138th 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.
Family Promise of Shenandoah County Cardboard City Event from 4pm until the following morning at 8am at Antioch Church of the Brethren, 23502 Senedo Road. Would you give up your bed for one night, if it could change a homeless child’s life? Help us raise awareness of poverty and homelessness in our community and raise funds for Family Promise of Shenandoah County. Bring your own cardboard, build your “house” and experience homelessness. We will provide a meal, activities, and entertainment. Raise $100.00 and get a t-shirt. This is a great event for families, youth groups and anyone who wants to make a difference in the life of a child or sponsorship information, please call the Family Center at 540-459-4599.
The Annual Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale will be held at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. This family friendly event has something for everyone. Live and silent auctions of quilts, wood working items, artwork, antiques, and more. Come hungry and enjoy homemade food.Crafts, music, and children’s activities. Free admission. 540-433-9993.
Madame Redrum’s Nine Gates of Doom is located at 717 Rockfish Road. Our walk-through attraction is a sensory experience where you will be bombarded with sights, sounds, and smells. Open Friday-Sunday. Visit: madameredrums.com/. This attraction is not recommended for children under the age of 12.
Join us at DarkWood Manor, 104 N. Hawksbill Street, every Friday-Sunday. 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. On the 6th a portion of all ticket sales for this night will go to support Camp Light a camp for children with special needs. 540-713-5617.
39th 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, Silver Lake Mill and activities for children. 540-246-4272.
The 49th 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. Also the Steam and Gas Engine Show. 540-743-4164.
25th Annual Harvest Festival at Rockbridge Vineyard, 35 Hill View Lane. Celebrate our 25th anniversary with wine tasting, hayrides, grape stomping and live music. Bring the kids and lawn chairs. Admission is $10.00 per-person. 540-377-6204.
36th Annual British Car Festival at Ridgeview Park. Join us for a wonderful time and a chance to see British cars and meet the people who love them. 434-295-3196.
13th Annual Mill Day at the McCormick Farm, 128 McCormick Farm Circle from 9am-4pm. This year marks 187th Anniversary of the invention of the McCormick Reaper. 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.
October 6–Mt. Jackson.
Battle of Tom’s Brook Civil War Tour. In touring vans, follow the route of Custer’s cavalry during “The Burning” of the Shenandoah and walk the battlefield of the cavalry “disaster” at Tom’s Brook. Register at tourshenandoahbattlefields.com upcoming-tours or 540-740-4545.
Farm Days’ Nature Weekend at Sky Meadows State Park from 11am-5pm. Stop by our Wooly Bear races and pick a winning Wooly Bear. See a glimpse of plants, animals, birds and insects at the Explorer Outpost table. Also blacksmith demonstrations, a children’s play area, live music, delicious food and drinks for sale. 540-592-3556.
Oktoberfest at Frontier Culture Museum starting at noon. We’ll have traditional food, dancing, and plenty of fun for all ages. Traditional beer brewing on the German Farm. Entertainment by Schwartz Sauerkraut Band, Rhythm Road Band, Hirschjaegar Dancers. The Museum’s exhibits open at 9am. Children under 6 free. 540-332-7850.
Apple Days Craft Show at Willow Oak Plaza, from 9am-5pm, rain or shine. This fall tradition has been held for over 41 years. There will be crafts, food and more. 540-480-7582.
1st Annual Harrisonburg-Rockingham Sustainable Energy Fair. Join the Center for Wind Energy at James Madison University for this free and family-friendly, outdoor event, Sunday at 12pm-5pm, 1401 Technology Drive. The Sustainable Energy Fair will feature options to empower homeowners towards a more sustainable lifestyle. www.jmu.edu/wind/energy_fair1.shtml.
The 49th 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. 540-743-6698.
7th Annual Oktoberfest at the Old Town Loudoun Street Mall. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample German-inspired food, beer and 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 lots more. 540-535-3660.
Heritage Promotions presents the 63rd edition of the Shenandoah Antique 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. 434-847-8242.
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 12-14–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/craft bluegrass music and so much more. 540-468-2550.
Ready your wands, grab your broom, and slither in to town. Then follow the spiders to the 2nd Annual Harry Potter Festival. Activities include diagon alley, house horcrux hunt, 9 3/4 train station, movie on the grounds, meet hedwig, balloon animals. Also classes in potions, herbology, divination and a witches yule ball for ages 21 and older. 412-228-0715.
Annual Fish Fry and Auction at the Woodstock Moose Lodge, 152 Moose Road, from 5:30-9pm. 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, meals, and much more. Tickets are $55.00 per-person. 540-459-8550.
Fall Festival at Massanutten Resort from 11:30am-5:30pm, rain or shine. Live music, arts, crafts, food, beer, wine, kids’ activities, scenic chairlift rides and lots 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 Shenandoah County Fairgrounds from 11:30am-5pm. There will be tastings of craft beers, spirits, artisans, crafters, vintage/valley foods, cruise-in, log splitting competition, and BBQ tastings, harness racing and more. General Admission Ticket $10.00. 540-459-2542.
Take in some of what we have to offer during this majestic time of year. This Fall Foliage 5k & 10k race is a brisk run through our charming neighborhoods. The race includes a race day t-shirt, fully stocked aid stations, and a post race party with food and drink. www.runthevalley.com/fall-foliage/ or 540-942-6735.
Fall Festival held downtown from 10am-4pm. Over 60 food/craft vendors, children’s activities, 5k run, doggy pageant, live entertainment and so much more. Also the Town of Vinton police drunk driving simulator. Free admission. 540-343-1364.
October 13–Front Royal.
48th 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, re-enactors, living history demonstrations, crafts people, and apple butter making, to name a few. Parade at 10am, starts at the intersection of Stonewall Drive and Luray Avenue. 540-636-1446.
October 13–Buena Vista.
Annual Mountain Day Festival is back again. We close down two blocks of Magnolia Avenue and host almost 100 vendors from 10am to 4pm on Saturday. Craft demonstrations, live music and dance, local history, fine art, local foods, community organizations, kids’s activities, and more. This event is now presented by the Buena Vista Arts Council, which works to support creativity, community, and the arts in Buena Vista, in collaboration with the City of Buena Vista. This year's festival is generously underwritten by Food Lion, our local grocery store. For questions and vendor registration please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 46th Annual Fall Foliage Art Show will transform the streets of downtown into an outdoor festival. There will be 150 fine artists and 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.
5th Annual Science Festival and Maker Faire at the Presbyterian Church, 120 South Main Street, and the Collaboratory and Makerspace, 118 E Nelson Street. Families of all ages can spend a fun afternoon delving into the exciting world of science, technology, engineering, math with interactive, hands-on exhibits and more. Admission is free. 540-463-3777.
October 14-31–Natural Bridge.
“Mecoure mechin kihoe” means “You are very welcome to be here”. For generations uncounted, the Natural Bridge has been part of the Monacan Indian culture and history. Guests can step back more than 300 years in time to experience life in a typical Monacan settlement. Learn about cooking, tool production, pottery, basket weaving, gardening and more. Daily activities change with the season. 540-291-1326.
Join us for the 32nd Annual Autumn Days Festival, held on Spotswood Avenue downtown. Features arts, crafts, food, music, and kids zone. 540-226-5346.
Fall Foliage Bike Festival. An event where hundreds of cyclists of all ages and abilities gather to ride together. For those new to our festival vist: shenandoahbike.org/about/ or 914-960-3725.
October 19-21–Clifton Forge.
The Shrine Club will host the Annual Fall Foliage Festival downtown. Local civic groups and organizations have a myriad of food. Musical performances, crafts, a variety of antiques, collectibles and other items too numerous to mention. 540-862-3358.
Peak Leaf Music and Brewers Festival at Valley Roots Farm, State Rt. 634. A day of live music, brews, merchants, food trucks and camping. A portion of the proceeds will go towards providing schools meals for underserved students in the Frederick County area. Children under 12 free. peakleafmusicandbrewersfestival.com or 540-686-2069.
Skeleton Fest at Turner Pavilion and Park from 4-8pm. The festival features kid, dog, and adult costume contests. Also music, food trucks, trunk or treating and more. 540-432-8922.
The Strasburg Museum, 440 East King Street, will be holding Train Day. Barrel rides offered by the Massanutten Antique Tractor Club. Free admission from 8:am-5pm. 540-465-3175.
The Timber Ridge Fall Festival from 9am until 3pm at Timber Ridge Presbyterian Church, 73 Houston Way. Savor homemade brunswick stew and apple butter during the event, which also features a bake sale, yard sale, arts, crafts and bluegrass music. 540-463-6809.
October 20–Cross Keys.
Battle of Cross Keys Caravan Tour. Two-hour guided tour, using a car-caravan system covering the Battle of Cross Keys, where Stonewall Jackson’s troops delivered the first of two stunning, back-to-back victories on consecutive days to end the Valley Campaign of 1862. Free. Register at tourshenandoahbattlefields.com/ upcoming-tours or 540-292-0863.
October 20, 27–Stephens City.
Halloween Trunk or Treat and Costume Party at the Family Drive-In Theatre, 5890 Valley Pike. There will be a bounce house, magician, and face painting. Contests include car decoration, children, adult, and pet costumes. Trunk or Treating among the cars before show time. This is a weather permitting event. 540-514-6145.
October 27–New Market.
Step back in time at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway, for their lantern tour program, “Spirits of New Market.” You’ll follow your guide on a lantern-lit, seven station tour of the Battlefield encountering living historians portraying the soldiers, townsfolk, and Bushong family. While interacting with the characters, you’ll be able to lend aid to the wounded, ask questions and experience the Battlefield in a whole new way. Each walking tour lasts approximately 45 minutes starting 7-10pm. Admission fee, children 5 and under are free. 1-866-515-1864.
Pumpkinfest at the Farmers Market, 14 Main Street. There will also be carnival games, pumpkin give-away, costume contest and a pumpkin auction. Food will be sold throughout the day. All proceeds benefit Special Olympics. 540-375-3057.
October 27–Mount Jackson.
Apple Harvest Festival on Main Street from 9am-5pm. Live music, arts, crafts, food vendors, children’s activities and homemade local apple butter. 540-477-2121.
Halloween on Court Square with trick or treating, mask making, pumpkin painting, face painting and many other children’s activities. 540-459-3621.
The Spirit of the Valley Festival at On Sunny Slope Farm, 1000 Erickson Avenue, is held from 10am-5pm. The festival will highlight the rich history of the Shenandoah Valley through the music, food, beverages, crafts, and activities. 540-830-5400.
Trick-or-Treat Night on Main Street, 45 East Main Street, from 4-7pm. There will be a haunted house, candy, moon bounces, games, prizes, and more. 540-743-5511.