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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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Saturday Jul 26, 2014

Featured Events

FloydFest 13

July 23 – 27, 2014
  • Location: Floyd, Virginia
  • Address: Helms Road, Floyd, VA 24091
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Visit Website
For five glorious July days of the year, this quiet 80-acre plateau off the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway is transformed into a temporary ‘burb of music aficionados.  In addition to the food, shopping, and entertainment amenities, our FloydFest ‘tent city' comes complete with recycling and trash collection, sanitation and zoning issues, medical assistance, neighborhood security, and plain ‘ol common-sense. Please take a moment to read through this campus overview; being a… more >

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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 >

Farm to Table Roanoke at Greenbrier Nurseries

June 12 – August 30, 2014
  • Location: Greenbrier Nurseries
  • Address: 5881 Starkey Road, Roanoke, VA
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Gourmet Farm Market on Thursdays from 2-7 and on Saturdays from 10-3. All vendors use sustainable growing practices.   more >

FREE Friday & Saturday Morning Cartoons at The Grandin Theatre!

July 18 – August 2, 2014
  • Location: The Grandin Theatre
  • Address: 1310 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24015
  • Venue: Grandin Theatre
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
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The Greater Raleigh Court Civic League and The Grandin Theatre proudly bring you free morning cartoons! All shows start at 10am and are FREE! Friday and Saturday mornings - EXCEPT the second weekend of the month more >

20th Annual Francelia Butler Student Conference on Children's Literature

July 26, 2014
20th Annual Francelia Butler Student Conference on Children's Literature Saturday, July 26, 2014 Frances Niederer Auditorium, Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center Keynote address by visiting scholar Jack Zipes, author of numerous books on fairy tales and their evolution, including Breaking the Magic Spell: Radical Theories of Folk and Fairy Tale, Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children and the Culture Industry, Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children's Literature from… more >

2nd Annual Fanta's 5K Run/Walk

July 26, 2014
  • Location: Lick Run Greenway-Washington Park Upper Level
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The Beta Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. presents this fundraiser for Sabrina's Place, a supervised visitation and safe exchange program for Total Action for Progress (TAP) and the City of Roanoke for families that have experienced domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, stalking and/or dating violence. Sabrina's Place is named for one of Beta Chi Omega's members, Sabrina Rucker Reed, who was killed by her estranged husband.   more >

Art Sale

July 26, 2014
  • Location: Art on Kirk
  • Address: 114A Kirk Ave. SE, Roanoke, VA 24011
The artists of Art on Kirk are having a summer art sale at Art on Kirk. Items included are watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, photographs, mixed media, graphics and pottery.   more >

City Market Saturdays

July 26, 2014
  • Location: City Market
  • Address: 213 Market Street, Roanoke, VA 24011
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SATURDAYS 11:00AM - 2:30PM Haley Toyota's City Market Saturdays showcases a variety of entertainment every Saturday from  April 26 - September 27 on the Historic Roanoke City Market.  Come enjoy something different every Saturday, including live entertainment, cooking demonstrations from Downtown chefs, "How-to" Workshops, street performers, family days, and much more.  All activities take place on the City Market from 11:00am - 2:30pm and it's all FREE!  Brought… more >

Parks and Arts

July 26, 2014
  • Location: Countryside Park
  • Address: 2325 Ranch Road, Roanoke, VA
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Free family fun with entertainment by The Moyer Brothers, Roanoke Chamber Brass, The Langstons, Carlos Dowling (Pottery), and Polly Branch (Seeing Nature with Watercolors).   more >

Salem Red Sox Baseball

July 26, 2014
Salem Red Sox vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans Christmas in July Post Game Movie   more >

Shrimpfest 2014

July 26, 2014
Shrimp Fest 2014 is coming Saturday July 26! 12pm - 9pm at Flying Mouse Brewery Live Music by The 360 Band and Five Dollar Shake. STEAMED SHRIMP 1/2 Pound for $9 1 1/2 Pound Bucket $22 LOW COUNTRY BOIL Shrimp, Red Potatoes, Corn on the Cob and Kielbasa Plate $10 HOMEMADE POTATO CHIPS Basket $4 Join us for what will be an Awesome event!   more >

Smith Mountain Lake Symphony Orchestra and Chorus: Bluegrass & Beethoven

July 26, 2014
  • Location: Franklin County High School auditorium
  • Address: 700 Tanyard Road, Rocky Mount, VA 24151
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The Smith Mountain Lake Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform its inaugural concert, "Bluegrass & Beethoven", with opener Randy Cook & Commonwealth Bluegrass Band on Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at Franklin County High School auditorium in Rocky Mount. Opening the concert is Randy Cook & Commonwealth Bluegrass Band performing their traditional and modern bluegrass music. The half ends with Smith Mountain Lake Symphony conductor, Johnny Bender, joining the band on… more >

Touch a Truck...Wheels, Wings and Water!

July 26, 2014
This free event is a community-wide happening where both kids and adults have the opportunity to see, touch, and play while learning about over 200 cool vehicles. Stop by Roanoke County’s Green Hill Park (2501 Parkside Dr, Salem, VA 24153) on July 26, 2014 from 10AM-3PM to see everything from fire trucks to motorcycles, cement trucks to police cars, delivery trucks to garbage trucks, and airplanes! How often does one get to blow the horn of a Big Rig, blast the siren of a Police… more >

Sunday Jul 27, 2014

Featured Events

FloydFest 13

July 23 – 27, 2014
  • Location: Floyd, Virginia
  • Address: Helms Road, Floyd, VA 24091
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Visit Website
For five glorious July days of the year, this quiet 80-acre plateau off the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway is transformed into a temporary ‘burb of music aficionados.  In addition to the food, shopping, and entertainment amenities, our FloydFest ‘tent city' comes complete with recycling and trash collection, sanitation and zoning issues, medical assistance, neighborhood security, and plain ‘ol common-sense. Please take a moment to read through this campus overview; being a… more >

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Sunday Sounds - Chateau Morrisette

June 01 – October 26, 2014
Bring the family on Sunday afternoons through October for live music in the courtyard at no charge. Local and regional musicians and entertainers will brighten up your day. Grilled foods, soft drinks and wine available for purchase beginning at noon or bring your own picnic. Bring seating. more >

Summer Sunday Exploration at Explore Park

June 15 – July 27, 2014
Every Sunday afternoon in June and July, visit the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center between 2:00pm and 4:00pm for educational demonstrations with a local interpreter or National Park Service ranger. Topics will range from frontier history and culture to environmental learning and park wide recreational opportunities. Milepost 115 off the Blue Ridge Parkway more >

Sunday Brunch Food & Cultural Tour

June 29 – December 28, 2014
The tastiest way to discover Roanoke like an insider! #1 Rated on tripAdvisor An easy Sunday stroll through our historic downtown. Complete with delicious tastes, iconic sights, and satifying aromas. We'll visit a few attractions and glimpse into Roanoke's past and future. It's a must do culinary adventure! If visting, we highly recommend taking a tour at the beginning of your visit - it'll make your entire time here so much more enriching!   more >

Benefit for Backpack Buddies at Blue Ridge Vineyard

July 27, 2014
Events are Rain or Shine in the Barn, or outside, weather permitting. We hope you will feel free to bring a picnic (just no outside alcohol, ABC regulations), your friendly, leashed dog, and enjoy the beauty of the music and the scenery. Bring your own chairs, if you choose. Calendar of events subject to change. We try to highlight local talented musician-composers on Sunday afternoons. Some are well-known, some are yet unknown, but all share a love of music.   more >

Salem Red Sox Baseball

July 27, 2014
Salem Red Sox vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans Fireworks ASA Softball Night   more >

Roanoke Mountain Campground Music Series

May 25 – October 12, 2014
  • Location: Roanoke Mountain
  • Address: Mill Mountain Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24018
Sunday evenings‚ June through mid-October‚ the Blue Ridge Parkway sponsors an hour of traditional music at the Roanoke Mountain Campground (currently only open for day use). The music featured at this event is usually old-time or bluegrass‚ and a different band performs each week. The audience is typically a mix of hikers who are enjoying the park and local folks who come especially to hear traditional music. People interested in attending this event should bring… more >

ASA / USA Girl's Class A 16-Under Fast Pitch National Championship

July 27 – August 3, 2014
  • Location: City of Salem, Botetourt County, Roanoke County, City of Roanoke
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
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Enjoy a tournament game at some of the best facilities in the country.  For game schedules with participating teams, visit www.roanokevalleyasanationals.com.  Four Parks and Recreation Departments that include the City of Salem, City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, and Botetourt County come together along with the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring you this prestigious event. Moyer Sports Complex-  1000 Union Street, Salem, VA  24153 Botetourt Sports… more >

Monday Jul 28, 2014

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Playwright's Lab at Hollins Guest Speaker Mark Charney

July 28, 2014
Playwright's Lab Guest Speaker Mark Charney Monday, July 28, 7:30 pm Waldron Stage, Mill Mountain Theatre, downtown Roanoke Charney serves as director of theatre for the department of performing arts at Clemson University. A past chair for Region IV and a past member of the National Selection Team for KCACTF, Charney currently works as a playwright and professor. The first two works in his “male dysfunction trilogy” have been read in both New York and Washington, and the… more >

Summer Camp: Zookeeper 101

July 28 – August 1, 2014
Mill Mountain Zoo’s popular summer camps are a terrific way to introduce your child to the animal kingdom or to foster an existing interest in the feathered, furry and scaly critters we share the planet with. Each camp is designed to encourage a child’s respect and enthusiasm for the natural world through hands-on, fun and educational activities. Every week is chocked full of great experiences, including up-close animal encounters, talks with zookeepers, games, arts and crafts,… more >

ASA / USA Girl's Class A 16-Under Fast Pitch National Championship

July 27 – August 3, 2014
  • Location: City of Salem, Botetourt County, Roanoke County, City of Roanoke
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Visit Website
Enjoy a tournament game at some of the best facilities in the country.  For game schedules with participating teams, visit www.roanokevalleyasanationals.com.  Four Parks and Recreation Departments that include the City of Salem, City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, and Botetourt County come together along with the Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau to bring you this prestigious event. Moyer Sports Complex-  1000 Union Street, Salem, VA  24153 Botetourt Sports… more >

Tuesday Jul 29, 2014

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Center in the Square: Tuesday Lunch Break with Karaoke and Cornhole

July 15 – 29, 2014
  • Location: Downtown Roanoke Market Square
  • Address: 1 Market Square, Roanoke, VA 24011
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday
  • Visit Website
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 cornhole and karaoke.   more >
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