Happenings: The Only Roanoke Events Calendar You’ll Ever Need. Week of 11/24 to 12/1.

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

A view of a foggy Mill Mountain from the balcony of the Taubman Museum of Art in 2018. PHOTO COURTESY OF JENNIFER BERRY. 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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Wednesday, Nov. 24

  • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Elmwood on Ice presented by WDBJ7 opens at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 5:30 p.m. — Pre-Thanksgiving ’90s Party at Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage (6 Old Whitmore Ave., Roanoke). Bust out your Chucks, oversized flannels and wallet chains for a night of nostalgia. For more information, contact (540) 685-2012.

Thursday, Nov. 25

  • 8 to 11 a.m. — Atlantic Union Drumstick Dash starting at River’s Edge Sports Complex - South on Wiley Drive, featuring 5K run (8 to 9 a.m.) and 5K walk (9 to 11 a.m.) Race benefits the Roanoke Rescue Missions’ dining services. For more information, visit this link.
  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Grand Thanksgiving buffet celebration at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center (110 Shenandoah Ave. NE, Roanoke). Enjoy a Thanksgiving feast at The Regency Room (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or at the Roanoke Ballroom (11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.). Reservations required. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 2 to 10 p.m. — Elmwood on Ice presented by WDBJ7 at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 5:30 to 9 p.m. — Land of Lights at the Franklin County Recreation Park (2150 Sontag Rd., Rocky Mount) opens and runs through Dec. 31. Drive a half-mile loop and enjoy more than 50,000 Christmas lights. For more information, visit this link.
  • 6 p.m. — Sidewinders Country Club, Sidewinders Steakhouse and Saloon (16 W. Campbell Ave., Roanoke). More information at www.sidewindersaloon.com.
  • All day — Fashions for Evergreens, a display of a dozen decorated trees, opens at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center (110 Shenandoah Ave. NE, Roanoke) and runs through Jan. 1, 2022. Public voting on best displays will raise money for United Way of Roanoke Valley. For more information, visit https://www.uwrv.org/fashions.

Friday, Nov. 26

  • 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. — Free Yoga for the People at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke.) More information can be found at this link.
  • 9 a.m. — Roanoke City Gun Violence Prevention Commission education subcommittee electronic meeting. Contact the city manager’s office at (540) 853-2333 for electronic meeting information.
  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — 5th annual mistletoe market at The Holiday Inn - Tanglewood (4468 Starkey Rd., Roanoke), featuring crafts, baked goods and activities. For more information, visit this link.
  • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Elmwood on Ice presented by WDBJ7 at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 2 to 7 p.m. — Roanoke Valley Mineral & Gem Society Annual Show at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd., Salem). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 4 p.m. to close — Artisan Christmas market at the Explore Park Visitor Center (56 Roanoke River Parkway, Roanoke) opens and runs through Dec. 23. Opens 4 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. weekends. For more information, visit this link.
  • 5 p.m. — Franklin County Christmas tree lighting at the Franklin County Courthouse lawn (275 S. Main St., Rocky Mount). For more information, visit this link.
  • 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. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Jared Stout Band brings the beat of the mountains to the rhythm of everyday blues at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave. SW, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit https://www.5pointsmusic.com/events/. ($)
  • All day — The Elf on the Shelf® Adventure in downtown Roanoke opens and runs through Dec. 16. Find all 18 elves hiding in downtown stores in a scavenger hunt and enter for a chance to win $1,000. Hosted by Downtown Roanoke, Inc. For more information, visit this link.  

Saturday, Nov. 27

  • 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Small Business Saturday. Downtown Roanoke merchants have discounts, food and drinks. Free parking and gift card giveaway. See participating businesses at this link.
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Gingerbread house competition preview at the Salem Museum & Historical Society (801 East Main St., Salem). For more information, visit this link.
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Makers Market, featuring 10 vendors, at the Roanoke City Market Building (32 Market Square SE, Roanoke) each Saturday through Dec. 18. For more information, visit 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). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Town of Buchanan Small Business Saturday in Main Street Buchanan (19753 Main St., Buchanan).
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Downtown Food & Cultural Tour, starting at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center (106 Shenandoah Ave.) Tickets and more information at www.roanokefoodtours.com. ($)
  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Small Business Saturday at Black Dog Salvage (902 13th St. SW, Roanoke), featuring food, wine and music. For more information, visit this link.
  • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Elmwood on Ice presented by WDBJ7 at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • Noon to 2 p.m. — Book signing with Staunton novelist Bruce Wetterau and Floyd poet Hannah Akurs at Book No Further (112 Market St. SE, Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.
  • 1 to 6 p.m. — Disco holiday photo mini sessions hosted by Gatewood Rose Botanicals (422 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). Set of tinsel trees, disco balls and peacock chair for holiday cards or social media posts. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. — WWE Super Show at the Berglund Center Coliseum (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)

Sunday, Nov. 28

  • Noon to 5 p.m. — Roanoke Valley Mineral & Gem Society Annual Show at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd., Salem). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • Noon to 7 p.m. — Elmwood on Ice presented by WDBJ7 at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Monday, Nov. 29

  • 11 a.m. to noon — Bingo at the Williamson Road branch of the Roanoke Public Libraries (3837 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). For information, call (540) 853-2340.

Tuesday, Nov. 30

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Gingerbread house competition preview at the Salem Museum & Historical Society (801 East Main St., Salem). For more information, visit this link.
  • 6 p.m. — Line Dance Night at Sidewinders Steakhouse and Saloon (16 W. Campbell Ave., Roanoke). More information at www.sidewindersaloon.com.

Wednesday, Dec. 1

  • 7:30 to 10 a.m. — 30th annual legislative meeting and breakfast sponsored by the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Roanoke Regional Home Builders Association and Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd., Salem). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Gingerbread house competition preview at the Salem Museum & Historical Society (801 East Main St., Salem). For more information, visit this link.
  • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. — Elmwood on Ice presented by WDBJ7 opens at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 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 ($)
  • 5:30 p.m — Roanoke Valley chess club in the community room of the Raleigh Court Branch Library (112 Grandin Rd. SW, Roanoke). More information at www.roanokechess.com.
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m. — The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Musical at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — A Christmas Story, adapted from the classic 1983 movie, plays at the Mill Mountain Theatre Trinkle Main Stage (1 Market Square., Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit https://millmountain.org/. ($)