Farming in the Valley is a family friendly festival geared towards children’s education in agriculture. Agriculture is part of our blood in the Greater Augusta region and we want kids to learn what exactly that means for our region. The festival hosts great activities like a petting zoo, sheep herding demonstrations, apple butter churning, a corn maze, reading time with Cubby the WVPT Bear, and a pedal pull. It also will give you access to local produce and products.11am-6pm at Creative Works Farm, Creative Works Ln. www.farminginthevalley.com/faqs or 540-324-1133.
At Sky Meadows State Park, 11012 Edmonds Lane, you can immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and smells of a Civil War Encampment from 10am-2pm. Interact with the 21st Georgia Infantry as they perform daily tasks of the Confederate soldiers. Activities may include unit drills, weapons demonstrations, camp cooking and more. 540-592-3556.
October 1-31–Natural Bridge.
You will hear “Mecoure mechin kihoe” (You are very welcome to be here) when visting the Monacan Village at Natural Bridge State Park, 6477 South Lee Highway. Guests can step back over 300 years through time to experience life in a typical Monacan Indian settlement and learn about cooking, tool production, pottery, basket weaving, gardening and more. Daily activities change with the season. For information call 540-291-1326.
The Friends of Massanutten Regional Library will have a book sale at Massanutten Regional Library, 174 S Main Street, from 10am-6pm. There will be thousands of used books including fiction, non-fiction, children’s, young adult, Christian fiction, sci-fi, history, religion and much more. All proceeds benefit Massanutten Regional Library. 540-434-4475.
136th National Competition at Fort Shenandoah. Member units compete in live-fire matches with original or authentic reproduction Civil War period muskets, carbines, breech loading rifles, revolvers, mortars and cannons. Each unit represents a Civil War regiment or unit and wears the uniform they wore 150 years ago. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. There is a large sutler area and food service is available. 248-258-9007.
October 6-8–Highland County.
Celebrate the beauty of Autumn at our Annual Hands and Harvest Fall Foliage Festival. There will be seasonal foods including Allegheny mountain trout, and homemade baked goods. Also animals for adoption, free kids activities, art/crafts, bluegrass music and so much more. 540-468-2550.
October 6-28, 30-31–Waynesboro.
Twizted Creationz haunted attraction at Creative Works Farm, 107 Creative Works Lane, is open every Friday and Saturday from 6:30-10:30pm. This is a family oriented event. For everyone’s safety we have on duty Augusta Co Sheriff’s Dept. This is a no alcohol, drug and tobacco free event. All proceeds from this event go to Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for kids with special needs. Inclement weather can change operating hours. Admission is $15.00 per person. 540-471-1659.
October 6-28, 30-31–Harrisonburg.
Are you looking for your worst fears to come true? Join us at 6340 Oak Shade Road for our two attractions: Fear Forest, the haunted woods trail and Fear Crops, a hay wagon ride and laser tag. This attraction contains claustrophobic passageways, sudden scares, loud noises, simulated scenes of violence, extended periods in total darkness and if you do not touch the live creatures, they will not touch you. For schedule visit www.fearforest.net/schedule.html.
October 6-Nov. 5–Luray.
Join us at DarkWood Manor, 104 N. Hawksbill Street, every Friday-Sunday and Nov. 4th-5th. For over 17 years we have created a theatrical and interactive attraction based on original stories. We combined detailed sets, movie quality make-up and talented actors to create a scary and unique haunted house experience. Each year we tell a new story surrounding the legend of the Manor. 540-713-5617.
38th Annual “Dayton Days” Autumn Celebration in the downtown area from 8:30am-4pm. The festival features arts, handmade crafts and over 300 vendors from numerous states. Attendees also enjoy a wide variety of delicious foods, specialty shops at our market and other local unique shops. Also tours of Fort Harrison, the Heritage Museum and Silver Lake Mill. Activities for children. 540-246-4272.
October 7–Front Royal.
Are you a budding biologist, curious conservationist or animal lover who’s passionate about science and saving the planet? Join the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, 1500 Remount Road, for our Conservation Discovery Day from 9am-4pm, held rain or shine. The day includes hands-on activities, research demonstrations and mini-chats on hot topics in conservation. This is the one day this one-of-a-kind research facility is open to the public. 202-633-3045.
12th Annual Mill Day at the McCormick Farm, 128 McCormick Farm Circle. This year marks the 186th Anniversary of the invention of the McCormick Reaper and the 208th birthday of its inventor Cyrus McCormick. The main attraction of the day is the operation of the McCormick Grist Mill built in the late 1700’s. The mill has been fully restored to working order. In addition to the mill operation, there are many traditional craft vendors, music and food. This is a free event. 540-377-2255.
Apple Days Craft Show at Willow Oak Plaza from 10am-5pm, rain or shine. This fall tradition has been held for over 40 years. There will be crafts, food and more. 540-480-7582.
OktoberFest on North Holliday Street from 11am-6pm. Enjoy the fall season at our family freindly festival where there will be something for everyone. There will be German and American food, a beer/wine garden. children’s activities, arts/crafts, live music and more. 540-465-3187.
The 48th Annual Heritage Festival will be at the Page County Fairgrounds from 10am-5pm, rain or shine. This is a family-oriented weekend with fun for the whole family. There are over a hundred crafters, live entertainment, childrens activites and more. For tractor and engine enthusiasts, the Steam and Gas Engine Show will be a one-of-a-kind treat for you. 540-743-4164.
Heritage Promotions presents the 61st edition of the Shenandoah Antiques Expo at Augusta Expoland. One of the greatest gatherings of dealers and collectors in the Mid-Atlantic. This inside and outside antiques show draws 300+ exhibitors who offer 18th and 19th century American and English furniture, vintage Americana, mid-century modern, jewelry, silver, rugs, art and collectibles of all kinds. Admission fee. 434-846-7452.
Join America’s most celebrated living artist P. Buckley Moss to have your artwork signed and personalized. Friday and Saturday, 11am-5pm at The Barn, 18 Providence Lane and Sunday, Noon-4pm at the Gallery, 329 West Main Street. All artwork purchased from our gallery during this weekend can be signed and personalized. In addition, you may also bring up to two previously purchased Moss prints or paintings to the Barn for personalization. For complete information call the Gallery at 540-949-6473.
October 14–Front Royal.
47th Annual Festival of Leaves on Chester and Main Streets from 9am-6pm. Warren Heritage Society’s yearly fundraiser. There will be a variety of vendors, live entertainment, children’s corner, a parade at 10am, historic demonstrations, re-enactors and more. 540-636-1446.
5th Annual Oktoberfest at the Old Town Loudoun Street Mall. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample German-inspired food, beer/wine. Win a prize in the best dressed Lederhosen/Dirndl contest on the 13th. There will also be street performers, accordion players, merchandise vendors, bands and exciting experiences for both the young and old. 540-535-3661.
Annual Fish Fry and Auction at the Woodstock Moose Lodge, 152 Moose Road, from 5:30pm. This is Friends of the North Fork signature fundraising event. A wonderful evening of food, fun, and lots of great auction items. Services, sporting goods, vacations, art work, and meals. Tickets are $50.00 each. 540-459-8550.
Fall Festival at Massanutten Resort from 11:30am-5:30pm rain or shine. There is so much to do from wine tasting to kids activities. Live music by JAXN, Chamomile and more. A benefit for the McGaheysville and Elkton Fire and Rescue Squads. Admission fee, kids 7 and under are free. 540-289-9441.
Autumnfest at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. There will be tastings of wine, whiskey, and beer. Kansas City BBQ competition. Food from a variety of vendors. Also arts/crafts, wood splitting competition, harness racing, and live music. Admission fee. 540-459-2542.
Fall Festival at Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church, 73 Sam Houston Way from 9am-3pm. Savor homemade Brunswick stew and apple butter making during the event, which also features a bake sale, yard sale, arts/crafts and blue grass music. Call 540-377-2239.
The Annual Fall Foliage Art Show will transform the streets of downtown into an outdoor festival. There will be 150 fine artists/artisans that will be showcasing their work. We also feature gourmet food trucks, craft beer and great local music. The Shenandoah Valley Art Center is challenging visitors to help them fill up jars with change. This will help them bring the 416 Studio project to life. Jars will be at SVAC, in the food court, and at the information booth. 540-949-7662.
October 20-21, 27-28–Stephens City.
Come out in costume to the Family Drive-In Theatre, 5890 Valley Pike for our annual Halloween Trunk or Treat costume contest and haunted trail. Costume contest for everyone and pets. This is a weather permitting event. 540-514-6145.
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance presents The Skeleton Festival from 2pm-9pm in downtown. Activities kick off with trick-or-treating at downtown businesses and culminate with a fun, all-ages party at the Turner Pavilion and Park. The festival features kid/dog/adult costume contests, face painting, fire dancing, food trucks, live music, video art, trunk or treating, wacky shacks, goober blobs and whisker biscuits. 540-432-8909.
October 21–Front Royal.
5th and final Zombie Walk show up at Bing Crosby Stadium around 5:15-5:30 pm, but no later than 5:45 pm. 540-635-5788.
Cider Makin’ and Tastin’ at the Stonewall Jackson House, 8 E. Washington Street from 11am-3pm. Crafts, games, family fun, live music, and dancing. The event is free and open to the public. 540-464-7704.
Join us for the 31st Annual Elkton Autumn Days held on Spotswood Avenue Downtown. Features arts/crafts, food, music, and kids zone. 540-298-8111 ext 4200.
The Stonewall Jackson House will host Spooky Tales at 4:30pm for children grades 3rd-6th. Come enjoy spooky tales by candlelight. Storytellers will be dressed in 1850s costumes. Pre-registration is required and cost to participate is $3.00. 540-464-7704.
Massanutten Resort’s Encounters Lounge dare you to join them for the spookiest Halloween bash in the area, the 9th Annual Thrill on the Hill. Featuring a DJ, music, costume contests, a full-service bar, food, and huge prizes for 21years old and older. 540-289-9441.
October 28–Mount Jackson.
Apple Harvest Festival at various places in town from 9am-5pm. Apple Harvest Festival at various places in town. Featuring, arts/crafts, food vendors, beer garden, children’s activities and local homemade apple butter. Also music by Rock Bottom Band, Fly Birds and Bud’s Collective. Proceeds benefit Shen-Paco Industries. 540-477-2121.
Beverley Street will be closed during our Halloween event starting at 10am. Stores will be handing out treats/giveaways to all the children. There will also be a costume contest held at the Pavilion across from 202 South Lewis Street. 540-332-3867.
October 28–New Market.
“It is a damp and dreary night. The ground is muddy with puddles of water everywhere. It is Sunday May 15, 1864, the evening after the Battle of New Market. The sights, sounds, and smells of the battlefield are all around you” . . . With these words, the stage is set for the Spirits of New Market tours presented at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. Costumed historical interpreters will take visitors back in time to the aftermath of the battle. Tours begin at 7pm. 1-866-515-1864.
Kid’s Fun Night at Augusta Expoland is a free and safe Halloween alternative event for the family. We have about 40 inflatable and carnival-type games for the children to play. For each game they play they receive a handful of candy or a small prize. Also we have giveaways. 540-886-6249.
October 28–New Market.
American Legion Post 166 will hold their Annual Craft Show at 202 E. Old Cross Road. Homemade apple butter, a variety of crafts and more. 540-740-3437.
Halloween on Court Square, 100 North Main Street is our annual tradition. Merchants will be giving out treats to the children. Mask making and many other children’s activities. This event is free and open to the public. 540-459-3621.
October 31–Front Royal.
Bring your children to Trick or Treat in our downtown area. It will be a safe and fun way to enjoy Halloween. Merchants will be giving away candy or treats to every costumed child in attendance. 540-635-5788.
Bring your kids to Ralph H. Dean Recreation Park for a night of fun and frights. Also there will be a costume contest at 7pm. 540-743-3915.
16th Annual Open Studio at SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts. Featuring the work of owner marbling fiber artist Barb Polin along with original handcrafts by over 250 Virginia/National craftsmen. Light edibles, wine tastings, weekend specials and gift certificate giveaways. 540-298-5222.