Voted one of "Southwest Virginia's Best Festivals" by Virginia Living magazine and “Favorite Annual Festival” by the readers of The Roanoker magazine, the Strawberry Festival is one of Roanoke’s most popular and well-known events.
Always held the first weekend in May, rain or shine, the Strawberry Festival brings the community together amid an atmosphere of good, old-fashioned, family fun.
Thirty-five years ago, the parents at Community School went in search of a fundraiser to help keep the school’s tuition low. Their decision to create an event to celebrate the strawberry has culminated in a beloved yearly event that draws 20,000 attendees. Strawberry Festival signals the beginning of summer and the festival season for residents of the Roanoke Valley.
Families, young professionals, and kids of all ages come out for two fun-filled days of scrumptious berry-filled treats, children's games and activities, live musical entertainment, food and arts and crafts vendors.
Today Community School continues to coordinate and sponsor this festival. More than 2400 man hours are used to produce this event, from baking the shortcakes, and slicing the berries, to manning the booths and washing buckets.
Most of the volunteers are parents, grandparents, staff and students of Community School, although several organizations and businesses help fill out the ranks each year.