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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
August 1–Shenandoah Caverns.
The Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns will be hosting the Shenandoah Jamboree from 7-10 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 Winner Buddy Jewell. Admission fee. 540-477-3115 or 540-477-2432.
The Dayton Muddler is a unique 3.2 mile adventure course through the historic Town of Dayton. 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. And it’s truly for a great cause. Net proceeds from the Muddler benefit the Wounded Warrior Project through our local veterans. Registration and check-in for individual runners and teams is 8am or save time by registering early. Music, food and beverages will be available. This is a rain or shine event. There will be plenty of shelter for spectators and participants. 540-879-2241.
Join Explore More from 9:30am to 1:30pm for Dairy Days sponsored by the Virginia Dairymen's Association. There will be a live cow and calf. In addition kids can play dairy games and make dairy themed arts and crafts. Kids also get the opportunity to make cheese and butter. This event offers free admission to the museum during event hours. 150 South Main St. 540.442.8900.
58th Middlebrook Horse Show at 54 Cherry Grove Road, from 8am-8pm. 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. Free admission for spectators. A $10.00 fee is required to enter a horse in the show. Pre-register firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-348-1414/540-886-5759 for more information.
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. No pets, rvs or campers, a tent-only camping event. Bring all the food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages, you want, just no glass containers. Admission fee. 703-774-5115 or www.doahfest.com.
Elkton Area United Services (EAUS) and SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts reach out to the community to donate school supplies for area students. Barb Polin opens her downtown fine handcrafts gallery and studio as the central collection center for the Supplies Drive. Every year, Polin also provides a "thank you" incentive: a coupon for 15% off of an entire SoLace purchase good through the end of 2015 for people donating a minimum of $10.00 in cash or school supplies. Drop off school supplies or monetary donations during the "Stock the Rock" school supplies drive at SoLace Studios, 193 W. Spotswood Avenue, is the main collection point for donations of school supplies and monetary contributions. Tax-deductible donations can be made out to Elkton Area United Services, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. SoLace and EAUS invite the community to a "Stock the Rock" Pep Rally during tax-free weekend, on the 8th, from noon-2pm, outside SoLace Studios, with live music, school mascots and more. You can stop by anytime on the 7th from 10am-5pm and the 8th from 10am-2pm, to load your donation right onto the Little Red bus from ERHS. Suggested supplies include: Backpacks/book bags, 3 ring binders, ruled loose-leaf paper and dividers, Composition notebooks, #2 pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, colored pencils, glue sticks, rulers, index cards, tissues. More donations ideas call 540-289-8685 or 540-298-5222.
August 1-29–Highland County.
Area events: Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge. Participants will enjoy breathtakingly beautiful rural countryside in Virginia’s Western highlands on the 1st. 540-468-3866; Blue Grass Valley Music Fest featuring local food, regional talent, and more on the 7th-9th. 540-430-0772; Highland County Horse Show. Western and English riders compete in a county tradition older than the Maple Festival and the Highland County Fair on the 29th. 540-396-3144. Call for more information on these events.
2nd Annual Antique Auto Show at the Edinburg Mill Museum, 214 S. Main Street. The show is a fund raiser for the Edinburg Mill and is hosted by the Town of Edinburg and the Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum. It is a busy day that offers a lot to do in addition to the many antique autos that will be on display. Food will be available for sale and lots of events and prizes will be offered from 10am-2pm. 540-984-8521.
August 2, 16, 30–Staunton.
The Frontier Culture Museum is presenting a brand new music event series featuring traditional American Roots Music along with great food and wine. Admission fee. 540-332-7850 or www.frontiermuseum.org/american-roots-music-series/.
Virginia Horse Center events: Eastern Arabian Championships on the 2nd; Lexington National Horse Show “AA” on the 5th-9th; Old Time Music Jam on the 11th; National Barrel Horse Assoc. Colonial Nationals and the Connemara Horse Show on the 22nd-23rd; IALHA Andalusian Nationals on the 24th-30th; Virginia Young Horse Festival on the 28th-30th; Sallie B. Wheeler /US Hunter Breeding National Champ. on the 29th; Virginia Starter Horse Trials on the 29th-30th. For times and admission fees call 540-464-2950.
August 3-8–Front Royal.
Warren County Fair at 26 Fairgrounds Road. Animal shows, exhibits, food, music, truck/tractor pull, circus, Old McNally’s pig derby and more. BMX stunt show and fireworks on the 4th, demolition derby on the 5th, monster truck show on the 8th. Admission fee. 540-635-5827.
80th 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.
Augusta County Fair will be at Augusta Expoland. Carnival rides, pig racing, extreme illusions/escapes, petting zoo, BLM bullriding, laser tag, dog show, contests and more. Fireworks on the 4th. Admission fee. 540-245-5627.
Community Fair at 18142 Crab Run Road.Food, games, rides, exhibits for the whole family. Music by Jeremy Staubus, “EZ-GO” and more. Admission is a $1.00, 11 yrs old and under are free. 540-852-3233.
August 5, 19–Harrisonburg.
Funfest hosted by the Harrisonburg-Rockingham SPCA will be held in the Turner Pavilion from 6-8:30 pm. Featuring 10 Spot on the 5th and the Southern Company on the 19th. Admission is a $2.00 donation. Pets, coolers, outside food are not permitted. All proceeds benefit these local charities: American Cancer Society, Relay for Life and the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Day Care Center. 540-434-5270.
Caverns Shrine Club presents their 11th Annual Bluegrass Music Festival at the Comer-Jones VFW Post, 218 Veterans Lane, rain or shine. Featuring Goldwing Express, Page County Ramblers, Nothin’ Fancy, Hillbillie Gypsies and more. Tents and overnight campers welcome. Pets must be confined to campsite and on leashes at all times. Also hot food and cold drinks will be available. Bring your own lawn chair. All proceeds go to the Shriners Hospital for Children. For tickets 540-778-3895 or www.bluegrassinluray.org/index.html.
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 Gabby Haze on the 6th; Bootsie Daniels Band on the 13th. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Admission is free. 540-942-6735.
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, bake goods, homemaking exhibits. Also a tractor driving contest, wood working demonstrations, farmers market, local entertainment, activities for children/adults and so much more. 540-254-1212.
August 7-9–Highland County.
3rd Annual Blue Grass Valley Music Festival is a family-friendly event. From farm-fresh food to local artisans, primitive camping to regional brew, each year this event will prove to be much more than a music festival. 540-430-0772 or www.bgvmusicfestival.com/festival-info.html.
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. ABC sales and food concessions. Admission fee and children under 12 are free. www.oakgrovefestival.com or 540-885-3000.
August 8–Shenandoah Valley.
Shop until you drop at the Annual Route 11 Yard Crawl. Plan to spend the day meandering through 40 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.
Watch local artisans demonstrate their craft right before your eyes from 10am-3pm, at Explore Park, 56 Roanoke River Pkwy. Road. These events will include activities such as live music, fresh baked goods, informative presentations and children’s crafts. Free event. 540-777-6326.
Roanoke County’s Explore Park will host Artisan Saturdays, at mile post 115 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There will be local artisans on hand to demonstrate a number of uniquely different crafts including gourd work, jewelry making, plein air painting, fiber art, and woodworking are just a few of the demonstrations. The day may also include live music, fresh baked goods, and educational/fun craft activities for children. 540-427-1800.
The 7th Annual Blues and Brews Festival, is presented by Shenandoah Concerts and will be held at 201 South Lewis Street. Music by Little Lester, Moon Dog Medicine Show, and more. Accompanied by some of the best VA microbreweries, craft vendors and a variety of local food. Bring your own seating. Ticket holders must have ID and be 21 years or older to drink acoholic beverages. Children under 12 are free. Rain or Shine. Admission fee $15.00, does not include food or drink. 540-332-3867.
August 8–Front Royal.
Dragon Boat Race to benefit the Humane Society of Warren County held at the Country Club, 902 Country Club Road. The day begins at 8:30am. Each team is assigned a 20’ x 20’ space to serve as their official gathering point and is greeted by a volunteer Team Ambassador. Each paddler will race 2 or 3 times. Food stands will be on site. The event is open to the public and is well attended by friends and family of the paddlers. Spectators are encouraged to bring a chair. Races and all activities wrap up at approximately 3:30pm when the closing ceremonies take place. To register call 540-635-4734 ext 226, or on the web: www.wagginfordragons.com/registration/, email email@example.com.
18th Anniversary Microfestivus at Elmwood Park from noon-6pm. Sample beers from over 50 breweries, great food and hear some good tunes. Proceeds support Center in the Square. Admission is 35.00 and includes 20 tastings. This event is rain or shine. Must show valid ID and proof of 21 years and older. 540-224-1217.
61st Annual Clarke County Fair at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds. This is a true county fair with livestock, carnival rides, pet show, bunny carrot eating contest, food and more. Also figure 8 demolition derby on the 11th, truck/tractor pull on the 12th, bull riding/rodeo on the 14th, P.M. auto demolition derby on the 15th. Admission fee and on the 13th all active/military Veterans admitted free. 540-955-3755.
August 11, 18–Harrisonburg.
Children’s Summer Art Activities at OASIS Fine Art and Craft, 103 South Main Street. Featuring on the11th MaskQuerading from 10am-noon, for ages 6-12 and on the 18th Creepy Crawlers from 10am-noon for ages 6-10. Both events are free. 540-442-8188.
August 14–New Market.
Cross Roads Fest featuring Who shot John at Rebel Park, 9186 John Sevier Road, from 6:30-8:30pm. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy an evening of local music, food, beverages, as well as a beer/wine garden will be available for purchase. No pets on Rebel Field, no outside food or drink. Free admission. 540-740-3432.
August 14, 21–Natural Bridge.
Natural Bridge Speedway, 168 N. Dry Well Road, events: Truck and Tractor Pull on the 14th and Demolition Derby on the 21st. Special event admission is $15.00, children 10 and under free. 540-451-2943 or www.nbspeedway.com/2015-event-schedule.html.
Join us for the 10th Annual Luray International Triathlon presented by Page County. Conquer the race. Love the town. Come Swim, Bike and Run in Luray. Set in the scenic Shenandoah Valley, the Triathlon® offers a fun-filled, challenging weekend. The Luray International Triathlon 1.5K S / 41K B / 10K R, will be on August 15th. And on the 16th the Luray Sprint Triathlon 750m S / 27K B / 5K R. Experience this beginner-friendly sprint triathlon. New to triathlon? Try a 2- or 3-person relay! For more information www.luraytriathlon.com/.
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. Admission is free and free parking. 540-667-1416.
Rockingham County Fair will be held at the Fairgrounds. Featuring food, exhibits, rides, music and competitions. The fair has something for everyone. Kiss A Cow Fund-raiser for American Cancer Society and Demolition derby on the 21st. 540-434-0005.
August 22–New Market.
Virginia Museum of the Civil War will host the Jacob Bushong’s Birthday Party. Join our living historians from 11am-3pm 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 to the park. 1-866-515-1864 or 540-740-3101.
1st Annual Pioneer Pig Out at Millbrook High School, from noon-6pm. There will be lots of fun activities for the whole family. We will have a corn hole tournament, a kid zone, live bands. Also a dunk tank with brave individuals from the Millbrook faculty and staff daring you to dunk them and so much more. 540-545-2800.
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. Demolition Derby on the 28th and 29th. 540-843-3247.
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. Just 75 miles from the bustle of Washington, D.C., Shenandoah National Park is your escape to recreation and re-creation. Cascading waterfalls, spectacular vistas, quiet wooded hollows. Take a hike, meander along Skyline Drive, or a picnic with the family. There are 200,000 acres of protected lands, which are haven to deer, songbirds, the night sky and you. 540-999-3500.
Cruise-In at Chick-fil-A, 1691 East Market Street. Cars, music, cows, and fun. Bring your classic cars and the family for giveaways and more. We will have door prizes and one final grand prize. 540-574-2232.
August 28-Sept. 5–Woodstock.
The Shenandoah County Fair is the oldest and largest fair in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Featuring grandstand entertainment, harnesss racing, agricultural exhibits and more. Demo derby on the 31st and Sept. 1. A tractor pull on the 29th. For schedule of musical performers call 540-459-3867 or www.shencofair.com/.
39th Annual Rockbridge Community Festival from 9am-3pm 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. 540-319-1464.
Dance the night away at the 6th Annual Mountain Jamboree Festival at Massanutten Resort. There will be live music, food, kids’ activities, drinks in the beer garden and lots more. Fireworks at 10pm. Bring your own seating. Admission fee. 540-740-3132.
Bring your dogs to the Westover Pool for our Dog Days Dog Swim from noon-3pm. This is the last day the pool is open. Pre-registration is required. There is a fee of $2.00 per dog that will be donated to Happy Dogs Unleashed. 540-433-9168.