Happenings: The Only Roanoke Events Calendar You’ll Ever Need. Week of 4/27 to 5/4.

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

Two people fly kites at Roanoke's River Edge park in front of Carilion Clinic in April 2021. PHOTO BY HENRI GENDREAU FOR THE ROANOKE RAMBLER

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, April 27

  • 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. ($)
  • 6 to 8 p.m. — Live music: Roanoke Old Time & Americana Jam at Golden Cactus Brewing (214 Fifth St SW, Roanoke). Featuring weekly music. For more information, visit this link.
  • 6 p.m. — Mint Juleps, Murder, & Mayhem at Twisted Track Brewpub (523 Shenandoah Ave., NW, Roanoke). Kentucky Derby-themed murder mystery night at Twisted Track. Wear your Derby-themed attire to this interactive murder mystery event. Visit this link for more details and to purchase your advance tickets. ($)
  • 7 to 9 p.m. — Soul Sessions Wednesday Night Poetry Show at Verses (114 A Kirk Ave., Roanoke). Featuring local poets and musicians. For more information, visit this link.
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Ben Trout Band at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Thursday, April 28

  • 6 to 10 p.m. — Dogwood Festival Carnival at 100 Highland Rd., Vinton. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 6 p.m. — Crank Sisters Social Ride with Cardinal Bicycle. (Meet at 1312 Winborne St., Roanoke). Any individual with a female or non-binary gender identity can ride along on a sub-10 mile, no-drop social ride. For more information, see this link.
  • 6 p.m. — Star City Sustainability Society Series April Lecture featuring Dr. Melissa Rooney at Grandin CoLab (1327 Grandin Rd. SW, Roanoke). This months topic is “Incorporating Sustainable Stormwater Management in Public (& Private) Education.” For more information, visit this link.
  • 7 p.m. — Big Lit Reading Series at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). Featuring readings from Matthew Vollmer, Angelo Colavita, Bessie Flores Zaldivar, and singer/songwriter Amanda Bocchi. Find more information at this link.
  • 7 p.m. —  Live music: Solacoustix presented by the Live at the Penthouse Series, to benefit Center in the Square, on the rooftop of Center in the Square (1 Market Sq., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Airshow at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Friday, April 29

  • 5 p.m. — Live music: Domino, presented by Salem After 5 at the Salem Farmers Market (3 E. Main St., Salem). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 6 to 10 p.m. — Dogwood Festival Carnival at 100 Highland Rd., Vinton. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 6 p.m. — Live music: The Pizazz Band hosted by the Vinton Dogwood Festival at the Vinton Farmers Market Stage (204 W. Lee Ave., Vinton). For more information, visit this link.
  • 7 p.m. — Madagascar: A Musical Adventure presented by the Virginia Children’s Theatre at the Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall (541 Luck Ave. SW, Roanoke). This exciting musical follows Alex the Lion and his friends as they escape from the zoo and embark on an adventure. Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Silent Disco at the Starcade (1 Market Sq., Roanoke). Enjoy your favorite video games while rocking out to music. This is a 21+ event. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Roanoke Pride 30 Weekend Kickoff Shows at The Park (615 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). Featuring Jackie Cox and Morgan McMichaels. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — The World Famous Glen Miller Orchestra at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30) — Live music: Henhouse Prowlers at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke). These Bluegrass Ambassadors seek to cross cultural gaps through music, education, and workshops. Come feel the commonality of music. For more information and tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. —  Live music: Becky and the Boom Booms at 2 Chill (312 2nd St., SW, Roanoke).
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7) — Stand Up Comedy at Verses (114 A Kirk Ave., Roanoke). Hosted by L.A. Josh Preston, the night will be full of laughs with performances by David Goolsby, David Decareaux, and Jermaine Callando! Find more information at this link ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Cinémathèque at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)

Saturday, April 30

  • 8 a.m. — James River Canoe Marathon & 8 Miler, starting at Gala Public Boat Ramp (16025 Botetourt Rd., Eagle Rock). Navigate Class I and Class II rapids on your way to Buchanan. Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 9 a.m. — Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon at Smith Mountain Lake State Park (1235 Road 888, Huddleston). Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Salem Spring Holiday Market at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd. Salem). This craft and vendor show features over 95 great craft and retail vendors. Free admission, food drive for Salem and Roanoke County Food Pantry. Find more information at this link.
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Vinton Dogwood Festival throughout Downtown Vinton (204 W. Lee Ave., Vinton). Features vendors, a parade, a car show, and the crowning of the Dogwood Festival Queen. For more information and a complete schedule, visit this link.
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Independent Bookstore Day at Book No Further (112 Market St. SE., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information.
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Open Studios Tours of Roanoke. This self-guided self-driving tour will take you across the city, visiting artists in their own studio spaces. Tour five Roanoke neighborhoods while getting a glimpse of the community of artists who work in the region. New work will be showcased. For the map and full details, visit this link.
  • 11 a.m and 3 p.m. — Madagascar: A Musical Adventure presented by the Virginia Children’s Theatre at the Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall (541 Luck Ave. SW, Roanoke). This exciting musical follows Alex the Lion and his friends as they escape from the zoo and embark on an adventure. Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Healthy Kids Day presented by Roanoke City, Roanoke County, and Salem at Washington Park (1610 Burrell St. NW, Roanoke). Healthy Kids Day is a national YMCA event that focuses on health and education for children and it is a good way to get out in the community.
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Downtown Food and Cultural Tour hosted by Tour Roanoke. Meet at the Hotel Roanoke, main lobby (110 Shenandoah Ave. SW, Roanoke). Accompanied by local tour guides, visit six iconic restaurants in downtown Roanoke, while learning about our city’s rich cultural history. For more information and to book in advance, visit this link. ($)
  • Noon to 10 p.m. — Dogwood Festival Carnival at 100 Highland Rd., Vinton. For more information, visit this link.
  • 5:45 p.m. (Doors open at 5) — Live music: MayDaze presented by 5PTS Outdoors at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave. SW, Roanoke). Featuring performances from The Loud Mime, Dr. Bacon, Jack in the Green May Day Street Parade, and Acoustic Syndicate, this outdoor street party kicks off the first of two days of the 5PTS MayDaze celebration. For the complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Radio Rehab at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 7 to 11 p.m. — Buccaneer Bash presented by Mystic Pirates of the Kazim Shriners, at the Virginia Museum of Transportation (303 Norfolk Ave. SW, Roanoke). This is a 21+ event. For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7) — Live music: Troubleyum/ Lucy the Spy/ Yearing at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke). Featuring indie rock and post-rock sounds, this is sure to be a great show. For more information and tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Zombie Prom to benefit Center in the Square at Blue Ridge Nightmares (1910 9th St. SE, Roanoke). Featuring music, drinks, dancing, a costume contest, and undead entertainment, this event will wake the dead. Find information at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Roanoke Pride 30 Dance Party at The Park (615 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). Special Spotlights: Detox plus the 2020 and 2022 Miss Roanoke Pride FI’s. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Skydog: Allman Brothers Tribute at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 11 p.m. (Doors open at 10:15) — Live music: 5PTS Afterparty: Larry Keel & The Smokin’ J’s inside 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave. SW, Roanoke). Night One of MayDaze continues inside the sanctuary with this late-night concert. Visit this link for more information and to buy your tickets. ($)

Sunday, May 1

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — MayFaire at Floyd Center for the Arts (220 Parkway Lane S, Floyd). Family-friendly celebration of springtime. Find more information here.
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Open Studios Tours of Roanoke. This self-guided self-driving tour will take you across the city, visiting artists in their own studio spaces. Tour five Roanoke neighborhoods while getting a glimpse of the community of artists who work in the region. New work will be showcased. For the map and full details, visit this link.
  • 12:30 p.m. (Doors open at noon) — Live music: MayDaze presented by 5PTS Outdoors at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave. SW, Roanoke). Featuring performances from RipeJive, The Magnificent Lefty, The Loud Mime, Jack in the Green May Day Street Parade, and Melvin Seals & JGB w Ron Holloway, this outdoor street party is part of the 5PTS MayDaze celebration. For the complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 12:30 to 7 p.m. — Roanoke Pride 30 Festival (Salem Ave SW, Roanoke– between 6th and 8th Streets). Featuring over 30 different entertainment slots from regional entertainers. For more information, visit this link.
  • 2:30 p.m. — Cycles of My Being: A Performance with Lawrence Brownlee presented by Opera Roanoke at the Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall (541 Luck Ave. SW, Roanoke). Come together for an afternoon of music with one of the most in-demand operatic stars of our generation. For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 7 p.m. — for King and Country at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd. Salem). Visit this link for more information and to purchase your tickets. ($)
  • 7 p.m. — Roanoke Pride 30 After Party at The Park (615 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). Featuring Jan Sport. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — We Banjo 3 at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Monday, May 2

  • 9 a.m. — Roanoke City Council meeting work session at City Council chambers in the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 2 p.m. — Roanoke City Council regular agenda meeting at City Council chambers in the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 4 to 7 p.m. — Monday Night Games & Vinyl at Crystal Spring Grocery Co. (2205 Crystal Spring Ave., Roanoke). Bring your friends to unwind, play board games, and listen to vinyl. The store has a selection of both, but you’re also welcome to bring your own. Find more information at this link.
  • 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.
  • 6 to 9 p.m. — Live Irish Music Session at Big Lick Brewing Co. (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).

Tuesday, May 3

  • 7:30 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.
  • 11:05 a.m. — Salem Red Sox vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans at Haley Toyota Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark (1004 Texas St., Salem). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 5:45 p.m. — The Famous Tuesday Night Beer Ride, starting at Twin Creeks Brewing Co. (111 S Pollard St., Vinton). Ride the 20 mile regular or lowlander options, and return to Twin Creeks for a burger and a brew when you’re finished. Find more information here.
  • 7 to 11 p.m. — Line Dancing with Angela & Kamronn at Corned Beef and Co. Bar and Grill (107 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — ABBAFAB at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). Bringing ABBA’s greatest hits to the stage, this is an energy-filled performance. For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: GOTE at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Wednesday, May 4

  • 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. ($)
  • 6 to 8 p.m. — Live music: Roanoke Old Time & Americana Jam at Golden Cactus Brewing (214 Fifth St SW, Roanoke). Featuring weekly music. For more information, visit this link.
  • 7 to 9 p.m. — Soul Sessions Wednesday Night Poetry Show at Verses (114 A Kirk Ave., Roanoke). Featuring local poets and musicians. For more information, visit this link.
  • 7:05 p.m. — Salem Red Sox vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Bark in the Park Night) at Haley Toyota Field at Salem Memorial Ballpark (1004 Texas St., Salem). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Limp Bizkit at the Berglund Coliseum (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). Purchase tickets and find more information at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Willie Watson with Wound Tight at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Disco Risque at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.