The {Wednesday} Weekend Lineup: 8/31/2016

Roanoke from the Mill Mountain Star – Early Fall, 2014
Hey there, City Slickers.  Not sure how it happened, but … It’s Wednesday.  

Yes, that’s right …. Take a deep breath.  And then repeat after me:

We’re two days away from Friday!!!

For the holiday weekend, I’ll be heading over to D.C. to visit (and EAT) with some of my favorite foodie friends.  Still … I can’t help but share what I *would* be doing if I was spending these three special days in the Star City.

This would be my lineup:

Art by Night Open House — the Taubman Museum of Art — Friday, September 2, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

All my people know my heart for art is HUGE … so I can’t imagine passing up the opportunity to swing by the Taubman Museum, get a sneak peek into new exhibitions, try my hand at creating some art of my own, and snag discounts on classes, memberships and more.  Stop by the museum … and then make a tour of the other downtown art galleries who stay open for Art by Night on the first Friday of each month.  It’s a great time to check out the local art scene without feeling any pressure to act snobby, knowledgeable or snazzy… Just come and be YOU!

Friday Food Truck ‘N Tunes — Sweet Donkey Coffee — Friday, September 2, 5:30-10 p.m.

Did you think Sweet Donkey Coffee was just a coffeeshop?  Nope.  It’s a great space to kick back on the lawn, hang with friends on a Friday night, listen to some live music, eat fabulous food-truck fare … and yes, sip a cold brew in the beer garden while the stars come out.

Read up on the details at the link above … Then bring a comfy chair, your family or a friend.

Most of all, just come ready to chillax.

Cider Release at Chateau Morrisette Winery — Saturday, September 3, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Okay, so I confess:  I am a serious sucker for hard cider.  Which is why I wish I was attending Chateau Morrisette’s debut of three 100% Virginia hard ciders — Barrel Aged Cider, Chai Cider, and Cherry-Ginger Cider — this Labor Day weekend.  Tastings happen at the bottom of the hour on Saturday, with flights available for $5 per person, and cider ready to purchase by the bottle or in a build-your-own six-pack.

Can’t make it Saturday?  Cider is imminently drinkable all Labor Day Weekend, and a full list of tasting times is available at the link above.

Cheers to Virginia apples … and to the boozy golden goodness we make out of them!

Starcropolis — the Mill Mountain Star Overlook — Sunday, September 4, 4-11 p.m.

The jewel in this week’s crown of activities is absolutely Starcropolis — a theatrical celebration of our city’s giant neon star, held — where else? — right under it.  There’ll be quite an itinerary for this one, including a picnic-style dinner at the “Galaxy Cafe,” small “satellite stages” with performances ranging from Shakespeare to slam poetry … and of course, the main event at 8:30:  Star Stories … If the Star Could Talk.

I’ve been absolutely jazzed about this one since I first heard of it … and apparently so has everyone else.  Tickets are sold out, but as of today, the wait list is fairly small.  Call the Center in the Square Box Office at 224-1200 to snag a spot in the queue.


Still looking for other things to do this weekend?  Here are a just a few more options for you slick fun-hunters out there:

Party in Elmwood, featuring the Holiday Band — Thursday, September 1, 5:30-8:30.

Ari Hest at the Spot on Kirk — Thursday, September 1, 7 p.m.

First Fridays, featuring Superhold — Friday, September 2, 5-9 p.m.

Oktoberfest Party & Beer Release — Chaos Mountain Brewing — Saturday, September 3, 1-9 p.m.

So what are you doing this weekend?  Hope you’re ready for fun!

–Ashley ❤