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Warm Weather Outdoor Dining
With the weather warming up and Summer just around the corner, you probably want to sit outside for your lunch break or happy hour. We've created an entire list of downtown outdoor dining options to help you find a new favorite spot. Whether you're in the mood for burgers, tacos, or chicken, there's something for everyone.
Mother's Day Downtown
We all love our moms but it can be hard finding the perfect way to show our appreciation. Downtown Roanoke is an ideal place to shop for the perfect gift and celebrate the occasion. With nearly 70 restaurants and over 30 retailers, the tough part will be deciding which downtown businesses to visit!
New Downtown Virtual Tour is Here!
We're excited to share a new way to explore Downtown Roanoke from anywhere! The new Downtown Roanoke Virtual Tour is an easy way to explore the area and find something new. The virtual tour has many interesting and helpful features for those visiting or new to Roanoke and those already familiar with downtown.
Insider's Guide - St. Patrick's Day
Don your green and head downtown. But before you do, make sure to read this Insider's Guide. We lay out everything you need to know for the Freedom First St. Patrick's Day Parade and Shamrock Festival. From event information to top tips, this Guide covers it all.
Insiders Guide - Dickens of a Christmas 2022
In this Insiders Guide, we'll give you the full scoop on everything you need to know about The Roanoke Times Dickens of a Christmas. We cover parking, event details, highlight things you don't want to miss, and offer some tips to ensure you have the best experience possible.
Downtown Halloween Happenings
If you’ve been downtown for it before, it'll likely be no surprise to find out that Halloween is one of the busiest weekends downtown all year. To help you streamline your planning, we’ve pulled together a list of options so you can make the most of this frightful weekend. There’s also a special section for your little ghouls and goblins. Get those costumes ready!
“There’s no parking downtown!” – We beg to differ
We often hear complaints and confusion about downtown parking. In our experience, the sentiment that there's no parking downtown seems to stem mostly from confusion around the options or lack of familiarity with the area. We want you to come downtown to enjoy all of the amazing places, spaces, and events so keep reading to demystify downtown parking.
Downtown Roanoke Museums
Did you know that Downtown Roanoke is home to 9 different museums? With this many options, there are opportunities to play and learn in diverse and engaging settings around every corner. And the best part, there's something for everyone. Take a look below to learn more about each unique museum. Then make a plan to come downtown and enjoy!
I like free stuff - Newsletter Referral Program Breakdown
Did you know we have a weekly newsletter that helps you plan your weekend? Every Wednesday, we share the latest info on what's coming up downtown. You can also find out sales and specials at our downtown businesses, and much more. And by subscribing and sharing the newsletter, you can earn free stuff!
No, you haven't stumbled into a fan zone about a backpack wearing cartoon character who likes to go exploring :) What you have found is a post breaking down the details for our Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area (DORA). If you were looking for the other type of info, might we suggest you head elsewhere.