The 4th Annual Food Truck Battle at Augusta Expoland is held from 12:30-6:30pm rain or shine. Artisans/crafters, specialty vendors. Children’s activity area and a variety of bands. All proceeds benefit the MaDee Project that helps area families and their children with pediatric cancer. 540-332-7850.
September 3–Buena Vista.
Annual Labor Day festivities at various locations that include a road race, parade, fireworks, cloggers, concerts and more from 8am-9:30pm. Admission is free. 540-261-7321.
The Rockbridge Regional Fair will be held at the Virginia Horse Center. There will be something for every age. Featuring pig agility, farm games, activities, petting zoo, carnival rides, costumed critters/characters contest and more. 540-464-2950.
September 7–Front Royal.
The Bowling Green Country Club, 838 Bowling Green Road is proud to invite everyone to the very first “Grill N’ Golf Tournament” to benefit Warren County Social Services as well as the Warren County Humane Society. Food, prizes, 50/50 raffle, silent auction and chances to win a new car. We can’t wait to see you all there helping out two very important causes. Its not too early to sign up now at 540-635-2024.
September 7-8–Buena Vista.
Glen Maury Park will be the site of the Rockbridge Mountain Music and Dance Festival. This is not your usual festival, if you love dancing and old-time music in a mellow setting, this is the festival for you. Large tent with wooden dance floor, called dances, flatfooting, old time bands, workshops, jamming and more. On-site camping and showers. Admission fee. 540-555-7321.
Join the White House Farm, 1917 Kauffmans Mill Road from 10am-3pm for a day of casual family-friendly activities, food, craft vendors, native plant sale, canoe rides, and more. Free admission. 804-314-9557.
The Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes, a 25 mile or 50 mile bicycle race, starts/finishes at the Gypsy Hill Park gym. We ride to support our combat veterans and to raise funds for Boulder Crest Retreat. Register at valleyveteransride.wordpress.com/ or 540-554-2727.
Autumn Days Festival and Craft Show on Main Street from 9am-3pm rain or shine. Enjoy a fun-filled day with local crafters, antiques, musicians, food and more. 540-434-3862.
Olde Salem Days is held in the downtown area from 9am-5pm. Featuring the work of hundreds of artisans as well as beautifully maintained classic cars, delicious food, live music and a variety of other activities. Free Shuttle from the Salem Football Stadium. This event is a major fundraising project for the Rotary Club of Salem. 540-772-8871.
Augusta Expoland events: Showmasters Gun Show on the 8th-9th; Monthly Yard Sale on the 22nd; PB Auction on the 29th. 540-337-2552.
September 15–Shenandoah Natl. Park.
The Apple Butter Celebration is held on at Skyland, mile 41.7 & 42.5 on Skyline Drive. Watch the apple boiling process. Special apple-infused dishes and combine it with a full day of wine and Old Hill Cider tasting, live entertainment, pony rides, and children’s crafts to make it a fun day for the entire family. Free admission to park visitors. 540-743-3915 or 1-877-847-1919.
23rd Annual Marine 5k Mud Run/Devil Dog Dare at Greenhill Park. The event will benefit the Roanoke Toys for Tots Foundation and Camp Roanoke. Both of these organizations benefit underprivileged children in the Roanoke Valley. 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. www.mudrun.com or 540-387-6078.
Bike Shen is a family friendly and healthy way to support six local agencies: Mennonite Central Committee, Virginia Mennonite Missions, MennoMedia, Our Community Place, Roberta Webb Child Care Center, and NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center. We draw more than 100 riders each year for rides ranging from the 5 mile family ride to the metric century. bikeshenandoah.org or 540 908-3933.
You’re invited to the 18th Annual Charity FunDrive at the Lee Hi Travel Plaza, 2516 N. Lee Highway. 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.
The Harrison Museum of African American Culture will hold its 29th 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.
September 15–Buena Vista.
Come celebrate 21 years of the Hospice Hustle at Camden Field. This year we’ve added a Mountain Run event up Robinson Gap Road. The Half Marathon starts 8 am, 5k Run/Walk 9 am. This is sanctioned by the USA Track and Field. The event benefits Rockbridge Area Hospice. 540-463-1848.
Come join us for a step back into history at Coyner Springs Park. Talk with Civil War soldiers from both armies. Experience the 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 Saturday at 4pm. Food and more. Admission fee, ages 11 and under are free. 540-949-5259 or www.waynesboroatwar.webs.com/.
43rd Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival will be held at the Frederick County Fairgrounds. Artisans/crafters, kids zone, an apple pie eating contest, live music, a tap and cork area and a antique car/truck show. Pet friendly so bring your four-legged best friend to the dog training agility course. Admission fee. 540-336-9114.
September 16–New Market.
Bring your furry friends to the 3rd Annual Summer’s End Pup Pool Party at the Community Pool, 9670 Cadet Road. to play in the pool. This is a day to celebrate your furry loved one. Bring your dog to socialize and play in the pool. Admission is $3.00 for each dog, but humans get in free. Pre-registration is required, call 540-740-3432 or at the Town Office.
September 20-22–Clear Brook.
14th Annual Tri-State Antique Truck Show at the Frederick County Fairgrounds, 155 Fairground Road. From dawn til dusk visitors can see antique trucks, fire trucks, farm tractors, and military vehicles all in working condition. Also a flea market, parts, tools and memorabilia. Admission fee. 540-478-4389.
Watermelon Park Fest is a family-friendly music festival at Watermelon Park and Campground, 3322 Locke’s Mill Road. Festivities include concerts, dancing, workshops, bands, pickin’ contests, kid’s activities, open jams, food, craft vendors and more. Admission fee. 540-955-1621.
Join us on Washington Street as we celebrate the many creative endeavors that make our community unique. Activities include live music, dance performances, art/craft displays, wine, food and kids activities. 540-319-4181.
38th Annual Edinburg Ole Time Festival comes alive with music, arts, crafts, entertainment, great food and more. Our parade on the 22nd 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.
September 22–Front Royal.
Come spend the day with us for the Brew and Blues Festival. Bring your family and enjoy a day of fun. Featuring delicious food, corn hole, yard games, arts and crafts. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and find a seat around the gazebo to enjoy awesome live entertainment. Admission is $25.00 at the gate for those who wish to sample beer and general admission is free. 540-635-5788 or 540-635-3185.
Shenandoah National Park, fee-free day to celebrate National Public Lands Day. This does does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours. 540-999-3500.
10th Annual Car and Truck Show at King Mt Carmel Regular Baptist Church, 2331 US Hwy 340 business from 10am-3pm. We’ll have lots of unique cars, delicious food, a silent auction, door prizes and more. 540-743-9558.
11th Virginia Chili Blues ‘n Brews Festival at 1 Lumos Plaza. Join us for an evening of chili tasting, artisans, exhibitors, micro and mega brews. Music by Sun Dried Opossum, Bone Baby Gators, Kiz Carter, Juke Jackson and more. Event is held rain or shine. No pets. Outside food, drinks or coolers allowed. Admission $20.00 at the gate. 540-447-6350.
September 22–New Market.
13th Annual Fall Fling at the Fire and Rescue. There will be approximately $100,000.00 in prizes raffled off. Also food and beverages. Top prizes that will be raffled away a 2018 Ford Escape and a 2017 Ford Focus. Both vehicles are brand new. For more information 540-740-8904 or 540-740-3432.
Join us from 11am-4pm rain or shine on the Old Town Pedestrian Mall for our family friendly celebration of Hispanic heritage and culture. Activity includes a children’s art activity tent, Latin dancing lessons, an instrument petting zoo and more. Country tents that represent different Hispanic countries. Food for sale. Free to the public. 540-667-8961.
Come Join us at the 6th Annual Veterans Bluegrass Festival at 214 Veterans Lane. Pets confined to campsite or leashes only, bring your own lawn chair and meals will be available for sale on premise. For reservations and campsite information call Bill Fisher at 703-909-7900 or Eddie Hilliard at 540-742-4580.
14th Annual Signature 5K fundraiser will be held at Grand Caverns, 5 Grand Caverns Boulevard starting 6pm. To register visit: www.grandcaverns-5k.com, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540-249-5705.
With a touch of wizardry, the downtown is transformed into the village of Hogsmeade for the Annual Queen City Potter Party. 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. www.queencitymagic.com or 540-885-9988.
September 29–Front Royal.
The 5th Annual River Valley Festival will be held at 1847 N. Royal Avenue from 11:30am-10pm, rain or shine. All games and activities are free. Also food and more. Cost is $10.00 per adult, 16 and under enter free. visit: www.rivervalleyfestival.com or 518-560-9658 for more information.
Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Mudurance 5K Mud Race at Ralph H Dean Recreation Park, 625 Sixth Street. 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 29–New Market.
Heritage Days Festival downtown from 9am-5pm with extended activities until 8:30pm. Come enjoy a fun day for all ages with local vendors, local food, and sing along and dance to local musicians. 540-740-3212.
21st Annual International Festival is a free day of family fun in Downtown Harrisonburg from noon-6pm, rain or shine. The festival features international foods, music, dance, and crafts available for purchase, and activities for visitors of all ages. 540-434-0059x5.
Bring your kite to Coyner Springs Park, 2091 Lyndhurst Road from 10am until 3pm. Don’t have a kite? No worries, over 300 kites will be given away. Enjoy a professional kite flying performances, a horse or hay ride, apple slingin’ and more. There’s something for all ages so bring your family, blanket, pets and have a fun day. 540-942-6735.