Upcoming Events #RoanokeVA

  2017 & 2018 Upcoming Events

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Fantasyland — 2017
O. Winston Link and History Museums
101 Shenandoah Ave. NE

Beginning Nov. 24, two types of public programs are planned: 10 a.m. Sing-a-Long for toddlers; 11 a.m. and noon programs for older children.
The programs are scheduled for Nov. 24 and 25; De. 2, 9, 16, 19, 20, 21. Lots of photo opportunities.This tradition dates to the 1970s and again this year will feature the same Santa known to many youngsters now grown. Santa sings and tells stories to teach the true value of Christmas. Visitors also get to see displays featuring holiday characters that once appeared in Roanoke Valley storefronts during the holidays.
Visitors also get to see the Link and History museum exhibits.
Tickets for the public events are available through these links to the Center in the Square box office:
Santa Sing-Along: https://red.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=c550849593cecec8e71dc04091f4682d
Fantasyland: https://red.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=6b27164eb9f3fc08829e3c1ccf39f1c8
Student groups who wish to attend should contact Lynsey Allie at info@vahistorymuseum.org or 982-5465.

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Fashions for Evergreens Benefitting United Way Roanoke Valley
Nov 23 - Dec 31
The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center

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Winter Lights Festival & TubaChristmas
Fri  Dec 1~~3 PM · Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.

The Winter Lights Festival will take place on Friday December 1, 2017 from 3-8pm.
Activities will include:
10am-8pm Holiday Trees at Kent Square
10am- 8pm Micah's Backpack Gingerbread Houses at Kent Square
3-8pm Holiday Gift Market on College Avenue
3:30-5:30pm Santa & Mrs Claus at the Lyric
5-8pm Holiday Art Walk
5:40pm Tree Lighting Ceremony on Henderson Lawn with Mayor Rordam, Santa & Mrs. Claus and WSLS 10
6pm TubaChristmas on Henderson Lawn Stage
7pm Holiday Parade down Main Street

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Dickens of a Christmas: Let's Dance Band
Fri Dec 1~~5:30 PM
Taubman Museum of Art
Hosted by The Let's Dance Band
The Let's Dance Band will be taking over the museum to kick off Dickens of a Christmas! Come on out for a night of old standards and joy as we dance the night away for the 2017 holiday season.
This event is free, family friendly, and open to the public.

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Seph Custer at The Vatican
Fri Dec 1~6 PM
The Vatican Bistro

Annual HIV/AIDS Benefit for the Drop In Center
Join for this monumental event!
Doors Open at 6:30pm
World AIDS Day Candle Light Vigil at 7pm
Showtime 8pm

Join the Botetourt Family YMCA for Breakfast with Santa!
Scrambled Eggs, Pancakes, Bacon, Sausage, Muffins, Fruit, Juice and Coffee
$25 adults, $12.50 children ages 12 and under
Be the first to see Santa with a VIP reserved table!
$250 per table for 8 people. Reserve early - only 5 available!
Purchase tickets by sending an email to Dale Parris at 
dparris@ymcavbr.org or call 540-527-9622 x 3122.
All proceeds benefit the Botetourt Family YMCA

Macaroni Kid Roanoke Candy Cane Hunt
Sat, December 2, 2017
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST
American Legion
710 Apperson Drive
Salem, VA 24153

Please register for your age group!

There will be tons of holiday fun including:Hot Cocoa and Lunch served by the American Legion Riders for a nominal cost. Santa (arriving by motorcyle!) Crafts Snowman Wars

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Sat  Dec 2~9 AM  

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Christmas Craft Sale
Sat Dec 2~ 9 AM 
1639 Poteet Road, Wirtz, Virginia 24184
a day of unique handmade crafts for family & friends.
Embroidered ornaments, felt ornaments, Hand-painted Gourds,
Paintings, wood gifts, Dolls, Burlap Bags & more !
Shop, socialize and & enjoy light refreshments!
Please bring a canned food item to be donated to a local Food bank in Franklin County.

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Dec 2 - Dec 10  
Candy Cane Express at the Virginia Museum of Transpotation.
Two weekends of family fun!
Saturday December 2 10a-5p
Sunday December 3 1p-5p
Saturday December 9 10a-5p
Sunday December 10 1p-5p
Last train ride departs at 4:30 p.m. each day.
$3 for train rides with paid admission to the museum

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Gingerbread Festival
Sat Dec 2~ 11 AM
Another family tradition for the holidays. This is a free event for the community with a gingerbread house competition, arts and crafts, marshmallow roasting, visiting with Santa, Rudolph, Frosty, and many more! There will be food, bouncy houses, and a train available as well!

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Holiday Cookies and Treats
Sat Dec 2~ 11 AM  
This festive time of year calls for a little (or a lot) of something sweet. During this workshop, you’ll learn foolproof cookie recipes that will be sure to impress your friends at the next Holiday party or Cookie Swap. Discover the tricks to homemade cookie dough that can be easily converted into any of your favorite treats. All ingredients and supplies are included.
$39.00 (Standard charge)Ages: At least 18 but less than 99

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Dec 3 - Dec 4  Showtimers
Heathers The Musical Auditions
Auditions will be on December 3rd and 4th at 6pm
Performance Dates: February 16- March 4, 2018

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Photos with Santa
Sun Dec 3~ 11 AM · Towers Shopping Center

Join the Towers Shopping Center merchants for their annual "Photos with Santa" event. Enjoy a holiday experience with kid friendly activities, character entertainment, merchant sales and much more! This event is free to the public.

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Sun Dec 3~11 AM  
Bring the well-behaved furkids and/or the human kids out on Sunday, December 3rd from 11a-3p at Pet Supplies Plus in Salem, Va. for photos with Santa! Digital prints will be $10 and accessible the following week on our website for download. There will be options for personalizations with this photo option for an additional fee. On-the-spot prints will be $15. As always, fosters will get one free digital photo to help us promote our adoptable pets

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The Holiday Band
Sun Dec 3~~3 PM  
An evening of pampering and shopping with the businesses of College Corners. Already on the list to participate are The Bird Cage Salem, Pampered and Polished, Fruitions and Roxanne Kelly Designs. Ruby Ribbon will set up inside of The Bird Cage. Lots of specials, light refreshments and more.

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A Christmas Story
Dec 6 - Dec 23  

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Family Feud
Thu Dec 7~7 PM · 5 Points Music Sanctuary

Oh, yes. ‘Tis the season for giving thanks, gathering together for food and fellowship, and, yes, family. Lots and lots of family.
Tonight’s stories will be devoted to tales of legendary spats, unresolved rumors, petty jealousy and judgements, dirty little secrets, awkward standoffs, and other epic misunderstandings that shape and define the dynamics of family.
***We are always looking for new voices to be tellers. If you are interested in submitting your pitch to be considered for a telling slot, you MUST send us a synopsis via a private message on our page (a couple of paragraphs) outlining your story.

Due to increasing costs, we will be raising general admission to $8. This increase will help 5 Points fulfill their mission of providing a beautiful community space to hold special events, continue to grow their music therapy work, as well as cover production costs.
**There will also be an option for $10 VIP bistro table seats available if you choose to have an elevated/reserved table.
-We will now be offering online ticket sales! This is great news for all! It helps us gauge crowd size and ensure that all who want to attend have a comfortable seat.
We will still have tickets at the door, but encourage advance purchases if able.
**Doors will open at 6:00 and stories will start at 7:00. We will have a food truck as well as beer and wine available for purchase.
** This event is designed for adults, and therefore not recommended for kids under 15.

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Charles Dickens Holiday Family Tour
Fri  Dec 8~5:30 PM · Taubman Museum of Art

Join Scrooge as he sets off through the galleries to explore his ghastly deeds with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Will he reform his ways? Will he vow to be more creative and kind? Join us to find out! To conclude our evening, you are invited to create your own holiday keepsake.To quote Dickens,“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor,” and we are sure to have plenty of it! Adults: $25, $15 members; Kids prices $8, $5 members

6:00pm - 10:00pm Flashing lights, games, a children’s roller coaster, Ferris Wheel, and more are part of this 11 attraction carnival! Wristbands are $5 for unlimited rides. An adult accompanying a child (12 and under) can ride for free. Wrist band sales end at 9:30pm. Cash and credit cards accepted.

Fri Dec 8~~7:30 PM  
The Salem Civic Center
It's RSO's biggest event of the year, and features vocals by Michale Lynche, RSO chorus, VT choirs, and Roanoke Valley Children's Choir.
Reserved Seats: $32.00, $37.00, $44.00.
Student Tickets (ages 12 and under): $12.00 at Box Office Only.

Sat Dec 9~~ 9 AM · 
Hosted by Kid-Made Market
3550 Poplar Dr. Roanoke, VA 24018
Support local kids that have created their own art, food, jewelry, gardening, music, sewing, crafts, toys, woodworking or any creative creation that they want to sell to the community for Christmas.
FREE to shop!

0ver 50 plus crafters / artist / book author / photography / Homemade bake goods / direct Sale Vendors

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2nd Annual Mistletoe Market
Sat Dec 9~12 PM 
Elks Lodge
Free to public just please bring an unwrapped toy donation or non perishable food item for local families in need.

A Christmas Past”, a Christmas Open House at the historic Fishburn Mansion. Each room will bring to life festive traditions as you learn about the history of the home and the family that occupied it. Stop by and enjoy light refreshments and a glass of Eggnog, a favorite of the Fishburn family, or warm up with a cup of spiced cider. Please feel free to come and go as you please. For more information, please call the program supervisor at 853-1027. (All Ages)

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Gala of Christmas trees December the 10th and 17th from 1 until 4 p.m. each tree will be decorated by a local church, designer, or just someone that is very creative. This will be money collected for a charity the fee to get in to see the trees will be $5 per person, you will get to see the beautiful Katherine Grace Manor and these gorgeous Christmas trees, so put these dates on your calendar it should be a must-see for everyone. These trees will be voted on and the winner of the tree will choose the charity 

Come and celebrate the season of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace as Calvary’s choirs, along with the Giles Community Singers and The Star City Brass, present our annual Christmas program. We will take you on a journey, through music and the spoken word, of the wonders surrounding our Savior’s birth. Please plan to join us for what promises to be a highlight of the Advent season on Friday, December 15th at 6:30 PM, and bring your friends and family

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Fri  Dec 15~7 PM  
The Coffee Pot Roadhouse
Randy Houchins has been a constant in the Roanoke music scene for years. His bass and guitar skills have been heard in bands such as Dead End Heist, Stations, SOUL, and Gloom Despair N Agony to name a few. Rock N Roll For Randy! All proceeds from the door will go towards the bills that have been acquired as a result of surgeries, procedures, and other related needs. Join us along with Gloom Despair N Agony, Cretin Mouth, Love and a.45, dolsid (Steven Morris)

Free admission and free parking! Hundreds of vendors on site to help you complete that last minute Christmas shopping!

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Winter Wild
Sat Dec 16~10 AM · Mill Mountain Zoo

Warm up with hot cider and cookies for the kids and holiday lager for the adults. Enjoy the zoo’s holiday splendor, live music and lighting. Learn about our animals through keeper chats and visit a few up close with our animal encounters. Families will have the chance to make Christmas wrap and organic bird feeders. Finish up your holiday shopping with a wide variety of vendors! Plus, family and grandparent memberships will be available for $65, and these make great gifts! Even Santa will make an appearance and be available for photos. Regular admission.

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9th annual Winter Wonderland Craft and Vendor Fair. Admission is free with free activities for kids including inflatables, crafts and cookie decorating. Free coffee and hot chocolate with donuts and lunch available for purchase. Santa arrives by fire truck at 11:00 and pictures with Santa are available. Shop a large variety of vendors and bid on an assortment of silent auction items

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Sat Dec 16~ 12 PM 
Enjoy a wine tasting and then sip our mulled wine as you browse our gift shop and find that perfect gift for the wine lover on your list. Or let us help you customize a gift of wine (and wine accessories) in 2 or 3 bottle boxes

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Carols By Candlelight Sun Dec 17~~5 PM  
Carols By Candlelight celebrates the seasons of Advent and Christmas with readings, anthems, and carols that tell the story of the prophecy, nativity, and adoration of the Christ Child. This year St. Mark's will partner with The Bradley Free Clinic's Roanoke Valley HOPE Initiative, which provides a gateway to professional resources for persons suffering from Substance Use Disorders in any form, within the greater Roanoke area. 100% of the offering received at Carols by Candlelight will support this crucial program.

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Wednesday, December 20 @ 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 21 @ 7 p.m.
Friday, December 22 @ 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 23 @ 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.

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From Half Moon
Half Moon’s 10th Annual Xmas Jam, featuring performances by Empty Bottles, Shorefire, Half Moon, and All You Need is Love (a tribute set containing the music of The Beatles). AND the release of Half Moon’s debut album, Sure Ain’t Easy!

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Sun 10 AM  
Celebrate at Noon - with a bouncy ball drop of 60,000 Balls! 
$8 in advance and $10 at the door.Children under 2 are free.TICKETS ON SALE NOVEMBER 1st at BERGLUND CENTER BOX OFFICE.
$10,000 Safe Crack Competition
8 Fun Filled Inflatables
Character Appearances
Balloon Art
Face Painting
Live Music with Einsteins Monkey
Magic Show
Dance Show
Stilt Walkers
Photo Booth
60,000 Ball Bouncy Ball Drop! (15,000 in each of 4 Drop Zones)
Character Appearance Schedule
10 AM-11 AM    Batman and Spiderman
11 AM - Noon    Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol
Noon - 1 PM     Darth Vader and Iron Man
1 PM - 2 PM    Shimmer and Shine
Ball Drop of thousands of soft and fuzzy pom pom balls
Event full of fun for children with special needs!
Lower Light, Less noise, no crowds
Quiet Rooms and activities!

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Big Lick Downtown Countdown
Sun 7:30 PM · The Historic City Market

Returning to Market Square Plaza plus the historic City Market Building, Center In the Square and Penthouse Rooftop at Center!
Featuring music on the Budweiser Stage by Regional-Dance favorites Uptown (featuring an amazing tribute to Prince!), Nashville recording artist Adam Rutledge, The Low Low Chariot, Hott Sauce and MORE!
 Signature Roanoke Star Rise at Midnight will be projected up the Center in the Square Building bringing us into 2018!
Enjoy incredible food in nearby restaurants plus on site vendors, beverages including local craft brews, regional favorites!
Tickets on sale on Friday November 17th at 10am, Get your tickets at Center in the Square's box office, online at www.biglickentertainment.com or call 540.224.1200! This event has sold out for 4 years in a row - buy in advance!
General Admission and NEW & IMPROVED VIP Experience options available - more details soon!
This event is ALL AGES and family friendly! Ring in the new year and help a fantastic local non-profit LEAP for Local Food with Big Lick Entertainment!

5 Points Music Sanctuary

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Sun Dec 31~~ 9:30 PM  The Q 
Come ring in 2018 with The Q and THE FORD

2018 Upcoming Events

January 20, 2018
Berglund Center

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Feb 23, 2018 - Feb 25, 2018 · 
Author Guest of Honor: Joe R. Lansdale
Fan Guests of Honor: Geek Radio Daily
2017 Independent Film Winner - Best in Show: Jaysen Buterin
Music Guest of Honor: Bella Morte
Master of Ceremonies: Rich Sigfrit
Convention Photographer: Jarod Kearney
Please visit our website to learn more about our Guests and the 2018 convention: http://mysticon-va.com/

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Tue March 20~~7:30 PM 
Berglund Center
There truly is no place like home as the greatest family musical of all time, the wonderful WIZARD OF OZ, twists its way into [city name here]! The entire family will be captivated as they travel down the Yellow Brick Road and beyond with Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow in this lavish production, featuring breathtaking special effects, dazzling choreography and classic songs.
A spectacular celebration of the iconic 1939 MGM film, THE WIZARD OF OZ will blow you away from the moment the tornado touches down and transports you to a dazzling Oz, complete with munchkins and flying monkeys. Don’t miss the chance to travel Over the Rainbow and experience this national treasure on stage

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Tail Chaser 5k & 1 Mile Walk
Sat March 24~10 AM  
Roanoke River Greenway, Roanoke, VA
Hosted by Roanoke Valley SPCA
Sign yourself, and your canine friend up athttp://www.commonwealthgames.org/special-events/tailchaser-run to take advantage of the Early Bird Registration that is only $25 for yourself and $5 for every dog you would like to have join you.
Register for the run/walk here: http://www.commonwealthgames.org/special-events/tailchaser-run

College Ave, Blacksburg, VA
Set your calendars for CHOCOLATE!!!
April 14, 2018 Downtown Blacksburg
Join us Downtown Blacksburg to experience a delightful afternoon sampling Artisan Chocolates, Live Music, Kids Zone and Beer & Wine Garden to support the Local Organizations supported by the Rotary Club of Blacksburg!

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May 25, 2018 - May 27, 2018  

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