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.
July 2-Aug. 3–Lexington.
Viriginia Horse Center events: Markel Firecracker Classic on the 2nd; Region 15 Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship on the 3rd-6th; House Mountain Horse Show on the 8th-9th; Dressage at Lexington on the 11th-13th; Southern States Fair Horse Show on the 18th-19th; American Connemara Pony Society Region III Show on the 25th-27th; Eastern Arabian Championships on the 31st-Aug. 3rd. 540-464-2950.
Summer Jam Benefit Concert will be held at Massanutten Resort rain or shine. There will be a variety of delicious food options, a beer/wine garden, kids activities and more. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Musical entertainment by, “JunkFood”, “Cazhmiere”, “Travelin’ Hillbillies”. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Admission fee is $20.00 adults, kids under 7 are free. No: outside food, beverages, coolers, or pets permitted. All proceeds benefit the Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA. 540-289-9441.
Come enjoy the 2nd Annual Rockin’ Independence Eve, on the Old Town Mall from 5-9:15 pm. 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.
The Shenandoah Valley Choral Society and Harrisonburg-Rockingham Concert Band present: Celebrate America! Harrisonburg High School Auditorium, 7:30 pm. A concert of traditional and popular music honoring veterans and civilian service personnel. www.singshenandoah.org.
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.
18th consecutive year, Lexington’s Sunrise Rotary Club will host the Annual Balloon Rally and 4th of July Celebration at VMI’s Parade Ground. Hot air balloon rides and tethered hot air balloon rides. Vendors and food markets, Eleanore’s Market Place tag sale, antique car show, kids’ activities, Rotary Bar-B-Q dinners, live music, fireworks at dusk. On the 5th in the morning balloon flights at VMI and afternoon flights at Lexington Baptist Church. On the 6th in the morning hot air balloon rides at Lexington Baptist Church 7 am. 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.
Valley Fourth is a free community festival downtown from 8:30 am-9:30 pm rain or shine. Featuring the Valley fourth run, reading of the Declaration of Independence, children’s activities, a Patriotic pooch booth, watermelon seed spitting contest, parade, 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. 540-432-8922.
4th of July Celebration at the Frontier Culture Museum from noon-5 pm. Enjoy a traditional celebration featuring reading of the Declaration of Independence, food, music, games and contests. 540-332-7850.
Annual 4th of July Celebration from 8 am til dusk. The event will include a softball tournament in the morning at 8 am, food vendors and crafters along with kid’s games. The highlight of the event is at 5 pm when the parade kicks off with over 100 entries and the fun continues at the Town Park with Middletown’s own Robbie Limon Band performing. Also there will be door prizes, 50/50, cornhole tournament, fireworks and more. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks will be rescheduled. 540-869-2226.
The Gypsy Express train in Gypsy Hill Park will give free rides this day to everyone, including those with physical disabilities, from noon-6 pm. For the schedule after the 4th call 540-885-0513 or 540-885-6618.
July 4–Stepens 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 at 6:30 pm. No Pets allowed in the concert area, and no umbrellas or canopies. Free admission. 540-665-5678.
Celebrate the 4th of July at the Children’s parade in Inn Lawn Park starting 10 am, and live music by “Made in the USA” at 7-9 pm, a rock climbing wall, carnival games, barrel train rides, a variety of food vendors and more. Spectacular fireworks show begins at approximately 9:20 pm. Also after the 4th join us for a great summer of music “Evenings on Main Street Concert Series” on the 11th featuring “Cazmiere”, and on the 25th “Traveling Hillbillies”. For more information, contact Luray Parks and Recreation 540-843-0770.
Join us as we celebrate our 61st Fourth of July. Activities include games, rides, food and music. Fireworks are scheduled for the 4th and 5th. The parade will begin making its way up Main Street beginning 6 pm on the 4th. 540-254-1212.
Shenandoah Vineyards’ Annual Country Cookout with all the trimmings. Celebrate the summer under the stars with great food, delicous wine, and dancing to live music from 6:30-11 pm. Reservations required. 540-984-8699.
15th Annual BryceFest at Bryce Resort will include a variety of vendors, great food, beer/wine garden, various non-profits, music by the Robbie Limon band and more. Spectacular fireworks at dusk. Also many of our other summer activities will be operating throughout the day including our new Mountain Bike Park. Pets are welcome but must be on a leash and pet parents must clean up after their pets. Free admission. 540-856-2121.
July 5–Mount Sidney.
Farm and Freedom Festival at 2 Pond Farm, 300 Craig Shop Road, from 2-10 pm. Activities include hiking, corn hole, volleyball, a water slide and face-painting for the kids. Music by the Judy Chops, Shenandoah Alley, Nathan Granofsky and more. Food and beverages will be available. Suggested donation is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for teens and free for children under 12. 540-234-9045.
Augusta Expoland will host a Indoor/Outdoor Market and Yard Sale on the 5th; Poultry Sale, and Summer in the Valley Antiques on the 19th; Monster Truck Show on the 25th-26th. For information on times and admission fees call 540-337-2552.
Gypsy Hill Park events: The Stonewall Brigade Band 8 pm every Monday; Praise in the Park Tuesdays 7 pm; Bluegrass in the Park Wednesdays 7 pm; Jazz in the Park Thursdays 7 pm. For a schedule of who will be performing call 540-332-3945.
July 9, 23–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 “Broken Angel” on the 19th; “Little Walter and the Convictions” on the 23rd. 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.
Old Town Movie Night on the lawn of the 1840’s Courthouse. Show starts approximately 8:45 pm. “The Nut Job” on the 10th; “Despicable Me 2” on the 17th; “Rio” on the 24th; “The Smurfs 2” on the 31st. Bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy a night outside. Movies are free and open to the public. 540-535-3661.
“Kids’ Night Out” event downtown. Businesses offer interactive activities, storytelling, sampling, for children of all ages. Street entertainment and carriage rides around downtown. 1-800-342-7982 or www.stauntondowntown.org.
July 11–Rockbridge Baths.
“Wine and Wags” event at Lexington Valley Vineyard, 80 Norton Way . Come celebrate with unique Virginia wines and your furry friends. You are invited to stroll the vineyards with your pet. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase snack baskets. Water and biscuits for Fido. Join other dog lovers for a waggingly good time. 540-462-2974.
July 11-13–Mt. Solon.
Annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival at Natural Chimneys Park features 40 bands on 4 stages, community dances, kids activities, food, craft vendors and access to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. The family friendly festival is also environmentally aware with attendees encouraged to use their own reusable beverage containers or souvenir steel cups which can be purchased on site. Drinking water is free, craft beer and wine is available for sale. Music by “Trampled By Turtles”, “The Devil Makes Three”, Hayes Carll, Tim O’Brien, “The Steel Wheels”, Sarah Jarosz and lots more. Tickets, full lineup and other information at www.redwingroots.com or 540-820-7847.
P. Buckley Moss will be at her home, the Barn, 150 P. Buckley Moss Drive, to meet her collectors and personalize prints 11 am to 5 pm each day. You are invited to bring two previously purchased Moss prints or paintings to the Museum for personalization. In addition, all prints or paintings that are purchased at the Museum shop during these three days can be personalized. 1-800-343-8643 or 540-949-6473.
July 11, 25–Lexington.
“Friday’s Alive” are free outdoor concerts held in Davidson Park, sponsored by the Lexington-Rockbridge Jaycees. Featuring “Southpaw” on the 11th and Klaxton Brown on the 25th. The band plays from 6-9 pm. Bring chairs or blankets. Please no outside food, drink or pets are allowed. All proceeds from sales go to local charities. The charities are the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center, Buena Vista and the Rockbridge SPCA. The inclement weather location for this event is the Washington and Lee Student Activities Pavilion. 540-942-6735.
You don’t want to miss the 35th Annual Summer Extravaganza Arts and Crafts Show. Bring the whole family to Ridgeview Park for a day full of good musical entertainment, concessions, family oriented entertainers, games. Plan on sticking around for the area’s largest fireworks display to cap it all off. Also held in conjunction with the Extravaganza, a 5K and 10K race/walk. A portion of the proceeds from the race will go towards the Augusta Health’s Cancer Center Bridge Fund, which provides financial assistance to cancer patients in need. To register or other information call 540-942-6735.
The BoxerWoodstock Summer Music Festival will be held at Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Garden, 963 Ross Road. There will be food and drink available for purchase along with music, and a variety of vendors. Also there will be activities for children with games and crafts. Limited seating will be available so we encourage people to bring a lawn chair or blanket. Pets are allowed, but must be on a leash. There wlll be a entrance fee. 540-346-5847.
Summer Breeze Wine Festival at Rockbridge Vineyard, 35 Hillview Lane, will host the “Gone to the Dogs” event from noon-6 pm. Join us for a special event to benefit the Augusta County Animal SPCA. 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. Admission fee of $10.00 includes wine tasting/souvenir glass and kids are free with a can of pet food. Half of each admission goes directly to the SPCA. 540-377-6204.
Enjoy good old fashion fun at the Rockbridge Regional Fair and Farm Show in the Virginia Horse Center. Featuring a farm/horse show, laser tag, rides, entertainment, live music, food, karaoke contest on the 16th, draft horse/truck/tractor pull on the 19th. 540-464-2950.
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. “Saving Mr. Banks” is the movie. Concessions will be available for purchase. 540-332-3945.
15th Annual “Blues House Festival” at the Winchester Eagles Club, 700 Baker Lane from 11 am-7 pm. A great day of blues music, food, fun, a poker run, bike show, and cornbag toss tournament all for a great cause. Featuring the Bernard Allison, Selwyn Birchwood, ”National Anthem”, Ms Charlee Allman, Ron Holloway, Hunter Wolfe and “ARE”, Paul Pfau, Ori Naftaly Band. Net proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Winchester Fredrick County. The event is held rain or shine. No: pets, coolers, or tents. Admission fee is $10.00 in advance or $15.00 at the gate. To order tickets or more information call 540-662-7066.
150th Commemoration of the Second Battle of Kernstown at Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive. Throughout the weekend we will have the Civil War 150 HistoryMobile, guided battlefield walking tours, live period music, fashion shows and living history demonstrations with sharpshooters and cavalry units. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Visitor Center and gift shop open daily. For weekend details call 540-869-2896 or www.kernstownbattle.org.
July 19-20–Front Royal.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, 1500 Remount, will be hosting a Conservation Campout. There is a place where it’s possible to hear the call of a native red fox on the chase and the scream of a brown kiwi stalking worms, and a place where nature meets science. Enjoying a rare glimpse of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s headquarters. This facility is normally closed to the public, but will be open just to you for a unique evening of exploration and discovery. Your adventure begins with a keeper-led tour and continues with a campfire under the stars. Bunk in tents provided by FONZ, then rise for breakfast and a family-friendly activity. Admission Fee of $125 per-person. 540-635-6540.
July 22, 29–Elkton.
Bluegrass Music Jam at Elkton Community Center, 266 Inglewood Court, free and open to the public. Listeners and all level musicians welcome. This jam features some of the best players of bluegrass, old-time country, and gospel music in area. 540-209-3540.
July 23, 30–Waynesboro.
Join us from 6-8 pm for our Rock n’ Ridgeview free music event at the amphitheater in Ridgeview Park. Grab a blanket or chair and come where good music comes naturally. This is a family friendly event so bring the kids and tell your friends. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Bootsie Daniels Band will be performing on the 23rd and Brian Elijah Smith on the 30th. 540-942-6735.
Join us from 6-11 pm at the Fairfield Carnival Grounds for three nights of food, games and fun. Don’t miss the parade on the 25th and 26th at 7pm. Admission free. For directions call 540-460-6328.
46th Annual Pageant of Steam Show at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Parade at noon on the 26th and 27th. Featuring a flea market with hard-to-find parts for old engines to ball caps. Also kids peddle pull, horse/mule/tractor pull, barrel train rides and lots more. Live music by the Black Creek Valley Boys. Our camping on the grounds is mostly primitive. Admission fee and no pets allowed. 540-664-7406.
Our Community Place will host the 23rd Annual Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Festival, starting at 7am. Three beautifully scenic rides are available - 100 mile ('century"), 50 mile, and 25 mile. All rides start and end at 17 East Johnson Street in Harrisonburg. Registration before July 12th is $35 and $40 after July 12th. Free lunch and Event T-shirt for all riders. Showers available. All proceeds go to Our Community Place, a Christ centered non-profit dedicated to including in its activities those struggling with poverty and difficult life circumstances. To register, go to http://ourcommunityplace.org/event/bike-fest/ or call Wonshe at 540.908.9706.
6th Annual Touch a Truck: “Wheels, Wings and Water”, from 10 am-3 pm at Green Hill Park. This free event is where both kids and adults have the opportunity to see, touch, and play while learning about over 200 cool vehicles. Activities will include events involving “water” such as Firemen’s foam and water spray, a hayride, petting zoo, food vendors and other special attractions help to add to the event’s appeal. 540-777-6325.
July 26–Stuarts Draft.
“Sweet Dreams” will be held at Stuarts Draft Park. 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, homemade pancake breakfast, and a variety of food. Also a co-ed softball tournament, 5K race, cornhole and horseshoe tournaments. Free admission. For more information call 540-245-5727.
July 28-August 2–Clearbrook.
The Frederick County Fair will have carnival rides, food, demolition derby, box turtle derby race, monster truck show, lawnmower racing, livestock shows, pet show, and more. For a complete schedule of events call 540-667-8739 or visit their site at:www.frederickcountyfair.com/. Admission fee.