Calendar of Events
37th Annual Dayton Days Autumn Celebration in the Downtown area from 8:30am-4pm. The festival features arts, handmade crafts and over 300 vendors from numerous states. Attendees also enjoy a wide variety of delicious foods, specialty shops at our market and other local unique shops. Also tours of Fort Harrison, the Heritage Museum, Silver Lake Mill and activities for children. 540-246-4272.
35th Annual British Car Festival at Ridgeview Park. Join us for a wonderful time and a chance to see many exciting British cars and meet the people who love them. 434-295-3196.
October 1–Front Royal.
15th Annual Northern Shenandoah Valley JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes at the First Baptist Church, 14 West 1st Street and North Royal Avenue from 9am-noon. Enjoy a morning of fun, food and entertainment, presented by the Rotary Club. Everyone is welcome. 540-272-4463.
The Virginia Tech Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Research and Extension Center will host the 11th Annual McCormick Farm Mill Day at 128 McCormick Farm Circle, from 9am-4pm. There will be a working grist mill where corn will be ground, historical museum, working blacksmith, traditional crafts, broom making, antique equipment displays, music, pumpkins, and BBQ chicken. Also a hay ride farm tour and many activities for children. The event is free to everyone. 540-377-2255.
OktoberFest on North Holliday Street from 11am-6pm. Enjoy the fall season at our family friendly festival, where there will be something for everyone. Sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. 540-465-3187.
Friends of the North Fork Annual Fish Fry and Auction at the Moose Lodge, 152 Moose Road for our signature fundraising event. Our mission is to keep the North Fork of the Shenandoah River clean, healthy, and beautiful. 540-459-8550.
Powhatan School located on Route 723, will be holding its Rummage Sale on Saturday from 9am to 1pm. Early bird shopping for rummage will begin at 8am for a $5 fee. $20 Fill-A-Bag Clothing, shoes, coats, furniture, housewares, toys, sporting goods, costumes and much more! Don’t miss this special community event. 540-837-1009.
Apple Days Craft Show is held in Willow Oak Plaza on West Broad Street. Artists and crafters display their art and crafts along with vendors offering a variety of food and baked goods. A lot of the food vendors and crafters set up at this event are non-profit, so come on out and support the Boy Scouts, some of our local churches, and some of the local animal rescues and get some great food and crafts. 540-480-7582.
October 1-2–Front Royal.
Autumn Conservation Festival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, 1500 Remount Road from 10am-3pm. Meet our world-famous scientists and learn about our ecological programs including BiodiversiTREE and Project NEON. Also there will be a lot more to see and do at our festival. 540-635-6500.
October 1-2–Berryville/Clarke County.
The Clarke County Studio Tour will showcase the art and craft of our County’s talented makers. This free self-guided event includes over 20 stops in and around Berryville and Clarke County. Follow the Clarke County Studio Tour on Facebook or www.clarkecountystudiotour.com/
Shenandoah Downs at Shenandoah Fairgrounds events: Harness Horse Races with Wine and Trotter Festival on the 1st-2nd; Harness Horse Races with Seafood Festival on the 8th; Final Day of Harness Horse Race with free admission on the 9th. Place your bet on the horses, then sit back and enjoy festivals. Also on the 22nd A Demolition Derby. 540-459-3867.
Augusta Expoland events: PB Construction Material Auction on the 1st; Hot Tub Expo on the 7th; Monthly Yard Sale and the All American Auction Gallery on the 8th; Shenandoah Antiques Expo on the 14th; Kids’ Fun Night on the 29th. 540-337-2552.
Rockingham County Fair events: Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale and a Truck/Tractor Pull on the 1st; Cole Brothers Circus on the 3rd-4th; C&E Gun Show on the 8th; Anicira Walk for the Animals Stay-n-Play on the 15th; Gem and Jewelry Show on the 21st-23rd; Mom-2-Mom Consignment Sale on the 27th-30th. 540-434-0005.
Enjoy the colors of autumn, stroll through the vineyard sipping glorious Virginia wine with us at Shenandoah Vineyards, 3659 South Ox Road, from 10am-6pm. 540-984-8699.
Touch A (Fire-Rescue) Truck at Lowes of Staunton, 4-6 pm. This event will provide “kids of all ages” the opportunity to take a firsthand look or touch and sit in the driver’s seat and explore emergency vehicles and talk with fire and rescue to see what they do. 540-245-5624x5.
October 7-8–Highland County.
The annual Hands and Harvest Festival will be held on Friday & Saturday. Visitors can enjoy touring the area and local farms that feature apple butter making, cider tasting, hay rides, homemade apple pie, smoked trout, Amish rockers, and “pick your own” pumpkins and gourds all while enjoying Highland County, Virginia’s rich palette of fall colors. Other fall time festival activities include an arts and crafts show, a Fall Farmers’ Market, a self-guided Farm & Barn tour, pumpkin decorating, bluegrass music, clogging, hayrides, a used book sale, and the Highland S.P.C.A.’s annual sweater sale in Monterey. For additional information contact the Highland County Chamber of Commerce at 540-468-2550 or visit the Chamber’s website at www.highlandcounty.org/hands-harvest-festival
Come enjoy the crisp fall temperatures and the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley with a 5K Run/Fun Walk or 10K Run. We even have the Kids Fun Dash (.5 miles) which allows even the youngest member of your family to participate in this family friendly event. The race includes a race day t-shirt, fully stocked aid stations, and a post race party with food and drink. To register call 540-942-6735.
October 8–Stuarts Draft.
Enjoy a day in the country at Country Connections, 267 Cold Springs Road. Fall Day events include bbq chicken, Strites donuts, Brunswick stew, pumpkin patch, hay ride. Free admission and pets welcome. 540-337-5226.
October 8–Front Royal.
46th Annual Festival of Leaves on Chester and Main Streets from 9am-6pm. Warren Heritage Society’s yearly fundraiser. There will be a variety of vendors, live entertainment, children’s corner and a parade at 10am. Also the Warren Heritage Society will have historic demonstrations, re-enactors and more. 540-636-1446.
The Virginia Tech Science Festival will take place at the Moss Arts Center at Virginia Tech. The event is an expo-style, family-friendly event. The festival provides families hands-on experiences, interactive demonstrations, and techno entertainment that will inspire a wonder in science for all ages. Meet scientists and researchers who solve all kinds of problems. All Virginia Tech Science Festival activities are free to the public. 540-231-5300.
Oktoberfest at the Frontier Culture Museum. We’ll have traditional food, dancing, German beer, music, and plenty of fun for kids of all ages. 540-332-7850.
Fall Festival held downtown from 10am-4pm. Over 60 food/craft vendors, children’s activities, 5k run, doggy pageant, live entertainment and so much more. Free admission. 540-343-1364.
Live Country Western music, carriage rides and Native American Dancers will highlight Orange Country Headstart’s annual Family Fun Day to be held on Saturday, at Booster Park from 11am to 4pm. Attendance at this event is free and will also include a Petting Zoo, a K-9 exhibit, a Corn Hole Tournament, children’s face painting and numerous children’s games, including an Egg Relay, Bucket and Sack Races and a Hoola Hoop Contest. At 2 p.m. a drawing will be held to give away a John Deere Gator. The live music groups performing throughout the event will include the Heartland Band and Bradley Seay with Southern Crossroads. Proceeds from the event’s vendors will benefit local Orange Country Head Start programs, including playground improvement and classroom supplies. For more information 540-661-4470.
Huge Indoor/Outdoor Yard Sale at Augusta Expoland. 100+ booths selling typical yard sale items, also antiques, vintage, collectibles, etc. Limited spaces available. If interested in a booth contact 540-255-4897 or visit www.monthlyyardsale.com
The 45th Annual Fall Foliage Art Show will transform the streets of downtown into an outdoor festival for the weekend. There will be over 150 fine artists and artisans that will be showcasing their work. Featuring painting, printmaking, wood, pottery, glass, jewelry, sculpture and more. We also feature gourmet food trucks, craft beer and great local music. Free admission and free parking. 540-949-7662.
47th Annual Page County Heritage Festival, from 10am-5pm at the Page County Fairgrounds is held rain or shine. Featuring over a hundred crafters/vendors, live entertainment. Kids can enjoy a pedal tractor pull, hay maze, barrel train ride and pony rides. No pets except service dogs. Admission includes all attractions and entertainment, $3.00 for adults, $1.00 for children. 540-743-4164.
ArborFest at theHistoric Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, rain or shine. Features vendors selling perennials, shrubs, trees, etc. Also children’s activities, hayrides, tours, food, and more. Pets must be leashed, and you must pick up pet waste. Admission is $10.00 per car. 540-837-1758.
OctoBeer Fest at Old Town Winchester Loudoun Street Mall. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample German-inspired food, beer/wine, craft/merchandise vendors, street performers, bands and more. Admisssion fee. 540-535-3661.
59th Shenandoah Antiques Expo at Augusta Expoland. Virginia’s most exciting antiques event and one of the greatest gatherings of dealers and collectors in the mid-atlantic. Three hundred indoor dealer spaces, plus 100’s of outside exhibitors. Free parking. Early buyers shoppers who wish to enter during set-up Friday pay $10.00 each. Set-up shopping starts at 9am, pass good for 3 days. Rain or shine. Phone during the show is 540-337-2552.
Fall Foliage Bike Festival at Shelburne Middle School. An event where hundreds of cyclists of all ages and abilities gather to ride together. The Street Party is free to the public on the 15th. To register 540-448-0870 or www.shenandoahbike.org/registration/
7th Annual Large Car Mag Southern Classic Truck Show at Lee Hi Travel Plaza. A parade (bob tails only) will travel through the town. DJ, food, door prizes, face painting, temp tattoos, kids circus, obstacle course, games, midway of vendors. RV’s are welcome. 540-463-3478 or 717-806 8907.
Free Fall Fun Day on Saturday from 11am until 2pm at Faith Point Christian Center,1900 Park Rd. We will have bouncy house, funnel cakes, cotton candy, games and more. Special guests will be Veggie Tales Larry the cucumber and Bob the Tomato. Have a photo taken with them. www.faithpointchristiancenter.com
Autumnfest at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. Craft brew tasting, wine, whiskey, and cigars, Arts/crafts sale, wood splitting competition, Lowe’s grille drawing, BBQ tastings and voting. 540-459-2542.
Fall Festival at Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church, 73 Sam Houston Way. Savor homemade Brunswick stew and apple butter making during the event which also features a bake sale, yard sale, pumpkin patch, arts/crafts and blue grass music. Contact Valerie Vaughan for directions at 540-377-2239.
In Commemoration of the 152nd Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek, the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation will host the reenactment on the original fields. Battles on both days. Military, civilian, and living history camps. Unique gifts, crafts, food vendors, educational demonstrations and programs, music, and more. Sunday church services. Easy and convenient parking. Proceeds benefit preservation of the Cedar Creek Battlefield. 540-869-2064.
Spookcessible is held at the Familyland/Children’s Dream Playgrounds starting 10am. A Halloween event for children with special needs. Search for easily accessible non-spooky ghost to turn in for treats. Then head over to the pumpkin patch to look for a pumpkin gourd. Bring a packed lunch and play on the playground. In case of inclement weather the event will be held in the gym at Jim Barnett Park. Free event. 540-662-4946.
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance presents The Skeleton Festival from 2pm-9pm in downtown. Activities kick off with trick-or-treating at downtown businesses and culminate with a fun, all-ages party at the Turner Pavilion and Park. The festival features kid/dog/adult costume contests, face painting, fire dancing, food trucks, live music, video art, trunk or treating, wacky shacks, goober blobs and whisker biscuits. 540-432-8909.
October 22–Stephens City.
Annual Halloween Trunk or Treat and Costume Event. Come out in costume to the Family Drive-In Theatre, 5890 Valley Pike for our Annual Halloween Trunk/Treat and Costume contest. A bounce house for children, face painting, magician, pumpkin patch, haunted trail, costume contest for all (babies to adults and pets). Trunk or Treat event is from car to car. Each car is expected to bring enough candy for 500 children about 1 piece each. Movies will be seasonal, Halloween oriented. This is our biggest event of the entire season. We do sell out fast and you will need to arrive early before 4:30pm to gain a spot to park for the evening. We will offer auxillary parking to folks that want to bring chairs and blankets and walk into the theatre for the movies and event. We are pet friendly. Rain date is the 29th. 540-514-6145.
14th Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk. Saturday, 9:30am start. Located at the Community Activities Center in Westover Park, 305 South Dogwood Drive. All proceeds stay local for RMH Foundation for Breast Care and Treatment at the Sentara RMH Medical Center. For more information contact Erik Dart at 540-433-9168 or visit www.harrisonburgva.gov/beat-breast-cancer-race
October 29–Mount Jackson.
Apple Harvest Festival at 5901 Main Street from 9am-5pm. Two band locations, food trucks, kids activities, beer garden, and so much more. Definitely the best way to spend pre-Halloween with the family. 540-459-2542.
October 29–New Market.
It is a wet, dark, and dreary night. The ground is muddy and puddles of water are everywhere. It is Sunday evening after the Battle of New Market, May 15, 1864, and the sights, sounds, and smells of the battlefield are all around you . . .With these words, the stage is set for the Spirits of New Market presented at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. Costumed historical interpreters will take visitors back in time to the aftermath of the battle. Tours begin at 7pm and continue every 15 minutes until 8:45pm. For more information on Spirits of New Market tours and directions contact the Virginia Museum of the Civil War at 866-515-1864.
Kid’s Fun Night at Augusta Expoland is a free and safe Halloween alternative event for the family. We provide approximately 40 inflatable and carnival-type games for the children to play. For each game they play, they receive a handful of candy or a small prize. We give away bikes, game systems, and even amusement park passes. 540-886-6249.
The Pumpkin Festival, 143 Greenhouse Road is presented by CAT Rockbridge, Inc. All profits generated from the festival benefit education in Rockbridge County. Bring a lawn chair, relax, and listen to amazing local talent, our special guest this year is Elvis. Also craft fair, pumpkin chunkin’, food, carving contest and a kids’ zone 863-242-3837.
October 29–Natural Bridge.
Fall Harvest Festival at the Natural Bridge Park and Historic Hotel. There will be plenty of events, activities including a pumpkin carving contest, caverns bat crafts, Fire Department truck and so much more. 540-291-2121.
Halloween at Court Square from 11am-1pm. Magic Show, mask making, monster mural, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, storytelling, face painting, trick dogs, trick-or-treating at participating businesses and lots more. This will be the only opportunity for children 5-12 years old to register to win the honor of lighting the town Christmas tree with the mayor at this year’s Light up Woodstock Celebration on Friday, December 2. In the event of rain, outdoor activities will be canceled. 540-459-3621.
Harvest Festival of Gourds and Heritage Arts will be held at the Clarke County Fairgrounds. There will e a variety of vendors and a workshop. Create a piece of gourd art to donate to the auction. Also we will have a gourd competition. Entertainment by the Blue Ridge Thunder Cloggers, the Singing Historian Roy Justice, and the Hatcher Boys. There will be something for the whole family to enjoy. VLGSpresident@vlgs.org
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Come out to the Cecil F. Gilkerson Community Activities Center for the Family Halloween Carnival from 2-4pm. An evening of games, crafts, and candy. At 3pm there will be a costume contest for the kids. For additional information call 540-433-2474.