The {Wednesday} Weekend Lineup:9/7/2016

Okay, so I admit it:  coming back to reality yesterday after a long holiday weekend was a punch in the gut.


The upside is that we’re already just two days from weekend-land… How did that happen?

Here’s what I’m getting into:

Olde Salem Days — Downtown Salem — Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you’ve never been to OSD … it’s a bit like the craft fair to end all craft fairs.  Each year, the streets of downtown Salem transform into a giant gathering of local crafters and artisans, along with live music and fair-style eats at the Main Stage in the Farmer’s Market.  Tens of thousands of visitors crowd the event, so the free shuttle from the Salem Football Stadium is advised.

OSD is my yearly stop for handmade wooden cooking utensils, sterling silver jewelry and unusual holiday gifts.  Looking forward to it already!

Black Box Series #1 — Roanoke Ballet Theatre — Saturday, September 10, 8 p.m. (Doors open 7:30)

I’ve always had a giant crush on all things ballet, so I can’t wait to see what my favorite ballerinas at RBT dream up for their black-box style performances this weekend.

This show is designed to give Roanoke a taste of all that ballet can do, so it includes both very old and very new choreography — Grand Pas de Quatre , an excerpt from La Sylphide (one of the world’s oldest ballets), and original work from Roanoke City Ballet’s own William Smith.  If you’ve never had the chance to watch ballet performed live, this is a low-cost, low-commitment way to see what you think.  The show is just 30 minutes , and the $5 admission is the price of a cup of coffee.  Why not?

Watch the show, then wander over to Local Roots, Nopales or Pop’s for a fun dinner in Grandin Village.

Radical Reels Film Festival / Get Outside Expo — Jefferson Center — Sunday, September 11, 4 p.m.

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you must be at Jefferson Center on Sunday, where you can see some seriously wild outdoor sports caught on film.

Biking, kayaking, skiing, skydiving — these selections from the Banff Film Festival all have a white-knuckled, radical side. Viewing starts at 6 p.m. in  Shaftman Hall … Better yet, come earlier for Roanoke Outside’s Outdoor Expo, where a food truck will dish out the grub, with beer and wine available for purchase.

I’ll note that the $5 door ticket buys you into a pretty fabulous raffle — you can see some of the prizes at the link above — with additional raffle tickets available for purchase.

If you’re not excited yet, watch this:

(Video Credit to Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity)

Still looking for more things to do?  Here’s just a small selection of fun stuff happening in Roanoke this weekend…

Friday Night:

Flat Pickin’ Fridays at Daleville Town Center ($5)

Billy Ocean & the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s “Party at the Pops” ($32+)


Chaos Mountain Brewing’s 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Slaughter (Free)

Stargazing at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest ($10)


Hike for Hospice at Explore Park (Adult Tickets Now $25)

So what about you?? What are you into this weekend?

–Ashley ❤