Apr
4
Sat
Adventure Expo & Artisan Saturday at Explore Park- CANCELED @ Roanoke County's Explore Park Tickets
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Adventure Expo & Artisan Saturday at Explore Park- CANCELED @ Roanoke County's Explore Park

This event has been canceled due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

It’s the first day of our summer season at Explore Park located on the Blue Ridge Parkway at milepost 115! Join us for a variety of special activities and events all day long:

Treetop Quest Opening Day – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Explore Park’s signature attraction is back for a second season of aerial adventure. Bring out your inner squirrel with progressively challenging obstacles such as cargo nets, tight ropes and zip lines.

Artisan Saturday – 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Watch local artisans demonstrate their craft and enjoy FREE family activities. Love what you see? All featured crafts people have their works on display and for sale during the event.  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.

Twin Creeks Brewpub Ribbon Cutting – 3:00 PM

Roanoke County’s first craft brewery officially opens their second location at Explore Park with regular Spring hours. You’re invited to join Twin Creeks staff and Roanoke County officials to celebrate a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

Live Music on the Brugh Lawn – 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Rock out to the sounds of local favorites Five Shades of Gray, Radio Rehab and Hardrive Crew! Get a preview of the area’s newest outdoor music venue, and see the announcement of a new Summer concert series. Relax with a drink inside historic Brugh Tavern or outside on the lawn presented by Twin Creeks Brewpub.

Outdoor Services Demonstrations – 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Learn about upcoming outdoor programs, events and activities from Roanoke County and our vendor partners at Explore Park. From cabin and tent camping, to tubing and summer camp opportunities.  While you’re here, talk with the owners of Blue Mountain Adventures and Don’s Cab-Inns about future attractions coming to the park.

Guided Nature Hikes – 3:30 PM and 4:30 PM

Discover and observe the spring awakening of the forest! Join our park naturalist and local Master Naturalists on a free family-friendly nature walk looking for emerging wildflowers and wildlife. Departs from Twin Creeks Brewpub.

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 children.

 

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

This event has been canceled due to health concerns regarding the coronavirus.

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
1
Fri
Community School 40th Annual Strawberry Festival- CANCELED @ Elmwood Park Tickets
May 1 – May 2 all-day
Community School 40th Annual Strawberry Festival- CANCELED @ Elmwood Park

This event has been canceled due to health concerns regarding the coronavirus.

Community School’s 40th Annual Strawberry Festival is on May 1 and 2, 2020!

Year after year, voted one of “Southwest Virginia’s Best Festivals” by Virginia Living magazine and “Favorite Annual Festival” by the readers of The Roanoker magazine, Community School’s Strawberry Festival is one of Roanoke’s most popular and anticipated events. Homemade Shortcakes, Strawberry Treats, Children’s Games and much more!

Visit strawberryfestivalroanoke.org for more information.

May 1st: 10am – 5:30pm; May 2nd: 10am – 4pm
Free to attend; Various prices for various treats

Tours at Historic Grovewood Village @ Grovewood Village Tickets
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – Nov 28 @ 2:00 pm
Tours at Historic Grovewood Village @ Grovewood Village

Did you know that Grovewood Village once housed the weaving and woodworking operations of Biltmore Industries? At the height of its success in the late 1920s, this Arts and Crafts enterprise had a total of 40 looms in steady operation, producing bolts of some of the finest handwoven wool fabric in the country. Orders were shipped as far as China and Uruguay, and customers included the likes of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Helen Keller, and several U.S. presidents and first ladies.

Learn the story of Biltmore Industries on a docent-led tour, offered Wednesday – Saturday at 1pm during April – November (except Thanksgiving Day). Your tour includes a visit to our historic Dye House (usually closed to the public), where you’ll peek into the past and view the original looms, carding machines, spinning mule and dye vats used to make the famed Biltmore Handwoven Homespun.

Tours last approximately 45 minutes and operate on a first-come, first-served basis, open to 25 people. There is no charge to take the tour, but donations are appreciated and help preserve an important piece of Asheville’s history. Meet your guide at the Biltmore Industries Homespun Museum in Grovewood Village. Free parking is available on site.

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
3
Sun
Help Clean the Toe River @ NC Outdoor Adventures Tickets
May 3 @ 1:00 pm
Help Clean the Toe River @ NC Outdoor Adventures

Meet at the NC Outdoors Outpost and come dressed to be in the water!

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
7
Sun
Western Piedmont Symphony Summer Pops @ Downtown Hickory Tickets
Jun 7 all-day
Western Piedmont Symphony Summer Pops @ Downtown Hickory

The Western Piedmont Symphony returns to downtown Hickory for our FUN, FREE Summer Pops concert!

The award-winning Western Piedmont Symphony, conducted by Maestro Matthew Troy, will perform patriotic marches, show tunes, TV & movie themes, light classical favorites and a salute to our military.

Invite your family & friends, bring your lawn chairs, visit the downtown establishments, and enjoy refreshments from local vendors.

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!