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The first Friday Cheers event of the season is tonight at Riverfront Park. Gates are open 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., with live music from Superhold, doing 80s music. Bring your blankets and chairs to hang out, and of course there will be food and drinks. That's $5.
Local Colors - this year's featured country is Italy. A day of internation culture, entertaiment and lots of foot. Begins at 11A with the Parade of Nations. Free. Jefferston Street, dowontown Roanoke
Family Day of Discovery - Center in the the Square hosts a grand opening to show off their renovations. Visitors can see what's new at the History Museum of Western Virginia, Harrison Museum of African-American Culture and Science Museum of Western Virginia, now with a butterfly garden. 10a to 6P. Admission: adults $15, children 3 to 17 $10; children 3 and under FREE
Grandin Village Block Party from 2 to 4:30P. Music and lots of family fun. Free
12th annual Puppy Love Ball - Shenenandoah Club in Roanoke. Music by Project 4. Helps the Roanoke Valley SPCA. Cocktail attire is suggested. 6:30P. $75.
Live music at The Ellington on Saturday evening as Graham Whorley takes the stage. He performs rock, jazz and funk. Music starts at 8:30p.m., and tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
Armed Forces Day & Nationanl Maritime Recognition at the National D-Day Memorial. Veterans get in FREE. National Maritime Day is May 22 10a to 5P. Regular admission appplies to non-veterans.
BBQ at Sedalia - Saturday at the Sedalia Center in Big Island. Music from the Sam Austin Band. BBQ competition with tastings, beer and wine available for purchase. Noon. $10 advance, $15 at gate.
Saturday - MANNAthon - a 5k or 8K run and 3K family walk to benefit MANNA Ministries. 9A in Fallon Park. Registration price varies.
Enjoy the Nelson County Historic Homes and Properties Tour on Saturday, hosted by The Historical Society of Nelson County. There are six stops on the tour that includes historic homes, an old school house, and a working mill. The tour is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Vinton's Wine & Food Festival featuring over a dozen Virginia vineyards and wineries. 1 to 6P. Taster ticket $20, non-taster $10 at Vinton War Memorial.
CAFE 5K Family Fun Run/Walk in northwest Roanoke, complete with a Zumba class, vendors, and live music. Kennedy Park on 19th Street.
Festival in the Park Roanoke presents Festival 2013 - River's Edge Sports Complex May7 24 - 27. Daytime activities are FREE. Single night $13 in advance, $15 at the gate. $50 all four days. Free to 8 and younger. VIP tickets $60 per night.
MAY 24 - Main Stage (Gates open 5P, Showtime 6:30P)
MAY 25 - Main Stage
(Festival opens at 11A. Evening concert gates open at 5P. Showtime 6:30P.
MAY 26 - Main Stage
(Festival opens 11A. Concert gates open 5P, Showtime 6:30
MAY 27 - Main Stage
- Festival opens 11A. Finale concert at 3P.
1964 The Tribute (Beatles fans will love it.)
May 25 - Appalachian Power Festival run - 8A. Early registration $21. Late registration $30. Elmwood Park.
May 25: Crawfish Festival - Bower Center for teh Arts in Bedford. 5P.
May 25: Stars and Stripes Forever: Patriotic Concert - National D-Day Memorial - 7p. Prices vary.
May 27 : Remembering Their Sacrifice National D-Day Memoral. 11a. Free until noon.
BB&T Party in Elmwood - Downtown Roanoke's Beach Music Thursdays. New location this year - on Jefferson Street, next to Elmwood Park and the Roanoke Main Library. Gates open 5:30, music starts at 6P. FIRST WEEK FREE!!!!!!! Other weeks $5 per person or buy "an any 10 ticket" for $45. Kids under 12 free.
Bring your lawn chair and relax to great beach music. No coolers.
May 23 - The Holiday Band
May 30 - Part-Time Party-Time Band
June 6 - Bill Deal's Original Rhondels
June 13 - The Wallers
June 20 - The Fantastic Shakers
June 27 - The Legends of Beach
July 11 - The Entertainers
July 18 - Carolina Breakers
July 25 - The Catalinas
Aug 1 - Casper
Aug 8 - Hip Pocket
Aug 15 - The Rick Strickland Band
Aug 22 - Steve Owens and Summertime
Aug 29 - The Kings
Sept 5 - The Holiday Band
Sept 12 - The Fantastic Shakers
Info at downtownroanoke.org
June 1 Woofstock Dog Festival - Downtown Roanoke - 10a to 5P at the Roanoke City Library in Elmwood Park.
Aug 24 Roanoke Wing Fest - Downtown Roanoke
Oct 2 - 13 39 Steps with Mill Mountain Theatre - Trinkle Main Stage
Nov 15 - 17 Southern Life Expo - Salem Civic Center