Happenings: The Only Roanoke Events Calendar You’ll Ever Need. Week of 6/29 to 7/6.

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

River’s Edge Fireworks as viewed from Sweet Donkey to celebrate Independence Day in 2021. PHOTO BY LINDSEY HULL. Have a "recognizably Roanoke" photo for Happenings? Email us at editor@roanokerambler.com for a chance to be featured in this space.

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

  • June 30 through July 9 — Buchanan Community Carnival at Buchanan Town Park (485 Lowe St., Buchanan). Family friendly, Buchanan's community carnival offers free Admission, free Parking, rides by Cole Amusement, games, and great food. Find more information at this link.
  • Through July 10 — Salem Fair at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd., Salem). Billed as the largest fair in the state, the Salem Fair returns to the region for another year of rides, carnival games, and more. For more information, visit this link.
  • Through July 17 — Downtown Putt Around at Century Plaza (14 Church Ave. SE., Roanoke). Downtown Roanoke’s pop-up 9-hole mini golf course is open Thursday through Sunday. Visit this link for more information and to purchase advance tickets. ($)
  • Through August 6 — Cheers for 30 Years at the Salem Museum (801 E Main St., Salem). Celebrate the Salem Museum’s 30th Anniversary with a collection of its most favored artifacts and stories. Visit this link for more information, including hours of operation.
  • Through August 14 — T-Rex Trail at Explore Park (56 Roanoke River Parkway Rd Milepost 115, Blue Ridge Parkway), to benefit Center in the Square and Explore Park. Open six days a week (closed on Wednesdays), this half-mile wooded path includes 18 animatronic dinosaurs from four different eras, a dino-dig pit, and photo opportunities. For more information and operating hours, visit this link. ($)
  • 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, June 29

  • 1:30 p.m. “Curious George: The Golden Meatball” presented by Mill Mountain Theatre the Gainsboro Branch Library (15 Patton Ave. NW., Roanoke). Every year on “All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day,” a day that comes just once a year, George helps his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook some delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd has vanished! Join George on a fun-filled adventure in which he learns about Rome, meatballs, and the secret ingredient to cooking. For more information, including a complete list of dates and locations, 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. ($)
  • 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.
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Yo.Go.Play presented by Carilion Clinic Community Health and Outreach at Morningside Urban Farm (917 Morgan Ave., SE, Roanoke). This will be an evening of therapeutic movement and meditation that can help relieve stress and open your heart to joy. Register by noon the day of the event. Visit this link for more information.
  • 7 p.m. — Crown Royal Tasting at Crescent City BBQ (19 Salem Ave., Roanoke).
  • 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. — Children’s Author Meg Medina at Hollins University (7916 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). 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, June 30

  • 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. — 2022 USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships– Road Race at Botetourt Sports Complex (160 Preston Pkwy, Troutville, Access the Botetourt Sports Complex from Etzler Road, parking available off of Preston Parkway). Volunteers and spectators are welcome. Find more information at this link.
  • 5 to 7 p.m. — Thursday Overtime Networking presented by Tech Squared at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). Find more information at this link.
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Party in the Park featuring The Entertainers sponsored by Delta Dental in Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Aloha Eddie will be on hand, dishing up some fantastic food at this family-friendly event. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 6 p.m. — Crank Sisters Social Ride with Cardinal Bicycle. (Meet at 1312 Winborne St., Roanoke). Any individual with a female or non-binary gender identity can ride along on a sub-10 mile, no-drop social ride. For more information, see this link.
  • 7:30 p.m. — “Fun Home” presented as part of Mill Mountain Theatre’s Fringe Series at Mill Mountain Theatre's Waldron Stage (20 Church Ave SE, Roanoke). This retrospective look at familial relationships moves between past and present to explore the author’s relationship with her father, her own sexuality, and the looming unanswerable questions that remain. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: The Settlement at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Friday, July 1

  • 6:30 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. — 2022 USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships– Road Race at Botetourt Sports Complex (160 Preston Pkwy, Troutville, Access the Botetourt Sports Complex from Etzler Road, parking available off of Preston Parkway). Volunteers and spectators are welcome. Find more information at this link.
  • 5 p.m. — Live music: Five Dollar Shake presented by First Fridays (Downtown Roanoke, Franklin Road between S. Jefferson St. and Williamson Rd.). This is a 21+ event. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 5 p.m. — Franklin County Independence Festival presented by Rocky Mount Rotary Club at Franklin County High School’s Cy Dillon Football Stadium (700 Tanyard Rd., Rocky Mount). Features fireworks, entertainment, food, and activities. For more information, visit this link.
  • 5:30 p.m. — Live music: The Dirty Grass Players at Parkway Brewing Company (739 Kessler Mill Rd., Salem).
  • 6 p.m. — Dylan Scott at Dr. Pepper Park at the Bridges (9 Old Whitmore Ave., Roanoke). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: McFadden & Friends at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 7:30 p.m. — “Fun Home” presented as part of Mill Mountain Theatre’s Fringe Series at Mill Mountain Theatre's Waldron Stage (20 Church Ave SE, Roanoke). This retrospective look at familial relationships moves between past and present to explore the author’s relationship with her father, her own sexuality, and the looming unanswerable questions that remain. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30) — Live music: The Dead Reckoning at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. — Salsa Night at 2 Chill (312 2nd. St., SW, Roanoke). ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: The Kind Thieves at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 11 p.m. — No Shame Theatre at Hollins University (7916 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). No Shame Theatre is an experiential performance lab where writers, performers, and audience are constantly changing roles. Anything can happen and usually does in this late-night venue for original work. We take the first 15 pieces to walk in the door and there are only three rules: pieces must be original (no copyright violations), short (five minutes or less), and not break anything (including the law). Performances might include plays, monologues, songs, dance, poetry, mime, juggling, comedy, tragedy, improvisation, dada, magic– there’s a new blend every night. Find more information at this link. ($)

Saturday, July 2

  • 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. — 2022 USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships– Criterium in Downtown Roanoke (Roads impacted: Church Avenue, 2nd, 3rd, Luck, Franklin and Jefferson. First Street closed). Volunteers and spectators are welcome. Find more information at 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. ($)
  • 1 p.m. — Keep Giving Day Celebration presented by Humble Hustle at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). This one day fundraiser for Humble Hustle features games, DJ, food, and a collaborative merch popup. Find more information at this link.
  • 2 and 7 p.m. — “Fun Home” presented as part of Mill Mountain Theatre’s Fringe Series at Mill Mountain Theatre's Waldron Stage (20 Church Ave SE, Roanoke). This retrospective look at familial relationships moves between past and present to explore the author’s relationship with her father, her own sexuality, and the looming unanswerable questions that remain. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 5 p.m. — Live Music: Eyes of Silver presented by the Daleville Summer Concert Series at Daleville Town Center (90 Town Center St., Daleville). Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 6:30 p.m. (Doors open at 6) — Night Lights Festival at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave., Roanoke). Features live music from Felix and Doom Flamingo, local artisan vendors, street performers, art installations, yard games, a dunking booth, and more. For more information, including a complete schedule, visit this link. ($)
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Five Dollar Shake at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 7 p.m. — Live music: Adwela & The Uprising at Parkway Brewing Company (739 Kessler Mill Rd., Salem).
  • 11 p.m. (Doors open at 10) — Night Lights Afterparty at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave., Roanoke). Features live music from Tand. For more information, including a complete schedule, visit this link. ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Muskrat Flats at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Sunday, July 3

  • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. — 2022 Freedom First Festival at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). This free festival will have inflatables, a rock wall, cornhole tournament, lawn games and more! Hang out in the beer garden or at the Elmwood Amphitheater and enjoy live music until 4 p.m. with beer for sale and a variety of food truck options all day. Find more information at this link.
  • Noon to 6 p.m. — 14th Annual Lavender Festival at Beliveau Farm Winery (3899 Eakin Farm Rd., Blacksburg). Features local craft vendors, live music, food, beer and wine, and educational lavender talks. Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 2 p.m. — “Fun Home” presented as part of Mill Mountain Theatre’s Fringe Series at Mill Mountain Theatre's Waldron Stage (20 Church Ave SE, Roanoke). This retrospective look at familial relationships moves between past and present to explore the author’s relationship with her father, her own sexuality, and the looming unanswerable questions that remain. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)
  • 2 p.m. — Night Lights Festival at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave., Roanoke). Features live music from Tand, Isaac Hadden Organ Trio, Big Daddy Love, and Love Canon, and stay for the fireworks! For more information, including a complete schedule, visit this link. ($)
  • 5:30 p.m. — Live music: Sugar Ray, presented by Roanoke’s Freedom First Festival at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 9:30 pm. — Fireworks display at Rivers Edge North (210 Reserve Ave. SW., Roanoke). Spectators may gather at River’s Edge South for easy viewing but be sure you read the FAQs on the event website at this link for information on road and park closures that day to help you navigate to the show.

Monday, July 4: Happy Independence Day!

  • 8 a.m. — American National Bank’s Four on the 4th presented by Fleet Feet at the Vinton War Memorial (814 E. Washington St., Vinton), to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of SWVA. For more information and to register for this race, visit this link. ($)
  • Noon to 5 p.m. — Independence Day Celebration at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). The Lazy Bulldog food truck will be serving great food, and Mason Creek will provide live music from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • 5 p.m. — 68th Annual Independence Day Parade in Downtown Buchanan (19753 Main St., Buchanan). Celebrate Independence Day the old fashioned way with this parade, featuring fire trucks, floats, marching units, churches and civic groups as they make their way up Main Street. Visit this link for more information.
  • 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 to 10 p.m. — Vinton 4th of July Celebration at the Vinton War Memorial (814 E. Washington St., Vinton). Music by DJ Flex. Food and drinks available for purchase. Visit this link for more information.
  • 10 p.m. — Fireworks display in the Town of Buchanan (485 Lowe St., Buchanan). Find more information at this link.

Tuesday, July 5

  • 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.
  • 9 a.m. — Roanoke City Council Meeting Briefings in the City Council Chambers at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 2 p.m. — Roanoke City Council Meeting in the City Council Chambers at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 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.
  • 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 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: Seph Custer & The Flatbreaks at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Wednesday, July 6

  • 10:30 a.m. — “Curious George: The Golden Meatball” presented by Mill Mountain Theatre in Market Square (1 Market Sq. SE., Roanoke). Every year on “All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day,” a day that comes just once a year, George helps his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook some delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd has vanished! Join George on a fun-filled adventure in which he learns about Rome, meatballs, and the secret ingredient to cooking. For more information, including a complete list of dates and locations, visit this link.
  • 1:30 p.m. — “Curious George: The Golden Meatball” presented by Mill Mountain Theatre at Roanoke Library’s Melrose Branch (2502 Melrose Ave. NW., Roanoke). Every year on “All-You-Can-Eat Meatball Day,” a day that comes just once a year, George helps his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook some delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd has vanished! Join George on a fun-filled adventure in which he learns about Rome, meatballs, and the secret ingredient to cooking. For more information, including a complete list of dates and locations, 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. ($)
  • 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.
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Yo.Go.Play presented by Carilion Clinic Community Health and Outreach at Morningside Urban Farm (917 Morgan Ave., SE, Roanoke). This will be an evening of therapeutic movement and meditation that can help relieve stress and open your heart to joy. Register by noon the day of the event. Visit this link for more information.
  • 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: Winston Ramble at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.