Special Events

STAR-BQ - Wed, Sep 02

9th Annual Star-BQ - Wednesday, September 2nd, 5-9 p.m.

Location: Salem Farmers Market

Tickets for the event are just $15 and kids three-and-under will be admitted free.  Gates open at 5 p.m., the music begins at 6 p.m. and the event will end at 9 p.m. 

Tickets go on sale August 3 at 10 a.m. at the Salem Parks & Recreation Department, which is located at 620 Florida St. in Salem.  Proceeds benefit the Salem Rotary Club’s charitable endeavors.

The event also will feature bar-b-q restaurants from around the valley selling dinner plates and desserts.  For additional information call Salem Parks and Recreation at 540-375-3057.

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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. 

Olde Salem Day - Sat, Sep 12
Movies at Longwood - Sat, Oct 03

 Movies at Longwood -  Saturday, October 3rd
Movie:  Hotel Transylvania

About the Movie:
When monsters want to get away from it all, they go to Count Dracula's Hotel Transylvania, a lavish resort where they can be themselves without humans around to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula invites creatures like the Invisible Man, the Mummy and others to celebrate the 118th birthday of his daughter, Mavis. However, an unforeseen complication unfolds when an ordinary human unwittingly crashes the party and falls in love with Mavis.

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. First 50 families will receive a free bag of popcorn from Frito Lay.

The Movies at Longwood is sponsored by MemberOne Federal Credit Union, Kiwanis Club of Salem & Frito Lay.


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.

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. 

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.  There will be pictures with Santa, children’s activities, several vendors and hot cider.

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. 

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!!



(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

Salem WiFi Virginia.gov
Roanoke Valley