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.
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.
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 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.
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.
6th Annual “Art for Arf” sponsored by the Nelson Gallery, 27 West Washington Street. This event is to benefit the Rockbridge SPCA. The Rockbridge SPCA will receive 50% or 100% commission of artist’s choice of each work sold. 540-463-9827.
Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, in honor of those who serve our country, will be participating in the Blue Star Museum program. Free admission will be offered to all active duty military personnel and up to five members of their families. 540-885-0897.
Augusta Expoland events: Tibetan Spaniels Dog Show on the 4th-5th; Indoor/Outdoor Market and Yard Sale on the 6th; Skyline Kennel Dog Show on the 6th-7th; Poultry Sale on the 20th; Treasures of the Earth Gem and Jewelry Show on the 26th-28th; Family Fun Day on the 27th. 540-337-2557.
Heritage Oaks Golf Course, 680 Garbers Church Road, will host the Pin Seekers Challenge. Be the Ultimate pin seeker and test your skill or luck each Thursday and Sunday. Those winning the weekly closest to pin will be invited to compete for the title of ultimate pin seeker and a hole-in-one at the shoot-out will win $10,000. Registration is $2.00. Visit site: heritageoaksgolf.com/pin-seekers-challenge/ or 540-442-6502.
June 5–New Market.
1st Annual Summer Music Series: Cross Roads Fest held at Rebel Park, 9186 John Sevier Road on selected dates during the summer. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy an evening of local music, bbq and brews. The Martin Brothers and Aspen Run will be the bands playing. Free Admission. 540-740-3432.
Virginia Horse Center events: Virginia Presidential Paso Fino Horse Show on the 5th-6th; Old-Time Music Jam on the 9th; Blue Ridge Arabian Horse Show “A” on the 11th-14th; Old Dominion Pony Club Show Jumping Rally on the 19th-21st; Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show on the 20th-21st; House Mountain Horse Show on the 23th-24th; Equestrian Vaulting FEI CVI 1 and 2 on the 25th-26th; Equestrian Vaulting Region IX Championships on the 27th-29th; Virginia Commonwealth Games on the 27th-28th. 540-464-2950.
June 6–Shenandoah Caverns.
Shenandoah Jamboree, the Valley’s premier country entertainment series of shows at the Yellow Barn. Featuring Lisa Meadows and the Shenandoah Jamboree Cast. Ben “Cooter” Jones will be making special appearances at some shows. Special guests RFD-TV Stars Shotgun Red and Steve Hall. Seating is first come first served in both sections. Purchasing a reserved section ticket guarantees you a seat in the first approximately 125 seats. 888-422-83767.
The 1st Annual Strasburg Blues Festival will kick off at noon on Saturday at the Strasburg Moose Grounds. There will be at least seven great bands playing. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Students get in for half price as do Moose members. Children under 12 are free. And yes, finally, you can bring your beach and lawn chairs. No coolers or pets please. 804-214-0312.
Garden Fest will be held at Belle Grove Plantation, from 8am-3pm. This event is an annual celebration of the garden. There will be demonstrations, displays, garden/specialty vendors, children’s activities, raffles, food, live music and more. Free event. 540-869-2028.
6th Annual JeepJAM at the Rockingham County Fairground, starting at 10am-5pm rain or shine. This event is a family oriented event with activities for the kids, Michaels’ passport to imagination, face painting, balloons, inflatable rides and more. Jeep gate registration fee is $30.00 and pedestrian gate fee is $5.00 per vehicle. 540-433-1600.
2nd Annual Butterfly Ball hosted by the Science Museum of Western Virginia. The event will be evening under the stars on the rooftop of Center in the Square. The party begins at 6pm in the Atrium of Center in the Square and proceeds over the course of the evening to the Science Museum and Center in the Square rooftop garden. Taking inspiration from our butterflies we invite you to wear vibrantly colored cocktail attire and dance away an amazing summer evening with us. Admission fee. For more information call 540-342-5710.
Wine and Trotter Festival at the Shenandoah County Fair Grounds held rain or shine. Harness races, music, food, crafters and more. Also a souvenir wine glass and wear your best race hat. Admission fee: wine tasting/races $20.00; Races with no wine tasting $10.00; 16 and under $2.00. 540-459-3867.
River Stage at The Bridges, 325 Walnut Avenue SE will be the site for the 9th Annual Woofstock Dog Festival. We know you want to take the pup with you to local festivals, unfortunately you can’t bring dogs to most events, this is the exception. Join us for a day of music, games, activities, vendors and don’t forget your pupKids. Admission fee, 12 and under and dogs are free. 540-206-2414.
The Massanutten Hoo-Ha is a a cross country mountain bike race held at Massanutten Resorts’s Western Slope. The event encourages riders of all levels, novice to pro to participate. There will be no Sunday registration. To pre-register call 540-289-4954 or www.massresort.com/v.php?pg=220.
June 10, 24–Harrisonburg.
A FundFest will be held in the Turner Pavilion (farmer’s market pavilion next to the traditional grassy lot venue) from 6-8:30 pm. Featuring “In Full” on the 10th; “Out of Spite” on the 24th. Admission is a $2.00 donation. Alcohol and food are available for purchase, however outside alcohol and food or pets are not permitted. 540-434-5270.
June 10, 17, 24–Harrisonburg.
Valley Playhouse presents “The Trial of Goldilocks” at the Lucy Simms Center Auditorium, 620 Simms Ave. This exciting comedy examines the familiar fairy tale from three points of view: the traditional, the bears’, then Goldilocks’. Guilty or innocent? Was the young girl a selfish, spoiled brat intruding where she didn’t belong? Or was she the victim of three conniving bears (and their animal “band of hoods” in the woods)? 540-801-8779.
June 11, 25–New Market.
Both of the folowing events will be held at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. Sewing Circle: The Park Volunteer Corps meets once a month at the Bushong House to recreate this popular 19th century activity. Join our costumed volunteers at the farm and learn about what’s under construction on the 11th and on the 25th Foodways: 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. 866-515-1864.
June 11, 18, 25–Winchester.
Family Movie Night in Old Town offers families some time together under the stars. Bring a blanket or chairs to the lawn of the 1840 Frederick County Courthouse on the Loudoun Street Mall and watch a family favorite film on a gigantic movie screen. Popcorn and other food vendors will be available. Films are shown at dusk around 8:30pm. People start to claim their spots on the lawn as early as 7pm. Movies play except in extreme weather. Free admission. 540-535-3661.
June 12–Natural Bridge.
Demolition Derby at Natural Bridge Speedway. This is a motorsport usually presented at county fairs and local speedways. While rules vary from event to event, the typical demolition derby event consists of five or more drivers competing by deliberately ramming their vehicles into one another. The last driver whose vehicle is still operational is awarded the victory. Admission fee. 540-451-2943.
June 12-14, -20–Woodstock.
Events at Shenandoah County Fairground, 300 Fairground Road. Massanutten Antique Tractor and Gasoline Engine Show on the 12th-14th; Young Farmer’s Tractor Pull on the 20th. 540-459-3867.
June 12, 19-21, 27–Buena Vista.
Glen Maury Park events: Fridays in the Park with “Seven Mile Ford’ on the 12th; The 22nd Annual Maury River Fiddlers’ Convention on the 19th-21st. A competition for Old Time and Bluegrass Bands. Headliners include Mark Templeton, “Pocket Change” and the Deer Creek Boys; The 7th Annual Rockin’ 4 Autism from 2-10pm on the 27th. A fundraiser to benefit Blue Ridge Autism Awareness Center. Live music, vendors, car show, food, raffle. $5.00 per person, children 12 and under free. 800-555-8845.
Free Kids Fishing Day for ages 15 and under at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center’s Lake. Highlights are “Smokey Bear”, “Sparking the Fire Dog”, “Zoomie the Lizard”. Face painting, prizes and more. A fishing license is not required for kids, but adults must have a valid VA freshwater fishing license to fish the lake. Bring your own rods and reels. If you don’t have one then we will loan you one at no charge. Also bring your bait and seating. Derby begins at 9am. A light lunch will be provided to registered participants. 540-910-0078.
3rd Annual Hop Blossom Craft Beer Festival will be held on West Boscawen Street and S. Loudoun Street. We will be featuring 38+ craft breweries from the local area and beyond. Enjoy live entertainment and crafters. The event benefits GoodDogz.org and the Winchester SPCA. Tickets are available at the door until 2pm day of the event. 540-409-5252.
Shenandoah Pattern Classic will be held at the Harrisonburg Flying Field. Precision aerobatic model airplanes. Modelers from all over the Mid-Atlantic region come to test their skills against each other flying prescribed maneuver sequences. Spectators are welcome. Free admission for spectators. Also a concession stand. Stop by and check out something completely different. This is an AMA sanctioned event. 540-908-8256.
Heart of the Valley Antiques Fair at the Rockingham Country Fairgrounds. Featuring chippendale to cottage, diamonds to furniture and lots more. All items are guaranteed to be authentic.You can expect a wide variety of antiques for the novice to the advanced collector with a constant emphasis on quality. dfshows.com.
June 13, 20–Harrisonburg.
Rockingham Country Fairgrounds events: I-81 Showdown Lamb and Goat Show on the 13th; Internaional Harvesters Collectors Show on the 20th. 540-434-0005.
June 13, 27–Grottoes.
Join us at Grand Caverns and do an adventure tour through our sister cave named Fountain Cave. It is a previous commercial cave that has not been open to the public for almost 100 years. There are no lights inside the cavern and the only thing that remains is a once used beaten 1800’s pathway. The tour itself will take about 2 hours and will require some strenuous activity. There are opportunities for adventurous climbing and crawling, however if you are more reserved you can stay on the 1800s path with one of the two tourguides. Please be aware that if you have health problems or tire quickly this may be questioanble for you. To be able to go into the cave you will be suited up with a helmet, knee pads and gloves. A hand held flashlight will not be provided so it is recommended that you bring one. For more information or to register, call 540-249-5705 or visit their web site at: grandcaverns.com/v.php?pg=192.
The Roanoke Valley Horse Show will be held at the Civic Center. The RVHS features Hunter, Jumper, Racking, Roadster, Saddlebred, and Western. Also during the show there will be a youth ice cream party for kids under 18 on the 17th; Children’s Stick Horse Classic for children 6 and under who attend the show on the 18th; Hilarious Jack Russell Terrier Races on the 19th; Youth Kickball Game for ages 6-18 at the Softball field on the 20th. This show is a national competition and there are about 9 charities that benefit from it. Admission fee. 540-389-7847.
Vintage Festival in the Court Square. Enjoy music by “Souled Out”. Dancing, artisans, crafters, food vendors, wine, beer garden, children’s activities, and more. Admission is free. 540-459-3621.
The 22nd Annual Harrisonburg/Rockingham African-American Festival will be held at the Ralph Sampson Park, 620 Sims Avenue. Rain-or-shine. Enjoy a day of entertainment, fellowship, family fun, crafts, art, music, food, exhibitors and more. Free admission/parking. 540-395-3378.
Up on The Roof is the Premier Creative Professional’s mixer on the rooftop of the Kent Square parking lot. This is a rain or shine event from 5:30-8pm. The event is a happy hour networking social with food, happy hour samples, beer and vodka mixers available with a $5.00 or $10.00 donation. Downtown Events Inc., the non-profit that produces Up on the Roof is first and foremost a social organization with a mission to connect newcomers, locals and creative professionals. Although admission is free, we are asking you to consider donating to our non-profit at the entrance. In exchange for your donation you will get food, drinks marked on your wristband and the opportunity to network and be social with like-minded people who are new or established in town. You must be 21 to enter. Please bring your ID. For more information call 540-951-0454.
The nationally renowned Colonial Beach Blues Festival is coming to the Shenandoah Fairgrounds and renaming itself the Hep Kat Blues Blast. Eleven big bands over two days with dozens of vendors and crafters. Call 804-214-0312 for more information.
31st Annual Ray Gordon Memorial Jumbo Fly-In at the Harrisonburg Flying Field, GPS coordinates of the field are 38° 22.98’ North by 78° 55.26’ West. Large model airplanes are featured at this event. Modelers from all over the Mid-Atlantic region come to fly, socialize, and share their enthusiasm for big model airplanes. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is no admission charge for spectators. A concession stand will be in operation serving grilled hamburgers, grilled hot dogs, ice-cold drinks, chips, etc. Bring a lawn chair and plan on having a great day. This is an AMA sanctioned event. 540-746-1892 or email@example.com.
River and Roots Fest will be held at Watermelon Park Campground. This is a family-friendly music festival that is located on the Shenandoah River. Festivities include concerts, dances, workshops, bands, pickin’ contests, kid’s activities, open jams, food, craft vendors, and more. On the 27th the “River and Roots Educational Boat Float” from noon-2pm. All participants should meet at Lockes Landing at noon with their canoe, tube, or kayak. Tubes and Canoes available for rent from the camp store, check on availability of shuttle bus. Admission fee. 540-955-1621.
Join us in the Alleghany Highlands as we bring competition BBQ to the mountains. The 4th Annual Covington Cork and Pork Festival BBQ competition is a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event. While the barbeque will stand front and center as the center- piece of this festival, there will be entertainment, a wine tasting event, and children activities. Downtown on Main St., Court Ave., Maple Ave., Locust St. Admission free. 540-968-3561.
13th Annual Star City Motor Madness Cruise-in and Car Show. A celebration of America’s passion for the automobile and the love of cruising. Festivities begin with a cruise along Williamson Road. Each venue will have something different. For spectators all activities are free. Proceeds go to the Virginia Museum of Transportation. www.starcitymotormadness.com or 540-342-5670.
28th Annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show at Augusta Expoland. This unique show features jewelry makers, gold and silversmiths from all over the United States that can size, reconstruct, repair, design or make original jewelry from customer selected gems, stones, opals and crystals on the spot. Wire wrap, wire sculpture, stone beads, pearls, stone setting, amber, opal, fossil, mineral dealers and hourly door prizes. This show is fun for the whole family. Also you could win the grand prize, a gold ring with a precious stone. You do not have to be present to win the Grand Prize. Admission is $4.00 (good for all 3 days)and children under age 16 are free when accompanied by a adult. 540-384-6047.
Join the the Frontier Culture Museum for their 7th Annual Wine, Beer and Jazz Festival starting at 1pm and ending 7pm. Featuring wines from various vineyards throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Also brews and entertainment will be provided by Blue Ridge Beverage and Blue Moon. Admission includes access to the Frontier Culture Museum exhibits and a souvenir wine glass. Must be 21 and present a valid ID at the gate in order to sample alcoholic beverages. For more information visit the event website at: wp.me/P3QZ8H-zk or 540-332-7850.