Roanoke Winter Events

Winter Events in Virginia's Blue Ridge

The winter season kicks off every year in the Roanoke Region in Virginia’s Blue Ridge with a rich collection of fun events and festivals.

In addition to it being a great time of year for live music and shows by local performing arts organizations, there are family-friendly experiences that cover a broad range of interests.

Don’t let yourself hibernate during the winter season. Take advantage of what’s happening in the Blue Ridge Mountains!

Here are some of the biggest annual winter events in the region.

Elmwood on Ice

The ice skating rink in Elmwood Park has become a favorite winter activity for visitors and locals. Located just a short walk from the Historic Roanoke City Market, as well as numerous shops and restaurants, a visit to the ice rink in the park is an excellent way to spend part of your Blue Ridge Day.

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs Hockey

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs Hockey - Champions

Get ready for the big hits and fast-paced action of the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs! The team is part of the Southern Professional Hockey League and plays its games at the Berglund Center. 

Big Lick Comic Con

The annual Big Lick Comic Con is one of Virginia’s biggest celebrations of comics and pop culture, featuring an incredible variety of comic, toy, gaming, and collectible vendors & exhibitors, as well as a great lineup of artists, creators, performers, and other special guests!

WinterFest Beach Blast

The annual WinterFest Beach Blast at the Salem Civic Center helps melt away the winter cold with some summertime beach music. The Beach Blast has become one of the City of Salem’s most popular winter events over the past 10 years.

Lunar New Year Celebration

Lunar New Year Celebration - Taubman Museum of Art - Roanoke, VA

Be part of the fun of the Lunar New Year Celebration at the Taubman Museum of Art, presented in partnership with Local Colors and Roanoke Valley Sister Cities. This annual cultural celebration includes dragon dances, martial arts performances, singing, artwork, and more. 

Greater Roanoke Home & Garden Show

Find the inspiration and resources you need to transform your home and garden. You can visit with leading experts and get all kinds of advice at Berglund Center's annual Greater Roanoke Home & Garden Show.

Stampede Championship Rodeo

Salem VA Rodeo

Bronco and bull riders put their skills to the test to see who can beat the clock at the annual rodeo at the Salem Civic Center! Put on your cowboy boots and bring the family along for a great time!

International Wine Festival

The Taubman Museum of Art features wines from around the world at its International Wine Festival, which includes tastings, pairings, tips from wine experts, and a souvenir wine glass. You also get an opportunity to enjoy the museum’s wonderful collection of art.

Train Lovers' Day

Celebrate the rich railroad heritage of Virginia’s Blue Ridge by taking part in the annual Train Lovers' Day event at the Virginia Museum of Transportation. The event features unique model train displays, train rides, crafts, and scavenger hunts.

ODAC Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championship

We don’t wait for March to start the madness in Virginia’s Blue Ridge! The Old Dominion Athletic Conference hosts its annual men’s and women’s basketball tournaments at the Salem Civic Center and it's four days of awesome hoops action.

Visit our Calendar of Events for a full list of events in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. You can also subscribe to our e-newsletter and request a Visitor’s Guide to learn more about what makes this the ideal spot for a getaway.

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