Prepareathon 2023

Sep 16, 2023

Berglund Center Coliseum


The City of Roanoke Stormwater Utility, Emergency Management, and public safety partners are hosting Roanoke’s 2023 Prepareathon, an initiative with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that encourages local organizations and individuals to be prepared for flooding and other natural disasters that affect our local area. Prepareathon will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2023, from 10 AM - 2 PM at the Berglund Center Coliseum and will focus on aspects of emergency preparedness and response.

This free, family-friendly event provides participants knowledge about risks of local hazards, opportunities to practice preparedness actions, the confidence to help everyone stay safe during a disaster, and access to FEMA preparedness resources. This event will be both fun and informative, so residents can connect to the resources before a disaster happens. We want everyone in Roanoke to be prepared in case of disaster. Disasters don’t plan, but you can!

Here are several fun things coming to Prepareathon:

●             Meet your local rescue team

●             Take pictures with and explore state of the art rescue equipment and vehicles

●             Learn about your local hazards

●             Build confidence in and connection with local resources

●             Enter chance to win preparedness kits and other prizes

●             Food and ice cream

Residents of the City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, Vinton and all surrounding areas are invited to attend and participate.

Please contact Rachel Pence, Environmental Specialist, Stormwater Utility at or (540) 853-5915 if you would like to apply to be a vendor at this event to showcase your offerings, services, or products as they relate to emergency preparedness and recovery.

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Featured Events

Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

Ticket Prices:$39.00, $49.00, $59.00, $69.00, $79.00 
Parking: $10.00

Show Start time: 7:30pm


Lead singer Patrick Myers said, “It's been an amazing journey. That first show changed my life. We thought our band would last maybe a summer at the most but it’s a very addictive thing performing these songs. The concerts grew and grew and we've ended up playing and selling out the same arenas that Queen played at their peak. It's been quite a surreal ride. Becoming regular performers at Red Rocks Arena in America is another highlight. The Beatles, U2, Springsteen, Dylan all played on that stage. It's really got it's own kind of magic going on there”.

Killer Queen's first public shows were at London University, following in the footsteps of the real Queen who had played their first shows there decades earlier. Killer Queen's UK popularity grew to such an extent they soon secured a residency in London's Strand Theatre attracting nationwide BBC coverage - the first tribute to have a show in the West End. The band's reputation continued to grow in both the UK and abroad leading to an awards ceremony in Leicester Square, hosted by Suggs from Madness who presented them with the award for “Worldwide Best Tribute Band”. They also scored a number one hit when they were asked to recreate Queen's harmonies for “The Real Life” with Fatboy Slim. By now, they were in demand in European arenas playing Ahoy, where the now reformed Queen would be performing only a few months later. They were delighted to sell out Forest National Arena where Queen filmed the concert set piece videos such as Hammer To Fall and Don't Stop Me Now.

Killer Queen then joined forces with Bjorn Again and The Bootleg Beatles for a Waverley Stadium show in Edinburgh. It was this performance that led to the band being selected to represent Queen in a re-staged tribute LiveAid concert held by Sir Bob Geldof. They performed with him at his arena charity concert to raise funds for the homeless. Killer Queen set their sights on America including the awe inspiring Red Rocks Arena in Colorado – one of the country’s most prestigious venues. The Beatles, Springsteen, U2 have all played there and the band are delighted it's become a regular sell out fixture on Killer Queen's tour sheet.

During 2020, the band released a single in the style of Queen written by Patrick. “We'll Fight Again” delighted Queen fans all over the world. 2023 sees the band pull in huge arena audiences in Cardiff, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Leeds and

Nottingham as we as more sell out shows in Red Rocks, Austin City Limits.


Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

Ticket Prices: $29.50, $39.50, $49.50, $59.50, VIP $159.50
Parking: $10.00

Show Start time: 6pm



In "Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza," Mickey, Minnie and their pals are getting ready to throw a huge costume party but mysterious weather keeps interrupting the fun. Can Team Spidey help save the Costume Palooza? The show is geared toward Disney Junior's most beloved super fans and offers an immersive, interactive concert experience that includes singing, dancing, 3D special effects and acrobatics with cirque-style performances including incredible trampoline routines from renowned acrobatic director John Brady.  The live show is written and directed by Amy Tinkham and produced by Jonathan Shank of Terrapin Station Entertainment.


Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza features songs from several popular Disney Junior series and the original song "Green Gobby Party," written by "Marvel's Spidey and his Amazing Friends" composer/songwriter Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy). "Green Gobby Party" and the full playlist from "Disney Junior Live On Tour: Costume Palooza" can be found here.


"Our 2022 tour broke attendance records, and we are excited to bring this year’s tour to over 60 cities across North America,” says Jonathan Shank, producer and CEO of Terrapin Station Entertainment. “Audiences love these characters and we can’t wait to share new surprises for all the eager Disney Junior fans,” says Shank.


"We are thrilled to have the hit series “SuperKitties” debuting for the first time as part of the tour. The energetic world of Kittydale makes the perfect addition to the show alongside Mickey, Spidey and their favorite Disney Junior pals." says Jennifer Rogers Doyle, senior vice president, Networks Franchise Management, Integrated Planning, Licensing, Disney Entertainment.


Parents can go to to get more information.

Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

Ticket Prices: 132, 48, 35.50, 30

Parking: $10

Show Start time: 7:00pm



Newsboys are one of the biggest bands in Christian music history, having sold more than 10 million records across 23 recordings and garnering boundless accolades, including 1 RIAA® Double Platinum certification and 8 Gold certifications, 33 #1 radio hits, four GRAMMY® nominations, two American Music Award nominations and multiple Dove Awards.

With signature songs like “We Believe,” “Born Again” and the unstoppable mega-hit “God’s Not Dead” – which birthed a film franchise of the same name – Newsboys have continued to collect career-defining accolades at full speed ahead. 

Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

Ticket Prices: VIP $149.75, $59.75, $49.75, $39.75, $29.75
Parking: $5.00

Show Start time: 7:00pm

Crist is one of today’s fast-rising stand-up comedians, with more than one billion video views, over five million fans on social media and sold-out shows from coast to coast. To meet growing demand, the comedian and internet phenomenon has extended his 2023 Emotional Support Tour, adding 33 more shows in the fall and winter.



Berglund Center Coliseum

Ticket Prices: VIP $225.00, VIP $249.00, VIP $299.00, $42, $62, $82, $102, $132, $162

Parking: $10

Show Start time: 7:30pm

Old Dominion emerged as one of Nashville’s most successful post-modern country bands, fusing clever lyrics with an infectious sound. Their lyrical wit and hook heavy songwriting is a winning proposition. Since breaking onto the scene, the band has achieved eight No. 1 singles at country radio, over one billion on-demand streams, multiple Platinum and Gold single certifications and headlined arenas and amphitheaters around the globe. Old Dominion are currently the 5X reigning CMA and ACM “Group of the Year.” They are currently nominated for their 8th consecutive ACM “Group of the Year” honor. The band also earned nominations for “Album of the Year” at the 2022 CMA Awards and for “Favorite Country Duo or Group” at the 2022 American Music Awards.

Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

Ticket Prices:VIP $201.75, $71.75, $31.75, $21.75, 
Parking: $5.00

Show Start time: 7:00pm




Get ready for a night of unforgettable music and soul-stirring performances as Zach Williams and Riley Clemmons take the stage on the Hundred Highways tour.
Zach Williams, backed by his 10-piece band, will blow you away with his powerful vocals, raw talent, and chart-topping hits. From “Chain Breaker” to “Rescue Story,” his music speaks to the heart of what it means to be human, and his electrifying live shows are unlike anything you’ve ever experienced in Christian music.
But the excitement doesn’t stop there. Riley Clemmons, a rising star in the industry, will set the stage ablaze with her angelic voice and captivating stage presence. With hits like “Keep on Hoping” and “Fighting for Me,” she is sure to inspire and uplift you with her soulful lyrics and infectious melodies.
Whether you’re a longtime fan or a newcomer to the genre, this is a show you won’t want to miss. So come join us for an unforgettable night of music, worship, and community. Get your tickets now and experience the magic of A Hundred Highways with Zach Williams and Riley Clemmons!

VIP Exclusive Eat & Greet Experience:

Enjoy an amazing meal and make a difference in your local community, Napa Valley, CA based chef Paul Fields will be crafting a gourmet dinner that you will never forget! This exclusive VIP Eat and Greet experience includes:

·      Meet Zach Williams and get your picture taken with him*
·      Premium concert seating
·      Early access to merch shopping
·      Commemorative VIP tour laminate
·      Gift bag

For each Eat & Greet ticket order, a food box will be given to a local family in need. Each box provides enough food to feed a family of four for an entire week.

* If health and safety guidelines change, a Question & Answer session may be substituted.
This is a very limited offer. Join us for this exclusive VIP experience! Must arrive by 5:00pm.

Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

Ticket Prices: $140, $95, $65, $45, $35
Parking: $5.00

Show Start time: 7:00pm

Rob Schneider is an accomplished actor, comedian, screenwriter and director. A stand-up comic and veteran of the award-winning NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, Schneider has gone on to a successful career in films, television and continues his worldwide standup tour. 

Schneider can currently be seen performing around the United States on his stand-up comedy tour and in DADDY DAUGHTER TRIP which he directed, stars in and produced. It also stars his daughters Miranda Scarlett Schneider and Elle King as well as Jackie Sandler, Monica Huarte, Migel Ángel Muñoz and John Cleese.  

Schneider will also star in the indie DEAD WRONG from director Rick Bieber and in the Netflix animated feature LEO with Bill Burr and Adam Sandler. In addition, Schneider has just finished directing and co-starring in the Spanish language film, AMOR ES AMOR for Paramount Plus with Vadhir Derbez and Paulina Dávila, to be released in 2023. Later this year, Schneider will begin production on the action-comedy film PLEDGE TRIP alongside Jake T. Austin and Isabella Gomez.


Tickets = $13-25

Parking = $5




Friday, October 20 is Opening Night of the 2023-2024 season! We’re raising a championship banner at the beginning of the game and will be wearing a different commemorative jersey each period. More details to come on a pregame party! Sponsored by Haley Toyota of Roanoke. Gates open early at 5:30 and puck drops at 7:05. We’ll see ya there! 




Announcing the First Annual Greater Williamson Road Area International Wine and Food Festival  --  a celebration of wine, food, music and fun that you don’t want to miss!  Many selections of wine tastings coupled with finger food dining. 

Date and Time:

Saturday, October 21st


VIP Tickets  $75/person – VIP 1-Hour Early Admission (1:00 – 2:00), Special “Exclusive” VIP Reserve Wine Tasting – includes Tasting Glass and personal conversations with wine experts; Unlimited wine tastings from many Virginia and International Wineries;  Delectable food bites paired with the wines; musical entertainment.  Full (and first) access to the Main Wine Event in the Special Event Center (2:00 – 5:00) as well as first viewing of the Silent Auction.


General Admission Tickets --- $60/person (2:00p – 5:00p) – includes Tasting Glass, unlimited wine tasting from many Virginia and International Wineries;  Delectable food bites paired with the wines; musical entertainment.


Designated Driver/Food Tasting Only  --  $20 (includes soft drink/bottled water)


Live Music to be provided by Cinematheque in the Special Event Center.  Silent Auction


Co-Sponsored by The Greater Williamson Road Area Business Association and Berglund Center