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Roanoke Arts & Culture Month ButtonFeeling festive? We've got just the thing for that. Each year, the greater Roanoke Valley hosts so many festivals, you'll swear we celebrate just about everything. Strawberries. Chili. 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.

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

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

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Saturday Oct 25, 2014

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Roanoke Craft Beer Tour

September 26 – November 1, 2014
  • Location: Start location Fridays at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, Saturdays at Big Lick Brewing Company
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
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15% OFF INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL - through Nov. 1, 2014. Use discount code "Craft Beer Tour" at check out!  TOUR INFORMATION When: Public tours held weekly on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. Start Time: 5:00pm on Fridays, and 1:30pm on Saturdays. How Much: Adults $45.00 | must be 21 or older INTRODUCTORY SPECIAL - 15% OFF: Use discount code - Craft Beer Tour - at check out. For tours through Nov. 1, 2014. What's Included: Approx. 12 beer tastings,… more >

Grandin ChillageFest (kids welcome)

October 25, 2014
MUSIC:   1:00 - 2:00  -  J.D. Sutphin and Dana Cox of Madrone 2:30 - 3:30  -  The Mad Iguanas 4:00 - 5:00  -  The Funk Cousins (no relation) 5:30 - 6:30  -  The Deer Run Drifters 7:00 - 9:00  -  The Floorboards    FEATURED BEVERAGES :  Parkway Brewing Company Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers R.J. Rockers Brewing Co. Troegs Brewing Co. Deb's Frozen Lemonade   FEATURED FOOD TRUCK :  Big… more >

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Historic Downtown Food & Cultural Tour

Starting March 22, 2014
  • Location: Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
  • Address: 110 Shenandoah Ave. NW, Roanoke, VA 24016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday, Friday, Saturday
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#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 >

Jeter Farm Fall Festival & Country Store

September 27 – October 26, 2014
Join us for an afternoon of fun on the farm! Jeter Farm Fall Festival is open to the public from Sept 27 through Oct 26- Fridays from 3 to 6:00 pm, Saturdays from 9 am to 6:00pm and Sundays from 12 to 6:00 pm. The farm is the ideal location for fall gatherings, whether it's your child's birthday party, family reunion with grandparents and grand-kids, corporate party, or just a simple weekend date! If you are young or just young at heart you will enjoy getting lost in the corn maze, visiting the… more >

Layman Family Farms Fall Festival

October 01 – 31, 2014
  • Location: Layman Family Farms
  • Address: 1815 Mountain View Church Road, Blue Ridge, VA 24064
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
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 Fall Festival Admission & Prices Admission to the farm Fall Festival includes the Corn Maze, Hayride, and all Courtyard activities (including the Corn Crib, Tunnel Slide, Corn Snake, Mini Maze and Animal Alley.) Each paid admission receives two (2) Layman Tokens to be used for special attractions on the farm: Cow Train-1 token Corn Cannon-1 token Jumping Pillow-1 token Dorothy the Pumpkin Blaster-1 token Haunted Harvest Friday and Saturday nights October… more >

October Autumn Lunches - Chateau Morrisette

October 01 – 31, 2014
The restaurant serves lunch every day this month! Enjoy nature's most colorful time of the year and take a drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway or hike the Rock Castle Gorge, Rocky Knob or Buffalo Mountain. Whatever you do to celebrate the changing seasons, top it off with a delicious lunch at Chateau Morrisette. We are open for lunch every day this month. Dinner is available on Friday and Saturday evenings. Reservations are recommended. more >

Haunted Harvest at Layman Family Farms

October 03 – 25, 2014
  • Location: Layman Family Farms
  • Address: 1815 Mountain View Church Road, Blue Ridge, VA 24064
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
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More exciting than ever, Layman Family Farms invites you to explore our 2014 Haunted Harvest Cornfield! Have you heard the rustling in the corn? Did you think you heard foot steps? Surely...nothing...no one...lives in there. Or do they?  Come to the farm, if you dare, for a wagon ride to the Haunted Harvest Cornfield that you will never forget. Beginning at dark, the hay wagon will transport you to the Haunted Harvest for a thrilling and chilling adventure through the unforgiving… more >

October Days at Thee Red Barn

October 04 – 25, 2014
  • Location: Thee Red Barn
  • Address: 5685 Bethany Road, Boones Mill, VA 24065
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Saturday
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Thee Red Barn in Boones Mill will open to the public beginning Oct. 4, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and will continue each Saturday in October offering a 7-acre corn maze, hay rides, a hay slide, farm animals, a skeleton race, cotton seed treasure hunt, duck water race, straw maze, scarecrow throw, barrel train and much more. Thee Red Barn also will feature a pumpkin patch and vendors with hand-crafted and baked items. For directions and more information, visit www.theeredbarn.com   more >

Spectacular Saturdays

October 4, 2014 – December 26, 2015
 The Taubman will feature performances and interactive activities. Join us for our Spectacular Saturdays! Discover, Create, and Participate in Art Venture art-making and special activities. Visit our current exhibitions, try the gallery scavenger hunts with your family and friends to win a prize, and be on the lookout for special guest collaborations, performances, and so much more! Children can create unique crafts to take home! Each Saturday introduces a brand new selection of… more >

Roanoke Children's Theatre: DR. SEUSS' THE CAT IN THE HAT

October 16 – 26, 2014
From the moment his tall, red-and-white striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, this cool cat is certainly fun to play with. A fun, modern, theatrical fantasy ride that will keep audiences of all ages smiling and rhyming all the way home!   more >

15th Annual Fall Scare for Kids 12 & Under

October 17 – 31, 2014
  • Location: Putt-Putt Fun Center
  • Address: 6801 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, VA 24153
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
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A haunted house for kids 12 and younger. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Children's Miracle Network in the Roanoke Valley.   more >

Cirque du Soleil Varekai

October 22 – 26, 2014
  • Location: Berglund Center
  • Address: 710 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24016
  • Venue: Berglund Center
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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About Varekai Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world a world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai. The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures, a young man takes flight in an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of pure and undiluted possibility, begins… more >

HAUNTED LAB: It's Infectious!

October 24 – 25, 2014
Join Roanoke’s only Halloween event that’s appropriate for all ages! • Contagious Costume Contest • Evil Genius Lab Experiments • Haunted House • “Avoid It Like the Plague” Obstacle Course • Refreshments & Much More! Halloween Tricks & Treats for the entire family!   more >

An Evening with Branford Marsalis

October 25, 2014
Renowned Grammy Award–winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominated composer Branford Marsalis joins the highly celebrated Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in “Marsalis ‘Well-Tempered’,” performing Baroque masterpieces by Albinoni, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and others.   more >

Big Lick Oktoberfest

October 25, 2014
  • Location: Wells Fargo Plaza
  • Address: Norfolk Avenue, Roanoke, VA 24011
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Big Lick Oktoberfest - a celebration of German-style beer, brats and more - Saturday October 25th from 12pm-6pm at Wells Fargo Plaza in downtown Roanoke!DescriptionThe City Market Building Foundation presents: Big Lick Oktoberfest 2014 - Saturday October 25th from 12pm-6pm at Wells Fargo Plaza in downtown Roanoke. Featuring German inspired beers by the award winning Devil's Backbone Brewery, incredible food by multiple local vendors including brats, sauerkraut, pretzels, live music, community… more >

Country store and apple butter making

October 25, 2014
  • Location: Garden City Baptist Church
  • Address: 3536 Garden City Blvd., Roanoke, VA 24014
Country store, apple butter making, baked and canned goods. Lunch 11-2 more >

Creative Writing Program for Grades 2-5

October 25, 2014
  • Location: Roanoke Main Library
  • Address: 706 South Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24016
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Participants will read the Roanoke Valley Reads youth book, The Bracelet, then will create their own story. The workshop is led by librarian Annie Mountcastle who holds a MFA in Creative Writing. more >

David Mayfield Parade

October 25, 2014
David Mayfield is a singer-songwriter, band leader, and Grammy nominated producer. He grew up playing bass and touring with his family's bluegrass band. The strength of his songwriting and musicianship, combined with his charm and personality makes him an impressive entertainer. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.harvester-music.com   more >

Early Inn at The Grove hosts Art Show

October 25, 2014
  • Location: Early Inn at The Grove
  • Address: 50 Floyd Avenue, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
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Early Inn at The Grove in Rocky Mount will host an art show on Saturday, October 25 from 10 a.m. - 3 pm. The event will feature 20 artists, and offer guided tours of the newly remodeled inn for a donation. Adult beverages and food from Bootleggers Cafe will be available for purchase. The event benefits the Franklin County Historical Society.   more >

Fall Festival

October 25, 2014
Church@GrandinVillage will be having their Fall Festival on October 25 from 11am-3pm. Bring your family out for a fun time. There will be live animals, bounce houses, free food, chili cook-off, games for the kids, pumpkin patch, Chic-Fil-A, kettle corn, and lots of other fun activities. For more information email churchatgrandinvillage@gmail.com.   more >

Howl-O-Ween Walk for the Animals

October 25, 2014
  • Location: Vic Thomas Park
  • Address: 902 13TH ST SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
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A fundraiser for the Roanoke Valley SPCA that includes a 1-mile walk, a pet costume contest, face painting and more. Prizes will be awarded to the team that raises the most money. Donations accepted.   more >

Music Performances at Hollins

October 25, 2014
Concert Choir and Chamber Singers 2 pm, Beale Garden, rain location duPont Chapel The Hollins University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers perform a traditional Family Weekend celebration of music in the Beale Garden. Student Recital for Family Weekend 3 pm, Talmadge Recital Hall, Bradley Join us as Hollins students present a recital of music for family and friends for Family Weekend.   more >

Oktoberfest at Wilderness Adventure

October 25, 2014
Celebrate Autumn in the Blue Ridge with a craft beer flight featuring the best the industry has to offer from close to home and around the world. Just $100/person includes: flight of 10 craft beer tastings appetizers gourmet pub-style dinner & dessert overnight accommodations in one of our elegantly rustic lodges full, hot breakfast Sunday morning Couples and groups are just $75/person!* *in shared rooms more >

Pirate's Faire at the Alpaca Farm

October 25, 2014
Pirates' Faire! October 25th Calling all Pirates & Princesses to the Family Treasure Hunt: Pumpkin Painting, Activities, and Demonstrations, and the Hay Maze! Come dressed like a Pirate or a Princess! $5 pp. Children under 5 Free with a parent. Treasure Hunt for Pirate Facts and Alpaca Facts! Go through the hay maze and play pumpkin games. Learn how to spin! Spinning demonstrations, Natural Yarn Dying demonstrations and hands-on activities. See the alpacas and learn all about them. Feed… more >
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