5th Annual Virginia Food Truck Battle at Augusta Expoland from 11:30am-6pm, rain or shine.This is a fundraiser for the MaDee Project. We’ll have food, drinks, music and more. Bring your blankets and chairs. No coolers or pets allowed. 540-849-9635.
Swannanoa an Italian Renaissance Revival villa is open for tours on weekends: Sunday the 1st, and Saturdays and Sundays throughout the month, 11:30am-5pm. Cost is $8.00 for self-guided tour, $10.00 for guided tour, children 12 and under free. Call 409-256-8735 or visit facebook.com/SwannanoaOfficialPage/.
September 2–Buena Vista.
Annual Labor Day festivities at various locations that include a road race, parade, live entertainment, games, sports and a fireworks finale. Admission is free and pet friendly. 540-261-7321.
Rockbridge Regional Fair and Farm Show is held at the Virginia Horse Center. Featuring carnival rides, critter scramble, horse pull, retro rodeo, beer garden, food and more. Free admission and parking. 540-464-2950.
September 6–New Market.
Cross Roads Fest featuring Vexine at the Rebel Park, 9186 John Sevier Road, from 6:30-9pm. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy an evening of local music, food, beverages, as well as a beer/wine garden. No pets on Rebel Field, no outside food or drink. Free admission. 540-740-3432.
Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes is a 26.7 mile, 43.6 mile or Metric Century 63 mile bicycle route through the Valley’s countryside. Registration and start/finish are at Stable Craft Brewery, 375 Madrid Road. rain or shine. 540-490-2609 ext. 7.
The Half Marathon Run will start and end at the Hawksbill Brewery, 22 Zerkel Street. Featuring individual, two-person and four-person relay divisions. To register call 301-991-0461 or 540-743-3915 or visit: /racinemultisports.com/lhm/.
Pasture Palooza Music and Arts Festival at 339 Minniewood Lane, rain or shine. Come out for a weekend of live music, camping, eating, craft vendors and good times. 540-336-9904 or www.pasturepalooza.com/.
September 14–Shenandoah Valley.
Join the Elkton Progressive Improvement Committee for the 9th Annual Highway 340 Yard Sale. You won’t want to miss all the deals stretching from Waynesboro to Luray. Visit: www.facebook.com/ItsEPIC/ or call 540-226-5346 for more information.
September 14–Shenandoah Natl. Park.
The Apple Butter Celebration is held at Skyland, mile 41.7 & 42.5 on Skyline Drive. Watch the apple boiling process, special apple-infused dishes and combine wine tasting, hard cider by the glass. Pony rides, children’s crafts, and live entertainment to make it a fun day for the entire family. Free admission to park visitors. 540-743-3915 or 1-877-847-1919.
Cruise In and the Community Center Open House from 3-6pm. There will be hot rods. muscle cars, and monster trucks. Music, food, craft vendors, face-painting, balloons, inflatables and something for all ages. Pet friendly. 540-298-8730 for more details.
55th Annual Autumn Festival and Antique Car Show will be held from 9am-3pm, rain or shine. Over 150 food, craft, artisan and retail vendors will line Main Street and the showcase in Heritage Park, along with more than 100 classic cars. 540-860-0447.
You’re invited to the 19th Annual Charity FunDrive at the Lee Hi Travel Plaza located north on Rt. 11. This event is a fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia. Drivers from across the country come to compete for prizes and awards. 540-463-3478 or 804-217-9474.
Bike Shen is a family friendly way to support six local agencies. We have rides ranging from the 5 mile family ride to the metric century. Rides begin from the Eastern Mennonite School, 801 Parkwood Drive. To register call 540-578-3024/540 908-3933 or visit: bikeshenandoah.org.
Come out and enjoy "Clipping Sunflowers" for a Great Cause. Clip sunflowers by donation only. All proceeds benefit Page Alliance for Community Action (PACA) non-profit. There will be fun for the whole family with vendors, concessions, music, sunflowers entertainment, hay rides, pony rides, petting zoo, hay maze, pumpkin painting, kids activities. 540) 743-5511. Also why not kick off the event with a 1k fun run starting 10:30am at Ralph H Dean Park. To register, visit pagecoalition.org or https://pagecoalition.org/register/?thistype=other.
The Harrison Museum of African American Culture will hold its 30th Anniversary Fundraiser of the Henry Street Heritage Festival at the newly renovated Elmwood Park downtown. The festival exposes you to African-American heritage as expressed through the performing arts, crafts, cuisines, customs, food, merchandise and more. 540-857-4395.
Olde Salem Days is held in the downtown area from 9am-5pm. Featuring the work of hundreds of artisans. Kids fair, classic cars, delicious food, live music and a variety of other activities. Free Shuttle from the Salem Football Stadium. 540-772-8871.
4th Annual FreedomFest will be held at Stoney Creek Resort and Campground, 277 Lake Drive, rain or shine. Featuring concerts, raffles, vendors, poker runs, 5K Fun Run/Walk and more. This event is held annually to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warriors Foundation. All proceeds are donated directly to the foundation. To register call 540-292-9085 or visit: stoneycreekfreedomfest.org.
Come join us for a step back into history at Coyner Springs Park. Talk with Civil War soldiers from both armies. Experience the food, sights, sounds and aromas of camp life from a bygone era. Witness the thrill of charging cavalry, thundering artillery and the determination of the Infantry as they battle. Special Civil War town ball game and the Civil War dance social. Admission fee, ages 11 and under are free. 540-949-5259 or waynesboroatwar.com.
September 15–New Market.
Bring your above 6 month old furry friends to the Annual Summer’s End Pup Pool Party at the Community Pool, 9670 Cadet Road, to play in the pool. Door prizes will include treats for you and your pups and homemade treats will be available. Admission is $3.00 for each dog, but humans get in free. Preregistration is required. Visit newmarketvirginia.com/residents/festivals-events/ or call 540-740-3432.
16th Annual Watermelon Park Fest is a family-friendly music festival at Watermelon Park Campground, 3322 Lockes Mill Road. Festivities include concerts, band/pickin’ contests, kid’s activities, open jams, food/craft vendors, beer garden and more. Admission fee. 540-955-1621.
Join us on Washington Street as we celebrate the Arts. Featuring live music, street performances, art/craft displays. wine, food and kids activities. 540-319-4181.
39th Annual Ole Time Festival comes alive with music, arts, crafts, entertainment and great food. Our parade on the 21st starts at 1pm and goes through town. Our theme is that of another time, when things moved a little slower, and people took the time to visit with each other. 540-984-8400.
“Jeepn’ For Jesus” is holding a fundraiser for Mason’s Toy Box that helps sick children and their families. There is a $10.00 donation requested for each jeep entry. We are also asking each attendee to bring a new/unwrapped toy. Jeeps will meet at Augusta Expo at 9:30am. 1-833-682-4438.
September 21–Front Royal.
Fun abounds at the River Brews Festival in the downtown area starting at noon. Bring your family and enjoy a day of fun, delicious food and beer tasting. There will be a variety of activities. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and find a place around the gazebo to enjoy live entertainment from Ryan Jewel and The Reflex Band. Admission is $30.00 at the gate for beer tasters and general admission is free. 540-635-3185 or 540-635-5788.
September 21–Buena Vista.
2nd Annual Armed Forces Day Golf Tournament fund raiser. Registration is open to the public starting at 8am. The event will be held at the Vista Links Golf Course. The cost is $20.00 per person or $80.00 for a foursome, plus green/cart fees. All proceeds will directly benefit American Legion Floyd-Davidson Post 126 and its mission to help and enrich the lives of veterans, currently serving military members and their families. 540-570-8049 or 540-261-3413.
24th Annual Marine 5k Mud Run/Devil Dog Dare at Greenhill Park. The event will benefit the Roanoke Toys for Tots Foundation and Camp Roanoke. Many folks ask, just how tough is the course? We reply, it’s as hard or easy as you want it to be. We have semi-pro runners down to the neighbor next door that has never entered a 5k race. No race day registrations. To register visit: www.mudrun.com or call 540-387-6078.
The Augusta Regional SPCA’s “Pets in the Park” fundraiser will be held at Gypsy Hill Park. Magnificent mutt dog show, animal/food vendors. Also we are inviting runners and walkers (dogs and their humans) to participate in the the Furry 5K. Prizes will be awarded. To register call 540-885-7722 or augustaregionalspca.org/furry5k.html.
11th Annual Car and Truck Show fundraiser for King Mt. Carmel Regular Baptist Church, 2331 US HWY BSN 340, from 10am-3pm. We’ll have lots of unique cars, delicious food, a silent auction, door prizes, and more. 540-743-9558.
September 21-22–Clear Brook.
Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival will be held at the Frederick County Fairgrounds. Artisans/crafters, kids zone, a bubble/human hamster ball, live music, food and more. Pet friendly so bring your four-legged best friend to the dog training agility course. Admission fee. 540-878-0802 or 540-667-8739.
September 26-28–Clear Brook.
15th Annual Tri-State Antique Truck Show at the Frederick County Fairgrounds. Enjoy antique vehicles, farm tractors, and military vehicles all in working condition. Also a flea market and more. All proceeds are donated to the local food banks and the Henry Evans Home for children. Admission is by donation only. 540-478-4389.
Annual Signature 5K fundraiser will be held at Grand Caverns. A race series for all levels of runners and walkers. A fun event with plenty of snacks, raffle prizes, and awards. All proceeds from the race will go towards the purchase of a new children’s playground at the park. To register call 540-249-5705, www.grandcaverns-5k.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With a touch of wizardry, the downtown is transformed into the village of Hogsmeade for the Annual Queen City Mischief and Magic. Local businesses reinvent themselves offering Harry Potter themed shopping, dining and hands-on activities for all ages. Free but certain activities will have a fee. 540-885-9988.
The 6th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Mudurance 5K Mud Race at Ralph H Dean Recreation Park. You will go through a variety of terrain, challenges, and obstacles designed to test the mental and physical grit in anyone courageous enough to try. Whether you are in top physical shape, or just trying to get off the couch. Admission fee. To register call 540-743-3915.
September 28–New Market.
Heritage Days Festival downtown. Come enjoy a fun day for all ages with a variety of vendors, local food/musicians and more. 540-740-3212.
September 28–-All National Parks.
Shenandoah National Park, fee-free day to celebrate National Public Lands Day. This does does not cover amenity or user fees for activities. 540-999-3500.
Weiner Dog Races/Family Fun Day at Shenandoah Downs. We’re going to have this fun event after the harness horse races (from 2-5pm) as part of Family Fun Day. Want to get your dog/dogs into the competition? Just e-mail: email@example.com or call 540-459-3867 for details.
There’s so much to do at Skeeter’s Maze Adventure located at Creative Works Farm, 107 Creative Works Farm Lane. All proceeds benefit Camp LIGHT. Admission is $5.00 per person, 2 and under are free. Open Saturday and Sunday. 540-471-1659.
22nd Annual International Festival from noon-6pm. This is a very special event that celebrates the area’s rich cultural and language diversity. This family-friendly event is free, with plenty of food and crafts available for purchase, and activities for visitors of all ages. International music, dance, food, artists, storytelling, and family-friendly activities for everyone. 540-434-0059 x 5.
12th Annual Virginia Chili Blues ’n Brews Festival at Lumos Plaza. Join us for an evening of chili tasting, artisans, exhibitors, micro and mega brews. Music by Jon Spear Band, Lynwood Taylor and Big Bill Morganfield. Event is held rain or shine. No pets, outside food, drinks or coolers allowed. Admission is $20.00, kids 12 and under are free. 540-447-6350.
September 28–Front Royal.
6th Annual River Valley Festival will be held at the VFW Post 1860, 1847 N. Royal Avenue, from 11:30am-10pm, rain or shine. There will be pit-roasted meats, beer/wine, folk music. Children 16 and under enter free. No pets, only service animals. 540-635-8134 or www.rivervalleyfestival.com/.
Kite Fly at Coyner Springs Park from 10am-3pm. There will be kite races, apple slingin contest, hay rides and a candy drop. Also kite/food vendors will be present and will accept cash only. There’s something for all ages so bring your family, blanket, pets and have a fun day. 540-942-6735.
September 28–New Market.
14th Annual Fall Fling at the Fire and Rescue Department. There will be approximately $100,000.00 (over 60 prizes) in prizes raffled off. Also food and beverages. For times and ticket prices call 540-740-8904 or 540-740-3432.