Happenings: The Only Roanoke Events Calendar You’ll Ever Need. Week of 11/16 to 11/23.

We scoured 17 disparate community calendars (yes, 17) so you didn’t have to.

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We scoured 17 disparate community calendars (yes, 17) 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 list events chronologically. Want to see different formatting/information? Let us know! This weekly listing is accessible to non-subscribers. Especially with pandemic uncertainty, we strongly encourage folks to contact the venue directly to learn of any last minute changes or cancellations.

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Ongoing

  • Thursday, Nov. 17 through Sunday, Nov. 20 — Paranormal Cirque under the Big Top. Cirque Italia returns with its Paranormal Cirque at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). Come enter a world where at night our ghouls and sexy vampires come out to play. Performing at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday; and 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Visit this link for more information and to buy tickets. ($)
  • Starting Saturday, Nov. 19 and through Dec. 30 — Illuminights, Explore Park’s Winter Walk of Lights opens at Explore Park (56 Roanoke River Parkway Rd., Roanoke), 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Nov. 25-27; with some adjusted hours Dec. 1 through Dec. 30. Closed Dec. 24 and 25. Half-mile wooded path has more than 600,000 lights. Santa visit, marshmallow roasting and more are part of the experience, depending on the day. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • Starting Wednesday, Nov. 23 through Jan. 29 — Elmwood on Ice, presented by WDBJ (Channel 7) comes to Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Find hours and ticket information at this link.

Wednesday, November 16

  • 3 to 7 p.m.  — The City of Roanoke will host a job fair at the Berglund Center (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Guests will have the opportunity to meet city staff and ask questions, apply and interview on-site, and learn more about the city’s new benefits.
  • 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. — Yoga at the Taubman Museum of Art. For more information, visit www.taubmanmuseum.org/calendar or contact info@taubmanmuseum.org or (540) 342-5760. ($)
  • 6 to 8:30 p.m. — Roanoke Old Time & Americana Jam at Golden Cactus Brewing (214 Fifth St SW, Roanoke).
  • 6 to 9 p.m. — Views and Brews presented by Roanoke Mountain Adventures, starting at 806 Wasena Ave., Roanoke. This guided e-bike tour will lead you on a cycling adventure along the Roanoke River Greenway and up Mill Mountain, and through two of Roanoke’s loveliest neighborhoods. You’ll have the opportunity to stop at breweries and local eateries during your three hour tour. Equipment rental is included in the ticket price. For more information and to book your tour, visit this link. ($)
  • 7 to 9 p.m. — Soul Sessions Wednesday Night Poetry Show at Ursula’s Cafe (511 Jefferson St., Roanoke). Featuring local poets and musicians.
  • 9:45 p.m. — Live music: Anthony Wayne Vibe at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413  St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Thursday, November 17

  • 5:30 to 7 p.m. — Night Howls presented by the Mill Mountain Zoo (Mill Mountain Spur, Roanoke). Bundle up and hear wolves howl, owls hoot and big cats call. For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 6 to 8 p.m. — Kick the Keg at the Salem Memorial Ballpark (1004 Texas St., Salem). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 7 p.m. — Orange Culture, Roanoke Valley’s own eclectic alternative rock band, live at the Grandin Theatre (1310 Grandin Rd. SW, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Alton Brown Live: Beyond The Eats - The Holiday Variant comes to the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Brews and Burlesque, comedy edition at Golden Cactus Brewing (214 5th St. SW, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Eggs with Legs at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Friday, November 18

  • 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. — Free Yoga for the People at the main Roanoke Public Library (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke.) More information can be found at this link.
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Jared Stout Band at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 8 p.m. — Andy Burnette Trio performs at Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at Colonial Downs (1135 Vinyard Rd., Vinton). For more information, visit this link.
  • 8 to 10 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) — Singer-songwriter Chris Knight performs at Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: The Snozzberries at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Saturday, November 19

  • 8:15 a.m. — Star City Half Marathon and 10k, starting at River’s Edge Park North, off Reserve Avenue. Find more information at this link.
  • 9 a.m. to Noon — Sustainable Roanoke recycling event at the Westhampton Christian Church (2515 Grandin Rd. SW, Roanoke). See www.sustainableroanoke.org for more details.
  • 10 a.m. to Noon — Mill Mountain Zoo at Kids Square Children’s Museum. Meet a few of the zoo’s animal ambassadors up close at Kids Square Children’s Museum (1 Market Sq. SE, 3rd floor, Roanoke).
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — November Holiday Market at the Botetourt Farmers Market (90 Town Center St., Daleville).
  • 11 a.m. — Grandin Village Holiday Children’s Parade. Find more information at this link.
  • 11 a.m. — Downtown Roanoke food and cultural tour, starting at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center (110 Shenandoah Ave. NE, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Author Event: Saturday Signings with local authors featuring Kristina Gorcheva-Newberry and Lyle Blake Smythers at Book No Further (112 Market St. SE, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information.
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Ice Bumper Cars at the Berglund Center Coliseum (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 1 to 4:30 p.m. — An Attitude of Gratitude, presented by Actively Learning and Loving Our Youth (ALLY). Assemble food baskets for families in need, in the spirit of generosity. Organizers will also be accepting donations of turkeys and non-perishable foods, at the Eureka Park Recreation Center (1529 Carroll Ave. NW, Roanoke). For more information, contact Jason Hariston at jason.hariston@tapintohope.org or (540) 915-5193.
  • 2 to 4 p.m. — Studio Tour: Betty Branch, starting at the Taubman Museum of Art ( 110 Salem Ave. SE, Roanoke), participants will walk together to Branch’s studio a few blocks away. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 2 to 4 p.m. — Author Event: Saturday Signings with local authors featuring Tristan Palmgren and Teresa Milbrodt at Book No Further (112 Market St. SE, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information.
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: 1North 3South at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 7 p.m. — Stand-up comedian Nate Bargatze performs his Raincheck Tour at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 7 p.m. — Soul Sessions Roanoke presents Soul Delish: A Hip Hop History Month Celebration at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) — Gangstagrass with opening band Thrillbillyz live at The Penthouse at Center in the Square (1 Market Sq. SE, 6th floor, Roanoke). For tickets and information, see this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Travis Reigh performs at Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at Colonial Downs (1135 Vinyard Rd., Vinton). For more information, visit this link.
  • 8 to 10 p.m. — Live music: Becky & The Boom Booms at Crescent City Bourbon & BBQ (19 Salem Ave. SE, Roanoke).
  • 8 to 11 p.m. — The Boptet Live Jazz at 2 Chill (312 2nd. St. SW, Roanoke).
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Ladycouch at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Sunday, November 20

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — The Dog Bowl Market from Black Dog Salvage (902 13th St. SW, Roanoke). Food, beverages, shopping and music. For more information, visit www.blackdogsalvage.com/dog-bowl/.
  • 11 to 4 p.m. — Cranksgiving 2022 at Twisted Track Brewpub (523 Shenandoah Ave. NW, Roanoke). Bicycle to pick up a list of Thanksgiving food items to purchase for Feeding Southwest Virginia. Prize giveaways at the end of the event. For more information, visit this link.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Golden Cactus’s first drag brunch at 214 5th St. SW, Roanoke. For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 4 p.m. — Roanoke Jewish Federation presents Bagels and Fraylox Klezmer Band at  Jefferson Center’s Fitzpatrick Hall (541 Luck Ave., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 4 to 7 p.m. — Live music: Lenny Marcus Trio at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 7 p.m. — Live music: Crazy Town X at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke, 21+ only. For more information, visit this link. ($)

Monday, November 21

  • 12:30 p.m. — Greater Roanoke Transit Company board of directors meeting in the EOC Conference Room, Room 159, first floor, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 2 p.m. — Roanoke City Council regular agenda meeting in City Council Chambers at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Free Yoga for the People at the main Roanoke Public Library (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke.) More information can be found at this link.
  • 7 p.m. — Roanoke City Council public hearings meeting in City Council Chambers at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).

Tuesday, November 22

  • 6 p.m. — Fleet Feet Pub Run & Walk at Big Lick Brewing Co. (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). Walk or run with the Fleet Feet family; 1, 3, and 5 mile routes are available, and participants can scale the distance or pace to their own needs. Check in at the Fleet Feet tent when you arrive. Visit this link for more details.
  • 7 p.m. — Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet comes to Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall (541 Luck Ave., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Seph Custer and The Flat Breaks at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413  St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Wednesday, November 23

  • 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. — Yoga at the Taubman Museum of Art. For more information, visit www.taubmanmuseum.org/calendar or contact info@taubmanmuseum.org or (540) 342-5760. ($)
  • 6 to 9 p.m. — Views and Brews presented by Roanoke Mountain Adventures, starting at 806 Wasena Ave., Roanoke. This guided e-bike tour will lead you on a cycling adventure along the Roanoke River Greenway and up Mill Mountain, and through two of Roanoke’s loveliest neighborhoods. You’ll have the opportunity to stop at breweries and local eateries during your three hour tour. Equipment rental is included in the ticket price. For more information and to book your tour, visit this link. ($)
  • 7 p.m. — A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 7:05 p.m. — Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs vs. Knoxville Ice Bears at the Berglund Center Coliseum (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Thankful Dead Night at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413  St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.