Downtown Events

Downtown Roanoke, Inc. maintains a calendar of events taking place in Downtown Roanoke. Submit your event to our calendar. For information on planning, permits and licenses needed for downtown public events, visit our Event Coordinator Resources page.

Downtown Roanoke, Inc. Annual Events

We organize a number of annual events. Click the listings to find out more. Event details, including applications and volunteer opportunities, are posted about 2 months in advance. 


Thursdays in Elmwood Park

The Best Beach Party in the Valley this Summer is Thursdays in Elmwood Park. Party in Elmwood features great live music, dancing, food, and adult beverages. 



2 - 3 Concerts Per Season - Elmwood Park

The Budweiser Summer Series consists of 2 - 3 concerts each season featuring national talent in Elmwood Park outdoor amphitheater.



Saturdays from May - September

City Market Saturdays takes place every Saturday from May - September on The Historic Roanoke City Market and offers fun, free activities. 



First 3 Fridays in December

Dickens of a Christmas began over 30 years ago and has remained a popular event for holiday shopping and celebration. This free event includes a Christmas tree lighting, parade, street performers, Kids Zone, and more.



Open Thanksgiving week thru the End of January - Elmwood Park

Elmwood on Ice is a 10 week, community-wide winter celebration in Elmwood Park with Ice Skating and Ice Sliding. The outdoor festivities are a family favorite.




Roanoke's Tastiest Week Running from Mid - Late January

Downtown Roanoke Restaurant Week is your chance to experience Downtown’s extensive mix of lunch and dinner options at 4 different price points.



Saturday Before St. Patrick's Day

Downtown Roanoke is host to one of the largest St. Patrick's Day celebrations on the East Coast featuring a festive parade, live music, and adult beverages.



Every August on Market Street

Each August, Downtown Roanoke retailers offer you end of the season SAVINGS!