Happenings: The Only Roanoke Events Calendar You’ll Ever Need. Week of 8/17 to 8/24.

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

The Wells Fargo Tower in the evening. PHOTO BY CONTRIBUTOR M.T. ELEY. Want to see your image appear in Happenings? Email us at editor@roanokerambler.com.

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 Sunday, Sept. 4 — 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, August 17

  • 5 p.m. — Botetourt Young Professionals Networking at 1772 Rooftop on Main (18 South Roanoke St., Fincastle). For more information, 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 7 p.m. — Hot Girl Summer Workout Series presented by Simply Fitness and PLAY Roanoke at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). This rhythmic-based workout will also incorporate body-weight exercises. Join Diane from Simply Fitness every Tuesday and Wednesday for this hot girl workout.  The weekly drop-in rate is $12 and organizers request that participants bring exact change. Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 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. ($)
  • 6 to 10 p.m. — Live music: Indigo Girls at Dr. Pepper Park at the Bridges (9 Old Whitmore Ave., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 6:30 p.m. 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 Ursula’s Cafe (511 Jefferson St., Roanoke). Featuring local poets and musicians.
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Colby Helms & The Virginia Creepers at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Thursday, August 18

  • 11 a.m. to Noon — Regular quarterly meeting of the Roanoke City School Board Audit Committee in the Media Center at the School Administration Building (40 Douglas Ave. NW, Roanoke).
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. —  Party in the Park featuring Part-Time Party Band sponsored by Delta Dental in Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Mountain Grille will be on hand, dishing up some fantastic food at this family-friendly event. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 6 p.m. — Crank Sisters Social Ride with Cardinal Bicycle. (Meet at 1312 Winborne St., Roanoke). Any individual with a female or non-binary gender identity can ride along on a sub-10 mile, no-drop social ride. For more information, see this link.
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. — Creek Freaks Skills Session on the Roanoke River Blueway at Rotary Park (1706 Electric Rd., Salem). This is an opportunity to practice paddling skills. It is not a formal lesson, everyone should bring their own boats, and all boaters are responsible for their own safety. For more information, visit this link.
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7) — Live music: Mipso w/ Kate Rhudy at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). Purchase tickets at this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Florencia & The Feeling at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Friday, August 19

  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. — Lunch with Leaders presented by Latinas Network at the Williamson Road Library (3837 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Jennifer Grace Smyrnos, Esq. will be the guest speaker, presenting “Immigration Evolution Under Biden and Qualifying for Legal Status.” Find more information and register at this link.
  • 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. — St. Philoxenus Food Festival at St. Philoxenus of Mabug Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, near Hollins University (1212 Lee Hwy., Roanoke). Features Middle Eastern food, Arabic music, and children’s activities. Visit this link for more information.
  • 5 p.m. — Live music: Cube Fest 2022 – Afrofuturism at Virginia Tech’s Moss Arts Center (190 Alumni Hall, Blacksburg). Virginia Tech students, faculty, and community members will create this spatialized, immersive music event, in which sound moves around, above, and through the listener. Recent immersive music from around the world will be presented, including work by James Bagshaw, Chris Coleman, Philippe-Aubert Gauthier, Orestis Karamanlis, Christophe Lengelé, and Nikos Stavropoulis. Find more information, including a complete schedule, at this link. ($)
  • 5 p.m.  — Live music: Brett Eldridge, presented by the Budweiser Summer Series at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Find more information about this award-winning country-music duo and purchase your advance tickets at this link. ($)
  • 5 p.m. — Live music: Mended Fences presented by First and Third Fridays (Downtown Roanoke, Franklin Road between S. Jefferson St. and Williamson Rd.). This is a 21+ event. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 6 p.m. — Live music: Kinnfolk as part of the Friday Food Truck & Tunes event at Sweet Donkey Coffee (2108 Broadway Ave. SW., Roanoke). Lazy Bulldog will be dishing up dinner options.
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Jon Spear Band at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 6:30 p.m. — Live music: Alum Ridge Boys & Ashlee presented by Franklin County Parks and Recreation’s Concerts by Canoe series at Twin Ridge Recreation Area (1052 Twin Ridge Marina Rd., Henry). Bring your kayak, SUP, canoe, or float to this concert. The Hot Dog Stand will be on hand with some options for dinner. Find more information at this link.
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Daisychain at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 7:30 p.m. — “Ladies of the 80s” at Mill Mountain Theatre’s Waldron Stage (20 Church Ave. SE, Roanoke). Revisit the big hair and even bigger voices of classic 80s female performing artists in this special two-night-only concert, Ladies of the 80s! Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7) — Live music: Suzy Bogguss at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). Purchase tickets at this link. ($)
  • 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. — Salsa Night at 2 Chill (312 2nd. St. SW, Roanoke). ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Cinémathèque at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Saturday, August 20

  • 7:30 a.m. — Face the Forest 5k Obstacle Course Run at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest (1542 Bateman Bridge Rd., Forest) to benefit children’s events at Poplar Forest and the YMCA of Central Virginia’s capital campaign. Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 8 a.m. — 25th Annual Fab 5k at Green Hill Park (2501 Parkside Dr., Salem). This cross country race winds across asphalt, gravel, and grass for one of the flattest 5ks in the area. Visit this link for more information and to register. ($)
  • 8:30 a.m. to Noon — Botetourt Honey Festival presented by the Botetourt Beekeepers Association at Daleville Town Center (90 Town Center St., Daleville). Features children’s activities, raffles, prizes, mead tasting (21+), special arts, crafts, and honey vendors,  and beekeeping advice. For more information, visit this link.
  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. — 31st Annual Car, Truck, & Cycle Show presented by Star City Cruisers at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). Features a swap meet, ticket raffle, car corral, and children’s activities. Visit this link for more information.
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Eastmont Tomato Festival presented by the Eastmont Community Foundation at the Meadowbrook Center (437 Allegheny Spring Rd., Shawsville). Features live music, vendors, great food, and competitions like the TomatOlympics. For more information, visit this link.
  • 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. — St. Philoxenus Food Festival at St. Philoxenus of Mabug Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, near Hollins University (1212 Lee Hwy., Roanoke). Features Middle Eastern food, Arabic music, and children’s activities. Visit this link for more information.
  • 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. — “Ladies of the 80s” at Mill Mountain Theatre’s Waldron Stage (20 Church Ave. SE, Roanoke). Revisit the big hair and even bigger voices of classic 80s female performing artists in this special two-night-only concert, Ladies of the 80s! Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 3 p.m. — Live music: Cube Fest 2022 – Afrofuturism at Virginia Tech’s Moss Arts Center (190 Alumni Hall, Blacksburg). Virginia Tech students, faculty, and community members will create this spatialized, immersive music event, in which sound moves around, above, and through the listener. Recent immersive music from around the world will be presented, including work by James Bagshaw, Chris Coleman, Philippe-Aubert Gauthier, Orestis Karamanlis, Christophe Lengelé, and Nikos Stavropoulis. Find more information, including a complete schedule, at this link. ($)
  • 5 p.m. — 5PTS Pentathlon Games: Day One at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave. SW, Roanoke). Registered athletes will compete in two days of extraordinary lawn games for the ultimate bragging rights. Features live music by the Jared Stout Band. This event supports 5 Points Music Foundation. Spectator admission is free. Find more information and register to compete at this link. ($)
  • 5 to 8:30 p.m. — Live music: Pickin’ in the Park at Longwood Park (601 E. Main St., Salem). Find more information, including a complete performance schedule, at this link. ($)
  • 6:30 p.m. (Gates open at 6) — Live music: Backroads Blues Festival presented by PLAY Roanoke’s Summer Concert Series at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Featured artists include Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Christone “Kingfish” Ingram. Find more information, including a complete performance schedule, and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: The Riverbreaks at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 7 p.m. (Gates open at 5 p.m.) — Live music: The Marshall Tucker Band – 50th Anniversary Tour at The Coves at Smith Mountain Lake (301 Ivy Ln., Union Hall). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7) — Live music: Gangstagrass at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). Purchase tickets and find more information at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30) — Live music: Four Thirty Four / Shattered Earth / The Low Down Dirty at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke). This triple header features hard rock. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Ripejive at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Sunday, August 21

  • 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. — Summer Drag Brunch Featuring the Roanoke Royals at Well Hung Vineyard (402 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Find more information at this link. ($)
  • Noon to 8 p.m. — St. Philoxenus Food Festival at St. Philoxenus of Mabug Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, near Hollins University (1212 Lee Hwy., Roanoke). Features Middle Eastern food, Arabic music, and children’s activities. Visit this link for more information.
  • 1 p.m. — Lecture: “You Haven’t Met the Captain of the Spaceship… Yet” by Thomas Stanley, presented as part of Cube Fest 2022: Afrofuturism at Virginia Tech’s Moss Arts Center (190 Alumni Hall, Blacksburg). This lecture will lead audience members deep into the thought processes of Sun Ra, a jazz composer and foundational figure of Afrofuturism, in preparation for the 9 p.m. listening event. Find more information, including a complete schedule, at this link.
  • 3 p.m. — Live music: Cube Fest 2022 – Afrofuturism at Virginia Tech’s Moss Arts Center (190 Alumni Hall, Blacksburg). Virginia Tech students, faculty, and community members will create this spatialized, immersive music event, in which sound moves around, above, and through the listener. Recent immersive music from around the world will be presented, including work by James Bagshaw, Chris Coleman, Philippe-Aubert Gauthier, Orestis Karamanlis, Christophe Lengelé, and Nikos Stavropoulis. Find more information, including a complete schedule, at this link. ($)
  • 4 to 7 p.m. — Live music: Lenny Marcus Trio at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 5 p.m. — 5PTS Pentathlon Games: Day Two at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave. SW, Roanoke). Registered athletes will compete in two days of extraordinary lawn games for the ultimate bragging rights. Features live music by Baked Shrimp and Empty Bottles. This event supports 5 Points Music Foundation. Spectator admission is free. Find more information and register to compete at this link. ($)
  • 6:30 p.m. — Live music: Keep Flying at Fork in the Market (32 Market Sq. SE, Ste 128, Roanoke).

Monday, August 22

  • 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 p.m. — Author Event: Beth Macy’s launch of “Raising Lazarus: Hope, Justice, and the Future of America’s Overdose” in Charter Hall at the Roanoke City Market Building (32 Campbell Ave. SE, Roanoke). The event, which is free with a purchase of Macy’s new book, will be followed by an author signing. Find more information and purchase your book with event ticket at this link. ($)

Tuesday, August 23

  • 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.
  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Roanoke City School Board Meeting at the School Administration Building (40 Douglas Ave. NW, 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.
  • 6 to 7 p.m. — Hot Girl Summer Workout Series presented by Simply Fitness and PLAY Roanoke at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). This rhythmic-based workout will also incorporate body-weight exercises. Join Diane from Simply Fitness every Tuesday and Wednesday for this hot girl workout. The weekly drop-in rate is $12 and organizers request that participants bring exact change. Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 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, August 24

  • 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 7 p.m. — Hot Girl Summer Workout Series presented by Simply Fitness and PLAY Roanoke at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). This rhythmic-based workout will also incorporate body-weight exercises. Join Diane from Simply Fitness every Tuesday and Wednesday for this hot girl workout.  The weekly drop-in rate is $12 and organizers request that participants bring exact change. Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 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. ($)
  • 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Yo.Go.Play presented by Carilion Clinic Community Health and Outreach at Morningside Urban Farm (917 Morgan Ave., SE, Roanoke). This will be an evening of therapeutic movement and meditation that can help relieve stress and open your heart to joy. Register by noon the day of the event by contacting Carilion Direct at (540) 266-6000 / (800) 422-8482.
  • 7 to 9 p.m. — Soul Sessions Wednesday Night Poetry Show at Ursula’s Cafe (511 Jefferson St., Roanoke). Featuring local poets and musicians.
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: GAK! 90s Tribute at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 First St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)