Sep
3
10:00 AM10:00

Big Lick Kid Fest

The Big Lick Kid Fest returns for 2017! For the third year they are bringing more activities, more music and even more fun than ever to Roanoke's beautiful Elmwood Park on Sunday September 3rd! Plus Big Lick Kid Fest is registered as an official Nickelodeon Day of Play Event - they are working harder than ever to offer the coolest outdoor fun they can find to get the kids to Get Up, Get Out and Go Play! Join in on the phone with Kid Fest Karoake, multiple vendors, arts and crafts, food trucks, treats, Rock Wall & Bounce House Fun Zone sponsored by Homestead Creamery and more to be announced! Entry is $8 and includes ALL activities, kids 4 and under free! (Food/beverage sold separately of course) For more details, sign up for Big Lick Entertainment's e-blast list at www.BigLickEntertainment.com!

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Aug
12
12:00 PM12:00

Microfestivus XX

Microfestivus is celebrating it's 20th anniversary this year! As the premier fundraiser for The Square Society, a 501c(3) non-profit, this annual event has grown to be one of the largest beer festivals on the entire East Coast! 100% of all proceeds from this event go to charity in the form of unrestricted cash donations. 

Microfestivus celebrates the ever growing craft beer marketplace by striving to offer a wide variety of local, regional, and national breweries. This signature event showcases the best regional micro and craft brewed beers from over 70 brewers to local residents and visitors at this extremely popular event. This year's event will take place in West Downtown Roanoke, with an expanded footprint from last year, affording a perfect location for entertainment, food, and over 180 micro and craft brewed beers to sample! 

ENHANCED VIP TICKETS: 
* (2) VIP AREAS: Blue 5 Restaurant and Martin's Downtown will offer air-conditioned VIP areas (including private restrooms), specialty limited-release beers, and food
*Early access to the festival
*Pre-party on Friday night
*Souvenir beer glass lanyard
...and more
These tickets will SELL OUT! Buy your's today at www.microfestivus.com
 

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Mar
14
to May 2

Harry Potter Film Series

Come on out each Tuesday night at 7pm on the Third Floor of the City Market Building in Downtown Roanoke for a screening of every single Harry Potter movie in the series. Vendors will be on site selling sweets and treats for the movies. Below is the movie schedule: Tuesday March 14th: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Tuesday March 21th: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Tuesday March 28th: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Tuesday April 4th: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Tuesday April 11th: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Tuesday April 18th: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Tuesday April 25th: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Tuesday May 2nd: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Bring a chair or blanket and make sure you join us for all 8 movies to be entered to win prizes including Harry Potter gear, memorabilia and tickets to the grand finale of the Harry Potter Festival the Yule Ball! The cost for this event is $5.00.

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Mar
11
11:00 AM11:00

McDonalds St. Patrick's Day Parade and Shamrock Festival

McDonald’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Begins at 11am on Jefferson St. at Elm Ave., continues to Campbell Ave. and ends at Williamson Rd.

Shamrock Festival

Admission is FREE and begins at noon behind the City Market Building and features:

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm - The Dancing Chicken Band
  • 1:30pm -  3:00pm - GAK!
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm - Fuzzy Logic

McDonald’s Kid’s Zone

Admission is FREE! From 12pm to 5pm in two locations: In front of the Taubman Museum of Art on Salem Avenue and in Market Square along Market Street. GAMES, INFLATABLES, FACE PAINTING, & MORE!

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Feb
24
to Feb 26

MystiCon

The original MystiCon, which took place over July 4th weekend in 1980 was considered a big party by most, but has recently been revived to take place in our favorite Roanoke, VA location, the Tanglewood Holiday Inn. The location and time of year that MystiCon takes place is one that fans, family and friends alike have come to rely on for an awesome weekend of SciFi, Fantasy and Pop Culture.

This convention was resurrected in 2010 by a collection of cool zany and passionate people that wanted to keep the family-friendly traditions of open gaming, enjoyment of different literature, arts, imaginations and camaraderie any Con-goer will surely enjoy!

We look forward to seeing you there!

Admission: Standard Adult $40 Rate changes 2/17/17 Military/ Adult Student $25 Reduced rate for students and military personnel with ID** Youth (9 yrs -17 yrs) $20 Ages 9-17 Youth Child (Infant – 8 yrs) $5 Ages Infant – 8 (all persons must have a badge for occupancy

http://mysticon-va.com

 

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Feb
4
10:00 AM10:00

Roanoke County's Tons of Fun

Roanoke County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, along with support from Roanoke County’s department of Economic Development and a wide variety of Roanoke Valley organizations and businesses, present “Tons of Fun” at Tanglewood Mall. This free family fun day of activities include clowns, puppet shows, music, magicians, games, craft activities, caricatures, carnival rides, entertainment and much more spread throughout the Mall. Tons of Fun is designed to enthrall, engage and bring a smile to the faces of children and their families. Organizations like the Roanoke County Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, Camp Roanoke, Goodwill Industries of the Valleys, Mill Mountain Zoo, Virginia Tech, Macaroni Kid Roanoke, Clean Valley Council, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke Star Soccer Club and Roanoke Ballet Theatre are just a few of the organizations that help continue the growth and excitement of this family event. This annual event held the first Saturday in February is constantly expanding with both new attractions and new exciting entertainment for children. Celebrating the 18th anniversary will surely bring lots of surprises to this popular event. With over 10,000 attendees each year, you can see that there is sure to be “Tons of Fun” for all. All activities are free, thanks to the sponsorship of Tanglewood Mall, Roanoke County’s Department of Economic Development and Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. So “Dive into the Fun” and join us!

 

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Feb
3
6:00 PM18:00

Winterfest Beach Bash

The City of Salem Parks and Recreation Department, along with Q99-FM and Pepsi, are all set to present the 10th annual "Winterfest Beach Bash"on Friday, February 3, 2017, at 6:00 pm at the Salem Civic Center. The popular group "The Band of Oz" will be in town to warm things up. Tickets are on sale at the Salem Parks & Recreation Department (620 Florida Street). Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door - cash and checks only. Doors will open at 5:00 pm. This event has sold out for last several so make sure to come get your tickets before they run out.

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Jan
31
to Feb 12

Elmwood on Ice

Open November 23rd through February 12th, for 12 weeks of Downtown ice skating! Hours: Monday & Tuesday - Closed Wednesday & Thursday 4:00pm - 9:00pm Friday & Saturday 11:00am - 10:00pm Sunday 12:00pm - 7:00pm Holiday schedule: On days that schools are out (Roanoke City schedule), we'll be open 11:00am – 10:00pm!

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Aug
27
2:00 PM14:00

Deschutes Street Pub - Roanoke

Deschutes Brewery is excited to bring their pub to Roanoke for one day! Street Pub is a family friendly one-stop shop to try lots of Deschutes beers with over 50 taps – from The Abyss all the way to year-round favorites like Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Fresh Squeezed IPA. Deschutes will pair these beers up with culinary creations from our Executive Chef, Jeff Usinowicz and local chefs Aaron Deal of River & Rail and Jeff Farmer of Fortunato.

Benefits: 100% of the beer proceeds from this event will primarily benefit Roanoke Outside, Blue Ridge Land Conservancy, and Feeding America Southwest Virginia, as well as, Pathfinders for Greenways, Roanoke IMBA, Clean Valley Council, LEAP for Local Food, Family Promise of Greater Roanoke, and Bradley Free Clinic!

Bands: Local, live music on two stages from bands such as My Radio, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Place Called Home, Eternal Summers, Dharma Bombs, The Floorboards, Funky Dawgz Brass Band, and River Whyless will keep everyone dancing.

Admission: Free entry! $5 token = one beer

VIP Lounge: Sponsored by DIY Network’s Black Dog Architectural Salvage, this is your chance to get exclusive access to rare beer tastings led by one of Deschutes brewers. Their chef will be serving up beer snacks like beer salami, beer nuts, hop corn and more. Tickets also include two beer tokens and some fun Street Pub swag. 

Partners: Guest taps will feature beer from Parkway Brewing Company, Chaos Mountain Brewing, Big Lick Brewing Company, Flying Mouse Brewery and Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers. Be sure to grab a special souvenir from Oregon-based Mckenzie Sew On, which will be on site creating live, one-off local prints for the event.

Other: Virginia Tech’s brewing team and Star City Brewers Guild will battle it out in Pro-Am Brewing Competition. We’ll also have a Deschutes Education Tent featuring Beer & Food Pairing Class, Off Flavors Seminar, and Q&A.

This one of a kind block party is truly, “crafted for community.” Grab your friends and family and come see what it’s all about.

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Aug
26
6:00 PM18:00

Zoo Do! 2016

Join us at Mill Mouintain Zoo for Zoo Do! 2016. Tickets ($50) include dancing under the stars, beverages of all varieties, heavy hors d'oeuvres, Zoo Choo rides, silent auction, souvenir caricature by Kyle Edgell, & souvenir Kleen Kanteen tumbler or stemless wine glass. 

PLUS!: Bring your Kleen Kanteen from last year's event and get an extra drink ticket!

Enjoy an evening with friends old and new while learning about Mill Mountain Zoo's critical work to enrich the Southwestern Virginia region, fostering awareness of the urgent need to protect wild animals, to conserve natural resources and to preserve animal habitats, locally and globally!

Interested in tickets? Call (540) 343-3241 today or visit MMZoo.org

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Jul
4
9:30 PM21:30

Roanoke's Fireworks on the Fourth

Celebrate an evening of red, white and boom with the City of Roanoke’s annual fireworks show at River’s Edge Sports Complex on July 4 beginning at 9:30 p.m. This year’s fireworks show is presented by the City of Roanoke, The Roanoke Times, WFXR, and Downtown Roanoke, Inc.

Before the fireworks, enjoy patriotic music from Winds of the Blue Ridge starting at 8 p.m.

With the road closures of Wiley Drive and Reserve Avenue for the event, spectators are encouraged to take advantage of parking lot shuttles that will depart from the Elmwood Park Garage located on Williamson Road in downtown Roanoke and Virginia Western Community College beginning at 7:30 p.m. Those planning to park at Virginia Western should park in the lot closest to Colonial Avenue and McNeil Drive.

Fireworks will launch from the Reserve Avenue side of the park, and viewing of this year’s show will take place on the Wiley Drive ball fields at River’s Edge Sports Complex. All spectators are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets. Food trucks will also be on-site.

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Jun
25
12:00 PM12:00

Parks and Arts

Golden Park will host the first Parks and Arts event of 2016. The FREE event will take place this Saturday, June 25, from noon to 3 p.m. in the park, located at Charlisle Ave. between Spruce St. and 16th St. Performing artists will include The Moyer Brothers, Opera Roanoke, Mill Mountain Theatre, and Southwest Virginia Ballet. Visual artists will include Art is Happening: Hat and Prop Making by the Taubman Museum and Katherine Devine (banners for all ages).

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Jun
24
12:00 AM00:00

Take Your Dog To Work Day Challenge

Once again HomeTown Bank and the Roanoke Valley SPCA are teaming up for Take Your Dog to Work Day on Friday, June 24th. This year HomeTown Bank is encouraging all businesses in the Valley to join in the celebration by offering employees the opportunity to bring their dog to work for the day (or part) for a $5 donation to the Roanoke Valley SPCA. Appoint an office representative to collect the donations, or online (just print your receipt to show your supervisor!).

The payout for participation is twofold: furry friends in the office make for happy employees, and each business will receive promotions via Roanoke Valley SPCA’s social media that reaches over 19,000 people in the Valley and beyond. Capture pictures and video of your pups and patrons having a pawsome time and send them to Sylvie Peterson at speterson@rvspca.org for promotion on the day-of and after.

Bringing you dog to work helps raise awareness of their needs, our mission, and the countless animals that do not have a home. The funds raised during this day of communal fun will support the care that Roanoke Valley SPCA provides to homeless, neglected, abused, and relinquished dogs and cats throughout the Roanoke Valley. On June 24th your gesture of support will helps us all, you will be part of the change, to create a community where there are no homeless dogs or cats. 

For more information about the Roanoke Valley SPCA or The National Bring Your Dog to Work Day challenge, contact Sylvie Peterson at 540-339-9503 or speterson@rvspca.org.

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May
1
1:00 PM13:00

Fit Family Challenge Kickoff Event

MAY 1 is DAY 1 of the FIT FAMILY CHALLENGE!

Growing Up In The Valley is excited about kicking off another year of motivating families and friends to get moving and focus on getting active together. The Challenge is an 8-week healthy lifestyle program that's free and offers a mobile-friendly activity tracker, free community exercise classes, expert fitness advice and nutrition tips for families. To get started, REGISTER TODAY! Share with a friend. Early registration earns bonus points, so don't delay!

The kickoff event will be held at the Star City Skate Center.

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Apr
23
12:00 PM12:00

The Big Lick Kid Fest & Earth Day Roanoke

The Big Lick Kid Fest is back with Children's Miracle Network and Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital Saturday April 23rd, from 10am - 3pm, now at Rivers Edge Park!

Not only is the event space MUCH bigger - the event itself is even bigger in a partnership with Roanoke's premiere green education event, Earth Day Roanoke!

A day of incredible fun for kids of all ages including:

Dozens of your favorite Earth Day Roanoke vendors featuring environmental educators and friends. Learn what you can do for the earth!  

Plus all the returning Big Lick Kid Fest favorites and more! Honey Tree Learning Center Fun Zone with Video Game Bus, Rock Wall, Bounce Houses, Food Truck & picnic zone, onsite giveaways, Pixie Dust Princess Headquarters, Kid Fest Karaoke, Little Critters Traveling Petting Zoo, beverage relaxation for the parents and so much more!

Tickets only FIVE dollars at the door with 100% of ticket sales to Children's Miracle Network of Southwest Virginia! Kids 4 and under free!

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Apr
16
10:00 AM10:00

Blue Ridge Kite Festival

An outdoor day of kite fun and celebration accented by many happy kite flyers of all skill levels. There will be arts, crafts, and corporate vendors, along with tasty treats from amazing food vendors. The field is large enough for kids to run, play and fly kites while others will nap on a blanket, stare at the kite covered sky or simply sit and enjoy excellent people watching and event happenings across the park.

Featuring:

  • Free Admission
  • Free Parking
  • Free Yokohama Kites*
  • Free T-shirts*
  • Free Ice-cream provided by Freedom First Credit Union*
    *Children must be accompanied by adults, first come first serve, while supplies last, pets are prohibited at this event.

A percentage of all proceeds go to support the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber's Foundation Scholarship Program.

Thank you sponsors!

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Apr
9
12:00 PM12:00

Parkway Brewing 3rd Annual Oyster Roast

4 Bands:

Blue Mule (1st Show)

Tara Mills + Jimmy Stelling (2nd Show)

The Band Concord (3rd Show)

The Floorboards (4th Show)

 

Food: Bruno's Gastro Truck + Rappahannock Oyster Co.

Parking: Robertson Marketing: 359 Kessler Mill Rd.

NO PARKING AT THE BREWERY THAT DAY

Shuttle from Robertson Marketing to Parkway Brewing Company Provided by Wilderness Adventures

Need more Info?

http://parkwaybrewing.com/oyster-roast-2016/

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Mar
26
10:00 AM10:00

Roanoke Valley SPCA Tail Chaser 5K and 1 mile walk

Lace up your running shoes, grab the leash and get ready for the 4th Annual Tail Chaser 5K at Wasena, Smith and Vic Thomas parks along the Roanoke Greenway. This race is one of the first spring races in Roanoke and an annual family and community event and the only race that allows you to participate with your pet. Following the race is a fun family festival with canine demonstrations, vendors and band.  

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Mar
22
10:00 AM10:00

Senior Services Expo

FREE to the public FREE parking 70 vendors

Entertainment Schedule for 2016 Vinton Senior Expo

10:00 a.m. – Lancerlot Sports Complex Exercise Demonstration

10:30 a.m. – Vinton Line Dancers led by Shelly McCallum

11:00 a.m. – Tai Chi Demonstration by Vinton Seniors led by Steve Garay

11:30 a.m. – Keith Campbell –"The Bedford Crooner"

12:00 noon– Our Lady of the Valley Bell Choir

12:30 p.m. – Keith Campbell "The Bedford Crooner"

1:00 p.m. – Vinton Express Band

Vendors:

Blue Ridge Travel

Doctors Express

Carilion Home Care & Hospice

Vinton Computer

Town of Vinton/Vinton Sr. Citizens

Commonwealth Home Health Care

Bath Fitters

Good Samaritan Hospice

Unique Clothing & Jewelry

Mutual of Omaha

Our Lady of the Valley

Senior Navigator

Humana Gold Plus Integrated

Vinton Breakfast Lions Club

Amedisys, Inc.

Lancerlot

Winter's Storage

Proactive Health & Life Insurance LLC

Goodwills Good Choice

Senior Remodeling Experts

Generation Solutions

Adult Care Center of Roanoke Valley

Medical Services of America

Driver Side Rehab

Hermitage in Roanoke

Dr. Neal Jessup

Vistar - Sponsor

Lotz- Sponsor

The Village on Pheasant Ridge

AmeriLife + Health

Senior News

BNC

Vinton Messenger

Kissito PACE

Goodwill Industries Senior Companion

Vinton Roofing Co., Inc.

LOA Area Agency on Aging

Brookdale

H & R Block

Jefferson Surgical

Forever Home Walk in Tubs

DIAMOND SPONSORS - Freedom First

PLATINUM SPONSORS - 

Vistar

Town of Vinton

Senior News

GOLD SPONSORS - 

Roanoke County

SILVER SPONSORS -

Our Lady of the Valley

BNC Bank

Magnets USA

Cox Business

PFG

Lotz Funeral Home

GCR Tire Centers

Grand Rental Storage

PATRON SPONSORS - 

Vinton Messenger

First Citizens

AEP

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