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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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Friday Oct 31, 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
  • Visit Website
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 >

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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 >

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 >

15th Annual Fall Scare for Kids 12 & Under

October 17 – 31, 2014
  • Location: Putt-Putt Fun Center
  • Address: 6801 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, VA 24153
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Friday, Saturday
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A haunted house for kids 12 and younger. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Children's Miracle Network in the Roanoke Valley.   more >

Acoustic Jam with Barry Young at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers

October 31, 2014
Acoustic Jams with Barry Young: Barry Young brings energy to an acoustic show for all ages! Stop in Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, located in Downtown Roanoke, for 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… more >

Adult Halloween Costume Ball

October 31, 2014
A special evening event for adults! Come dressed in your Halloween Best to enjoy dancing with our DJ, special refreshments, and décor! Cash bar will be available and Prizes awarded for awesome costumes! Admission is $10 per adult. This event does not require hotel reservations to attend. Come enjoy the party!   more >

Light the Night Carnival

October 31, 2014
  • Address: 2500 Washington Avenue, Vinton, VA 24179
Carnival...clowns, inflatables, Exonerated Band music, carnival games, mechanical bull, hot dogs, drinks, cotton candy, popcorn, door prizes, tons of candy, much more. All for free!! Parking available on site and shuttle service from William Byrd High School, if needed.   more >

Marty Stuart with Special Guest Yarn

October 31, 2014
Marty Stuart is a five time GRAMMY-winner, platinum recording artist, Grand Ole Opry star, country music archivist, Southern culture historian, photographer, musician, songwriter, TV show host, charismatic force of nature, and country music fan. Since their start in 2007, Yarn’s original Americana sound has developed into music that seekers of the unique see as the soundtrack to their lives. Yarn’s albums were recognized by the AMA’s and R&R radio charts, spending time in… more >

Mingle in the Market

October 31, 2014
The Roanoke City Market Building will host live music on Friday nights through the fall. Come celebrate the cooler weather and grab a drink with friends in our NEWLY LICENSED beer and wine friendly INTERIOR! That's right, beer and wine are now served inside the City Market Building! Queso SW Grill, Firefly Fare, and Fork in the Market will all be selling beer and wine during our Friday night Mingle in the Market. SPECIAL HALLOWEEN SHOW FOR KIDS (5:00-7:00) 10/31 - Einstein's Monkey  … more >

Public Skate

October 31, 2014
CW5 presents Friday Night Charity Skate Berglund Center Coliseum Date and Time:  October 316pm-9pm Admission: $5 Skate Rental: $2Group Rates available for groups of 10 or more. Call Hannah Mankin at 540-853-5382 for more information.     more >

Tanglewood Mall Trick or Treat

October 31, 2014
Tanglewood Mall Trick-or-Treat will be on Halloween, October 31st from 5:00pm - 7:00pm. Kids 12 and under can trick-or-treat from store to store, enjoy a haunted house, activities and more! Enter our costume contest with prizes, emceed by Brett Sharp of 94.9 Star Country!   more >

Yonder Moutain String Band with the Larry Keel Experience

October 31, 2014
Bluegrass is a music steeped in tradition, but over the past decade and a half -- much of it spent on the road -- Yonder Mountain String Band has spearheaded a renegade movement to rewrite the definition of the genre. Alongside other neo-bluegrass friends such as Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, The Travelin' McCourys, and Railroad Earth, YMSB has thoroughly revitalized and contemporized bluegrass and introduced it to many thousands of new fans. Rolling Stone said that YMSB… more >

Saturday Nov 01, 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
  • Visit Website
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 >

Saturday Americana Afternoon

Starting September 27, 2014
Join us every Saturday at noon for music and lunch at The Floyd Country Store. The music is varied, but has the common thread of traditional acoustic Americana music. Some of it is indigenous bluegrass or the music of contemporary singer-songwriters. You might hear the blues or some of the Celtic or African sounds that underpin our American folk traditions. Between 12:00pm and 1:30pm we have a scheduled performer, followed by an opportunity to step up for open mic. For more information or to… more >

Roanoke College Coffee Shop Talks

October 01 – December 1, 2014
  • Location: Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea
  • Address: 17 E. Main Street, Salem, VA 24153
  • Venue: Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st
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 shop talk.   more >

Storybook Science

October 4, 2014 – May 2, 2015
Join in for a fun science story and a take-home craft designed for your pre-schooler. Included with regular Science Museum admission! Come to the 4th Floor at the Science Museum, we'll direct you to Storybook Science.   more >

The Floyd Radio Show

October 4, 2014 – May 2, 2015
  • Location: The Floyd Country Store
  • Address: 206 South Locust Street, Floyd, VA 24091
  • Venue: The Floyd Country Store
  • Recurrence: Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday
  • Visit Website
Come one, come all! The Floyd Radio Show is an old-timey variety show with original radio plays, comedy bits, ads, jingles, music and more, hosted by Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt. Celebrating old-time and traditional music with people and communities where music is played and enjoyed in its authentic and purest forms. The show is rooted in Floyd, VA where a musical and artistic community provides endless inspiration for the show, which appears live at The Floyd Country Store on… more >

Spectacular Saturdays

October 4, 2014 – December 26, 2015
 The Taubman will feature performances and interactive activities. Join us for our Spectacular Saturdays! Discover, Create, and Participate in Art Venture art-making and special activities. Visit our current exhibitions, try the gallery scavenger hunts with your family and friends to win a prize, and be on the lookout for special guest collaborations, performances, and so much more! Children can create unique crafts to take home! Each Saturday introduces a brand new selection of… more >

A Night with Special Guests at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers

November 1, 2014
Live music on stage with the band Special Guests Stop in Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, located in Downtown Roanoke, for 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 >

Around the World in 80 Minutes

November 1, 2014
  • Location: Trinity Ecumenical Parish
  • Address: 40 Lakemount Drive, Moneta, VA 24121
  • Visit Website
The Chorus of the Blue Ridge will present "Around the World in 80 Minutes" on Saturday, November 1 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta. This globe-trotting musical journey features song and folk music from 13 countries and 6 continents. For more information, visit thechorusoftheblueridge.com or contact Linda Worman at (540) 204-6876.   more >

Beyond Folk Fest

November 1, 2014
Beyond Folk Fest Saturday, November 1, 9 pm Rathskeller, lower level, Moody Hollins University Arts Association is proud to present Beyond Folk Fest, a music festival dedicated to expanding your mind and heart. Every strum will strike a chord. We provide community access to up-and-coming musicians from across the nation in an evening event. Free to current Hollins students, $10 admission with college ID from other schools, $15 general public. Order tickets at… more >
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