Mar
19
Thu
Awaken: A Retreat of Renewal at Primland @ Primland Resort Tickets
Mar 19 – Mar 22 all-day
Awaken: A Retreat of Renewal at Primland @ Primland Resort

Primland, the 12,000-acre retreat nestled in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is proud to announce Awaken: A Retreat of Renewal, debuting in March 2020. Led by Primland’s Spa Director, Dani Clement, and visiting yoga instructor, Dimitri Delazanos, the four-day retreat will invite guests to participate in a journey of yogic and mindful practices to unearth, dislodge, and dismantle this new energy of potential.

The four-day, three-night retreat will include morning and evening yoga sessions daily with Delazanos as well as daily meditation practices, intention setting and breathing practices. To further connect with nature, guests will also enjoy an evening of stargazing at the hotel’s Observatory and participate in Forest Bathing. Focusing on overall well-being, the retreat will also include a Macramé Workshop to flex the creative muscles, an Ayurvedic Medicine Speak Easy and a wine tasting experience at a local vineyard.

The Awaken Retreat program is $560 per person, inclusive of a daily breakfast buffet and two course dinner, tax and gratuity. Participating guests will enjoy 20% off lodging in the Lodge’s guest rooms and suites, Pinnacle Cottages and Fairway Cottages or one of Primland’s mountain homes, as well as a 15% discount on all activities and spa services offered at Primland during the retreat. To book, please contact the Spa at Primland at 276.222.3965. For lodging, please contact reservations at 276.222.3800.

Mar
20
Fri
Spring Sip & Shop @ Grovewood Gallery Tickets
Mar 20 @ 10:00 am – Mar 21 @ 5:30 pm
Spring Sip & Shop @ Grovewood Gallery

Grovewood Gallery will celebrate spring with two days of demos, discounts, and wine. Join them for their Spring Sip & Shop event on March 20 + 21, which will take place from 10 am – 5:30 pm with artist demonstrations from 11 am – 4 pm on both days.

Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine while shopping two expansive floors of finely crafted furniture, ceramics, jewelry and much more, contributed by over 400 artists and craftspeople from across the United States. Gallery merchandise will be discounted 10 percent. The discount does not apply to demonstrators’ artwork, custom/special orders, or Lyman Whitaker Wind Sculptures.

Mar
27
Fri
50th Annual Catawba Valley Gem & Mineral Show @ Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitors Bureau Tickets
Mar 27 @ 9:00 am – Mar 29 @ 5:00 pm
50th Annual Catawba Valley Gem & Mineral Show @ Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitors Bureau

The show will feature vendors selling gems, minerals, jewelry and fossils. There will also be demonstrations – faceting, cabochon cutting and tumblings.

Free admission for children 12 and under, Scouts, military in uniform, law enforcement, approved youth groups and organized senior groups.

Hours: Friday and Saturday 9am-6pm, Sunday 11am-5pm

Mar
28
Sat
23rd Annual Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival @ Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitors Bureau Tickets
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
23rd Annual Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival @ Hickory Metro Convention Center and Visitors Bureau

The Festival will include potters from across North Carolina and the southern United States.  There will also be dealers offering historical pottery and antiques, providing a context for understanding the history and use of pottery in the South. In all, there will be more than 110 vendors exhibiting antique and contemporary southern traditional pottery, antiques, furniture, textiles and folk art.

Along with the festival, Saturday includes special programming featuring pottery videos, demonstrations and an annual lecture “Clay Walls: Daniel Johnston’s Massive Installations” by Daniel Johnston and Henry Glassie. There will also be demonstrations & educational videos.

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.

Apr
22
Wed
Spring Homeschool Day @ Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park Tickets
Apr 22 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Spring Homeschool Day @ Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Our annual Spring Homeschool Day is a wonderful way to start the warmer season with a day full of learning. Programs are designed to meet the curriculum needs and interests of your students. Morning Programs are from 9:30am – 12:30pm, some afternoon times will also be available and may vary based on demand. Program details can be found on our website. Pre-registration is required. Book your spot at www.ChimneyRockPark.com.

Apr
25
Sat
Lavender Academy @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm Tickets
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm
Lavender Academy @ Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

If you have ever wanted to grow lavender, this 2-day workshop is for you! Join us for a 2-day intensive workshop which covers Lavender 101 and Beyond. The first day will be informational, including how to pick your varieties, grow, plant and harvest as well as learning how to prune and rejuvenate plants with hands-on activities in the gardens.

The second day will be value-added with recipes and hands-on classes including soap making, lotion bars, bath bombs and lots more. Two lunches, snacks and drinks are included. Registration is limited, so sign up early!

April 25 9 am – 3 pm, April 26 10 am – 3 pm

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
Architectural Restoration Behind the Scenes Tours @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Tickets
May 3 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Architectural Restoration Behind the Scenes Tours @ Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest

Explore the architectural design, history and restoration of Thomas Jefferson’s Palladian-style villa. This hour-long, behind-the-scenes tour is guided by Travis McDonald, Poplar Forest’s Director of Architectural Restoration, who has overseen restoration since it began in 1989.

You’ll learn how the restoration architects, architectural historians and craftsmen are meticulously restoring Jefferson’s vision for the “best dwelling house in the state.” Admission is $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door; reservations are encouraged.

Tours are Sunday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 9th with tours starting at 11am and 2pm both days.