St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Takes Place in Downtown Roanoke
"One of the largest St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the mid-Atlantic region," the annual, award-winning McDonald's St. Patrick's Day Parade in Roanoke. Featuring traditional Irish pipe and drum bands and dancers, authentic Irish and Scottish fare, traditional Celtic goods, including jewelry and handmade sweaters; and more. Be sure to check out the annual Shamrock Hill Distance Run which starts at 8:30 a.m. more...
Virginia State Championship Chili Cook-Off
213 Market Street • Roanoke, VA 24011
Local and regional chili cook teams will compete for the right to represent Virginia at the World Championship Chili Cook-Off in Las Vegas or Omaha each year. This event is sanctioned by the International Chili Society. There will also be a children's festival zone, live music & entertainment, craft vendors, a beer garden, jalapeño pepper eating contest, a "chili slurp" contest, and cash prizes for the winning teams. more...
541 Luck Avenue Southwest • Roanoke, VA 24016
Shaftman Performance Hall
Many talented singers, directors, and instrumentalists come from across the country to perform with this nationally recognized opera company which was founded in 1977 as the Southwest Virginia Opera Society and which offers performances in September, January, and June. Opera Roanoke presents two full operas each season, as well as a series of smallet concerts. All performances take place at the Jefferson Center. more...
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Chorus
541 Luck Avenue Southwest, Suite 200 • Roanoke, VA 24016
Founded in 1953, this symphony is the largest professional orchestra in western Virginia and they perform a subscription season of eleven-concerts, including five classics, three Virtuosi, and three Pops concerts. They also perform two Holiday Pops performances and special presentations during the year. more...
541 Luck Avenue, Suite 221 • Roanoke, VA 24016
Jefferson Center presents a full season of culturally diverse national and international live performances from jazz to bluegrass, comedy to world music. Shaftman Performance Hall at Jefferson Center is a beautifully restored theater in the historic landmark building that was once home the Jefferson High School. more...
Art by Night
Various Galleries - Downtown Roanoke
Art by Night showcases Roanoke's thriving arts community, featuring diverse galleries and artists' studios in the downtown area. There are openings, demonstrations, refreshments, live music and face-to-face interactions with local artists. Occurs the first Friday of each month from 5 to 9 p.m. more...
Sidewalk Art Show
One Market Square • Roanoke, VA 24016
Located at the Center in the Square
Each June, this annual art show features approximately 200 regional artists exhibiting their recent works, with beautiful paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, and more available for purchase.
Sponsored By: Bank of America
Craftsmen's Fall Classic Arts & Crafts Festival
710 Williamson Road • Roanoke, VA 24022
Roanoke Civic Center
Features original designs & work from hundreds of talented artists & craftsmen from across the nation. Visit with the actual artisans as you browse the booths and discover what goes into the creation of these one-of-a-kind treasures. There is something from every style, taste & budget with thousands of choices from traditional to contemporary, functional to whimsical and decorative to funky. Admission is your generous donation of food to benefit Feeding America Southwest Virginia Food Pantry. more...
Community School's Strawberry Festival
213 Market Street • Roanoke, VA 24011
An annual community event that offers two-days of family-oriented fun. All proceeds benefit Community School. There will be delicious strawberry desserts, arts & crafts vendors, children's activities, and live entertainment. more...
Roanoke Wing Fest [Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013]
206 Jefferson Avenue • Roanoke, VA 24011
Located in Elmwood Park
Enjoy the best wings southwest Virginia has to offer, at Elmwood Park. Sample wings from a bunch of local restaurants and pick your favorite while judges pick the official Best Wing in Roanoke. Enjoy live music all day, beer and wings (the perfect combination), and get ready for college football with the tailgate game tournament. Proceeds from the Roanoke Wing Fest will benefit Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia. more...
Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon
Smith Mountain Lake State Park
This triatholon was the first open water swim triathlon in the western part of the state. It has been around a long time and is one of the most popular in the Virginia Triathlon Series.
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