What's New in the area
Check back here regularly for news and events from the area.
Some events may be postponed or canceled.
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October 10, 17–Bridgewater.
The Harris Concert Series is now at the Sipe Center, 100 North Main Street, from 7-8pm. Concerts are free and seating will be general admission on a first come, first served basis. The Boogie Kings will be performing on the 10th and the Good Time Gospel Quartet on the 17th. 540-908-4208.
In Commemoration of the 157th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek, originally fought on October 19, 1864, the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation will host the reenactment event on the original fields at 8437 Valley Pike. Call 540-869-2064 or visit: https://www.ccbf.us/.
Ravenwood Faire is a festival celebrating the Medieval era at the Frederick County Fairground, 250 Fairground Road. Featuring jousting, food, performers, vendors, music, exotic animals and more. We are fun, friendly and family oriented medieval enthusiasts. 540-999-1178.
30th Annual Fall Foliage Bike Festival. A perennial favorite with cyclists up and down the mid-Atlantic states and beyond, the Festival offers a full weekend of riding, sightseeing and warm Virginia hospitality. Perfectly suited for a wide range of cyclists, from motivated century riders to families with young children and all levels in between. Register early to reserve your spot! For those new to our festival call 434-878-2399 or visit: shenandoahbike.org.
The Annual Fall Festival at Timber Ridge Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 73 Sam Houston Way, will be held from 9am-3pm. The festival returns in full form, featuring apple butter, Brunswick stew, baked goods, food, drinks, vendors and white elephant sales. All proceeds support our local food banks. For information, contact Rev. Patrick Lanaghan at 540-247-5702.
Lighting of the Luminaries at Dusk. For more details call 540-869-4306.
October 17–Weyers Cave.
Run the Runway 5K is back and ready for takeoff! Lace up your running shoes and join us at Shenandoah Valley Airport in Weyers Cave. The family-friendly Sunday afternoon event begins with a 1K Fun Run for children ages 3 - 12 at 4:00 p.m. and a chip-timed 5K on the taxiway and runway beginning at 4:30 p.m. This unique race opportunity is a perfect fit for runners, walkers and families at all fitness levels. The course is handicap accessible and well-suited for those pushing young children in strollers. All proceeds benefit the Explore More Discovery Museum's aviation exhibit. To register, visit iexploremore.com/run.
October 23–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.
4th Annual Barktoberfest will be held at Elmwood Park, 706 S. Jefferson Street, from 11am-4pm. Our event benefits Project Support, which is dedicated to helping individuals in our community who suffer from mental illness. Our charitable event we will have outdoor vendors, music, food trucks, dog/owner costume contests, and more. Also numerous chances to adopt your next best friend. 540-342-2614.
October 23–Front Royal.
Hank Gorek will be returning to the Virginia Beer Museum, 16 Chester Street, to entertain with his repertoire of classic beer drinking songs. 540-313-1441 or 540-635-3185.
Local churches and organizations are hosting a “Children’s Harvest Party at 1pm in the back field behind the Community Center, 20593 Blue and Gold Drive. This free event will include pumpkin painting, games, and crafts. If you are a church or an organization who would be interested in setting up an activity for this event call 540-298-8730.
Hometown Halloweenfest at the Town Office and Main Street. For more information call 540-896-5152.
Trick-or-Treating locations lists available at the Halloween on Court Square info table. Activites include magic shows, craft making, petting zoo and 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 December 3. In the event of rain, outdoor activities will be canceled. 540-459-3621.
October 30–New Market.
Come on out and have a spooky safe time at our Annual Trick or Treat on Congress Street. Visit various downtown businesses who have left their light on for trick or treaters and you will leave with a special treat. 540-740-3850.
Halloween Block Party on East Main Street from 5-7pm. 540-778-3454.
Halloween Costume Parade at Shenandoah River Park, 315 Morrison Road, at 4:30pm. Bring your bikes, wagons, and strollers for the parade. After the parade there will be free food, drinks and candy while supplies last. There will also be a Fall scene for pictures. 540-652-8164.
Pet Luminary at Hopkin’s Green is a fundraiser for the SPCA. Luminaries are a great way to honor your pet and their importance to you and your family at this special time of year. The Luminaries become part of the backdrop for the event that kicks off the holiday season. The luminaries are $6.00 each or 3 for $15.00. To purchase a luminary, you can call 540-463-5123 or go to: rockbridgespca.net/events/pet-luminaries. Deadline to purchase one is the 22nd.
Join the Virginia Piedmont Heritage Area and Clarke County Historical Association at the Burwell-Morgan Mill, 15 Tannery Lane, for “Legends by Lantern Light” walking tour through Millwood from 7-9pm. An 18th century rural milling town, Millwood retains the historic character of years past. Interpreters will describe first-hand accounts of Millwood’s fascinating history spanning three centuries, included war-hardened waggoners, families divided by war, and one of the 20th century’s most famous heiresses. 540-955-2600.
The 13.1 miles half marathon race is for casual runners, a challenge for more seasoned ones and our youth bracket. Starting line is at Kernstown Battlefield. Relay participants will meet at the Battlefield no later than 6:30am. Proceeds benefit the Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter. To register: fcprdrun.wixsite.com/runatthetop/battlefieldhalf or text 540-533-9831.
10th Annual Heritage Day at Burwell-Morgan Mill, 15 Tannery Lane, from 11am-4pm. Experience everyday life in the 1700s by watching demonstrations on how people lived and worked in the colonial era. Free admission but donations are welcome. 540-837-1799.
Join West Oaks Farm Market, 4305 Middle Road, from 11am-4:30pm, for our Festival for “Foodies”. Love locally sourced food and want to learn more about the “real food” movement? Also we are more than just a food festival we will have contests, games, activites, demonstrations and workshops. Donation of $20.00 per adult and children up to 15 free. Proceeds to benefit Virginia FFA, Sustainability Matters and A Farm Less Ordinary. 540-533-1853.
Join the Town of Stanley at Ed Good Memorial Park, 332 East Main Street, starting 9am to celebrate the veterans in the community and thank them for their service and dedication to the community and country. 540-778-3454.
Veterans Parade at 11am in the downtown area at 11am for all to honor our military service personnel. Bring your family and friends and show your support and patriotism. Parade participants include military units from across Virginia. 540-982-2860.
Annual Fall Craft/Vendor Show at Shenandoah Heights Baptist Church, 901 Shenandoah Avenue from 8am-2pm. This will be a great opportunity to add to, start, or finish your holiday shopping. 540-949-8618.
Journey back in time and immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of a Civil War Encampment at Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, Historic Area. Interact with the 10th VA Infantry, also known as the Valley Guards, as they perform the daily tasks of a soldier. See how troops would pass time while at camp, the rations they were issued and how those rations would be prepared. Regular admission fee. 540-592-3556.
The Valley AeroSpace Team will be holding the following Launch’s at Jack Mountain Village, 3003 Jackson River Road. Rocket on the 6th and a Research on the 7th. Range will be open from 10am but is subject to participation and the weather. Launches are open to the public and we encourage spectators to attend at no charge. If you’re new to the hobby and have a rocket, bring it along and we’ll help you get it launched. www.valleyaerospace.com/ or call 540-468-2550.
Come join the Town for a patriotic evening Veterans Service at Veterans Park, 205 Virginia Avenue, starting at 3pm. Mayor Clinton Lucas Jr. will lead the Annual Veterans Service. For more information call the Town Hall at 540-652-8164.
Join us at Fort Harrison, 335 Main Street, for our “Doll Show” from 1-4pm. View our collection of 1800’s dolls and learn how to acquire and repair them. “Dolly’s Dressmaker” and “Tea for Two Girls Pastimes” of the 1800s will be here. Admission is $10.00 per adult and children under 12 are free. Join us for tea in our 1840’s kitchen. Bring your favorite doll to share with us. For more details e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 11– National Parks.
The National Park Service invites all visitors to remember our veterans by visiting any National Park Service site for free on Veterans Day. Most National Parks do “offer superb recreational opportunities, making them perfect places to enjoy our beautiful country, history, culture and nurture a healthy lifestyle.” Among the National Parks are historic sites and more. You can call your park for more information or visit: www.nps.gov/state/va/index.htm.
The “Stocked Market” is the Junior League of Roanoke Valley’s Annual Shopping Extravaganza that will be held at the Berglund Center. This holiday market boasts over a hundred vendors from across the country. All funds raised stay within the Roanoke Valley and are used to further the JLRV’s mission. Get ready for the most wonderful time of the year. 540-343-3663.
November 12-December 31–Staunton.
The Augusta Art Center’s “Art for Gifts” is there annual holiday marketplace for fine arts and crafts located at 20 South New Street. Every fall holiday shoppers eagerly await the transformation of our art galleries into a unique and successful holiday shopping boutique. Many of our shoppers return each year to discover something new as well as purchase items from their perennial favorite artists. We look forward to offering another festive marketplace again this year. 540-885-2028.
29th Annual 116th Infantry Regiment Veteran’s Day 5K. The event will begin promptly at 8am with late registration and packet pick up from 6:30-7:45am inside the Thomas D. Howie Armory. The 5K supports the local Regimental Foundation and shows support of the local brave men and women whom has served or currently serving, in defense of our Nation’s Freedom. To register call 540-248-0116 or visit: https://116thfoundation.org/5krace/.
Join the Friends of the North Fork, for a guided hike about Woodstock’s water resources in Seven Bends State Park to the Woodstock Reservoirs built in 1901 and 1910. The hike will also cover a bit about water in the Shenandoah Valley more broadly. 540-459-8550 ext. 210.
November 13–Front Royal.
The Humane Society of Warren County presents “Giving Tuesday” at the Front Royal Moose Lodge. Join us for dinner, drinks, a silent auction featuring our usual amazing items donated to us straight from our community businesses. Door prizes, games, 50/50 raffle, a grand prize and a smashing time. It is Tails and Ales’ 10th anniversary this year and we have something special planned. Call 540-635-4734x226 or visit https://humanesocietywarrencounty.com/attend-an-event/. This is the biggest national day of giving. Will you support the Humane Society today?
Comedy & Kizomba Night on Court Square at Friendly City Dance Room. 2 North Main Street. Doors open at 7pm. Event starts at 7:30p. Laugh & Move! It’s part Kizomba dance lesson, part X2 Comedy show. The comedians are hilarious. And no, you don’t have to know how to dance to learn Kizomba because the dance instructor makes it easy. $20–Wild and Free Single Pass and $30–Date Night Duo Pass. Buy your passes today at www.friendlycitydanceroom.com/comkiz. For more information contact Dawn 540-560-3356; email@example.com or visit www.x2comedy.com.
Meet the gourd art experts in the Virginia Lovers’ Gourd Society in this annual show, sale, and gourd competition at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 901 Amherst Street. Gourd artisans will be on site selling art and raw gourds for your own crafting purposes. Free admission to the show and sale. MSV admission fee applies to visit the gardens and galleries. Call 540-662-1473 or 1-888-556-5799 or visit www.themsv.org/events/virginia-gourd-show-sale-2021/.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia invites you to the 26th Annual Call of the Wild conference on wildlife rehabilitation, co-sponsored by the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources. Wildlife rehabilitators, veterinary professionals, wildlife biologists, environmental educators, and wildlife enthusiasts from Virginia and beyond will share ideas and knowledge that can benefit wildlife, the environment, and the continually evolving field of wildlife rehabilitation. The 2021 Call of the Wild conference will be held online through the Whova Event app. No need to make travel plans or book a hotel room. You may take full advantage of the 2021 conference without leaving your home. This is an excellent learning opportunity for rehabilitators of all skill levels and a chance for you to relax and rejuvenate, and be inspired to continue the great work you do. Call 540-942-9453 or visit www.wildlifecenter.org/call-wild-conference.
Make plans to join Page Alliance for Community Action for our Annual Turkey Trot 5K and 1K starting at 9:30am and ending at noon. www.visitluraypage.com/events/detail/turkey-trot-1k-5k-2021.
For the 16th year in a row, beautiful Gypsy Hill Park’s 214 acres will be aglow with holiday lights, from the Monday before Thanksgiving through the end of December, 5-11pm. This event is free and open to the public. The “Field of Deer” display, part of the annual Celebration of Holiday Lights, is free and open to anyone in the Staunton, Waynesboro, or Augusta County community who would like to place a lighted deer in honor of a loved one, a military veteran, a friend, or “just because.” https://celebrationoflights.org/.
The Lexington-Rockbridge Jaycees are excited to be continuing their best Thanksgiving tradition with the “10th Annual Lexington Gobble Wobble 5k”. The Race begins and ends at Maury River Middle/Upper Maury River Middle School parking lot and runs through a scenic downtown. On Thanksgiving Day, we will also be hosting a “Children’s Fun Run”, making this a community event the whole family can participate in. So come out and enjoy the festivities, but don’t worry, we’ll still get you home in time to put the turkey in the oven. The Children’s Fun Run registration will be available starting at 7:30am of the day of the race, and a guardian must be present to sign the waiver. Open to runners/walkers of all abilities. Strollers welcome. Pets on a leash are welcome.
November 26–Stephens City.
What better way to begin your Thanksgiving Day than this benefit event. Run, walk, or stroll prior to your Thanksgiving feast. The certified 5k course travels track, pavement and the woodland trails of Sherando Park, 255 Lakeview Circle. To register call 540-665-5600.
Join us for the Annual Candlelight Processional and Lighting of Community Christmas Tree. The processional will form at 5:15pm at the Main Street entrance to the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery. The festivities start at 5:30pm when we all have gathered with lighted candles/song sheets in hand. Then we will be lead down Main Street by Mr. and Mrs. Claus, in a horse-drawn carriage and as we pass by, many of the downtown businesses will illuminate their holiday windows, some for the first time, then down to Hopkins Green where the City Mayor lights the Community Christmas Tree. 540-319-4181.
A lighted walking holiday tour through Clearbook Park will be presented by the Navy Federal Credit Union. Highlights include hundreds of thousands of lights, nightly appearances by Santa, his elves and a wonderful computer controlled display coordinated with music. 540-665-5600.
November 27-January 1–Buchanan.
The Town of Buchanan is excited to announce the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, one of Buchanan’s most anticipated traditions of the year. The event will take place at the Buchanan Town Hall beginning at 7pm. You and your family are invited to enjoy the return of our “Festival of Lights” display at the the Town Park every evening 5-8pm. We will have thousands of tiny lights adorning trees and buildings on the grounds of the Town Park located at 485 Lowe Street. Enjoy the beauty of the lights under the clear, star filled sky next to the James River. Great opportunities for photos, even a romantic place to “pop the question.” 540-254-1212.
November 30–Front Royal.
This is the biggest national day of giving for the Humane Society Warren County. This is always our biggest need. We use our donations to pay for medical visits, spay/neuter surgery, shelter repairs, animal enrichment, food, medications and so much more. Your generous donation helps us fight animal cruelty wherever we find it. Thanks to you, we’re creating a gentler, more compassionate world for all animals. The Humane Society of the United States and its affiliates spend 73% of all gifts directly on lifesaving animal protection programs, while the remaining funds help maintain our infrastructure and operations. For more details 540-635-4734 or humanesocietywarrencounty.com/donate/.