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.

The 2021 Strawberry Festival has been reimagined as a drive-through experience in order to accommodate a socially distant atmosphere that still offers many of the festival's familiar traditions. Festival attendees can purchase their desserts then visit our Park & Eat picnic area or stroll through our open-air Vendor/Sponsor Village.

​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, April 30 from 11 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Drive-through ONLY

Strawberry Shortcakes, Sundaes and Berries & Cream 

at the

Berglund Center, Parking Lot E


Park & Eat Picnic Area

Open-air Artisan and Sponsor Vendor Village

Berglund Center

Parking Lot E

710 Williamson Road

Roanoke, VA


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 40th 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 Development@communityschool.net 

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.


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. And we can always use more help! It's hard work, but we have so much fun along the way!
Consider volunteering your time with us. Put together a group of friends and make some Shortcake magic!

Check back for Volunteer Sign Up!