Annual National Night Out event, beginning at 6pm. Join the Police Department for an evening of family fun and activities. 540-740-3432.
Augusta County Fair will be held at Augusta Expoland. Dog show, midway, contests, kids fishing at wildlife display, Hansens spectacular thrill show, Great Lakes Timber Show and more. Also the Aussie Kingdom where kids can actually see/touch kangaroos, kookaburras, and more. Fireworks on the 2nd. Admission fee, 5 and under are free.
Annual Praise in the Park at Gypsy Hill Park bandstand. Featuring Heaven’s Mountain Band and the Westwind Bluegrass Band on the 1st; Teen Night with the Rise Band and the Covenant Band. There will be free pizza, sodas, give-aways on the 8th; Heather Snow and West Waynesboro Quartet on the 15th; Steve Losh and the One Family Band on the 22nd; Terry Barrett and the Faithful Praise on the 29th. Performances start at 7 pm. There will be concessions. 540-886-1138.
Classic vehicle cruise-in at 426 1st Street. See awesome vehicles, hear DJ music and purchase delicious food to support local organizations. 50/50 ticket sales and free registration of your classic vehicle. 540-743-3915.
39th Annual Oak Grove Folk Music Festival, 845 Quicks Mill Road (Rt. 612). The Festival features three days of fantastic folk and acoustic music. Concerts, workshops, open mike and a gospel sing. There are no camping facilities at the Oak Grove. There are picnic tables and a concession stand. There is handicapped accessible space for ten people. You can bring camping chairs or blankets for seating. Admission fee. 540-292-1345 or www.oakgrovefestival.com.
Bar-B-Que Chicken Dinner at Stevens Cottage, 201 Maryland Avenue, to benefit the Heritage Center’s Caboose Project from 5-6:30pm. Carry-Out available. Menu includes: half a chicken, coleslaw, baked beans, roll, dessert and a drink. Tickets are $12.00 each and available at the Town Hall or Shenandoah General Store. 540-652-2003.
Annual Poker Run at the Recreation Center, 305 Second Street. This event is brought to you by the Volunteer Fire and Rescue to benefit upgrading the extrication equipment. Registration is $15.00 per bike, $5.00 per passenger, and a meal will be provided. First 25 to register receive a complimentary knife. Over 50 prizes will be awarded. The rain date for the event is the 12th. Call 540-476-3979 or 540-421-3330 to register.
60th Annual Horse Show at the Community Center, 54 Cherry Grove Road. This is a benefit event for the Augusta Dog Adoptions. Everyone is welcome. Also a “Fun Dog Show”, any and all dogs welcome. Dogs must be on a leash and owner must pre-register at the horse show tent. Entry fee is dog food and/or a donation for Augusta Dog Adoptions. Classes may include costume, best trick, obedience. 540-886-5759.
Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge on-site registration starts 8am, in the High School gymnasium, 244 Myers Moon Road. The event features 2 states, 3 counties, 9 mountains, 105 miles, and over 10,000 feet of climb. The challenge features 4 courses for different levels of ability. 540-468-2978.
The Dayton Muddler is a unique 3.2 mile adventure course. The race supports our nation’s military personnel who suffer injuries of the mind, body, or soul. “Muddlers” will encounter a variety of obstacles along the way, such as the Cooks Creek water run, redi-rock climb wall, mud pits, monkey bars, hay bale climb, hurdles, two 150 + foot water slides, feed sack carry, sand pit crawl, block/bucket carry, water sprays and more. Pre-register on line at www.daytonva.us/muddler/register/ or day of event registration starts 8am at the College Street Pavilion, 360 College Street. 540-879-2241.
4th Annual Antique Auto Show at the Historic Edinburg Mill, 214 South Main Street from 10am-2pm. There will be a 50/50 drawing, door prizes, food. In addition the Mill offers a gift shop, theater, visitor center and more. Music by Sound Solutions Tommy Hepner. Registration fee is $15.00. Proceeds benefit the Mill and the Shenandoah Valley Cultural Heritage Museum. 540-984-8521.
Hispanic Festival at the Smithland Road Soccer Complex, 1542 Smithland Road, from 8am-4pm. There will be live music, games for children, a soccer tournament and so much more. 540-236-8174.
82nd Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention at Felts Park Campground, 601 S. Main Sreet. A wide variety of food/drinks will be available, and other vendors will have merchandise for sale. Also a variety of folk song, flatfoot dance and so much more. camping is available on a first come, first served basis. All tickets sold at gate and children under 12 free are with paid escort. 276-236-8541.
August 7-12–Front Royal.
60th Warren County Fair at 26 Fairgrounds Road. Pet show, midway, livestock shows, music, food, monster trucks, demolition derby, cowboy mounted shooters and more. Fireworks on the 8th. Admission fee. 540-635-5827.
Community Fair will be held at 18142 Crab Run Road. Food, games, rides, live music and fun for the whole family. Admission fee, children 11 and under free admission. 540-852-3233 or 540-852-3505.
August 9, 23–Harrisonburg.
Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA will put on a fundraiser near the Turner Pavilion, in the grassy park across from the Daily News Record from 5:15-8pm. Fundfest is an evening of entertainment including live music, dancing, and food/beverage vendors with proceeds benefiting local nonprofit organizations. Featuring Cheap Whiskey on the 9th and the Judy Chops on the 23rd. 540-434-5270.
August 11–New Market.
Cross Roads Fest featuring the Hackens Boys at Rebel Park, 9186 John Sevier Road, from 6:30-8:30pm. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy an evening of local music. Food, beverages, and a beer/wine garden for purchases. No pets on Rebel Field, no outside food or drink. Free admission. 540-740-3432.
The Annual County Fair will be held at the Town Park, 19753 Main Street. Come out and enjoy lots of fun activities for the kids and adults alike all while learning more about our local agriculture and food producers. Also homemaking exhibits, 4-H livestock and 4-H horse shows, and other fair contests and so much more. A variety of concessions will be available throughout each day 540-473-8260.
August 12–Shenandoah Valley.
Shop until you drop at the Annual Route 11 Yard Crawl. Plan to spend the day meandering through 43 miles of towns from New Market to Stephens City along the Old Valley Pike (Rt. 11). There will be antiques, yard sales, local business like Route 11 Potato Chips, Edinburg Mill and so much more. 540-459-2542.
August 12–Front Royal.
4th Annual Dragon Boat Race to benefit the Humane Society of Warren County will be held on the Main Fork of the Shenandoah River at the Front Royal Golf Course Landing. The event features friendly competitions between community and corporate teams. Waggin’ for Dragons will attract over 300 athletes and hundreds of spectators. The event is free to spectators. 540-635-4734 ext. 226.
20th Annual Microfestivus takes place in the downtown area, rain or shine. There will be live music and a great lineup of vendors. Microfestivus is not a good event for children or pets. 540-342-5700.
Come to Gypsy Hill Park from noon-5pm for a special event held rain or shine. Featuring local food trucks, music, games and activities for children. Admission is free and open to the public, simply pay for your own food. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair.
We are celebrating our 50th Anniversary of Belle Grove Plantation being open as a historic house museum. The formal dedication of Belle Grove as a museum was on August 13, 1967. This year, from 1-5 pm. Belle Grove will be open free of charge for ice cream, cake, and behind-the-scenes tours. Please join us for our event. 540-869-2028.
63rd Annual County Fair at the Clarke County Ruritan Fairgrounds. The Fair is a variety of exhibits/shows, carnival, concerts, food and more. Pig scramble on the 14th, pet show on the 15th and demolition derby on the 15th and 19th. Admisssion fee, children 4 and under free. 540-955-3755.
Rockingham County Fair will be held at the Fairgrounds, Route 11 south. Featuring food, exhibits, rides and music. Free admission on the 14th, demolition derby on the 18th, and a Truck Tractor Pull on the 19th. Admission fee, children 6 and under are free. 540-434-0005.
August 19–New Market.
Join our living historians at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway, as we celebrate the birthday of Jacob Bushong whose home stood at the center of the fighting during the Battle of New Market. Explore 19th-century traditions, enjoy ice cream, games, music, dancing and lots of fun. Walk in history’s footsteps and discover what home life was like during the years before the Civil War rocked the nation. 540-464-7230.
The Luray International race on the 19th and the Luray Sprint on the 20th take place at Lake Arrowhead Park. After the Triathlon join us as we celebrate 80 years of carillon music at the Singing Tower. To register visit: www.luraytriathlon.com/ or 540-743-3915.
Annual Greek Festival will take place at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 1700 Amherst Street. Sample our Greek cuisine and experience our Greek music/dance. This event will be fun for the entire family. Free admission. 540-667-1416.
64th Page Valley Fair at 15 Fairlane Drive. Everyone who attends can find something to enjoy. Rides, livestock/horse shows, live music and that only starts the list of attractions. A Tractor/Truck Pull on the 22nd-23rd, Rodeo on the 24th and a Demolition Derby on the 25th-26th. Our fair goal is a week of clean, family fun in a friendly atmosphere. Admission fee with children under 6 free. 540-843-3247.
August 25–All National Parks.
National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. 540-999-3500.
Annual Sing Me High Music Festival at the Valley Brethren-Mennonite Heritage Center, 1921 Heritage Center Way. Music by the Walking Roots Band, Southern Grace, and more. Festivities include a pie auction, children’s games, food trucks, corn-hole, quilt/guitar raffle, storytelling and more. www.singmehigh.com/ or 540-438-1275.
August 25-Sept. 2–Woodstock.
The Shenandoah County Fair is the oldest and largest fair in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. Featuring world-class grandstand entertainment, alligator show and more. A pig scramble on the 25th, demolition derby on the 27th-28th. Rodeo and monster truck show on sept. 2nd. 540-459-3867.
August 26–Front Royal.
Virginia Air Show is held at the County Airport, 229 Stokes Airport Road, from 10am-6pm. Featuring a car show, free kids stuff, beer garden, food, vendors booths and so much more. Plus, everyone gets entry into a raffle with multiple prizes. Admission is $5.00, children 6 and under are free, as is parking. So, if you are looking to have a fun day with the whole family this is the show for you. 540-635-3570.
Annual Wine Fest at Belle Grove Plantation from 11am-6pm. Local artisans, a variety of merchandise vendors, music by Robbie Limon and chef demonstratons in the 1918 Barn. Also our Museum shop will be open. 540-869-2028.
Rockbridge Community Festival downtown. This is a family event. The SPCA will be present with pets to adopt. So be warned, you may just go home with a new friend. All funds benefit Rockbridge area charities. No admission fee. 540-460-8220.
P. Buckley Moss will be appearing at her gallery, 223 Gilbert Street, to meet with her collectors and sign purchases of her work. This gallery will have an expanded inventory of prints, originals and will work hard at making your visit enjoyable. 540-552-6446.
4th Annual Big Truck/Car Show at Augusta Expoland. Also a outdoor flea market, a variety of food and more. Rain or shine with free admission/concerts and no registration fee for cars/trucks. For more information call 540-290-4793.
Dog Days Dog Swim at Westover Park noon-1:30pm or 1:30pm-3:00pm. Owners must present proof of current rabies vaccinations, not tags. There is a fee of $2.00 per dog that will benefit the Anicira Veterinary Center. Pre-registration required. Call Kristin Lam at 540-434-0571.
August 30-Sept. 2–Monterey.
The Highland County Fair is an old-time country fair steeped in tradition and opens with a hometown parade. Events include a horse show, demolition derby, truck/tractor pull, music, food, and fun. 540-468-2639.