Happenings: The Only Roanoke Events Calendar You’ll Ever Need. Week of 11/23 to 11/30.

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

A view of Roanoke's Old Southwest neighborhood near Highland Park. PHOTO BY ALICIA PETSKA. Want to see your photo in our Happenings events calendar? Send us your best recognizably-Roanoke shots to editor@roanokerambler.com.

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

  • Starting Thursday, Nov. 24 and continuing through Dec. 25 — Land of Lights presented by Franklin County Parks and Recreation at Franklin County Recreation Park (2150 Sontag Rd., Rocky Mount, VA). Open 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Drive the half mile loop and enjoy over 50,000 Christmas lights with your whole family.  For more information, visit this link.
  • Starting Thursday, Nov. 24 and continuing through Jan. 1 — Fashions for Evergreens presented by the United Way of Roanoke Valley and the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center (110 Shenandoah Ave., Roanoke). Open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Features more than 25 trees throughout the property, the event’s public vote raises money for the United Way of Roanoke Valley. For more information, visit this link.
  • Starting Thursday, Nov. 24 and continuing through Jan. 2 — Parade of Christmas Trees at the Vinton War Memorial (814 E. Washington Ave., Vinton). Trees are donated and decorated by Vinton businesses. For more information, visit this link.
  • Starting Saturday, Nov. 26 and continuing through Dec. 3 — Gingerbread House Competition at the Salem Museum & Historical Society (801 E Main St., Salem). Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Visit this link for more information.
  • Through Dec. 16 — The Elf on the Shelf Adventure in Downtown Roanoke, presented by Downtown Roanoke, Inc. Sixteen elves are hidden in stores in downtown Roanoke. Find them all, turn in your adventure passport, and be entered to win $1000. Visit this link for more information, including full contest rules.
  • Through Dec. 30 — Illuminights, Explore Park’s Winter Walk of Lights opens at Explore Park (56 Roanoke River Parkway Rd., Roanoke), open 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Nov. 25-27; with some adjusted hours Dec. 1 through Dec. 30. Closed Dec. 24 and 25. Half-mile wooded path has more than 600,000 lights. Santa visit, marshmallow roasting and more are part of the experience, depending on the day. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 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 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.

Thursday, November 24 (Happy Thanksgiving!)

  • 8:30 a.m. — Drumstick Dash 5k Run and Walk to benefit the Rescue Mission of Roanoke, starting in downtown Roanoke at the intersection of Franklin Road and Williamson Road SE. This annual tradition provides for the meals that the Rescue Mission serves each year. For more information, visit this link. ($)

Friday, November 25

  • 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.
  • 9 a.m. — Friday Coffee Club Ride starting at Sweet Donkey Coffee (2108 Broadway Ave., Roanoke). Meet local road cyclists at this weekly coffee club ride.
  • 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Live music: Mason Creek at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 2 to 7 p.m. — Roanoke Valley Mineral & Gem Society Annual Show at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 5 p.m. — Franklin County Christmas Tree Lighting at the Franklin County Courthouse (275 S. Main St., Rocky Mount). Activities include Christmas music by the Benjamin Franklin Middle School Band, winners ceremony for the “Do You Want to Build a Snowman Contest” and lighting of the county Christmas tree.
  • 6 p.m. — Holiday Spirits Tree Lighting & Cocktail Party at the Roanoke City Market Building (32 Market Sq. SE, Roanoke). This is a 21+ event. Visit this link for more information.
  • 7:05 p.m. — Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs vs. Fayetteville Marksmen at the Berglund Center Coliseum (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30) — Live music: Phat Laces at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave. SW., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Rare Form performs at Rosie’s Gaming Emporium at Colonial Downs (1135 Vinyard Rd., Vinton). For more information, visit this link.
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Isaac Hadden Organ Trio at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Saturday, November 26

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — 6th Annual Mistletoe Market at Holiday Inn Tanglewood – Roanoke (4468 Starkey Rd., Roanoke). Featuring local crafters, artisans, and direct sales representatives. Find more information at this link.
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Roanoke Valley Mineral & Gem Society Annual Show at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). 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 Dan Smith and Debbie Seagle at Book No Further (112 Market St. SE, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information.
  • Noon to 4 p.m. — Ice Bumper Cars at the Berglund Center Coliseum (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • Noon to 5 p.m. — Roanoke Valley Mineral & Gem Society Annual Show at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). Find more information at this link. ($)
  • Noon to Midnight — Olde Salem Brewing Bash Vol. 5 at both Olde Salem Brewing locations (315 Market St., Roanoke and 21 E Main St., Salem). Celebrate the brewery’s fifth anniversary with live music and drink specials. Visit this link for more information.
  • 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Live music: Zach Wiley at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 2 to 4 p.m. — Author Event: Saturday Signings with local authors featuring Marilyn Moriarty and Samantha Rosenthal at Book No Further (112 Market St. SE, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information.
  • 6 p.m. — Whiskey Dinner at Crescent City Bourbon & BBQ (19 Salem Ave., Roanoke). Features a three course meal with fine whiskey pairing. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 7 to 7:30 p.m. — Buchanan Tree Lighting (19753 Main St., Buchanan). Activities begin at 7:00 p.m. with the passing of the light by candles followed with everyone singing familiar carols, cheering the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus, then, joining in the Countdown to light the Town Tree. Visit this link for more information.
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30) — Live music: The Darkside Experience: Pink Floyd Tribute at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave. SW., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30) — Live music: Woolens / Sleepybeef at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: The Wilson Springs Hotel at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Sunday, November 27

  • 1 to 4 p.m. — Public Ice Skating at the Berglund Center Coliseum (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information.

Monday, November 28

  • 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. — “We Need a Little Christmas'' Holiday Concert featuring the Roanoke Valley Choral Society at First Evangelical Presbyterian Church (2101 S Jefferson St., Roanoke).

Tuesday, November 29

  • 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.
  • 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30) — Live music: Holly Bowling with John Kadlecik at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave. SW., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: GOTE at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413  St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Wednesday, November 30

  • 7:30 a.m. — 31st Annual Legislative Meeting & Breakfast presented by the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). Preregistration is required. Find more information at this link.
  • 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. ($)
  • 6 to 9 p.m. — Views and Brews presented by Roanoke Mountain Adventures, starting at 806 Wasena Ave., Roanoke. This guided e-bike tour will lead you on a cycling adventure along the Roanoke River Greenway and up Mill Mountain, and through two of Roanoke’s loveliest neighborhoods. You’ll have the opportunity to stop at breweries and local eateries during your three hour tour. Equipment rental is included in the ticket price. For more information and to book your tour, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Opening Night: Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” at Mill Mountain Theatre (1 Market Sq., Roanoke). Celebrate the holiday season with this joyous musical featuring thrilling tap-dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Live music: Nikki Lane at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Ben Trout Band at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413  St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.