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Calendar of Events in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Virginia Tech Football 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. 

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

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Thursday Sep 18, 2014

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 >

The Well

Starting March 20, 2014
  • Location: Huntington Court UMC
  • Address: 3333 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24012
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
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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
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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 >

Hotel Floyd Concert Series

May 01 – October 30, 2014
  • Address: 300 Rick Lewis Way, Floyd, VA 24091
  • Venue: Hotel Floyd
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
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Free Hotel Floyd Concert Series with regional bands ranging from bluegrass to jazz. Every Thursday evening from 6pm-8pm with Bootleg BBQ on-site to provide food and beverages. Event is located at Hotel Floyd on the amphitheater and in the Buffalo Mountain Conference Room if inclement weather takes place.   more >

EventZone's Party in the Park Series 2014

May 22 – September 18, 2014
The people you know. The music you love. Party in the Park is where your friends are on Thursday nights! It returns to Daleville Town Center this year, with your favorite bands and new surprises! See the schedule online at pitp.org. Kids 12 and under attend for free! Lots of parking and food vendors available. Come join the event everyone's talking about in Botetourt! EventZone, a non-profit organization and the Valley's "Event and Festival Connection," proudly presents seventeen… more >

Catawba Farmers Market

June 12 – October 2, 2014
  • Location: Catawba Valley Farmers Market
  • Address: 4965 Catawba Creek Rd., Catawba, VA 24070
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Thursday
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Farmers market with locally-grown & produced vegetables, fruits, meats, baked goods, eggs, plus arts & crafts. Kids craft activity weekly, taught by school art teacher. Free music most market days. Playground for kids.  Known as the friendliest market in the area!   more >

Air Force Birthday

September 18, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014 Air Force Birthday - In honor of the Air Force’s birthday, all active duty or veteran Air Force members receive free admission to the Memorial.   more >

Thursday Night Live!

September 18, 2014
Come enjoy extended hours at the Taubman Museum of Art! The galleries remain open from 5-9 pm and general admission is free. Live music by Adam Markham Duo will play from 5:30-8:30 pm in Norah's Café or on the patio, weather permitting. The café, operated by Blue Ridge Catering, will have a selection of small plate items, wine, and beer available for purchase. The Museum Shop will be open with a focus on jewelry from local artist Bill Shaffer. Taubman Cinema presents the film… more >

Vinton Area Chamber Annual Golf Tournament

September 18, 2014
  • Location: Hidden Valley Country Club
  • Address: 116 s poplar st, Roanoke, VA 24179
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Annual golf Tournament Being held at Hidden Valley Country Club Team Registration info http://www.vintonchamber.com/index.php/component/content/article?id=8   more >

The Wall that Heals

September 18 – 21, 2014
The National D-Day Memorial welcomes The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s Traveling Wall That Heals. Gold Star Mothers and families admitted free on Saturday. Please note: The National D-Day Memorial has an entry fee which helps the Foundation care for the Memorial. This fee will not apply to Gold Star Family members for the entirity of The Wall 's visit. Additionally, there are no entry fees on Saturday, September 20th. We thank you for your understanding. While visiting TWTH, please… more >

Artful Journeys

September 18 – December 18, 2014
NEW: Artful Journeys (September 18 - December 18) For Elementary and Middle School Age Children Thursdays, 1:00-2:00pm or 4:00-5:00pm (same lesson will be taught at both class times) Do you homeschool your children? Are you looking for an after-school program? Have an artistic child that's looking for a new learning setting? The Taubman Museum of Art is excited to introduce a BRAND NEW style of workshop for your children. With two timeslots for each week's lesson, you can choose a schedule… more >

Young At Art

September 18 – December 18, 2014
Young at Art (September 18 - December 18) For Children 2-5 Year of Age with Adult Thursdays, 10:30am – 11:15am 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 within the gallery space, making the art come alive in ways never before! After story-time, children will have the opportunity to create a hands-on activity in Art Venture or Studio One. Free for Members, $5/Child for… more >

On-going Events

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
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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 Sep 19, 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 >

Me at the Museum

June 13 – October 31, 2014
Me at the Museum is held every Friday at 10am May through October. The History Museum of Western Virginia and the O. Winston Link museums team up to present Me at the Museum, a program designed for you and your preschooler. This 45-minute program is designed not only to expose your child to history in a fun and creative way, but to provide an opportunity to create meaningful experiences that will promote lifelong learning. We will read a story and do a couple of activities relating to a monthly… more >

The Wall that Heals

September 18 – 21, 2014
The National D-Day Memorial welcomes The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s Traveling Wall That Heals. Gold Star Mothers and families admitted free on Saturday. Please note: The National D-Day Memorial has an entry fee which helps the Foundation care for the Memorial. This fee will not apply to Gold Star Family members for the entirity of The Wall 's visit. Additionally, there are no entry fees on Saturday, September 20th. We thank you for your understanding. While visiting TWTH, please… more >

First Fridays

September 19, 2014
  • Location: Franklin Road between Jefferson & Williamson
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Events held the 1st & 3rd Friday - March 7 - October 3, 2014 We are pleased to present our 26th season! Our events are presented by HomeTown Bank! Gates open at 5 p.m. and the event runs to 9 p.m. Events will be held near SunTrust Plaza at Franklin Road. Organized in 1989 as a way for young professionals to meet, our events have seen two decades of success and in the process we've donated over a million dollars to non-profit organizations in The Roanoke Valley! We have an… more >

Historical Society of Western Virginia Top of the Town fund-raiser

September 19, 2014
The Second Annual Top of the Town evening In Alto Della Cittá to benefit the O. Winston Link Museum and the History Museum of Western Virginia.   more >

Movie on The Lawn at Daleville Town Center

September 19, 2014
Movie on The Lawn presented by The Bank of Fincastle and The John Alderson Agency! Gates open at 6:30, and the movie, Disney Pixar's Monsters University, will start at dusk. There will be free popcorn, as well as snacks and drinks available for purchase. We can't wait to be part of this fun community event!   more >

Sunset Canoeing at Carvins Cove

September 19, 2014
  • Location: Carvins Cove (boat dock)
  • Address: 1802 Courtland Road NE, Roanoke, VA
  • Visit Website
Sep 19, 2014 Fr 5:30pm to 9:30pm Price:  Standard charge: $20.00 Ages:  10 and up Gender:  Coed Spaces:  11 openings remaining Registration Dates:  Standard registration opens: Aug 18, 2014 Internet registration opens: Aug 11, 2014 (18+, 10+ with an adult) Spend the evening enjoying the beauty and peacefulness of the Carvins Cove reservoir at sunset as you unwind from a hard… more >

The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir

September 19, 2014
Created more than 44 years ago, The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir interprets gospel/negro spirituals, traditional African songs, and the magnificent masses that its founder Julien Jouga composed in his country’s four national languages. Their voices rise in a local polyphony representing Senegal’s language, rhythms, and music traditions. Catholic liturgy and the indigenous Muslim songs of Senegal are combined to create an extraordinary harmony between the two cultures that… more >

Top of the Town

September 19, 2014
In Alto Della Citta (or Top of the Town) is the second annual Italian-inspired evening of music, wine and dinner benefiting the History Museum of Western Virginia and the O. Winston Link Museum. Enjoy the sunset view of downtown Roanoke from the rooftop of Center in the Square with music by The Downing Brothers Band and dinner courtesy of Olive Garden. This popular event is a great night out -- and a great way to support two museums that contribute to the cultural fabric of downtown Roanoke. … more >

Roanoke Greek Festival

September 19 – 21, 2014
  • Location: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
  • Address: 30 Huntington Blvd NE, Roanoke, VA 24012
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Visit Website
September 19, 20 and 21, 2014 Come, be Greek for a day! FREE ADMISSION! Come join the thousands of participants who visit this joyous cultural festival each fall. Each year, new high attendance records are attributed not only to the return of many past participants, but to the many newcomers who come to taste and share in the Greek experience. Help us get the word out and bring a friend. We look forward to sharing our food, music and our joy for life with you. FOOD, FUN AND DANCE!… more >

Saturday Sep 20, 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 >

The Wall that Heals

September 18 – 21, 2014
The National D-Day Memorial welcomes The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s Traveling Wall That Heals. Gold Star Mothers and families admitted free on Saturday. Please note: The National D-Day Memorial has an entry fee which helps the Foundation care for the Memorial. This fee will not apply to Gold Star Family members for the entirity of The Wall 's visit. Additionally, there are no entry fees on Saturday, September 20th. We thank you for your understanding. While visiting TWTH, please… more >
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