Happenings: The Only Roanoke Events Calendar You’ll Ever Need. Week of 5/11 to 5/18.

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

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

  • Treasures of American Art from the W. Heywood and Cynthia Fralin Art Collection at the Taubman Museum of Art (110 Salem Ave. SE, Roanoke). This exhibit showcases more than 90 pieces of artwork from the private collection of Heywood and Cynthia Fralin. Landscapes, portraits, and still life paintings by such illustrious American artists as Thomas Hart Benton, Mary Cassatt, Robert Henri, Winslow Homer, Georgia O'Keefe, Norman Rockwell, and John Singer Sargent, among many others, will be on view. For more information, visit this link.

Wednesday, May 11

  • 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. ($)
  • 5:45 p.m. — Wednesday Night Disco MTN Bike Series at Mill Mountain Discovery Center (2000 JP Fishburn Pkwy, Roanoke). Check in at the Discovery Center by 5:45. Race starts at the Riverland Rd Parking Lot at 6 PM. For more information and to register for a single race or the series, visit this link. ($)
  • 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.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Live music: The HawtThorns with Special Guest Charissa Joy at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke). This Americana band will feature acoustic ballads and southern soul songs. Opener: The Floors. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Grub at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Thursday, May 12

  • 7:30 a.m. — Coffee & Contacts with the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce at RAMP (709 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). This members-only networking event is a chance to build networks while enjoying fresh-brewed coffee. For more information, visit this link.
  • 6 p.m. — Blues Traveler at Dr. Pepper Park (9 Old Whitmore Ave., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Live music: Cameron Moore at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 6 p.m. — Crank Sisters Social Ride with Cardinal Bicycle. (Meet at 1312 Winborne St., Roanoke). Any individual with a female or non-binary gender identity can ride along on a sub-10 mile, no-drop social ride. For more information, see this link.
  • 7:30 p.m. — “The Spiral Staircase” at Attic Productions (7490 Roanoke Rd., Fincastle). In this shocking and suspenseful play, a murderer is on the loose during a terrible storm, and there is fear for Helen’s safety. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Patti LaBelle at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Virginia Eclectic at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Friday, May 13

  • 2 p.m. — Camp Reckoning at Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing (11176 Peaceful Valley Rd., New Castle). This weekend-long Grateful Dead-themed event will feature live music, adventure activities, food, and camping. Come for the day or spend the weekend. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 6 p.m. — Simply the Best: Tina Turner Tribute at Dr. Pepper Park (9 Old Whitmore Ave., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: The Rarely Available Band at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 7 p.m. — Live music: Erin & the Wildfire at Penthouse at Center in the Square. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 7 p.m. — #MakeRoanokeQueerAgain Bar Crawl downtown. Meet at the City Market Building before visits to downtown bars, ending at The Park Dance Club at 11 p.m. Organized by the LGBTQ+ History Project.
  • 7:30 p.m. — “As You Like It” at Mill Mountain Theatre Waldron Stage (20 Church Ave. SE, Roanoke). “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Join the cast of Shakespeare’s As You Like It for this playful production, filled with flirtation, fun disguises, flippant fools, family dysfunction, and some of Shakespeare’s most famous phrases. Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Giuseppi Verdi: Messa da Requiem presented by Opera Roanoke at the Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall (541 Luck Ave. SW, Roanoke). This work is considered one of the composer’s most dramatic, and the performance will feature four soloists, a double chorus, and a large orchestra. The performances of Verdi’s Requiem serve as an invitation to our community to reflect on what we have all gone through, what we may still be dealing with, and that we are still here together. For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — “The Spiral Staircase” at Attic Productions (7490 Roanoke Rd., Fincastle). In this shocking and suspenseful play, a murderer is on the loose during a terrible storm, and there is fear for Helen’s safety. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7) — Live music: Lost in Space Camp/ North Star Rail Car/ The Rosy Cross at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke). Lost in Space Camp is an amalgamation of mathy pop, post rock, and jazzy emo from the Roanoke Valley. Purchase your tickets and find more information at this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — “The Curious Event of the Dog in the Night-Time” presented by Showtimers Community Theatre (2067 McVitty Rd., Roanoke). Enjoy the mystery of who murdered Wellington, the neighbor’s dog, in this play written by Simon Stephens and based on the novel by Mark Haddon. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7) — The Steeldrivers at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: The Mighty Good Times at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)

Saturday, May 14

  • 10 a.m. — Camp Reckoning at Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing (11176 Peaceful Valley Rd., New Castle). This weekend-long Grateful Dead-themed event will feature live music, adventure activities, food, and camping. Come for the day or spend the weekend. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Artisan Saturday at Explore Park (56 Roanoke River Parkway Rd., Blue Ridge Parkway Milepost 115). This event features local artisan demonstrations and family activities. For more information, visit this link.
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — FSRV Bike, Car, and Truck Show presented by Family Service of the Roanoke Valley at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd. Salem). Featuring music, vendors, raffles, kids activities, and awards. Shine up your motorcycle, car, or truck to display or visit as a spectator. For more information, visit this link.
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Downtown Food and Cultural Tour hosted by Tour Roanoke. Meet at the Hotel Roanoke, main lobby (110 Shenandoah Ave. SW, Roanoke). Accompanied by local tour guides, visit six iconic restaurants in downtown Roanoke, while learning about our city’s rich cultural history. For more information and to book in advance, visit this link. ($)
  • 1 to 6 p.m. — Vinton Palooza at the Vinton War Memorial (814 East Washington Ave., Vinton). Featuring live music from the Jared Stout Band and The Kings, as well as food and craft vendors. Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. — “As You Like It” at Mill Mountain Theatre Waldron Stage (20 Church Ave., SE, Roanoke). “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Join the cast of Shakespeare’s As You Like It for this playful production, filled with flirtation, fun disguises, flippant fools, family dysfunction, and some of Shakespeare’s most famous phrases. Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. — TIES presented by Southwest Virginia Ballet at the Elmwood Park Stage (706 South Jefferson St., Roanoke). Intrigued by the by the rail history of the Roanoke region and its influence on emigration to Roanoke, SVB’s Artistic Director, Pedro Szalay, created TIES. This full-length ballet, with original LIVE music by David Austin, had its debut in 2008. Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 2:30 p.m. — “The Spiral Staircase” at Attic Productions (7490 Roanoke Rd., Fincastle). In this shocking and suspenseful play, a murderer is on the loose during a terrible storm, and there is fear for Helen’s safety. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 5 p.m. — Live music: Ben Trout Band presented by the Dog Bowl Concert Series presented at Black Dog Salvage (902 13th St., SW, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: The Eric Wayne Band at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 7 p.m. — Live music: Maiden and Crow Tattoo Presents: Joey’s Birthday Beatings featuring Curses, SharpTone Records Laniidae, Fractured Frames at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke), featuring an evening of heavy metal music. Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — “The Curious Event of the Dog in the Night-Time” presented by Showtimers Community Theatre (2067 McVitty Rd., Roanoke). Enjoy the mystery of who murdered Wellington, the neighbor’s dog, in this play written by Simon Stephens and based on the novel by Mark Haddon. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — A Night of GoGo– Critical Condition Band, presented by Xtr3me Bar and Grill at Berglund Hall (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Live music: Hoppie Vaughan & The Ministers of Soul at 2 Chill (312 2nd. St., SW, Roanoke).
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7) — The Steeldrivers at the Harvester Performance Center– Night Two (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Villanova at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Sunday, May 15

  • 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. — ’80s Drag Brunch at Well Hung Vineyard (402 S Jefferson St., Roanoke). Hosted by Tanner Shriver, performance will feature Malayia Chanel Iman, Aida Stratton, Cierra Desiree Nichole, and Taylor KA St. James. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 2 p.m. — “As You Like It” at Mill Mountain Theatre Waldron Stage (20 Church Ave. SE, Roanoke). “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.” Join the cast of Shakespeare’s As You Like It for this playful production, filled with flirtation, fun disguises, flippant fools, family dysfunction, and some of Shakespeare’s most famous phrases. Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 2 p.m. — “The Curious Event of the Dog in the Night-Time” presented by Showtimers Community Theatre (2067 McVitty Rd., Roanoke). Enjoy the mystery of who murdered Wellington, the neighbor’s dog, in this play written by Simon Stephens and based on the novel by Mark Haddon. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Play. Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 2 to 4 p.m. — Meet the Artist: Leah Coffman Reception at Lackey Studio and Art Gallery (1432 Roanoke Rd., Daleville). For more information, visit this link.
  • 2:30 p.m. — Giuseppi Verdi: Messa da Requiem presented by Opera Roanoke at the Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall (541 Luck Ave. SW, Roanoke). This work is considered one of the composer’s most dramatic, and the performance will feature four soloists, a double chorus, and a large orchestra. The performances of Verdi’s Requiem serve as an invitation to our community to reflect on what we have all gone through, what we may still be dealing with, and that we are still here together. For more information and to purchase your tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 2:30 p.m. — “The Spiral Staircase” at Attic Productions (7490 Roanoke Rd., Fincastle). In this shocking and suspenseful play, a murderer is on the loose during a terrible storm, and there is fear for Helen’s safety. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Roanoke Valley Holistic Expo presented by Glow Healing Arts at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd. Salem). The line up of vendors include crystals, jewelry, essential oils, spiritual readings, astrological readings, tarot cards, area holistic wellness centers, other tools for sale, and several different types of healers. Find a list of vendors and more information at this link.
  • 7 p.m. — WWE Sunday Stunner at the Berglund Coliseum (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($).
  • 7 p.m. — Blue Man Group at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd. NE, Roanoke). The world-renowned bald and blue trio is back on the road in this stunning performance. Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)

Monday, May 16

  • 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).
  • 8:30 p.m. — Full Moon Hike: Flower Moon at Waid Park (701 Waid Park Rd., Rocky Mount). This three to five mile guided hike will move at a casual group pace. Take a light source. For more information and to register, visit this link. ($)

Tuesday, May 17

  • 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.
  • 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. ($)
  • 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 18

  • 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.9:30 p.m. — Live music: Leon III at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.