Featured Events

Special Events Center

FREE ADMISSION & parking with food donation

October  7, 2022 – Fri. (10am – 7pm)
October  8, 2022 – Sat. (10am –  6pm)
October  9, 2022 – Sun. (11am –   5pm)

Berglund Special Events Center

The Craftsmen's Fall Classic Art & Craft Festival RETURNS to the Berglund Center in Roanoke, VA! FREE Admission & parking with food donation to Feeding America SWVA.  Enjoy aisles FULL of handcrafted treasures - pottery, jewelry, fine art, home decor, glasswork, furniture, clothing, specialty foods, and so much more! Hundreds of talented artisans, with unique finds for every style, taste and budget.

Oct. 7 - 10am - 7pm

Oct. 8 - 10am - 6pm

Oct. 9 - 11am - 5pm

Click HERE  for more details!

Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

Ticket Prices:$47 and $37
Parking: $5.00

Show Start time: 6:00pm


Berglund Center is excited to announce the “Gospel Love Festival” featuring Pastor John P. Kee and New Life, with special guests COMMITTED, Minister Steve Henderson & the Roanoke Voices Choir, and Henry Brickey Music Ministry

In the late 1980’s, Pastor John P. Kee was crowned the Prince of Gospel, which is a title he laughs at because his given middle name is Prince. (“If they’d never given me the title, I would have always been my Grandmother’s John Prince”, he often says.) His music has been featured in film and on television, in commercial advertisements and even on Saturday Night Live. His music catalogue is said to be one of the largest in the world today by an individual Publisher/Writer. As a pastor, national recording artist, community activist, and movie producer/director, his career highlights have included winning 58 GMWA Excellence Awards, 25 Stellar Awards, 9 WALJO awards, 7 Grammy Awards Nominations, 6 Dove Awards, 2 Billboard Music Awards, 1 Soul Train Music Award, and many more.

Pastor Kee’s heart is centered around his family. Since its inception in 1995, Pastor Kee has been the full-time pastor of the New Life Fellowship Center. Through non-traditional outreach that transcends the four walled structure, the church’s unique approach to ministry has resulted in a rapidly growing, thriving congregation. Pastor Kee’s ability to personally relate to the urban lifestyle allows him to reach those who would not typically attend church and further are not welcomed by many assemblies. Where there has been a natural disaster, where unemployment has overwhelmed a city, or anywhere people are hurting, you’ll find Pastor Kee doing what he believes he was called to do- encouraging, inspiring, and seed planting.

Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

Ticket Prices: $82, $67, and $47
Parking: $5.00

Show time: 7:30


Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, a new mesmerizing production of the iconic musical phenomenon returns to the stage. Originally staged by London’s Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. Appealing to both theater audiences and concert music fans, this production pays tribute to the historic 1971 Billboard Album of the Year while creating a modern, theatrical world that is uniquely fresh and inspiring.


With lyrics and music by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony winners Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes ‘I Don’t Know How to Love Him’, ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Superstar’.

Elmwood Park

Ticket Prices: $20 in advance, will increase at the gate on the day of
Show Start time: 4:30pm

The Anthem GO Outside Festival, known locally as GO Fest, returns to downtown Roanoke October 14-16 with inspiring blues music, jaw-dropping outdoor films, and a plethora of outdoor activities. The three-day outdoor sports festival will host American blues, funk, and soul artist Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears for Saturday night’s Project Outside benefit concert presented in partnership with Berglund Center. Described as a “vital and distinctly American voice,” Black Joe Lewis is a stone-cold original who has honed his “gut bucket blues” on stages with Sharon Jones, Charles Bradley, Cedric Burnside and Lightnin Malcolm. Opening the show is award-winning vocalist Shemekia Copeland, who possesses one of the most instantly recognizable and deeply soulful roots music voices of our time.  

The festival footprint surrounds Elmwood Park, using the parts of Franklin Road and Jefferson Street adjacent to the park. That footprint will be filled with favorite events such as the Banff Mountain Film Festival, lumberjack and BMX stunt shows, a second music stage, two beer gardens, outdoor exhibitors, gear demos, and more to be announced. GO Fest organizers are also happy to offer two new commemorative reusable pint cups, getting back to the festival’s roots as a force for sustainability.

GO Fest is excited to announce new elements of the festival that underline a focus on creating space in the outdoors that is welcoming to all. To that end, GO Fest debuts a partnership with the Humble Hustle Co. as well as the launch of the new Campfire Stage as a place for conversation and storytelling. The Humble Hustle Co. is bringing its popular Outdoor Culture Event Series to the festival; this series invites folks of all backgrounds to hear Black outdoor enthusiasts speak at the Campfire Stage as well as participate in outdoor cooking, birding, geology, and fishing activities. The Campfire Stage lineup also features a live recording of the Super Carlin Bros Popcorn Culture podcast and a Hoot & Holler storytelling event, akin to The Moth on the Radio Hour, featuring stories on the theme of Mother Nature.

Policies and Procedures

Special Events Center

October 15-16, 2022

Timed entry tickets available with entry every half hour

8:00 a.m. – Sensory Friendly Session - Saturday, 10/8

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (last entry time) on Saturday, 10/15

10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (last entry time) on Sunday, 10/16


TICKETS:          Starting at $19.99* per person

Children under 2, Military and Veterans are free*

*Additional service fees will apply

Tickets available online. Includes admission to both event experiences      

Dinosaur Expedition and Safari Encounter, a national touring event, have combined and will be coming to Roanoke, VA. This is the only North American tour that lets you walk-thru and get up close to life-like and life-size dinosaurs and safari animals, created with advance animatronic and sound technology that brings these amazing creatures to life. Attendees will now be able to experience both events together, as they transform the Berglund Center, October 15-16, 2022, into a true Jurassic and Safari adventure.

DINOSAUR EXPEDITION is a Gigantic Dinosaur event where kids of all ages can explore and discover their favorite dinosaurs. The Dinosaurs are True-to-Life in both size and appearance. This must-see event features the LARGEST dinosaurs touring the country. Dinosaurs ranging from babies to MASSIVE sized creatures with some standing over 28 feet tall and spanning over 60 feet long! Dinosaurs created with advanced animatronic features that are so realistic, you will think they are alive! As you go through this DINOSAUR EXPEDITION, immersive yourself into the Mesozoic Era with prehistoric life-size and life-like dinosaurs from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. Dinosaurs featuring moving heads, necks, tails, wings, eyes blinking, mouths that open and close, breathing movements, synchronized sounds, roars, and other amazing details that make them true to life! As guests walk thru this realistic indoor experience at their own pace, they can get up close to dinosaurs throughout and encounter a T-Rex, Velociraptor, Branchiosaurus, and Stegosaurus, just to name a few.


SAFARI ENCOUNTER – is a one-of-a-kind experience to get up close to life-like and life-size animals. Walk along and stand next to animals that are animatronic and so realistic you will feel like you are on a true safari adventure. This must-see event will provide an opportunity to see and feel what it would be like to roam with wildlife and immerse yourself into a true exhibition. Look an animal in the face, examine their features, and get closer than you ever could, if they were real. Animals that are created with exquisite details including moving heads, necks, tails, wings, eyes blinking, mouths open, breathing movements and synchronized sounds, all bringing them to life. Life-size animals to showcase the true size of Giraffe’s, Tigers, Elephants, Crocodile, Buffalo, Lions, Rhinos, and many more! Safari Encounter is a walk-thru indoor journey that will provide a memorable experience as you explore wildlife throughout.

Children can participate in Story time, a fossil find and Craft Creations Station for various hands-on crafts. Additional activity tickets are available for purchase for themed rides including bounce house inflatables, Animal Scooters and Walking Dinosaur Rides, that give the opportunity to climb on a dinosaur to experience what it would be like to ride on one, and T-Rex ATV’s and Jeeps that children can ride along on a track circling a T-Rex.

This one-of-a-kind event will provide the best opportunity to see and feel what it must have been like when the world’s largest creatures roamed the earth!

With every stop on their North American tour, there is an initiative to “Make Hunger Extinct”, with the goal of feeding 1 million families a year. In each city, the event partners with a food bank to help those struggling within each local community. Guests are encouraged to bring items to the event and place in the collection bins located at the front entrance. All collected food items will then be donated locally to families in the Roanoke area facing hunger and food insecurities.  

Dinosaur Expedition and Safari Encounter will have a Sensory Friendly Session that will take place at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, 10/15. This session will be an experience in a sensory modified setting with sound and light adjustments designed to be less stimulating and overwhelming for those that have sensory sensitivities.



Berglund Performing Arts Theatre


Show Start time: 7pm


Berglund Center and Rail Yard Dawgs announced Monday they are hosting
“Milestones & Miracles” with guest speaker Jim Craig on Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 P.M.
Jim Craig was the starting goaltender on the infamous 1980 Olympic ‘Miracle’ Gold Medal Hockey Team. After his legendary Olympic performance, he was named the 1980 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year amongst many other awards. Craig’s success did not stop on the ice; he transitioned into the corporate world where he proved to be a successful entrepreneur, salesperson, leader and consultant as well. Craig is now the Founder, President and CEO of Gold Medal strategies, serving as a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, and author. “Milestones & Miracles” will be held at Berglund Performing Arts Theatre on Thursday, October 20 at 7:00 P.M. Doors will open at 6:00 P.M.

Berglund Center Coliseum 

Ticket Prices: Adult starting at $13, Kid starting at $11
Parking: $5.00


Friday, October 21st is Opening Night sponsored by Haley Toyota with K92 Radio. Puck drops at 7:05 P.M. against the Fayetteville Marksmen. Gates open at 5:30 P.M. for the general public and 5:00 P.M. for full and half season ticket holders.

Parking on site is $5.00 while available or utilize the free shuttle option from the Elmwood Park Garage (201 Tazewell Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24016). No refunds or exchanges.

Berglund Performing Arts Theatre

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

Show Start time: 7:00pm

Support artist: BEN FULLER 


ZACH WILLIAMS FALL '22 TOURZach Williams’ powerful and poignant journey spans how a boy with a storybook childhood filled with wonderfully nurturing parents, a strong and supportive grounding in the church, and a warm and loving local community was seduced away by the illusion of rock stardom, and the drug and alcohol excesses that can so often accompany that lifestyle.

These days, the Jonesboro, Arkansas-raised and currently Nashville, Tennessee-based artist is a renewed man. He’s a husband, a father, and has also become one of CCM’s leading artists and songwriters by carving a niche with his singular blend of southern rock, country, and faith-filled songwriting, which quickly awarded him his first GRAMMY Award® with his debut album, 2017’s Chain Breaker. With two additional GRAMMY nods among numerous other accolades, he now returns to share his boldly vulnerable and hope-filled sophomore album, aptly titled Rescue Story.

VIP Exclusive Eat & Greet Experience:

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

  • One (1) entry to pre-show VIP Eat & Greet full-course gourmet dinner prepared by professional chef Paul Fields
  • 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 ticket sold 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: $99, $84, $64 and $44.  *VIP $329
Parking: $5.00

Show Start time: 7:30pm






Almost four years after his first foray into unfamiliar concert territory with his highly-acclaimed Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, “Weird Al” Yankovic is pressing his luck again, this time with The Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour. The tour marks Weird Al’s long-anticipated return to the concert stage after his hugely successful Strings Attached Tour in 2019 where he performed each night alongside a full symphony orchestra.

Once again drawing from his back catalogue of 14 studio albums, Weird Al promises to deliver a different set list every night, with no two shows the same.  As before, rather than focusing on the hits from his career, the show will feature Yankovic’s non-parody material – the somewhat more obscure pastiches and original songs that have largely escaped the pop culture radar but are adored by his long-time fans.  And like the last Vanity Tour, he is leaving behind the high-octane theatrics that he’s known for and going bare-bones – no costumes, no props, no video screens… just Al and his band of almost four decades in smaller, more intimate venues, hanging out on stage, playing music.


“Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time. A five-time Grammy winner, his 2014 release Mandatory Fun was the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200. He is one of only five artists to have had Top 40 singles in each of the last four decades, the other four being Michael Jackson, Madonna, U2, and Kenny G. On August 27, 2018 the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce awarded Weird Al with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Legendary comedian Emo Philips has performed over 7000 stand-up comedy shows across the globe, including a two-week theater run in London’s West End. Career highlights include his acclaimed comedy album E=MO Squared and the hour-long HBO special Emo Philips Live at the Hasty Pudding Theatre.  Emo is especially proud, however, of when he got to demonstrate the proper use of a table saw to Weird Al in the film UHF.