Opening reception for “Thrown and Woven: Unearthing the connection between fiber and clay”, displaying new work by brenda fairweather. Free at OASIS Fine Art & Craft, 103 S. Main St., 5 pm to 8 pm. 540-442-8188.
Caverns Shrine Club presents their 10th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival at Page Valley Fairgrounds, rain or shine. Featuring “Goldwing Express”, “Litte Roy and Lizzie”, “Highground”, Remington Ryde and more. Tents and overnight campers welcome. No video recording allowed of any bands. Bring your own lawn chair. All proceeds go to the Shriners Hospital for Children. For tickets and directions call 540-778-3895.
The Frederick County Fair, will have carnival rides, food, demolition derby, rodeo, and more. Admission fee. For a complete schedule of events call 540-667-8739 or visit their site at: www.frederickcountyfair.com/.
August 1, 15–Staunton.
Family Night Flix is a family-oriented night in the outdoors at Gypsy Hill Park. Enjoy a movie which starts at dusk usually between 8:30 pm and 9:15 pm. Concessions available for purchase. Featuring “Gravity” on the 1st and “The Lego Movie” on the 15th. 540-332-3945 or in case of inclement weather call 540-332-3947 for the next showing of the movie.
Virginia Horse Center events: Eastern Arabian Championships on the 1st-3rd; Lexington National Horse Show “AA” on the 6th-10th; Old Time Music Jam on the 12th; National Barrel Horse Assoc. Colonial Nationals on the 14th-17th; Virginia Presidential New World Show PFHA Event IX on the 22nd-24th; VADA Dressage Schooling Show on the 23rd; Wofford Clinic on the 23th-24th; ERAHC Virginia Open Dressage on the 29th; Baroque Equestrian Games on the 29th-31st; Virginia Starter Horse Trials on the 30th-31st. For times and admission fees call 540-464-2950.
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum will host the Blue Star program. The museum will offer free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel including National Guard, Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The program provides families an opportunity to enjoy the nation’s cultural heritage and offers a variety of experiences for visitors of all ages. For times and other information call 540-885-0897 ext. 102.
August 2–Shenandoah Caverns.
The Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns will be hosting the Shenandoah Jamboree starting at 7 pm. Featuring Lisa Meadows and our Shenandoah Jamboree Cast, with special appearances by Ben “Cooter” Jones from the Dukes of Hazzard. Each month also features a special guest who performs approximately the second half of the show. This month our guest is Barbara Fairchild. Admission fee. 540-477-3115 or 540-477-2432.
The Dayton Muddler is a unique 3.2 mile adventure course held rain or shine through our historic Town. “Muddlers” will encounter a variety of obstacles along the way, such as the Cooks Creek water run, recon wall, Fort Harrison haul, mud crawl, hay bale climb, a 150-foot water slide, feed sack carry, aerial sprays and more. Competitors can sign up in one of three divisions: individual, team or youth. It’s truly for a great cause, all net proceeds from the event benefit the Wounded Warrior Project through our local veterans. You can register in advance by calling 540-879-2241 or 540-879-2161, also at the day of the event at College Street Pavilion, 360 College Street. Donations are welcome for this worthly cause.
57th Middlebrook Horse Show at 54 Cherry Grove Road, from 8 am-8 pm. Sponsored by the Middlebrook Ruritan Club. The show is one of few old-fashioned country shows remaining in the Valley. A concession stand sells food all day, and a “famous” BBQ chicken supper is served, starting at 4 pm. Free admission for spectators, $8.00 fee to enter a horse. Pre-register firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-348-1414/540-886-5759.
Augusta Expoland events: Indoor/Outdoor Market and Yard Sale and a Beauty Pageant on the 2nd; Augusta Co. Fair on the 5th-9th; Poultry Sale on the 16th; C & E Gun Show on the 16th-17th; Roller Derby on the 30th. 540-943-3976 or 540-337-2552.
79th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention at Felts Park, 1114 E. Stuart Dr. A wide variety of food and drinks are available. Camping is available on a first come, first served basis. All tickets sold at the gate, children under 12 free with paid escort. 276-236-8541 or www.oldfiddlersconvention.com.
August 4-9–Front Royal.
Warren County Fair at 26 Fairgrounds Road. Animal shows, exhibits, tractor pull, midway, Old McNally’s pig derby and more. ATV races on the 5th, demolition derby on the 6th, monster truck show on the 9th. Admission fee. 540-635-5827.
Stonewall Brigade Band will be playing a variety of music every Monday at the Stonewall Brigade Bandstand in Gypsy Hill Park, starting 8 pm. On the 25th “Best of the Season” concert, featuring selections voted on by our audience, as well as requested pieces that we didn’t play on rainy evenings. 540-332-3945.
Annual Field Day at Blue Ridge Park, 900 Shenandoah Avenue. Rides, food, games and music. 540-298-1190.
Community Fair at 18142 Crab Run Road.Food, games, rides, exhibits for the whole family. Music by “Blue Mountain Sunrise”, “Family Tradition”, Jeremy Staubus, “EZ-GO”. Admission is $1.00, 11 yrs old and under are free. 540-852-3233.
Augusta County Fair will be at Augusta Expoland. Carnival rides, pig racing, spectacular thill show, laser tag, kids fishing at the Wildlife display, barnyard olympics, food, live music and so much more. Fireworks on the 5th. Bull riding, street drags on the 7th. 540-245-5627.
Praise in the Park” at Gypsy Hill Park features “Healing Springs” and “High on the Mountain Boys” on the 5th; Jonathan King, Heather Snow, and “Heaven’s Harmony” on the 12th; “Finney’s”, and “Heaven’s Mountain” on the 19th; Kathy Allen and “Faithful Men” on the 26th. Performances start 7 pm. Concessions. 540-886-1138.
August 6, 13–Waynesboro.
Grab a blanket and come join others for the “Rock N’ Ridgeview” event from 6-8 pm at the amphitheatre in Ridgeview Park. Featuring “Everyday People” on the 6th; Chris Woodson and “The Band Woodson” on the 13th. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Admission is free. 540-942-6735.
August 6, 20–Harrisonburg.
“Funfest” hosted by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham SPCA will be held in the Turner Pavilion from 6-8:30 pm. Featuring “Worx” on the 6th and the “Everyday People” on the 20th. Admission is a $2.00 donation. Pets, coolers, outside food are not permitted. 540-434-5270.
Bluegrass in the park at Gypsy Hill Park bandstand. “Flattbroke” and the Larry Stephenson band on the 6th; “Page County Ramblers”, Joe Mullins and “Radio Ramblers” on the 13th; “Grassy Ridge” and the “Roys” on the 20th; “High Ground” and the James King band on the 27th. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. 540-332-3945.
All movies in the Outdoor Movie Series are free and open to the public. Tonight’s feature is the “Lego Movie”. Bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy a night outside in Old Town on the Loundon Street Mall. All movies begin at dusk, approximately 8:45 pm. 540-535-3661July 2-13–Salem.
27th Annual Fair at the Civic Center Complex, offers twelve days of wholesome family fun, featuring agricultural exhibits, crafts, food, games, carnival rides. Also Hedrick’s racing pigs, clowns, magicians, a petting zoo, contests, a Grizzly bear show, music and more. No admission fee and free parking. 540-375-4044.
Jazz in the Park is held at the bandstand in Gypsy Hill Park starting at 8 pm, rain or shine. Featuring the “S.p.l.a.a.a.t.” and Danny Barrale on the 7th; Vince Lewis and the Dwight Spencer quartet on the 14th; Barry Gurley Trio on the 15th; Dave Pope quartet on the 21st; Barry Gurley trio on the 28th. Bring chairs or blanket. 540-337-6944.
“Cruz In” at 426 First Street, from 6-9 pm. All makes, models and years with free registration.There will be chances to win cash prizes of $50.00 or $100.00. Door prizes and 50/50 ticket sales for everyone. Must be present to win. Great music, food, fun. Free admission. 540-652-8164.
The Annual County Fair will be held at the Town Park, 19753 Main Street. Come and enjoy all that we have to offer. There will be agriculture exhibits, 4-H and FFA youth livestock shows, local food expo, baked goods, and other local talent. Also a tractor driving contest, wood working demonstrations and so much more. 540-254-1212.
“Doah Fest” is a music and arts festival held on a private farm located at 1920 S. Page Valley Road. The event offers relaxation on the river/swimming, multiple stages of music, original art, yoga, food, and much more. Children 12 and under are free with a ticket-holding adult (identification for the child must be presented. Tent-only camping. For ticket and other information call 703-774-5115 or www.doahfest.com.
Oak Grove Folk Music Festival located 2.1 miles west of Verona on Rt. 612, Quicks Mill Road. The festival is a traditional and not-so-traditional folk music variety, mixing national acts, regional touring artists. ABC sales and food concessions. Admission fee, children 6 and under are free. 540-885-3000 or www.oakgrovefestival.com.
August 8, 22–Harrisonburg.
24th Season of “Fridays on the Square” presents “Many Nights Ahead” on the 8th; Bryan Elijah Smith and the “Wild Hearts” on the 22nd. Everyone is welcome to this free event. Music begins at 7 pm on Court Square. Rain location will be the Farmers Market at Turner Pavilion, 228 S. Liberty Street. 540-564-0928 or 540-432-8922.
August 9–Shenandoah Valley.
Shop until you drop at the Annual “Route 11 Yard Crawl”. Plan to spend the day meandering through 43 miles of the Shenandoah Valley, with antiques, yard sales, and local business sales from New Market to Stephens City along the “Old Valley Pike”. Event will be held rain or shine. 540-459-2542 or 540-869-3087.
4th Annual Blues and Brews Festival at the Frontier Culture Museum. Come and enjoy great music, craft beer, food and crafts. Your ticket of $20.00 includes admission to the Museum. 540-332-7850.
17th Annual MicroFestivus from noon-6 pm in Elmwood Park. A micro and craft beer festival held rain or shine. Taste from a selection of over 100 beers. Beer tastings are in 4 oz. and 8 oz. sizes. You must be at least 21 with a valid ID to attend. Admission is $35.00 including 20 tastings. Proceeds Benefit Center in the Square. 540-224-1217.
“Riverfest” at Andy Guest/Shenandoah River State Park, 350 Daughters of Stars Drive, held rain or shine. Enjoy an unforgettable day of river fun, family activities, food and more. Listen to live local music by “Pigs From a Gun”, the “Dill Pickers” and the “Church Street Project”. Bring river shoes, sunscreen and drinking water. It’s only $8.00 per vehicle. 540-622-6840.
The 60th Clarke County Fair, is a true county fair with livestock/homemaking exhibits, carnival rides, tractor pulls, pet show, food and more. Also greased pig scramble on the 11th, BMX sports stunt show on the 12th, bull riding/rodeo on the 15th, and figure 8/auto demolition derby on the 16th. Admission fee: $7.00. 540-955-3755.
Rockingham County Fair will be held at the Fairgrounds, 4808 S. Valley Pike. Featuring food, exhibits, rides, music and competitions. The fair has something for everyone. Motocross racing on the 9th, monster trucks on the 11th, demolition derby on the 15th, and truck/tractor pull on the 16th. Wild World of Animals show features a variety of animals, reptiles, birds and mammals including binturong, spot-nose guenon and an African spotted leopard or hyena on the 11th-16th. 540-434-0005.
More than 25 restaurants and eateries in downtown Harrisonburg’s culinary district showcase their creative dishes and offer specials during Taste of Downtown biannual restaurant week. Menu offerings will please your palate and your wallet. For more details and a list of menu options, visit www.downtownharrisonburg.org/events/taste-of-downtown/
August 15, 22–Luray.
Evenings on Main at the Ruffner Plaza featuring music by “Mirage” on the 15th and “Key West” on the 22nd. Admission free. 540-743-7700 or 540-743-5511.
August 16–New Market.
New Market Battlefield State Historical Park will host the Jacob Bushong’s Birthday Party. Costumed volunteers interpret birthday traditions of the 19th century at 11 am. A period menu, including hand-cranked ice cream will be prepared for the party. Period songs and games will add to the festive nature of the event. All summer programs are free with paid park admission. 1-866-515-1864 or 540-740-3101.
Annual Greek Festival at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 1700 Amherst Street. We are celebrating our “Feast Day”. Come observe our proud Greek culture and traditions. Sample our legendary Greek culinary fare, experience our renowned Greek music and dance. There will be a large selection of tasty Greek food offered. Informal guided tours of the church by our clergy. Questions about our faith and traditions are welcome. Other retail vendors will also be set-up displaying their various items for purchase. Admission is free and free parking. 540-667-1416.
Enjoy a week at the Page County Fair, 15 Fairlane Drive. There will be shows, contests, live entertainment, rides, livestock, food, games, and a lot more. Youth and open horse show on the 17th; gospel music, lawn mower racing on the 18th; Southside Professional Wrestling and a circus on the 19th; Interstate Truck and Tractor Pullers show on the 20th; “Souled Out” band, and wine garden tasting on the 22nd; demolition derby on the 22nd; rodeo on the 23th. 540-843-3247.
Join us at Mill Mountain Zoo for the 4th Annual Animals, Art, and Articulation Fundraiser. There will be food, cash bar with beer/wine, live music, silent auction and a discussion of an animal related artwork. Tickets are $20.00 including light to medium hors d’oeuvres. 540-343-3241 ext 23.
97th Annual Shenandoah County Fair. Featuring midway w/approx. 30 rides, livestock shows and exhibits, 4 days of harness racing, tractor pulls, demo derbys, national musical entertainers, various free shows and entertainment on the grounds, kids day with free admission and discounted rides. Bands, Veteran’s Day celebration, senior day, and much much more. Free parking.Admission fee adults $6.00, children $2.00. 540-459-3867.
The 3rd Annual Blue Ridge Music and BBQ Festival at Rockingham County Fairgrounds, 4808 S. Valley Pike. Festival goers can enjoy live entertainment, children’s activities, food, craft vendors, microbrews, cruise-in, cornhole, quaker steak/lube wing eating contest, and so much more. All kids activities are free except for the face painting and glitter tattoos. Admission fee and free parking. 540-434-0005.
5th Annual Shenandoah Valley TasteFest at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. Enjoy the Valley’s rich agricultural history with cooking demonstrations and samplings, sale of fresh local products and food-related items, lectures about heirloom vegetables and edible flowers, children’s activities (garlic hunt and tomato relay race), and a display of antique tractors. Admission to all TasteFest activities is free.Regular rates apply for garden and gallery admission. 540-662-1473.
38th Annual Rockbridge Community Festival from 9 am-3 pm downtown. Featuring art/craft vendors, and local non-profits. The SPCA is always present with pets to adopt. Also food, drinks and entainment throughout the day. All funds benefit Rockbridge area charities. 251-490-410 or 540-463-2743.
63rd Highland County Fair features a carnival, midway, truck/tractor-pull, livestock/dog/horse show, clogging, music and much more. Parade on the 27th, demolition derby on the 28th, NASCAR tire changer challenge and radio control car race on the 29th-30th. Firework on the 30th at 10 pm. 540-468-2225 or 540-468-2179.
National Park Service fee free day. Plan to visit your National Parks on this special day. Entrance fees will be waived to celebrate and honor the National Park Service’s Birthday. 540-999-3500.
1st Patsy Cline Music Festival at Patsy Cline Historic House, 608 S. Kent Street, from 10 am-3 pm. Free admission, live entertainment, food, craft vendors, and more. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Then join us at Jim Barnett Park, from 6-10 pm for our Concert in the Park, held rain or shine. Local radio stations will be giving tickets away, etc. Proceeds from the events will benefit the operation of the Patsy Cline House and also benefit the Make A Wish Foundation. 540-542-1326.
Dance the night away at the 5th Annual Mountain Jamboree Festival at Massanutten Resort. There will be live music, food vendors, beer garden, kids activities, wine and more. Fireworks at 10 pm. Admission fee. 540-740-3132.
Blue Star Museum Program at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. In honor of those who serve our country we are offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and five members of their families. They can enjoy guided tours and self-guided tours. 540-885-0897.
All Paws on Deck Canine Swim at Jim Barnett Park, 1001 East Cork Street. Winchester Parks and Recreation is excited to have a fun day for our K9 friends. Bring your furry friends out for a day of swimming. Admission is $2.00 per person and free for our dog park members. Non-dog park members must have proof of rabies vaccination for entry. 540-662-4946.
September 1–Buena Vista.
44th Annual Labor Day Festival from 7:30 am-8:30 pm at Glen Maury Park. Celebrate with live music, a 5K road race (8 am), parade (9:30 am), fireworks, vendors, and more. 540-261-7321.
Labor Day Celebration at Oakdale Community Park, 134 Mt. Crawford Avenue. The event begins with a 5k race starting 8 am at 201 Green Street. Also free carnival rides, musical entertainment beginning at 5:30 pm and fireworks at 8:30 pm. A variety of food will be available for purchase. 540-828-2479.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds events: Labor Day Horse Fair and Auction on the 1st; SV Showdown ABGA Goat Show on the 6th-7th; Commonwealth Airstream Rally and the Bridgewater Home Fall Festival on the 19th-21st; Izaak Walton League Big Game Show on the 26th-28th; Virginia Club Calf Producers Fall Show and Sale on the 27th. 540-434-0005.
The Shenandoah Shriners, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children, will be hosting the 29th Annual Grand Caverns Blue Grass Festival. Featuring entertainment by “Little Mountain Boys”, “Hillbilly Gypsies”, “Solid Rock”, “Virginia Ramblers”, “Lonesome Highway”, “Carolina Ramblers”, “Goldwing Express” and more. Primitive camping will be available. All net profits received by the Shriners will be donated to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals. Admission fee. 540-249-5705 or 540-778-3895.
What do you get when you combine the high-energy atmosphere of a football game with the sophistication of a traditional beer and wine festival? A one-of-a-kind event known as the “Downtown Tailgate”, along Old Town Winchester’s walking mall and the courtyard in front of the Old Civil War Courthouse Museum. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample game-day inspired food, music, beer/wine. There will be four tv areas or ‘Tailgating Zones’ that will be airing live sporting events on both days. Also a cornhole tournament, football toss and trash can volley. 540-722-8700 or 540-535-3660.
September 5-6–Buena Vista.
28th Annual Rockbridge Mountain Music and Dance Festival will be held at Glen Maury Park. The festival is not your usual festival. There’s no contest and no fancy line-up of big-name acts. No crowds. No pressure to arrive early to get a camping spot. If you love dancing and old-time music in a mellow setting, the festival is for you. Those who like structure will find plenty to do, while others rarely leave the campground area. No drugs or alcohol. All dogs must be on a leash. Admission fee. For more information call 540-261-7321