Hey there, Slickers! As you read these words, I’m on my way to catch some final summer sun in Florida — because every once in awhile, a girl’s gotta get outta town. That said, in lieu of my usual weekend lineups over the next two weeks, I’ve prepared something special.
Get ready …
Here’s your lineup of ((extra slick)) events for the next month (!!).
While I often try to leave you lots of weekend choices, consider this a more curated list of some of the city’s more unmissable events — the best of the best, with perhaps a little extra focus on our local arts communities. Hope you’ll save the date, snag your tickets, and — of course — start planning your wardrobe. (*wink*)
CityWorks (X)po — Grandin Village — October 6-8
Of all the events on this list, this one has me most jazzed, because it’s the one event that’s all about making the Star City even sparklier, in dozens of different ways. (X)po is a meeting of Roanoke minds … a gathering of people who want to brainstorm, collaborate, and figure out how to make our town a better place to be.
This will be my first year attending, and I can’t wait see what fabulous ideas we dream up together. Tickets are still available at the link above.
Oktoberfest: a Moonlight Grape-Stomping Event — AmRhein Wine Cellars — Saturday, October 8, 4-9 p.m.
Okay, seriously folks: a moonlit bonfire. A barrel race. A chance to stomp grapes and taste wine. Really, what more do you need to know? Tickets are $15 for adults, and you can get them here.
Food Truck Rodeo — The Village Grill — Sunday, October 9, 12-5 p.m.
My friends know that I have a serious weak spot for food trucks, and this event rounds up some of the city’s very best. Free admission — which just gives me another excuse to try one of everything!
GO Fest — Rivers Edge Sports Complex — October 14-16
The Go Outside Festival has gradually become one of the most well-known outdoor-sports gatherings in the ‘Noke.
BMX daredevilry. High-flying agility dogs. Climbing clinics, a beer run, lumberjack shows, happy hours, live music, good food, and all the camping and outdoor-living equipment you could ever want to sample. Need I say more?
How about free admission? Check out the full schedule at the link above. And then go outside!
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra’s 2016 Opening Night — Berglund Performing Arts Center — Saturday, October 15, 7:30 p.m.
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and Tales of Hemingway with cellist Zuill Bailey — a perfect excuse to support local art while putting’ on the ritz in your snazziest duds.
Dracula, with the Roanoke Ballet Theatre — Jefferson Center — Saturday, October 22, 7 p.m.
Ballet with a bite!
I can’t help but cheer for RBT, a group of ballerinas who are slowly building a local appreciation for dance in Roanoke. While most of RBT’s performances are glittery, sweet and family-friendly, Dracula is dark, moody and a little seductive — perfect for the Halloween season. Wear your best black and your favorite wine-dark lipstick.
Author Amy Waldman at the Jefferson Center — Thursday, October 27, 7 p.m.
Roanoke Valley Reads is an annual community-wide reading program when folks across the valley read a common book and then come together for a discussion with the author.
This year’s book, Amy Waldman’s The Submission, is a good one. You can hear Amy talk for free.
What about you? What October events are *you* excited about?
See you next week for the next installment of Star City Sips! I’ll be sending you love and sunshine!