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About the Festival

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. We look forward to another spectacular event at Elmwood Park in 2024.


​Over 40 years ago, parents at Community School went in search of a fundraiser to help keep tuition costs down. Their decision to create an event to celebrate the strawberry has culminated in a beloved yearly event that draws over 20,000 attendees. 

Community School coordinates and sponsors the Strawberry Festival with parents, alumni, staff and community volunteers logging more than 2400 hours to contribute to the various aspects of this event -- from baking the shortcakes and slicing fresh strawberries, to serving up delicious desserts and chocolate dipped berries.

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.

Dates and Times

Friday, May 3 from 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Large Order Shortcake Kits

Strawberry Shortcakes, Sundaes, Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries, and Berries & Cream 


Elmwood Park

Downtown Roanoke

Artisan and Sponsor Vendor Areas

Elmwood Park

706 S Jefferson Street

Downtown Roanoke


The Strawberry Festival invites businesses that would benefit from being associated with Roanoke’s oldest and most beloved festival to consider becoming a festival sponsor.


Now in it’s 44th year, the Strawberry Festival offers a wide range of sponsorship benefits including website, social media, television, radio and print exposure.

Businesses and non-artisan vendors interested in having a presence at the Strawberry Festival may wish to inquire about sponsorship opportunities. 


If you are interested in building a partnership with the Strawberry Festival, please contact us at 

Artisan Vendors

Strawberry Festival vendors have access to more than 20,000 people over a two-day period. We ONLY accept artisans and arts and craft vendors who offer creative and unique products.

No direct sales vendors please.

The 2024 Artisan Vendor Village is full.


Community School's Strawberry Festival is run almost entirely by parents, grandparents, students, alumni and other volunteers supporting this fundraising effort. More than 2,400 man hours go into Roanoke's oldest and most beloved festival. It's hard work, but we have so much fun along the way!
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