The Sunrise Rotary Club will hold its 22nd Annual Celebration of American Independence at the Virginia Horse Center. There will be fireworks, live music, food, craft vendors, kids’ activities, and a beer garden. Admission is free, but parking will cost $5.00 per vehicle. All proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club’s many Rockbridge County charitable causes. 540-464-2950.
Annual Rockin’ Independence Eve in Old Town. Celebrate our nation’s independence at a free, family-oriented event that’s fun for all ages. Live music at the Taylor Pavilion featuring Souled Out. There will be a beer/wine garden, hamburger eating contest, cornhole games, kids’ activities and more. Fireworks 11pm. 540-535-3660.
Summer Jam Festival will be held at Massanutten Resort, rain or shine. Kids’ activities, food vendors, a beer/wine garden, fireworks and lots more. Live music featuring Kanye Twitty, Essential Vybe, 7 Mile Ford. Admission fee and kids under 7 are free. Food/beverage and some kids’ activities are not included in the ticket price. No pets permitted. All proceeds benefit the Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA. 540-434-5270.
Fields Day at Blue Ridge Park, 900 Shenandoah Avenue. Featuring rides, food, games, music and more. This event is sponsored by the Elkton Jr OUAM. 540-298-1190.
The Salem Fair will be held at the Civic Center. This is a agricultural fair with tons of rides, food, vendors, arena events and exciting range of entertainment. There will be something for all ages. Admission and parking are free. No pets are allowed. www.salemfair.com/schedule or 540-375-3004.
17th Valley Fourth from 8am-10pm in downtown. Great food, music, entertainment and fireworks. Also the Friendly City Fortune Raffle at Turner Pavilion and Park, 228 S. Liberty Street from 1pm-5pm. Purchase a ticket for the chance to win cash, trucks/cars, off-road vehicles, vacation packages, outdoor gear, plus two amazing grand prizes. For a complete schedule of events visit www.valleyfourth.com, and to purchase tickets visit www.friendlycityfortune.com or 540-432-8922.
65th Community Festival downtown. Family oriented games, rides, food and more. Parade begins 5pm and fireworks at 10pm. 540-254-1212.
July 4–Stephens City.
Join us for our 4th of July Celebration at Sherando Park. There will be amusements, food, free concerts by Bryan Frazier, Taylor Marie Wanger. Pool will be open so bring a float. Fireworks at dusk. No pets. Rain date is the 5th. 540-665-5678.
4th of July Celebration at various locations. Children’s Parade starting 10am at Inn Lawn Park, then head downtown for crafts, food, and fun. Also Party on the Plaza at Center for the Performing Arts, 1 East Main Street. The evening ends with a fireworks display. 540-743-3915.
Come out and enjoy a traditional 4th of July Celebration at the Frontier Culture Museum. We’ll have fun and educational activities for the entire family. Featuring food, sack races, watermelon seed spitting/pie eating contests, reading of the Declaration of Independence and more. Admission is pay what you want, a little, a lot, or nothing at all. 540-332-7850.
Come celebrate the Fourth of July downtown. Events start at 8am and go all day with a spectacular fireworks show at dusk. In the park we will have a softball tournament, craft vendors, food, fun games, and a cornhole tournament. A parade on Main Street at 5pm. Musical entertainment by Kara & The Wayfarers, Robbie Limon and Reflex. 540-869-2226.
America’s Birthday Celebration will be held at Gypsy Hill Park. Family oriented atmosphere with food, local/nationally known entertainment and more. The event starts with a chair dash at 6am, 5k run/walk 6:30am, parade at 10am and ends with a huge fireworks display at 10pm. Call 540-337-7291 for more information.
The 52nd Annual Homecoming will be held at Ed Good Memorial Park. There will be a carnival, food and more. On the 4th “I’ve Got a Voice” competition. A parade at 5pm on the 7th and fireworks display 9:30pm. Live music by 11th Hour, Hatcher Boys, the Thundergun Band, Hackens Boys and the WORX Band. 540-778-3454.
July 4, 7, 14, 28–Highland County.
Blue Grass events: 4th of July Children’s Parade and Lawn Party on the 4th; Monterey events: Valley AeroSpace Team rocket launches on the 7th; Lions Club Street Dance on the 14th; Mountain Boyz Motorsports Monster Truck Pull on the 28th. www.highlandcounty.org/events/ or 540-468-2551.
Rock N’ Ridgeview live music at the hillside amphitheater at Ridgeview Park from 6-8pm. Featuring Gabby Haze on the 5th; Chamomile and Whiskey on the 12th; Standing Room Only on the 19th; Bootsie Daniels on the 26th. 540-942-6512.
“Balloons Over Rockbridge” event at Virginia Horse Center, is a fundraiser for Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center. Come celebrate our great country’s Independence Day with live music, beer/wine, family fun, 5K Trail Run/Walk and more. Hot air balloons rides, for safety and weather we may delay or cancel flights. 540-464-2950 or 770-304-6757.
Join America’s most celebrated living artist, P. Buckley Moss at the Barn, located at 18 Providence Lane, to have your artwork signed and personalized on the 6th-7th. Collectors are invited to our downtown Gallery at 329 West Main Street for a complete selection of available artwork on the 8th. In addition, you may also bring up to two previously purchased prints or paintings for personalization. 540-949-6473.
3rd Annual Fireball Dash and Splash from 10am-noon at the car wash on 4th Street. The race starts with a 1-mile dash or walk from 4th Street, then to Riverside Park where you pick up your tube and float 1-mile down the Shenandoah River to the finish line at the boat launch. Race fee is $25.00 with proceeds benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia. Register online at: https://www.raceentry.com/race-reviews/fireball-dash-and-splash. Registration closes on the 6th promptly at 5pm. 540-908-3400.
Annual BryceFest at Bryce Resort. This year’s festivities feature a variety of vendors, food, wine/beer, live music, a magician/illusionist and fireworks at dusk. Also you can enjoy the bike park, zipline adventure, tubing, rockwall, bungee and bounce houses. Free Admission and open to the public. 1-800-821-1444 or 540-856-2121.
July 9-13–New Market.
Civil War Day Camp for boys and girls ages 7-12 at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. Is your kid a history buff? Do they love hands-on learning? Are you looking for an economical, educational, and exciting opportunity for your child? This program has something for everyone. Learn to drill, eat period food, play games that they might have played, create your own version of the 19th century crafts, tour the battlefield, earn prizes and lots more. Register by calling 1-866-515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war.
9th Annual Pasture Palooza Music and Arts Festival is held at 339 Minniewood Lane. Come out for live music, rustic camping, food, craft vendors and good times. 540-336-9904 or www.eventbrite.com/e/pasture-palooza-9-tickets-42062501073.
July 13-15–Mount Solon.
Annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival featuring live music at Natural Chimneys Park and Campground. The event is family-friendly with something for everyone. No pets. Admission fee. 434-971-4096.
The Summer Extravaganza 5K and 10K offer a challenging run through the neighborhoods of our city. There will be race day t-shirt, fully stocked aid stations, and a post-race party with food/drink. Part of the race proceeds will be supporting Relay for Life. After the race stay for the party at Ridgeview Park. Enjoy a day full of fun at the Summer Extravaganza festivities including vendors, live music, food, carnival rides, midway games, crafts for sale and the grand finale is a fireworks display. Pets not permitted at the event. To register for the 5K/10K call 540-942-6735.
Rockbridge Vineyard, 35 Hillview Lane, has “Gone to the Dogs” from noon-6pm. Join us for a special event to benefit the Augusta County Animal SPCA. The animal shelter folks will be on hand with some of their furry friends who are in need of loving families. Live music, tastings, and festival fun at the winery. Kids are free with a can of pet food. 540-377-6204.
Annual Health and Fitness Expo at Augusta Expoland. This is a family friendly event. Want a better body? Want to start feeling healthier? What better way to kick start your motivation then coming to the Expo. A varity of vendors and the RMH Mobile Mammography bus will be here. 540-943-3976 or 540-337-2552.
The Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Company hosts one of the area’s largest lawn parties. Bring the family and enjoy live music, rides, food, games, parades, and more. Veterans eat free with ID. All proceeds go directly to support the Bridgewater Volunteer Fire Company so we can continue to serve our community. www.bridgewaterfire.com/lawn-party-schedule/.
July 19-22–Buena Vista.
The Greater Vision Gospel Festival at Glen Maury Park is a three-night southern gospel music festival that is free for the entire family. 5-9pm. nightly. 540-261-7321.
July 20–New Market.
Come on out to our Annual Summer Music Series, “Cross Roads Fest”, held at Rebel Baseball Park. Featuring “Everyday People”. We have delicious local food vendors, a beer/wine garden, so we ask that you to not bring your own food/drink. There will be corn hole and kids activities. Bring a blanket or chair. The event is free. 540-740-3432.
The Monster Truck Show will be held at Augusta Expoland and is a family friendly event. Featuring VA Giant, Avenger, Bad News, Sampson, Stone Crusher, Hooked. Gates will open at 5pm, Monster Truck rides will run from 5:30-7:30pm and the show will start at 8pm. Also There will be a free-style motocross. Admission fee. 540-943-3976 or 540-662-5202.
July 20, 21, 27, 28–Orkney Springs.
The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival present Home Free on the 20th; Piedmont Symphony Orchestra on the 21st, 28th; the Temptations on the 27th. All concerts are held at Shrine Mont Retreat and Conference Center, 221 Shrine Mont Circle. www.musicfest.org/plan-your-visit/faqs/ or 540-459-3396.
July 21–Shenandoah National Park.
Blackberry Delight will be held at Skyland, mile 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive, from 10am-5pm. This event is an annual event that celebrates the sweet-tart fruit in all its glory. Skyland chefs create special blackberry-infused dishes combined with a full day of live music, dancing, local crafts, pony rides, and kid’s activities to make it a fun day for the entire family. 1-877-847-1919.
July 21–Weyers Cave.
The Virginia Cider Festival will be held at Valley Pike Farm Market. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Mercy House and the families that they support. The event will take place from 11am-5pm with concerts from Mike Davis, Thieves of Burden, Strong Water and the Barons. Tickets include 10 four ounce tastings, a commemorative glass and access to all four concerts. For more information call 540-560-3059.
The Kerstown Battlefield will commemorate the 154th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Kernstown with a weekend full of special events. In addition there will be tours of the 1854 Pritchard House, Museum and Artillery Annex. Also the Gift Shop will be open. 757-593-8227.
July 23-27–New Market.
Colonel Shipp’s Leadership Institute will be held from 9am-12:30pm at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. Young men and women ages 13-17 are invited to explore life as a VMI Cadet in the 19th century. Participate in team-building games and exercises. Walk in history’s footsteps as you discover stories of courage, honor, and sacrifice. Registration must be completed by the 7th. After that date, names will be placed on a waiting list. To Register call Sarah Mink at 866-515-1864 or E-mail: email@example.com.
July 25-27– Chincoteague.
93rd Annual Volunteer Fireman’s Pony Swim and Auction. On the 25th the Saltwater Cowboys will swim the ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. The auction on the 26th helps to control the overall size of the herd. Also they use some of the proceeds from the sale for veterinary care for the ponies and give to a regional charity. Call 757-460-6161 or visit www.chincoteague.com/pony_swim_guide.html.
52nd Annual Steam and Gas Engine at 890 West Main Street. There will be fun for all ages such as our active displays, flea market, live music, horse/tractor pulls, parades and steam engines. You can find just about anything to curb that appetite in our Show Park. Admission fee and children under 12 are free. 540-272-0931 or www.svsgea.com.
Augusta County Fair Wine Festival will be held from 11am-5pm at Augusta Expoland. Come enjoy the great tastes of wine from many wonderful wineries and a wide selection of vendors, music, and food. Admission fee. Non-drinkers and kids are welcome. Rain or shine event. 540-337-2552.
Klines will be at the Turner Pavillion to celebrate their 75th Anniversary from 1-4pm. There will be fun for the whole family with cake, ice cream, balloons, face painting, bounce house, live music, food trucks, cornhole and giveaways. 540-432-8935.
July 30-August 4–Clearbrook.
The Frederick County Fair will have rides, food, live music, demolition derby, pig scramble, contests, monster trucks, go-kart racing, a petting zoo, box turtle derby race, truck/tractor pull, carnival and more. Admission fee. 540-667-8739.
July 31-August 4–Fishersville.
Augusta County Fair will be held at Augusta Expoland. Hansens spectacular thrill show, great lakes timber show, laser tag, Aussie Kingdom, dog show, a demolition derby, food, music and more. Admission fee, 5 and under are free. Visit www.augustacountyfair.com/schedule/ or call 540-337-2552.