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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 Nov 27, 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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Bedford Festival of Trees

November 19 – December 31, 2014
The theme this year is "Christmas on the Homefront - 1944″. This theme ties in with the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Come and see all the different decorated trees inside and outside the building. You can also vote for your favorite tree; voting is just $1.00 per vote. All proceeds of the top three winning trees will be donated to their selected charities. Extended Hours December 5, 12, 13, 14, 19 until 9:00pm .   more >

Thanksgiving at Mountain Lake

November 27, 2014
Join us for a special Thanksgiving Buffet in Harvest Restaurant to celebrate the Holiday! Available Thursday, November 27th, 2014 from 11:00am to 4:00pm. Reservations are required and can be made up to 60 days prior by calling 540-626-7121. Adult Buffet: $24.95++, Children's Buffet (5-12yrs): $12.95++   more >

Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Peaks of Otter Lodge

November 27, 2014
The popular Thanksgiving Day Buffet returns to Peaks’ Lake View Restaurant with Oven Roasted Turkey, Honey Glazed Ham, and Top Round of Beef plus traditional sides and desserts. The buffet will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Reservations are suggested. Call 866-387-9905 or 540-586-1081 and make your reservation today! Adults $29.95 Children 4 to 12 years of age $15.95 Children 3 and under Free Taxes & gratuities are additional. MENU: ~ Salad Bar ~ Fresh Salad with All… more >

2014 Union Drumstick Dash

November 27, 2014
  • Location: Suntrust Plaza - Downtown Roanoke
  • Address: 106 Franklin Road SE, Roanoke, VA 24042
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The DASH is sure to get you into a thankful spirit as you and your family join us in feeding the hungry. Enjoy the music along our route as the StellarOne Drumstick DASH provides a fun, family-friendly, rain or shine Thanksgiving morning event. This year, the Rescue Mission will provide more than 350,000 meals to hungry families. Our 5K route has now been certified by USA Track & Field. It winds through downtown Roanoke, starting at Williamson and Franklin Roads and ends on the historic… more >

Buchanan Festival of Trees

November 27, 2014 – January 1, 2015
  • Location: Buchanan Library
  • Address: Main Street, Buchanan, VA 24066
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Visit Website
Discover Christmas through the eyes of a child this Christmas. Enjoy displays of trees in the Buchanan Library on Main Street from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Ornaments hand crafted by students in Buchanan Elementary School’s preschool through fifth grade classes help to create a festive atmosphere for everyone’s enjoyment.   more >

On-going Events

Fashions for Evergreens

November 27, 2014 – January 1, 2015
The annually celebrated Fashions for Evergreens tree competition, features professionally designed trees.Vote for your favorite! more >

Friday Nov 28, 2014

Featured Events

Fantasyland

November 28, 2014
In a warm, comfortable setting in the History Museum's Library, Santa, dressed in his green shirt, suspenders, and lace up boots, with his coat hanging on the rack by the fireplace mantel, welcomes visitors into an inviting atmosphere. The children sit on the floor getting to know Santa at their own pace. Santa teaches important lessons of love, sharing, history, and more as he tells stories, sings, plays guitar or piano, and interacts with the children through fun activities. Visitors also get… more >

Calendar of Events

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 >

Bedford Festival of Trees

November 19 – December 31, 2014
The theme this year is "Christmas on the Homefront - 1944″. This theme ties in with the 70th Anniversary of D-Day. Come and see all the different decorated trees inside and outside the building. You can also vote for your favorite tree; voting is just $1.00 per vote. All proceeds of the top three winning trees will be donated to their selected charities. Extended Hours December 5, 12, 13, 14, 19 until 9:00pm .   more >

Black Friday at Chateau Morrisette

November 28, 2014
Chateau Morrisette will hold a Black Friday sale on November 28th, 2014. This is the kickoff for our Holiday Sale that runs through the end of December. Stop by our tasting room, call us, or order wine online to receive 20% off bottles or 30% off cases!   more >

Buchanan Merchant Christmas Open House

November 28, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Buchanan
  • Address: 19753 Main Street, Buchanan, VA 24066
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Shop, Stroll & Dine. You and your family are invited to enjoy an old fashioned Christmas. Join us Friday and Saturday for extended hours from 5PM - 9PM during the Merchant’s Christmas Open House. Enjoy carols floating on air, thousands of tiny white lights, red velvet bows and fresh evergreens decorating Buchanan’s historic Main Street buildings. Delight in the slower pace of downtown, its beautiful window displays and the hospitality of our downtown merchants. While you are… more >

Franklin County Courthouse Tree Lighting

November 28, 2014
  • Location: Franklin County Courthouse
  • Address: 275 S. Main Street, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
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Begin the holiday season with the annual Courthouse Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Friday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. on the front lawn of the courthouse in Rocky Mount. During the ceremony you’ll enjoy performances from the Benjamin Franklin Middle School Band, a Christmas Card Contest awards presentation and the lighting of the tree by the artist chosen as the Overall Best Card winner. Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the ceremony. This event is sponsored by the… more >

Midnight Movies at the Grandin Theatre: "Almost Famous"

November 28, 2014
FREE Midnight Movies at the Grandin Theatre showing "Almost Famous"  more >

Paulo Franco LIVE at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers

November 28, 2014
Richmond based singer-songwriter brings his energy to the stage at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers! Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, located in Downtown Roanoke, offers award winning brews and a rotating selection of live music and food truck vendors. Hours: Thursday 4pm-8pm, Friday 4pm-9pm and Saturday 2pm-9pm  From downtown Roanoke, head West to 5th Street, cross bridge over railroad tracks and take first left onto Shenandoah Avenue. Soaring Ridge Brewery is second building on the right. … more >

Paulo Franco on Stage at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers

November 28, 2014
Richmond based Franco writes, sings, and plays with heart and energy. Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, located in Downtown Roanoke, offers award winning brews and a rotating selection of live music and food truck vendors. Hours: Thursday 4pm-8pm, Friday 4pm-9pm and Saturday 2pm-9pm  From downtown Roanoke, head West to 5th Street, cross bridge over railroad tracks and take first left onto Shenandoah Avenue. Soaring Ridge Brewery is second building on the right. more >

Public Skate

November 28, 2014
Berglund Center Coliseum A portion of each ticket sold to this event will benefit Roanoke Pride Date and Time:  Friday, November 28 Session #1: 10am - 1pm  Session #2: 2pm-5pm  Session #3: 6pm-9pm    Admission: $5 Skate Rental: $2 Group Rates available for groups of 10 or more. Call Hannah Mankin at 540-853-5382 for more information.       more >

Virginia Tech Hokies vs. Virginia Cavaliers

November 28, 2014
In the final home football game of the season, the Virginia Tech Hokies take on the Virginia Cavaliers in the Battle of the Commonwealth Cup.   more >

16 Hands Fall 2014 Studio Tour

November 28 – 30, 2014
16 hands is trying something new. This fall we will host our studio tour on two consecutive weekends: our traditional Thanksgiving weekend November 28, 29, 30 and the weekend before, November 22, 23. Each studio will host visiting artists who have been mentored or served apprenticeships to three members of 16 hands. Visit our website later in the summer to see examples of their work and links to their websites. About the Tour In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains there is an… more >

Buchanan's Late Night Fridays

November 28 – December 12, 2014
  • Location: Buchanan businesses
  • Address: Main Street, Buchanan, VA 24066
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday
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Step back in time where merchants waited on you by name, not a number when you shop, stroll and dine in downtown Buchanan this Christmas season. Leave the traffic and chaos behind during Buchanan's Late Night Fridays. Many of your favorite shops keep the lights on and doors open each Friday from Thanksgiving through December 12th. Shop, stroll and dine along Main Street. Rediscover shopping close to home where our merchants specialize in serving you by name, not a number. Enjoy displays… more >

Buchanan Festival of Trees

November 27, 2014 – January 1, 2015
  • Location: Buchanan Library
  • Address: Main Street, Buchanan, VA 24066
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Visit Website
Discover Christmas through the eyes of a child this Christmas. Enjoy displays of trees in the Buchanan Library on Main Street from Thanksgiving through New Year’s. Ornaments hand crafted by students in Buchanan Elementary School’s preschool through fifth grade classes help to create a festive atmosphere for everyone’s enjoyment.   more >
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