The combination of late fall and holidays make November a great time of year around the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

The start of the month features gorgeous fall colors and fall festivals, and then we transition into all kinds of holiday fun and special events. You can also check out the fall flavors at local breweries and spend time on the amazing trails for outdoor adventures.

Here’s a guide to 25 events to check out this November in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

1. The Meek’s Manor Fall Season
The Meek’s Manor
Through November 3
The first weekend of November is your last chance to take part in the fall season of The Meek’s Manor! Meet the characters and victims at this haunted house that will have you feeling like you’re in the ultimate horror movie.

2. Layman Family Farms Fall Festival
Layman Family Farms
Friday - Sunday | Through November 11
Pick the perfect pumpkin, go on a hay ride, and race through the corn maze for the ideal fall day at Layman Family Farms.

3. Carvins Cove Mountain Bike Challenge
Carvins Cove
November 3
Mountain bike riders of all ages and skill levels can participate in the inaugural Carvins Cove Mountain Bike Challenge, which will feature three separate courses, special options for first-time racers, and a family team relay.

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4. Smith Mountain Lake Fall Chili & Craft Festival
Bridgewater Plaza
November 3
It might be cool outside, but things get hot at the Fall Chili & Craft Festival (pictured at the top of this post) at Smith Mountain Lake! This year is the 16th annual event and it’s a full day of delicious chili, arts & crafts, music, and good times at Bridgewater Plaza.

5. Artisan Saturday
Explore Park
November 3
This is one of the best times of year to take a scenic drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway, and you should certainly include a stop at Explore Park for its Artisan Saturday as part of your road trip. There will be jewelry making, woodworking, fiber art, and other pieces by regional artisans on display.


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6. 2 Year Anniversary Party
Twin Creeks Brewing Company
November 3
Twin Creeks Brewing Company is turning two years old and we’re ready to celebrate! The anniversary party will include live music, food trucks, and a few special release small batch beers.

>> Twin Creeks Brewing Company is part of Virginia's Blue Ridge Cheers Trail

7. The Black Jacket Symphony Presents Journey
Berglund Center
November 9
Listen to all your favorite Journey tunes presented in symphonic form by The Black Jacket Symphony. The show begins with a set featuring a particular album showcased as a symphony, and it’s followed by a second set that presents some of the band’s greatest hits.

8. CIAA Volleyball Championship
Salem Civic Center
November 9-10
We are excited to have the 2018 CIAA Volleyball Championship in Salem - Virginia’s Championship City. The top tour teams in the conference will face off in two days of action with the champion advancing on to the NCAA Tournament.

9. Not Another Exquisite Corpse?!
The Spot on Kirk
November 9-11
All ages are welcome for this 3-night production that features local playwrights and actors. The play is presented by Page to Stage Theatre Company and will take place at The Spot on Kirk in Downtown Roanoke.

10. Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs
Berglund Center
November 9-10 | November 16, 22, 24 & 30
Cheer on the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs at Berglund Center as the 2018-19 season of the Southern Professional Hockey League is underway! There are multiple opportunities to catch the team in action throughout the month, including for WYYD Country Cares for St. Jude Night on November 10 and Thanksgiving night on November 22.

11. 2018 Tweed Ride
Salem Museum to Olde Salem Brewing
November 10
Put on your best tweed attire, roll out the vintage bicycles, and get ready for a fun fall ride through Downtown Salem and along the Roanoke River Greenway for this event organized by RIDE Solutions. There will also be post-ride beers and fun at Olde Salem Brewing Company.

>> Learn more about the awesome mountain biking & cycling opportunities in Virginia's Blue Ridge

12. Bob Dylan
Berglund Center
November 10
During his musical career that has spanned more than half a century, Bob Dylan has become one of the most influential figures in American history. His accomplishments include numerous musical awards, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Pulitzer Prize, and Nobel Prize.

CIAA Football Championship - Salem, Virginia

13. CIAA Football Championship
Salem Stadium
November 10
Begin your day with tailgating festivities and fun at the Food Lion/Coca Cola Tailgate Cook-Off and then enjoy a great afternoon of action as the CIAA Football Championship takes place at Salem Stadium in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. 

14. Futureman | Silverman
5 Points Music Sanctuary
November 16
This concert at the 5 Points Music Sanctuary will feature Roy “Futureman” Wooten - a 5-time Grammy Award winning percussionist, and Tracy Silverman, one of the premier concert electric violinists in the world. 

15. Thomas Jefferson Wine Festival
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
November 17
Thomas Jefferson was known as the Father of Virginia Wine, and the 10th annual Wine Festival at his Poplar Forest Estate will feature tastings from more than a dozen of the Commonwealth’s best wineries.

>> 15 Spots for a History Buff to Visit in Virginia's Blue Ridge

16. Star City Half Marathon & 10K
Downtown Roanoke
November 17
You’ll get a tour of Roanoke as you make your way through the course for the Star City Half Marathon & 10k, which will feature medals for all participants and awards for the top 3 finishers overall, as well as in every age group.

17. Virginia Women’s Conference
The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
November 17
The Virginia Women’s Conference is an event where women of all ages can meet, network, and hear from experts on topics such as career development, leadership, business, finance, and health. 

18. Beethoven & Shostakovich
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra - Jefferson Center
November 17-18
The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra will present the music of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony, and they’ll be joined by Natasha Paremski for its presentation of Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2.

19. Drumstick DASH Family 5K Walk & Run
Downtown Roanoke
November 22
Begin your Thanksgiving Day celebration by taking part in Roanoke’s biggest annual family reunion - the Drumstick DASH! It’s a 5K walk and run where over 13,000 runners and walkers participate in support of the Roanoke Rescue Mission.

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20. Fashions for Evergreens
The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center
November 22 - January 1
See The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in its full holiday beauty as you check out the Fashions for Evergreens tree competition. Themed and professionally designed trees are located throughout the hotel and the public is asked to vote for their favorites with a monetary donation that serves as a fundraiser for the local chapter of the United Way.

>> 5 Reasons for a Holiday Getaway to Virginia's Blue Ridge

21. Roanoke Valley Mineral & Gem Society Annual Show
Salem Civic Center
November 23-25
Find unique gift options for the holidays when you visit the Salem Civic Center for the 39th annual Roanoke Valley Mineral & Gem Society show!

22. Hallelujah!: Handel’s Messiah
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra - Jefferson Center
November 27
Maestro David Stewart Wiley and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra help kick off the holiday season with its annual production of Handel’s Messiah, which concludes with a powerful finale of the “Hallelujah” chorus.

23. Christmas Wonderland Holiday Spectacular
Berglund Center
November 27
Santa and a few of his helpers will lead you on a magical holiday journey that includes lots of festive cheer and the chance to sing along to some of your favorite Christmas tunes, including “Jingle Bells,” “Deck the Halls,” “Silent Night,” and many others.


24. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
Salem Civic Center
November 29
You see the classic Rudolph stop-motion movie on TV every year during the holiday season, but now you’ll get the opportunity to see the film come to life as everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer and his friends come to the Salem Civic Center to help save Christmas!

25. Annie
Attic Productions
November 30 - December 15
Annie is one of America’s most iconic stories and Broadway musicals, and now it’s the newest feature for Attic Productions. It’s a family-friendly show that’s a fun way to celebrate the holiday season.

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