Roanoke has many cultural centers, such as the Art Museum of Western Virginia ( www.artmuseumroanoke.org), Mill Mountain Theater ( www.millmountain.org), the Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre ( www.ferrum.edu/brdt), the Science Musuem of Western Virginia ( www.smwv.org) and the State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore at Ferrum College ( www.blueridgeinstitute.org). Also, Studios on the Square, located at 126 West Campbell Avenue, is a gallery that often holds exhibitions of regional artists. Though the exhibits are usually up for a month or so at once, there are usually opening night receptions with refreshments and music that are free for the public. Most of these venues have short-term exhibits or performances, so check local advertisements or go to their websites for the latest information on events.

In March, be on the look out for kilts during the St. Patrick's Day Parade and street festival afterwards. There's a big tent with music and much wearing of the green. It's a family event with vendors, food, and alcohol being sold.

In early July each year, Roanoke holds a cat show at their civic center. During the same month, there are also Independence Day celebrations, car shows at the historic Farmer’s Market in downtown Roanoke and the DAR Antique Show. Throughout the summer, you can find American Indian Storytelling events at the Natural Bridge of Virginia and movies in the park (at various parks around the city). In the spring, Roanoke also holds various events including a kite festival, a Monacan Indian festival, the state championship chili cook-off, wine events (usually at the Chateau Morrisette Winery nearby) and a croquet tournament.