The Roanoker - July/August 2017 - 96
Play in Vinton
You'll never be bored in Vinton with all the fun events to attend!
Vinton's annual calendar of events is a lively
one, perfect for citizens or visitors alike. Many
of their longstanding events will include exciting changes to add even more fun for guests.
The popular Vinton Wine and Food Festival
began in 2010. The festival boasts a variety of
local wineries, distributors providing domestic
and area craft beers and several local vendors
showcasing their work and products. Food vendors provide the perfect palate cleanse between
sips of delicious wines, ciders and craft beer. The
live music always gets attendees up and on the
dance floor for a rocking good time, too!
Vinton's Mingle on the Market event series, is
also a big draw since 2010, bringing people together for a ton of fun throughout the summer
on Saturday nights. Guests of all ages will enjoy
the newly updated Farmers Market while they
listen to live music and enjoy great eats while
relaxing beneath the stars. Some of the bands
include Low Low Chariot and Rutledge, TruSol,
Seven Mile Ford and Uptown. Regional bands
even arrive with their own entourage!
More nights will be added to the series, extending the events from June through November. A few rearrangements include the beer
truck moving closer to the dance floor, food
trucks underneath the market and adding fire
pits for the cooler fall evenings. Guests will even
be able to dine beneath the chandelier in the
market! One Mingle on the Market night will
take place on the night of the Fall Festival, giving
attendees plenty to do throughout the day and
evening. Hosting these events on a Saturday allows more opportunity for attendance, as guests
can do yard work or spend a day at the pool and
later head downtown for some evening fun.
Vinton Calendar of Events
› VINTON FALL FESTIVAL:
This beloved tradition transforms downtown Vinton each October into a fun and festive setting,
complete with live entertainment, petting zoo,
food vendors, children's activities and the annual
5K run. With attendance reaching over 10,000, it's
a "don't want to miss" event!
› SENIOR EXPO:
Since 2011, the War Memorial hosts this annual
expo in March, featuring informative talks, demonstrations, and a variety of vendor booths such
as retirement communities, banks and financial
› VINTON WINE FESTIVAL:
This popular event takes place on the third Saturday in May, allowing guests to taste local wines
and craft beers while enjoying great food and live
› VINTON DOGWOOD FESTIVAL:
Each year this five-day festival draws hundreds of
residents with carnival activities, music, food and
the popular parade.
› RELAY FOR LIFE:
One of the town's biggest events, Relay for Life is
Ton of Fun
something to do in
held in late April or early May and benefits the
American Cancer Society.
› VINTON FARMERS MARKET:
The beautiful Farmers Market includes special
weekend events, such as the Mingle at the Market
on the second Saturday of each month from June
› VINTON CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT:
Golf-lovers can take advantage of this fundraising
event in September held at various golf courses
throughout the area.
This event is fun for the whole family as downtown
businesses open their doors for trick-or-treaters.
› STATE OF THE TOWN ADDRESS MEETING:
Hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, they invite
members and others to join them for a State of
the Town Address ($10 for members, $15 for nonmembers) in November.
› VINTON CHRISTMAS PARADE:
Kick off the holiday season with floats, music, and
Santa at the annual December parade, the region's
first parade of the season.
› NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA:
This reservation-only event is held at the War
Memorial, the perfect setting to ring in the New
For more information on these events, contact the Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce at 540-343-1364 or