Special Events

City Offices Closed- New Year's - Thu, Jan 01

Salem Parks & Recreation office will be closed on January 1st & 2nd for the New Year's holiday.  We will open back up on Monday, January 5th.  

Happy New Years!!! Here's to a wonderful 2015!!!

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City Offices Closed- MLK Jr. Day - Mon, Jan 19

Salem Parks & Recreation offices will be closed on Monday, January 19th in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  We will open back up on Tuesday, January 20th. 

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Winterfest Beach Bash - Fri, Jan 30
Winterfest Beach Bash

The City of Salem Parks and Recreation Department along with Salem Terrace, & Q99-FM are all set to present the 8th annual “Winterfest Beach Bash” on Friday, January 30th, 2015, at 6pm at the Salem Civic Center. The popular group “The Band of Oz” will be in town to help melt away the winter cold with a little summertime fun.

Tickets go on sale December 15th at the Salem Parks & Recreation Department (620 Florida Street). Admission is $8 in advance and $10 at the door – cash and checks only. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and proceeds from the event will benefit the Penguin Club’s community service projects.

This event has sold out for last several so make sure to come get your tickets before we run out. 

Sponsored by Salem Parks & Recreation, Salem Terrace, Q99, & Pepsi



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Easter Egg Festival - Sat, Mar 28
 Easter Egg Hunt - Saturday, March 28th, 2015


Calling all children from ages 3-10!!  Come to Longwood Park from 1-4 p.m. to hunt for eggs, get your picture made with the Easter Bunny, enjoy activities and a few snacks.  Enjoy some of the new activities that we have in store.

Sponsored by Salem Parks & Recreation

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2015 Chance Crawford Tournament - Fri, Apr 17

 2015 Chance Crawford Tournament- April 17th-19th, 2015

The Chance Crawford Benefit Softball Tournament began 32 years ago to help a young Salem High School quarterback, Chance Crawford, who suffered a tragic spinal cord injury in a high school football game. Chance continues to make contributions to the community by allowing the tournament to be played in his name to help others. All proceeds are now used to help many different worthy causes and give several college scholarships.

To sign your team up or for more information, please visit: 
http://www.chancecrawford.org/Home.aspx




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Salem After Five - Fri, Apr 24

 Salem After Five - Friday, April 24th, 5:30-9 p.m.

Featuring: TBD

Location: Salem Farmers Market

Admission: $5, children 12 and under are free. 

Come to listen to live music from 5:30-9 p.m. and dance the night away. Bring a chair and blanket while enjoying food from local vendors at our Food Court.  There are plenty of activities for children as well. 

Sponsored by: Salem Parks and Recreation, Q99-FM

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64th Annual Fishing Rodeo - Sat, Apr 25

64th Annual Earnest "Pig" Robertson Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, April 25th 9a.m.-12p.m.
Children Ages 3-8 Day

Children between the ages of 3-8 are encouraged to come fish some beautiful trout from the Lake Spring Pond.

The Fishing Rodeo is a safe place for kids to be able to fish.  Children are allowed to catch & keep up to 6 trout.  They must bring their own equipment and adults are not allowed to fish for them.

Prizes will be given out throught the day and trophys will be given for the best fisherman.

Other dates:
April 27th- Children with Disabilities Day
April 29th- Nursing Home Patient's Day
May 2nd- Children Ages 9-12

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64th Annual Fishing Rodeo - Mon, Apr 27

64th Annual Earnest "Pig" Robertson Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, April 26th 10a.m.-12p.m.
Special Needs Children Day

Children with disabilities are encouraged to come fish some beautiful trout from the Lake Spring Pond.

***Schools- if you are interested in bringing your class out, please contact the Parks & Recreation to sign up. 

The Fishing Rodeo is a safe place for kids to be able to fish.  Children are allowed to catch & keep up to 6 trout.  They must bring their own equipment and adults are not allowed to fish for them.

Prizes will be given out throught the day and trophys will be given for the best fisherman.

Other dates:
April 29th- Nursing Home Patient's Day
May 2nd- Children Ages 9-12

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64th Annual Fishing Rodeo - Wed, Apr 29

64th Annual Earnest "Pig" Robertson Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, April 29th 10a.m.-12p.m.
Senior Citizen Day

Seniors & Retirement Communities are encouraged to come fish some beautiful trout from the Lake Spring Pond.

***Retirement Communities- if you are interested in bringing your seniors, please contact the Parks & Recreation to sign up. 

The Fishing Rodeo is a safe place for kids & seniors to be able to fish.  Fishers are allowed to catch & keep up to 6 trout.  They must bring their own equipment and adults are not allowed to fish for them.

Prizes will be given out throught the day and trophys will be given for the best fisherman.

Other dates:
May 2nd- Children Ages 9-12

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Relay for Life - Sat, May 02

Relay for Life- Saturday, May 2nd

**New Location: Longwood Park 

This event starts at 10 a.m. and goes until closing ceremonies on 10 p.m..

The Relay For Life of Salem is opportunity to honor cancer survivors & raise awareness about cancer prevention. The event helps raise money for the American Cancer Society fight the disease.

For more information, please contact the Parks & Recreation department at 540-375-3057.

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64th Annual Fishing Rodeo - Sat, May 02

64th Annual Earnest "Pig" Robertson Fishing Rodeo
Saturday, May 2nd 9a.m.-12p.m.
Children Ages 9-12 Day

Children between the ages of 9-12 are encouraged to come fish some beautiful trout from the Lake Spring Pond.

The Fishing Rodeo is a safe place for kids to be able to fish.  Children are allowed to catch & keep up to 6 trout.  They must bring their own equipment and adults are not allowed to fish for them.

Prizes will be given out throught the day and trophys will be given for the best fisherman.

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City Offices Closed- Memorial Day - Mon, May 25

The Salem Parks & Recreation offices will be closed on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.  We will open back up on Tuesday, May 26th. 

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Salem After Five - Fri, May 29

Salem After Five - Friday, May 29th, 5:30-9 p.m.

Featuring: TBD

Location: Salem Farmers Market

Admission: $5, children 12 and under are free. 

Come to listen to live music from and dance the night away. Bring a chair and blanket while enjoying food from local vendors at our Food Court.  There are plenty of activities for children as well. 

Sponsored by: Salem Parks and Recreation, Q99-FM

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Movies at Longwood - Sat, Jun 06

Movies at Longwood -  Saturday, June 6th
Movie:  TBD

Admission is free!! Starts at dark.  Bring chairs and a blanket and join us for a movie under the stars!! Concessions will be available to purchase from Fun Times.

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Salem After Five - Fri, Jun 26

Salem After Five - Friday, June 26th, 5:30-9 p.m.

Featuring: TBD

Location: Salem Farmers Market

Admission: $5, children 12 and under are free. 

Come to listen to live music from and dance the night away. Bring a chair and blanket while enjoying food from local vendors at our Food Court.  There are plenty of activities for children as well. 

Sponsored by: Salem Parks and Recreation, Q99-FM

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Movies at Longwood - Sat, Jun 27

Movies at Longwood -  Saturday, June 27th
Movie:  TBD

Admission is free!! Starts at dark.  Bring chairs and a blanket and join us for a movie under the stars!! Concessions will be available to purchase from Fun Times.

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City offices Closed - Fri, Jul 03

The Salem Parks & Recreation offices will be closed on Friday, July 3rd to observe the July 4th weekend. We will open back up Monday, July 6th. 

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Art & Jazz in July - Sat, Jul 18

"Jazz in July" - Saturday, July 18th, 2015

Come to Longwood Park from 3-10 p.m. Bring your chairs, a blanket, and a picnic and join us for some of the area's best Jazz music!! Food will be available to purchase from several area vendors.

Bands to perform throughout the day are to be determined.  Keep checking back with us to see what bands will be performing.

Free family, friendly kids activities from 4-7 p.m. presented by Salem Art Center, Taubman Museum, Salem VA & YMCA.  

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Salem After Five - Fri, Jul 24

Salem After Five - Friday, July 24th, 5:30-9 p.m.

Featuring: TBD

Location: Salem Farmers Market

Admission: $5, children 12 and under are free. 

Come to listen to live music from and dance the night away. Bring a chair and blanket while enjoying food from local vendors at our Food Court.  There are plenty of activities for children as well. 

Sponsored by: Salem Parks and Recreation, Q99-FM

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2015 ASA/USA 14U Girls Softball National Championship - Sun, Jul 26
2015 ASA/USA 14U National Girls Softball Championship 

July 26th-August 1st, 2015

The National Championship Tournament is back again in the Roanoke Valley for the 2015 season.  Come watch these amazing, talented 14U girls from all over the country battle it out to win the National Championships.  The opening ceremonies will begin on July 26th and the first game will be played the 27th.  Teams will be playing all over the Roanoke Valley and with the Championship game being played at Moyer Sports Complex on August 1st. 

To stay up to date on what teams are coming, please visit:
http://www.roanokevalleyasanationals.com/

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Salem Distance Run - Sat, Aug 08
"Salem Distance Run" - Saturday, August 8th

Come run the 40th anniversary of the Salem Distance Run. Run begins on Main Street and finishes at Longwood Park. The distance run has races distances of 10k, 5k, & 3k poker walk. 

Keep checking in to register for the Distance Run. 

If you have any questions, please contact Lina Guilliams at 540-444-2925 x200.

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Salem After Five - Fri, Aug 14

Salem After Five - Friday, August 14th, 5:30-9 p.m.

Featuring: TBD

Location: Salem Farmers Market

Admission: $5, children 12 and under are free. 

Come to listen to live music from and dance the night away. Bring a chair and blanket while enjoying food from local vendors at our Food Court.  There are plenty of activities for children as well. 

Sponsored by: Salem Parks and Recreation, Q99-FM

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Movies at Longwood - Sat, Aug 22

Movies at Longwood -  Saturday, August 22nd
Movie:  TBD

Admission is free!! Starts at dark.  Bring chairs and a blanket and join us for a movie under the stars!! Concessions will be available to purchase from Fun Times.

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City Offices Closed - Mon, Sep 07

The Salem Parks & Recreation will be closed on September 7th to observe Labor Day.  We will open back up at 8 a.m. on September 8th. 

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Pumpkinfest - Sat, Oct 31
 Pumpkinfest - Saturday, October 31st,

Come see all the ghosts & goblins at the Salem Farmers Market from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  There will be trick or treating with the local merchants from 10 - 11 a.m.  We will then have a costume contest, pumpkin carving auction, and other activities & games for kids. 

Sponsored by Salem Parks & Recreation and Q99-FM.

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City Offices Closed- Veterans Day - Wed, Nov 11

The Salem Parks & Recreation will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th to observe Veteran's Day. We will open back up at 8 a.m. on Thursday, November 12th. 

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City Offices Closed- Thanksgiving - Thu, Nov 26

The Salem Parks & Recreation offices will be closed on November 26th & 27th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.  We will be back open on November 30th.  

We want to wish you a happy & safe Thanksgiving holiday. 

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Christmas Tree Lighting & Parade - Fri, Dec 04
Lighting of City of Salem Christmas Tree - 6 p.m. 

Want a great way to kick off the Christmas season?  Visit the Salem Farmers Market at 6 p.m. and watch as we light up the Salem Christmas Tree. The Salem Christmas Parade to begin at 6:30 p.m. on Main Street.

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Ye Olde Salem Christmas - Sat, Dec 05

"Ye Olde Salem Christmas"- Saturday, December 5th, 2015

Ready for a great day of Christmas activities?  The City of Salem Parks & Recreation has a way for the Christmas spirit to fill you up.  Come down from 11-4 p.m. and get into the holiday spirit. 

Salem Library – Pictures with Santa, Children’s Activities ad Hot Cider

Salem Farmers Market – Market Vendors, Craft Vendors, and Carriage Rides around downtown

Breakfast with Santa- Eat breakfast with Santa from 9-11 a.m. at Longwood Park. Tickets are $5.  

The “Gingerbread Festival” will be held at Longwood Park presented by the Salem Roanoke Chamber 

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City Offices Closed- Christmas - Fri, Dec 25

The Salem Parks & Recreation offices will be closed on Friday, December 25th for Christmas Day. We will open back up on Monday, December 28th. 

We hope you have a very, merry Christmas.  We wish you a warm & safe holiday. 

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City Offices Closed- New Year's - Fri, Jan 01

The Salem Parks & Recreation offices will be closed on January 1st-2nd for New Year's.  We will open back up on Monday, January 4th.  

Happy New Year's!! Here's to a great 2016!!

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MAIN PHONE NUMBER

(540) 375-3057

ADDRESS

620 Florida Street
Salem, VA  24153

OFFICE HOURS

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Kathy Murphy
Special Events Manager
(540) 375-3057
kmurphy@salemva.gov

Nathan Wooden
Program Supervisor
(540) 375-3057
nwooden@salemva.gov

Salem WiFi Virginia.gov
Roanoke Valley