July 1-31–New Market.
Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George R. Collins Parkway, presents Foodways on the Farm. This program for Civil War “foodies” at the historic Bushong Farm summer kitchen shows how recipes were prepared in the 1850s and how the choice of ingredients was totally dependent on the season of the year. Free with paid park admission and held April through October. 540.462.6360.
OASIS Fine Art and Craft located at 103 S. Main Street, will host a reception for the exhibit titled “Jewel Yoder Hertzler: Recent Paintings”, from 5-8. This free event will include light refreshments, live music by Mel Lee and Jim Gaskins on fiddle and other instruments on the 1st-31st. Also the Kids Summer Art Activites: On the 5th, Critters and Cards, contact email@example.com On the 12th, Handbuilding with Clay, contact firstname.lastname@example.org On the 19th, Face Mugs, contact email@example.com On the 26, Glass Mosaics, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information call 540-442-8188 or 517-219-7826.
July 5, 12, 19, 26–Staunton.
The 14th annual Praise in the Park Free Gospel concert series will be held at 7pm every Tuesday at the bandstand at Gypsy Hill Park. In addition to the concerts there will be activities for children and food concessions. Bring your lawn chairs for this family event. It is hosted by Linden Heights Baptist Church. For a complete listing of performers go to www.lindenheightsbaptistchuch.org.
Augusta Expoland will host the Summer in the Valley Antique Show on the 9th; Ken Treadway Rodeo on the 16th-17th; Monster Truck Show with free ride on VA Giant on the 22nd-23th; Augusta Co. Fair Beauty Pageant on the 30th. 540-337-2552.
July 13, 27–Harrisonburg.
“FundFest” will be held near the Turner Pavilion and across from the Daily News-Record. Featuring Who Shot John with Gypsy Town on the 13th, and on the 27th SRO with Kelly May Brown. Bring a chair or blanket. We will have a variety of food and drinks for purchase. Pets, coolers, outside food not permitted. Sponsored by the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA. 540-271-7740.
July 14, 21, 28–Waynesboro.
Rock n’ Ridgeview starting 6pm at Ridgeview Park Amphitheater. Grab your spot on the hill, spread your blanket, grab a bite at the food truck, then just kick back and relax. Featuring Gabby Haze on the 14th, Erin and the Wildfire on the 21st, Brian Patrick Band on the 28th. 540-942-6735.
We’re excited to welcome Justin Jones for the first time at Fridays on the Square. Bring your picnics, blankets, lawn chairs, and all the kids. Free summertime fun on the lawn of Court Square! http://fridaysonthesquare.com.
Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation is hosting the 155th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of 1st Bull Run on the Battlefield of Cedar Creek, 9437 Valley Pike. Over 3000 reenactors will turn out as we wheel out the big guns for this three-day event. Engagements of Rich Mountain, Blackburn’s Ford, and Matthews and Henry House Hills are scheduled for consecutive days. Gates open at 4pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday and Sunday. Activities will include military, medical, and other demonstrations. Come Interact with Lee’s Lieutenants and visit the reenactor camps. Witness the dusk firing of artillery on Friday night or take a guided tour of the camps on Saturday evening. Speakers will offer perspectives on the Civil War and its Aftermath. Sutlers, crafts, food vendors will be available. Tickets are on sale online at www.ccbf.us or at the gate when you arrive. Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation is a non-profit 501 © (3) organization and all proceeds go to the preservation of the Battlefield. Friday tickets are $5 per person, children 6 and under are free. Saturday and Sunday tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for seniors, students, and active and retired military. Children 6 and under are free. Visit our website at www.ccbf.us for more information or call us at 540-869-2064.
July 23–Stuarts Draft.
13th Annual Sweet Dreams Festival at Stuarts Draft Park from 9am-4pm. There will be fun contests for everyone including a Little Debbie® look-a-like, chocolate pie eating and photo contest. Families will also enjoy the wide range of activities, entertainment and so much more. The first 500 people to stop by the information booth will also receive some yummy goodies. Free event. 540-245-5727.
For the first time ever, the Harrisonburg Police Department SWAT team obstacle course, at Harper Presgraves Training Facility, 1010 Greendale Road will be open for the Inaugural Fine Earth Adventure Race-Benefiting K9s for Warriors. There will be races for all levels, expert, intermediate and beginner. If you don’t want to race you can sign up for general admission and enjoy fun activities like, knockerball, bubble soccer, a magician, kids events, a concert by The Hackens Boys and much more. Sign up today at www.k9adventurerace.com. All proceeds go to K9s For Warriors which rescues dogs from kill shelters and trains them to help Veterans with PTSD. 540-432-7977.
The Frederick County Fair will have rides, food, demolition derby, pig scramble, contest, monster trucks, go-kart racing, a petting zoo, box turtle derby race, truck/ tractor pull, skid steer rodeo and more. 540-667-8739. Admission fee.
Celebrate diversity and acceptance for our wonderful LGBT community by coming to Court Square for the 2nd Annual Shenandoah Valley Pride Festival. Entertainment will include live music, several acts, speakers and shows. Fill Court Square with positive energy and celebration for this great community. www.shenandoahvalleypride.org.
July 27-28– Chincoteague.
91st Annual Volunteer Fireman’s Pony Swim and Auction. On the 27th, the Saltwater Cowboys will swim the ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. The auction on the 28th helps to control the overall size of the herd, and uses some of the proceeds from the auction to provide veterinary care for the ponies. 757-460-6161.
Rockbridge Regional Fair and Farm Show will be held at the VA Horse Center. We’re getting ready for a great year of rides, food, family activities. Entertainment and other cool things. 540-464-2950.
July 29-30–Buena Vista.
Beach Music Festival and Classic Car Show at Glen Maury Park. Bring a chair, food/drink vendors. No outside food/drink allowed in concert area or pets. Plan on spending the weekend. Special camping rate Thursday-Saturday nights, $15.00 per night per camper. Concert tickets are sold at the gate only. 540-261-7321.
50th Annual Pageant of Steam at the Ruritan-Clark County Show Ground. Featuring working steam engines, sawmill, wheat threshing, antique trucks, flea markets, a blacksmith and lots more. Also a antique tractor pull on the 29th, and on the 30th a horse pull followed by a bluegrass band. No pets in the display area allowed. Admission is $7.00 and children under 12 free. 540-514-5854.
8th Annual Touch-A-Truck at Green Hill Park from 10am-4pm. We invite you to see, touch, interact with and climb on hundreds of cool vehicles. Other activities include water-spray areas, fireman’s foam, a petting zoo, costumed characters, food and more. Free event. 540-387-6078.
August 1-6–Front Royal.
59th Warren County Fair at 26 Fairgrounds Road. Pet Show, Fire/Rescue firefighting demo, circus, livestock shows, music, food and more. Fireworks on the 2nd, demolition derby on the 3rd, truck/tractor pull and beard/mustache competition on the 4th, greased pig contest, monster trucks pit party and 5 trucks with Transaurus on the 6th. Admission fee. 540-635-5827.
August 1-31–New Market.
Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George R. Collins Parkway presents Foodways on the Farm: This program is for Civil War “foodies” and will be held at the historic Bushong Farm. See how recipes were prepared in the 1850s and how the choice of ingredients was totally dependent on the season of the year. Free with paid park admission. 540-462-6360.
OASIS Fine Art and Craft, 103 S. Main Street will host a reception for the exhibit “Jewel Yoder Hertzler: Recent Paintings”. Reception, from 5-8, will include light refreshments, live music by Simply Folk and is free on the 5th and the exhibit will run till the 31st. www.oasisartgallery.org or 540-442-8188.
Augusta County Fair will be held at Augusta Expoland. Dog agillity following dog show, midway, petting zoo, BLM bullriding, laser tag, contests, kids fishing at the Wildlife display, agri-puppets, Skin and Bones comedy circus, close encounters of the exotic kind, laser tag, Hansens spectacular thrill show, BLM bullriding, midway, contests and more. Fireworks on the 2nd. Admission fee, 12 and under are free.
August 2, 9, 16–Harrisonburg.
Kids summer art activites at OASIS Fine Art and Craft, 103 S. Main Street. Melted Beeswax Painting on the 2nd; Beading on the 9th; Chipboard Scrapbook on the 16th. Visit www.oasisartgallery.org or call 540-442-8188.
Annual Praise in the Park hosted by Linden Heights Baptist Church at Gypsy Hill Park bandstand. Featuring Scott Cash with Friends and the Crawford Brothers on the 2nd; Tina Persinger with Jonathan King and Heavens Mountain Band on the 9th; Brian Bence Gospel Magic and Chad on the 16th; Heather Snow, Sierra Losh and Southern Grace on the 26th; Julie Bernstein and Timmy Williamson on the 30th. Performances start at 7 pm. There will be concessions. 540-886-1138.
Caverns Shrine Club presents their 12th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival at the Comer-Jones VFW Post, 218 Veterans Lane, rain or shine. Featuring Goldwing Express, Carolina Blue and more. Tents and overnight campers welcome. Pets must be confined to campsite and on leashes at all times. Bring your own lawn chair. All proceeds go to the Shriners Hospital for Children. For tickets 540-778-3895 or their web site: bluegrassinluray.com.
F&M Bank will host a Fun Fair and Carnival at 80 Cross Keys Road. Join us at our Crossroads branch for carnival games, hot dogs, ice cream and more. Also on-site will be Rosie the Clown, a petting zoo, and hayrides. Come have some fun with the whole family from 3-5pm. 540-896-8941.
Family Night Flix presents Star Wars-The Force Awakens at Gypsy Hill Park’s bandstand. The family-oriented movie starts at dusk usually between 8:30pm or 9:15pm. Concessions available for purchase. Also a costume contest will begin at 8pm. 540-332-3945.
The Annual County Fair will be held at the Town Park. Enjoy all that we have to offer. There will be agriculture exhibits, 4-H /FFA youth livestock shows, local food expo, local entertainment, activities for children/adults and so much more. 540-254-1212.
Oak Grove Folk Music Festival located 2.1 miles west of Verona on Rt. 612, 845 Quicks Mill Road. The festival is a traditional and not-so-traditional folk music variety, mixing national acts, regional touring artists. Food concessions. Admission fee and children under 12 are free. 540-885-3000 or www.oakgrovefestival.com.
The Dayton Muddler is a unique 3.2 mile adventure course. The race supports our Nation’s military personnel who suffer injuries of the mind, body, or soul. “Muddlers” will encounter a variety of obstacles along the way, such as the Cooks Creek water run, redi-rock climb wall, mud pits, monkey bars, hay bale climb, hurdles, two 150 + foot water slides, feed sack carry, sand pit crawl, block/bucket carry, water sprays and more. Pre-registering is strongly encouraged. 540-879-2241.
5th Annual Poker Run at the Recreation Center, 305 Second Street. This event is brought to you by the Volunteer Fire and Rescue to benefit upgrading the extrication equipment. Registration is $15.00 per bike, $5.00 per passenger, and a meal will be provided. First 25 to register receive a complimentary knife. Over 50 prizes will be awarded. The rain date for the event is the 13th. 540-476-3979 or 540-742-2123.
Hispanic Festival at the Smithland Road Soccer Complex, 1542 Smithland Road, from 8am-4pm. There will be the election of the King and Queen of the festival. Traditional food, bazaars, live music and a mini soccer tournament. 540-236-8174.
Come join us for our 59th Horse Show at 54 Cherry Grove Road. It is the biggest fundraising event for the Middlebrook Ruritan Club. If you don’t ride horses or show, join us for our Chicken BBQ at 5pm. Participants and spectators are encouraged to bring canned food. This event helps to fund the club’s community service, outreach and scholarships throughout the year. 540-886-5759 or their website: www.middlebrookva.org for more information.
Join us at Elmwood Park for our Annual BaconFest from 10am-5pm. There will be delicious bacon dishes beyond your wildest dreams. Everything from bacon-wrapped pork belly to bacon hot sauces, bacon tacos to bacon cupcakes. Every bacon creation imaginable. BaconFest is a rain or shine event. General Admission is $5.00, kids 12 and under are free. 540-342-2028.
August 6–Highland County.
Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge participants will endure grueling ascents, thrilling descents, rolling valley roads and guarantee a challenge for all cycling skill levels. Water/food stops every 15-20 miles, SAG support and a post ride meal is included. The event features 2 states, 3 counties, 9 mountains, 105 miles, and over 10,000 feet of climb. The challenge features 4 courses of different ability level. A fundraiser to benefit Highland County Recreation Commission sponsored programs and facilities. 540-468-3866.
8th Annual Blues and Brews Festival in the downtown area from 2-9pm. Come celebrate the Blues, accompanied by some of the best Virginia microbreweries in the area and a wide variety of local food and craft vendors. We have an award winning lineup of some of the best Blues music. 540-324-3215.
3rd Annual Antique Auto Show at the Historic Edinburg Mill, 214 South Main Street from 10am-2pm. There will be a 50/50 drawing, door prizes, cake walk, chinese auction and music by Sound Soultion. In addition the Mill offers a gift shops, theater, visitor center, hand dipped ice cream. 540-984-8521. Proceeds benefit the Mill and the Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum.
81st Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention at Felts Park Campground, 601 S. Main Sreet. A wide variety of food/drinks will be available as well as other vendors will have merchandise for sale. Camping is available on a first come, first served basis. Also a variety of folk song, flatfoot dance and so much more. 276-236-8541.
Community Fair will be held at 18142 Crab Run Road. Food, games, rides, live music and fun for the whole family. Admission fee, children 11 and under free admission. 540-852-3233 or 540-852-3505.
August 10, 24–Harrisonburg.
Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA will put on a fundraiser near the Turner Pavilion across from the Daily News-Record from 5:30-8pm. Fundfest is an evening of entertainment including live music, beer and food vendors, with proceeds benefiting local nonprofit organizations. Featuring John Samson on the10th and the Goodsons on the 24th. 540-271-7740.
August 13–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 from New Market to Stephens City along the Old Valley Pike. There will be antiques, yard sales, local businesses like Route 11 potato chips and so much more. 540-459-2542 or 540-869-3087.
August 13–Front Royal.
3rd Annual Dragon Boat Race to benefit the Humane Society of Warren County will be held on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River at the Front Royal Golf Course landing. The event features friendly competitions between community and corporate teams. The event is free to spectators. 540-635-4734 ext. 226.
19th Anniversary Microfestivus takes place from noon-6pm in the downtown area. There will be live music and a great lineup of vendors. Microfestivus is not a good event for children and no pets except service dogs. 434-361-0088 or 540-456-8020.
Rockingham County Fair will be held at the Fairgrounds on Rt. 11 South. Featuring food, exhibits, rides, music and the fair has something for everyone. Kiss A Cow Fund-raiser for American Cancer Society on the 18th and demolition derby on the 20th. Admission fee. 540-434-0005.
62nd Annual County Fair at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds. The Fair is a variety of exhibits/shows, carnival, concerts, food and more. Pig scramble on the 15th, demolition derby on the 16th and 20th, bull riding/rodeo on the 19th. Admisssion fee, children 4 and under free. 540-955-3755.
Page County Homeschoolers of Virginia is having an Open House NOON to 3:30 PM at The American Legion Hall, 106 Zerkle Street in Luray, Free activities and games for the kids, raffles (prizes with a total value over $750!), children’s craft fair, bake sale fundraiser, optional pizza lunch, scavenger hunt with prizes for the kids, and more! You do NOT have to live in Page County to join in the fun.See our website http://www.pagecountyhomeschoolers.com/product/2016-pch-open-house-celebration/ for more info or to contact us.
August 19–New Market.
Family Movie Night in our Community Park. Enjoy fun games, treats and a family movie. Kids activities start at 7pm and the movie begins at sundown. This event is free. Bring your blanket. 540-740-3432.
August 20–New Market.
Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway, presents Jacob Bushong’s Birthday from 11am-3pm. Friends and family are coming to help celebrate the day with a lawn party at the Bushong farmhouse and you are invited. Join our living historians for food, dancing, games, activities, and music. With so much to do, there’s sure to be something fun for everyone. Event is free with paid admission (5 and under free) to the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. 1-866-515-1864.
Join us for the 2nd Annual Pioneer Pig-Out at Millbrook High School, 251 First Woods Drive from noon-4pm. There will be lots of fun activities for the whole family. The Millbrook Marching Band will march spectators to the Pig-Out and the events will begin. Free admission for Police/Fire/Military personnel with valid ID and $10.00 entrance fee for the public. 540-545-2800.
Civil War Presentation and Book Signing at Hupp’s Hill Civil War Park and Museum. 11:30am. Learn about the “disastrous” cavalry battle at Tom’s Brook. Author William J. Miller will speak about the characters and events of the controversial battle and sign copies of his new book Decision at Tom’s Brook. No admission fee. 540-465-5884.
Massanutten Resort will host the Mountain Jamboree from 5-10pm. Food vendors, kid’s corner, beer/wine garden and more. All proceeds benefit the Shenandoah Valley Travel Association. Rain or shine event. No outside food/beverage/pets/coolers permitted. Ticket price does not include food, beverage and some kids’ activities. Admission is $20.00 and kids under 7 are free. 540-289-9441.
The Luray International Race on the 20th and the Luray Sprint on the 21st take place at Lake Arrowhead Park. 540-743-3915 or www.luraytriathlon.com/.
Annual Greek Festival will take place at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 1700 Amherst Street. Sample our Greek cuisine and experience our Greek music/dance. This event will be fun for the entire family. Free admission. 540-667-1416.
64th Page Valley Fair at 15 Fairlane Drive. Everyone who attends can find something to enjoy. Rides, livestock/horse shows, live music and that only starts the list of attractions. Demolition Derby on the 26th -27th and a Tractor-Truck Pull on the 23rd-24th. Admission fee, with children under 6 free. 540-843-3247.
All entrance fees for Shenandoah National Park and all national parks, are waived to celebrate and honor the National Park Service’s Birthday. 540-999-3500.
August 26-Sept. 3–Woodstock.
The Shenandoah County Fair is the oldest and largest fair in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Featuring world-class grandstand entertainment. Pig scramble on the 26th, demolition derby on the 29th-30th. Rodeo on Sept. 2 and monster truck show on sept. 3rd and more. 540-459-3867.
3rd Annual Big Truck/Car Show with free concerts indoors at Augusta Expoland. Rain or shine with free admision. 540-943-3976.
Rockbridge Community Festival downtown. This is a family event. The SPCA will be present with pets to adopt. So be warned, you may just go home with a new friend. All funds benefit Rockbridge area charities. No admission fee. 540-460-8220.
Cruise-In at Chick-fil-A at 1691 East Market Street. Music, face painting, door prizes, drawing for Chick-fil-A food. 540-574-2232.
August 27-Sept. 3–Monterey.
65th Highland County Fair is an old-time country fair steeped in tradition and opens with a hometown parade. Events include a horse show, demolition derby, truck/tractor pull, music, food, and fun. 540-468-2639.
Dog Days Dog Swim at Westover Park, noon-1:30pm or 1:30pm-3:00pm. Owners must present proof of current rabies vaccinations, not tags. There is a fee of $2.00 per dog that will benefit the Anicira Veterinary Center. Pre-registration required. Matthew.Little@harrisonburgva.gov or 540-433-9168.