6th Annual “Art for Arf” sponsored by the Nelson Gallery, 27 West Washington Street. This event is to benefit the Rockbridge SPCA. The Rockbridge SPCA will receive 50% or 100% commission of artist’s choice of each work sold. 540-463-9827.
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, in honor of those who serve our country, will be participating in the Blue Star Museum program. Free admission will be offered to all active duty military personnel and up to five members of their families. 540-885-0897.
Augusta Expoland events: Tibetan Spaniels Dog Show on the 4th-5th; Indoor/Outdoor Market and Yard Sale on the 6th; Skyline Kennel Dog Show on the 6th-7th; Poultry Sale on the 20th; Treasures of the Earth Gem and Jewelry Show on the 26th-28th; Family Fun Day on the 27th. 540-337-2557.
Heritage Oaks Golf Course, 680 Garbers Church Road, will host the Pin Seekers Challenge. Be the Ultimate pin seeker and test your skill or luck each Thursday and Sunday. Those winning the weekly closest to pin will be invited to compete for the title of ultimate pin seeker and a hole-in-one at the shoot-out will win $10,000. Registration is $2.00. Visit site: heritageoaksgolf.com/pin-seekers-challenge/ or 540-442-6502.
June 5–New Market.
1st Annual Summer Music Series: Cross Roads Fest held at Rebel Park, 9186 John Sevier Road on selected dates during the summer. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy an evening of local music, bbq and brews. The Martin Brothers and Aspen Run will be the bands playing. Free Admission. 540-740-3432.
Virginia Horse Center events: Virginia Presidential Paso Fino Horse Show on the 5th-6th; Old-Time Music Jam on the 9th; Blue Ridge Arabian Horse Show “A” on the 11th-14th; Old Dominion Pony Club Show Jumping Rally on the 19th-21st; Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show on the 20th-21st; House Mountain Horse Show on the 23th-24th; Equestrian Vaulting FEI CVI 1 and 2 on the 25th-26th; Equestrian Vaulting Region IX Championships on the 27th-29th; Virginia Commonwealth Games on the 27th-28th. 540-464-2950.
June 6–Shenandoah Caverns.
Shenandoah Jamboree, the Valley’s premier country entertainment series of shows at the Yellow Barn. Featuring Lisa Meadows and the Shenandoah Jamboree Cast. Ben “Cooter” Jones will be making special appearances at some shows. Special guests RFD-TV Stars Shotgun Red and Steve Hall. Seating is first come first served in both sections. Purchasing a reserved section ticket guarantees you a seat in the first approximately 125 seats. 888-422-83767.
The 1st Annual Strasburg Blues Festival will kick off at noon on Saturday at the Strasburg Moose Grounds. There will be at least seven great bands playing. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Students get in for half price as do Moose members. Children under 12 are free. And yes, finally, you can bring your beach and lawn chairs. No coolers or pets please. 804-214-0312.
Garden Fest will be held at Belle Grove Plantation, from 8am-3pm. This event is an annual celebration of the garden. There will be demonstrations, displays, garden/specialty vendors, children’s activities, raffles, food, live music and more. Free event. 540-869-2028.
6th Annual JeepJAM at the Rockingham County Fairground, starting at 10am-5pm rain or shine. This event is a family oriented event with activities for the kids, Michaels’ passport to imagination, face painting, balloons, inflatable rides and more. Jeep gate registration fee is $30.00 and pedestrian gate fee is $5.00 per vehicle. 540-433-1600.
2nd Annual Butterfly Ball hosted by the Science Museum of Western Virginia. The event will be evening under the stars on the rooftop of Center in the Square. The party begins at 6pm in the Atrium of Center in the Square and proceeds over the course of the evening to the Science Museum and Center in the Square rooftop garden. Taking inspiration from our butterflies we invite you to wear vibrantly colored cocktail attire and dance away an amazing summer evening with us. Admission fee. For more information call 540-342-5710.
Wine and Trotter Festival at the Shenandoah County Fair Grounds held rain or shine. Harness races, music, food, crafters and more. Also a souvenir wine glass and wear your best race hat. Admission fee: wine tasting/races $20.00; Races with no wine tasting $10.00; 16 and under $2.00. 540-459-3867.
River Stage at The Bridges, 325 Walnut Avenue SE will be the site for the 9th Annual Woofstock Dog Festival. We know you want to take the pup with you to local festivals, unfortunately you can’t bring dogs to most events, this is the exception. Join us for a day of music, games, activities, vendors and don’t forget your pupKids. Admission fee, 12 and under and dogs are free. 540-206-2414.
The Massanutten Hoo-Ha is a a cross country mountain bike race held at Massanutten Resorts’s Western Slope. The event encourages riders of all levels, novice to pro to participate. There will be no Sunday registration. To pre-register call 540-289-4954 or www.massresort.com/v.php?pg=220.
June 10, 24–Harrisonburg.
A FundFest will be held in the Turner Pavilion (farmer’s market pavilion next to the traditional grassy lot venue) from 6-8:30 pm. Featuring “In Full” on the 10th; “Out of Spite” on the 24th. Admission is a $2.00 donation. Alcohol and food are available for purchase, however outside alcohol and food or pets are not permitted. 540-434-5270.
June 10, 17, 24–Harrisonburg.
Valley Playhouse presents “The Trial of Goldilocks” at the Lucy Simms Center Auditorium, 620 Simms Ave. This exciting comedy examines the familiar fairy tale from three points of view: the traditional, the bears’, then Goldilocks’. Guilty or innocent? Was the young girl a selfish, spoiled brat intruding where she didn’t belong? Or was she the victim of three conniving bears (and their animal “band of hoods” in the woods)? 540-801-8779.
June 11, 25–New Market.
Both of the folowing events will be held at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. Sewing Circle: The Park Volunteer Corps meets once a month at the Bushong House to recreate this popular 19th century activity. Join our costumed volunteers at the farm and learn about what’s under construction on the 11th and on the 25th Foodways: Costumed interpreters prepare seasonally appropriate meals in the Bushong summer kitchen. Come and see how a meal was prepared in the 19th century. Admission fee. 866-515-1864.
June 11, 18, 25–Winchester.
Family Movie Night in Old Town offers families some time together under the stars. Bring a blanket or chairs to the lawn of the 1840 Frederick County Courthouse on the Loudoun Street Mall and watch a family favorite film on a gigantic movie screen. Popcorn and other food vendors will be available. Films are shown at dusk around 8:30pm. People start to claim their spots on the lawn as early as 7pm. Movies play except in extreme weather. Free admission. 540-535-3661.
June 12–Natural Bridge.
Demolition Derby at Natural Bridge Speedway. This is a motorsport usually presented at county fairs and local speedways. While rules vary from event to event, the typical demolition derby event consists of five or more drivers competing by deliberately ramming their vehicles into one another. The last driver whose vehicle is still operational is awarded the victory. Admission fee. 540-451-2943.
June 12-14, -20–Woodstock.
Events at Shenandoah County Fairground, 300 Fairground Road. Massanutten Antique Tractor and Gasoline Engine Show on the 12th-14th; Young Farmer’s Tractor Pull on the 20th. 540-459-3867.
June 12, 19-21, 27–Buena Vista.
Glen Maury Park events: Fridays in the Park with “Seven Mile Ford’ on the 12th; The 22nd Annual Maury River Fiddlers’ Convention on the 19th-21st. A competition for Old Time and Bluegrass Bands. Headliners include Mark Templeton, “Pocket Change” and the Deer Creek Boys; The 7th Annual Rockin’ 4 Autism from 2-10pm on the 27th. A fundraiser to benefit Blue Ridge Autism Awareness Center. Live music, vendors, car show, food, raffle. $5.00 per person, children 12 and under free. 800-555-8845.
Free Kids Fishing Day for ages 15 and under at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center’s Lake. Highlights are “Smokey Bear”, “Sparking the Fire Dog”, “Zoomie the Lizard”. Face painting, prizes and more. A fishing license is not required for kids, but adults must have a valid VA freshwater fishing license to fish the lake. Bring your own rods and reels. If you don’t have one then we will loan you one at no charge. Also bring your bait and seating. Derby begins at 9am. A light lunch will be provided to registered participants. 540-910-0078.
3rd Annual Hop Blossom Craft Beer Festival will be held on West Boscawen Street and S. Loudoun Street. We will be featuring 38+ craft breweries from the local area and beyond. Enjoy live entertainment and crafters. The event benefits GoodDogz.org and the Winchester SPCA. Tickets are available at the door until 2pm day of the event. 540-409-5252.
Shenandoah Pattern Classic will be held at the Harrisonburg Flying Field. Precision aerobatic model airplanes. Modelers from all over the Mid-Atlantic region come to test their skills against each other flying prescribed maneuver sequences. Spectators are welcome. Free admission for spectators. Also a concession stand. Stop by and check out something completely different. This is an AMA sanctioned event. 540-908-8256.
Heart of the Valley Antiques Fair at the Rockingham Country Fairgrounds. Featuring chippendale to cottage, diamonds to furniture and lots more. All items are guaranteed to be authentic.You can expect a wide variety of antiques for the novice to the advanced collector with a constant emphasis on quality. dfshows.com.
June 13, 20–Harrisonburg.
Rockingham Country Fairgrounds events: I-81 Showdown Lamb and Goat Show on the 13th; Internaional Harvesters Collectors Show on the 20th. 540-434-0005.
June 13, 27–Grottoes.
Join us at Grand Caverns and do an adventure tour through our sister cave named Fountain Cave. It is a previous commercial cave that has not been open to the public for almost 100 years. There are no lights inside the cavern and the only thing that remains is a once used beaten 1800’s pathway. The tour itself will take about 2 hours and will require some strenuous activity. There are opportunities for adventurous climbing and crawling, however if you are more reserved you can stay on the 1800s path with one of the two tourguides. Please be aware that if you have health problems or tire quickly this may be questioanble for you. To be able to go into the cave you will be suited up with a helmet, knee pads and gloves. A hand held flashlight will not be provided so it is recommended that you bring one. For more information or to register, call 540-249-5705 or visit their web site at: grandcaverns.com/v.php?pg=192.
The Roanoke Valley Horse Show will be held at the Civic Center. The RVHS features Hunter, Jumper, Racking, Roadster, Saddlebred, and Western. Also during the show there will be a youth ice cream party for kids under 18 on the 17th; Children’s Stick Horse Classic for children 6 and under who attend the show on the 18th; Hilarious Jack Russell Terrier Races on the 19th; Youth Kickball Game for ages 6-18 at the Softball field on the 20th. This show is a national competition and there are about 9 charities that benefit from it. Admission fee. 540-389-7847.
Vintage Festival in the Court Square. Enjoy music by “Souled Out”. Dancing, artisans, crafters, food vendors, wine, beer garden, children’s activities, and more. Admission is free. 540-459-3621.
The 22nd Annual Harrisonburg/Rockingham African-American Festival will be held at the Ralph Sampson Park, 620 Sims Avenue. Rain-or-shine. Enjoy a day of entertainment, fellowship, family fun, crafts, art, music, food, exhibitors and more. Free admission/parking. 540-395-3378.
Up on The Roof is the Premier Creative Professional’s mixer on the rooftop of the Kent Square parking lot. This is a rain or shine event from 5:30-8pm. The event is a happy hour networking social with food, happy hour samples, beer and vodka mixers available with a $5.00 or $10.00 donation. Downtown Events Inc., the non-profit that produces Up on the Roof is first and foremost a social organization with a mission to connect newcomers, locals and creative professionals. Although admission is free, we are asking you to consider donating to our non-profit at the entrance. In exchange for your donation you will get food, drinks marked on your wristband and the opportunity to network and be social with like-minded people who are new or established in town. You must be 21 to enter. Please bring your ID. For more information call 540-951-0454.
The nationally renowned Colonial Beach Blues Festival is coming to the Shenandoah Fairgrounds and renaming itself the Hep Kat Blues Blast. Eleven big bands over two days with dozens of vendors and crafters. Call 804-214-0312 for more information.
31st Annual Ray Gordon Memorial Jumbo Fly-In at the Harrisonburg Flying Field, GPS coordinates of the field are 38° 22.98’ North by 78° 55.26’ West. Large model airplanes are featured at this event. Modelers from all over the Mid-Atlantic region come to fly, socialize, and share their enthusiasm for big model airplanes. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is no admission charge for spectators. A concession stand will be in operation serving grilled hamburgers, grilled hot dogs, ice-cold drinks, chips, etc. Bring a lawn chair and plan on having a great day. This is an AMA sanctioned event. 540-746-1892 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
River and Roots Fest will be held at Watermelon Park Campground. This is a family-friendly music festival that is located on the Shenandoah River. Festivities include concerts, dances, workshops, bands, pickin’ contests, kid’s activities, open jams, food, craft vendors, and more. On the 27th the “River and Roots Educational Boat Float” from noon-2pm. All participants should meet at Lockes Landing at noon with their canoe, tube, or kayak. Tubes and Canoes available for rent from the camp store, check on availability of shuttle bus. Admission fee. 540-955-1621.
Join us in the Alleghany Highlands as we bring competition BBQ to the mountains. The 4th Annual Covington Cork and Pork Festival BBQ competition is a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event. While the barbeque will stand front and center as the center- piece of this festival, there will be entertainment, a wine tasting event, and children activities. Downtown on Main St., Court Ave., Maple Ave., Locust St. Admission free. 540-968-3561.
13th Annual Star City Motor Madness Cruise-in and Car Show. A celebration of America’s passion for the automobile and the love of cruising. Festivities begin with a cruise along Williamson Road. Each venue will have something different. For spectators all activities are free. Proceeds go to the Virginia Museum of Transportation. www.starcitymotormadness.com or 540-342-5670.
28th Annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show at Augusta Expoland. This unique show features jewelry makers, gold and silversmiths from all over the United States that can size, reconstruct, repair, design or make original jewelry from customer selected gems, stones, opals and crystals on the spot. Wire wrap, wire sculpture, stone beads, pearls, stone setting, amber, opal, fossil, mineral dealers and hourly door prizes. This show is fun for the whole family. Also you could win the grand prize, a gold ring with a precious stone. You do not have to be present to win the Grand Prize. Admission is $4.00 (good for all 3 days)and children under age 16 are free when accompanied by a adult. 540-384-6047.
Join the the Frontier Culture Museum for their 7th Annual Wine, Beer and Jazz Festival starting at 1pm and ending 7pm. Featuring wines from various vineyards throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Also brews and entertainment will be provided by Blue Ridge Beverage and Blue Moon. Admission includes access to the Frontier Culture Museum exhibits and a souvenir wine glass. Must be 21 and present a valid ID at the gate in order to sample alcoholic beverages. For more information visit the event website at: wp.me/P3QZ8H-zk or 540-332-7850.
Paint Nite at Backroom Brewery, 150 Ridgemont Rd., 7:00pm. Drink creatively! We supply everything, canvas, paint and instruction. Register on at www.paintnite.com. Find events near Winchester. Use coupon code "Paint with Carol" and get $20 off the admission price. Restaurant is open before event for dinner. 540-869-8482.
28th Annual Fair at the Civic Center Complex, offers wholesome family fun, featuring exhibits, food, carnival, racing pigs, clowns, magicians, and a petting zoo. Also Royal Bengal Tigers, Team Rock martial arts, Erik Dobell mind invader, music and more. Fireworks at 9:30pm. No admission fee and free parking. 540-375-4044.
On the 1st, OASIS will initiate a new exhibit “Red, White and Boom”. This will be an OASIS group show with the themes of Independence Day, “Red, White and Blue”, and July. The show will display an eclectic mix of paintings, wood art, glass art, photos and jewelry. The First Friday reception will be on July 3rd, from 5pm to 8pm, with snacks and live music, and is FREE. The show will continue through July 31st. For further information about this show, please contact Sally Ridgway at 540-908-5259 or at Steinridge@msn.com.
July 1-Aug. 2–Lexington.
Viriginia Horse Center events: Markel Firecracker Classic on the 1st; Arabian Horse Association Region 15 Championship on the 1st; House Mountain Horse Show on the 8th; Dressage at Lexington on the 10th-12th; Southern States Fair Horse Show on the 16th-18th; East Coast Cutting Association Horse Show on the 17th-19th; United States Pony Club Championships on the 22nd-26th; East Arabian Championships on the 30th-Aug. 2nd. 540-464-2950.
The 22nd Annual Summer Jam Festival will be held at Massanutten Resort, rain or shine. Kids’ activities, arts, crafts, petting farm, face painting, hoop dance, corn hole, food vendors, a beer/wine garden, fireworks at 10pm and lots more. Music by Little Walter & the Convictions, Everyday People, Start Making Sense. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Admission fee is $20.00 adults, kids under 6 are free. You may bring in one unopened, sealed bottle of water. Food/beverage and some kids’ activities are not included in ticket price. All proceeds benefit the Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA. 540-289-9441.
Groovin’ at the Greenway at Constitution Park Dominion Shelter, 100 McElroy Street. Free music series from 6-8pm. Come show us how you get your funk on as Righteous Friendz demonstrate the best local Reggae. 540-942-6735.
19th consecutive year, the Lexington’s Sunrise Rotary Club will host the Annual Balloon Rally and 4th of July Celebration at VMI’s Parade Ground. There will be a variety of vendors, food, Eleanore’s Market Place, antique car show, kids’ activities, live music, and fireworks at dusk on the 5th. Hot air balloon rides and tethered hot air balloon rides (for balloon ride information and reservations) call 540-460-7606. All the proceeds from the event go to more than a dozen area charities, especially ones that help children. www.sunriserotarylexva.org for schedule of events or 540-463-7770.
Old Town Movie Night on the lawn of the 1840’s Courthouse. Show starts approximately 8:45 pm. Dolphin Tale 2 on the 2nd; Cinderella on the 9th; How to Train Your Dragon 2 on the 16th; Big Hero 6 on the 23rd; Night at the Museum 3 on the 30th. Bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy a night outside. Movies are free and open to the public. 540-535-3661.
Come enjoy the 2nd Annual Rockin’ Independence Eve on the Old Town Mall from 5-9:15pm. This is a free, family-friendly event, featuring live music, kids’ activities, a corn-hole tournament and a beer garden which are just a few of the activities. The evening will be capped off with an impressive fireworks show fired from the Mount Hebron Cemetery. 540-722-8700 or 540-535-3661.
America’s Birthday Celebration events in Gypsy Hill Park. Featuring senior bingo for 55+, craft vendors, concessions, amusements on the 3rd. On the 4th a 5K run 7:30 am, parade 10 am, live musical entertainment, and more. Fireworks start around 10 pm. 540-332-3812.
Valley Fourth is a free community festival downtown from 8am-9:30pm rain or shine. Featuring the Valley Fourth Run, reading of the Declaration of Independence, children’s activities, artists, crafters and more. Also grillin’ at the pavilion bbq cook-off, beers n’ cheers, live music, craft beer, wine, food. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair for the fireworks. Parade theme is “Get Outdoors and Get Moving” and will travel South on Main Street from the Rockingham County Administrative Building to the City Municipal Building starting 6pm. 540-432-8922.
16th Annual BryceFest at Bryce Resort will include all of years past activities and provide some exciting new ones for the whole family to enjoy. Many of our other summer activities will be operating throughout the day including our new Mountain Bike Park. Also a variety of service, non- profit, business, civic/church groups including Shenandoah County Humane Society and more. Pets are welcome but must be on a leash and pet parents must clean up after their pets. Free admission. 540-856-2121 or 800-821-1444.
July 4–Stephens City.
4th of July celebration at Sherando Park, 200 Lakeview Circle, starting 5 pm. There will be music, food, and more. Fireworks will start at dusk. The DJ will start playing your favorite tunes around 6pm. No pets allowed in the concert area and no umbrellas or canopies. Free admission. 540-665-5678.
4th of July Celebration at the Frontier Culture Museum from 9am-5pm. Enjoy a traditional celebration featuring food, music, games and contests. Free admission. 540-332-7850.
Annual 4th of July Celebration starting 8 am. The event will include a softball tournament in the morning. Food, crafters, kids activites, petting zoo, fireworks at dusk. Parade 5pm on Main Street. Music by the “Souled Out Band”. 540-869-2226.
Valley AeroSpace Team (VAST) will be holding a Sport Launch at 2939 Jackson River Road (longitude 38.376139--latitude 79.608588). Range will be open from 10am-6pm, but is subject to participation and the weather. Launches are open to the public and we encourage spectators to attend at no charge. If you’re new to the hobby and have a rocket, bring it along and we’ll help you get it launched. 540-280-8908 or email@example.com.
July 6-10–New Market.
Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway, presents the Civil War Day Camp. The camp is an exciting opportunity for boys and girls ages 7-12. Get hands-on with history as we explore the Civil War and the Battle of New Market from the perspective of the Union and Confederate soldiers, the civilians, and the VMI cadets. Learn to drill, eat period food, play games that they might have played, create your own version of the 19th century crafts, tour the battlefield, earn prizes, and lots more. Quartermaster: Outfit your soldier with a soldier’s hat (kepi), a uniform jacket and a wool covered canteen. All for $40.00. The uniform kit is not required to attend; it is a popular optional item. You must be a registered camper to receive the discount. $20.00 per recruit per day. Sign up for all five days and save $20.00. Limited to 30 campers per session, so sign up early to reserve your spot. 1-866-515-1864, or visit: www.vmi.edu/newmarket, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Summer Activities for Kids (ages 6-12) at OASIS, 103 South Main Street. Rhythm Playground with Michael Deaton and Brenda Fairweather from 10am-noon.To enroll call 540-442-8188.
July 8, 22–Harrisonburg.
FundFest event will be held in the Turner Pavilion, farmer’s market pavilion next to the traditional grassy lot venue from 6-8:30 pm. Featuring the Janitors on the 8th; Jeremy Staubus on the 22nd. Bring a chair or blanket. We will have a variety of food and drinks for purchase. Pets, coolers, outside food not permitted. Admission is a donation of $2.00. Sponsored by the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA. 540-434-5270.
July 10–Stephens City.
Celebrate the dog days of summer, National Park and Recreation month with a family day of fun at Sherando Park pool. We will be featuring a DJ, moon bounce, food, and of course as much swimming and sun as you can handle. This is a great way to stay cool, dance, and have some fun. Admission fee $5.00 per person. 540-665-5678.
P. Buckley Moss will be at her gallery, 329 Main Street, to meet her collectors and personalize prints 11am to 5pm each day. You are invited to bring two previously purchased Moss prints or paintings to the Gallery for personalization. In addition, all prints or paintings that are purchased at the Gallery shop during these three days can be personalized. 540-949-6473.
July 10-12–Mt. Solon.
3rd Annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival at Natural Chimneys Park. Music by the Steel Wheels, Jon Russell, Punch Brothers, Elephant Revival, Bryan Elijah Smith with Wild Hearts, the Judy Chops, Scott Miller and the Acoustic Commonwealth and lots more. 540-820-7847.
Join Shenandoah Vineyards, 3659 South Ox Road, for our Annual Country Cook-Out from 7-10pm. Food, music and dancing under the stars. The Good, The Bad with the Blues Band. Reservations required. 540-984-8699.
July 11- Waynesboro
Waynesboro’s biggest party will be underway! Summer Extravaganza includes music, food, arts and crafts, amusements, dance performances, and much more…not to mention an awesome fireworks display to cap the day off. Come out to Ridgeview Park and plan on spending the day! For musical performers and a full schedule of events check out our website www.waynesboro.va.us/254/Summer-Extravaganza. For other information or questions call 540-942-6735.
Rockbridge Vineyard, 35 Hillview Lane, has “Gone to the Dogs”. Join us for the Summer Breeze Wine Festival to benefit the Augusta County Animal SPCA from noon-6pm. The animal shelter folks will be on hand with some of their furry friends who are in need of loving families. Live music, tastings, and festival fun at the winery. $10.00 admission includes wine tasting and souvenir glass. $5.00 of each admission goes directly to the SPCA. D’Vine Wine Club members are free, but we are asking for the donation for the great cause. Kids are free with a can of pet food. Lunch will be available for purchase. 540-377-6204.
July 14, 21, 28–Staunton.
Praise in the Park concerts are held at the gazebo in Gypsy Hill Park every Tuesday. Featuring Kathy Allen, Sierra Losh and Southern Grace on the 14th; Staunton Choral Society, Jonahtan King with Tina Persinger on the 21st; The Fidelis, and the Allreds on the 28th. Concessions are available. Bring a lawn chair. 540-332-3945.
The Rockbridge Regional Fair and Farm Show will be held at the Virginia Horse Center. It will feature a hot lick tractor pull, a farm show, rides, 4-H entertainment, farmers market, water wars, beer garden, good old fashion fun and so much more. 540-464-2950.
July 15, 22, 29–Staunton.
Bluegrass in the Park is held in Gypsy Hill Park at the bandstand every Wednesday evening. Featuring Page County Ramblers, Mark Templeton and Pocket Change on the 15th; Little Roy and Lizzy show on the 22nd; Frog Pond Pickers and the Virginia Ramblers on the 29th. 540-332-3945 or 540-332-3865.
4th Annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention at the Highland County Fairgrounds. Fairgrounds open the 16th at noon, everyone is welcome. Gate Admission is $10.00, under 12 free. Camping admission is $15.00 per person per day, includes general admission. Pets welcome. 540-292-0283.
July 16, 23, 30–Staunton.
27th Annual Jazz in the Park is held in Gypsy Hill Park at the bandstand. Featuring Vince Lewis/Dwight Spencer Quartet on the 16th; Kane–West Organ Trio with Randy Johnson on the 23rd; Mill Street Ramblers on the 30th. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, concessions available 540-337-6944.
July 16-August 13–Waynesboro
Our Summer Music Series continues Thursday nights with the Rock N’ Ridgeview lineup of performances. Performance begins at 6:00 at the Amphitheater at Ridgeview Park and a food truck will be on site for you to grab a bite to eat. Bring a chair or blanket, kick back, relax and listen to some great tunes. Ridgeview Park- 700 S. Magnolia Avenue, Waynesboro. For more the musical lineup: www.waynesboro.va.us/253/Rock-n-Ridgeview or call 540-942-6735.
July 17, 31–Staunton.
Family Flix movies will be shown at the Gypsy Hill Park bandstand. All movies will be family oriented and start at dusk usually between 8:30-9:15pm. Dirty Dancing ‘80s Throwback Night on the 17th and The Mask on the 31st. Concessions will be available for purchase. 540-332-3945.
The Shenandoah Valley Young Marines are hosting a Car Show fundraiser. It will consist of cars, trucks, motorcycles, military vehicles. There will be a variety of vendors, a Chinese auction and food. It will be held at Lord Fairfax Community College, 173 Skirmisher lane, from 11:30am-4pm. A donation of $20.00 for vehicle entry. All proceeds go to the Boulder crest retreat for wounded warriors and the Shenandoah Valley Young Marines. 540-664-9956.
16th Annual Blues House Festival will be held at the Eagles Club, 700 Baker Lane.Ticket sales are used to make donations to non-profit beneficiaries, currently Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County. A great day of blues music, food, fun and a Poker Run for a great cause. Featuring bands: Ron Holloway, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Anthony Rosano with the Conqueroos, Brent Johnson with the Call Up, Phil Zuckerman’s Rock Room All-Stars. Rain or shine. No pets/coolers. Admission is $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the gate. 540-662-4820.
Summer in the Valley Antique Show will be held at Augusta Expoland. A gathering of antique dealers and folk artists bringing together unique country primitive antiques in painted/attic surface/finishes and unique handmade folk art needful to the primitive home. Admission is $5.00. 434-361-9137 or 434-964-7008.
July 20-22–New Market.
Colonel Shipp’s Leadership Institute is a Civil War Day Camp for young men ages 13-17, from 9am-12:30pm, at Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway. Explore life as a VMI Cadet in the 19th century. Participate in team- building games and exercises. Study the Battle of New Market from a Cadet’s point of view. Discover stories of courage, honor, and sacrifice. Each Camp is limited to 10 participants so register early. Registration must be completed by July 17th. After that date names will be placed on a waiting list. Cost: $75.00 for all three days. Lunches are not provided. For registration call 1-866-515-1864 or www.vmi.edu/newmarket or E-mail: email@example.com.
Augusta Expoland will host the Thunder Racing Series Summer Nationals. For information on times and admission fees call 540-337-2552.
July 24-25–Buena Vista.
Union Beach Music Festival and Classic Car Show at Glen Maury Park with special extra concert/cruise-in on the 24th. Music by Konnection, Entertainers, Atlantic Groove Band, Band of Oz. Concert tickets are sold at the gate only. $25.00 per person or $40.00 per couple. Under the pavilion seating is a first come first served, so bring a chair. Rain or shine event. Plenty of camping available. 540-261-7321 or 800-555-8845.
47th Annual Pageant of Steam and Gas Show at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Featuring a flea market with hard-to-find parts for old engines to ball caps. Also food, parade, kids peddle/horse/mule/tractor pull, barrel train rides, live music and lots more. Our camping on the grounds is mostly primitive. Admission fee. 540-664-7406.
6th Annual Touch a Truck: Wheels, Wings and Water, from 10am-3pm at Green Hill Park. This free event is where both kids and adults have the opportunity to see, touch, interact with and climb on hundreds of cool vehicles. Your kids will love the fire trucks, helicopters, planes, boats at Green Hill Park. Additional activities include water-spray areas, fireman’s foam, face painting, balloon sculptures, a petting zoo, costumed characters, food vendors and more. Don’t forget to bring your camera. 540-777-6325.
July 25–Stuarts Draft.
Sweet Dreams event will be held at Stuarts Draft Park, 96 Edgewood Lane. Families will enjoy the children’s area that include a craft tent, rock climbing wall, laser tag, inflatables. Other activities include live musical entertainment, bingo, local artisans, crafters, a variety of food. Also a co-ed softball tournament, 5K race, cornhole and horseshoe tournaments. Free admission. 540-245-5727.
July 27-August 1–Clearbrook.
The Frederick County Fair, will have carnival rides, food, demolition derby, tot pig scramble, mutton busting contest, monster truck show, lawnmower/go-kart racing, livestock shows, a petting zoo, box turtle derby race and more. 540-667-8739 or www.frederickcountyfair.com/. Admission fee.
July 29-30– Chincoteague.
90th Annual Volunteer Fireman’s Pony Swim and Auction. On the 29th, the Saltwater Cowboys will swim the ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. The auction on the 30th helps to control the overall size of the herd and uses some of the proceeds from the auction is to provide veterinary care for the ponies throughout the year. www.chincoteague.com/ponies.html or 757-460-6161.