Special Events

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. 

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.

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

The “Gingerbread Festival” will be held at Salem Library presented by the Salem Roanoke Chamber.  Take pictures with Santa, children’s activities, several vendors and hot cider.

City Offices Closed- Christmas - Thu, Dec 24

The Salem Parks & Recreation offices will be closed on December 24th & 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. 

City Offices Closed- New Year's - Thu, Dec 31

The Salem Parks & Recreation offices will be closed on December 31st & January 1st for New Year's.  We will open back up on Monday, January 4th.  

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

Winterfest Beach Bash - Fri, Jan 29
Park & Rec Winterfest Beach Bash

The City of Salem Parks and Recreation Department along with Salem Terrace, & Q99-FM are all set to present the 9th annual “Winterfest Beach Bash” on Friday, January 29th, 2016, 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.  Doors open at 5 p.m. and the music will begin at 6 p.m.

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

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

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

Relay for Life - Sat, May 14

Relay for Life- Saturday, May 14th

Location: Longwood Park 

This event starts at  12 p.m. (noon) 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.



(540) 375-3057


620 Florida Street
Salem, VA  24153


8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

Kathy Murphy
Special Events Manager
(540) 375-3057

Nathan Wooden
Program Supervisor
(540) 375-3057

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