheny Highlands Art… more >

MDA Car Show

March 06 – 08, 2015
The MDA Car Show is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing the community a quality car show and donating the profits to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association.   more >

On-going Events

Art by Night

Starting January 3, 2014
  • Location: Various Galleries - Downtown Roanoke
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Friday
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Art By Night is a unique cultural event showcasing Roanoke's thriving arts community, featuring the diverse galleries in the downtown area. There are openings, demonstrations, refreshments, live music and as much talk about art as you can stand. Fun for the whole family.   more >

Saturday Mar 07, 2015

Calendar of Events

Historic Downtown Food & Cultural Tour

March 22, 2014 – March 28, 2015
  • Location: Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
  • Address: 110 Shenandoah Ave. NW, Roanoke, VA 24016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
  • Visit Website
#1 Rated on TripAdvisor A walking food and cultural tour of historic downtown Roanoke VA - is 3 hours of delicious fun! You'll never view, or taste Roanoke the same again. Our Historic Downtown food tasting and cultural walking tour combines delicious food with tales of downtown Roanoke’s colorful history. It's a rare opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience unique and one-of-a-kind culinary treasures. A fun, filling and memorable culinary adventure for you and your taste… more >

Saturday Americana Afternoon

Starting September 27, 2014
Join us every Saturday at noon for music and lunch at The Floyd Country Store. The music is varied, but has the common thread of traditional acoustic Americana music. Some of it is indigenous bluegrass or the music of contemporary singer-songwriters. You might hear the blues or some of the Celtic or African sounds that underpin our American folk traditions. Between 12:00pm and 1:30pm we have a scheduled performer, followed by an opportunity to step up for open mic. For more information or to… more >

Storybook Science

October 4, 2014 – May 2, 2015
Join in for a fun science story and a take-home craft designed for your pre-schooler. Included with regular Science Museum admission! Come to the 4th Floor at the Science Museum, we'll direct you to Storybook Science.   more >

The Floyd Radio Show

October 4, 2014 – May 2, 2015
  • Location: The Floyd Country Store
  • Address: 206 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091
  • Venue: The Floyd Country Store
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday
  • Visit Website
Come one, come all! The Floyd Radio Show is an old-timey variety show with original radio plays, comedy bits, ads, jingles, music and more, hosted by Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt. Celebrating old-time and traditional music with people and communities where music is played and enjoyed in its authentic and purest forms. The show is rooted in Floyd, VA where a musical and artistic community provides endless inspiration for the show, which appears live at The Floyd Country Store on… more >

Yoga For All at the Peaks

December 6, 2014 – March 7, 2015
Join Helen Maxwell, owner of Bedford Yoga Center and an RYT 500 instructor with specialized certifications in vinyasa, flow, yin, therapeutic restorative, and children's yoga, for a yoga session for all ages and skill levels in the picturesque setting of the Peaks of Otter Lodge. Call 866-387-9905 to reserve your space today! Reservations are encouraged, and yoga mats are required. Limited yoga mat rentals will be provided at the event for a $2.00 fee on a first come, first serve basis. … more >
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