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Hotel Madison, 710 South Main Street, presents our 3rd annual Winter Wine Weekend: A learning, tasting, and dining experience. Join us over four days in February, all dedicated to wine. The Winter Wine Weekend is a one-of-a-kind event enjoyed by both beginners and connoisseurs alike that you do not want to miss. This event will feature a grand tasting, wine pairing dinners and culinary experiences, educational classes and hands-on workshops, musical entertainment, vineyard excursions, and more. You will have access to some of Virginia's finest winemakers and certified specialists as they teach you about growing, aging, blending, and drinking wine. For more information, www.hotelmadison.com/meetings-and-events/winter-wine-weekend-2023 or call 540-564-0200.
February 24, 25, & 26–Fishersville.
We would like to invite you to attend the 35th Annual Western Virginia Sport Show at Augusta Expo with over 200 vendor spaces available This event, now in its 3rd decade, has established itself as Virginia’s Premier Outdoor Sport Show with a non-alcoholic family atmosphere. At our show, sports enthusiasts can meet their needs and “talk the talk” with hunting and fishing expert outfitters. Featuring a Big Buck/Turkey Calling Contest and Special Guests. 540-337-7018 or https://westernvasportshow.com/.
A battle awaits you at Coyner Springs Park as we pay homage to our City’s namesake, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, with the Annual Mad Anthony Mud Run. The weather and temperature are just as unpredictable as the course. Are you ready for whatever challenges come your way? The Mad Anthony Mud Run is a 4 mile course that traverses across fields and wetlands, over obstacles, and through tunnels. The course is fun and challenging, with 16 obstacles to test your determination. You can compete for bragging rights and awards while running as an individual or a team. Some may say the best part is the afterparty with local craft brews, a costume contest, and awards ceremony. You will have to join us on February 25th and decide for yourself. Registration and information: www.runthevalley.com/mad-anthony-mud-run/ or 540-942-6735.
X2 Comedy Series at Court Square Theater kicks off its second season! 41-F Court Square. Doors Open at 7pm show at 7:30pm. X2 Comedy's highly popular clean comedy PG-13 shows feature a variety of lineups with local, regional and national touring comedians. This season brings NEW national touring headliners and more local comics X2 Comedy has been working with behind the scenes with recent graduates of their comedy class and their Basement Comics! Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25 at the door. Season tickets are available this year! Get 6 shows for the price of 4 for $109.99 (Value $175) Offer deadline Feb 17. Purchase tickets to shows or season tickets at courtsquaretheater.org or x2comedy.com. Questions about X2 Comedy call Dawn 540-560-3356 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Celebrate with us at our 86th Annual Dinner Dance & Auction at Washington & Lee University, Evans Hall. Doors will open at 6pm for cocktail hour, including an open bar, with dinner served at 7pm. After finishing up the Live Auction, live music will have us out on the dance floor from 9pm until 11pm. Formal Dress. Our annual dinner dance is the best place to connect, collaborate and have fun. For more information visit http://business.lexrockchamber.com/events/details/86th-annual-dinner-dance-auction-1874.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley will host the SVR Winter Series #7. 4-Miler starting 9:30am. The course offers a mix of pavement and crushed stone trails with some short climbs and descents. The Museum has hosted many SVR races over the years. It’s always been a fun place to run but with the opening of The Trails at MSV, it’s become one of the best places to run in Winchester. SVR, using money raised from your support of events like the Winter Series, is proud to have donated $10,000 toward the building of The Trails at MSV. 540-662-1473, ext. 235.
March 2–Stephens City.
Come spark your imagination at the Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road, for a “STEAM” based program with hands-on activities for children of all ages. Each station is designed to best suit various ages, abilities, and interests. To register call 540/869-9000 ext. 203.
Virginia Horse Center events: Spring Welcome Horse Show HJ on the 2nd-5th; Clinton Anderson Clinic and the Heart of VA Alpaca Show on the 11th-12th; IEA Zone 3 Finals on the 17th-19th; Trimble’s Ridge HJ on the 18th-19th and the VQHA Spring Breakout Horse Show on the 22nd-26th. For details call 540-464-2950.
“Trivia” at Sage Bird Ciderworks, 325 N. Liberty Street, from 8-10pm. Get a team together for weekly taproom trivia every Thursday. This event is free to play and winning teams get cool prizes. Teams can be up to 6 players. 540-607-8084.
Massanutten Resort will hold the Snow Moon Fest at various locations. Featuring kid’s activities, live music, beer/wine tastings, a race/walk 4K on the fairway, an arctic plunge fundraiser to benefit Therapeutic Adventures, a torchlight slope parade, fireworks, and more. 540-289-9441 or www.massresort.com/play/live-events/snow-moon-fest/.
42nd Annual MDA Car Show at the Berglund Center, featuring: 2 full floors of cars, vendors, a model car contest, silent auction, car club alley, local racing section, raffles and more. All proceeds benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Tickets adults $12.00, kids 12 & under free. Call 540-965-3088/540-958-0842 or visit https://mdacarshow.com/11/.
The American Legion Post #3, 710 Apperson Drive, will host a Coin Show starting 9:30am for all days. There will be 40+ dealer tables for buying/selling coins: U.S., world, ancient, tokens and including paper money, medals, gold and silver. There will be food, 24 hour security, and free admission/parking. Also on the 11th join us for our “Craft Show” from 9am-3pm. Come Support our Veterans. 540-389-3773 or https://americanlegionpost3roanokeva.org.
Spring Craft and Vendor Show will be held, at Augusta Expo, from 9am-4pm. We will have the best local artists, artisans and hand crafted designs. Free Parking, good food, lots of shopping, door prizes donated by the vendors. Admission $2.00, 12 yrs and under are free. 540-337-2552 or www.augustaexpo.com/shows.
Leprechauns Scavenger Hunt at Chet Hobert Park, 225 Al Smith Circle. Leprechauns invade the park to hide shamrocks, pots of gold, and rainbows everywhere. Then, while visiting the park, see how many items you can locate and document on the form. Return the form by March 17, to enter a drawing for prizes. To help find all the hidden items, register by phone 540-955-5140 or in person at the Clarke County Recreation Center.
March 4, 6, 11, 25–Stephens City.
Bring the family to the Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road, for “Movie Night”. We will have popcorn and drinks from 1-3pm. Movies on the 4th will be “Happy Feet”; on the 11th, “Toy Story”; and on the 25th “Babe”. Also on the 6th come hangout/relax and watch a movie with friends (12 and older) from 6-8pm. For more details call 540-869-9000 ext 220.
March 10-12, 17-19–Staunton.
Rodgers & Hammerstein: A Concert presented by ShenanArts, 300 Churchville Ave., Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm, Sundays at 3pm. Come enjoy a nostalgic evening of music and meet the talented cast and crew who will be bringing you the classic favorite, The Sound of Music. This concert will celebrate the collaboration of the famous musical theater team and will be performed by the cast and crew of The Sound of Music. Please join us as we review the lives, careers, and sounds of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. https://shenanarts.org/.
March 10, 31–Berryville.
Get your blasters ready for the “Nerf™ Battles”, from 7-8:30pm, at the Recreation Center, 225 Al Smith Circle. Participants 5 yrs and up will form two teams and play different games, including Team Battle, Zombies and Elimination. Safety goggles are required and provided for children who need them. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. To register call 540-955-5140 or at the Recreation Center.
Join us at the Old Town Winchester’s Celtic Fest from noon to 9pm. This festival is free and activities will take place inside Old Town businesses and along the Loudoun Street Mall (weather permitting). 540-667-1815 ext. 1502 or https://www.winchesterva.gov/community-event/2020-st-paddys-celtic-festival.
Celebrate the end of another winter season at Bryce Resort with a pancake breakfast, polar plunge, Locher challenge (ski/snowboard race), costume parade, pond skimming, live music and more. The cost for this event is free. 540-856-2121 ext. 282 or https://bryceresort.com/events-and-activities/events/winterfest.
The Shenandoah Valley Runners will host the “Spring Forward 5k”, at the Millbrook High School, 251 First Woods Drive. This is the last race to earn your bragging rights for the year. We will start at 9:30am and hope to finish by 11am. Registration ends on the 11th at 9:15am and the race starts at 9:30am. https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=13317&eventId=652479 or call 540-327-4331.
The Rockbridge Bird Club invites everyone to join them for a walk along the woodland paths and fields at Boxerwood Nature Center, 963 Ross Road. Walks are an excellent introduction for those new to birding. Experienced birders will guide first-timers as they learn to identify birds by sight and song and to observe their comings and goings through the seasons. At this time of year, participants will be looking and listening for birds that winter in Rockbridge. Meet in Boxerwood’s parking lot at 8am. for a two-hour stroll. Dress for the weather, bring binoculars, and wear sturdy footwear. In the event of rain, the walk will be canceled. https://boxerwood.org/events/ or call 540-460-9147.
Irish Road Bowling. Try rolling a baseball-sized metal ball up and down the hills at Montgomery Hall Park. This family friendly competition with our own spin on the original game played on the Irish country roads. Teams are comprised of either 3 or 4 people and we will assign tee times to ensure proper spacing, safety and integrity of the game. Call 540-332-3945 for more details or visit www.ci.staunton.va.us/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/14998/104?curm=3&cury=2023.
March 11–Stephens City.
Sherando Band Boosters is proud to present the inaugural Sherando Showcase, beginning at 10am. A new indoor competition showcasing performances across three divisions: color guard, percussion, and winds. Featuring nearly 30 units from all over Virginia. Join us at Sherando High School, 185 S. Warrior Dr. Tickets: $12/adults, $8/children 4-10, free/children 3 and under. Concessions will be available. Cash preferred for ticket and concessions sales. Cards accepted with processing fee. For competition and schedule updates, visit: https://www.sherandoband.org/.
March 11-12, 18-19–Highland Country.
Take a step back in time to Highland County, “Virginia’s Sweet Spot.” Travel scenic back roads and majestic mountain byways to the 63rd Annual Maple Festival. Farmers in this rural community welcome visitors to their “sugar camps” to observe the process of making maple syrup, from tree-tapping to bottling the finished product. Festival highlights include maple doughnuts, locally harvested Allegheny Mountain trout, arts/crafts show, live bluegrass bands and lots more. www.highlandcounty.org/maple-festival/ or 540-468-2550.
Mill Mountain Zoo, located atop Mill Mountain, presents “Night Howls”, from 5:30-7pm. Bundle up and bring your friends to the zoo to hear the wolves howl, the owls hoot and the big cats call. For more information call 540-343-3241.
The Barns of Rose Hil, 95 Chalmers Court will host the “National Rosie the Riveter Day” as the Basil and Becky Educational Foundation launch the first annual “Rosie the Riveter Tour,” a virtual global screening of Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II. This is a free event, but you must RSVP to attend. https://barnsofrosehill.org/ or 540-955-2004.
Join the Frontier Culture Museum for the March lecture series titled “Beyond Slavery’s Shadow: Free People of Color in the South”. Warren Eugene Milteer, Jr.’s presentation will highlight the ways the experiences of free people of color changed over time and will explore several important individuals who appear in his work. The lecture starts at 6pm and is free and open to the public. Call 540-332-7850 or visit www.frontiermuseum.org/2023-events/2023-lecture-series-free-blacks-in-the-south.
March 21, 25, 31–Clifton Forge.
The Historic Masonic Theatre, 510 Main Street, will host the following events: On the 21st Alleghany Highlands Arts Council presents “Rhythm of the Dance”, featuring World and Irish champion dancers and musicians; On the 25th, “Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School”, and on the 31st, take a journey back in time to the life and music of “The Man in Black” performed by the “Cash Unchained” band. For more information visit https://historicmasonictheatre.com/all-events/ or call 540-862-5655.
The Wayne Theatre presents Celtic Angels Ireland, with performances at 4pm and 7:30pm. Headed by the powerhouse creative team direct from Ireland and featuring award winning Irish and world champion singers, dancers and musicians. Celtic Angels Ireland is a theatrical feast for all ages. For tickets call the box office at 540-943-9999 or visit www.waynetheatre.org.
Join us at the Moss Arts Center for the first performance of “Book of Mountains and Seas.” A daring new music theatre work by composer Huang Ruo and puppeteer, designer and director Basil Twist. Book of Mountains and Seas is a modern take on ancient Chinese creation myths that are relevant to our current climate change struggle. Featuring the chorus of “Ars Nova Copenhagen” alongside massive puppets and striking lanterns. Recommended for ages 14 and up. 540-231-0616.
10th Annual Shenandoah Valley Plant Symposium will be held at the Wayne Theatre: Ross Performing Arts Center, 521 W. Main Street, from 8am-4:15pm. Registration includes speaker presentations, morning refreshments, boxed lunch, and parking in public lots. Speakers: Felder Rushing, Heather Holm, Kelly D. Norris, and Yolima Carr. To register contact www.waynesboro.va.us/971/Shenandoah-Valley-Plant-Symposium. 540-942-6735.
The Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Association’s Annual “Antique Toy Show” will be held at the Clarke County Fair Grounds on West Main Street featuring new/vintage toys, toy parts, dolls, board games, racing toys and so much more. Call 304-839-7011.
March 24-26–Natural Bridge.
Come down to celebrate “Mardi Gras” here at Jellystone Park™, 16 Recreation Lane. Dress your best for our Jellystone Ball. Prizes will be awarded to our best-dressed campers. Be on the lookout for Yogi Bear™ and friends as they ride through the park handing out beads. More information at www.sunoutdoors.com/jellystone-park-natural-bridge/events/mardi-gras-weekend or call 888-991-5336.
The Concert Hall, Carter Center for Worship and Music at Bridgewater College, 402 East College Street will host a faculty recital from 3-5pm, featuring the musicianship of adjunct instructors of music Anthony Cincotta and Will Alderman on saxophone and percussion, respectively. The concert will feature works by David Maslanka, Evan Chambers and the premiere of Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Ryan Keebaugh’s book of changes, amongst others. The concert is free admission. www.bridgewater.edu/event/faculty-recital-anthony-cincotta-and-will-alderman/.
Come to Augusta Expo from 10am-4pm and see what “SAW”: A group of young professional business leaders committed to building relationships in the Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro area. SAW seeks to give young professionals a voice in our community and in business at this “Hometown Expo” event. Check out local businesses, organizations and more. General admission is $5.00 cash only at the door and kids under 12 are free. Proceeds to benefit the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce Foundation. 540- 324-1133.
March 31-April 1–Strasburg.
The Strasburg Community has come together to host the 4th Annual Vintage in the Valley Festival. It's a buyers and sellers paradise showcasing over 100+ vendors of vintage goods, antiques, and handmade crafts. Artisans of all creative walks of life are welcome. On Friday, March 31st, Box Office Brewery will be hosting a decades dance: prom edition, from 7-10pm. Costume contest included and king & queen will be crowned. Beginning Saturday, April 1st, there will be wine sipping, carriage rides, a vintage car show, and a vintage fashion show. The event you won't want to miss. For more information, or for vendor applications, please contact Olivia Hilton, 540-465-9197 or email: email@example.com.
March 31-April 1–Fincastle.
The “Sounds of the Mountains” Storytelling Festival is a fundraiser for Camp Bethel and will be held at Camp Bethel, 328 Bethel Road. Join us for fun stories, music, food/snacks (while supplies last). You can also bring your own food, drinks and snacks. Performers are Donald Davi, Adam Booth, Beth Horner, Kim Weitkamp, Joe Collins. Tickets: soundsofthemountains.org/tickets.html or call 540-992-2940.
March 31-April 2–Swoope.
Need a break from the norm, unwind, meet new people, or just spend a couple of days trying something new? Then “Cowgirl Weekend” is for you. Let North Mountain Outfitter take care of you making memories you will never forget. There are only a limited number of spaces for this special weekend. This weekend is devoted to you and seeing that you have a great time. To register visit www.northmtnoutfitter.com/cowgirl-weekend/ or call for more information. 540-886-7768.