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As we honor our veterans that serve and have served, please join us for a free luncheon at Jim Barnett Park, Social Hall, from 11am-5pm. The American Red Cross will be here for those interested in donating blood. 540-662-4946 or 540-542-1326.
November 8-17–Front Royal.
St. John's Drama will be presenting the Shenandoah Valley Premier production of FROZEN JR. this November. Six performances will be held at the Skyline High School Theatre, 151 Skyline Vista Drive. Evening performances: Friday, November 8th, Saturday 9th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th at 7:30 pm; Matinee performances: Sunday 10th and Sunday 17th at 3pm. Ticket are $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children (3-12), $7.00 for students and seniors (65 and over.) A family special admission ticket is available each night for a maximum of $35.00 per family (parents and minor children only, please). For further information visit our website at stjohnsdrama.org.
November 9–Shenandoah Caverns.
Annual Shenandoah Uncorked festival will be held in the American Celebration building at Shenandoah Caverns from 10am-4:30pm. Featuring10+ VA wineries, food and craft vendors. Admission fee and free admission for designated drivers or those under 21. 540-477-3115.
Annual 116th Infantry Regimental 5K will take place in Gypsy Hill Park. 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 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-248-0116.
Join the Town as we celebrate our veterans and thank them for their service, dedication to the community and country, from 9-10am at Ed Good Memorial Park, 332 East Main Street. 540-743-3915.
The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind Family Resource Center is hosting a Family Resource Fair from 10am-3pm at VSDB. Families and caregivers of individuals with disabilities are invited to explore resources to support their family. Participants will also enjoy two workshops designed just for them as parents/caregivers. Activities will be provided for individuals with disabilities and other children so parents/caregivers can collect information and enjoy the presentations with reduced distractions. Registration for both vendors and families are open until Thursday, October 31 at 11:59 pm. 540-332-9015.
Join us at Fort Harrison for our new Apple Tasting event, featuring Clyde Jenkins of Page County. Clyde specializes in cultivating heirloom apple varieties of the Shenandoah Valley. He will explain grafting techniques, talk about the apple varieties he grows and have samples for tasting. Buy an apple tree sapling to take home. November 9, 10am to Noon. $10.00 per person. Reserve a seat by mailing a check to Fort Harrison, PO Box 366, Dayton, Virginia 22821.Fort Harrison is located at 335 Main Street in Dayton. For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
Annual Parade in the Downtown area at 11am. Come around 9:30am to the City Market Building where you can shake a veterans hand and thank them before the parade. Parade participants include military units, individual veterans, college and highschool bands. 540-982-2660.
The Veterans Day Parade from 11am-noon in the downtown area. The parade route starts at Augusta and Frederick Streets, then east on Frederick to Market Street, south on Market to Beverley Street and west on Beverley Street to the disband point at the corner of West Beverley and Washington Streets. 540-885-7676.
Catagious Laughs, an evening of PG-13 laughs by X2 Comedy. It's a comedy benefit show for foster care in partnership with Rockbridge County High School's FCCLA and Intercept Health at Rockbridge County High School Auditorium, 143 Greenhouse Rd at 7:30pm. This show features the top 3 comedians from The World Series of Comedy event at Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg: Christopher Cantrell from Harrisonburg, Miss Clareese from DC and Donna Lewis from Hampton, Virginia with your Host Dawn Womack from X2 Comedy. Early Bird Tickets - Students $5, Adult $10; General Admission - Students $10, Adult $15; VIP $20 - limited to 46 people includes reserved seating, refreshments, goodie bags, backstage passes, and more. To get tickets call the school's main office at 540-463-5555.
Annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show at Augusta Expo from 9am-4pm. Over a hundred vendors/booths inside and outside selling anything and everything. Antiques, vintage, tools, toys, clothing, arts and crafts, hand made items, and so much more. Admission $1.00, kids 12 and under are free. 540-337-2552.
The Annual Veterans Day Parade will line the streets to honor the Veterans who have proudly served our country during war and peacetime. The parade will start at 2pm and begin at the Rockingham County Administration Center, 20 East Gay Street, then will travel South on Main Street to the City Municipal Building, 409 South Main Street. 540-432-8922.
November 11–National Parks.
In observance of Veterans Day All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.Third party services are not included unless stated otherwise. We want to see you out enjoying the more than 400 national parks across the system. There are natural, cultural, and historical gems to choose from and with so many options, you’re bound to find a park that speaks to you. 540-999-3500.
First Annual Shenandoah Valley Equine Fair at Augusta Expo. There will be 70+ vendors, demonstration, entertainment, competitions, kids area, drawings, door prizes and more. Also special entertainment: True Grit Rodeo on the 15th and the Magical World of Dancing Horses on the 16th. On Thursday the 14th there will be free admission from 2-8pm. For more information visit: valleyequinefair.com/ or 540-337-2552.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia’s Annual Gala will be held at the Best Western Inn and Suites Conference Center. This is an excellent learning opportunity for rehabilitators of all skill levels and a chance for you to relax and rejuvenate, ready to return home to the great work you do. Visit: wildlifecenter.org/call-wild-conference or 540-942-1100.
The Kernstown Battlefield Association and Clan Adrenalin will host its second “backyard” Highland games of the season at Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive. Scottish Highland Warriors used ordinary objects in their competitions: weights, stones, hammers and tree trunks (“cabers”). This low key event is a perfect family outing. The games benefit prostate cancer research. Refreshments will be for sale. Please bring your own chairs. 757-593-8227.
Annual Turkey Trot 1K and 5K on the Greenway. This event will kick off with our 1K at 9:30am and our 5K event at 10am. Awards will be given after each respective race. Both events will be chip timed. Sponsored by Page Alliance for Community Action and Page County Public Schools. To register call 540-743-3915.
The Virginia Tech Science Festival is held at the Moss Arts Center, Alumni Mall, Henderson Lawn, Newman Library, and Torgersen Hall. This is an expo-style, family-friendly event from 10am-4pm. The festival provides families with hands-on experiences, interactive demonstrations, techno entertainment that will inspire a wonder in science for all ages and so much more. All the Festival events are free and open to the public. 540-231-6000.
Virginia Lovers’ Gourd Society will be at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to present gourd artisans, a gourd competition, and raw gourds for your own crafting purposes. Family, fun, and friendly spirits combine to celebrate the interesting history and artistic possibilities available to the gourd enthusiast. There is no admission fee to the first floor of the Museum where you can view the show and make purchases. 540-662-1473.
November 18-Dec. 2–Winchester.
Attention kids and parents, grab paper and pen and send a letter to Santa. Don’t forget your return address and Santa just might write back. Santa mailboxes can be found at the War Memorial Building at Jim Barnett Park, City Hall at 15 North Cameron Street and the Visitor Center at 1400 South Pleasant Valley Road. 540-662-4946 or 540-542-1326.
November 22-December 29–Clearbrook.
Don’t miss Frederick County Parks and Recreation’s Annual light show at Clearbrook Park. A lighted walking holiday tour through Clearbook Park. Highlights include hundreds of thousands of lights, Santa and Mrs Claus in the log cabin, and a wonderful computer controlled display coordinated with music. For more events visit winchesterva.gov/parks/specialevents or 540-665-5678.
The Augusta Jeep Run will start at Augusta Expoland around 10am. Why not go dirt road Jeeping? Let’s hit the Coal Road in Stuarts Draft exiting in Vesuvius and returning to Augusta Expo via Rt. 11 to 340 to 608. We know families will want to get home and prepare for the upcoming holiday week so there will be no fellowship after this Run. Registration fee of $10.00. ALL JEEPS WELCOME. 540-337-2552.
November 23, 30–Weyers Cave.
Harmony Harvest Farm, 201 Little Run Road, will have two holiday markets coming up in November. This is where we sell handcrafted items including wreaths, flower frogs, holiday arrangements, succulent gifts, and more. The market will be held for two consecutive Saturdays on the farm, 9am-4pm. www.hhfshop.com or 800.218.8152.
November 25-December 31–Staunton.
For the 11th year in a row beautiful Gypsy Hill Park’s 214 acres will be aglow with holiday lights from 5-11pm daily. You can honor a loved one, or honor someone “just because” by placing a lighted deer in the Field of Deer for the Celebration of Holiday Lights. This event is free and open to the public. 540-886-8660.
5th Annual Lexington Gobble Wobble 5k and Children’s Fun Run at the Upper Maury River Middle School parking lot starting 8am. The Thanksgiving tradition with both a walk or run is where the whole family can participate in a exciting, healthy activity to start their Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy a community event and still get home in time to put the turkey in the oven. 540-460-9591.
Our Annual Candlelight Processional and Community Tree Lighting is a warm family event not to be missed. Join us at the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery as we gather to light candles and proceed down to Hopkins Green singing carols. At Hopkins Green the community Christmas Tree is officially lit for the season. 540-319-4181.
The Page Valley Arts Council will hold their Holiday Market at the Luray American Legion. Market will be open from 10am-5pm. This event provides an opportunity to purchase wonderful handcrafted items. 540-743-5511 or 540-743-7700.
Annual Christmas Tree Lighting downtown. Kids of all ages will enjoy the old-fashioned festivities beginning at 7pm as church bells toll the hour. Carolers pass small candles out amongst the crowd along with song sheets so everyone can join in the fun. Then Santa and Mrs. Clause arrive for the lighting of the Tree. 540-254-1212.