What's New in the area
Check back here regularly for news and events from the area.
Some events may be postponed or canceled.
Contact the event hosts for updates.
October 2, 9–Front Royal.
The Shenandoah Valley Golf Club, 134 Golf Club Circle will host a Fire Pit Music Event from 6-8pm. Open to the public and no cover charge. Bring your favorite chair or blanket and relax by the fire pit or at one of our fire tables. We will have food and beverages, no outside food or drinks. Featuring Kevin Ball on the 2nd and Robbie Limon on the 9th. 540-636-4653.
8th Annual Oktoberfest will encompass most of the Loudoun Street Mall including the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum lawn and the Taylor Pavilion. Attendees will sample German-inspired food, beer and wine. Win a prize in the Best Dressed Lederhosen/Dirndl contest. There will also be German dancers, street organ grinder, caricaturist, fun performances and lots more. 540-773-3847.
The P. Buckley Moss Gallery is happy to be hosting the first in-person Barn Show of the year! Come to Waynesboro to meet the artist, browse extensive collections of her work, and get your print signed. Ms. Moss will be opening her home to visitors on Friday and Saturday, October 9th-10th from 11 am-4 pm, and then she will be in the downtown Gallery on Sunday, October 11th from noon-4 pm. https://www.facebook.com/pbuckleymossgallerywaynesboro.
October 9-11–Highland County.
Annual Hands and Harvest Festival. There will be seasonal foods, animals for adoption, arts/crafts, bluegrass music and so much more. 540-468-2550.
October 10–Front Royal.
50th Annual Warren Heritage Society’s Festival of Leaves fundraiser from 10am-5pm. Come to Chester and Main Streets for a parade at 10am. Vendors, live entertainment, children’s activites, re-enactors, living history demonstrations and there will be fun for all ages. 540-635-5788 or 540-636-1446.
Join the Frontier Culture Museum for the Annual Oktoberfest Celebration from noon-7pm. We’ll have traditional Greman food, dancing, good beer, authentic music and plenty of fun for all ages. Admission fee and children under 6 free. 540-332-7850.
Apple Harvest Festival at Marker Miller Orchards, 3035 Cedar Creek Grade. We will have apple cobbler/cider, music, a playground and a cow train for the kids. A variety of food will be available at the food building. Wagon rides around the farm and more. 540-662-1391.
October 11–Stuarts Draft.
Rides and Rods Cruise-In will be held at DAP’S, 3278 Stuarts Draft Highway Suite #2. Open to antique cars/trucks, hot-rods, jeeps and motorcycles. Registration is free. All are welcome. Cruise-In start at 4 pm and end at 7 pm. There will be a drawing for prizes. 540-466-5967.
Visit the Waynesboro Family YMCA for this year's Virginia Street Arts Festival. The Y will be throwing a party to celebrate as returning artists Nils Westergard and Julia Chon complete their murals on Sunday from noon-7 pm. Socially distanced activities will include sports, pool games, a drum circle and dance groups, the Fishin' Pig food truck, a beer garden courtesy of Stable Craft Brewing, and an outdoor concert by The Mighty Good Times out of Richmond. It's sure to be fun for all ages. https://www.waynesboroymca.com/
The 18th Annual Race to Beat Breast Cancer 5K Run/Walk has been converted to a virtual event due to COVID-19 concerns. The 5K may be completed from any location. Participants may run/walk/jog, on a road, trail, treadmill, track, or even at another race. Individuals get to run their own race, at their own pace, and time it themselves. Times will then be submitted onto our online platform. All proceeds benefit the worthy cause of RMH Foundation for Breast Care and Treatment at the Sentara RMH Medical Center. Registration details can be found at: www. harrisonburgva.gov/beat-breast-cancer-race. Can’t participate but want to donate? 540-438-1644 or e-mail Matthew.Little@harrisonburgva.gov.
October 16, 17, 23, 24, 25, 30 & 31–Quicksburg.
At Shenandoah Caverns’ American Celebration your deepest fears come to life at our 40,000 square foot haunted attraction from 6:30-9pm. Giant parade floats in the dark? Scary enough. Turn it into a haunted house with scenes from your worst nightmares? Truly terrifying. The attraction will twist, wind and maze through the building. This attraction is incredibly scary, and we do not recommend it for children 12 and under. If you do decide to take children through the attraction they must be accompanied by an adult at all times. If you are claustrophobic or have any mental, physical, respiratory or other medical condition or are pregnant we do not recommend visiting American Fright Night. You will experience intense audio, lighting, low visibility, strobe lights, fog, special effects, sudden actions and a physically demanding environment.The attraction takes around 20-30 minutes to go through. Admission fee is $13.00 adults and $10.00 students. Call 540-477-3115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate fall at the Burwell-Morgan Mill, 15 Tannery Lane, for our very first Pumpkin Carving Party. Bring your friends and family to a fun filled day. We’ve got all the tools and we’ll do the messy clean-up. Enjoy some apple cider/sweet tea and try a sweet autumnal treat. Come play lawn games, we’ve got some old-fashioned and new-fashioned fun from hoop and stick to cornhole. Social distancing is required and masks are recommended. Price is $5.00 per pumpkin. 540-955-2600 or 540-837-1799.
“Conquer the Mountain” Bike Ride will be held at Bryce Resort starting 10am. The route is is over 70% gravel and 32 miles with just over 3900’ of total elevation change. This is a free event and there is no registration fee for this event, but please email email@example.com or call 202-438-9084 if you plan to join us.
The Presbyterian Church Annual Pumpkin Patch will be held at 325 S. Holliday Street, from 11am-7pm daily. Due to COVID-19 games and activities for kids will be limited this year. We ask that patrons practice social distancing. Pumpkins will be sanitized regularly throughout each day. Also there will be weekend food/baked good sales and a fall photo backdrop. Check church website: www.strasburgpresbyterian.org or call 540-465-3920 for additional information and updates. Proceeds help support local charities and missions.
Augusta Expo is sponsoring a community blood drive. There is no substitute for blood: when a patient receives blood, it was given in advance by a donor. To make an appointment call 1-800-RED-CROSS (733-2767) or visit www.redcross.org and use the sponsor code “Augusta Expo”. Thank you for your donation. 540-337-2552.
October 23–Shenandoah National Park.
Join amateur astronomers as they present a provocative presentation on controlling light pollution while they point out the heavenly stars, starting 6pm at the Big Meadows Area (mile 51, outside the Rapidan Camp Gate). Free to all park visitors. Participants must bring their own binoculars, and a blanket, chair, and flashlight are recommended. Also Social distancing and masks are required due to current pandemic concerns. 540-999-2222.
The Valley Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show will be held at Rockingham County Fairgrounds. 540-607-2075.
October 24–New Market.
Step back in time at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway, for their lantern tour program, “Spirits of New Market.” You’ll follow your guide on a lantern-lit, seven station tour of the Battlefield encountering living historians portraying the soldiers, townsfolk, and Bushong family. While interacting with the characters, you’ll be able to lend aid to the wounded, ask questions and experience the Battlefield in a whole new way. Tours begin at 7pm. Admission fee, children 5 and under are free. 1-866-515-1864.
The Recreation Department will be having a Trick-or-Trot Halloween Glow Run in memory of James “Spading” Buracker at the Hawksbill Greenway. Registration fee $20.00 by the 12th and get a T-shirt; $25.00 by the 13th through race day. Participant will receive 2 glow bracelets and 1 glow necklace. Registration begins at 6pm. The 1K/5K begins at 7pm. 540-743-1180.
October 24–Mount Solon.
Join us at Natural Chimneys Park and Campground for a day of fall fun at our Spooktacular event. This community event is for adults and kids alike. 540-245-5600 or 540-350-2510.
Pumpkin Festival at Marker Miller Orchards, 3035 Cedar Creek Grade, from 9am-5pm. Come find the “great pumpkin.” Choose from ones already picked or pick your own. Enjoy pumpkin pie, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin bars and pumpkin donuts from our bakery. A variety of food will be available at the food building. 540-662-1391.
October 24-25, 30–Shenandoah.
Area events: Christmas in the Park at Big Gem Park, on Fourth Street. Kick off holiday shopping with local vendors from 10am-5pm on the 24th-25th and on the 30th join us for Halloween Ghost Stories/Haunted Hayrides from 10am-5pm and from 6-9pm. Meet at Stevens Cottage for a Ghost Walk to all of the haunted places in Shenandoah. Refreshments will be available at Stevens Cottage. Call 540-652-8773 for more information about these events.
Halloween on Court Square from 11am-1:30pm. Activities will be magic shows from 11:30am and 12:30pm, face painting, slime making, mask making, monster mural, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, trick dogs. Trick-or-treating at participating businesses. Food will be available at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, a free will offering is appreciated. 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, December 4, 2020. In the event of rain, outdoor activities will be canceled. 540-459-3621.
Trick or Treat on Main Street from 4-6:30pm and a Halloween Block Party on East Main Street, from 6-8pm. Call 540-743-3915 for more details.
October 31-November 1–Harrisonburg.
The Shenandoah Valley Gun Show will be held at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds, 4808 South Valley Pike. Admission is $9.00 for adults, Saturday admission good for Sunday with hand stamp, children under 12 years of age admitted free with adult, Purchase tickets online https://www.showmastersgunshows.com/coupon.html or at the door. 540-951-1344 or 540-951-2344.