Round Town: art, food and heritage

Weekend events

The Sidewalk Art Show returns to downtown Roanoke this weekend.  You can visit the more than 100 artist who will set up and even take home some of their work.  At the show, the Roanoke Rescue Mission is asking for help with the t-shirt design for the Drumstick Dash.  Kids can draw a turkey and one will be voted on to be on the t-shirt for this year's event.  The Sidewalk Art Show is Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Relay for Life of Roanoke takes over Elmwood Park and Franklin Road on Saturday.  The Wish Upon A Cure Festival features music, food trucks and vendors while raising awareness and money to fight cancer.  The event runs from noon to 10 p.m.

Head to Smith Mountain Lake for Grapes and Grain, a festival featuring Virginia wine, craft beer and cider.  More than 75 varieties of adult beverages will be on display.  Tasting tickets are $25 at the gate with designated drivers getting in for $10.  Part of the proceeds will benefit the Bedford Area Educational Foundation and the EastLake Business Association.  The festival runs from noon to 6 p.m. at Mariners Landing.

Altavista is home to the annual Uncle Billy's Day Festival.  It includes a flea market, food, arts and crafts and rides.  It's Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. at English Park.

An Arts and Heritage Festival takes place Saturday at Appomattox Court House National Park.  Ten stations, featuring art and heritage, will be set up with artisans and activities.  The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.