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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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Monday Sep 01, 2014

Calendar of Events

Commonwealth Catholic Charities 6th annual Labor of Love 1mile/ 5k

September 1, 2014
  • Location: Reserve Avenue Field
  • Address: 210 Reserve Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
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Commonwealth Catholic Charities is hosting its sixth annual Labor of Love 1-Mile Walk/Run and 5K at Reserve Avenue Field. The funds raised by the walk/run and 5K will benefit the programs and critical services provided by Commonwealth Catholic Charities (CCC). Registration is $30 for the 5K and $15 for 1-Mile Walk/Run. Day-of registration is available at the event from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. Advance packet pick-up will be at Fleet Feet (4347 Franklin Road, Roanoke) on Saturday, August 30 from… more >

Labor Of Love 2014

September 1, 2014
  • Location: Reserve Avenue Fields
  • Address: 210 Reserve Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
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Labor Of Love 2014 is a 5K and 1 mile Run/Walk benefiting the Commonwealth Catholic Charities' services in the Roanoke area. Entry fee for the 5K is $20 before August 4. It is $30 after August 4. Entry fee for the 1 mile is $10 before August 4 and $15 after. Runners with strollers are welcome at no additional price.   more >

Tuesday Sep 02, 2014

Calendar of Events

Fleet Feet Tuesday Night Pub Run - Old Southwest Grill (formerly Fork in the City)

August 05 – December 30, 2014
  • Location: Old Southwest Grill
  • Address: 551 Marshall Street, Roanoke, VA 24016
  • Recurrence: Recurring every 2 weeks on Tuesday
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The Fleet Feet Sports Pub Runs take place on Tuesday evenings at 6pm. Runs alternate weekly between Old Southwest Grill (formery Fork in the City) and the Wasena City Tap Room. The Pub Runs will include a three and five mile route. Pub Runs will be followed by food and beverage specials! Please note that there is an overflow parking lot for us to use for the Pub Runs at Wasena City Tap Room. The overflow parking is a paved lot on 8th Street, half a block south of the River House and has… more >

Center in the Square: Tuesday Lunch Break with The Roanoke Ballet Theatre

September 02 – 09, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Roanoke Market Square
  • Address: 1 Market Square, Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday
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Downtown Roanoke is showcasing the newly renovated pedestrian friendly Market Square by hosting special events throughout the summer. On Tuesdays, Center in the Square will offer performance-based presentations by our partner organizations along with karaoke and live music in the Square. This Tuesday will feature The Roanoke Ballet Theatre.   more >

Wednesday Sep 03, 2014

Calendar of Events

Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones

September 3, 2014
Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones will bring their own brand of southern old-time song-duets and fiddle/banjo/mando tunes from Galax, Virginia to the Harvester Performance Center September 3, 2014.   more >

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band

September 3, 2014
Jefferson Center opens the 2014 Star City Series with one of America’s most eclectic and iconic singer/songwriters. Lyle Lovett and His Large Band have charmed audiences for decades with his his resonant, reedy voice and a music that defies categorization. Based in country, with urges toward swing, jazz, folk, gospel, hymnal, honky-tonk, ragtime, bluegrass, and blues, Lovett sings across genres with deep emotion—resisting expected barriers for the sake of the song. The recipient of… more >

Wednesday Noonday Services

September 03 – December 17, 2014
  • Location: Greene Memorial United Methodist Church
  • Address: 402 Second Street, SW, Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
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25-minute services offering messages of faith and hope from Roanoke's area clergy. With the home cooked lunch that immediately follows (suggested donation, $6) you can come to the service, eat lunch and be back in your office in less than an hour!   more >

Thursday Sep 04, 2014

Calendar of Events

Franklin County Aging Services Hosts the Frank Cauley Band

February 06 – December 4, 2014
  • Location: Essig Recreation Center
  • Address: 295 Technology Dr, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Thursday
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Enjoy a live jam session that will keep you tapping your toes and swaying to the beat of Gospel and Bluegrass melodies as Franklin County Aging Services hosts the Frank Cauley Band at the Essig Recreation Center in Rocky Mount on the first Thursday of each month. For more information, call (540) 483-9238.   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
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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
  • 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 >

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 >

BB&T's Party in Elmwood - Downtown's Beach Music Thursdays

May 22 – September 11, 2014
Get ready to groove and shag at BB&T's Party in Elmwood as the 2014 season of Roanoke’s favorite beach music dance party kicks off in the newly renovated Elmwood Park every Thursday night from May 22nd through September 11th, 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Dates for the 2014 season are below. Admission will be $5 at the gate, or purchase an "Any Ten Ticket" for $45 (it's like getting a free ticket!). Kids under 12 are free! This year will feature all your favorite bands and jams plus… 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 >

Lunch Box Lecture: George Kegley

September 4, 2014
George Kegley will speak on his experiences during his 40 year journalism career and 50 years of working with the Historical Society of Western Virginia   more >

The Legacy Motown Revue

September 4, 2014
A tribute to legendary icons of Motown, The Legacy Motown Revue will perform at Harvester Performance Center on Thursday, September 4. Paying homage to the music that molded multiple generations, and gave Detroit a claim to fame other than cars, THE LEGACY takes you back to the days of The Drifters, The Coasters, The Jacksons, Earth Wind & Fire, The Temptations, and so many more legendary icons! Featuring 4 talented performers that dance and sing, you will be transported back in time to one… more >

Video Games: The Movie One-Time Screening by Roanoke Gaming

September 4, 2014
  • Location: Carmike 10 Cinema (Tanglewood)
  • Address: 4494 Electric Rd, Roanoke, VA
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This movie will be screened ONE TIME ONLY at Tanglewood Carmike. The movie is a documentary by Zach Braff (Scrubs) about video game culture and how it has effected the world around us. Tickets MUST BE pre-purchased at http://www.tugg.com/events/10520!   more >

Lockn' Music Festival

September 04 – 07, 2014
  • Location: Oak Ridge Farm
  • Address: 2300 Oak Ridge Road, Arrington, VA 22922
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Visit Website
LOCKN', a 4-day music festival, with an emphasis on world class music, locally sourced food and sustainability is held at Oak Ridge Farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge in Central Virginia. Lockn' was created by industry veterans Dave Frey and Peter Shapiro. Frey founded the HORDE Festival while Shapiro owned New York City’s historic rock club, “Wetlands Preserve.” He also produced U2’s award-winning film U23D and currently publishes Relix Magazine as well as being… more >

Roanoke College Coffee Shop Talks

September 04 – December 4, 2014
Roanoke College Coffee Shop Talks First Thursday of each month, 8 p.m., Mill Mountain Coffee and Tea, Main Street, Salem Dates: Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4 These talks provide a relaxed forum for discussion and inquiry on a wide range of topics. Each one-hour talk includes a short presentation, followed by questions and discussion. Talks are free and open to the public. Visit Roanoke College’s online calendar at www.roanoke.edu/calendar for the topic of each month’s coffee… 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 05, 2014

Featured Events

Franklin County Civil War Days

September 05 – 07, 2014
  • Location: Lakewatch Plantation - Smith Mountain Lake
  • Address: 14734 Booker T. Washington Highway, Moneta, Virginia 24121
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Visit Website
Take a step back in time as you explore history, discover camp life and relive stories from the front lines at the fourth annual Franklin County Civil War Days, Sept. 5-7, 2014 at Lakewatch Plantation in Moneta. The event will feature military demonstrations with notable re-enactors, including portrayals of General Jubal A. Early and General Robert E. Lee, living history presentations, battlefield polo, a fashion show and tea, a church program, a variety of vendors including artisans,… more >

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 >

Lockn' Music Festival

September 04 – 07, 2014
  • Location: Oak Ridge Farm
  • Address: 2300 Oak Ridge Road, Arrington, VA 22922
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Visit Website
LOCKN', a 4-day music festival, with an emphasis on world class music, locally sourced food and sustainability is held at Oak Ridge Farm in the foothills of the Blue Ridge in Central Virginia. Lockn' was created by industry veterans Dave Frey and Peter Shapiro. Frey founded the HORDE Festival while Shapiro owned New York City’s historic rock club, “Wetlands Preserve.” He also produced U2’s award-winning film U23D and currently publishes Relix Magazine as well as being… more >
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