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Salem Gun & Knife Show

Saturday, July 20: 9:00 am- 5:00 pm

Sunday, July 21: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Admission: Adult $9.00, Children under 12 with paying Adult - FREE. Saturday admission good for both days.

NO LOADED FIREARMS - NO EXCEPTIONS. Concealed Carry Class each day from 11:00 am - 2:30 pm for a $45 fee. Register a half-hour early on the day of event. For more information, please visit




Turnpike Troubadours

The reigning kings of “Red Dirt” music are coming to the Salem Civic Center this summer on Friday night August 16.     The Turnpike Troubadours, self-proclaimed Oklahoma hillbillies, have gained a loyal following with their unique brand of country rock that is fueled with a heavy dose of the blues and an occasional sprinkling of folk music.   
The Red Dirt classification not only plays homage to the group’s native state, but it also recognizes the rebellious artists who have gone before them and made their mark in an untraditional manner, without the relying on the Nashville establishment. The band was formed in 2007 and quickly became a fan favorite for those who enjoy and follow the Americana music scene. In 2018, the band was featured on the popular PBS show Austin City Limits. 
“I love what we as a band have turned into and how we treat songs,” says Evan Felker, the band’s front man, co-founder and primary songwriter. “Adding some sort of oddly theatrical element to the musicianship to help the story along is something we have grown into. It’s not just an acoustic guitar and a guy telling you what somebody’s doing.” 
The Salem Civic Center concert also will feature opening act, Sundance Head, the winner of The Voice for Season 11.     In 2016, he was part of Team Blake Shelton and his winning song was "Darlin' Don't Go".  Sundance Head was also a semi-finalist on the sixth season of American Idol in 2007. 
Tickets for Turnpike Troubadours at the Salem Civic Center go on sale Friday, May 17, at 10 a.m.  Tickets are $35 and $45, and a special VIP package is available for $125. Preferred parking also is available for $5.  Tickets can be purchased at the Salem Civic Center Box Office Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and on Saturday from  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. They also can be purchased at  Presale tickets will be available through on Thursday, May 16 at 10 a.m. for those who are part of the Salem Civic Center email club.




PAW Patrol Live! "Race to the Rescue"

PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” 

Join Your Favorite Pups for a Heroic Musical Adventure

September 10 & 11

No job is too big, no pup is too small! Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group present PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue,” an action-packed, music-filled production, presented by Pedigree. The heroic pups from the top-rated animated preschool series PAW Patrol!

It's the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! Ryder summons Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest to rescue Mayor Goodway and to run the race in her place. Using their unique skills and teamwork, the pups show that “no job is too big, no pup is too small,” and share lessons for all ages about citizenship, social skills and problem-solving as they make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line.

The show includes two acts and an intermission, and engages audiences with Bunraku puppetry, an innovative costuming approach that brings the PAW Patrol characters to life on stage with their vehicles and pup packs. The performance features up-tempo music and a cleverly written script that is a wonderful introduction to live theater for kids. Classic theatrical scenery, along with a high-tech video wall, visually transports families to an authentic PAW Patrol environment, including locations from the TV series, like Adventure Bay, The Lookout, Seal Island, Farmer Yumi's farm and Jake's Mountain. Special interactive video allows the audience to participate via interviews, solve clues with the Pups, follow Mayor Goodway and much more.  

What:      PAW Patrol Live! “Race to the Rescue” coming to Salem!

When:     Tuesday            September 10       6:00 p.m.

               Wednesday       September 11       10:00am & 6:00 p.m.               

 Tickets for all three performances are on sale to the public May 17, 2019 and can be purchased at the Salem Civic Center Box Office or                    

Tickets start at $21. Tickets are available at the Salem Civic Center Box Office or online at Prices are subject to change. Additional fees and special offers may apply. A limited number of V.I.P. (Very Important Pup) Packages are available, starting at $110. Package features premium show seating, a commemorative lanyard, and an after-show Meet & Greet with PAW Patrol Live! charac




Cody Johnson and Friends


For more than 50 years, the Salem Civic Center has been propelling young artists into the big time.  Fast-rising country singer Cody Johnson will join a long list of performers who have experienced the arena’s launching pad when he visits Salem this fall.  Having already drawn comparisons to Garth Brooks for his style of music and rowdy concerts, Johnson will make his Salem debut on September 14, as he looks to build on what is already an impressive resume’. 
Before signing with Warner Music Nashville, he put two albums from his own independent label on the Billboard Country Music Top 10 chart.  He also managed to sell nearly 74,000 tickets in his home state of Texas for one show, as he sold-out NRG Stadium, where the NFL’s Texans play, for Rodeo Houston. 
His musical influences include the likes of Johnny Cash and George Strait, along with Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen and you can hear them all when he sings and plays.  His first major label release “Ain’t Nothin’ To It” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and his music is some of the most watched and downloaded, with streams and views in the millions.  His song “On My Way To You” has been viewed nearly six million times on YouTube. 
“I don’t sing nothing, if you can’t see my soul,” says Johnson. “If it’s ‘Long Haired Country Boy,’ when you see me, you know I can walk that walk, but when we’re playing a gospel song, I want you to know that I feel that, too. I do want you to feel the sadness in ‘Husbands and Wives.’ It’s a weird thing to want to show your soul to people and still want privacy in your life.” 

Tickets: $30 in advance, $35 the day of the show. Preferred parking: $5.  VIP packages: $80.  Package includes Your VIP Pit/Seating Ticket, Exclusive VIP ONLY Bar, VIP Parking, Early Entry, Exclusive VIP Cody Johnson Branded Koozie and Exclusive Cody Johnson Branded Lanyard/Laminate Pass. 5 Pair to be drawn from VIP Ticket holders to participate in Meet and Greet.




DMV 2 Go

This full-service office-on-wheels is ready to help with all of your Virginia DMV needs! Just come on in to the DMV's mobile unit (located in our parking lot) and take care of the following:

  • Apply/renew your ID card (adults & children)
  • Apply/renew your driver's license - take road and knowledge tests; get your picture taken; reinstate driving privileges.
  • Apply for a Veteran ID card.
  • Get a copy of your driving record.
  • Obtain vehicle titles, license plates, decals, transcripts.
  • Order disabled parking placards or plates.
  • Get fishing and hunting licenses.
  • And much more!




Salem High School Graduation

Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Ceremony will take place at the Salem Civic Center as follows:

Thursday, June 13th at 2:00 pm




After Prom Grand Finale

For the past 30 years, the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC) sponsored the After Prom Grand Finale (APGF) as an extra incentive for students to attend and stay until the end of their school’s after-prom party. In the past 30 years of the event, NONE of the participating schools have experienced the tragedy of a drunk-driving accident on the night of their prom. A student survey revealed that the annual After Prom Grand Finale event at the end of the school year, with its opportunities for students to win a new car and valuable prizes, was a major incentive for students to attend their schools’ after-prom parties. Last year, 5,276 students from 40 high schools across Southwest Virginia stayed until the end of their school’s after-prom party. That is 5,276 youth who made it home safely to their families after one of the biggest nights of their young lives.

RAYSAC is proud of the After Prom Grand Finale’s 30-year life-saving legacy and is excited to announce that the event will now be under the ownership of the Youth of Virginia Speak Out about Traffic Safety (YOVASO) Advisory Board. The YOVASO Advisory Board, with its 18-year history of working to keep teen drivers safe on the roads, has supported this event for many years and is the perfect entity to carry the torch of After Prom Grand Finale.  The YOVASO Advisory Board will work with First Team Auto, Virginia First and K92 to facilitate the 31st annual After Prom Grand Finale that will take place on June 2, 2019 in Roanoke.

For more information about the After Prom Grand Finale, contact APGF Coordinator Becky Parr at   or 540-798-0788.





Roanoke County High School Graduations

Congratulations to the Class of 2019! Ceremonies will take place at the Salem Civic Center as follows:

Tuesday, May 21

  • 3:00 pm Northside High School
  • 5:30 pm William Byrd High School

Wednesday, May 22

  • 3:00 pm Cave Spring High School
  • 5:30 pm Hidden Valley High School
  • 8:00 pm Glenvar High School




Roanoke Rampage vs Charlotte Cobras

The Roanoke Rampage is a Police and Fire Football Team exists to raise money for local charities.  For the 2019 season, the Roanoke Rampage has chosen "Bigs in Blue" as their main charity of choice and will also donate to TAP (Total Action for Progress).  Monies raised go to directly support these local organizations. 
Additionally, the players feed kids who live in the inner city of Roanoke.  The players also are active in other local charities and organizations and help yearly with the Christmas party for MHP Special Families of the Roanoke Valley.  Playing football is fun, but the heartbeat of the organization is to raise money for local charities.  Your support directly impacts organizations throughout the Roanoke Valley for the greater good. 

Salem Stadium

Kickoff at 6:00 pm

Tickets available at the gate.

Adult: $5.00
Ages 8 and Under Free with Paying Adult 





Trace Adkins & Clint Black - "Hits. Hats. History."

Country music icons Trace Adkins and Clint Black, with special guest Terri Clark,  will make a triumphant return to the stage together when the Hits. Hats. History. Tour makes a stop at the Salem Civic Center on Friday, June 7th. 

“It’s been a few years since Clint and I shared the stage,” explains Trace Adkins, a three-time GRAMMY nominated BBR recording artist. “Since then, we have both been fortunate to have added a few more hits, and hats to our collection. Looking forward to this!”  
“Trace and I toured together back in the 90s and I’m really looking forward to sharing the stage with him again!” said Black, a GRAMMY award winner and one of the most successful singer/songwriters of the modern era.  “He’s a lot of fun and a real pro.”
In addition to the Hits. Hats. History. Tour, Black will launch his “Still Killin’ Time 30th Anniversary Tour” in March to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of his triple platinum, seminal album, Killin’ Time.  To this day, it is recognized as one of country music’s most authoritative recordings, it’s influence still heard on many of the recordings that have followed. 
Adkins is also on the road this summer as part of his current Don’t Stop Tour 2019. Currently, the “You’re Gonna Miss This” hit-maker is out with his “Hillbilly Bone” buddy Blake Shelton as part of his Friends & Heroes 2019 Tour, which concludes March 23 in New York. And while the Grand Ole Opry member certainly has much on his plate as of late, he is still set to lend his voice to the character of Robert in the forthcoming “Dally & Spanky,” due out later in 2019.


Tickets for the Hits. Hats. History. Tour  at the Salem Civic Center are on sale now. Reserved seat tickets are priced at $39.50, $59.50, $69.50, and $124.50.  Preferred parking is available for $5.  Tickets can be purchased at the Salem Civic Center Box Office (Monday – Friday: 10 am – 6 pm and Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm) or