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Calendar of Events in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Feeling 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. 

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

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Thursday Apr 24, 2014

Calendar of Events

Young at Art

February 13 – May 22, 2014
2-5 year olds with adult Hear a story read in the gallery space. Discover new ways of introducing art to your child. Create in the Art Venture or Library   more >

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
  • Visit Website
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 >

The Well

Starting March 20, 2014
  • Location: Huntington Court UMC
  • Address: 3333 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24012
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Visit Website
The Well is a time of food, fellowship, music/worship for young adults.   more >

Historic Downtown Food & Cultural Tour

March 22 – December 27, 2014
  • Location: Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
  • Address: 110 Shenandoah Ave. NW, Roanoke, VA 24016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday, 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 >

Spring Break Camp--ZooVenture

April 21 – 25, 2014
Mill Mountain Zoo’s Spring Break ZooVenture is back! As in years past, each day has a special theme and is chocked full of fun and educational activities. There will be hands-on interactions with animals, guided zoo tours, games, art activities, stories and more. To make it easy for any schedule, parents can pick and choose which days to enroll their children or enroll them in the entire week!   more >

Spring Bus Tour - Raising Richmond: Architecture of Richmond

April 23 – 24, 2014
Join the History Museum as we take a tour of Richmond to see and learn about its architecture heritage. This overnight trip will include stops at the Virginia State Capitol Building, Tuckahoe Plantation, dinner at the Tobacco Company, and a night stay at the Commonwealth Suites, and so much more. For more information please call 224-1206. Prices are $280 for a double room for a member, and $295 for a non-member, $345 for a single room for a member and $360 for a non-member.   more >

Down By Downtown Music Festival

April 24, 2014
  • Address: Downtown Roanoke, Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Recurrence: Recurring every 3 days
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Down By Downtown is a music festival celebrating the arts and cultural scene in Downtown Roanoke. Over 30 acts perform at ten live music venues. Now in it's fifth year, DxDT features local, regional and national acts some come and get a taste of some great live music! more >

Mercutio at Awful Arthur's Downtown

April 24, 2014
For a good time come to Awful Arthur's Downtown on April 24th at 9pm and let Mercutio rock your socks off! Put your dancing shoes on because Mercutio has appeared on ABC, PBS, independent radio across Virginia and North Carolina, and on stages in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DC, Richmond, and everywhere in between. After more than 500 shows together, you don't want to miss this Lynchburg-based band!   more >

Salem Red Sox Baseball

April 24, 2014
Salem Red Sox vs. Lynchburg Hillcats College Night Coozie Giveaway to the first 500 fans! Quench Your Thirstday and Live Music   more >

Spring Break in Art Venture

April 24, 2014
Textile Arts Day! Weave Dreamcatchers, make Geometric String Art, Loom Weaving, and Mixed Media Collage.   more >

Thursday Night Live!

April 24, 2014
With extended hours of 5-9pm, enjoy great live music, a full bar, small plate specials from Norah's Cafe, trunk shows at the Museum Store, behind the scenes tours, and a variety of educational programming for adults. The galleries will be open for your viewing pleasure. This week's events include music by Le Hotclub de Biglick and a Gallery Talk on Picasso to Magritte by Dr. James Hargrove.   more >

59th Annual Vinton Dogwood Festival

April 23 – 27, 2014
  • Location: Throughout Downtown Vinton
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Visit Website
Experience the annual Vinton Dogwood Festival, featuring a five-day carnival and entertainment. Saturday’s events include local entertainment, craft show, distance run, children’s area, antique car show and the annual parade, step-off at 2:30 p.m. (540) 983-0614. Visit www.vintondogwoodfestival.org for times and details. more >

Indigo Girls

April 24, 2014
  • Location: Harvester Performance Center
  • Address: 450 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
  • Visit Website
Thursday April 24, 2014 Indigo Girls Grammy-winning folk-rock duo (stand-up show, limited seating) Pop Rock   more >

On-going Events

Explore the Galleries

Starting August 9, 2012
  • Location: The Taubman Museum of Art
  • Address: 110 Salem Avenue SE, Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Venue: The Taubman Museum of Art
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
Taubman Museum of Art, 110 Salem Avenue SE, Roanoke, VA 24011 Thursday, August 9, 2012, 4 – 5pm 6-10 year olds drop off available Thursdays, 4pm – 5pm Explore the exhibitions Learn about the elements of artCreate in our Studio space Free for members, $3.75 for non member These workshops occur year round every Thursday Check out our weekly updates on Facebook at facebook.com/taubmanmuseum more >

Afternoon Arts at the Jax

Starting October 25, 2012
  • Location: The Jacksonville Center for the Arts
  • Address: 220 Parkway Lane South, Suite 1, Floyd, Virginia 24091
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
  • Visit Website
Afternoon Arts! Ages 9-12 and 4-8!   $3 per kid per session OR $10 for 4 sessions Celebrate creativity every week, with great art for kids at the Jax. Now parents with kids ages 9 to 12 are also invited to experience this array of arts and crafts, and thanks to some wonderful sponsors, each session is now only $3 per child!! more >

Friday Apr 25, 2014

Calendar of Events

Historic Downtown Food & Cultural Tour

March 22 – December 27, 2014
  • Location: Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
  • Address: 110 Shenandoah Ave. NW, Roanoke, VA 24016
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday, 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 >

Spring Break Camp--ZooVenture

April 21 – 25, 2014
Mill Mountain Zoo’s Spring Break ZooVenture is back! As in years past, each day has a special theme and is chocked full of fun and educational activities. There will be hands-on interactions with animals, guided zoo tours, games, art activities, stories and more. To make it easy for any schedule, parents can pick and choose which days to enroll their children or enroll them in the entire week!   more >

Annual Smith Mountain Lake Business Expo

April 25, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Moneta
  • Address: Routes 122 and 608, Moneta, VA 24121
  • Visit Website
The Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitors' Center sponsors this event, which showcases over 120 member businesses, service providers and their products. The public is invited to attend this free event at Downtown Moneta, Routes 122 and 608, Moneta, VA 24121.   more >

Fun Strokes, Alcohol Ink Workshop

April 25, 2014
Gallery by the James Fun Strokes-Learn to paint a landscape using alcohol ink. Lois Bittner will teach you how to create a small landscape. No experience required, just the freedom to let the ink flow. All supplies are provided for each student to paint up to two 3x5 inch paintings. Space is limited. Call Gallery by the James -254-9708 to reserve your space for Friday, April 25, from 6-8 PM. COST $20   more >

Homeschool Event Day

April 25, 2014
  • Location: National D-Day Memorial
  • Address: 3 Overlord Circle, Bedford, VA 24523
  • Visit Website
Experience World War II history through interactive stations and living history. Activities are geared for homeschool students nine years old and up, but all ages are welcome. Registration is required before April 15. Fees are $4.00 per person. Children under 6 are free. Space is limited. For more information or to register, please contact the National D-Day Memorial’s Education Department at 540-587-3617. more >

Jerry Douglas

April 25, 2014
  • Location: Harvester Performance Center
  • Address: 450 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
  • Visit Website
Renowned Nashville guitarist, lap steel, and dobro player Jerry Douglas will perform at Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount on Friday, April 25 at 8:00 p.m. Jerry Douglas began playing Dobro at the age of eight and his multiple talents have led him from playing with his dad’s group to becoming a solo artist, band member, collaborator, session musician, producer and co-Music Director on a popular BBC TV series. Traveler, his 14th solo release, teamed the 13-time Grammy winner and… more >

Opera Roanoke & Apprentices Concert

April 25, 2014
  • Location: Jacksonville Center
  • Address: 220 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, VA 24091
  • Visit Website
Ticket info: Tickets are available in advance online by phone (540-745-2784), or in person at The Jax. If space allows, single concert tickets can be purchased at the door for $30 each. Please visit the Jax Concerts page if you are interested in purchasing multiple tickets in the series. About the performers: Founded in 1976 as the Southwest Virginia Opera Society (SVOS), Opera Roanoke has come into its own as one of the most successful arts organiza¬tions in the region. Under the able… more >

Salem Red Sox Baseball

April 25, 2014
Salem Red Sox vs. Lynchburg Hillcats Fireworks! Freedom Friday Player Poster Giveaway   more >

Spring Break in Art Venture

April 25, 2014
Theatre Arts Day! Personalize a mask, Create a puppet for your performance,Shadow box theatres, and Act out a painting.   more >

April "Spring Frenzy" Browse & Bid Auction

April 25 – 26, 2014
In April we will be featuring three great local estates. We will have an ornately carved french sideboard, primitive french wheelbarrows, antique tables, another heavily carved ornate sideboard, marble top dressers and tables, clocks, clocks and more clocks. We will also be featuring Eastlake bedroom furniture (with a cottage feel), a french airplane propeller, Victorian hanging lights, a petite oak corner cabinet, salt glazed pottery, antique wheat thrasher, butter churn crock, coins, jewelry… more >
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