Down by Downtown Is a Showcase of Live Music

The Down by Downtown Music Festival presented by Wells Fargo is more than just a good time. (Although you will have a lot of fun with all the music options.)

It’s a way to support live, local music and contribute to the vibrancy of the region.

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One of Nation’s Fastest Growing Breweries Is In the Roanoke Region

Exterior shot of Big Lick Brewing in downtown Roanoke

Roanoke is known for beer, bikes, and brains, and the region recently racked up an awesome accolade in one of those areas. 

The Brewer’s Association released its list of the 50 fastest growing small and independent craft brewers of 2017. Among the leaders is Roanoke’s Big Lick Brewing Co, which was ranked 45th fastest growing craft brewery and one of only three Virginia breweries to make the cut.

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Professional Cycling Draws Crowd to Downtown Roanoke

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Professional cycling is back!

The inaugural Virginia’s Blue Ridge Downtown Twilight Criterium drew spectators and professional cyclists from all over the country to Roanoke for an action-packed evening.

The race, which featured a $15,000 purse, drew 88 professional riders from as far away as California and Vermont and featured a few Roanoke Region pros as well, among three classes of riders (men, women, and masters).

The course was fast, thanks to a few rain showers, and the crowd was loud, cheering on racers and ringing cow bells. The event coincided with Bike Month and downtown was packed with spectators that came out for the races, live music, and events such as an Adult Big Wheel Criterium and Roanoke Valley Beer Mile.

You can view official race results here and keep up with the crit at vbrcrit.com.