2019 Dragon Festivals are Coming Soon!

The Roanoke College Dragon Festival will be September 20, 2019, as part of the Friday on the Quad festivities. We are always looking to have the community join us at this free event. It happens on the Back Quad around 4:30pm and usually lasts until 7pm. If you are interested in joining the day’s events as a vendor or participant in some way, please contact our organizers DB Poli (poli@roanoke.edu) or Lisa Stoneman (stoneman@roanoke.edu).


Festivities at the large Virginia Museum of Natural History Dragon Festival (in Martinsville VA) will be October 19, 2019 from 9am – 6pm. There is a $10 fee to come in, but we will have food trucks, an all day beer garden, Author’s Row (with some famous folks!!), fire performers, demonstrators, Furries, games, vendors, and a LOT MORE – oh an of course, exhibits about dragons. Save the date and join us!!  Interested in becoming a vendor?  Email DB Poli (poli@roanoke.edu) today!


Dragon Festival 2018: Virginia Museum of Natural History

What happens when science meets folklore?

A dragon explosion!


Meet Terra! She is the beautiful creation of artist,  J. Leigh, of The Color of Mud studio.


Dr. Poli, Dr. Stoneman, and Terra are happy that Dragon Festival was so well attended!


Dr. Martha Kuchar speaking on Slavic Dragons.


Dr. Tina Hanlon on Dragons in Children’s Literature and Beyond.


Author, Sharyn McCrumb, connecting us to the folkloric content of her ballad novels.


Beautiful Chinese dragons! Thank you, Dr. Stella Xu.


Chasing the Dragon in one of its forms.


From Victorian sideshow fodder to fossil-folklore hypothesis.


J. Leigh Studio wares.


Beautiful dragons! Miss Kitty’s Society for Wayward Cosmonauts performing.


Something here is a bit odd! Dragon sculptures by J. Leigh.


Dragons breathe fire!


The Vikings were held off in the attempt on Terra’s life!

Dragon Fest is Here!


Join us this Friday, September 21, 4:30-6:30 pm, for 

Roanoke College DRAGON FEST!

This family friendly event features:

Live music by Erin and the Wildfire

The Vikings of the Valley

The Virginia Museum of Natural History

The Color of Mud Studio

Black Snake Meadery


Lawn Games

Live reptiles

Face Painting

Caricature Artist

Magic Wands

Chinese Culture Exhibit


Selfie Station

Dragon Petting Zoo

and More!

Located on the Back Quad, accessible from High Street; use the parking lot near Olin Hall or the lot on Thompson Memorial Drive, behind Fintel Library.