Good news: The weekend looks looks mostly dry with highs in the 70s, according to Kevin Myatt.
How will you make the most of your holiday?
We have a bunch of links spotlighting various Memorial Day events and entertainment happening over the long weekend, so we thought we’d round them up here.
FOR THEIR SACRIFICE
First up, let’s remember why we’re able to enjoy a three-day weekend to begin with: To honor the men and women who have lost their lives serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Find our list of events here.
The biggest event will be the return of Roanoke Festival in the Park, which features live music and lots of family entertainment Friday through Monday. But as Tad Dickens tells us, there are some big changes this year, the most obvious being its location. Due to Elmwood Park construction, Festival 2013 will be happening at River’s Edge Sports Complex, by the old Victory Stadium site. Find the entertainment lineup (and a map) here.
More weekend Standouts include the 22nd Annual Roanoke Valley Spring Gem, Mineral & Jewelry Show; a P. Buckley Moss Collectors’ Convention at the Hotel Roanoke; a free showing of “Brave” in Salem’s Longwood Park on Sunday; and a bunch of music festivals across the region, including blues, bluegrass, jazz and Cajun. Find details here.
WANT TO SWIM?
>> Splash Valley Water Park opens for a fourth season Friday. It’s located next to Roanoke County’s Green Ridge Recreation Center.
>> The beach at Smith Mountain Lake Community Park in Moneta will open 10 a.m. Friday. The park includes a playground, picnic facilities, a 1.5-mile hiking/walking trail and a fully accessible fishing pier. Cost is $2. It is one of two public-access beaches at Smith Mountain Lake. The other, at Smith Mountain State Park, is in Bedford County.
If you’re looking specifically for music, check out the Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival in Martinsville, which will feature heavy hitters Leftover Salmon and Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk.
Tad Dickens rounds up even more highlights closer to home in his weekly edition of Top Tickets.
What’s in theaters this weekend? Get the scoop in our online movie guide, which includes local show times.
Search calendar.roanoke.com, which lets you filter by date, keyword or type of entertainment. It will spit out free and kid-friendly events, too.
Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!