It’s almost time for spring in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
We’re excited for longer days, warmer weather, and all the upcoming performances, festivals, trail runs, and special events on the calendar.
Here are 20 fun events you won’t want to miss this month in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.
1. Luke Combs
Salem Civic Center
The Salem Civic Center in Virginia’s Blue Ridge is a stop on country music artist Luke Combs’ “Don’t Tempt Me With a Good Time Tour,” where he’ll be joined by special guest artist Ashley McBryde.
2. Lewis Black
As a Grammy Award winner and someone who’s performed around the world, Lewis Black is one of the biggest names in comedy. He’ll take the stage at Berglund Center as part of his “The Joke’s On Us Tour.”
3. Explore Your Limits 5K & 10K
Push yourself with either the 5K or 10K trail run as you take on the challenging singletrack and other trails at Explore Park in Roanoke County, which also winds through historic sites and offers views of the Roanoke River.
4. Saturday Night Live Music on the Dock
Twin Creeks Brewing Company
Every Saturday - March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Spend part of your time in Virginia’s Blue Ridge enjoying a few craft beers and some great live music at Twin Creeks Brewing Company, which will host various bands and performers every weekend.
5. Jersey Boys
You’ll love the incredible music and fascinating story of the off-Broadway production of Jersey Boys, a Tony Award winning musical of a collection of singers who become an international sensation.
6. Fierce Films Festival
The Spot on Kirk
The first annual Fierce Films Festival will feature short films about animals, wildlife, nature and conservation submitted by creators of all ages, which are then selected by the staff at the Mill Mountain Zoo.
7. An Evening with Dailey & Vincent
Franklin County High School
The iconic bluegrass duo, which has been inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, returns to Virginia’s Blue Ridge for what promises to be an amazing night of live music at Franklin County High School.
8. Circa: "Carnival of the Animals"
Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech
Ladies and gents, this is the moment you’ve waited for! Australia based Circa will take you on a magical journey through its circus of animals, acrobats, and music in this performance at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech.
9. Hammer & Forge 1 Year Anniversary Celebration
Hammer & Forge Brewing Co.
A relatively new arrival to the craft beer scene in the region, Hammer & Forge Brewing Co. in Boones Mill will celebrate its 1-year anniversary with a special day of great food, live music, and limited beer releases.
10. Beer & Girl Scout Cookies Pairing
Ballast Point Brewing Company
A flight of Ballast Point beer paired with your favorite Girl Scout cookies?! Take advantage of Ballast Point’s Monday night burger special and leave room for this delicious dessert as all proceeds go to benefit the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council.
11. First Baptist of Ivy Gap
Attic Productions presents First Baptist of Ivy Gap, a dramatic comedy written by Ron Osborne that follows six women who volunteer at a church together and develop relationships that evolve over time.
12. Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs
March 15-16, 24, 30-31
The Rail Yard Dawgs will look to build on their strong play of the past few weeks and continue to climb up the Southern Professional Hockey League standings. The Dawgs will take the Berglund Center ice throughout the month with five home games during March.
13. Freedom First St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Shamrock Festival
Presented by Freedom First, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Shamrock Festival in Downtown Roanoke is one of the region’s most popular annual events. It’s one of many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations held in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and has helped earn Roanoke a reputation as one of the best cities in the country to celebrate the holiday.
14. Wizard of Oz
We’re off to see the wizard at Berglund Center! The timeless story of Dorothy and her journey to the Land of Oz is presented in musical theatre form that includes all your favorite characters and songs from the iconic 1939 film.
15. Celtic Woman
With beautiful voices that have captivated audiences around the world, Celtic Woman is an ensemble that celebrates the musical history and heritage of Ireland. The group returns to Virginia’s Blue Ridge with a concert at Berglund Center as part of its Homecoming Tour.
16. Branford Marsalis Quartet
NEA Jazz Master and Grammy Award winner Branford Marsalis and his quartet take the stage at the Jefferson Center for what will be a display of world-class jazz music. Marsalis is regarded as one of the greatest saxophonists of his generation.
17. Cole Swindell
With hit songs like “You Should Be Here” and “Middle of a Memory,” Cole Swindell has become one of the biggest names in country music and will be stopping in Roanoke on his first headlining tour, where he’ll be joined by rising music stars Chris Janson and Lauren Alaina.
18. Springtime Barrels, Bottles & Casks Tasting Tours
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
Cheers to spring with a tour of Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest estate, including a look at the kitchen and stops that will feature unique beverages and information about the culinary trends of his time.
19. Wedding Crawl
The 2018 Wedding Crawl in Downtown Roanoke is a unique opportunity for anyone planning a wedding to experience local venues and vendors in settings that will help you find inspiration and ideas for planning the big day.
20. Big Lick For the Love of the Brew
Big Lick Entertainment presents this Rare Beer Festival that will showcase seasonal and rare selections from over 25 breweries, as well as food from Fast Burger Food Truck, and live music by Corey Hunley & The Millionaires and Barefoot West.
This is only a sampling of what’s happening this month in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Check out our Calendar for a complete list of upcoming events and give us a follow on social media to get more ideas to help you plan your next vacation.