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Get Outside Weekend Update April 3-5

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, April 2

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Saturday, April 4

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Monday, April 6

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Pete's Pick: Clean Valley Day

Clean-Valley-Day-Roanoke-VA-imageThe winter has been tough on the greenways and blueways throughout the Roanoke Region and now is the perfect time for a spring-cleaning.

The 37th Annual Clean Valley Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 11, and the time to volunteer is now.

This valley-wide clean up promotes respect and care for the beautiful community we share. It's great fun and also a team-building opportunity for corporations, civic organizations, youth and church groups. So, let's get going! Pick your spot - a park, playground, roadside, stream bank or your very own neighborhood and help get rid of the litter and make it a cleaner, healthier place for all.

All clean up materials will be provided. All you have to do is register. So what are you waiting for? Learn more and register today >>>

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Region Only Weeks Away From Marathon

blue ridge marathonRunners from all over the world are training and will be ready at the sound of the gun on April 18 as the Blue Ridge Marathon gets underway.

The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, Half Marathon, and Anthem Star 10K is more than just a challenge for participants. It contributes greatly to the economy of the Roanoke Region. In 2014, the race generated over $521,000 in economic impact and has contributed more than $2 million over the past five years.

The race attracts runners from all over the world. Registration for 2015 includes participants from 38 states and four countries outside the U.S. (Haiti, United Kingdom, Canada and Czech Republic). In addition to wide representation, the race continues to grow with the number of runners up 10.5 percent over 2014.

The Blue Ridge Marathon thrives on the support of community members like you. There are three ways non-runners can participate:

  1. Come out on race day and cheer on the runners. Nothing makes getting through a tough race easier than seeing smiling faces and hearing plenty of encouragement along the way.
  2. Volunteer to work during the race. Marathon officials are still looking for volunteers to help work aid stations, serve as course marshals, help keep the course clean, greet runners at the finish line and more. Learn more and register online.
  3. Come out and enjoy all the pre- and post-race music and festivities. The Down by Downtown Music Festival will hold a free concert featuring MarchFourth!, a 20-member music and performance art troupe, at the Elmwood Amphitheater on Friday. Following the marathon on April 18, Big Head Todd and the Monsters will perform at the amphitheater. The ticketed show will begin around 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 5:30. There will also be over 30 acts at 12 venues throughout the weekend. Buy tickets and get more information >>>
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Support the Outdoors with Every Shopping Trip

Every one of you can support the outdoors in the Roanoke Region without ever stepping outside or writing a check. Roanoke Outside is a Kroger community partner and by linking your shopper’s card, the company will donate a portion every time you buy groceries.

You only have to link the card once – it takes less than 5 minutes – and with every purchase you are helping our region. It does not cost you a thing and Kroger donates millions each year to community nonprofits all over the country. We’d love for you to take the time to link your card and also share with your friends!

Here’s how it works:

  • Visit (if you already have a Kroger online account, you just need to log in)
  • Have your Kroger Plus card handy and register your card with Roanoke Outside (88409)
  • Enter NPO number 88409 or Roanoke Outside, select the organization from list and click confirm
  • To verify you are enrolled, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your information page
  • Do you use your phone number at the register? Call 800-576-4377, select option 4 to register by phone
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Get Ready for FloydFest With Another Giveaway

One of the biggest events of the summer is just around the corner, with FloydFest 14.

The giant outdoor music festival has something for every Roanoke Region outdoors enthusiast. From top-notch headliners such as Grace Potter, Drive-By Truckers and Trampled by Turtles (not to mention more than 100 other musical acts on 10 stages) to crafts, biking and artisans, FloydFest has it all.

FloydFest 14 Giveaway

And Roanoke Outside wants you to get outside at FloydFest this year. We are teaming up with FloydFest to give away a pair of five-day festival passes.

All you have to do to enter is answer the following question: Besides the music, what is the one thing you are looking forward to most at FloydFest?

Now for the fine print …

How the winner is chosen:  Every person that enters is assigned a number (1, 2, 3....). We then use to choose the winning number. If you want to enter our April and/or May giveaway you must re-enter again, your entries do not carry over.


  1. Fill out the form below answering this question: Besides the music, what is the one thing you are looking forward to most at FloydFest?
  2. One entry per person (and yes we can tell if you enter multiple times).
  3. Deadline to enter is Tuesday, April 14, 2015.
  4. One winner will receive a pair of five-day passes to FloydFest. Passes are transferable to another party if you can’t attend.
  5. Winners will be notified via email.
  6. By entering, you agree to share your email address with FloydFest and Roanoke Outside.

There will be more chances to win. Roanoke Outside is giving away a pair of passes in April and again in May. Enter this month and if you don’t win, make sure to enter again in May. Good luck!


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Get Outside Weekend Update -- 3/27-29

Festivals, Events, & Outings

Thursday, March 26

Friday, March 27

Saturday, March 28

Sunday, March 29

Monday, March 30

Tuesday, March 31

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Pete's Pick: Oysters, Bikes, & Beer

parkway brewing oysterfest picAre you down with OBB?

This weekend is all about three things: oysters, bikes, and beer. Usher in spring and support your local breweries and trails at two unique events going down in the Roanoke Region.

The first is on Saturday, March 28 when Parkway Brewing Company will host its Second Annual Oyster Roast at their Salem brewery. From 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Bruno’s Gastro Truck and Rappahannock River Oysters will team up to bring you oysters and other fare.

There will also be live music from Blue Mule, Tara Mills Music, and The Hackensaw Boys. Free parking just up the road from the brewery, so you can stroll down on the greenway or grab a free shuttle.

Find out more and purchase tickets >>>

Then, on Sunday, March 29, head over to Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers to catch the Bluegrass, Bikes, and Beer Tour featuring Travis Book. Book is most known as the bass player in the newgrass group The Infamous Stringdusters, but is also an accomplished solo artist. Travis will be doing a solo show at 4:00 p.m.

Not only that, he is an avid mountain biker and racer and will be leading a group ride from Soaring Ridge at noon the same day. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Roanoke Chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA).

You could not ask for two cooler events happening this weekend at our local craft breweries, and this is just another example of how the outdoors and craft beer go hand in hand, and help each other.

So get out, enjoy some oysters, bikes, and beer this weekend!

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Volunteers Needed for Blue Ridge Marathon

blue ridge marathon volunteer imageThe shirt says it all, “You Run Mountains, And I Help.”  

The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, Half Marathon, and Anthem Star 10K attract runners from over 40 states and five countries. For most this is their first visit to our community and it takes more than 475 volunteers to roll out the welcome mat and ensure they have an incredible experience

We hope that you will join us April 18, 2015 as a volunteer, and join the army of citizens who contribute to “America’s Toughest Road Marathon”.  For runners and visitors it’s the volunteers that help ensure a safe, and fun, event.  Runners are surveyed after every race and every year we hear the same thing – the volunteer support is incredible. 

The runners love interacting with volunteers at the start, finish, and all along the course. So gather your family members, rally your co-workers, enlist your book club, tailgate with your neighbors, and register to help ensure 2015 is the best year ever.

Here are a few of the available volunteer positions for both Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18:

  • Aid Stations – help distribute water & energy drinks
  • Course Marshals – sit at key intersections along the route and tell the runners “where to go”
  • Hospitality – taking care of the runners at the finish line
  • Green Team – make sure we leave the course cleaner than we found it
  • Floaters – for those of you that thrive on last minute problem solving

Most of our volunteers are repeat volunteers, because they have that much fun with the event.  So grab a few friends and sign up to volunteer at

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Roanoke's Newest Outfitter Grand Opening

Roanoke Mountain AdventuresRoanoke’s newest outfitter is set for their grand opening this weekend on the Greenway!

Roanoke Mountain Adventures (RMA) will open on April 1 at their temporary location in the River House at 806 Wasena Ave. They will set up shop in The River House until they move to their permanent location just across the street in Wasena Station.

Roanoke Mountain Adventures is the brainchild of Jim and James Revercomb and is designed to give outdoor enthusiasts in Roanoke an easy route to access recreational activities in the area.

RMA will offer guided and self-guided outdoor adventures on both land and water including mountain biking, road cycling, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, and more. The will also provide shuttles and rentals, including tubes for the nearby Roanoke River.

Help support Roanoke’s outdoor culture and industry and book a trip with Roanoke Mountain Adventures.

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Get Buzzing with Beekeeping Workshop

beekeeping-workshop-imageBees get a bad rap. With the power of the sting, they punch way above their weight when it comes to their perceived threat to humans, sending many a picnicker into bouts of panicked arm flailing and running for the nearest pond.

Yes, a bee sting can hurt, but as your mother always said, “They are more afraid of you than you are of them.” Plus, the absence of bees would have a far more devastating effect on the future of the human race than too many bees (learn more about why bees are dying and what it means to you).

Also, honey! Yum.

If you have ever been interested in beekeeping, there will be a beginning beekeepers workshop at the Virginia Tech Catawba Sustainability Center on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 to 5:00.

The workshop will provide a strong foundation of beekeeping knowledge through class instruction and field demonstrations.

Topics will include:

  • History of the Hive and Honeybee
  • Honey Bee Biology
  • Necessary Equipment
  • Honeybee Pests and Diseases
  • Laws and Regulations
  • African Honeybees
  • Pollen and Nectar Sources
  • Harvesting Your Honey

Find out what all the buzz is about, and get started with your new hobby.

Update - join the local bee Facebook page The Buzz for more information on bees.

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