Thursday Jul 27 @ 9:30 AM
Mountain Biking Trail Ride Essentials
Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism – Leave the asphalt behind and let us get you in gear for the trails. Learn the basics of mountain biking with an International Mountain Bike Association certified instructor. They will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to get out there on your own. Our guides also provide plenty of information on the best local trails and rides suited for your ability, which is helpful for anyone new to the sport. No experience necessary. Mountain bikes, helmets, and all instruction provided. Course will meet at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor's Center. $42 for 2.5 hours of instruction from Roanoke Mountain Adventures.
    Thursday Jul 27 @ 2:00 PM
All Tangled Up
Roanoke County, Virginia – Beginning crochet. Come learn the basics of crocheting. Just bring your own crochet hooks and yarn to match! Call the Hollins Library at 540-561-8024 for more information.
    Friday Jul 28 @ 9:00 PM
Friday Night Tournament
Vinton Bowling Center – Bowl four games first two games are 3-6-9 strikes and then two games of crazy 8. Move lanes after each game. Highest four game set wins. Cost is $22.00 - 8 lineage, 10 prize fund, four for high game pot. Youth is $12.00 - 6 lineage, 6 prize fund. There will be a female award if four or more females bowl. Starts at 9pm, check is at 8.30pm.
    Friday Jul 28 - Jul 29 @ 11:00 PM
No Shame Theatre
Hollins Playwright's Lab – No Shame Theatre Upstairs Studio Theatre, Hollins University Admission: $5, open to the public. No Shame Theatre is an experiential performance lab where writers, performers and audience are constantly changing roles. Anything can happen and usually does in this late night venue for original work. We take the first 15 pieces to walk in the door and there are only three rules: pieces must be original (no copyright violations), short (five minutes or less), and not break anything (including the law). Inside those rules you can do pretty much anything you're interested in trying in front of a live audience--plays, monologues, songs, dance, poetry, mime, juggling, comedy, tragedy, Improvisation, dada, magic--we've even seen people do floral arrangements! Pieces are accepted starting at 10 pm, doors open at 10:30 pm, and the show starts at 11 pm, running on average an hour and a half.
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM
Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism – We invite you to see, touch, interact with, and climb on hundreds of cool vehicles. Your kids will love exploring fire trucks, helicopters, planes, boats and so much more at Green Hill Park. Additional activities include water-spray areas, fireman’s foam, face painting, balloon sculptures, a petting zoo, costumed characters, food vendors and more. Don’t forget to bring your camera!
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 10:00 AM
Pillbugs Hike
Roanoke County, Virginia – What is cute, tiny, lives in your backyard, and is related to lobsters? Roll on down to Explore Park to discover the fascinating world of a terrestrial isopod! Using hands-on investigation, we'll look under rocks and make some new "Roly-Poly" friends! Magnifiers, containers, and stereo-scope available for close observations. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Pre-registration is required. Group will meet at Explore Park's Journey's End parking lot. Ages 5 and up. $5
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 12:00 PM
SML Cardboard Boat Regatta
Visit Franklin County, Virginia – The 2nd Annual Smith Mountain Lake Cardboard Boat Regatta is back - Saturday July 29th at the WE Skelton 4H Center at Smith Mountain Lake! After an incredible debut event in 2016 we are honored to bring back this day of fun at the lake featuring cardboard boat races, live music, food and more all benefiting the WE Skelton 4-H Center camps! This year will feature all activites into one amazing day with boats available to see prior the races at 12pm, followed by live music by Barefoot West, craft beer and award ceremony at the 4H Center Amphitheater - plus activities for kids, vendors and more! Register your team now or call 540.721.2759 for more info. Email Big Lick Entertainment for wonderful sponsorhip opportunities to support this community event -
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 12:00 PM
LibraryCon at Vinton Library
Roanoke County, Virginia – Teen Staff and anime clubs from South County Library and Vinton Library are hosting the first ever LibraryCon! Movies Enjoy movies - anime & comics! All Day // Outdoor Patio "How to Cosplay" A teen-led panel will discus everything you need to know about cosplay! 12:30-1:30pm // Program Rm. Costume Contest Dress as your favorite character. 1:30-2:30pm // Program Rm. {Winners announced at 3pm} "Fanfiction" Curious about Fanfiction? Join a teen-led panel to discover more. 3-4pm // Program Rm. Find specialty booths throughout the library: - Koinobori (Japanese Carp Streamer Kites) - Haiku Writing - B&D Comic Shop - Gaming - DOOR PRIZES! ...& more! For more information call the South County Library Teen Center at 540-777-8788.
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 1:00 PM
General Early Bluegrass Festival In Moneta, VA.
Visit Franklin County, Virginia – On Saturday July 29th at The Crazy Horse Marina, the General Early Bluegrass Festival will kick off at 1:00 pm! Please join us for a day of Bluegrass showcased right on the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake! General Admission $10 Children 6-12 and students with ID $5 Children 5 and under-free Bands featured at The General Early Bluegrass Festival are as follows... Five Mile Mountain Road Wound Tight Mason Creek Barry Sheridan Collins and friends The General Early Bluegrass Festival will offer your choice of a variety of COLD beverages! Soda and water will be available for $1. As well as a variety of other cold beverages being offered! The festival will have hotdogs, BBQ, beans, coleslaw, and chips as well! Come on out and join us! Look forward to seeing y'all there!! Stay tuned for updates and please share this event and invite your friends! To invite your friends hit share at the top of the page and hit invite friends, then select as many as you can and hit send! Looking forward to seeing y'all there! Funds raised by the General Early Bluegrass Festival will be used for The General Jubal Early Homeplace. Please visit the Jubal Early Homeplace Facebook page And website
    Saturday Jul 29 @ 8:00 PM
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
Harvester Performance Center – When: Saturday, Jul 29, 2017 8:00 PM (Doors open at 7:00 PM) Door Time: 7:00 PM Bruce Hornsby’s work displays a creative iconoclasm that’s been a constant in the artist’s two-and-a-half decade recording career. His commercial stock soared early on, when “The Way It Is”–the title track of his 1986 debut album–became one of the most popular songs on American radio. Despite his early mainstream successes, Hornsby has pursued a more personal, idiosyncratic musical path, focusing on projects that sparked his creative interest, including collaborations with the Grateful Dead, Spike Lee, Ricky Skaggs, Don Henley, Ornette Coleman, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck, Bonnie Raitt, Pat Metheny, and Robbie Robertson. Hornsby’s performance will offer a glimpse of a restless spirit who continues to push forward into exciting new musical terrain.
    Sunday Jul 30 @ 9:00 AM
Kayak the New River
Roanoke County, Virginia – Whether you're a beginner or have paddled before, everyone will enjoy this fun and exhilarating day of paddling. You'll get hands-on instruction to maximize the rewarding feeling of paddling this class I and II, seven mile stretch with our trained guides. We'll take breaks and have lunch along the way. No experience necessary. Must be able to swim and capable of prolonged physical activity. Please bring a lunch and water. Transportation, guides, and all equipment included. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. $45 course.
    Sunday Jul 30 @ 10:00 AM
Vintage Video Game Swap 2017 Salem, VA
Roanoke Vintage Video Game Swap – The return of the Vintage Video Game Swap 1390A Southside Dr, Salem, VA 24153 Conference Room A
    Sunday Jul 30 @ 2:00 PM
FIRST LEGO League Roanoke Coaches Workshop
Science Museum of Western Virginia – Are you interested in starting a FIRST LEGO League team, or helping coach a team? Are you looking for local resources?! FIRST Lego League is a worldwide robotics competition for 3rd-9th graders using Lego EV3 robots. Kids solve programming and building challenges, present research to a panel of judges in a creative format regarding this year’s hydrodynamic theme, perform a team-based impromptu challenge, and share their design process while celebrating science, technology, engineering, math and healthcare! The RBTC hosts a tournament the 2nd week of November for our region. If you think you might like to help start a team or join a team, and want to find out more, the Tuxedo Pandas and Roanoke Science Museum will host two free information and hands-on clinics: July 30th and August 5th, 3 hours each. We even have some equipment and funds available to get new teams going! Participants could get the opportunity to walk away with a new EV3 robot and/or their first year of registration(s) paid for!!
    Monday Jul 31 - Aug 4 @ 9:00 AM
Robotics summer camp (K-5)
Science Museum of Western Virginia – This camp is full. Please see our website for the link to be added to the waiting list: Whether they are cleaning our houses, diving down to the bottom of the deepest oceans, or exploring far away planets, robots are everywhere. But who tells them what to do? Join us as we do a hands-on exploration of robot programming and design.
    Monday Jul 31 @ 7:00 PM
2017 Summer Music Games of Southwest Virginia
The Salem Civic Center – Our line-up this year: Boston Crusaders - Boston, MA Carolina Crown - Ft. Mill, SC Jersey Surf - Camden County, NJ Madison Scouts - Madison, WI Pioneer - Milwaukee, WI Spirit of Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
    Tuesday Aug 1 @ 5:00 PM
STONE Invasion
Jack Brown's Roanoke – Stone Brewing is invading Jack Brown's Virginia!! Join us for a Tap Takeover with Stone Brewing! Kegs will be tapped at 5PM. Draft Lineup: Arrogant Bastard IPA Tangerine Express Xocoveza Also, on September 30 Jack Brown's will be invading Stone Brewing in Richmond! We will be giving away two Notcher VIP bundles for this event, so you don't want to miss it!! In addition, we will be selling Notcher VIP tickets for $25 each for the Jack Brown's Stone invasion Sept. 30th, as well as Stone/Jack Brown's t-shirts!!
    Tuesday Aug 1 @ 7:00 PM
Flow in the Dark Yoga
Roanoke County Parks, Recreation and Tourism – Connect with your mind and body differently by practicing yoga in the dark! This workshop will turn off the lights and turn up the music to help you bend to the beat, adding a whole new element to your practice. Why flow in the dark? Unlike a typical class, practicing in the dark can make you more cognizant of your surroundings, increase and challenge your balance and heighten senses, other than sight, to help you experience yoga in a whole new light. Wearable glow sticks (for you to keep!) will be provided. Instructor: Abby Reed. $10.
    Wednesday Aug 2 - Aug 6 @ 8:00 AM
Mountain Valley Cluster Dog Show
The Salem Civic Center – This FREE Admission event brings in all of the dog breeds you love! Great show with a wide variety of classes, and shopping for the dog lovers. For more details visit
    Thursday Aug 3 @ 2:00 PM
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 2 PM and 6 PM
Virginia Western Community College – TWO SHOWTIMES: 2 p.m. AND 6 p.m Summer Movies are THURSDAYS! Everyone welcome, no tickets needed! Whitman Theater (Business Science Building) BYOP (bring your own popcorn!) but PLEASE help pick up your trash when you leave! Pirates of the Carribean: Dead Men Tell No Tales Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon. Starring Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley, Geoffrey Rush, and Orlando Bloom. Rated PG-13. Runtime 2 hours and 9 minutes.
    Thursday Aug 3 - Aug 5 @ 6:00 PM
Under the Sea VBS 2017
Harvest Ministries - Roanoke VA – Vacation Bible School Thursday and Friday nights, with a special morning session on Saturday. Full meal provided each session, parents fun room and nursery provided, Special classes for ages 2-15, with many prizes, games and fun! Call Alma Boyd 529.4522 for more information or to pre-register your child.