Festival Information!!!!

Festival is almost here!! Here is some information that might help you enjoy the 49th Roanoke Festival In The Park.


Festival Hours

Overall Hours:

Friday: 5-10PM $5

Saturday: 10AM-10PM – $5 after 5PM

Sunday: 11AM-9PM – $5 after 5PM


Arts & Crafts, Eclectic Market, & Children’s Activities: (All free admission)

Saturday: 10AM-5PM

Sunday: 11AM-5PM


Fireman’s Foam:

Saturday 2-4PM


Festival Stage, Fret Mill Gazebo, & Carol Williams Stage:

Saturday: Noon-5PM

Sunday: Noon-5PM


Stage Lineups

Main Stage:

Friday      5:30 – Ghost Eagle

6:30 – Erin & The Wildfire

7:30 – Rutledge

8:30 – Folk Soul Revival


Saturday  Noon – SW VA Ballet

1:00 – Salem High School Band

2:30 – Strong Water

3:30 – Huckleberry Clementine

4:30 – The Siesmix

5:30 – Groova Scape

6:30 – Tobacco Apache

7:30 – Gasoline Alley

8:30 – Blue Oster Cult


Sunday    1:00 – Matcus Morrow and Victory in Jesus Ministries

2:00 – Miss Mona’s School of Dance

3:00 – Downtown Diversion Trio

4:00 – Mickey Nelson

5:00 – Jerry Wilson Rock and Soul Band

6:00 – Cheer Extreme Allstars Roanoke

7:00 – The Sessions Band

                 8:15 – 1964 the Tribute






Saturday Performing Arts Stages

  Festival Stage Carol Williams Stage Fret Mill Gazebo Stage
Noon Last Train North Roanoke Children’s Theater Mel Parker
1:00 Virginia Electric Einstein’s Monkey Melissa McSherry
2:00 The Bureau Knuckleheadz Troy Batey
3:00 Fritz Schindler Chloe Hart Krista Linnea
4:00 The Thrillbillyz Fame Allstars Johnny Barnett

Sunday Performing Arts Stage

  Festival Stage Carol Williams Stage Fret Mill Gazebo
Noon Paradigm Eric Larson John Pence
1:00 Izzy Crawford Charleigh Roberts Adele Marie
2:00 Drifter Branan Thompson Magic Fret Mill Music Co.
3:00 Near November Girls Rock Roanoke Fret Mill Music Co.
4:00 Outer Realm Annie Lin Tai Chi Ryan Greer

Stage Locations

Festival Stage: On Franklin Rd. near the corner of Jefferson St.

Fret Mill Gazebo: In the Park near the corner of Elm and Jefferson St.

Carol Williams Stage: In front of the library near the corner of Bullit Ave. and Jefferson St.


Admission Buttons

  1. If you purchased your buttons online they will be available throughout the weekend at the Will Call tent starting Friday afternoon in Elmwood Park.
  2. Buttons are still available online and at the Berglund Center Box Office until Thursday May 25th @ 5PM.
  3. Buttons are available at the gates all three nights and at the Festival Store all weekend.


Children’s Activities

Children’s Area is located in the playground on top of the hill on the Elm St. side of the library.

Firemans Foam: 2-4PM SATURADAY ONLY is located on the Elm St. Side of the Park.

Bubble Park is located along the Elm St. side of the Park.

Petting Zoo & Pony rides are located on the corner of Elm Ave & Jefferson St.

Bouncy Houses are located all along Franklin Rd.

Touch-A-Truck on Sunday only is located all along Franklin Rd.


Eclectic Market: Open 10-5 on Saturday & 11-5 on Sunday

Our Eclectic Market on Jefferson Street will feature LulaRoe Lane! We have 7 different representatives who will help LulaRoe lovers find that unique piece you’ve been looking for or other pieces to add to your collection! Also in our Eclectic Market you will find a variety of other unique items for you and your home.

Arts & Crafts Vendors: Open 10-5 on Saturday & 11-5 on Sunday

Come visit our Artists and Crafters on Magnolia Alley where you will find a variety of items including photography, drawings, jewelry, candles and soaps and many others. We have many returning sellers and some new ones you will want to visit!

Visit all of the booths and support those who support Roanoke Festival in the Park!!

Food Vendors

Chan Concessions Chicken on stick, lomein, shrimp
Florida & veggie rice, egg roll, shaved ice
  soft drinks
Cob’s Kettle Corn Kettle corn
Miller Foods Ribbon fries, corn dogs, french fries,
West Virginia funnel cakes, ice cream
  Fresh squeezed lemonade
  Chicken, steak, veggie, shrimp pitas
  sausages, kielbasa, chicken fingers,
  philly, fries, sweet potato fries
Pina Colada Perumex Non-alcoholic pina colada smoothies,
Connecticut various flavors
Sherri’s Crab Cakes Crab cakes with various seafood &
Pennsylvania fries
  soft drinks
So Icy Italian ice – located on Franklin Rd
Sunset Slush Italian ice – located on Jefferson St

Cornhole Tournament: Saturday Only Noon-4PM

Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers is hosting a cornhole tournament to benefit the Roanoke Festival In The Park Scholarship Fund.

Entries are $10/ team or $5/individual. First prize is a $50 gift certificate to Soaring Ridge and a 50/50 split of entry fees. Second prize is a $20 Soaring Ridge gift certificate.
Teams can sign up via email (info@soaringridge.com) or the day of until 1pm. The games start at 1pm.

Car Show on Franklin Rd.: Saturday only starting at 9AM

Dog Policy

Dogs are welcome! We do ask that all dogs are to be leashed at all times. Kiddy pools of water will be kept filled with fresh drinking water for our thirsty K-9 friends!

Chair Policy

Bring your chairs!!!

Alcohol Serving Times & Last Calls:

Main Beer Truck inside the Park:

Friday              5-9:30PM: Last Call 9:15PM

Saturday           Noon-9:30PM: Last Call 9:15PM

Sunday             Noon-9:15PM: Last Call 9:00PM

Franklin Rd. Beer Truck:

Saturday           Noon-5:00PM

Sunday Noon-5:00PM

Cornhole Tournament Beer Tent:

Saturday           Noon-4PM


If you have any other questions please email us at rfip@cox.net.

Huckleberry Clementine: A Festival Progression

Elizabeth Davidson first performed at Festival in the Park in 2014 on the Fret Mill Gazebo Stage, a stage in which singer/songwriters can display their talents through an acoustic performance. FITP has 4 performing arts stages. Each designed for specific performances on varying levels.


Elizabeth Davidson – FITP 2015

After dawning the Carol Williams Kaleidoscope Stage in 2015, Elizabeth teamed up with local guitarist Travis Holland to perform as a powerful duo on the Festival Stage in 2016. Now, for Festival 2017, Elizabeth will complete the “Festival Progression” as she and her new band, Huckleberry Clementine, take the Elmwood Park Main Stage on Saturday May 27th @ 3:30PM.

The daughter of a successful band director of 20 years, Elizabeth grew up around music. At age 12 she sang at her first wedding; by 14 she had taught herself guitar and written her first song. Since then she has written around 30 original songs and has won several competitions for both songwriting and singing. Growing up on a farm in Fincastle and inspired by the music of John Prine, Gillian Welch, the Carter Family, Patsy Cline, The Avett Brothers and many others, her style is both unique and eclectic.

 Check out this video of Elizabeth performing her original song “Undying Brotherhood” at Festival’s Beer, Bands, & Billiards show in February of 2016.

  Recently Elizabeth met Brandon Ayers, an equally talented and passionate songwriter and pianist from the town of Galax, Virginia, who recently opened a law practice in Salem. Elizabeth & Brandon decided to try some music together. The unique sound between the two was immediately evident and within weeks they had already begun co-writing original music and formed the band Huckleberry Clementine. They both have very unique writing and singing styles and when combined create a sound that they like to describe as “dancing with their voices”. One of their original songs, which they will debut during their performance at Festival, is titled “Roanoke”. Inspired by the Star City and gives the feel of a catchy fast paced “Roanoke” anthem. Joining them on the Main Stage will be Elizabeth’s father, Rex Davidson on drums, John Rardin on bass, and Frank Hatfield on lead guitar. 

After Party @ Martin’s!!

Festival Friday is BIGGER & BETTER with the addition of the Festival Friday After Party @ Martin’s Downtown on May 26th!

Erin & The Wildfire

Martin’s Downtown is the place to be to keep the Festival Friday Party going with Strong Water and Erin & The Wildfire!

Festival Friday was created to feature local and regional music and craft beers on the first night of FITP. This year’s lineup includes Ghost Eagle, Erin & The Wildfire, Rutledge, and Bristol based roots-rock band FOLK SOUL REVIVAL. Lexington based Devil’s Backbone will also take over the taps and serve up their delicious craft beers.

When FSR is done head to Martin’s! Your FITP button will grant you FREE admission to the After Party!

The party starts at 10PM with Strong Water. Based out of  Harrisonburg, VA, Strong Water is a Folk/Americana band who made their Festival In The Park debut in 2016. This year they will perform on the Amphitheater Stage on Saturday May 27th at 2:30PM.

Erin & The Wildfire will cap off the night at Martin’s with their unique melting pot of rock, soul, and funk. The Charlottesville based band is lead by Fincastle native Erin Lunsford. Along with Erin’s powerful vocals, their striking sound and on stage charm has been captivating fans all over Virginia since 2012.

Nightly Festival Buttons are just $5 or you can purchase a weekend Festival Pass for just $10. Buttons are available at the Berglund Center box office or online at RoanokeFestival.com.


The 49th Festival In The Park

Blue Öyster Cult highlights the 2017 Festival In The Park lineup set for May 26th-28th. The legendary rock band will bring their classic rock n’ roll to the Elmwood Park stage along with local bands Gasoline Alley, Tobacco Apache, and Groova Scape on Saturday May 27th.

Festival Friday returns with a mix of local and regional music. Bristol based Folk Soul Revival will headline the Friday night lineup along with Rutledge, Erin & The Wildfire, and Ghost Eagle.

The tradition continues with the tribute band that started it all, 1964 The Tribute on Sunday May 28th.

Festival buttons are are on sale now for just $5 per night or purchase a weekend Festival Pass for just $10. Buttons are available at RoanokeFestival.com or at the Berglund Center Box Office.

For a full list of over 50 performances on 4 performing arts stages over three days visit: RoanokeFestival.com

Festival Friday – Local Bands & Local Brews!

Festival kicks off TONIGHT with 4 outstanding local bands and craft breweries. All bands will be on the Main Stage at Elmwood Park. Buttons are required and are only $5 per person – one button gets you into all 4 acts! You can purchase buttons at the gate which opens at 5pm or at the Berglund Center.

5:30 – Corey Hunley & the Millionaires
6:30 – The Low Low Chariot
7:30 – Rutledge
8:30 – Parrots of the Caribbean

Lawn chairs are permitted and children 6 and under are free!

While you are enjoying the music be sure to visit the local craft breweries who will be on site tonight: Sunken City, Chaos Mountain, Flying Mouse and Soaring Ridge.

Come on out and enjoy a great evening of local entertainment!!!


Festival is here! Friday – Gates open at 5pm! Plus Family Fun all day Saturday & Sunday!

Festival starts tomorrow night with local bands and brews and is followed by a weekend full of great activities for everyone!

Gates open at 5pm – and will feature 4 different acts. All on our Main stage at Elmwood Park. Buttons are only $5 for the entire night!

5:30 – Corey Hunley & the Millionaires
6:30 – The Low Low Chariot
7:30 – Rutledge
8:30 – Parrots of the Caribbean

And as you may have heard, there have been some changes in the overall layout of some of the Festival’s activities but we’ve still got all the great things you’ve enjoyed in the past!!


On Saturday, be sure to bring your family down and enjoy the many activities on the Elm Avenue side of the park. We’ve got the Carol Williams Kaleidoscope Stage where the action starts at noon and includes performances from:

Roanoke Children’s Theater
Mill Mountain Theatre
Einstein’s Monkey
Branan Thompson Magic
Clogging, cheerleading, Art to music and more!

You’ll also find all kinds of Children’s activities like the Fireman’s Foam pit – open Noon-2 on Saturday. Plus Children’s areas which will be open 10-5 Saturday and Noon -5 Sunday.
Come join us in making:
crazy hats
crazy sticks
hand print art for the young ones

There’s also a bubble park, bouncy houses and lots. lots more!

It’s going to be a great weekend so hope to see you all out there!

Festival/AEP Race Information

If you are participating in the AEP/Festival Run on Saturday, please note that the race will start at the corner of Jefferson Street & Elm Avenue but the after-race awards ceremony will be held at the AEP parking garage – Appalachian Power Garage (617 2nd St SW). You can find additional information here. Good luck in the race!

Attention All Festival Online Button Purchasers

You should have received an email recently regarding how to get your festival buttons but just in case you didn’t see it, here’s it is with all the latest information.

Online ticket sales are going offline Tuesday, May 24th. That same day, each of you will receive a digital ticket to pick up your buttons during the Festival. There will be a tent near the main gate where you can exchange your printed ticket for your buttons. If someone other than the purchaser will be picking up the tickets, send us an email, and we will alert the button distributors to your special request.

On the 24th, along with your digital ticket, we will distribute a map to the Will Call both at Festival. You must either print the email, or have the code on your mobile device when you pick up the order.

Only button holders are permitted through the gates. You cannot use your digital ticket to be admitted through the gate, you MUST have a button.

Look for an email on the 24th!

Welcome to Festival In The Park, 2016!

Welcome, Festival goers, it’s almost time for Festival in the Park! We’re excited to bring you family friendly activities from children’s performances, hands-on activities, arts and crafts, food, an antique car show, and much more May 27th through the 29th in Elmwood Park.

Our musical lineup this year includes Parrots of the Caribbean, Rutledge, Corey Hunley and the Millionaires, The Low Low Chariot, Little Texas, Committed and 1964 The Tribute. In addition to the headlining acts, Festival will feature over 40 different music and entertainment acts on four stages.

Don’t forget, if you can’t join us for every show, we will be live-streaming all Main Stage musical acts at no cost. The stream will be accessible via social media and our website. We’re thankful for Final Track Studios for underwriting the live stream, with technical support provided by Cox Communications and Final Track Studios. The Live-stream is configured for every device – viewable from a computer, tablet, phone and even an Apple watch. Our website will feature a guide that details the live stream schedule.