Check out these activities that are coming up in 2022*
*These are just SOME events. They are going to skew towards the weird and unusual because that’s what interests me. If you have an event to list, let me know and I’ll add it. If you want a more complete list of local events, check out the VisitMartinsville site. They’re awesome!
February 11 – 13 – Come Feel the Love Pop Up Art Sale. 20 Walnut Street, Martinsville Uptown.
February 12th – Homestead Hikers: Black Ridge Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway. (Homestead Hikers is a members-only club for people who enjoy hiking all through the year. Connected with the College for Older Adults)
February 13th – 1 to 2 PM. Valentine’s Beer Pairing with Daintea (Martinsville’s bubble tea and pastry shop). Ticketed event.
February 24 – Super Smash Bros [Video Game] Tournament. 6 to 9. I have no idea what this will be but this is at Scuffle Hill Brewing Company in Collinsville. Might have to go just to see how they are doing it. They were going to be putting in a lot of tvs when I was there in October. Maybe they are casting the participants?
February 26 – Succulent Brunch and Booze Workshop. Ticketed Event. Rocky Mount. I have no idea what this will be. From their Facebook event page: Desert Rose and Twin Creeks Distillery are teaming up to host a succulent brunch and booze workshop! Looks like this is at the Distillery but please confirm before heading out.
March 2 – Gardening for Beginners. New College Institute. Martinsville. 5:30 – 7:00
March 4 – Spring Special Prom Night for Adults with Disabilities. 6 to 8. Virginia Museum of Natural History. Martinsville. Free to guests but pre-registration is required BY FEBRUARY 28th. Register with Infinity Acres or call/text (276) 358-2378.
March 5 – DRBA FSO Hike: Bear Slide in Eden, NC. Dan River Basin Association has announced their monthly First Saturday Outing. It is an easy guided out-and-back one mile hike in Eden, NC to view the Bear Slide, a Natural Heritage Area. Will meet at Salvation Army. 1:30 to 3:00.
March 5 – Dancing for the Arts – Martinsville High School. Fundraiser for Piedmont Arts.
March 5 – Music in the Box: Danny Brooks & Lil Debi. Black Box Theatre. Uptown Martinsville. Doors open at 7 PM. Event starts at 7:30. Ticketed event. A limited number of advance tickets will be available at TWCP.net. Theatreworks Players & Move to Martinsville event.
ST PATRICK’S DAY IS ON THURSDAY, MARCH 17TH – Keeping an eye out for events
March 10th – St. Patrick’s Day Geocache. Martinsville-Henry County. Henry County Parks & Rec will put out a geocache on one of the county trails on March 10th. Use your phone to download a geocaching app and find it. Goodies inside will be St. Patrick Day themed. Coordinates will be announced on the HCPR Facebook page.
March 12 – SPCA Woofstock Furball – Ticketed event. Chatmoss Country Club, Martinsville. Fundraiser for MHC SPCA. Live music, dinner, open bar, silent auction. 60’s music theme.
March 12 – Freedom First St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Festival. Roanoke. Budweiser clydesdales will be making an appearance. Parade starts at 11.
March 18th – Bingo. Spencer Penn. 6PM
March 19th – Group Tour to Highland Maple Festival. Meet up in Roanoke at Clearbrook Walmart at 6 AM. Roanoke Tours, (540) 366-2888, is going up to Highland County to see the process of tapping maple trees for syrup making. $89 per person.
April ? – Uptown Farmers Market reopens.
April ? – Twin River Outfitters reopens. Will resume offering kayak/canoe services on the Upper James River. This is about an hour and a half from Martinsville, north of Roanoke. The Upper James River is absolutely gorgeous.
April 2 – Spring Craft Sale. 9 to 5. Bassett High School. Fundraiser by Bassett Band Boosters.
April 5th & 6th – Roanoke Symphony Orchestra (RSO) Chamber Group performs music from the silver screen at the historic Grandin Theatre. Roanoke.
April 8 – Music in the Box: T.C. Carter Band. Black Box Theatre. Uptown Martinsville. Doors open at 7 PM. Event starts at 7:30. Ticketed event. A limited number of advance tickets will be available at TWCP.net. Theatreworks Players & Move to Martinsville event.
EASTER IS ON SUNDAY, APRIL 17TH – Keeping an eye out for events.
April 9 – Back Door Market. Stuart. 10 – 3
April 11th – Henry County Adult Easter Egg Hunt – Find an egg at a local county park, bring the egg back to the Henry County Parks & Re office for a prize. Daily clues will begin being announced on the Henry County Parks & Rec Facebook Page on April 11.
April 13 – Tour & Wine Tasting at Hamlet Vineyards. This is a New College Institute class to be held at Hamlet Vineyards. It’s a Wednesday at 1:00. Free to attend. Must be 21. Wine can be purchased. MUST RSVP by April 6th.
April 14th – 17th – Freedom First Down by Downtown Music Festival. Roanoke. The Wallflowers headline.
April 15th – Henry County Easter Egg Hunt – Jack Dalton Park. 7,500 prize filled eggs. 3 different age groups in 3 different parts of the Park. Free event. Show up early as this is a fast-paced moving event.
April 15th – Deadline for submitting photos for Henry County’s Spring Photo contest. Free to enter, winner gets a gift basket. Winning photo will be in consideration as cover for one of the county guides. Photos must be taken in Henry County. Call (276) 634-4645 for rules and instructions on how to submit.
April 16th – Easter Train to Michie Tavern. Roanoke Tours charter bus picks up at Clearbrook Walmart at 7:55. Trip is by train from Roanoke to Charlottesville. A charter bus will pick up in Charlottesville to take you to luncheon at Michie Tavern. $109 per person. Call (540) 366-2888 to register.
April 23rd – Infinity 5K Ranch Run. Infinity Acres. Martinsville/Henry County. I’m not listing all the runs in the area because this list is already crazy but I’m listing this one because it is unique in that you will be running past llamas, zebras, camels, etc.
April 23rd – Music in the Box: Violet Bell featuring Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez. Black Box Theatre. Uptown Martinsville. Doors open at 7 PM. Event starts at 7:30. Ticketed event. A limited number of advance tickets will be available at TWCP.net. Theatreworks Players & Move to Martinsville event.
April 27th – Garden Week Home Tours. Martinsville. Ticketed event.
April 28 – May 1 – MerleFest Music Festival is two hours southwest of Martinsville but it’s worth a mention because it looks really extraordinary and I don’t want to forget about it. Wilkesboro is a neat place to visit.
April 30 – Buccaneer’s Bash in Roanoke. Museum of Transportation. Pirate Attire Optional. Tickets $25. Cash Bar. Silent Auction. Costume Contest. Call (540) 797-1511 for tickets. (I guess pirates can’t be bothered with event links). This event is put on by the Mystic Pirates of the Kazim Shriners.
May ?? – MadTown Tubing will begin running kayak and tubing shuttles on the Dan River. Madison, NC. (They have been updating their part of the river to make it more user friendly. Looks great!)
May ?? – Dick & Willie Bike Barn reopens. This is a YMCA program to loan bikes and helmets to anyone interested in biking the trail. Located at Doyle Street trailhead.
May 1st – Bike Awareness Ride, Henry County Bike Club, Jack Dalton Park. All bikes are welcome and encouraged to participate. Begins promptly at 10:30.
May 1st – Dan River Adventures, Stoneville, NC. Tubing shuttles for 2022 will resume on the Dan River.
May 6 – Music in the Box: Juliana MacDowell. Black Box Theatre. Uptown Martinsville. Doors open at 7 PM. Event starts at 7:30. Ticketed event. A limited number of advance tickets will be available at TWCP.net. Theatreworks Players & Move to Martinsville event.
May 8 – Homestead Hikers: Smart View Loop on the Blue Ridge Parkway . (Homestead Hikers is a members-only club for people who enjoy hiking all through the year. Connected with the College for Older Adults)
May 8 – Virginia Dare Mother’s Day Cruise. Smith Mountain Lake.
Mar 21 through May 21 – Senior Couch to 5K training program. Couch potato to 5K runner. 9 week FREE program sponsored by The Landmark Center and the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce.
May 15 – USAF Heritage of America Concert Band, 3PM, Free event, MHS auditorium.
May 21st – Bassett Hwy 57 Cruise In (Classic Car Show). Bassett.
May 22 – Stuart Strawberry Festival
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND IS THE 28TH – 30TH OF MAY THIS YEAR.
May 26 – 29th – Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival – Pop’s Farm, Martinsville/Henry County. Something like 47 bands? Wow.
May 30th – Abreu-Grogan Boat House opens in Danville. They rent canoes, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. I have no idea what body of water they are on but I wouldn’t mind finding out.
June 4 & 5 – River Running Beginner Class in Salem. Roanoke Outdoor Adventures
June 9th thru 11th – 40th Annual Beach Music Festival. Stuart. They are in the process up updating their web page now (2/15/2022). Tickets go on sale February 21st. Note that this is Thursday, Friday and Saturday. No Sunday! Plan accordingly.
June 17 – 19 – Bushels and Barrels Local Food, Beer and Wine Festival. This is like an open air concert with treats on the beautiful grounds of the Reynolds Homestead. This is a ticketed event. It looks like the dates have been set but the website has not been updated yet.
June 18 & 19th – River Safety and Rescue Class ACA L3 in Salem. Roanoke Outdoor Adventures
June 18th – Bassett Hwy 57 Cruise In (Classic Car Show). Bassett.
June 19th – Virginia Dare Father’s Day Lunch Cruise. Smith Mountain Lake. 11 to 1.
June 24th – Concerts by Canoe on Philpott Lake. 6:30 PM Twin Ridge Recreation Area. Seph Custer and Deep Creek playing.
JULY 4TH IS ON A MONDAY THIS YEAR – Keeping an eye out for events.
July 8th – Concerts by Canoe on Philpott Lake. 6:30 PM Twin Ridge Recreation Area. Alum Ridge Boys and Ashlee playing.
July 16th – Bassett Hwy 57 Cruise In (Classic Car Show). Bassett.
July 16th – 39th Annual Kibler Valley River Run. This is a bit of a drive from Martinsville but so worth it. It’s gorgeous there and, if you have a kayak and are up for a river race, they open the gates to let some water out for this race. I can’t find current links but people in the know (the Carolina Canoe & Kayak Club) have it on their calendar. The River Kings have some great video of the run.
July 15 – 17th – Pirate Days on Smith Mountain Lake. Throw a dart at the map. There will be fun to be had all over the lake.
July 16th – Virginia Dare Pirate Cruise. 11 AM. This is Pirate Days on Smith Mountain Lake so there will be other “pirate ships” on the lake. This is not something to be missed! Right now, the link on their site for this cruise doesn’t work. They’ve posted a phone number to call: (540) 297-7100.
July 27 – 31st – Floydfest Music Festival in Floyd on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
August ?? – MicroFestivus Craft Beer Festival – Roanoake. Put on by The Square Society, this is one of the largest craft beer festivals on the East Coast. Watching for dates. In the past, it has always conflicted with the Smith River Festival. My fingers are crossed that it won’t this year.
August 12th – Concerts by Canoe on Philpott Lake. 6:30 PM Twin Ridge Recreation Area. Bands to be announced.
August 20th – Smith River Festival at Smith River Sports Complex. Martinsville/Henry County. This is a big festival with a mud run, river races, demo pools, live music, and rubber duck race. Bring a chair.
August 2oth – Bassett Hwy 57 Cruise In (Classic Car Show). Bassett.
LABOR DAY WEEKEND IS SEPTEMBER 3RD THROUGH 5TH THIS YEAR.
September 3rd – 5th – Hillsville Labor Day Flea Market. Hillsville. About an hour and a half west of Martinsville, I’m told that this event is so big that a lot of people make the trip. It’s been on my must-see list for a while.
September 5th – Labor Day Jam. 2 to 5. Mitchell’s Marina. Smith Mountain Lake. Bit of a drive from Martinsville because you have to go around the lake (an hour and a half) but it would be a quick scoot up the lake in a boat.
September 17th – Bassett Hwy 57 Cruise In (Classic Car Show). Bassett.
September 19 – 25th – Mayberry Days. Mount Airy, NC. (About an hour away, southwest). All things Andy Griffith. I hear it’s crowded normally. 2022 is going to be a doozy! See this link for ticketed events. Book ahead if you want a Mayberry Squad Car tour.
September ?? – Patrick County Agricultural Fair. Dates not released yet.
September 21 – 24th – Henry County Fair. 2nd year. It was a blast its first year despite half of us being terrified of Covid. I bet the turnout this year is going to be fantastic.
October 15th – Bassett Hwy 57 Cruise In (Classic Car Show). Bassett.
October 22nd – Blue Ridge Folk Festival, Ferrum. Ticketed event. A lot like an old county fair with no Midway. Many, many things to see. Bring a chair for watching the draft horses and other animal presentations and a bag for buying handmade molasses and other jams, jellies, etc. Seriously well done festival.
December ? – Greensboro Greek Festival. I’m watching for this one. It’s a great festival.
December ? – Martinsville Christmas Parade. Normally held in the evening.
December ? – Greensboro’s Holiday Parade. Macy’s style parade in downtown Greensboro. 12 to 2.
December ? – Roanoke’s Dickens of a Christmas Parade. Huge, multi-day event but the parade is on … will keep an eye out for when … it’s early yet.