Easter in Roanoke, VA

Easter Weekend in Virginia's Blue Ridge

Experience the fun of Easter weekend in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. It’s a fantastic time of year for a getaway to the Blue Ridge Mountains and the perfect opportunity to take part in the excitement of spring.

In 2022, Easter takes place on Sunday, April 17, which is a weekend full of special events and things to do in Virginia’s Blue Ridge.

This page features information about special Easter events, options for Easter Sunday Brunch, kid-friendly activities such as Easter Egg Hunts and pictures with the Easter Bunny, and other adventures to incorporate into your weekend visit.

As you’ll notice, there are quite a few big events happening throughout the weekend so we encourage you to book your accommodations in advance > 

Easter Events

Pictures with the Easter Bunny - The Early Inn - Rocky Mount’s Early Inn will host this special event on Easter Sunday, and attendees will have the opportunity to receive up to 5 professionally edited photos with the bunny. Purchase Tickets >

Easter Bunny Visits & Photos - Valley View Mall - stop by the mall to take pictures with the Easter Bunny, who will be there daily through Saturday, April 16. Time slots are limited and you’re encouraged to make a reservation for your photo session. Valley View Easter Bunny Reservations >

Eggcellent Adventure - Virginia Museum of Transportation - On Saturday, April 16, the Virginia Museum of Transportation will host its 4th annual Eggcellent Adventure, offering photos with the Easter Bunny, crafts & games for kids, a chance to explore the museum, and food & drink available for purchase. Eggcellent Adventure Tickets >

Bunnies on the Move - Franklin County Parks & Recreation - Residents of Franklin County can take advantage of this special program offered by Franklin County Parks & Recreation and request that the Easter Bunny come visit your home. The bunny will come and hide some eggs in your yard and offer a chance to take family photos. This program is offered April 14-16.

An Afternoon with the Easter Bunny - The French Farmhouse - A week prior to Easter Sunday, The French Farmhouse will host its special Easter Bunny event on Sunday, April 10. Festivities will include a meet & greet with the Easter Bunny, cupcake decorating, Easter story readings, the opportunity for photos with a professional photographer, and other fun arts & crafts. Afternoon with the Easter Bunny Tickets >

Easter Sunrise Service at Natural Bridge - The Natural Bridge Hotel will continue with an annual tradition that began in 1947, hosting an Easter Sunrise Service along the Cedar Creek Trail under the iconic Natural Bridge. The service will be held at 7:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday.

Easter Egg Hunts

Moyer Sports Complex - Thursday, April 14 - The City of Salem’s Parks & Recreation Department invites all children ages 3-10 years old to join the fun of an Easter Egg Hunt at Moyer Sports Complex from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event will also include the opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny. Easter Egg Hunt Facebook Event >

Easter Brunch & Dining

Easter eggs on a dinner plate

Things to Do Easter Weekend

Blue Ridge Marathon - Roanoke, Virginia

Blue Ridge Marathon - Head to Elmwood Park in Downtown Roanoke to cheer on the racers in America’s Toughest Road Marathon! The finish line features an exciting, family-friendly atmosphere that’s great for spectators. The event also offers multiple options for participating, including the full marathon, half marathon, 10K, family 1-miler, relay, and more. 

Down by Downtown Music Festival - This multi-day music festival in Downtown Roanoke coincides with marathon weekend and features a great lineup of bands and performances at 11 different local venues. This year’s festival will be headlined by The Wallflowers, who will perform in Elmwood Park on April 16.

In the Heights - Mill Mountain Theatre - Catch a performance at Mill Mountain Theatre in Downtown Roanoke with its production of In the Heights, the incredible, award-winning show by Lin-Manuel Miranda. 

Peter Pan Jr. - Virginia Children’s Theatre presents the magical story of Peter Pan Jr. as you join Peter, Tinkerbell, Wendy, and her two brothers on a journey to Neverland.

Virginia Tech Spring Football Game - It’s always fun to see the Hokies in action in Lane Stadium and this year’s spring game will be held on Saturday, April 16 at 4:00 p.m. 

Outdoor Adventures for Easter Weekend

Sunrise Hike - McAfee Knob - Roanoke, Virginia

Sunrise Hike - Get your Easter morning started with a sunrise hike in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. Two of our favorite local options for sunrise hiking are McAfee Knob on the Appalachian Trail and Sharp Top Mountain at the Peaks of Otter.

See Flowers in Bloom - See spring in bloom at local spots like the Mill Mountain Wildflower Garden atop Mill Mountain in Roanoke or venture out to see the stunning azaleas at Happy Hollow Gardens in Roanoke County. You could also see the wildflowers blooming along the Blue Ridge Parkway with a drive from Roanoke to the Peaks of Otter in Bedford.

Take a Bike Ride - Explore Virginia’s Blue Ridge on two wheels! Check out Carvins Cove for epic trails for mountain biking or take a tour along the Roanoke Valley Greenways for a more relaxing ride.

Scenic Drive - In addition to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia’s Blue Ridge features numerous other routes for scenic drives. Two great options are Route 311 from Salem to Paint Bank and Route 11 from Roanoke traveling north through Botetourt County.

Float a Blueway - Soak in the beauty of the region with a paddling trip along one of our scenic blueways. Twin River Outfitters can help you explore the Upper James River Water Trail in Botetourt County, and Franklin County’s Waid Park is a great spot to put-in for a float along the Pigg River Blueway.

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