What's the relationship between science and Christianity? Mary Alice Rose presents "The Science of Christianity", at the public library community room, located at the corner of South Wayne Avenue and 14th Street. Rose explores the spiritual law, "God is Love", from the book of First John in the Bible at 2:30 pm. Admission is free. Sponsored by local Christian Science churches. 540-942-2040.
Augusta Expo events: Augusta Co. Model Railroad Club Show on the 1st; 4H Market Animal Show on the 5th-7th; Skyline Boys Quartet Concert on the 7th; American Cancer Society Relay for Life on the 13th-14th; 57th Shenandoah Antiques Expo on the 20th-22nd; Augusta Co. Fair Truck and Tractor Pull on the 27th-28. 540-943-3976 or 540-337-2552.
May 1-30–New Market.
Foodways on the Farm: This program for Civil War “foodies” will be held at the historic Bushong Farm summer kitchen. 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 admission to the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George R. Collins Parkway and held April through October. 540-333-3270.
Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run at Gypsy Hill Park’s Jerry May Field. The event provides the opportunity to showcase your abilities. PHR participants can advance through four levels of competition, including local/sectional competitions, team championship events at all 30 Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game. Free onsite registration from 5:30–6pm. No metal cleats allowed. 540-332-3945.
5th Annual Chocolate Walk fundraiser for the Collins Center. Each business will offer a different type of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate including truffles, fudge, brownies, cookies and so much more. Registration and day-of ticket purchase will take place in the driveway of the Ice House between 5-7pm, where participants will pick up their maps and trays to collect chocolate at 15 different stops nearby. 540-432-6430 for more information.
OASIS Fine Art and Craft, 103 S. Main Street, will host a reception from 5-8pm for the exhibit titled "Cherishing our Founders: Works by our Earliest Members". This exhibit will include works by Charlie Tibbits-watercolors, Sarah Lock-metals, Phil James-ceramics and paintings, Gerald Stump-photography, Pat Hoover-weavings and Eliza Hoover-acrylics. This free event will include light refreshments and live music. 540-442-8188, email: askOASISart@gmail.com, website: www.oasisartgallery.org.
First Friday free at Explore More Discovery Museum. Sponsored by the Harrisonburg Kiwanis Club. 540-442-8900.
36th Annual Strawberry Festival fundraiser for the Community School and will be held at Elmwood Park, rain or shine. This event offers berry treats, along with children’s games/activities, free musical entertainment, arts/crafts and more. 540-563-5036.
Relay For Life of Harrisonburg/Rockingham will be held at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds from 6pm-6am. This event is to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce cancer and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease. 540-434-3360.
May 6-8–Front Royal.
53rd "Doc's Apple Blossom Meet". This three-day event draws owners of antique Hudson, Essex and Terraplane automobiles to Front Royal yearly. A number of events are planned, and the all-Hudson car show at the Skyline Caverns on Sunday, May 8, is open to the public at no charge. For full information see the on-line flyer at the "Calendar" section of the website, http://cbc.hetclub.org/index.html, or contact Jon Battle at 540-364-1770.
Join the Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center for their fundraiser “Taster’s Choice” at the George C. Marshall Museum. Food and drink from professional/amateur chefs, live auction, hat competition for the ladies, live viewing of the 142nd “Run for the Roses” and a chance to pick the winning horse. For tickets 540-463-7344.
Join us on our Historic Main Street and Ruffner Plaza for our 12th Annual Festival of Spring from 10am-5pm. This event will be fun for the entire family. There will be art, crafts, delicious food, children’s activities, live music, entertainment, a canine thrill show, “The Monkey Man” featuring Django the monkey, 2 duck races and lots more. 540-843-0770.
The Northeast Neighborhood Association, will host its 2nd Annual Spring Festival on the grounds of the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center from noon-7pm. Showcasing our neighborhoods fantastic food, fashion, art and entertainment through family friendly activities, which are free and open to the public. 540-810-2516.
41st Annual Road and River Relay is a four-leg event, individual or relay, over a challenging 16.1 mile course in and around Lexington. The race will begin at 10am on Main Street in front of the Rockbridge County Library. The first leg is a 3.5-mile run, second leg is a 9.1-mile bicycle ride, third leg is a 2.2-mile canoe or kayak course, fourth and final leg is a 1.3-mile loop run. To register call 540-463-5375.
21st Annual “Of Ale and History” beer fest at Belle Grove Plantation from 11am-6pm. More than 70 beers will be on tap for tasting. Music by Cazhmiere and the Robbie Limon Band. Tasting tickets are $25.00 and include a souvenir glass and eight tastings. Designated driver and general admission $10.00 which includes two non-alcoholic beverages. 540-869-2028.
Area events: Augusta County residents are invited to visit safety stations from 10am-1pm at the Gypsy Hill Park Gym. You will receive dental imprints, passport photos, and much more for your kids. Free event. 540-332-3945; Lynda Miles’ Book Release Party for her book, “A Loving Divorce”, at Cranberry’s Grocery and Eatery. 540-294-0228.
Annual Garden Fair from 9am-4:30pm at the University of Virginia’s Historic, Blandy Experimental Farm. Vendors will offer perennials, native plants, small trees/shrubs, food, and so much more. Also children’s activites. 540-837-1758.
30th Annual Wildflower Weekend at Byrd Visitor Center, mile 51, Skyline Drive. Wildflower walks, botanical art workshop, activities and more. Rain or shine. 540-999-3500.
May 7, 21–Staunton.
Lake Tams in Gypsy Hill Park events: 22nd Annual Youth Fishing Derby. Open to kids 4-15 years old. Registration begins at 7:30am on the 7th, and on the 22nd the 12th Annual Senior Fishing Derby from 8am-11am. Open to all adults 50+ years of age. Registration begins at 7:30am. 540-332-3945.
Join Shenandoah Vineyards on Mother’s Day, 3659 South Ox Road for a light treat for your Mother from 10am-5pm. We will have a sampling of assorted goodies paired with each of our wines. Fee of $15.00 includes a souvenir glass. 540-984-8699.
Free admission for mothers at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. 540-885-0897.
Family Fun Day at Seven Bends State Park from 11am-3pm. A free event for families and friends to enjoy the outdoors, explore new activities, and learn how to conserve and restore our natural treasures. Lots to do for kids and adults of all ages. Come try out these free activities, some age restrictions may apply. Fishing for all ages, kayaking with Route 11 Outfitters, archery with the Green Bow Foundation, river snorkeling with NorthBay Adventure, meet wild animals and fish with Valley Wildlife Care and North Mountain Wildlife Rescue, fly fishing demonstrations with Murray’s Fly Shop, meet conservation professionals from various agencies, explore the river, take a hike. This is a special, one-time event. The Park is not open to the public. Bring a lawn chair and relax. Dress for sun, fun, and water. We’ll be in the middle of a field and if you want, maybe in the river. Free lunch. Rain or shine event. Please register by May 7th. Registration is Required so we know how much food we’ll need. To register, write us at email@example.com, or call our office at 540-459-8550.
Waynesboro Motorsports Show at Willow Oak Plaza, 901 West Broad 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 from 9am-3pm. Rain date is the 15th. 540-942-6705.
Kidzfest on the Old Town Walking Mall. The family-focused event features free activities and kids get a chance to get their hands dirty with various arts/crafts. Musical educational exhibits. 540-722-8700.
The Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby Classic starts at 7:30am and will be held at Main Street and Church Street, downtown. The All-American Soap Box Derby, “the greatest amateur racing event in the world”, is for ages 7-20 years old. 540-649-1507.
Spring Plant Swap from 9-11am at Montgomery Hall Park’s Irene Givens Admin Building. Bring in your garden items. We will assign a value and give you vouchers to purchase items. There will be coffee, snacks and door prizes. Free event. 540-332-3945.
May 14-15–New Market.
Join the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway, for the 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of New Market. The battle will be held rain or shine on the 14th at 2:30pm and on the 15th at 2pm. There will be food, historic retailers called sutlers, demonstrations, tours and much more. No pets/backpacks allowed on the grounds during the event, except service dogs. Fee of $10.00 for ages 10 and older. Children 9 and under are free. 540-462-6360.
The Annual New Market Ceremony and Review commemorates the bravery and sacrifice of the Cadets called to the battle at New Market in 1864, also for the forty-seven who were wounded, the ten who died on the field of honor, and to all of the Institute’s alumni who have served our nation. The ceremony and parade is held on Post at VMI. For more details of this event visit: www.vmi.edu/Content.aspx?id=20313.
Paint Staunton Blue is a celebration of National Police Week, declared by President Kennedy in 1962. We are honoring our Law Enforcement by saying Thank You for your service. Starting with a Vesper service on the 15th to honor those serving, past service, our fallen officers and K-9’s at Gypsy Hill Park Gazebo. On the 19th Wear Blue Day to show your support and thank you to law enforcement. On the 21st join us for a celebration at the Sunspots Pavilion. This event will include a K-9 demonstration, a visit with Safety Pup Sam and a Donut Eating Contest for public participation. Join in on the competition or come cheer on those participating. There will be 4 age brackets and prizes to the winners. To enter the contest please call 540-294-2161 or 540-255-3333.
Fundfest Concert will be held near the Turner Pavilion and across from the Daily News-Record, from 5:30-8pm. Featuring live music, beer, food vendors. Fundfest is a fundraiser hosted by the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA, with proceeds benefiting local nonprofit organizations. 540-271-7740.
133rd National Skirmish at Fort Shenandoah. Each unit represents a Civil War regiment or unit and wears the uniform they wore 150 years ago and compete in live-fire matches with original or authentic reproduction Civil War period wepons, mortars and cannons. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. There is a large sutler area and food service is available. Visit the N-SSA web site at: www.n-ssa.org.
May 20-21–Buena Vista.
Family Fun at Glen Maury Park. Trout fishing, games, food, camping and 2 bluegrass concerts on stage. The river will be stocked with rainbow and brown trout. Catch a tagged fish and win a prize. Bring you instruments and make music. Be sure to register for campsite with hook-ups right away, there are just 58 sites with water and electricity. The fun pass, everything included is $25.00 per person and kids under 16 are free. For more information visit: www.fishandpick.com/ or 540-261-7321.
Spring Celebration Plant Sale from 9am-3pm in the parking lot of James Madison University’s. Frances Plecker Education Center. Wide selection of plants, shrubs and trees to make any home or business landscape ecofriendly and lovely. On the 21st there will be educational activities that may include a lecture, demonstrations, ask-an-expert, raffles, live music, and a butterfly release. 540-568-3194.
Shenandoah Antiques Expo at Augusta Expoland is Virginia’s most exciting antiques event and one of the greatest gatherings of dealers and collectors in the Mid-Atlantic. Featuring 300 dealers inside and 100’s of outside exhibitors. Admission fee. 434-847-8242.
34th Annual Strasburg Mayfest parade on the 21st at 4pm. Also crafters, food and more. 540-465-3187.
XtremeFest at Ridgeview Park from 10am-3pm. Climb a rock wall, kayak the South River, get a rush of adrenaline on the zip line or the extreme air bungee. Also a variety of food consessions. There is something for the whole family and it’s free. 540-942-6735.
May 21–Front Royal.
30th Annual Virginia Wine and Craft Festival in historic downtown from 10am-6pm. Covering more than seven blocks will be live music, kids games/activities, musical entertainment. Also over 100 vendors, artists/crafters and there won’t be anything you can’t find to fit your style, mood or need. Admission is free and for those who wish to wine taste it is $30.00. 540-635-3185.
The 26th Annual Festival of Local Colors will be held at Elmwood Park from 11am-5pm. Over 60 vendors with cultural exhibits, international foods, kid’s corner, crafts/merchandise from the many cultures represented in your trip around the world. The event opens with a parade of nations starting at 11am. 540-904-2234.
4th Annual Vinton Wine and Food Festival, from 1-6pm on the front lawn of the Vinton War Memorial. It will be a day of fun, food and wine. Don't worry though, if you aren't a fan of the grape, we will have some wheat and barley available for your taste buds too. Attendees must be 21 or older. No: pets, outside berevage/food, coolers. 540-343-1364.
16th Biennial Stonewall Jackson Symposium at Virginia Military Institute, sponsored by the Institute’s Stonewall Jackson House. Participants will have the opportunity to visit the town in which Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson lived and the college at which he taught during the decade before the American Civil War, while learning about the little-known college professor who became a great military leader. Participation is by preregistration only. 540-463-4088.
Join Dancing Dog Natural Market, 147 North Loudoun Street, with your favorite four-legged friend for the “Dog Gone Scavenger Hunt”. Participant will look for clues to collect dog treats and toys for your sidekick. To register call 540-665-3804.
16th Annual ValleyFest Beer and Wine Festival at Massanutten Resort from 11am-7pm. Enjoy a variety of food and crafters/artisans. All proceeds benefit the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. 540-434-3862.
19th Annual Memorial Festival downtown. Memorial service for veterans, a variety of vehicle shows, parade 6pm, food and more. 540-742-1141.
50th Annual Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill Park. Browse the artwork, listen to live music and enjoy the food. Free event. 540-885-2028