April 2-4–Weyers Cave.
The Shenandoah Valley Coin and Stamp Show at the Community Center, will have over 30 dealers to offer their unique numismatic related items. Refreshments, raffle tickets for hourly drawings. Tickets are available at the door. A Youth activity Center will be available in the rear of the center for all youth interested in collecting coins. Free admission. 540-363-7777.
April 2-May 3–Lexington.
Virginia Horse Center events: Old Dominion Athletic Conference on the 2nd; Old Dominion Saddlebreds Futurity Show on the 3rd-4th; Maury River Horse Trials and Mounted Map and Orienteering on the 4th; Old Time Music Jam on the 7th; The Great American Trail Horse Sale and Competition on the 10th-11th; SBRAA Lee-Jackson Classic on the 11th-12th; Virginia Quarter Horse Classic on the 15th-19th; Lexington Spring Premiere “AA” on the 22nd-26th; United States National Hunter Jumper Derby on the 30th; Lexington Spring Encore “AA” on the 29th-May 3th. 540-464-2950.
26th Annual Toy Show and Sale at 3045 John Wayland Highway. Also there will be food for sale. Hours on the 3rd 6-9pm and the 4th 8:30am-1:30pm. 540-879-9249.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds events: 35th VA Spring Holstein Show on the 3rd-4th; Greater Shenandoah Valley Knife Show on the 3rd-5th; SVBA Home & Garden Show on the 11th-12th; Virginia Beef Expo on the 17th-19th; Historic Bottle Diggers Show on the 19th; Cole Brothers Circus on the 22nd-23rd; Virginia Poultry Youth Convention on the 24th; The Tenth Annual Old Dominion Gold Cup Memorial Classic Mini Silky Fainting Goat Show on the 24th-25th. For times and admisssion fees call 540-434-0005.
April 4–Shenandoah Caverns.
Shenandoah Jamboree, the Valley’s premier country entertainment series of shows, return’s for its 3rd season. Join us for some great music close to home at the Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns. Each month features Lisa Meadows and the Shenandoah Jamboree Cast. Ben “Cooter” Jones will be making special appearances at some shows, too. Special Guest will be LuLu Roman and Cathy Baker. Admission fee. 1-888-477-3115.
Easter Egg Hunt starting 10am at Grand Caverns for age groups: toddler-preschool, kindergarten-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos. All Grottoes area kids are welcome. 540-249-5729.
April 4–Stephens City.
14th Annual KiteFest at Sherando Park, 200 Lakeview Circle from 11am-3pm. Bring your whole family/kites to the park where young and old alike enjoy the fun of kite flying. The Richmond Air Force Kite Club will be on hand to demonstrate performance kites of all kinds and their award winning competitive demonstrations. There will be food, craft vendors and all sorts of kites available for purchase. 540-665-5678.
9th Annual Bull and Oyster Fest at the Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery, 50 Northwind Lane. This is a fundraiser in support of the Rockbridge Area Health Center. There will be barbecue by Hogback Mountain BBQ and Oysters and all the fixin’s by the Southern Inn Restaurant. Music by Bryan Elijah Smith and the “Wild Hearts”. Tickets are $40.00 per person for music, entertainment and also includes one drink ticket. Family friendly, so bring the kids. We will have activities for them. 540-464-8700 ext. 7118 or www.rockahc.org.
The Lucy F. Simms Center is collecting gently used prom dresses, accessories, and shoes for local girls who are looking to attend their high school prom. Collection and drop-off, Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm at the Lucy F. Simms Center. The giveaway portion will take place on the 4th from noon-5pm at the Lucy F. Simms Center. 540-437-9213.
Hop on down to historic Long Branch, 830 Long Branch Lane, for the Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt with Mr. and Mrs. Bunny. This exciting day will be held rain or shine. Activites included moon bounces, hayrides, face painting, Paws and Claws, 4H petting zoo. Also self-guided museum tours, carriage rides, Mr. B’s Barbeque. Souvenirs available for purchase. Admission is $5.00 per adult, ages 18 and under are free. Hunts begin at 12:30pm. Bring your own basket to collect your eggs. 540-837-1856.
Join us at Montgomery Hall Park for our Annual Egg Hunt and Eggstravaganza Festival starting 10am. There will be refreshments, an old-fashioned egg coloring, moonbounce, arts, crafts activities, face painting, and surprise entertainers. The event is free and open to the public. 540-332-3945.
Area events: Heritage Trout Day 9am at the Greenway on the 4th; Youth Trout Derby 9am at the Greenway/Green Section on the 11th; Earth Day/5K and 1K Race 9am at the Greenway on the 18th; Arbor Day Celebration 1pm at the Cliffside Pocket Park Greenway/Blue Section on the 25th; Tour of Page County Stage Race (bicycle race) from 8am-4pm on the 24th-26th. For more information call 540-743-5511.
April 4-May 3–Buena Vista.
Events at Glen Maury Park, 101 Maury River Drive. Easter Egg Hunt and Kite Contest at the double decker area on the 4th; Pro Wrestling returns to the multi-purpose area on the 11th; 3rd Annual Knights Run SVU and the Puzzled Car, Truck and Bike Show on the 25th; Guy Carawan’s Bluegrass Jam at Rally Field on the 30th-May 3rd. 540-261-7321.
April 9, 23–New Market.
New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, 8895 George Collins Pkwy events: The Park Volunteer Corps meet once a month at the Bushong House to recreate a popular 19th century activity, “the Sewing Circle”. Join our costumed volunteers at the farm and learn about what’s under construction on the 9th and on the 23rd 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. 1-866-515-1864.
Come Celebrate Spring at our Redbud Spring Arts and Crafts Festival from 10am-4pm. There will be lots of activities throughout the town including arts/crafts vendors and unique shops. Free horse-drawn carriage rides, ducky races, children’s activities, beer/wine garden, delicious foods, and live music by Standing Room Only, The Walnut Ridge Boys, and Doug Tumer. There will be historical tours and exhibits to see at the Heritage Museum, Fort Harrison, and Silver Lake Mill. Free Redbud tree saplings available. 540-246-4272.
5K Walk/Run for Autism fundraiser will be held at Eastern Mennonite University. To register or more information call 540-560-2237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
15th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival is held outside each spring on the banks of the South River from 9am-5pm. Over 50 onsite exhibitors and a variety of food vendors. Beginner to expert anglers will enjoy lectures, learn about the latest in fly fishing equipment, fly tying and more. Wine tastings, microbreweries, local food and live music will also be featured. Pets welcome, please remember to bring pick up baggies. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will be on site to sell licenses. Admission is $20.00 daily kids 16 yrs. and under are free with paying adult. 540-241-5054.
35th Annual Shenandoah Valley Builders Association Home and Garden Show at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. There will be plenty of activities, displays, demonstrations, etc. Beer garden, food vendors, DIY Sessions, classic car show, kid zone, SPCA adoption center, and more. Admission $3.00 adults, 12 yrs and under free. 540-860-1281.
Rally in the Alley is a free block party held the length of Indian Alley from Wolfe Street to the Braddock Street parking garage. Live music by The Burning Dirty Band, Don’t Look Down, Gallows Bound. There will be a variety of local food craft beer and wine. Also crafters, fun for the kids. 540-535-3661.
V.O.I.C.E., a local charity is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser at Vision of Hope United Methodist Church on Port Rd. Admission fee. 540-476-1172.
Sounds of the Mountains Festival will be held at Camp Bethel, 328 Bethel Road. We combine the magic of storytelling and music by Donald Davis, Dolores Hydock, Patrick Ball, Baba Jamal Koram and After Jack. Special appearance by Back Porch Studio Cloggers. Admission Fee. 540-992-2940.
Arbor Day Trees and Native Plant Sale at James Madison University’s Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The Arboretum offers a wide selection of wildflowers, contrasting foliage plants like native ferns, with unusual shrubs and trees that can make home and business landscaping ecofriendly and lovely. 540-568-3194.
13th Annual Redbud Festival on the grounds of the Community Center, 96 Browntown Road and the Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 12 Browntown Road, from 9am-4pm. Activities include an auction, Gooney Creek duck race, live music, herb and plant sale, Browntown items and lunch will be offered for sale. Admission is free. 540-636-3588.
You are invited to our first and only Food Truck Fest at Sunny Slope Farm,1825 Sunny Slope Lane. Bring the whole family for a variety of local eats alongside beer, wine, and hard cider. Purchase your entry ticket and pay only $5.00 for a meal at the truck of your choice. Open Doors which provides warmth and shelter to our homeless in the Valley will recieve 15% of the proceeds from the food truck. This is a rain or shine event. 540-830-5400.
Rockin’ The Valley at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. Entertainment featuring Ten Years, Puddle of Mudd, Saving Abel, Stuck Mojo, Failure Anthem, Tantric, Another Lost Year, Elisium, Kaleido, Bellusira, New Day Dawn, Saturate, and lots more. Food and beer. Proper ID is required. Admission $25.00 and a $5.00 parking fee. No outside containers, food, pets. Absolutely no weapons, or other dangerous objects will be permitted into venue. You will be subject to a $20.00 re-entrance fee. 540-459-3867.
Earth Day will feature displays, informational demonstrations, and more than 30 organizations plan to participate. The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present two educational programs featuring live native wildlife. Other activities include performances by local musicians, water tasting, runoff pollution demonstrations, various games, nature touchables, sapling giveaways, and face painting. 540-332-3971.
Free Entrance Days on opening weekend of National Park Week in the National Parks. Visiting the parks is even better when it’s free. Fee waiver includes entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise. 540-999-3500.
Historic Garden Week in Virginia. This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgetable gardens at the peak of springtime color as well as beautiful houses sparkling with fabulous flower arrangements. Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens. Check with your local Chamber of Commerce for information about events in your area or call 804-644-7776, Ext. 21.
The Historical Bottle Diggers of Virginia presents its 44th Annual Antique Bottle and Collectibles Show & Sale, Sunday, 9am-3pm at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Route 11 South, (Exit 243 off of Interstate 81). Great historical displays, food available. For additional information contact Sonny Smiley, show chairman at 540-434-1129 or email email@example.com.
The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum at James Madison University invites you and your children to come hear a story about fairies and build your very own fairy house or gnome home. Join us in the Frances Plecker Education Center from noon-1pm for indoor story time followed by an outdoor activity. Bring your brown bag lunch to enjoy during the story. 540-568-3194.
The 60th Annual Vinton Dogwood Festival is one of the area’s biggest and longest running festivals. The crowning of the Dogwood Queen at noon and a parade at 2:30 pm starting at the War Memorial which is held rain or shine on the 25th. Also live music, free kid’s zone, crafts, food vendors, carnival and more. Bring your umbrella just in case. For more information call 540-983-0614.
April 24-May 3–Winchester.
The 88th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. The official kick-off event is the Bloomin’ Wine Fest held on Rouss Avenue next to Rouss City Hall, featuring numerous VA wineries, artisans, various vendors on the 24th-25th. The Festival boasts over 45 different events providing entertainment for every demographic possible. The Apple Blossom Festival is a series of events including band competitions, dances, parades, carnival, circus, dinners, luncheons, a 10K Race, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, and Firefighters’ events. Celebrities include the Swon Brothers and Ricky Skaggs. The festival is an event the whole family can enjoy. Much of the festivities take place in Old Town on the Loudoun Street Pedestrian Mall. For location of venues, times and more call 540-662-3863.
Come celebrate Earth Day with a Party for the Planet at Mill Mountain Zoo from 11am-4pm. Enjoy fun activities for the whole family. See our wonderful collection of animals, including vulnerable or endangered species and chat with zookeepers. Participate in neat earth friendly art activities and learn what you can do to help the planet. All activities are free with Zoo admission of $6.00 for kids and $8.00 for adults. 540-343-3241.
2nd Annual Cardboard Boat Regatta at Jim Barnett Park’s, Indoor Pool. Come out and show off your seafaring skills. We challenge all amateur ship builders to design, construct, and navigate their boats made entirely out of corrugated cardboard . Each group will be provided with cardboard, duct tape, and scissors all other decorations are up to you. Each team will get one hour to design and construct their boats. Sail or paddle to the checkered flag. Awards will be given based on place and design. Register by 15th or an additional $5.00 fee will be charged for race day registration. Activity #612317-C1. 540-662-4946.
7th Annual Park to Park 1/2 Marathon. Start at Ridgeview Park behind Westwood Hills Elementary School and End at Stuarts Draft Park behind Guy K. Stump Elementary School. Performance wicking t-shirt, and finisher’s medal will be awarded. Fully stocked aid stations, chip timing, post race party with food, drink and the satisfaction of knowing that a portion of your race fee will be donated to Therapeutic Adventures, Inc. You must be at least 12 years old on or before 25th to participate. Before April 3rd the fee is $70.00 after the 3rd the fee is $80.00. 540-942-6735.
5th Annual Rocktown Beer and Music Festival will be held at the Turner Pavillion, 228 South Liberty Street Park, rain or shine. Music by J. Roddy Walston and The Business, People’s Blues of Richmond, and Elephant Child. Can I leave the festival and return? No, and no refunds or pets. Food is a additional cost to the ticket price. Admission fee $34.00 in advance, kids under 10 are free and for underage patrons and designated drivers special rate of $22.00.
150th Anniversary of the Battle of Waynesborough will be held at 1219 Rockfish Road, next to Hugh K. Cassel Elementary School. Free bus ride from Constitution Park to the reenactment site. Bus will leave hourly. Battle site will be open 9am-4pm both days for exploring Civil War camp life, and music by the Stonewall Brigade Band. Battle reenactments will begin at 1 pm each day rain or shine. Tickets are $5.00 for Adults, $1.00 for children under 12 years. Tickets can be bought at the Waynesboro Heritage Museum at 420 W. Main Street, Waynesboro or at the battle reenactment site. 540-943-3943.
Massanutten is looking forward to the YEE-HA Downhill Bike Race on the Massanutten slopes, 1822 Resort Drive. See if you have what it takes to win on our downhill course that hosted the 1997 Grundig World Cup. Event is held rain or shine. To register call 1-800-207-6277. For spectator information call 540-289-4954.
April 25-May 10–Millwood.
The Clarke County Historical Association is pleased to announce the return of the spring showing of Art at the Mill. The historic Burwell-Morgan Mill will once again display artwork from some of the region’s most talented artists. During each show, around 300 artists display more than 1,000 pieces of art of all descriptions and media. Oil paintings are predominant, but other types of painting, mixed-media, sculpture, fine woodworking, and pottery round out the stunning diversity of the show. There is truly something for every taste, budget, and decor. We hope you’ll join us. Art at the Mill is Clarke County Historical Association’s primary fundraiser, providing the operating funds for both the Mill and the Museum and Archives. 540-837-1799.
Community School’s 35th Annual Strawberry Festival fundraiser will be held rain or shine at Elmwood Park. In addition to delicious strawberry desserts, there are children’s games/activities, live musical entertainment, food, arts and crafts vendors. This is a family-oriented festival and all proceeds benefit the Community School. 540-563-5036.
Virginia Horse Center Events: Hunter Jumper Derby on the 1st; Bonnie Blue National Horse Show, USEF rated on the 6th-9th; “Hear the Beat”: 4-H qualifiying show on the 10th and therapeutic riding fund-raiser horse show on the 31st; Old Time Music Jam on the 12th; Spring Dressage Rosinburg event on the 16th-17th. For more information call 540-464-2950.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds events: The Relay For Life of Harrisonburg/Rockingham is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease on the 1st-2nd. 540-434-3360; On the 25th, Memorial Day Horse Fair and Auction. Equine enthusiasts will enjoy the horses, ponies, miniature horses, tack, etc. Auction begins at 11am and Steve Wingfield’s Victory Weekend Memorial Day Celebration. There will be something for every member of the family as we honor faith, family, and freedom; WVPT Festival of Family Fun on the 30th. This event is free to the public and will focus on literacy, health and safety. New and used books will be distributed and lots of activities planned. Healthy snacks are free and food will be sold for lunches by other nonprofits. 540-434-0005.
Join amateur and professional chefs for a culinary experience you won’t soon forget at the George C. Marshall Museum from 4:30-8:30pm. A live auction will include fabulous items and packages. Taster’s Choice will have a Kentucky Derby theme and will include live viewing of the 141st “Run for the Roses” chance to pick the winning horse, hat competition for the ladies, Kentucky derby inspired food and drinks to enjoy. All proceeds benefit Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center. Admission fee of $50.00 per person. 540-463-7344.
Riverfest- “Year of the Painted Turtle” is a free annual event that takes place river-side at Constitution Park from 10am-4:30 pm, rain or shine. Activities include reptile world shows, stream safari, presentations by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, fish and fun rodeo, farmer’s market, canoe rides, kids arts/crafts, stream electro-fishing and is capped off by the Great South River Duck Race. No pets allowed. 540-949-7738.
Chief Charlie’s Kid’s Fish Day from 9am-2pm at Mountain View Park. There will be entertainment, food, fishing and lots of fun. This cost-free event is for children 3-15 years of age. Poles and bait are available to rent. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 540-249-5707.
40th Annual Lexington Road and River Relay. The first leg is a 3.5 mile run. The second leg is a bicycle ride. The third leg is a canoe or kayak course. The fourth and final leg is a 1.3-mile loop run. The race starts on Main Street in front of the Rockbridge County Public Library, 138 South Main Street, promptly at 10am. The fee is $125.00 per team or solo participants will be $45.00 540-464-3283.
May 2-3–Buena Vista.
Step back into the 1860s and experience Civil War living history at “Muster on the Maury” on the grounds of the historic Paxton House. The weekend will feature a living history encampment, children’s activities, Paxton House tours and much more. An added bonus to the event is the annual Guy Carawan Bluegrass Jam which will also be taking place in the park. Admission fee. 540-261-2931.
Augusta Expoland events: Indoor/Outdoor Market and Yard Sale on the 2nd; Augusta Co. Model Railroad Club Show on the 3rd; Shenandoah Antiques Expo is Virginia’s most exciting antiques event and one of the greatest gatherings of dealers and collectors in the Mid-Atlantic. Indoors 300 dealer spaces and 100’s of outside exhibitors. Free Parking on the 8th-9th; American Cancer Society Relay for Life on the 15th; Poultry Sale on the 16th; Augusta Co. Fair’s Tractor Pull on the 22nd-23th. For times and admission fees call 540-337-2557.
The Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby Classic starts at 7:30am and will be held at Eleventh Street and Pine Avenue downtown. The All-American Soap Box Derby, “the greatest amateur racing event in the world”, is a youth gravity racing program for boys and girls ages 7 through 20 years old. 540-649-1507 or 540-476-3333.
Our 11th Annual Festival of Spring is happening from 10am-5pm. This event will be fun for the entire family. Join us on our Historic Main Street and Ruffner Plaza. There will be art, crafts, delicious food, children’s activities, live music, entertainment, dog frisbee, 2 duck races and lots more. 540-843-0770.
Greenvale School’s Annual VA State Championship Chili Cook-off will be held on the front lawn of the Roanoke library, 706 S. Jefferson Street. 540-342-4716.
20th Anniversary of Belle Grove Plantation “Of Ale and History” Beer Festival. Music by Elizabeth Lawrence Band and Cazhmiere. There will be 60+ beers to sample, vendors with beer related items and other unique items. Held rain or shine. No pets, large bags, outside food or drinks. A photo ID is required. 540-869-2028.
Spring Plant Swap from 9-11am at Montgomery Hall Park’s Irene Givens Admin Building. Not sure how a plant swap works? Bring in your annuals, perennials, small shrubs, trees, houseplants, garden books, etc. Parks staff will assign a value to them and give you vouchers for that value. When we begin you may use your vouchers to purchase new plants for your yard. There will be coffee, snacks and door prizes. Free event. 540-332-3945.
26th Annual Garden Fair celebration at the State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, from 9am-4:30pm. This event is a huge plant and garden supply sale, and also features an entire weekend of free events, including guided tours, activities for the whole family. Admission is $15.00 per car. All activities and events are free. 540-837-1758 or www.blandy.virginia.edu.
Join us for Shenandoah Park’s 29th Annual Wildflower Weekend. Did you know there are more than 850 species of flowering plants that grow in Shenandoah National Park? To celebrate this special time of year come join us for wildflower walks, workshops, and activities. 540-999-3500.
Events at the Shenandoah County Fair Grounds, 300 Fairground Road: Valley Diesel Day on the 9th; Paranzino Auction on the 16th; Shawnee Kennel Club Show on the 30th-31st. 540-459-3867.
May 10–Front Royal.
52nd Annual Doc’s Apple Blossom Meet at Skyline Caverns, from 8am-noon. All Hudson car show and swap meet. All Hudson enthusiasts are invited to join us whether they have a Hudson or not. Bring parts to sell. 540-364-1770.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum from noon-5pm. In recognition of President Woodrow Wilson proclaiming the first Mothers’ Day in 1914, all mothers will be admitted free. Enjoy engaging guided tours of his birthplace, explore the Museum where his Pierce-Arrow limousine is a highlight, and experience the World War I Trench exhibit. 540-885-0897.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Shenandoah Vineyards, 3659 South Ox Road, from 10am-5:30pm. Enjoy a lovely spectrum of delicious treats paired with each of our wines. Fee of $10.00 per person. 540-984-8699.
May 13, 27–Harrisonburg.
Every other Wednesday throughout the summer the Harrisonburg-Rockingham SPCA puts on a fundraiser in the grassy lot beside the Turner Pavilion and across from the Daily News-Record. Fundfest is an evening of entertainment including live music and beer and food vendors with entry proceeds benefitting the SPCA.
33rd Annual Mayfest downtown. There will be a parade at 3 pm. Also we will have food, crafters and much more. 540-465-3187.
Waynesboro Motorsports Show will be held at Constitution Park, 215 McElroy Street. There will be food, music and a variety of vendors. Open to all years, makes, models, of cars, trucks and motorcycles. All proceeds from the event benefit downtown businesses. Free to the public. Rain date is the 17th. 540-942-6705.
“Local Colors” at Elmwood Park is a free, family-friendly festive day of celebrating, learning through music, arts, crafts, food, and attire. Renowned musicians lead people of all cultures, religions and ages to hold hands and sing songs of goodwill at the closing ceremony. 540-904-2234.
May 16–Front Royal.
29th Annual Virginia Wine and Craft Festival from 10am-6pm downtown. Come and enjoy tastings from 20 Virginia wineries. Covering more than seven blocks and featuring over 100 vendors, artists, crafters, and live music. Children’s area activities. There won’t be anything you can’t find to fit your style, mood or need. Free admission or $30.00 at the gate for those who wish to wine taste. 540-635-3185.
2nd KidzFest on the Old Town Walking Mall. Gather your kids and come down-town for a day full of fun and education. This all day event features exhibits centered on four main areas; education, art, music and sports. 540-722-8700.
4th Annual Wine and Food Festival from 1-6pm on the front lawn of The Vinton War Memorial. Don’t worry though, if you aren’t a fan of the “grape”, we will have some “wheat and barley” available. Music by Texas Twister, Lenny Marcus and headliner is Fat Daddy Band. Attendees must be 21 or older. 540-343-1364.
Pat will be at the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, 223 Gilbert Street, to meet with her collectors and sign purchases of her work. 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 two days can be personalized. For more information call 540-552-6446.
May 16-17–New Market.
151st Anniversary of the Battle of New Market, the nation’s oldest continual reenactment fought on the original battlefield will be held at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway. A tactical reenactment will occur at 2:30pm on the 16th and the Battle of New Market at 2pm on the 17th. Also you can visit the Museum, Bushong Farm activities tent, brouse Sutler’s Row or stroll through the Union and Confederate camps. Food will be available. Please do not bring pets or backpacks to the event. Advance tickets will be onsale until the 8th. They are $8.00 per day for ages 10 and over or at the gate for $10.00. Children 9 and under are free. 1-866-515-1864.
Memorial Day Festival and Parade. Cruz In at 6pm on historic First Street. Flag Retirement Ceremony by the Shenandoah Boy Scouts at the Veterans Park on the 22nd. All day long on the 23th there will be sales to benefit local organizations, and a memorial service for veterans, huge patriotic parade, volunteer firemen’s carnival with live music and food sales including steamed shrimp. Also a variety of shows which include: cars, antique tractors, motorcycles, and a dog show. Sponsored by the Shenandoah Heritage Center. 540-742-1141.
May 22-23–Stephens City.
23rd Annual Newtown Heritage Festival will be held all along Main Street but mostly at The Commons. Featuring music by “Souled Out” on the 22nd and the “Boxcars” on the 23rd, which is followed by the best fireworks display in the Northern Valley. Also a variety of vendors. There will be a dedication of the Stephens City Veterans Memorial in front of the Old School. Kids and pets welcome. Free admission. 540-869-3087.
46th Anniversary of Festival in the Park at Elmwood Park. We have over 40 different music and entertainment acts. There will be a recycled regatta, antique cars, a motorcycle show, children’s activities, food trucks, Budweiser beer and wine. Also AEP 5K & 10K Run/Walk/Wheelchair Race. Daytime activities are free and admission fee to evening concerts. 540-342-6025.
May 23–Weyers Cave.
The Spring Festival will be held at the Weyers Cave Community Center from 9am-4pm. There will be over 30 vendors including artisans, crafts, food trucks and music by “E-Town”. We will have a blood drive to support Team Chloe, a local girl with Leukemia. Also the Augusta dog adoptions will be some of the non profits. 540-560-3059.
May 23– McGaheysville.
15th Annual ValleyFest Beer and Wine Festival. Enjoy delicious food, browse the wares of quality crafters and artisans. Live music by Everyday People, Love Canon, Kayne Twitty Band, Mike Davis, and more. All proceeds benefit the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. Rain or shine. No outside food /beverages/pets or coolers. At the gate $30.00. Designated driver and those under 21 $10.00, kids 10 and under are free. 540-434-3862.
Art in the Park will be held at Gypsy Hill Park. Visitors can chat with the artists, listen to live music coming from the bandstand and enjoy the food provided by a variety of vendors. Young artists are welcome to participate in a children’s art activity area. There is a small fee to cover materials cost. No admission charge. 540-885-2028.
22nd Annual Strawberry Festival at Sky Meadows State Park. Enjoy hayrides, old fashioned field games, dancing, music, magic, storytelling, crafts, a petting farm, an antique car show, bake sale, face painting, food, a corn hole tournament, a monkey and much more. All for just $25.00 a car. Leashed pets are welcome and NO alcohol whatsoever is permitted. 540-364-2772.
We are honored to be selected to host the Road Runners Club of America Regional Championship. Proceeds of the race will benefit The Laurel Center (formerly the Winchester Shelter for Abused Women). Sign up early or on race day at Runners’ Retreat, 135 N. Loudoun St. (north of the finish line). You can register during normal store business hours beginning the 12th or from 6:30-8:15am on race morning. Choose either a tank top or tee shirt while supplies last. firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-665-8394.
Enjoy a weekend of authentic Lebanese culture at St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church, 4730 Cove Road NW, at the 17th Annual Festival. The event is held rain or shine. There will be Lebanese food, drinks, live Arabic music, traditional dances, childrens’ activities and more. Free admission and parking. 540-293-4011.
If you want to take advantage of this region’s many adventure sports opportunities or just want to try something new and exciting, then come to XtremeFest at Constitution Park from 10am-3pm. You can Climb on the mobile climbing wall, kayak the South River, jump on the air bungee trampoline, test your skills on the mechanical bull, and watch the high flying BMX stunt show. Register for huge giveaways and enjoy great food. The event is free of charge and there will be fun for the whole family. 540-942-6735.
Join Dancing Dog Natural Market, 147 North Loudoun Street, with your favorite four-legged friend for the “Dog Gone Scavenger Hunt”. Bring your walking shoes. The course will be roughly 2 miles depending on how you tackle the clues and your favorite pooper scooper. Participant will look for clues to collect dog treats and toys for your sidekick. All tickets may be purchased during the day of the event. Pre-registration at 10am and the scavenger hunt begins at 11am. Prizes awarded at 12:30pm. The first dog will be $40.00, $10.00 for each additional dog and can be accompanied by multiple participants at no charge. 540-665-3804.
3rd Annual Blue Ridge Music Festival will roll into the Civic Center’s Stadium. Featuring on the 30th Brad Paisley, Jerrod Niemann, Charlie Daniels Band, Swon Brothers, Will Hoge, Craig Wayne Boyd, Jamie Lynn Spears. On the 31st Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford, Dustin Lynch, Chris Lane, Clare Dunn and lots more. This event will take place rain or shine and there will be no daily re-entry. Also No: camping or tailgating, lawn chairs, cans/bottles, umbrellas or backpacks. 540-375-3004.