Happenings: The Only Roanoke Events Calendar You’ll Ever Need. Week of 4/3 to 4/10.

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

Tulips brighten up Henrietta Lacks Plaza in downtown Roanoke as seen on April 1, 2024. PHOTO BY HENRI GENDREAU. Have a "recognizably Roanoke" photo for Happenings? Email us at editor@roanokerambler.com for a chance to be featured in this space.

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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Wednesday, April 3

  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Live music: Circus Mutt at Parkway Brewing Company (739 Kessler Mill Rd., Salem). 
  • 6:30 p.m. — Queer Tango Lessons & Practice presented by Queer Dance Roanoke and Dance with Lane at Ursula’s Cafe (511 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Join in this spring to learn Argentine Tango, a gender-norm defying dance where anyone can lead or follow. You do not need to have a dance partner to participate, we will all be dancing and learning together. Find more information, including a schedule of lessons and practices at this link. ($)
  • 7 p.m. — Live music: Tim Martin and Brian Wheeling at the Brambleton Deli (3655 Brambleton Ave., Roanoke). 
  • 7:30 p.m. — Community Iftaar hosted by Delegate Sam Rasoul at Basil Pizza (3403 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Break fast together and enjoy an evening of spiritual fellowship, kindness, and reflection. All are welcome to participate. Visit this link for more information. 
  • 9:30 p.m. — Karaoke Night at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link

Thursday, April 4

  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Live music: Father Sun at Parkway Brewing Company (739 Kessler Mill Rd., Salem). 
  • 7:30 p.m. — Golden Girls: The Laughs Continue at the Berglund Center Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). For tickets and information, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7) — Live music: Nicole Yun, The Young Sinclairs, and Dover & The Elevators at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Live music: Tab Benoit at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: GOTE at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Friday, April 5

  • 5 p.m. — Art Opening: Fred Styles – Connections at Art on 1st (300 1st St. SW, Roanoke). The exhibit showcases work from Styles’ collection of photographs spanning over 30 years and includes photos of musical legends and travel photography. The exhibit will be on display through April 20. Find more information at this link
  • 5 to 9 p.m. — Late Nights: Paint Night at the Taubman Museum of Art (110 Salem Ave. SE, Roanoke). Find more information at this link.
  • 5 to 9 p.m. — Live music: The Jive Exchange at Big Lick Brewing Co. (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). 
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Live music: Jeff Miller at Parkway Brewing Company (739 Kessler Mill Rd., Salem). 
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. — Roanoke College’s Annual Drag Show at Bast Gym (310 N. Market St., Salem). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 7:05 p.m. — Salem Red Sox vs. Carolina Mudcats (Opening Night) at the Salem Memorial Ballpark (1004 Texas St., Salem). Featuring fireworks presented by GloFiber. Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 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. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Live music: Ryan Greer Band at Olde Salem Brewing Company (315 Market St., Roanoke). 
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30) — Live music: David LaMotte with Phil Norman at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 8 to 11 p.m. — Brews & Burlesque Bingo at Golden Cactus Brewing (214 Fifth St., Roanoke). 18 and older only. Tickets include one bingo card. Additional cards available for purchase. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Tin Can Locomotive at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

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Saturday, April 6

  • All day — Clean Valley Day presented by the Clean Valley Council. Individuals and groups are encouraged to choose a time and location to clean up a spot in the Roanoke Valley. All volunteers are given free trash bags and gloves. Learn more and register here.
  • 9 a.m. — 16th Annual Mill Mountain Mayhem 10k on the Mill Mountain Star Trail (starting at 1207 Riverland Rd., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to register. ($)
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Spring Holiday Market Craft Show at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). Organizers are asking attendees to take a non-perishable food item to help those in need through the Roanoke Salem Food Pantry. 
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Longshot Comic & Toy Show with special guest illustrator Gregbo Watson at the Salem Civic Center’s Community Room (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). Find more information at this link. ($)
  • Noon to 4 p.m. — Spring Kickoff Market presented by Golden Cactus and Machine Creek Studio at Golden Cactus Brewing (214 Fifth St., Roanoke). Featuring over a dozen local businesses selling art, books, jewelry, pottery, plants, candles, and music by Star City Soul Club. Visit this link for more information. 
  • 1 to 4 p.m. — Quilts and Stories Community Event at Hollins University’s Eleanor D. Wilson Museum (8009 Fishburn Dr., Roanoke). Each participant is invited to bring one quilt that they will discuss for five minutes. Light refreshments will be provided. Visit this link for more information. 
  • 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. — Live music: Jesse Ray Carter at Parkway Brewing Company (739 Kessler Mill Rd., Salem). 
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Live music: War Chile at Parkway Brewing Company (739 Kessler Mill Rd., Salem). 
  • 6:05 p.m. — Salem Red Sox vs. Carolina Mudcats at the Salem Memorial Ballpark (1004 Texas St., Salem). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 6:30 p.m. — Live music: Chad Nickell & the Loose Change at Big Lick Brewing Co. (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). 
  • 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30) — Live music: Skydog: Allman Brothers Tribute at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave. SW., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Doors open at 6) — Strike a Pose Ball PT2: The Legacy Begins Now presented by The House of Expression at Tajzmah’s Lounge (434 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke). Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30) — Live music: Jamie McLean Band with Will Farmer at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Stand-up: Kat Timpf at the Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall (541 Luck Ave., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: The Ambassador 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.

Sunday, April 7

  • 1 to 4 p.m. — Author event: Cece Bell, author of “Animal Albums from A to Z” at the Taubman Museum of Art (110 Salem Ave. SE, Roanoke). Bell’s illustrated ABC book draws on the creator’s personal collection of albums, memorabilia, and lyrics dating between 1944 and 1984, the heyday of album design. Meet the author, listen to some great music, hear a reading, and pick up your own signed copy of this fantastic new book. No registration required. Learn more at this link
  • 1 to 4 p.m. — Live music: Charissa Morrison at Parkway Brewing Company (739 Kessler Mill Rd., Salem). 
  • 3:05 p.m. — Salem Red Sox vs. Carolina Mudcats (Bark in the Park) at the Salem Memorial Ballpark (1004 Texas St., Salem). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Spring Farm to Table with Chef Andrew presented by Mt. Zion Seed Cooperative (25184 Virgil H. Goode Highway, Boones Mill). Find more information and register at this link. ($)
  • 4 to 7 p.m. — Live music: Leonard Blush & the Camelcas at Big Lick Brewing Co. (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). 
  • 5 to 8 p.m. — Live music: Leon Whistler Bluegrass at Parkway Brewing Company (739 Kessler Mill Rd., Salem). 
  • 7 p.m. — Live music: Rend Collective at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7) — Live music: Johnny Dynamite and the Bloodsuckers with Stimulator Jones and Sleepybeef at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Live music: Diamond Rio at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)

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Monday, April 8 

  • 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. — Solar Eclipse Viewing at Mill Mountain Discovery Center (2000 J.B. Fishburn Parkway, Roanoke). Pre-register at this link to reserve a pair of eclipse viewing glasses. Learn more here. ($)
  • 1:30 p.m. — Roanoke City planning commission meeting in city council chambers at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. — Solar Eclipse Viewing at Explore Park (Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway, Roanoke). Includes zip-lining and solar eclipse glasses. Pre-registration is required. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 2 to 4 p.m. — Solar Eclipse: An Eye-Exclusive Event at the Science Museum of Western Virginia (1 Market Sq., Roanoke). Featuring a planetarium show, rooftop viewing of the eclipse, adult-friendly, eclipse-themed science experiments and complimentary solar eclipse viewing glasses. Purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 6:30 p.m. — Live music: Irish Music Session at Big Lick Brewing Co. (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). 

Tuesday, April 9

  • 5 to 8 p.m. — Live music: Jeff Miller at Parkway Brewing Company (739 Kessler Mill Rd., Salem). 
  • 6:30 p.m. — Roanoke City School Board meeting at William Fleming High School (3649 Ferncliff Ave. NW, Roanoke). 
  • 8 p.m. — Live music: John Oates at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 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: Charissa Joy Jam at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link

Wednesday, April 10

  • 1 p.m. — Board of Zoning Appeals meeting in city council chambers at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 5:30 p.m. — Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates meeting at the Melrose Library STEAM Lab (2502 Melrose Ave. NW, Roanoke). 
  • 6:30 p.m. — Queer Tango Lessons & Practice presented by Queer Dance Roanoke and Dance with Lane at Ursula’s Cafe (511 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Join in this spring to learn Argentine Tango, a gender-norm defying dance where anyone can lead or follow. You do not need to have a dance partner to participate, we will all be dancing and learning together. Find more information, including a schedule of lessons and practices at this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Reggae Night hosted by The Ambassador at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link

Ongoing

  • Through April 7 — Birds, Beasts, and Roots: A Selection of Works by Joe Kelley at the Taubman Museum of Art (110 Salem Ave. SE, Roanoke). Find more information at this link.
  • Through April 12 — Featured Artist Rudy Saunders display at Blue Ridge PBS (1215 McNeil Dr. SW, Roanoke). If you find yourself strolling down Roanoke’s Crystal Spring Avenue you might just find our featured artist, Rudy Saunders, creating one of his signature birdhouses while whistling with the neighborhood birds. See his work on display from 1 to 4 p.m. daily. Find more information at this link
  • Through April 20 — Fred Styles — Connections at Art on 1st (300 1st St. SW, Roanoke). The exhibit showcases work from Styles’ collection of photographs spanning over 30 years and includes photos of musical legends and travel photography. Find more information at this link

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