Happenings: The Only Roanoke Events Calendar You’ll Ever Need. Week of 7/20 to 7/27.

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

This week's Happenings photo feature is a ~little~ different from usual. While this image of a recent journey on the James River isn't "recognizably Roanoke," it captures the mood for one highly anticipated event this week: a floatilla down the Roanoke River. PHOTO BY CONTRIBUTOR LINDSEY HULL. Have a fun image 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

  • 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. ($)
  • Through July 24 — Sinkland Farms Sunflower Festival (3020 Riner Rd., Christiansburg). Open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in July. Live music, local arts and craft vendors, walking trails, and 200,000 blooms. Find more information at this link.  ($)
  • 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, July 20

  • 5 p.m. — Summer Pop Up Dinner at Crystal Spring Grocery Co. (2205 Crystal Spring Ave., Roanoke). Features a summer classics dinner menu, maker’s market, live musician and alcoholic beverages. Find more information here.
  • 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. ($)
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Cycling Skills Class: Set-up and Maintenance of Tubeless Tires at East Coasters Bike Shop (3224 Brambleton Ave., Roanoke). This class has no cost, but registration is required. Find more information at this link.
  • 6 to 9 p.m. — Views and Brews presented by Roanoke Mountain Adventures, starting at 806 Wasena Ave., Roanoke. This guided e-bike tour will lead you on a cycling adventure along the Roanoke River Greenway and up Mill Mountain, and through two of Roanoke’s loveliest neighborhoods. You’ll have the opportunity to stop at breweries and local eateries during your three hour tour. Equipment rental is included in the ticket price. For more information and to book your tour, visit this link. ($)
  • 6 to 8:30 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. — Live music: Blackberry Smoke at Dr. Pepper Park at the Bridges (9 Old Whitmore Ave., Roanoke). Purchase your tickets and find more information at 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 by contacting Carilion Direct at (540) 266-6000 / (800) 422-8482.
  • 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. — Comedy Night Showcase at Olde Salem Brewing Company– Market Street (315 Market St., Roanoke). Featuring National Headliner Cliff Cash, as well as Steve Curtis and Robert Doc Barham, and hosted by Big Mark. Find more information at this link.
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: BadCameo at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Thursday, July 21

  • 5 p.m. — BOCO Young Professionals Networking at 1772 Rooftop on Main (18 South Roanoke St., Fincastle). This event is for anyone who lives, works, or wants to connect in Botetourt County. Find more information at this link.
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Party in the Park featuring Gary Lowder & Smokin’ Hot sponsored by Delta Dental in Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Schult’s Dogs will be on hand, dishing up some fantastic food at this family-friendly event. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 6 to 9 p.m. — Live music: The Chuck Johnson Experience at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 6 p.m. — Crank Sisters Social Ride with Cardinal Bicycle. (Meet at 1312 Winborne St., Roanoke). Any individual with a female or non-binary gender identity can ride along on a sub-10 mile, no-drop social ride. For more information, see this link.
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. — Creek Freaks Skills Session on the Roanoke River Blueway at Rotary Park (1706 Electric Rd., Salem). This is an opportunity to practice paddling skills. It is not a formal lesson, everyone should bring their own boats, and all boaters are responsible for their own safety. For more information, visit this link.
  • 7:30 p.m. — “Annie Get Your Gun (Stone)” presented by Attic Productions (7490 Roanoke Rd., Fincastle). Find more information and purchase your tickets here. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — “Godspell” presented by Showtimers Community Theatre (2067 McVitty Rd., Roanoke). Directed for Showtimers by Jessie McKeon, Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz; and it took the world by storm! Boasting a score with chart-topping songs, a book by a visionary playwright (John-Michael Tebelak) and a feature film, Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences. The 2012 revised version is a masterful retelling of the original sensation, injected with contemporary references and dazzling new arrangements. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Anthony Hamilton and special guest MC Light Foot at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Visit this link to find more information or purchase your tickets to see this Grammy-award winning singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and author. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Kind Hearted Strangers at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Friday, July 22

  • 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. — Lunch with Leaders presented by Latinas Network at the Williamson Road Library (3837 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Professor Alexander Scott will be the guest speaker, presenting “Perception and Filters of Communication.” Find more information and register at this link.
  • Noon to 8 p.m. — Sunflower Festival at Sinkland Farms (3020 Riner Rd., Christiansburg). Features activities, music, food, fun, and over 200,000 blooms. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 5 to 8 p.m. — American Idol’s Dan Marshall Live at Sinkland Farms’ Sunflower Festival (3020 Riner Rd., Christiansburg). This past VT Hokie football player was a contestant on the 2022 season of American Idol. Marshall is returning to his college community for one of his first appearances following the show. Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 6 to 10 p.m. — Live music: Rumours LA at Dr. Pepper Park at the Bridges (9 Old Whitmore Ave., Roanoke). Purchase your tickets and find more information about this Fleetwood Mac tribute at this link. ($)
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Cinematheque at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 7:30 to 10 p.m. (Doors open at 7) — Live music: Emme Cannon, Wyatt Moran, and Samantha McKaige at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW., Roanoke). Purchase tickets at this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — “Annie Get Your Gun (Stone)” presented by Attic Productions (7490 Roanoke Rd., Fincastle). Find more information and purchase your tickets here. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — “Godspell” presented by Showtimers Community Theatre (2067 McVitty Rd., Roanoke). Directed for Showtimers by Jessie McKeon, Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz; and it took the world by storm! Boasting a score with chart-topping songs, a book by a visionary playwright (John-Michael Tebelak) and a feature film, Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences. The 2012 revised version is a masterful retelling of the original sensation, injected with contemporary references and dazzling new arrangements. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Hollins Playwrights’ Festival of New Works at Mill Mountain Theatre’s Waldron Stage (20 Church Ave. SE, Roanoke). This three-day showcase will feature readings of student work, minimally staged for the general public. Visit this link for a complete listing of showtimes and participating playwrights.
  • 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. — Middle East Micfest 2022 presented by Poe Mack and Van Gunz at Pizza Den (1302 West Main St., Salem). Features the best hip hop in the region. Find more information and purchase tickets here. ($)
  • 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. — Salsa Night at 2 Chill (312 2nd. St., SW, Roanoke). ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Disco Risque with Natalie Brooke 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 23

  • 8:30 a.m. to Noon — Botetourt Tomato Festival at Daleville Town Center & Performance Pavilion (90 Town Center St., Daleville). Features vendors selling plants, produce, baked goods, crafts, and art. Visit this link for more information.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — MTB Skills Clinic presented by VBR Adventures at Morningside Park (917 Morgan Ave. SE, Roanoke). Learn to utilize the jump line and attempt various obstacles. Then, ride over to Mill Mountain as a group to practice trail skills. Visit this link for more information and to register in advance. ($)
  • 10 a.m. — Ride 20K for the Greenway presented by Cardinal Bicycle to benefit Pathfinders for the Greenways. The ride starts at Cardinal Bicycle– Grandin Village (1320 Winborne Ave. SW, Roanoke). This fun, untimed ride will support Roanoke’s Greenway system and encourage folks to get out there and ride. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. — Sunflower Festival at Sinkland Farms (3020 Riner Rd., Christiansburg). Features activities, music, food, fun, and over 200,000 blooms. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 11 a.m. — Hollins Playwrights’ Festival of New Works at Mill Mountain Theatre’s Waldron Stage (20 Church Ave. SE, Roanoke). This three-day showcase will feature readings of student work, minimally staged for the general public. Visit this link for a complete listing of showtimes and participating playwrights.
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Downtown Food and Cultural Tour hosted by Tour Roanoke. Meet at the Hotel Roanoke, main lobby (110 Shenandoah Ave. SW, Roanoke). Accompanied by local tour guides, visit six iconic restaurants in downtown Roanoke, while learning about our city’s rich cultural history. For more information and to book in advance, visit this link. ($)
  • 2:30 p.m. — “Annie Get Your Gun (Stone)” presented by Attic Productions (7490 Roanoke Rd., Fincastle). Find more information and purchase your tickets here. ($)
  • 4 to 9 p.m. — ’80s vs. ’90s Cookout presented by Just a Splash at River’s Edge (302 Wiley Dr., Roanoke). Gather the family, dress in ’80s and ’90s gear, and get ready to party. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 4 to 10 p.m. — Luau Party on the Rooftop at Corned Beef & Co. (107 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Happy hour cocktails, themed food specials, and party favors. Visit this link for more information.
  • 5 to 8 p.m. — American Idol’s Dan Marshall Live at Sinkland Farms’ Sunflower Festival (3020 Riner Rd., Christiansburg). This past VT Hokie football player was a contestant on the 2022 season of American Idol. Marshall is returning to his college community for one of his first appearances following the show. Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 5 to 8 p.m.(Gates open at 4:30) — Live music: The Ambassador and Lazy Man Dub Band presented by Reggae by the River at Buchanan Town Park (485 Lowe St., Buchanan). Features food trucks, children’s activities, and adult beverages. Find more information, including a performance schedule, at this link. ($)
  • 6 to 10 p.m. — Live music: Aaron Lewis and the Stateliners at Dr. Pepper Park at the Bridges (9 Old Whitmore Ave., Roanoke). Purchase your tickets and find more information at this link. ($)
  • 6 to 10 p.m. — Mingle at the Market with Low Low Chariot and Adam Rutledge at Vinton Farmers Market (204 W. Lee Ave., Vinton). Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Kevin Daniel & The Bottom Line at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: The Harwell Grice Band presented by the Summer Music Series at Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing (11176 Peaceful Valley Rd., New Castle). Food and beverages will be sold on site. Show up early to enjoy tubing, ziplining, or other activities for an additional fee. Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Big Lick Conspiracy: Another Verses Takeover at Verses (114 A Kirk Ave., Roanoke). A comedy evening based on audience suggestions. Visit this link to find more information.
  • 7:30 p.m. — We Win Gospel Concert featuring Jekalyn Carr at the Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall (541 Luck Ave., Roanoke). Enjoy a performance by this acclaimed gospel singer. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — “Godspell” presented by Showtimers Community Theatre (2067 McVitty Rd., Roanoke). Directed for Showtimers by Jessie McKeon, Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz; and it took the world by storm! Boasting a score with chart-topping songs, a book by a visionary playwright (John-Michael Tebelak) and a feature film, Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences. The 2012 revised version is a masterful retelling of the original sensation, injected with contemporary references and dazzling new arrangements. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — 24K Magic, Bruno Mars Tribute Band at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Dance along to hits like “Uptown Funk” and “24K Magic” at this upbeat performance. Visit this link to purchase your tickets or to find more information. ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Pathway at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Sunday, July 24

  • 11 a.m. — Hollins Playwrights’ Festival of New Works at Mill Mountain Theatre’s Waldron Stage (20 Church Ave. SE, Roanoke). This three-day showcase will feature readings of student work, minimally staged for the general public. Visit this link for a complete listing of showtimes and participating playwrights.
  • 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. — Mr. Microphone’s Drag Brunch July at Elephant Walk Restaurant and Lounge (4468 Starkey Rd., Roanoke). Purchase tickets and find more information at this link. ($)
  • Noon to 6 p.m. — Sunflower Festival at Sinkland Farms (3020 Riner Rd., Christiansburg). Features activities, music, food, fun, and over 200,000 blooms. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 1 p.m. — Floatilla to Starr Hill-a!, presented by Roanoke Outside and PLAY Roanoke, starting at Roanoke Mountain Adventures (806 Wasena Ave. SW, Roanoke). Grab something that floats or rent a float from Roanoke Mountain Adventure and make a splash with all your friends on this self-led, self-shuttle event. Float along the Roanoke River, taking out at Starr Hill. After, join the after party at Starr Hill, where $1 from every pint will support Roanoke City Parks and Recreation. Find more information at this link.
  • 2:30 p.m. — “Annie Get Your Gun (Stone)” presented by Attic Productions (7490 Roanoke Rd., Fincastle). Find more information and purchase your tickets here. ($)
  • 2 p.m. — “Godspell” presented by Showtimers Community Theatre (2067 McVitty Rd., Roanoke). Directed for Showtimers by Jessie McKeon, Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award winner, Stephen Schwartz; and it took the world by storm! Boasting a score with chart-topping songs, a book by a visionary playwright (John-Michael Tebelak) and a feature film, Godspell is a sensation that continues to touch audiences. The 2012 revised version is a masterful retelling of the original sensation, injected with contemporary references and dazzling new arrangements. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 4 to 7 p.m. — Live music: Carrington Kay at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 7 to 10 p.m. (Doors open at 6) — Downtown Divas Drag Show at Shishka Mediterranean Grill and Hookah Bar (114 Campbell Ave., SW, Roanoke). Find more information, including a list of performers, and purchase tickets at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). Originating from an intriguing idea to set today’s pop hits to the sounds of yesterday, Postmodern Jukebox is now a pop culture mainstay. For more information about this performance, and to purchase tickets, visit this link. ($)

Monday, July 25

  • 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 p.m. — River and Rail LEAP Fundraiser at River and Rail (2201 Crystal Spring Ave., Roanoke). This evening will feature cocktails, local food, music by DJ ShenaniKenz, and raffles to benefit the Local Environmental Agriculture Project (LEAP). Visit this link for more information. ($)

Tuesday, July 26

  • 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.
  • 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 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. ($)
  • 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. — Cycling Skills Class: Set-up and Maintenance of Tubeless Tires at East Coasters Bike Shop (3224 Brambleton Ave., Roanoke). This class has no cost, but registration is required. Find more information at this link.
  • 6 p.m. — Palmyra at Parkway Brewing Company (739 Kessler Mill Rd., Salem).
  • 6 p.m. — Live music: Blackberry Smoke at Dr. Pepper Park at the Bridges (9 Old Whitmore Ave., Roanoke). Purchase your tickets and find more information at this link. ($)
  • 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.
  • 6 to 9 p.m. — Views and Brews presented by Roanoke Mountain Adventures, starting at 806 Wasena Ave., Roanoke. This guided e-bike tour will lead you on a cycling adventure along the Roanoke River Greenway and up Mill Mountain, and through two of Roanoke’s loveliest neighborhoods. You’ll have the opportunity to stop at breweries and local eateries during your three hour tour. Equipment rental is included in the ticket price. For more information and to book your tour, 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 by contacting Carilion Direct at (540) 266-6000 / (800) 422-8482.
  • 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.