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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 17, 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 >

Franklin County Library Hosts Author James Morrison

April 17, 2014
  • Location: Franklin County Library - Westlake Branch
  • Address: 84 Westlake Road, Hardy, VA 24101
  • Visit Website
The Franklin County Library will host local author and historian James W. Morrison for a reading and presentation of his new novel "Class of 1940: Coming of Age in World War II" on Thursday, April 17th at 4:00 p.m. at the Westlake Library in Hardy. Following the presentation, books will be available for purchase and signing.   more >

James Godburn - Gallery Talk

April 17, 2014
Jim Godburn, a graduate of JMU, is a seasonal interpreter in his 13th year with the National Park Service. Godburn is currently an Education Specialist at Sailor's Creek Battlefield State Park. Jim portrays a physician and tobacco planter in first person and will present “Sick Call & Surgery,” a talk on Civil War medicine. To accompany the current traveling exhibit An American Turning point the History Museum will host a series of Gallery Talks. All Gallery Talks are located on… more >

Salem Red Sox Baseball

April 17, 2014
Salem Red Sox vs. Frederick Keys Parrothead Night Quench Your Thirstday and Live Music   more >

Thursday Night Live!

April 17, 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 live music by Runaway Jones and a lecture on public art by Jack Becker.   more >

Together in Concert: Jim Scott & James Durst

April 17, 2014
  • Location: June Bug Center
  • Address: 251 Parkway Lane South, Floyd, VA 24091
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For over three decades, composer/guitarist/singer/activist JIM SCOTT has made it his business to create and perform music that celebrates peace, justice and the earth. His songs, poetry and short stories address our common concerns with insight and gentle wit. For all his varied professional background—including tenure with the Paul Winter Consort—it is Jim’s lyrical songs that remain his most memorable offering. He transforms his audience into an intimate gathering with a… 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 18, 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 >

Meditation For Everyone: Free Introductory Class Series

April 04 – 18, 2014
  • Location: Raleigh Court Public Library
  • Address: 2112 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24015
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
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This introductory course is designed especially for beginners. You will learn meditation and the approach to training the mind. Applying these methods in your everyday life will lead to happiness and a sense of purpose and harmony in your relationships. These free special classes will take place at the Raleigh Court Public Library, located at 2112 Grandin Road, SW, Roanoke, Virginia. No pre-registration required. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome! For more information visit:… more >

First Fridays Season Opener!

April 18, 2014
  • Location: Franklin Road between Jefferson and Williamson
  • Address: Franklin Road, Roanoke, VA
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Join us as we kick off our 2014 season on Franklin Road between Jefferson & Williamson! We are very excited to present Clare Dunn with special guest Madrone! This promises to be a GREAT event! Admission is $5.00 and beer and wine are available for $4.00. Must be 21 or older to attend. Proceeds benefit local charities! Join the original downtown party with a purpose!   more >

Hunter Hayes with Danielle Bradbery from The Voice & Country Duo Dan+Shay

April 18, 2014
HUNTER HAYES Roanoke Civic Center Coliseum Date and Time: Friday, April 18, @ 7:00 p.m. Ticket Prices: $25, $35, $49.50 Parking: $5.00 Parking at the Roanoke Civic Center will require a $5 VIP pass to be purchased in advance at the Box Office or online with tickets to the show. Parking pass must be surrendered at time of entry to the lots. Tickets go onsale to the general public on Friday, February 14 at 10 a.m. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS CLICK HERE FOR SEATING MAP CLICK HERE TO… more >

Annual Spring Southwest Virginia Antique Flea Market and Swap Meet

April 18 – 19, 2014
  • Location: Franklin County Recreation Park
  • Address: 2150 Sontag Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
  • Visit Website
All antiques are welcome at the Annual Spring Southwest Virginia Antique Flea Market and Swap Meet. Each year the Southwest Virginia Antique Power Festival, Inc. hosts spring and fall sales to offer antique enthusiasts a day to rummage and revel in used treasures for a day of bargaining and discovery. Bring your used farm equipment, autos, household wares and more, but don't forget to leave all new items behind – except tools. There's no set-up or entry fee.   more >

Star City Comedy Club: Dustin Diamond

April 18 – 19, 2014
  • Location: Star City Comedy Club at Corned Beef & Co.
  • Address: 107 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Visit Website
Diamond is best known as Samuel "Screech" Powers from "Saved by the Bell." He was also seen on "Celebrity Fit Club" and Tru TV's "World's Dumbest." UNCENSORED comedy performance. Dinner and drinks served to your table and Dustin will meet everyone after each show. Make reservations online at StarCityComedy.com or by phone.   more >

Saturday Apr 19, 2014

Featured Events

16th Annual Blue Ridge Kite Festival

April 19, 2014
A day of outdoor family fun with free admission, free parking, free children's t-shirts and free children's kites ( while supplies last). The Richmond Air Force Kite Club provides an entire day of quality entertainment with their professionally choreographed routines & flying tricks. There will be food vendors & Arts & Craft vendors on site. more >

Calendar of Events

Fun Filled Saturday at The Fluff-N-Stuff Zoo

March 22 – September 27, 2014
We will be having a day filled with activities such as games, a puppet show, a movie and snacks for $10.00 we will also have face painting for an additional fee of $5.00, jewelry making for $2.00 and prices vary for stuffed pet adoptions. Come by and enjoy your day with us.   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 >

Annual Spring Southwest Virginia Antique Flea Market and Swap Meet

April 18 – 19, 2014
  • Location: Franklin County Recreation Park
  • Address: 2150 Sontag Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
  • Visit Website
All antiques are welcome at the Annual Spring Southwest Virginia Antique Flea Market and Swap Meet. Each year the Southwest Virginia Antique Power Festival, Inc. hosts spring and fall sales to offer antique enthusiasts a day to rummage and revel in used treasures for a day of bargaining and discovery. Bring your used farm equipment, autos, household wares and more, but don't forget to leave all new items behind – except tools. There's no set-up or entry fee.   more >

Star City Comedy Club: Dustin Diamond

April 18 – 19, 2014
  • Location: Star City Comedy Club at Corned Beef & Co.
  • Address: 107 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Visit Website
Diamond is best known as Samuel "Screech" Powers from "Saved by the Bell." He was also seen on "Celebrity Fit Club" and Tru TV's "World's Dumbest." UNCENSORED comedy performance. Dinner and drinks served to your table and Dustin will meet everyone after each show. Make reservations online at StarCityComedy.com or by phone.   more >

Chug for the Jug 5K Race & Health Walk

April 19, 2014
  • Location: Rocky Mount Farmer's Market
  • Address: 435 Franklin Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
  • Visit Website
Join us at the Rocky Mount Farmer's Market for a 5K Race, Health Walk and Kids Fun Run. Awards will be given to the top finishers in each age division. Jugs will be awarded to the top 3 Overall Male & top 3 Overall Female runners in the 5K and to each age division winner. 2nd and 3rd place finishers will also receive an award. 1st-3rd place Health Walk walkers will receive an award. The winning Health Walk Team will accept and "own" the coveted trophy for one year. Visit… more >

EGG-Stravaganza at Mountain Lake

April 19, 2014
  • Location: Mountain Lake Lodge
  • Address: 115 Hotel Circle, Pembroke, VA 24136
  • Visit Website
1:00pm - 3:00pm on the Front Lawn of Mountain Lake Lodge. Come join us for a new Mountain Lake event! This FREE event will feature a GIANT Easter Egg Hunt on the grounds with a special appearance by the Easter Bunny himself! The Easter Bunny will be available for pictures and there will be "Golden Eggs" hidden with special prizes!   more >

Franklin County 16th Annual Easter Egg Hunt

April 19, 2014
Come join us as over 15,000 eggs are hidden at Waid Recreation Park for the 16th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Bunny will be there for photo opportunities so do not forget to bring your camera and Easter basket. Concessions will be available on site.   more >
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