It may be the shortest month of the year, but there’s no shortage of events on the calendar in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
Whether it’s an early spring or six more weeks of winter, we’ll keep you entertained this month with live music, theatre performances, sporting events, and other fun activities.
Here are 20 of the top events to check out this February in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
1. Winter Beachfest
Salem Civic Center
Head to the Salem Civic Center for some summertime fun at the 11th annual Winter Beachfest, which will feature live music by The Band of Oz.
2. Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs
February 2, 9, 10, 16, 17
Cheer on the Rail Yard Dawgs this month as the team enters the final stretch of the season and tries to push for a playoff spot.
3. "Gin Game"
Star City Playhouse
Get introduced to the community theatre scene in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and take in this production of “Gin Game” by Star City Playhouse in Vinton.
4. Tons of Fun
It’s a full day of free fun, attractions, and entertainment at Tanglewood Mall for the 19th annual Tons of Fun celebration.
5. Lea DeLaria
Most known for her award-winning work as “Big Boo” in Orange is the New Black, Lea DeLaria is also an accomplished comedian and musician. In this performance at the Jefferson Center, DeLaria will feature her skills as a jazz musician.
6. Falling Creek Mountain Cross 2018 Race
Falling Creek Park
Whether you’re racing or just want to come out for a good time, this Winter Mountain Cross Race Series is a great showcase of our year-round passion for mountain biking in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
7. Bourbon + Bacon
Taubman Museum of Art
Spend an evening at the Taubman Museum of Art sampling bourbons from various distilleries and pork dishes created by local chefs, in addition to enjoying all the art on display in the museum.
8. BloodLust - A Special Valentine’s Day Event
The Meek’s Manor
Who says Valentine’s Day has to be about roses, jewelry, and chocolate? Take a haunted adventure through The Meek’s Manor with a Valentine’s date that could be to die for!
9. Big Lick Comic-Con
Put on your favorite costume and prepare for a day of games, music, panels, vendors, and all things comic-related at this Comic-Con event.
10. The Harlem Globetrotters
Salem Civic Center
One of the most entertaining teams in sports returns to Virginia’s Blue Ridge as the Harlem Globetrotters take the floor at the Salem Civic Center.
11. RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles
Salem Civic Center
Celebrate one of the most influential bands in the history of music in this tribute show for The Beatles that includes music, vocals, and historical footage from the band’s rise to the top of the music world.
12. Puppy Love Valentine’s Dinner at Chateau Morrisette
Chateau Morrisette Winery & Restaurant
A four-course meal paired with delicious wines in the beautiful setting at Chateau Morrisette Winery & Restaurant is a wonderful way to spend Valentine’s Day with your sweetheart.
13. The Black Jacket Symphony
The Black Jacket Symphony offers a unique musical experience by recreating classic albums with a specially selected group of performers who mimic the album in every way in a live setting.
14. China National Symphony Orchestra: “Chinese New Year Celebration”
Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech
You may not be able to go to the Far East to celebrate the Chinese New Year, but you can definitely make it to the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech for a concert by the China National Symphony Orchestra.
15. A Night of Makin’ Likker
Twin Creeks Distillery
Learn about the history of moonshine and how Franklin County became known as the Moonshine Capital of the World in this special tour experience that includes a visit to Twin Creeks Distillery.
16. Jurassic Quest
The kids will love seeing over 200 life-size dinosaurs on display and it’s an educational experience with creatures represented from the Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic periods.
Holiday Inn Tanglewood - Roanoke
MystiCon is back in Roanoke for the 8th consecutive year and has established a reputation as an awesome weekend of Sci Fi, fantasy, and pop culture.
18. Acoustic Endeavors Bluegrass Concert
We love our bluegrass music in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and you can experience that proud music heritage by attending the Acoustic Endeavors concert at the charming Buchanan Theatre.
19. Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic
Mickey, Minnie, and many of your other favorite Disney characters are coming to Virginia’s Blue Ridge for this show at Berglund Center that will feature classic Disney moments we recognize from the iconic films and stories.
20. Vieux Farka Toure
Five Points Music Sanctuary
Nicknamed the “Hendrix of the Sahara,” Vieux Farka Toure is a musician from Mali who’s known as one of the best guitarists in the world. He’s also the son of Grammy-winning artist Ali Farka Toure.
This is only a sampling of what’s happening in Virginia’s Blue Ridge this month! Visit our Calendar of Events for a complete list of upcoming events.