The Blue Ridge area has a lot of fun, outdoorsy activities. The GO Outside Festival takes place in October here in Roanoke, which is really just about people having fun outside. It’s right on the Roanoke River Greenway at the base of Mill Mountain. This is a fun event to enjoy the outdoors and do a lot of different things.
Another fun one is the Blue Ridge Folklife Festival, which takes place at Ferrum College. There are lots of local businesses and churches, and it’s really about the history of that particular area. They also have farming demonstrations that can be a lot of fun for kids. The event always takes place on the 4th Saturday in October.
The Blue Ridge Kite Festival in Salem is tons of fun for the kids. It normally has thousands of people attending, so it’s a pretty big deal. Everybody brings their kites along to fly during the event, which takes place in April.
The Dickens of a Christmas in downtown Roanoke takes place over several weekends in December on Friday nights right in the center of the square. There are lots of street performers and other fun things to do. As long as the weather isn’t too cold it can be a ton of fun for kids to go and watch. It’s just a fun time of year in general.