Happenings: The Only Roanoke Events Calendar You’ll Ever Need. Week of 9/14 to 9/21.

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

  • Tuesday, Sept. 13 through Thursday, Sept. 15: Virginia Tech Roanoke Center’s Game Changer Week. Features numerous lectures, workshops, and networking events. Find more information at this link.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 14 through Saturday, Sept. 17, 5 to 10 p.m. — Franklin County Agricultural Fair at Franklin County Recreation Park (2150 Sontag Rd., Rocky Mount). Features a midway with rides and games, food vendors, live entertainment, demonstrations, petting zoo, horse show, and tractor competitions. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • Through Sept. 30 — Roanoke’s International Restaurant Month presented by Roanoke City as part of Welcoming Week. Throughout the month, visit various local restaurants, have your Restaurant Month passport stamped and enter to win prizes. For more information and to print your passport, visit this link.

Wednesday, September 14

  • Noon — Roanoke City Delinquent Tax Auction at the Berglund Special Events Center (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.
  • Noon to 1:15 p.m. — Lunch & Learn: “VT Women Impact Virginia– A Taste of Tech” presented by Virginia Tech Roanoke Center’s Game Changer Week at the Roanoke Higher Education Center’s VT Roanoke Center, Room 709 (108 N. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Find more information at this link.
  • 4 p.m. — Mill Mountain Advisory Board meeting in Room 304 at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 4 p.m. — Coffee with Council at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke). Meet and speak with the members of Roanoke’s City Council. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
  • 4 to 8:30 p.m. — West End Wednesdays at Golden Cactus Brewing (214 Fifth St SW, Roanoke). Featuring weekly music, makers, food, drinks, and plant sales, as well as the weekly Roanoke Old Time & Americana Jam from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • 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. ($)
  • 5:30 p.m. — Roanoke Neighborhood Advocates meeting in Room 309 at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m. — Goat Yoga at Beaver Dam Farm Sunflower Festival (13562 Lee Hwy, Buchanan). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 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. ($)
  • 7 to 7:30 p.m. — City of Salem Planning Commission meeting at City Council Chambers (114 N. Broad St., Salem).
  • 7 to 9 p.m. — Soul Sessions Wednesday Night Poetry Show at Ursula’s Cafe (511 Jefferson St., Roanoke). Featuring local poets and musicians.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Live music: Ernest at Sidewinders Steakhouse & Saloon (16 W. Campbell Ave., Roanoke). This is a 21 and older event. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Anthony Wayne Vibe at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Thursday, September 15

  • 10:30 a.m. to Noon — Roanoke City Municipal Building Open House at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke). Meet the staff, get to know some of the departments in Roanoke City, and learn about the Language Access Program.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — 2022 Preserve Luncheon with Guest Speaker Dr. Fred Karnas, Ph.D., presented by Restoration Housing at the Roanoke City Market Building’s Charter Hall (32 Market Sq. SE, Roanoke). Learn about the intersection of housing and health while enjoying mocktails, a meal, and great conversation. Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. —  Party in the Park with The Holiday Band sponsored by Delta Dental and Q99 in Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Mountain Grille will be on hand, dishing up some fantastic food at this family-friendly event. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 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 to 8:30 p.m. — Live music: TJ Ellis at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 7:30 p.m. — Public Lecture: “From Warren to Burger: The Life and Times of Chief Justice Warren Burger,” presented by Robert Fabrikant as part of Roanoke College’s Celebrate Constitution Day event, in Roanoke College’s Colket Center Ballroom (305 Campus Ln., Salem). Visit this link for more information.
  • 8 to 11 p.m. — Live music: Travis Reigh on the Rooftop at Corned Beef & Co. (107 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke).
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Threesound at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Friday, September 16

  • 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Naturalization Celebration as part of Roanoke City’s Welcoming Week in City Council Chambers at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke). Roanoke City will be recognizing and celebrating those who have gained U.S. Citizenship this past year.
  • 5 p.m. — Live music: Fuzzy Logic 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. ($)
  • 5 to 9 p.m. — Artist Reception: Paulina Swieliczko at Gallery 202 (206 Market Sq. SE, Roanoke). This is a family friendly event, with food and drinks available for purchase from 202 Social House. Visit this link for more information.
  • 6 p.m. — Opera Gems Pre-Concert Party presented by Opera Roanoke at the Jefferson Center (541 Luck Ave., Roanoke). Features snacks, drinks, and entertainment to celebrate opening night of Opera Roanoke’s 47th season. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m. — Author Event: Bill Glose with “All The Ruined Men” at Book No Further (112 Market St. SE, Roanoke). Find more information and purchase Glose’s book at this link.
  • 6 to 10 p.m. — 5th Birthday Party at Starr Hill Brewery & Side Stage (6 Old Whitmore Ave., Roanoke). Features live music and special occasion beers. For more information, including a complete performance schedule, visit this link.
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: William Seymour at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 7 to 8:30 p.m. — Essential Soul: A New Chapter facilitated by Bryan “Harvest Blaque” Hancock and presented as part of Carilion Clinic’s Healing Arts program at Morningside Urban Farm (917 Morgan Ave. SE, Roanoke). Share your own visual art, creative writing, songs, movement, or poetry at this event. Pre-registration is preferred. Find more information at this link.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Live music: Maiden & Crow: Seasons / Fractured Frames / Blackwater Drowning The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Opera Gems: A Gala Celebration Concert presented by Opera Roanoke at the Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall (541 Luck Ave., Roanoke). This concert will feature works by all the grand masters of opera with soloists, chorus, and full orchestra, conducted by Maestro Steven White. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 9 p.m. — ’80s Party with DJ Judd at Olde Salem Brewing Company (21 E. Main St., Salem). Visit this link for more information.
  • 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. — Salsa Night at 2 Chill (312 2nd. St. SW, Roanoke). ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: The Grass is Dead at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Saturday, September 17

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Virginia’s Blue Ridge Go Cross Cyclocross Race at Fallon Park (2116 Dale Ave. SE, Roanoke). This internationally-sanctioned cycling race will feature riders completing course laps all day, over the course of two days. Spectators are encouraged to enjoy live music, food and beer trucks, and vendor booths. For more information, including a complete listing of the race categories, visit this link.
  • 9 a.m. — 5th Annual Take the Hill 5k and Kids Fun Run at North Cross School (4254 Colonial Ave., Roanoke). Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Beaver Dam Farm Sunflower Festival (13562 Lee Hwy, Buchanan). Features over 100 food and craft vendors, 600,000 sunflowers, live music, children's activities, and photo opportunities. Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 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. ($)
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Roanoke Virginia Regional Public Safety Career Fair in the front parking lot of the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). For more information, visit this link.
  • 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival at Mariner’s Landing Resort and Country Club (1217 Graves Harbor Rd., Huddleston). Features live music, vendors, and wine tasting. Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 11:45 a.m. — Doggy Cross Race as part of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Go Cross Cyclocross Event at Fallon Park (2116 Dale Ave. SE, Roanoke) to benefit local animal shelters. This doggy race will take place on the Cyclocross track. Dogs will run alongside their owners as owners complete obstacles on the course. Costumes are encouraged. Find more information at this link. ($)
  • Noon — Inaugural Southwest Virginia Pride Fest at the Vinton War Memorial (820 Washington Ave., Vinton). Features live entertainment, vendors, a pet pride show, and a family zone. Find more information at this link.
  • Noon — Household Hazardous Waste Collection event at the Tinker Creek Transfer Station (1020 Hollins Rd. NE, Roanoke). Residents of Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Town of Vinton, and City of Salem may dispose of their hazardous household waste at this event. Pre-registration is required. Visit this link for details and to register.
  • Noon to 4 p.m. — Public Safety Open House at Station 5 (1920 Orange Ave., Roanoke). Tour the station, meet the firefighters, and see the fire trucks at this community event.
  • Noon to 9 p.m. — 5th Birthday Party at Starr Hill Brewery & Side Stage (6 Old Whitmore Ave., Roanoke). Features live music and special occasion beers. For more information, including a complete performance schedule, visit this link.
  • 1 to 10 p.m. — 8 Year Anniversary Party at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). Features food trucks and live music by the Jared Stout Band and Billingsley
  • 1 to 10 p.m. — Henry Street Heritage Festival at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke) to support the Harrison Museum of African American Culture. There is no charge for admission before 5 p.m. Purchase tickets for the evening’s musical performances, featuring SWV and Robin Thicke at this link. ($)
  • 2 p.m. — 2nd Annual Star City Classic Marching Band Competition at William Fleming High School (3649 Ferncliff Ave. NW, Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 3 to 9 p.m. — BOCO BBQ & Country Music Festival at Daleville Town Center (90 Town Center St., Daleville). Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 5 p.m. — Live music: JoJo Stockton & Solacoustix at Black Dog Salvage’s Dog Bowl (902 13th St. SW., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 5:30 p.m. — Live music: Cinémathèque at Parkway Brewing Company (739 Kessler Mill Rd., Salem).
  • 6 to 10 p.m. — Live music: Monster Atlantic, as part of the Summer Music Series at Wilderness Adventure (11176 Peaceful Valley Rd., New Castle). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Live music: Gary Allen’s Ruthless Tour at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Fall Dance and Prism Event featuring Kylie Sonique Love at The Park (615 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Dark Moon Hollow at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Sunday, September 18

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Virginia’s Blue Ridge Go Cross Cyclocross Race at Fallon Park (2116 Dale Ave. SE, Roanoke). This internationally-sanctioned cycling race will feature riders completing course laps all day, over the course of two days. Spectators are encouraged to enjoy live music, food and beer trucks, and vendor booths. For more information, including a complete listing of the race categories, visit this link.
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Beaver Dam Farm Sunflower Festival (13562 Lee Hwy, Buchanan). Features over 100 food and craft vendors, 600,000 sunflowers, live music, children's activities, and photo opportunities. Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival at Mariner’s Landing Resort and Country Club (1217 Graves Harbor Rd., Huddleston). Features live music, vendors, and wine tasting. Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 11:45 a.m. — Beer Relay Race sponsored by Deschutes Brewery and RunAbout Sports as part of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Go Cross Cyclocross Event at Fallon Park (2116 Dale Ave. SE, Roanoke). Features four laps of ¼ mile each, this foot race involves a rambunctious mix of runners, costumes, and beer. Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 2 to 4 p.m. — Artist Reception: David Blanchard at Lackey Studio and Art Gallery (1432 Roanoke Rd., Daleville). Visit this link for more information.
  • 2 to 8 p.m. — 5th Birthday Party at Starr Hill Brewery & Side Stage (6 Old Whitmore Ave., Roanoke). Features live music and special occasion beers. For more information, including a complete performance schedule, visit this link.
  • 5 p.m. — Live music: Solacoustix at Fork in the Alley (2123 Crystal Spring Ave., Roanoke).
  • 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. — Live music: Night of Worship presented by Straight Street at Market Square (1 Market Sq. SE, Roanoke).

Monday, September 19

  • 12:30 p.m. — Greater Roanoke Transit Company – Board of Directors meeting at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 2 p.m. — Roanoke City Council Meeting in City Council Chambers at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 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. — Roanoke City Council Meeting – Public Hearings in City Council Chambers at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 8 p.m. — Roanoke Valley Sports Club Meeting with Bud Foster at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). A reservation is needed per person and includes a catered dinner. Visit this link for more information. ($)

Tuesday, September 20

  • Noon to 1:15 p.m. — Salem City Council Candidate Forum presented by the Kiwanis Club of Salem in the Community Room at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). For more information, visit this link.
  • 3 p.m. — Fair Housing Board Meeting Education and Outreach Committee meeting in Room 308 at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 3:30 p.m. — Roanoke Arts Commission meeting in the Economic Development Conference Room at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 4 p.m. — Fair Housing Board meeting in Room 309, North at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 5:30 p.m. — Roanoke City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting in Room 304 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 to 8 p.m. — College Fair at the Salem Civic Center (1001 Roanoke Blvd, Salem). Students from area high schools are invited to attend to gather information from college representatives. Visit this link for more information.
  • 6 p.m. — Fleet Feet Pub Run & Walk at Big Lick Brewing Co. with Olympian Meb Keflezighi (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. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7) — Live music: Willy Tea Taylor with Special Guest Seph Custer at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: GOTE at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413  St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Wednesday, September 21

  • 4 to 8:30 p.m. — West End Wednesdays at Golden Cactus Brewing (214 Fifth St SW, Roanoke). Featuring weekly music, makers, food, drinks, and plant sales, as well as the weekly Roanoke Old Time & Americana Jam from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • 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. ($)
  • 5:30 p.m. — Historical marker unveiling and soil collection to acknowledge the 1893 lynching of Thomas Smith at the corner of Franklin Road and Mountain Avenue, coordinated by the Roanoke Equal Justice Initiative Community Remembrance Project Coalition. One block of Mountain Avenue will be blocked off for the ceremony. Parking is available at Second Presbyterian Church (214 Mountain Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 5:30 p.m. — Downtown Pub Plawk presented by Roanoke Plawkers at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). Join other environmentally-conscious walkers to pick up trash around downtown Roanoke, and then gather for a drink at Big Lick. Find more information at this link.
  • 6 to 9 p.m. — Views and Brews presented by Roanoke Mountain Adventures, starting at 806 Wasena Ave., Roanoke. This guided e-bike tour will lead you on a cycling adventure along the Roanoke River Greenway and up Mill Mountain, and through two of Roanoke’s loveliest neighborhoods. You’ll have the opportunity to stop at breweries and local eateries during your three hour tour. Equipment rental is included in the ticket price. For more information and to book your tour, visit this link. ($)
  • 7 to 9 p.m. — Soul Sessions Wednesday Night Poetry Show at Ursula’s Cafe (511 Jefferson St., Roanoke). Featuring local poets and musicians.
  • 7:30 p.m. — Opening Night: “The Diary of Anne Frank” presented by Mill Mountain Theatre (1 Market Sq. SE, Roanoke). In this transcendently powerful new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, Anne Frank emerges from the pages of history as a living, lyrical, and intensely gifted young girl. Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Wheel of Fortune Live: America’s Game on Tour at Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Henry Rollins: Good to See You 2022 at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). Join Henry for commentary, anecdotes, humor, and outrage at this spoken word event. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Kyle Kelly at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)