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Calendar of Events in the Blue Ridge Mountains

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. 

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

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Wednesday Oct 22, 2014

Calendar of Events

Flashlight Maze Nights at Layman Family Farms

October 01 – 29, 2014
  • Location: Layman Family Farms
  • Address: 1815 Mountain View Church Road, Blue Ridge, VA 24064
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Wednesday
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Are you brave enough to explore the maze at night?  Wednesday nights in October you are encouraged to bring your flashlight (or purchase one at the farm) and be ready for lots of laughs as you encounter other nighttime maze-goers!  Hayrides around the farm are scheduled at  6:00pm, 6:30pm and 7:00pm with the last hayride at 7:30 pm.  Only the corn maze and jumping pillow are available on Wednesday nights. All other activities are closed.  Flashlights are… 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 >

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 >

An Evening with David Sedaris

October 22, 2014
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers, a master of satire, and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Sedaris is the author of Barrel Fever and Holidays on Ice, collections of personal essays, and his most recent book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. His pieces appear regularly in The New Yorker and have twice been included in “The Best American Essays.” He… 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
  • Visit Website
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 >

Thursday Oct 23, 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

Starting March 22, 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
  • Visit Website
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 >

Young At Art

Starting September 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 >

Artful Journeys

September 18 – December 18, 2014
NEW: Artful Journeys (September 17 - December 17) For Elementary and Middle School Age Children Wednesdays, 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 >

Elderscholar Lecture Program

September 30 – November 6, 2014
  • Location: Roanoke College - Colket Center
  • Address: 221 College Lane, Salem, VA 24153
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Thursday
  • Visit Website
Elderscholar Lecture Program Tuesday Series, Sept. 30-Nov. 4, Noon–2 p.m., $75 Thursday Series, Oct. 2-Nov. 6, Noon–2 p.m., $75 (Price includes five lectures and five lunches) The Elderscholar Lecture Program is a five-week lunch and lecture series for adults at least 55 years old. It features Roanoke College faculty speaking on their areas of expertise and includes a lively question and answer session at the conclusion of each lecture. Lunch in the College's Sutton Commons… 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 >

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 >

Cirque du Soleil Varekai

October 22 – 26, 2014
  • Location: Berglund Center
  • Address: 710 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24016
  • Venue: Berglund Center
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Visit Website
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 >

Author of "Factory Man," Beth Macy at Hollins

October 23, 2014
  • Location: Niederer Auditorium, Wetherill Visual Arts Center
  • Address: 7916 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24019-4421
  • Venue: Hollins University
  • Visit Website
Reading by the Author of "Factory Man," Beth Macy Thursday, October 23, 8:15 pm Niederer Auditorium, Wetherill Visual Arts Center. Main Author and journalist Beth Macy’s new book is Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local – and Helped Save an American Town (2014). The New York Times called Factory Man “an illuminating, deeply patriotic David vs. Goliath book.” Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg described it as “a… more >

Illustrator Matt Phelan at the Roanoke Main Library

October 23, 2014
  • Location: Roanoke Main Library
  • Address: 706 S Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24016
The Main Library is thrilled to welcome artist and illustrator Matt Phelan for two programs on Thursday, October 23 first at 10:00 AM and later in the evening at 6:00 PM.   Matt Phelan is the illustrator of many books for young readers including Flora's Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall, Always by Ann Stott, Xander's Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, and The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal. He is the author/illustrator of the graphic novel The Storm… more >

Lecture by Sebastiaan Faber at Hollins

October 23, 2014
Lecture by Sebastiaan Faber Thursday, October 23, 6 pm Niederer Auditorium, Wetherill Visual Arts Center Sebastiaan Faber, professor of Hispanic studies and director of the Center for Languages and Cultures at Oberlin College, will give a talk titled "History, Truth, and Ownership: The Photographic Archive of the Spanish Civil War" based on the documentary The Mexican Suitcase.   more >

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Miami Hurricanes

October 23, 2014
The Marching Virginians and New Life Christian Fellowship are joining forces again this year to sponsor a massive canned food drive in conjunction with the Virginia Tech vs. Miami football game on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:30pm. Drop-off points for HOKIES FOR THE HUNGRY are at all entrances to Lane Stadium and various locations near the stadium where Tailgate Pep Bands will be performing prior to kick- off. All contributions will be distributed through the Montgomery County Christmas… more >

Thursday Night Live!

October 2, 2014 – December 31, 2015
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 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. Free to the general public.   more >

Friday Oct 24, 2014

Featured Events

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 >

Calendar of Events

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
  • 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 >

Friday Night Jamboree

Starting September 26, 2014
The Floyd Country Store has become a traditional gathering place on Friday nights for musicians, dancers, and visitors from all over the world. The first hour is gospel music, followed by two dance bands. It’s a great time for the whole family, and you’re likely to see kids from six to ninety-six out on our hardwood dance floor. The Jamboree happens every Friday night, rain or shine, all year round. Tickets are $5.00 at the door. Seating is limited, so if a seat is important to you… more >
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