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Community Events to keep you going

We are getting into the doldrums of winter. You know: that time of year when cozying up by the fire while the weather outside is frightful doesn’t sound so cozy anymore. We are tired of the cold, tired of the snow, and tired of all the aches, pains, and hassles that come from Old Man Winter.

Don’t succumb to the depression that often rears its ugly head this time of year. Get out! Be a participant in the world outside your door. There’s still a lot happening in and around Roanoke and the New River Valley. Here is a list of some current and upcoming events in our neck of Appalachia:

1. Downtown Roanoke Restaurant Week:

Local Roanoke restaurants have partnered with Downtown Roanoke Inc. so you can experience some of Roanoke’s best dining options without breaking the bank. This event has been extended due to winter storm Jonas, so you can still take advantage of these deals through the weekend. Visit for a list of participating restaurants and price points.

 2. Shrine Circus

The circus is in town! But it’s only for the weekend, so visit: for more details.

3. Elmwood on Ice

The skating rink is still up and running through mid-February. Visit for times and pricing.

4. At Home with Mr. Jefferson

Poplar Forest, Thomas Jefferson’s home away from Monticello is open for the weekends through mid-March, and they are inviting you to visit. Experience Poplar Forest as Jefferson did on his winter weekend escapes. Enjoy the quiet and solace of wintertime, tour the grounds, rock in a chair, read a book. This year’s Winter Reflections offers some new displays, gallery talks, and learning opportunities–including an opportunity to explore nature, play period games, and handle period books dating back to the mid-1700’s! Visit for more information.

5. Ongoing shows at local performance centers:

Harvester Performance Center

The Jefferson Center

Hollins University

Mill Mountain Theatre

Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech

6. Market Gallery Theme Show “Roanoke”

The Market Gallery in downtown Roanoke opens its 2016 season with a theme show on Februrary 1. The theme is “Roanoke” and all the artists are local. Visit: for more information.

7. Roanoke Old Time Weekly Jam Session

Come listen or join in with dozens of Oldtime Stringband musicians from Roanoke and the surrounding area. Jam sessions happen every Wednesday evening from 6pm-8:30pm at the City Market Building downtown Roanoke. Visit to find out more.

8. International Wine Festival

This Sunday, January 31, the Taubman Museum of Arts is hosting an International Wine Festival. Sample over thirty wines, learn about food and wine pairings from the experts, all while enjoying live music. Visit for more information.

9. Thursday Night Live with Jazz and Blues

Visit the best of local jazz and blues talent hosted by The WayBack on Church St in Roanoke. Happens every Thursday night from 7-9 pm. Visit them on facebook at: Thursday Night Live


This is but a small sampling of what is happening in and around Roanoke and the New River Valley. For complete listings check out these community calendars: Events Calendar

Roanoke Times Calendar

Next Three Days

Explore New River Valley Calendar

Make it a great weekend and a great rest of your winter!

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