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There are certain events in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge that hold a special place on the calendar every year.
While the region hosts a variety of celebrations, festivals, concerts and much more throughout the year, we also have numerous annual events that have become synonymous with Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Runners from around the world visit every April to challenge themselves at the Blue Ridge Marathon - America's Toughest Road Marathon. Music lovers make their way to the Roanoke Valley in May for Festival in the Park. Every summer, families flock to the fun and entertainment of the Salem Fair.
Foodies enjoy food & drink delights at the Strawberry Festival, Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival, and the Microfestivus Craft Beer Festival.
Outdoor adventurers come together every October for the Roanoke GO Outside Festival.
We celebrate our unique culture and heritage every fall with Olde Salem Days and the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival. And everyone joins in the holiday spirit with the Dickens of a Christmas festival every December.
Below is a list of the upcoming annual events in the region.