What's New in the area
Check back here regularly for news and events from the area.
July 13-14, 20-21, 27-28–Afton.
Open House at Swannanoa, I-64, Exit 99 (atop Afton Mountain). Tours on weekends, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 5:00pm. $8 self guided tour, $2 extra for guided tour. Children 12 and under free. Email email@example.com or call Sandi Dulaney at 540-885-5653.
July 19-20, 26–Fishersville.
Augusta Expoland events: Monster Truck Show with lots of excitement, racing on the 19th-20th; 1st Annual Country Music Festival on the 26th, featuring Whey Jennings, grandson of Waylon Jennings, Thomas Gabriel Cash, Grandson of Johnny Cash and Cagney Frizzell, son/nephew of Honky Tonk legends Lefty and Allen Frizzell. For times and ticket prices call 540-337-2552.
July 19, 20, 26, 27–Orkney Springs.
The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival present the Drifters, Platters and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters on the 19th; One Giant Leap on the 20th; the Beach Boys on the 26; PSO Rocks on the 27th. All concerts are held at Shrine Mont Retreat and Conference Center, 221 Shrine Mont Circle. 540-459-3396.
The Kerstown Battlefield will commemorate the 155th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Kernstown with a weekend full of special events. In addition to Battlefield, 1854 Pritchard House, Museum and Artillery Annex tours, the KBA will present special events. 757-593-8227.
Are you ready to laugh? Then join us for X2 Comedy Night at Restless Moons Brewing, 120 W Wolfe Street at 7:30pm. It's comedy on their back patio with no cover. This show features your host Dawn Davis Womack and comedians from Maryland, DC and Virginia: Sandy Bernstein, Phillip Page, Jay Brooks and JR Stoffel. Jay and JR recently performed in The World Series of Comedy sold out event at Court Square Theater. If you come hungry, SimmerDown Food Truck is now also on site at Restless Moons Brewing serving delicious Texas comfort food! X2 Comedy brings in comedians or comedy acts that perform clean comedy exclusively or they can. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org; visit www.x2comedy.com; follow X2 Comedy on Facebook or call Dawn 540-560-3356.
July 25–Stuarts Draft.
Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen, 2647 Stuarts Draft Hwy. Children, especially those battling injury and illness, hold a special place in the hearts of all of us, and it is our obligation to aid these children in any way we can. We donate a minimum of $1.00 from the sale of each of our Blizzard Treats and accept donations for this wonderful cause. Show your dog how much you love them with a free Pup Cups with purchase. 540-337-4115.
The Shenandoah County Democratic Committee will hold their Annual Picnic on Saturday, 5-7pm at the Edinburg Town Park. Eat, drink, listen to music and celebrate our great values, candidates and speakers. Call 540-331-7459 or visit https://www.facebook.com/Shenandoah-County-Democrats-1667252870207772/.
July 29-August 3–Clearbrook.
The Frederick County Fair, will have rides, food, live music, demolition derby, pig scramble, contests, monster trucks, go-kart racing, a petting zoo, box turtle derby race, truck/tractor pull, carnival and more. Admission fee. 540-667-8739.
July 30-August 3–Fishersville.
Augusta County Fair will be held at Augusta Expoland. Featuring a agriculture magic show, free entainment, ninga experience, laser tag, rattlesnake show and so much more. Admission fee. 540-337-2552.
The Chick-fil-A cow returns to the Central Library, 174 South Main Street, once again for a special story time. Don’t miss this time to read with the cow. 540-434-4475 x1.
The Frederick County Fair features rides, food, live music, demolition derby, pig scramble, contests, monster trucks, go-kart racing, a petting zoo, box turtle derby race, truck/tractor pull, carnival and more. Admission fee. 540-667-8739.
The Augusta County Fair is held at Augusta Expoland. Featuring a agriculture magic show, free entertainment, ninga experience, laser tag, rattlesnake show and so much more. Admission fee. 540-337-2552.
Join us for our Page One Gala at Stover Hall, 1381 US Highway Business 340, from 5-8pm. The event helps support our local food pantry and thrift store for all they do for the community. For more details call 540-743-3915.
August 2–New Market.
Come to the Community Park to enjoy the movie Disney Pixar’s “Coco” with family and friends. We encourage you to bring chairs or blankets, snacks/drinks, no alcoholic beverages allowed. The movie starts at sundown, approximately at 8:45pm.
The 3rd Annual 2019 Oyster & Wine Festival On Sunny Slope Farm from 11 am to 5 pm, 1000 Erickson Avenue. Enjoy unique “merroir-terroir” pairings of oysters and wine from Virginia’s signature Oyster Trial while serenaded by premiere performing artists. Spend a leisurely Saturday afternoon on the farm with your family and friends. It’s an All Virginia Day on the farm and under the tent benefitting The Virginia Oyster Trail. Oyster and wine tastings included in $35 ticket price. Lots of oysters, food, wine and drinks will be available for purchase on site. No pets, coolers, outside food drinks or firearms allowed. For more information, call 540-830-5400 or visit www.wineoysterjazzfestival.com.
This Muddler is a unique event which includes a half marathon and a half marathon/muddler. Also two youth divisions 12-15 and 11-under. The race supports our Nation’s military personnel. “Muddlers” will encounter a variety of obstacles along the way, such as the mud crawl, 150 foot water slide and more. There will be music, food trucks, beverages and a craft beer tent. To register e-mail: email@example.com or call 540-879-2241.
A Cause For Paws hosted by the Augusta Regional SPCA from 5-11pm at the Best Western Plus Waynesboro Inn and Suites Conference Center, 109 Apple Tree Lane. Featuring a silent auction, beer/wine, food and the Jimmy O Band. 540-942-1100 or 540-885-7722.
Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge on-site registration starts 6am, in the High School gymnasium, 244 Myers Moon Road. The event features 2 states, 3 counties, 9 mountains, 105 miles, and over 10,000 feet of climb. The challenge features 5 courses for different levels of ability. T-shirts will be given on a first come, first served basis. 540-468-2978.
August 3, 24–Middletown.
Belle Grove Plantation events: Honoring Soul Food’s Shenandoah Valley History and Chefs will feature talks, activities, special guests and more from 10am-4pm on the 3rd and our Annual Wine Fest featuring live music, chef demonstrations, vendors, and more from 11am-6pm on the 24th. 540-869-2028.
Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River is pleased to announce an art exhibition, Celebrate Seven Bends, with a public opening on Sunday, at Muse Vineyards in Woodstock, followed by a Wine on the Water FNFSR ticketed event. The show will feature 18 invited local artists exploring the natural beauty of the Shenandoah River through conservation and ecological themes. All artworks in the Celebrate Seven Bends exhibition are available for purchase with 30 percent of the sales earmarked for Friends of the North Fork in support of Seven Bends State Park in Woodstock, scheduled to open this fall. Contact Ellen Fairchild-Flugel at 540-325-2305 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
84th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention at Felts Park Campground. A wide variety of food/drinks and other vendors will have merchandise for sale. Enjoy a variety of folk songs, flatfoot dance and so much more. Camping is available on a first come, first served basis. All tickets sold at gate and children under 12 are free with paid escort. Visit: oldfiddlersconvention.com or 276-236-8541.
Join us for our monthly $5.00 bag sale at the Central Library, 174 S Main Street from 10am-6pm. Stop by for great deals and fill up a supplied grocery bag full of books. 540-434-4475.
August 5-10–Front Royal.
Annual Warren County Fair at 26 Fairgrounds Road. Pet show, midway, livestock shows, music, food, monster trucks/rides, demolition derby, greased pig contest, parade of chickens/rabbits and more. Admission fee. 540-635-5827.
National Night Out is held at Hawksbill Recreation Park, 205 Pool Drive, from 5-9pm. This is a late night pool party for school-aged kids. Parents bring the kids out for a break and kids take some time away from your parents. 540-743-3915.
August 6–New Market.
Annual National Night Out event at the Community Park beginning at 6pm. Join the Police Department for an evening of family fun and activities. 540-740-3432.
August 8, 22–Luray.
Movies On Main will feature Charlottes Web on the 8th and the Wizord of OZ on the 22nd. Held at Ruffner Plaza from 8:30-10:30pm. Rain Venue at the Fire Department. Free admission and free popcorn. 540-743-3915.
August 9–Front Royal.
Join the Calvary Episcopal Church, 132 N. Royal Avenue for the movie Field of Dreams and enjoy Pizza. 540-635-2763.
August 9–Shenandoah Valley.
The Route 11 Yard Crawl is over 43 miles of yard sales and business sales along the Old Valley Pike, U.S. Route 11. There is no official starting point for the crawl. Check with your local chamber for more details.
41st Annual Oak Grove Folk Music Festival, 845 Quicks Mill Road (Rt. 612). The Festival features fantastic folk and acoustic music. You can bring camping chairs or blankets for seating. There will be food and drinks for sale. www.oakgrovefestival.com or 540-292-1345.
Join the Shenandoah National Park, 3655 US Highway 211 East for their Annual Night Sky Festival. The festival will include constellation tours, solar scope viewing, telescope viewing, Junior Ranger programs, audio-visual presentations, hands-on activities, and more. Activities take place in a variety of locations throughout the Park. 540-999-3500.
Take a stroll through historic downtown at our Rocktown Bites event. Your tour guide will take you to six unique independent restaurants, food shops, and local businesses to sample food, drink including craft beer/wines, and get behind-the-scenes dish from restaurateurs and chefs. For more details call 540-432-8935.
The 61st Annual Middlebrook Horse Show will be held at Augusta Expoland. Come see horses and riders compete in open classes for every breed, discipline and age. Free Admission. 540-886-5759.
Youth TryAthlon at Westover Park is open to ages 5-17. This event is geared toward being an introduction to triathlons in hopes that youth continue to participate in these activities. The focus of this event is completion over competition. All finishers receive a finisher medal. Deadline is August 2nd or the maximum of 100 participants has been reached. To register call 540-433-2474 or Erik.Dart@harrisonburgva.gov.
August 10-11, 24-25, 31–Afton.
Swannanoa an Italian Renaissance Revival Villa offer open house tours on Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 5pm. Cost is $8 for self-guided tour, $10 for guided tour, children 12 and under free. For information and schedule visit https://www.facebook.com/SwannanoaOfficialPage/.
65th Annual County Fair at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds. The Fair has something for all ages. Demolition derby on the 12th and 17th, pee wee lamb/goat olympics on the 14th and bull riding rodeo on the 16th. Admisssion fee, children 4 and under free. 540-955-3755.
Rockingham County Fair will be held at the Fairgrounds. Featuring food, exhibits, rides, music, and much more. The fair has something for everyone. Admission fee and children 6 and under are free. 540-434-0005.
August 16–New Market.
Cross Roads Fest featuring “Prime” 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. No pets, no outside food or drink. Free admission. 540-740-3432.
August 17–New Market.
It’s Jacob Bushong’s Birthday Party at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway, from 11am-3pm. Join our living historians as we celebrate the birthday of Jacob Bushong whose home stood at the center of the fighting during the Battle of New Market. Explore 19th-century traditions and enjoy cake and ice cream, games, music, dancing and lots of fun. Walk in history’s footsteps and discover what home life was like during the years before the Civil War rocked the nation. This event is free 1-866-515-1864.
August 17–Mount Solon.
198th Jousting Tournament at Natural Chimneys Park starting at 10am. There will be food, crafts, kid activities and a Medieval Jousting Demo. 540-607-6539.
The 29th Annual Car, Truck, Cycle Show will be held at the Medical Center, 1970 Roanoke Blvd, from 9am-3pm. There will be lots of fun for all, and a coloring contest with prizes for children. This is a benefit for the Veterans Voluntary Support Service Charity. For information call 540-312-5909 or 540-521-4856.
Family Fun Fest for Christ with the Skyline Street Car Show will be held at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. Our main purpose for this event is to provide a Christian environment with free adult and children activities, rides, games, prizes, food, entertainment, and many other free things to do. There will also be optional food for sale. 540-481-0531 or 540-481-0531.
2nd Annual Harvest Festival at the Farmer’s Market and local Artisan Marketplace from 9am-2pm. Peruse local artisan fares, edible goodies and produce. Demonstrations, workshops, discovery zone, kid’s zone and so much more. Bring your swimsuit and towel. 540-465-9197.
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.
The Luray International race on the 17th and the Luray Sprint on the 19th take place at Lake Arrowhead Park. If the athlete is really looking for a challenge they can compete in both days of the triathlon or both days of the duathlon and become a “Hawksbill Double” finisher. To register 540-743-3915 or luraytriathlon.com/.
Annual Page Valley Agricultural and Industrial Fair at 15 Fairlane Drive. Everyone who attends can find something to enjoy. Rides, shows, live music and that only starts the list of attractions. Our fair goal is a week of clean, family fun in a friendly atmosphere. Admission fee, with children under 6 free. 540-843-3247.
9th Annual Car and Truck show held on Main Street. Five blocks will be closed from 10am-3pm. There will be 250 plus cars, trucks and tractors. Rain date this year will be Sunday August 25th. 540-869-2226.
Annual Sing Me High Music Festival at the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center, 1921 Heritage Center Way. Music by the Walking Roots Band, Shenandoah Valley and or Mennonite/Brethren backgrounds. Festivities include a pie auction variety show, children’s games, food trucks, corn-hole, quilt/guitar raffle, storytelling and more. www.singmehigh.com/ or 540-438-1275.
Celebrity Car and Truck Show at Augusta Expoland. Many guest music artists. Admission fee. Call 540-337-2552.
August 24–Buena Vista.
1st Annual Golf Tournament at Vista Links Golf Course, 100 Vista Links Drive. A benefit for the Southern District of the Boy Scouts of America. To register call 540-862-1312 or visit www.sjacbsa.org/golf.
The Rockbridge Community Festival will be held from 9am-3pm on Main Street. Bring the entire family and enjoy artisan/craft booths, food/drink vendors, live music and entertainment. Admission is always free. All funds benefit Rockbridge area charities. 540-460-71111.
August 24–Mount Solon.
Come to Natural Chimney’s Park for a day or a weekend with your pets. Enter your dog in contests, participate in raffle drawings, win prizes, and enjoy the park. This is a free event but, we ask that you bring along new/used pet items to support our local animal shelters/rescue groups. Items can be dropped off at the visitor center on your way into the park. All pets must be on a leash. 540-245-5610 or 540-245-5727.
The Shenandoah County Fair is the oldest and largest fair in the Shenandoah Valley. Featuring live entertainment, livestock, exhibits, rides and fun for the whole family. 540-459-3867.
August 25–All National Parks.
National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. 540-999-3500.
Annual Highland County Fair opens with a hometown parade. Events include a demolition derby, truck/tractor pull, animal shows, amusements, clogging, musical performances, food, and more. 540-468-2225 or 540-468-2639.
August 30-Sept. 1–Luray.
6th Annual Pickin At The Post is held at the VFW, 218 Veterans Lane, rain or shine. There will be bluegrass music, ruff camping, concessions, raffles and more. Call 540-742-4031 for more details or visit facebook.com/events/423731484832889.
August 30-Sept. 1–Front Royal.
The Appaloosa Music Festival takes place at Skyline Ranch Resort, 751 Mountain Road. A wide variety of local food vendors, a beer garden with a bar. Also a kids zone that is provided free of charge. There is camping available onsite. No pets. Admission fee, children 12 and under are free. 540-635-4169 ext.1.
August 31–Front Royal.
Come join DJ Skyhigh for his end of summer blast at the Warren County Fairgrounds. LK Wine Tours and Sales will be hosting wine tastings (at an additional charge) of over 50 international wines. Wines may also be purchased by the bottle to take home. Featuring local breweries and food trucks with food and beer for sale with a percentage going to the rescue. Free Kids Zone with games and prizes and an appearance by the SVERN unicorns. Music all day with The Luke Johnson Band, The Revolution, and The Bridge headlining. This is a Family Event Kids under 12 free. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/626103131210238/.