Spring is on its way to the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge and it’s an exciting time of year with many upcoming events!
You’ll find a week’s worth of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, as well as numerous opportunities to enjoy wonderful live music, sports, craft beer and more.
Plan a spring break getaway to Virginia’s Blue Ridge and mark your calendar with these great events. Here’s a preview of what’s happening this month.
1. Dianne Reeves - Jefferson Center | March 3
Grammy Award winning artist Dianne Reeves brings her exceptional jazz music to the Jefferson Center in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Reeves has performed with other well known musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Norah Jones, and Aretha Franklin.
2. Ink Release Party - Chaos Mountain Brewing | March 3
Attention, craft beer lovers! Chaos Mountain Brewing Co. is hosting a party for the official release of “Ink” - the brewery’s Russian Imperial Stout. The beer is aged in red wine barrels and has notes of berries, chocolate and coffee. The party will also feature live music and delicious Venezuelan food by the El Budare Grill food truck.
3. Twyla Tharp - Moss Arts Center | March 3
We’re thrilled that Twyla Tharp’s “50th Anniversary Tour” includes a stop in Virginia’s Blue Ridge at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech. The dance icon is a legend in the entertainment industry, choreographing more than 160 pieces for movies, TV shows, ballets, and Broadway stage productions.
4. Keller Williams - Harvester Performance Center | March 4
Spend the night with the “one-man jam-band,” which is how fans often describe a Keller Williams concert. The talented musician blends bluegrass, funk, dance, alt-rock, and reggae for a unique style and sound that will keep you on your feet.
The Pub Climb is an awesome way to check out the River Rock Climbing gym and learn about the fun experiences you’ll find there. It’s only $10 for a pass that includes all rental gear and access to the great climbing tracks. Then, head next-door to the Wasena City Tap Room for food and drink specials!
6. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella - Berglund Center | March 9
The timeless story of Cinderella comes to life in Virginia’s Blue Ridge with this one-night performance at Berglund Center. The Tony Award winning musical offers a fresh new take on the classic tale of the chambermaid princess.
7. Los Lonely Boys - Harvester Performance Center | March 9
Known for its hit song “Heaven,” the Los Lonely Boys are a trio of three brothers from San Angelo, Texas. The band is known for its unique style of music described as “Texican Rock n’ Roll” - a blend of various types of rock.
8. Too Much Sylvia - Vinton War Memorial | March 10
Get out for a night of live music at the Vinton War Memorial as the band Too Much Sylvia performs at the Cabin Fever Series Concert. Food by Dojo’s Grill will also be available for purchase at the event.
9. St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Shamrock Festival - Downtown Roanoke | March 11
Learn why Roanoke has the reputation of one of the best cities in the country to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by taking part in this parade and festival. The parade in Downtown Roanoke is one of the region’s most popular annual events and a wonderful celebration of Irish culture and heritage.
10. RSO Symphonic Travelogue - Berglund Center - March 11 | Moss Arts Center - March 12
You’ll have two opportunities to attend Roanoke Symphony Orchestra performances this month, with a show at Berglund Center on March 11 and a show the following day at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech. It’s a special program that features unique musical sounds and influences from around the world.
Jefferson Center will host a night of incredible Irish music with a concert by Lunasa, a band made up of members of many of the most iconic artists in Ireland. The band draws its name from an ancient Celtic harvest festival.
12. NCAA DIII Men’s Basketball Tournament - Salem Civic Center | March 17-18
It’s March Madness in Virginia’s Blue Ridge! Find out which team will cut down the nets of the Salem Civic Center, which hosts the semifinal and championship rounds of the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament.
There are only a few chances left to catch the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs in action! The team is entering the final weeks of its inaugural season in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Come cheer them on for a late-season push up the standings.
14. An Evening with Dailey & Vincent - Franklin County High School | March 18
Labeled as “Rockstars of Bluegrass,” Dailey & Vincent will turn the Franklin County High School Auditorium into a bluegrass party on Saturday, March 18th. The band has been nominated for multiple Grammy, International Bluegrass Music, and Dove awards.
15. Dwight Yoakam w/ Walker County - Harvester Performance Center | March 18
Country music legend Dwight Yoakam is returning to Virginia’s Blue Ridge for a show at the Harvester Performance Center. His new album “Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars…” is the latest in a decorated career that’s been influential in country and honky tonk music.
16. Pairapalooza Roanoke - Patrick Henry Ballroom | March 19
Local wineries and chefs come together for a delicious afternoon of food and wine at the Patrick Henry Ballroom. Pairapalooza Roanoke will be a celebration of wonderful tastes and you’ll learn about the art of food and wine pairing.
17. Great Ladies of Blues & Jazz - Roanoke College | March 21
This event honors the role that women like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey and many others had on influencing the sounds of blues and jazz music during mid-20th century. It’s a free event that’s open to the public and part of the Women’s Forum 2017 at Roanoke College.
18. The Day They Kidnapped the Pope - Attic Productions | March 23 - April 1
This new show by Attic Productions is a comedic journey of when Joao Bethencourt the Pope is kidnapped by a taxi driver while visiting New York and the driver requests a day of world peace as his ransom.
19. Harlem Globetrotters - Berglund Center | March 23
It’s always an electrifying show of incredible basketball talent, laughs and entertainment when the Harlem Globetrotters come to town! The game is sure to include thunderous dunks, trick shots, and fan-interaction that’s fun for for the entire family.
20. Ari Hoenig & Judi Jackson - Jefferson Center | March 24
March 24th will be a special night at the Jefferson Center as it hosts two shows by Ari Hoenig and Judi Jackson. Hoenig is known as one of the most innovative drummers in jazz music while Jackson is a blossoming young star from Roanoke who began to establish herself in the industry through Jefferson Center’s Music Lab.
21. Barrels, Bottles & Casks Tasting Tours - Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest | March 24-25
This tour provides a chance for visitors to experience beverages and spirits that were found during the spring months at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest retreat. You’ll also get to see the kitchen, wine cellar, and learn about the types of foods eaten by Jefferson and the enslaved residents of the estate.
22. 47th Annual Spring Home Show - Salem Civic Center | March 24-26
Over 140 professionals from the home industry will be on hand for the Spring Home Show at the Salem Civic Center, including builders, remodelers, and interior designers. You’ll find all the latest ideas and trends in home improvement.
23. Celtic Woman - Voices of Angels Tour - Berglund Center | March 25
The internationally-acclaimed Celtic Woman returns to Virginia’s Blue Ridge as part of the group’s Voices of Angels Tour. The traditionally trained Irish musicians bring a mesmerizing blend of musical and cultural tradition that takes you on a captivating journey of sounds.
24. The Velveteen Rabbit - Mill Mountain Theatre | March 25 - April 1
Mill Mountain Theatre will tell the classic story of The Velveteen Rabbit with this production that features student performers, designers and technicians. The book was first published in 1922 and is about the story of a stuffed rabbit and his hope to become real through the love of his owner.
25. The Bad Plus - Jefferson Center | March 30
The Bad Plus is a trio of guys from the Upper Midwest who seek to push the boundaries of jazz and rock music. Based in New York City, the band will perform at the Jefferson Center as part of the Jazz Touring Network, made possible through the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts.
This is only a sampling of events taking place this March in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. For a comprehensive list, visit our official Calendar of Events.