Happenings: The Only Roanoke Events Calendar You’ll Ever Need. Week of 9/7 to 9/14.

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

Morningside Urban Farm in southeast Roanoke. 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

  • Sept. 13-15: Virginia Tech Roanoke Center’s Game Changer Week. Features numerous lectures, workshops, and networking events. Find more information at 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 7

  • 10 a.m. — Roanoke City Towing Advisory Board meeting in the 4th floor City Council Conference Room at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 4 p.m. — Regular Quarterly Meeting of the Audit Committee at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 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. ($)
  • 6 p.m. — Live music: Cimafunk at the Moss Arts Center Lawn (190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg). Find more information at this link.
  • 6 to 9 p.m. — Views and Brews presented by Roanoke Mountain Adventures, starting at 806 Wasena Ave., Roanoke. This guided e-bike tour will lead you on a cycling adventure along the Roanoke River Greenway and up Mill Mountain, and through two of Roanoke’s loveliest neighborhoods. You’ll have the opportunity to stop at breweries and local eateries during your three hour tour. Equipment rental is included in the ticket price. For more information and to book your tour, visit this link. ($)
  • 6:30 to 8 p.m. — Author Event: “Building Understanding” presented by Henry Yampolksy at Book No Further (112 Market St. SE, Roanoke). Yampolksy is a professional mediator and will discuss his new book, “Dis-Solving Conflict from Within: An Inner Path for Conflict Transformation.” Find more information and purchase Yampolksy’s book at this link.
  • 7 to 8:15 p.m. — Live music: United States Navy Band presented by the Budweiser Summer Series at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your advance tickets at 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.
  • 8 p.m. — Live music: Todd Snider with Lily Winwood at the Harvester Performance Center (450 Franklin St., Rocky Mount). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Rossdafareye at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Thursday, September 8

  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Botetourt Chamber of Commerce Networking Lunch presented by Servpro at 1772 Rooftop on Main (18 S Roanoke St., Fincastle). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. —  Party in the Park with The Entertainers sponsored by Delta Dental in Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). KEFI will be on hand, dishing up some fantastic food at this family-friendly event. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 5:30 p.m. —Youth Athletics Review Board meeting in Conference Room 304 at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building (215 Church Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 5:30 p.m. — Live music: Music Road Co. at Parkway Brewing Co. (739 Kessler Mill Rd., Salem).
  • 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 p.m. — Holistic Chamber of Commerce meeting at The Green Goat (802 Wiley Dr., Roanoke).
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Sound Submersion presented by Carilion Clinic at Morningside Urban Farm (917 Morgan Ave. SE, Roanoke). Bathe in the resonant sound waves of harps, tingshas, brass bells, and windchimes at this class, perfectly designed for stress relief. For more information, visit 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 p.m. — Author Event: Renée Branham, author of Defenestrate, in the Hollins Room at Hollins University’s Wyndham Library (7950 Campus Dr., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information.
  • 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7) — Live music: Night Teacher / Lost in Space Camp / Seanmichael Poff at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 8 to 11 p.m. — Live music: Two Dollar Shake on the rooftop at Corned Beef & Co. (107 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke).
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Awen Family Band at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.

Friday, September 9

  • 9 a.m. — Friday Coffee Club Ride starting at Sweet Donkey Coffee (2108 Broadway Ave., Roanoke). Meet local road cyclists at this weekly coffee club ride.
  • 1 to 8 p.m. — Book Sale at the Salem Library (28 E. Main St. Salem). Find more information at this link.
  • 4 to 7 p.m. — VIP Night at Beaver Dam Farm Sunflower Festival (13562 Lee Hwy, Buchanan). Guests will shop til they drop at this special vendor event. Only 1000 tickets will be sold for this VIP evening. Visit this link to purchase your ticket and find more information. ($)
  • 5 to 7:30 p.m. — Live music: Seph Custer at the Salem Library (28 E. Main St. Salem). Find more information at this link.
  • 5 to 9 p.m. — Live Music: BOCO Bluegrass Celebration presented as part of Flat Pickin’ Fridays at Daleville Town Center (90 Town Center St., Daleville). Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 6 p.m. — Live music: Asleep at the Wheel at The Coves at Smith Mountain Lake (301 Ivy Ln., Union Hall). Purchase tickets at this link. ($)
  • 6 p.m. — 2nd Annual Roanoke Run for Refugees presented by the Roanoke Public Library Foundation in partnership with the City of Roanoke Public Libraries at Wasena Park (1119 Wiley Dr. SW, Roanoke). Proceeds from this 5K Run/Walk will go to families who are being evacuated to Roanoke. There is also a 1K Fun Run for Kids. Visit this link for more information and to register. ($)
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Zach Wiley at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30) — Big Lick Conspiracy at 5 Points Music Sanctuary (1217 Maple Ave. SW, Roanoke). This local improv group will delight you with an evening of comedic gold. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Comedy: Paula Poundstone at the Jefferson Center’s Shaftman Performance Hall (541 Luck Ave., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30) — Live music: Jamie Mclean Band at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. — Salsa Night at 2 Chill (312 2nd. St. SW, Roanoke). ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Jared Stout Band at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Saturday, September 10

  • 7 a.m. — The Day Our Lady Cried 5k/10k at Rivers Edge Sports Complex (302 Wiley Dr., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information. ($)
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Olde Salem Days Car Show presented by the Roanoke Valley Region AACA and the Rotary Club of Salem on Main Street in Downtown Salem. This show is open to all antique cars, trucks, and autos of interest; including street rods, customs, and modifieds. Awards will be presented in various classes. Visit this link for more information.
  • 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. — Olde Salem Days on Main Street in Downtown Salem, presented by the Rotary Club of Salem. This annual street festival features over 300 arts and craft vendors. This is a wonderful opportunity to visit the historic downtown area, home to Roanoke College and many beautiful buildings and churches. Visit this link for more information regarding this premier outdoor bazaar.
  • 10 a.m. — Classic Film Series: Tom Jones at the Grandin Theatre (1310 Grandin Rd., SW, Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.
  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Taco Fest presented by Huddle Up Moms at Elmwood Park (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Features live music and entertainment, food trucks, and a kids zone. Don’t miss your opportunity to vote for Roanoke’s Best Taco! For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 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. ($)
  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. — Downtown Food and Cultural Tour hosted by Tour Roanoke. Meet at the Hotel Roanoke, main lobby (110 Shenandoah Ave. SW, Roanoke). Accompanied by local tour guides, visit six iconic restaurants in downtown Roanoke, while learning about our city’s rich cultural history. For more information and to book in advance, visit this link. ($)
  • Noon — Roanoke 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Wells Fargo Tower (19 Norfolk Ave. SE, Roanoke) to benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The event will kick off with an opening ceremony at noon, followed by a short parade as participants walk around the building before beginning their stair climb. Find more information at this link. ($)
  • 2 p.m. — Buchanan Tri, starting and finishing at Buchanan Town Park (485 Lowe St., Buchanan). This annual event features a 2 mile road run, 13 mile bike ride, and an 8 mile paddle down the James River. For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 4 to 9 p.m. — Inaugural Okra Fest at Lick Run Farm (1626 10th St. NW, Roanoke). Find more information at this link.
  • 6 p.m. — Inappropriate Music Yoga Class at Uttara Yoga Studio (401 Highland Ave. SE, Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 6 to 10 p.m. — Live music: Chris Janson at Dr. Pepper Park at the Bridges (9 Old Whitmore Ave., Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 6 to 11 p.m. — Lights, Diamonds, and Denim at the Rooftop of the Penthouse at Center in the Square (1 Market Sq. SE, Roanoke). Featuring live music by McFadden & Friends. Purchase tickets at this link. ($)
  • 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. — Live music: The Shoobies at Big Lick Brewing Company (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke).
  • 7 p.m. (Doors open at 5)  — Live music: An Evening with Charles Esten at The Coves at Smith Mountain Lake (301 Ivy Ln., Union Hall). Purchase tickets at this link. ($)
  • 7 p.m. to midnight — Jack Brown’s Block Party featuring The Ambassador & DJ Al-D at Jack Brown’s Burger & Beer Joint (210 Market St. SE, Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Live music: The Purple Xperience at the Berglund Performing Arts Theatre (710 Williamson Rd., Roanoke). Enjoy the sounds of Prince with this five piece group’s tribute performance. Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. — Live music: Krantz / Carlock / Lefebvre at the Jefferson Center’s Fostek Performance Hall (541 Luck Ave., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30) — Live music: Anne Elise Hastings & Her Revolving Cast of Characters with Special Guest Corey Hunley at The Spot on Kirk (22 Kirk Ave. SW, Roanoke). Visit this link for more information and to purchase tickets. ($)
  • 10 p.m. — Live music: Low Water Bridge Band at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Sunday, September 11

  • 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. ($)
  • 1 to 9 p.m. — FloydPRIDE 22 at the Floyd EcoVillage (188 EcoVillage Trl. SE, Floyd). Find more information at this link.
  • 2 to 5 p.m. — Murder Mystery Event at Olde Salem Brewing (315 Market St., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 5 p.m. — Live music: Solacoustix at Fork in the Alley (2123 Crystal Spring Ave., Roanoke).

Monday, September 12

  • 3 to 7 p.m. — Welcoming Week Job Expo at the main Roanoke Public Library (706 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). Learn about job openings with Roanoke City, get help with interview skills, and perfect your resume.
  • 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.
  • 6:30 p.m. — Books & Beans Book Club presented by Book No Further at Little Green Hive (1402 Grandin Rd., Roanoke). This month’s selection is The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek: A Novel by Kim Michele Richardson. Find more information, register in advance, and purchase your copy of the book at this link. ($)
  • 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Sunset Yoga at Beaver Dam Farm Sunflower Festival (13562 Lee Hwy, Buchanan). For more information, visit this link. ($)

Tuesday, September 13

  • 4 to 6 p.m. — Welcoming Week Education Fair at Gainsboro Library (15 Patton Ave. NW, Roanoke). Learn more about Roanoke City Public Schools, English classes, adult education, GED preparation, and job skills training.
  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. — Sunset Dinner at Beaver Dam Farm Sunflower Festival (13562 Lee Hwy, Buchanan). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 5:45 p.m. — The Famous Tuesday Night Beer Ride, starting at Twin Creeks Brewing Co. (111 S Pollard St., Vinton). Ride the 20-mile regular or lowlander options, and return to Twin Creeks for a burger and a brew when you’re finished. Find more information here.
  • 6 p.m. — Fleet Feet Pub Run & Walk at Big Lick Brewing Co. (409 Salem Ave. SW, Roanoke). Walk or run with the Fleet Feet family; 1, 3, and 5 mile routes are available, and participants can scale the distance or pace to their own needs. Check in at the Fleet Feet tent when you arrive. Visit this link for more details.
  • 6 to 8 p.m. (sign ups start at 5:30) — Front Lines Open Mic Night at Golden Cactus Brewing (214 Fifth St SW, Roanoke). For more information, visit this link.
  • 6:30 p.m. — Roanoke City School Board meeting at Patrick Henry High School (2102 Grandin Rd., Roanoke).
  • 7 to 11 p.m. — Line Dancing with Angela & Kamronn at Corned Beef and Co. Bar and Grill (107 S. Jefferson St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)
  • 7:30 p.m. — Live music: Tuba Skinny at the Jefferson Center’s Fostek Performance Hall (541 Luck Ave., Roanoke). Find more information and purchase your tickets at this link. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Seph Custer & The Flatbreaks at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413  St., Roanoke). For more information, 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.
  • 3 to 4:30 p.m. — Lecture / Work Session: “React and Recover: Use Improv Basics to Level Up Your Leadership” presented by Virginia Tech Roanoke Center’s Game Changer Week at Powerschool (110 Franklin Rd. SE, 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 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. ($)
  • 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. — Yoga at the Taubman Museum of Art. For more information, visit www.taubmanmuseum.org/calendar or contact info@taubmanmuseum.org or (540) 342-5760. ($)
  • 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 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. ($)
  • 9:30 p.m. — Live music: Anthony Wayne Vibe at Martin’s Downtown Bar and Grill (413 1st St., Roanoke). For more information, visit this link. ($)