If you live in an apartment in Roanoke, VA there is loads to do this weekend and all week long. Here are just a few ideas:
FRIDAY - SUNDAY
23rd Annual Roanoke Valley Spring Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show
Jewelry makers, goldsmiths and silversmiths from all over the country who can reconstruct, repair, design or make original jewelry from customer-selected gems, stones, opals and crystals will be present. There will also be jewelry for sale, and dealers of wire wraps, wire sculptures, beads, pearls, stone settings, amber, opals, minerals and fossils. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Salem Civic Center.
FRIDAY - SUNDAY
Festival in the Park
Featuring five live concerts, more than 40 performances from regional and local bands, children’s performances, hands-on activities, arts and crafts, food, 5K and 10K races and more. Antique cars and motorcycles will be on display Saturday. A full schedule is available online. Many events are free, but concert ticket prices vary. Elmwood Park, Roanoke.
Flying Mouse 3K Brewery Beer Run
Runners and walkers will complete three laps of a 1-kilometer course that will take them through the woods and fields around Flying Mouse Brewery and through the brewery itself. Each lap, participants will get to sample one of the brewery’s signature brews. The venue will be open for socializing after the run and there will be a food truck on site. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Flying Mouse Brewery.
The Class J 611 steam engine is leaving Roanoke for her long-awaited restoration, and the Virginia Museum of Transportation is celebrating with a day of activities designed for the entire family. Attractions include food trucks, crafts, music and more. Visitors can also meet the Fire Up 611! committee and the people who worked on the 611. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Virginia Museum of Transportation.
6th Annual Crawfish Boil
Dr. John Bower and Edna Curry will bring thousands of pounds of live crawfish from Louisiana to boil and serve along with delicious chicken gumbo, red beans and rice and crawfish etouffee. Dinner will be had in the Wharton Garden with live music by Zydeco Crayz. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. 5 p.m. Bower Center For The Arts.
Celebrate Radford 2014
This event includes a variety of family-friendly activities to showcase the heritage and culture of the city and region. There will be living history demonstrations, hands-on activities, locally made crafts, vintage cars, live music, food vendors and more. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free. Glencoe Museum.
SATURDAY - SUNDAY
K9s in the Vines: Jump for the Cure
A sanctioned DockDog event paired with a wine festival featuring five local wineries to benefit the Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen. There will also be local artisans, food vendors and live music. 9:30 a.m. daily. Taster, non-taster, $10; children under 12, free. White Rock Vineyards & Winery, 2117 Bruno Drive, Goodview.
Le Tour de Roanoke
An evening of cycling and dining at Roanoke eateries. Participants will be accompanied by fellow cyclists and foodies to take a sectional tour of the city, stopping for samples at Blues BBQ, Grace’s Pizza and HITS Frozen Treats. In total the group will ride about 5 miles in roughly 2.5 hours, and sample appetizers, entrees and desserts. Bring your own bike or rent a bike from UnderDog Bikes at 1113 Piedmont St. S.E., Roanoke. The tour will begin and end at Blues BBQ in downtown Roanoke.
May 30-31: 16th Annual Lebanese Festival. 11 a.m. Free. St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church, Roanoke.
May 30-31: Compagnia TPO: BLEU! The Mediterranean Sea. Times vary. Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech.
May 31: Blue Ridge Music Festival. 11 a.m. $40. Salem Stadium.
May 31: The Great Roanoke River Duck Race. 10 a.m. Price varies. Smith Park, Roanoke.
May 31: Melrose-Rugby 25th Anniversary Kickoff Celebration Block Party. 10 a.m. Free. Beside the Melrose-Rugby Community Center, Roanoke.