Recommended Events from Promote Commotion: Upcoming Events #RoanokeVA

  2017 Upcoming Events.

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Rolling of the Bulls-skaters registration only
Sat  July 1~~ 8 AM  

Join Valleys All Stars and participate in Rolling of the Bulls! A fun run that benefits Children’s Trust. Skaters can register to be a “bull” and chase runners in downtown Roanoke. If leagues register 5 or people and give a $50 donation to Children’s Trust they can have their leagues name and logo utilized in marketing materials for the event.

Register here to participate

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2017 FireWORX FEST
Sat  July1 ~~5:30 PM  
The Moneta Volunteer Fire Department invites you to celebrate Independence Day early in Downtown Moneta. Listen to the music of The WORX Band, enjoy great food and drink, an adult beverage garden, activities for the kids, and see the best fireworks display in the area. Gate opens at 5:30; music from 6pm to 10 pm with the fireworks immediately following. FREE parking. Admission is $10 per person – kids 10 and under free. All proceeds benefit the Moneta Volunteer Fire Department.

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St Albans Sanatorium Ghost Hunt
Sat July 1~8:30 PM  

St Albans Sanatorium
Hosted by Ghost Hunts USA

Your ghost hunt at St Albans Sanatorium includes the following:
Psychic Medium,
Group Séances,
Ghost Hunting Vigils,
Free time to explore this haunted location and to undertake your very own private vigils,
Structured Vigils,
Ghost Hunt with experienced Ghost Hunting Team,
Use of our equipment which includes, trigger objects and EMF Meters,
Unlimited refreshments available throughout the night including: Tea, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Coca Cola, Diet Coke, and Bottled Water.
Selection of snacks.
Guests are strongly advised to bring extra warm clothing with them.

$ 129.00 Deposit Per Person: $ 30.00

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Red Hot 4th-Red Not Chili Peppers
Tue July 4~4 PM  
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Life-Guard Rotor Run 5K
Sat July 8~8 AM  
3rd Annual Carilion Clinic Life-Guard Rotor Run 5K will be on July 8th! Come run your “tail rotor” off with us! Register online at

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8th Annual Thunder in Kanawha Valley Bike Rally
Jul 13 – Jul 16  

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Motley Crue Tribute: Mostley Crue
Fri July 14~~5:30 PM  

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SML Pirate Days
Jul 14 – Jul 16 

ARRR! Calling all scallywags and landlubbers! Come out for a weekend of buccaneering and swashbuckling activities.

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Floyd Energy Fair
Sat July 15~ 10 AM  

Chantilly Farm
The event at Chantilly Farm will be held rain or shine. Admission will be $5.00 per family and $3.00 for individuals and tickets will be sold at the door.

BaconFest 7.15.2017
Sat July 15~10 AM 

All the things that make BaconFest great will be featured at the Berglund Center’s Special Event Center on July 15, 2017 from 10am to 5pm.
– Same great taste ticket packages to experience the most bacon variety!!
– Very Important Piggy judges passes (a select number will be on sale)
– Nearly 100 different bacon-inspired, mouthwatering menu items from our amazing chefs!!
– Live music
– Free kids activities
– Local breweries and wineries featured!
– Great artisans showcasing unique crafts

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Street Pub Roanoke
Sat  July 15~ 2 PM  

Hosted by Deschutes Brewery

Free, family-friendly event

Deschutes Brewery pub to Roanoke for one day! Street Pub is a family friendly one-stop shop to try lots of our beers with over 50 taps – from our Black Butte Anniversary Series all the way to year-round favorites like Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Fresh Squeezed IPA. We’ll pair these beers up with culinary creations from our Executive Chef, Jeff Usinowicz and local Chefs from the Roanoke area.

Partners: This year, we’ve partnered with Hydro Flask, Humm Kombucha, and KEEN to bring the fun to an all new level!

Proceeds benefit the Roanoke Outside Foundation,
Pathfinders for Greenways, Bradley Free Clinic, & Blue Ridge Land Conservancy.

Bands: Local, live music will keep everyone moving to the beat. Info on bands and times coming soon…

**There will also be a kids zone & bike parking…

Admission: Free entry! $5 token = one 14 oz beer

Pre-Sale Tokens and Hydro Flask True Pints:
Volunteers Needed:
…Or upgrade your experience with VIP Tickets
Black Dog Architectural Salvage and Martin’s Downtown VIP Lounge: This is your chance to get exclusive access to specialty beer tastings led by one of our brewers. Our chef will be serving up beer snacks like beer salami, beer nuts, hop corn and more. Tickets include: two beer tokens, rare barrel tastings, exclusive seating away from the crowd, and some fun swag from Deschutes Brewery, Keen Footwear, Hydro Flask, Humm Kombucha and more! Get your tickets by clicking the “ticket link.”

Social: Join the Facebook Event Page by clicking “interested” or “going” to the event to get updates and let your friends know. Join the conversation before & during the event on Twitter & Instagram using #StreetPub.

This one of a kind block party is truly, “crafted for community.” Grab your friends and family and come see what it’s all about.

My Home Is The Sea (Marc Neibauer + Natalie Wimberg from Philadelphia, PA)
Moon Racer (Autumn E. from Durham, NC)
Collapsar (Jonathan Woods + Stephen Cort Smith)

In-store performance at your local record shop!


Battle alongside fellow Moms and their sons in this interactive scavenger hunt through downtown Roanoke! Don’t worry – real super heroes will be on site to help you and your team out!
Earn points for each of the 20 clues you find and even some bonus points along the way!
Pick your team by purchasing the ticket of your choice (Marvel, DC or Super Villains)- the team with the most points at the end of the night wins a great prize!
After the scavenger hunt, hangaround the Pinball Museum and play the machines with your son and enjoy pizza for dinner!
TICKETS ARE $30 – that includes one mom and one son!
T-Shirts available in your team colors as well.

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MuggleFest at 16 West
Sat July 22~ 10:30 AM  

Harry Potter’s Birthday on 7/22/17

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Jul 26, 2017 – Jul 30, 2017 

The Bazaar Presents at The Spot On Kirk:
Outer Spaces
The vivid sounds of this Baltimore three piece have been released by Don Giovanni Records, Matador Records, and Salinas Records just to name a few!
Eternal Summers
Roanoke’s favorite dream punk / psych / pop / rock trio!
Locally grown but nationally known 🙂
Doors at 6:30 / Show at 7:00
All Ages
$7.00 Admission

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SML Cardboard Boat Regatta
Sat July 29~12 PM  
W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center
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 activities into one amazing day with boats available to see prior the races at 12pm, followed by live music, craft beer and award ceremony at the 4H Center Amphitheater – plus new activities for kids, vendors and more to be announced!
Register your team now or call 540.721.2759 for more info.

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2017 Adult Field Day
Sat August 5~12 PM  
Teams should consist of 6 people (more can be on your team but only 6 can participate at a time) and the cost is $125 per team (only $20 per person!). Silly team names and fun costumes are highly encouraged, and awesome prizes will be awarded throughout the day for participants. Registration coming soon so remember to sign up to become the 2017 Adult Field Day Champion!
2017 Big Latch On presented by BREAST Roanoke with special guest Dr. Jack Newman! Check out the website for more

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Kegs & Barrels Wine & Craft Beer Festival
Sat August 5~3 PM  
Green Hill ParkTasting Tickets can be purchased on the Chamber website or at the event. Music will be performed by the Worx. There will also be food and arts & craft vendors available! Bring a chair, blanket or small tent.

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Van Halen Tribute: Completely Unchained
Fri August 11~5:30 PM · 
Shabby Love

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Live Music: Barefoot West
Fri  August 25~7:30 PM  
21+ unless accompanied by parent or guardian.
Check out their music here

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3rd Annual Blue Ridge Thunder
Sat  Aug 26~9 AM  
Start point: Don Ho’s
365 Lee Hwy, Hollins, VA 24019
Registration: 0900-1100 KSU 1130
$25 per bike, $10 per passenger (includes lunch provided by Mission BBQ)
Breakfast available at Don Ho’s for $5
End point: Sunken City Brewing Company
40 Brewery Drive, Hardy, VA 24101
After party open to non-riders and the public!!
Live music, raffles, silent auction, special vendors, bike show, food and alcohol available for purchase.
Preregister at:
All proceeds benefit local veterans organizations: Trust House, Providence Farm and Smiles Forever Pets for Vets.

Naughty By Nature
Tone Loc
Miz Markie
and SNAP
Tickets go on sale March 24th at 10:00 am.
Pricing is $50, $60, and $70.
Various VIP Packages will be available through

Registration will open in May!
The 2017 Roanoke 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb is a way to honor and remember the FDNY firefighters, police, and EMS who selflessly gave their lives so that others might live on 9-11-2001. Each participant pays tribute to an FDNY firefighter, police officer, or EMS by climbing the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center. Your individual tribute not only remembers the sacrifice of an FDNY brother, but symbolically completes their heroic journey to save others. Through firefighter and community participation we can ensure that each of the 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and 10 EMS are honored and that the world knows that we will never forget.
The Stair Climb benefits the FDNY CSU and the programs provided by the NFFF to support the families of our nation’s fallen firefighters.

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Pink Moon Festival IX
Sep 14 – Sep 18 · 

24 hour-a-day music for 4 days & 4 nights with NO OVERLAPPING SETS.
Pink Moon is a completely grassroots, family run festival with NO CORPORATE SPONSORS! Please remember that the Pink Moon Festival is sustained solely on ticket and merchandise sales.
BLIND TICKETS are now available at SUPER discounted rates [on our website] until November 22nd. See current presale prices, as well as day-of-show prices below:
– General Admission (GA) Presale Tickets: $40
*GA Tickets at the gate: $120
– GA Presale Tickets W/ CAR CAMPING: $80
*GA Tickets W/ CAR CAMPING at the gate: $220
– Pink Moon Family Presale Passes (formerly VIP): $100


Second annual Buses at Chantilly! A Volkswagen bus rally and campout in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd, Virginia!
Sept 15, 16, 17
$10 per person per night…12 and under are free!
Includes Saturday night concert. (Free for VW campers only–tickets available for the general public)
If full hook ups are wanted contact the campground. (540)808-4984
COSMIC CHARLIE: A Tribute to The Grateful Dead
Open to the public, tickets on sale soon.
Saturday evening, 7:30pm
No coolers or pets, ABC available for 21+
Bring lawn chairs/blankets for seating

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2017 Marine Mud Run
Sat ~Sept 16~7 AM  

Opening Ceremony: 9:00 AM
National Anthem
Posting of Colors
Race Times:
5k Individual Race 9:15 AM
Pollywog Jog 10:30 AM
Team Race 5k 11:30 AM
Registration for this year’s run will be limited
1200 individual runners for the 9:15 race.
200 teams for the 11:30 race.
Mail-in Registration forms must be received no later than Wednesday, September 13th, 2017.
First come first served.
All teams must have 5 runners & all mixed teams must have at least 2 females (no exceptions).
We encourage you to register online and avoid long lines on Race Day.
to register on-line

Image may contain: text2nd Annual Virginia Craft Spirits Showcase
Sat Sept 16~2 PM
Roanoke City Market Building
Sip and savor creative cocktails and unique Virginia-made spirits at our second annual 100% made-in-Virginia distilled spirits festival. Meet master distillers from Virginia Distilleries, get inspired recipes and witness the excitement of our fast-paced Battle of the Bartenders. All in the heart of downtown Roanoke!
LIMITED QUANTITIES of discounted EARLY BIRD TICKETS are on sale now. Get yours before they’re gone. Thank you, and we’ll see you on Sept. 16th!

September 28th-October 1st! 
The Fair will be featuring a new, bigger and better midway courtesy of Dreamland Amusements! Share with your friends and put it on your calendars! You won’t want to miss it!

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Feeding America SWVA Food Truck Fest
Fri  Sept 29~~~5 PM  

Feeding America Southwest Virginia’s Food Truck Fest!
Join Feeding America Southwest Virginia and Big Lick Entertainment for an incredible evening of food, music, beverages and fun with all proceeds to benefit Feeding America Southwest Virginia!
Enjoy multiple food trucks, craft beer, live music on the Farmers Market Stage, kids activities and more with FREE entry and of course vendors will have incredible food and beverage options for purchase!


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The Great Pumpkin Smash
Sat  Oct 7~11 AM  

The Great Pumpkin Smash is here! Enjoy fall food, pumpkin brews, live music and of course, the smashing of the great pumpkin! If you surround yourself with pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie candles and carved pumpkins in October, this event is for you!
NEW this year: The Northwest TrueValue Kids Pumpkin Smashing area and kids zone!
Adults are $5-Kids 12 and under are FREE!
All food and beverage sales are CASH ONLY. 

ATM machine on site.
Outside food and beverages are NOT permitted.
A designated smoking area at the venue.

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Dr Pepper Day
Tue Oct 24~11 AM  
10-24 is Dr Pepper Day in Roanoke!
We’ll be hosting a free event on Tuesday, October 24th in Market Square, Downtown Roanoke from 11am – 2pm with free product, free t-shirts and other goodies while supplies last! Join us as The City of Roanoke proclaims 10-24 as Dr Pepper Day in Roanoke. See you there and thank you Roanoke for years of Dr Pepper love!
“Drink a Bite to Eat at 10, 2 and 4” was a legendary slogan used for decades to remind Dr Pepper fans to enjoy their favorite “pick me up” at three intervals during the day when research showed human energy to lag. Now Roanoke is celebrating “10-24” as “Dr Pepper Day” with a free downtown event Tuesday, October 24th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event will feature free product and t-shirts while supplies last. City Councilman Dave Trinkle will present Dr Pepper with the official declaration in West Market Square, Downtown Roanoke.
The original Dr. Charles T. Pepper opened Dr. Pepper’s Drug Store in Rural Retreat in the late 1800s. A young man from Christiansburg named Wade Morrison worked at the drug store and eventually left Rural Retreat for Waco, Texas. There he and his partner opened a drug store of their own and began selling a new drink Texans could not get enough of. They named the drink Dr Pepper after Morrison’s old boss in Virginia.
In 1936 Bill Davis opened Virginia’s first Dr Pepper Bottling plant on McClanahan St. in Roanoke. Roanokers consumed more Dr Pepper per capita than any other place on earth from 1957 to 1959 and again in 1961! To this day, Roanoke has among highest per capita consumption rates in the US.
Dr Pepper and Roanoke have a “One-of-a-Kind” relationship with the large, historic, and iconic Dr Pepper sign that can be seen for miles and have supported community events with the addition of Dr Pepper Park at the Bridges. Dr Pepper has been a great contributor to the community for over 80 years and the company is excited to celebrate that relationship with Dr Pepper Day on October 24th.
DR PEPPER is a registered trademark of Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc. ©2015 Dr Pepper/Seven Up, Inc


2018 Upcoming Events

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MystiCon 2018
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:

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