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Civil War Living History Weekend at the Luray Valley Museum located on the grounds of Luray Caverns. Civil War artillery drills and instruction school with a battery of field cannons. All proceeds donated to the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, will help to continue their active work to save the hallowed battlegrounds in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. 540-743-3915.
Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Association will host the Annual Antique, Collectible, and Vintage Toy Show. It will be held at the Fire Hall, located on U.S. Highway 340. Call Chris Collis at 304-839-7011 or www.svsgea.com/toy-shows.html.
Spring Fling Vendor Show at the Augusta Expoland from 9am-4pm. Come support local vendors of all trades within the community. Enjoy the amazingly unique talents of local artists and those from afar. Each item being sold is specifically homemade and hand crafted. 540-337-2552.
March 23–New Market.
Home Educators Association of Virginia are pleased to present Homeschool Day at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway, from 10am-4pm. Enjoy hands-on learning about our greatest national drama, the Civil War. Join the army and learn to drill, try dancing the Virginia Reel, have fun with 19th century games and crafts, watch the Emmy-award winning film, Field of Lost Shoes, take a guided tour through the battlefield, learn 19th-century cooking techniques and much more. Limited space so register early. A special event rate of $3.00 per person, ages 6 and older is available to those that preregister. To register call 866-515-1864 or Miss Sarah C. Mink at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Fitness Fair at Augusta Expoland from 10am-5pm. This is a fun and informational event for the whole family. Seminars for seniors, teens, moms and dads. Special activities in the kids korner. Also vendors, games, demonstrations, food available and much more. Admission is $2.00 per person with kids 5 and under free. 540-943-3976.
Come up to Mill Mountain Zoo to celebrate the beginning of spring with activities related to gardening, birding and other fun things to get you thinking about springtime. Enjoy spring themed crafts, get your face painted and of course see our great collection of animal residents. All of the activities are included with regular zoo admission from 11-4pm. 540-343-3241.
Come join us for the next X2 Comedy Night at Restless Moons Brewing, 120 W Wolfe Street at 7:30pm. There is no cover. With EJ our DJ and Host Steve McClay, local comedian Dawn Davis Womack will be opening for two outrageously talented females from the Virginia Beach area who are coming to share their talents with the 'Burg! Both have shared stages with some of comedy's greats! Gina G most notably with Tiffany Haddish and Allison Moore with SINBAD. This is a show you won't want to miss! X2 Comedy brings in out of town clean comedians and provides local talent opportunities to perform. For more information email email@example.com; follow X2 Comedy on Facebook or call Dawn 540-560-3356.
Prayer and Worship Summit at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. “Praying for the Vision” is an opportunity for Brethren to unite to earnestly seek God’s direction and for the Holy Spirit to guide us in becoming the church we are meant to be for this age and into the future. We will be addressing the spiritual dynamics that are necessary for this process. The speakers and prayer time will focus on “Vision Lost”, “Vision Recaptured”, and “Vision Launched”. The answer in getting all this right is to open up our lives in a new way to hear from Heaven and be guided by God’s Word. 540-810-3455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beat the Winter Blues and warm up with us at our First Annual Indoor Winter Beach Music Dance Party at Augusta Expoland from 7-11pm. Featuring music by Blackwater. Cash bar and food trucks available. Reserved tables of 8, $160.00 and general admission $20.00. email@example.com or 540-337-2552.
Interested in fresh perspectives on prayer and healing? Come enjoy a deep think, titled “Learn to Pray and Heal - a spiritual adventure” 2:30-3:30pm Sunday, at the Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Ave. The presentation, by International speaker Nate Frederick ,explores the healing effect of faith, spiritual understanding and unselfed love. Who doesn’t have a friend or a place in their own heart that needs healing? Nate Frederick travels the globe sharing spiritual insights and spiritual experiences as a member of the Christian Science Board of Lectureship. Sponsored by Christian Science churches of Waynesboro and Charlottesville. (No charge). For more info check out the event posts on Facebook and at www.christiansciencewaynesboro.com, or call Nancy at 540-618-9468.
8th Annual Chocolate Walk from 4-8pm. It has never been easier to support a cause you believe in than by feasting on chocolate while enjoying a stroll around town. Your participation supports the Collins Center’s mission to eliminate sexual violence. Registration is required and will take place in the Turner Pavilion or by calling 540-432-6430.
“Light Your World 5K” at Harrison Park is a fun, fast, flat 5K walk or run through the streets and parks of our town. Enjoy music, glow activities and games throughout the evening. Proceeds from the race benefit the youth ministry of the Church of the Brethren. 540-820-3396.
Relay For Life at Hillside Field is James Madison University’s largest fundraiser. Join us to celebrate those who won their battle against cancer, to remember those who have lost their battle, and to fight back against cancer. We will have performers, activities, local bands and more. 540-820-8805 or www.relayforlife.org/jmu.
Valley Mission’s “Second Chance Prom” for adult’s (21+) only. This is a FUNdraising event at the Wintergarden Room of Gypsy Hill Place, 300 Churchville Avenue, from 7-11pm. For tickets 540-886-4673 or visit: www.valleymission.net.
Join us and travel “bark” to the 80’s for the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA spring fundraiser. Come relive the era of energetic anthems, big hair, tight clothes, neon colors, epic guitar solos and dress up in whatever 80’s attire you might fancy and come ready to dance. To purchase tickets, please visit www.rhspca.org/events.html or 540-434-5270.
Inaugural Vintage in the Valley Festival, it’s a buyers/sellers paradise showcasing over 200 vendors of vintage goods, antiques, and handmade crafts from 10am-6pm. Visit the Square to pick up your event map. Also a scavenger hunt, wine garden, local bands, a face-painter, bouncy house and more. 540-465-9197.
13th Annual Bull and Oyster Festival from 1-5pm at the Virginia Horse Center. Music by Gary Ruley and the Mule Train. Proceeds from the event benefit the Rockbridge Area Health Center. Tickets include all-you-can-eat food, live entertainment and a beverage ticket with additional beverage tickets available for purchase. Tickets are 100% tax deductible. All ages are welcome, but no pets allowed. For tickets call 540-464-8700 x7118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Bridge the Gap for Art” event is about two craft galleries, SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts in Elkton and Noon Whistle Pottery in Stanardsville, one on each side of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Shenandoah National Park. They are joining to strengthen shared ties of art and community. Both galleries will feature light edibles by local farm-to-table venues, wineries and musicians from their respective counties. Following the launch party weekend, this event continues through May 31, you can get a map for a self-guided tour of our participating partners. 540-298-5222 or 434-985-6500 or www.bridgethegapforart.com.
Augusta Cooperative Farm Bureau, 1205 Richmond Avenue, will hold a customer appreciation event. Easter photos with Biscuit the rabbit from 10am-noon for kids and pets. From noon-2pm, door prizes, spring sale items and much more. 540-885-1265.
The Valley Children’s Advocacy Center will be hosting their 5th Annual Spring Gala at Red August Farm, 1620 Barrenridge Road, from 6-11pm. Featuring music by the “Everyday People”, food and more. Admission price of $100.00. All of their services are provided 100% free of charge to our clients. For tickets call 540-213-0592 or visit: www.valleychildrenscenter.org.
HUZZAH! The Regiment is Coming! First Virginia Regiment, George Mercer Company Muster at Fort Harrison from 11am-3pm. Activities will include musket demonstrations, drills, and firing of several volleys. Frontiersmen will explain life on the Virginia frontier. Learn how the year 1749 was recently verified as the building date of Daniel Harrison’s stone house. Free event. 540-879-2280.
“Kites and Critters” program is hosted by Valley Conservation Council and Friends Of The Middle River from 1-5pm. Join us for a day on the Farm at 272 Bells Lane, rain or shine. Brook trout release, kite flying, fish touch tank, farm animals, local conservation organizations, habitat walks, stream restoration. 540-886-3541.
“Rally in the Alley” is held in the Palace parking lot behind the splash pad on Indian Alley. Live music by the Burning Dirty Band, local food, beer/wine, crafters and fun for the kids. Entrance is free and will be held rain or shine. 540-542-1326.
2nd Annual Miles For Meals 5k Race at Gypsy Hill Park Hosted by the Staunton City School Nutrition Program. Donations to our 5K go to assist families with paying for school meals and supports the run. To register call 540-332-3920.
Food Truck Fest at On Sunny Slope Farm, 1000 Erickson Avenue, from noon-6pm. Music by the Hackensaw Boys, Strong Water and Many Nights Ahead. Featuring 15 food trucks, 20+ vendors and will be held rain or shine. All event proceeds benefit Open Doors who provide warmth, shelter and support for our homeless. Admission fee, kids 12 and under are free. No pets, outside food or drink, are not allowed at the festival. 540-830-5400.
Easter Egg Hunt at Sunset Park, 145 Sunset Drive. The fun begins at 2pm with a special visit from the Easter Bunny. The Easter Egg Hunt begins at 2:30 pm. Don’t forget to bring a basket or bag to hold all of your prizes, and a camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. 540-879-2241.
12th Annual 5K Run/Walk Race at Eastern Mennonite University Commons. Check-in is at 7:15am and start time is 9:30am. Free T-shirt for all participants who register before April 9th. To register call 540-432-4118.
Earth Day and Plant Swap at the Courthouse, West Court Street, from 10am-3pm. Environmentally themed activities, locally sourced food, adorable animals, friendly vendors, educational presentations, displays, demos, children’s activities, scavenger hunt, raffles and more. Divide your perennials, start extra seedlings, and bring to share and swap with others. Free and family friendly. 540-325-5220.
Easter Egg Hunt at Ridgeview Park, 700 South Magnolia Avenue from 10-10:30am. For children 7 years old and under. Bring your basket and join the fun. Free. 540-942-6735.
April 20–Shenandoah Caverns.
Easter Egg Hunt at American Celebration on Parade. Bring your kids to hunt for eggs at our Indoor Easter Egg Hunt. Registration opens up April 1st and we can only take the first 100 kids in each age group: 2-5 and 6-10. Eggs contain candy or Easter-themed toys. A few special golden eggs have vouchers for a free cave tour or bag of gemstone mining rough to use at our Dino Mining Sluice. Check in begins at 10am and the hunts will start around 10:30am. Check back April 1 to register your child, to be sure to guarantee your space. 540-477-3115.
April 20-28–National Parks.
All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. There are also special days during the week to highlight the different ways you can enjoy your national parks. National Junior Ranger Day and Entrance Fee-Free Day on the 20th; Veteran/Military Appreciation Day on the 21st; Earth Day on the 22nd; Throwback Thursday on the 24th; Bark Ranger Day on the 27th; Park Rx Day on the 28th. 540-999-3500.
1st Annual Vector Industries Golf Tournament at the Club At Ironwood, 62 Country Club Circle. To register call Chrissy Johnston 540-943-8444, ext. 301.
15th running of the Signature 5K Race at Grand Caverns Park. This is a certified race with a 6:30pm start. All proceeds will go towards the purchase of a new playground at the park. To register 540-249-5705 or email@example.com for more details.
Barn Show and Gallery Open House. Join America’s most celebrated living artist in her home and gallery to have your artwork signed and personalized. You can bring two previously purchased Moss prints or paintings and all prints or paintings that are purchased during these three days can be personalized. For information, call the Waynesboro Gallery at 540-949-6473.
April 26-May 5–Winchester.
92nd Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. A series of more than forty events includes band competitions, dances, carnival, dinners, luncheons, a 10K Race, and lots more. United Bank Bloomin’ Wine Fest on the 27th and the Firefighters’ Parade on May 3rd. The Festival is an event the whole family can enjoy. https://thebloom.com/events/ or 540-662-3863.
11th Annual Park to Park 1/2 Marathon starting 7am at Ridgeview Park, 700 S Magnolia Ave. This is a 13.1 mile point to point course connecting Augusta County’s Stuarts Draft Park to Waynesboro’s Ridgeview Park. The race will be completely supported with fully stocked aid stations and a post race party at the finish line. 540-942-6735 or www.runthevalley.com/.
Annual Redbud Festival is held at the Community Center from 10am-3pm. There will be arts, crafts, a variety of vendors and more. 540-636-3588.
The South River Fly Fishing Expo is held at Constitution Park, 215 McElroy Street, from 9am-5pm, both days. One of the goals of the Expo is to provide funding for continued conservation habitat improvement efforts on this great fishery. Admission fee, children 15 and under are free. 540-649-1915 or southriverexpo.org/main/.
Join us for the first ever Blues event at Cochran Pavilion located on the grounds of the Frontier Culture Museum to benefit Blue Ridge CASA for Children. Entertainment by Low B, Ken Farmer and the Authenticators and the Jon Spear Band. Food, beer/wine, childrens activities and more. Rain or shine. Admission fee, children 12 and under get in free. 1-800-867-5309.