Feb
15
Sat
Bryan Koontz: Life Along the Blue Ridge @ Grovewood Gallery Tickets
Feb 15 @ 10:00 am – Apr 5 @ 5:00 pm
Bryan Koontz: Life Along the Blue Ridge @ Grovewood Gallery

Grovewood Gallery in Asheville will present Life Along the Blue Ridge, featuring landscape oil paintings by Bryan Koontz, on view from February 15 through April 5, 2020. The gallery will host an opening reception with the artist in attendance on Saturday, February 15 from 2-5pm. Koontz will return to the gallery on February 21 and 22 to demonstrate traditional oil painting techniques from 11am-5pm on both days. The reception and live demos are free to attend and open to the public.

Apr
4
Sat
6th Annual Artisan Saturday at Explore Park @ Roanoke County's Explore Park Tickets
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th Annual Artisan Saturday at Explore Park @ Roanoke County's Explore Park

On April 4, 2020 10:00AM – 3:00PM Roanoke County’s Explore Park will host the sixth annual Artisan Saturday event. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 115, the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center and Gift Shop will have local artisans on hand to demonstrate a number of uniquely different crafts. Gourd work, jewelry making, plein air painting, fiber art, and woodworking are just a few of the demonstrations that will be showcased during the Artisan Saturdays season. The day may also include book signings, live music, food vendors, and informative presentations. Artisans from Southwest Virginia whose work reflects both creativity and quality craftsmanship will be available for questions during the demonstrations. Additionally, their original pieces of work will be for sale.
Educational and fun craft activities for children will be available along with all the amenities that the park has to offer. Make a whole day of it and take advantage of Explore Park’s hiking and biking trails and view the historical buildings at the park. Bring the fishing gear and fishing license to spend an hour or two on the Roanoke River or visit the museum located in the Visitor Center. Explore Park’s Visitor Center Gift Shop is open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM for all refreshment needs. The gift shop is home to a variety of local artisan wares that are available for sale along with Explore Park memorabilia, t-Shirts and fun items for the children.

Apr
18
Sat
21st Blue Ridge Kite Festival @ Roanoke County's Green Hill Park Tickets
Apr 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
21st Blue Ridge Kite Festival @ Roanoke County's Green Hill Park

The 21st annual Kite Festival held in Green Hill Park is a favorite springtime day of outdoor family fun! This event offers free admission, free parking, free children’s t-shirts, and free kites to the first 1,000 children attending with an adult. Awesome colors and shapes paint the skies as kites take flight. The result is a breath-taking sight that shouldn’t be missed. For many years, the Blue Ridge Kite Festival was quoted as being “The Richmond Air Force Kite Club’s favorite and a model of planning, efficiency, and hospitality.” The Richmond Air Force Kite Club provides an entire day of quality entertainment! On average, over 9,000 spectators come to this annual family festival. Each year folks return to explore and participate in kiting activities, take a brief kite flying lesson or just relax and watch the show. Don’t forget to bring your own kite or get there early and pick up a free one so you can join in all the fun!
Food and craft vendors are also on site for everyone’s enjoyment. Numerous local sponsors bring support and enthusiasm to this much anticipated event. Plan on being intrigued and delighted as you watch championship flyers, quad line kites, participate in kid’s contests and custom-kite exhibits, have a caricature done by a local caricature artist and explore the arts and crafts vendors and much more. You will be mesmerized and revitalized at the end of this spectacular day!
The Blue Ridge Kite Festival is presented by Roanoke County Parks, Recreation & Tourism.

May
2
Sat
Opening Day at Beagle Ridge @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm Tickets
May 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Opening Day at Beagle Ridge @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

Spring opening at Beagle Ridge Herb Farm is May 2nd! Get an early start on your spring and summer planting by getting a jump on the season. Come bring your garden plans for summer and get the plants you will need for that dream garden. Free garden consultations are offered between 10:00-1:00, so be sure to come early. Over 100 varieties of plants will be available, annuals and perennials, herbs and flowers. Sign up for a newsletter to get a coupon good for opening day.

May
23
Sat
Art in the Park @ Downtown Blowing Rock Tickets
May 23 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art in the Park @ Downtown Blowing Rock

Outdoor arts & crafts show featuring 90+ juried artisans in a wide variety of mediums. Meet artists and buy art at any of a series of six shows throughout the summer. Free parking, shuttle and admission. Rain or shine, since 1962!

Jun
6
Sat
6th Annual Artisan Saturday at Explore Park @ Roanoke County's Explore Park Tickets
Jun 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
6th Annual Artisan Saturday at Explore Park @ Roanoke County's Explore Park

On June 6, 2020 from 10:00AM – 3:00PM Roanoke County’s Explore Park will host the sixth annual Artisan Saturday event. Located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 115, the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center and Gift Shop will have local artisans on hand to demonstrate a number of uniquely different crafts. Gourd work, jewelry making, plein air painting, fiber art, and woodworking are just a few of the demonstrations that will be showcased during the Artisan Saturdays season. The day may also include book signings, live music, food vendors, and informative presentations. Artisans from Southwest Virginia whose work reflects both creativity and quality craftsmanship will be available for questions during the demonstrations. Additionally, their original pieces of work will be for sale.
Educational and fun craft activities for children will be available along with the amenities that the park has to offer. Make a whole day of it and take advantage of Explore Park’s hiking and biking trails and view the historical buildings at the park. Bring the fishing gear and fishing license to spend an hour or two on the Roanoke River or visit the museum located in the Visitor Center. Explore Park’s Visitor Center Gift Shop is open from 9:00AM to 5:00PM for all refreshment needs. The gift shop is home to a variety of local artisan wares that are available for sale along with Explore Park memorabilia, t-Shirts and fun items for the children.

Jun
13
Sat
Art in the Park @ Downtown Blowing Rock Tickets
Jun 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art in the Park @ Downtown Blowing Rock

Outdoor arts & crafts show featuring 90+ juried artisans in a wide variety of mediums. Meet artists and buy art at any of a series of six shows throughout the summer. Free parking, shuttle and admission. Rain or shine, since 1962!

Jun
20
Sat
Lavender Thyme Festival @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm Tickets
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Lavender Thyme Festival @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

Join us for a Lavender Festival here in Southwest VA. Why go to France when you can enjoy lavender right here in Virginia?

Lavender Thyme in VA is the 3rd week in June. Calling all lavender lovers, join us for a special weekend of lavender in the gardens. Take a garden tour and walk amongst our rows of lavender in the morning. U pick will be available, so come cut your own bunch of lavender; learn to grow, use and cook with lavender in the afternoon.

All activities are FREE.

Concessions will be available, come hungry.

Our shop is filled with our herbal bath products, lotions, dried lavender sachets as well as our herbal seasoning blends. Several types of lavender plants will be available for planting. Stroll through the themed display gardens, enjoy a cup of tea on the patio and watch as the hummingbirds feast on the flowers. Be sure to bring your camera. Enjoy your day in the lavender.

Currently scheduling group tours for 2020, herbal lunches in the gardens are available, call for particulars.

Jul
18
Sat
Art in the Park @ Downtown Blowing Rock Tickets
Jul 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art in the Park @ Downtown Blowing Rock

Outdoor arts & crafts show featuring 90+ juried artisans in a wide variety of mediums. Meet artists and buy art at any of a series of six shows throughout the summer. Free parking, shuttle and admission. Rain or shine, since 1962!

Aug
15
Sat
Art in the Park @ Downtown Blowing Rock Tickets
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art in the Park @ Downtown Blowing Rock

Outdoor arts & crafts show featuring 90+ juried artisans in a wide variety of mediums. Meet artists and buy art at any of a series of six shows throughout the summer. Free parking, shuttle and admission. Rain or shine, since 1962!