The {Wednesday} Weekend Update: 10/12/2016

You might or might not have noticed, but *this* slicker has been lying low in full-on vacation recovery mode lately. Now, though, it’s time to get back down to business …

The business of the weekend, that is!

There are some amazing things happening this weekend in the Star City.  Here are a few special ways I’m thinking about celebrating Fall — our town’s loveliest season.

GO Fest — Rivers Edge Sports Complex — Friday, Saturday & Sunday

The most quintessentially “Roanoke” thing to do this week is the Go Outside Festival — a three-day extravaganza of all things outdoors … with free admission!  Whether you like rock climbing, BMX biking, high-flying agility dogs, or lumberjacks with chainsaws, you’ll find something to love between the happy hours and food-truck breaks.  Check out the schedule of happenings at the link above.  And then go outside!

Grandin Harvest Days — Grandin Village Community Market — Saturday, 8 a.m. to Noon

Our city’s rich and beautiful harvest season is so fleeting that I want to soak up every moment of cider-pressing, pumpkin scone-eating and corn shelling that I can.  That’s while I’ll be starting Saturday morning with a trip to my local farmer’s market, where the neighborhood will be celebrating all things Autumn with food and family activities.  I hope you’ll stop by your own neighborhood market, or the wonderful Farm to Table Market at Greenbrier Nurseries, where Fall fun is in full swing, as well.  Hope to see you out and about with a market bag full of winter squash!

Tinker Showcase — Roanoke Ballet Theatre — Saturday, 8 p.m.

While I’m bummed to say that I have to miss this installment of the Tinker Showcase, I love it *so* much that it’s earned a spot on the Weekend Lineup anyway — if only because I’d really, really love my people to make it there!

The Tinker is something special:  an intimate gathering of local dancers, actors, writers and performance artists “tinkering” with their works-in-progress, right on stage, in front of a live audience (that’s you!).  After the event, there’s time to mix, mingle, and talk to the performers about their unfinished work.

If you’ve ever wanted to witness the creative process at work, this is your chance!

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Looking for a few more fun events?  I sincerely hope you’ll consider Thursday’s Rooftop Riot at Center in the Square ($5 admission), Saturday’s season opener with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (most remaining tickets around $50) … or Oktoberfest, the much-anticipated grape-stomping celebration at AmRhein Wine Cellars, also this Saturday (tickets $20 at the door).

Or just get out in the sun, hit the Parkway or the trails, and enjoy our valley’s stunning display of Fall foliage.

Happy weekend, Slickers!

–Ashley ❤

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