Happenings: The Only Roanoke Events Calendar You’ll Ever Need. Week of 1/24 to 1/31.

We scoured 30 disparate community calendars (yes, 30) so you didn’t have to.

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We scoured 30 disparate community calendars (yes, 30) so you didn’t have to. Want to know when the next City Council meeting takes place? Curious about what there’s to do this weekend? We’ve got you covered. We encourage folks to contact the venue directly to learn of any last minute changes or cancellations.

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This Weekend

  • January 25 through January 28 — “Chrysalis” presented by the Hollins University’s Winter Festival of New Works at the Wyndham Robertson Library (7950 E Campus Dr, Roanoke). Find more information at this link
  • January 27 through January 28 — Star City CFA Cat Show at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood (4468 Starkey Road, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • January 26 through February 4 — “Bad Plays Gone Wrong” presented by Attic Productions (7490 Roanoke Rd., Fincastle). This youth production is a combination of two one-act plays. One is a retelling of “Romeo and Juliet” and the other is a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz.” Both plays are comedies and are plays within a play. Visit this link for more information about dates/times and to purchase tickets. ($)

Wednesday, January 24

  • 1 to 2 p.m. — Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center Commission Meeting at the conference center’s Jefferson Boardroom (106 Shenandoah Ave., Roanoke). 
  • 6 p.m. — BUZZ Watch Party featuring Roanoke City’s “Arts Connects Neighbors” at the Grandin Theatre (1310 Grandin Rd., Roanoke).  Find more information and register at this link.
  • 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6) — 5PTS Foundation Dinner at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave. SW., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 7 p.m. — Live music: Brian Kelly presented by Star Country at Sidewinders (16 Campbell Ave. SE, Roanoke). 
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Ben Trout Band at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link

Thursday, January 25

  • 5 to 6:30 p.m. — Lecture: Long Covid — The Lasting Legacy of the Covid-19 Pandemic by Ziyad Al-Aly, a world-class scientist and global expert in Covid-19 at the Fralin Biomedical Institute at VTC (2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke). The institute’s free public lecture series is made possible by Maury Strauss. Find more information at this link.
  • 6 p.m. — Casino Royale Night presented by the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce at the Vinton War Memorial (814 E. Washington Ave., Vinton). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Dan & the Fam at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Friday, January 26

  • 4:30 to 7 p.m. — Networking event: COBI Networking Circle — Final Friday presented by the Botetourt Chamber of Commerce along with Circle of Botetourt Business Influence and the Ambassadors at the Town Center Tap House (90 Town Center St., Daleville). Find more information and register at this link.
  • 6 to 8 p.m. — “Hot Ones” style interview with Foodies hosted by Chef Quincy at Golden Cactus (214 Fifth St., Roanoke). An interview panel consisting of some of Roanoke's favorite food personalities will take on a hot wing challenge, where both the wings and the questions from Chef Q will continue to get spicier. Find more information at this link.
  • 6 to 8 p.m. — Opening reception: Alex Foster — Propagated and Rooting at Roanoke College’s Olin Hall Galleries (240 High St., Salem). Through a range of media, including naturally dyed textiles, plants, organic material and technology, viewers are invited to contemplate the interconnectedness of humans and the natural world. Find more information at this link.
  • 6 to 8 p.m. — Opening reception: Jennifer L. Hand — Habitation at Roanoke College’s Olin Hall Galleries (240 High St., Salem). Hand uses “fabric-with-a-history”, donated, found, and inherited, which weaves the greater human community into the work, opening it to the larger habitat that we all share. Find more information at this link.
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Mercy Creek at Big Lick Brewing Co. (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). 
  • 7:05 p.m. — Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs vs. Pensacola Ice Flyers at the Berglund Center Coliseum (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30) — Live music: Doom Flamingo at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave. SW., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30) — Live music: Will Overman & Justin Wells at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Live music: Dan Tyminski Band at the Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall (541 Luck Ave., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: John Colby Elswick Band at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

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Saturday, January 27

  • 8:40 a.m. — 4th Annual Forever 5 & 10 Mile Trail Races at Day Creek Day Use Area (Camp Jaycee Road, Blue Ridge). Find more information and register at this link. ($)
  • 9 a.m. to noon — Western Virginia Public Education Consortium Teacher Job Fair at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). Recruiters will be actively looking to fill positions in their school systems. Visit this link for more information and to register.
  • 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Singing Bowls in the Salt Room at Southlake Spa & Salt Room (135 David Lane, Union Hall). Find more information and register at this link. ($)
  • 3 p.m. — Live music: Alma Del Core Community Concert Series #2 at Community High School for Arts and Academics (302 Campbell Ave. SE, Roanoke). Find more information at this link.
  • 4 to 9 p.m. — “I Love A Day Party” at Status Restaurant & Lounge (213 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). This is a 30 and up event. Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 6 to 9 p.m. — Closing reception: The Stately Mansion of Radiolaria at Alexander/Heath Contemporary (109 Campbell Ave. SW, Roanoke). Blending installation, video, photography, sculpture, and the play of light, this exhibit delves into the depths of environmental disturbances. Franklin’s bold, disturbing strokes harmonize with Leonard’s ethereal exploration of veils, scrims, and auras, that weaves two disparate artistic styles into a seamless narrative, inviting contemplation in the midst of the mysterious and the unsettling. Find more information at this link
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. — Live music: 100th Anniversary Concert at South Roanoke United Methodist Church (2330 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). 
  • 7:05 p.m. — Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs vs. Pensacola Ice Flyers at the Berglund Center Coliseum (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30) — Live music: 5Pts 7th Anniversary featuring The Dead Reckoning at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave. SW., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30) — Laurel Hells Ramblers, Red Hands, and Doc McClintock at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Muskrat Flats at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. — Vinyl & Vibes with the Star City Soul Club at Sidecar (411 1st St. SW, Roanoke). Find more information at this link.
  • 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. — Baddies & Ballas at Tajzmah’s Lounge (434 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)

Sunday, January 28

  • Noon — Public Ice Skating at the Berglund Center Coliseum (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • Noon — Downtown Divas Drag Brunch to benefit Girls Rock Roanoke at Status Restaurant and Lounge (213 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). The divas are celebrating 5 years in Roanoke! Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 1 to 4 p.m. — Murder in the Wild Wild West presented by Jump into Mystery at Twisted Track Brewpub (523 Shenandoah Ave. NW, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 2 to 4 p.m. — Roanoke Church of the Wild invites you to an Imbolc gathering - an opportunity to celebrate the first stirrings of the land as we shift away from winter, towards spring, held at Happy Hollow Gardens Park (6697 Mt Chestnut Rd., Roanoke). This gathering is outside and will include contemplative practices, silent wandering, and fellowship. All are welcome and respected at Roanoke Church of the Wild. For more information and to RSVP, visit this link.
  • 2 to 5 p.m. — Live music: Star City Ceili Band in the historic tavern cellar at Twin Creeks Brewpub at Explore Park (1 Old Salem Turnpike, Roanoke). Featuring Irish pub vibes in an authentic setting. 

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Monday, January 29

  • 6 p.m. — Art House Cinema Series: “Cinema Paradiso” at the Grandin Theatre (1310 Grandin Rd., Roanoke). Purchase tickets at this link. ($)

Tuesday, January 30

  • 5:30 p.m. — Roanoke City Parks and Recreation advisory board meeting in the EOC conference room at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7) — Stand-up comedy: The R.E.A.L. Funny at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke). Features open mic and stand-up comedians. Visit this link for more information. 
  • 8:30 p.m. to midnight — Line Dancing at Sidewinders Saloon – College Night (16 W. Campbell Ave., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information. 
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Appalachian Spacetrain at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link

Wednesday, January 31

  • 6 to 8 p.m. — Intermediate Bike Maintenance Workshop at Roanoke Mountain Adventures (806 Wasena Ave. SW, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to register. ($)
  • 7 p.m. — Live music: Extreme with Living Color: Thicker than Blood Tour at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Cirque Mechanics at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech (190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Clay Johnson & The Hard Promises at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link

Ongoing

  • January 26 through March 31 — Alex Foster: Propagated and Rooting at Roanoke College’s Olin Hall Galleries (240 High St., Salem). Through a range of media, including naturally dyed textiles, plants, organic material and technology, viewers are invited to contemplate the interconnectedness of humans and the natural world. Find more information at this link.
  • January 26 through March 31 — Jennifer L. Hand: Habitation at Roanoke College’s Olin Hall Galleries (240 High St., Salem). Hand uses “fabric-with-a-history”, donated, found, and inherited, which weaves the greater human community into the work, opening it to the larger habitat that we all share. Find more information at this link.
  • Through February 3 — The American Flyer Winter Express at the Salem Museum (801 E. Main St., Salem). Find more information at this link.
  • Thursdays through February 22 from 7 to 10 p.m. — Disney Lorcana Competitive Event at Blade Gaming (430A Salem Ave., Roanoke). Gather to compete head to head in Ravensburger’s first trading card game, a Disney-themed quest of “Magic: The Gathering” proportions. Find more information at this link. ($)
  • Through March 23 — Hometown History: Salem’s Forgotten Beginnings at the Salem Museum (801 E. Main St., Salem). Scattered throughout Salem are many locations that have either been replaced or forgotten after years of development. Hometown History uncovers these historic locations and their often-forgotten stories. 

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