Community Family Celebration and Fireworks from 4pm-12am at the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center, 600 4-H Center Driver. Food trucks, petting farm, community tables, performances, children games. The American Legion community band starts playing at 7:30pm and fireworks start 9pm. The public pool will open noon-7pm and again after the fireworks, till 12am. 540-635-7171.
2nd Annual Fireball Dash and Splash involves a one mile dash on 420 Wirt Avenue at Elkton Car Wash and a one mile tube float down the Shenandoah River from Riverside Park to the Boat Landing on Old Spotswood Trail. Proceeds to benefit Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia. Spectators are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to enjoy all the festivities. Free entry for spectators. This is an Alcohol free event with food and music. To register call 540-298-9860.
July 1– Basye.
18th Annual BryceFest from noon-10pm at Bryce Resort. This family-friendly festival is not to be missed. We’ll have more than enough activities to go around, delicious food to be tasted, drinks, music and much more. Plus, we’ll end the day with a colorful, exploding, fireworks show. Admission for the public is free. 540-856-2121 or 1-800-821-1444.
Patriotic Celebration at Marker Miller Orchards, 3035 Cedar Creek Grade from 9am-5pm. Come join us in celebrating the official start of a new season and our independence. There will be activities for the children, music, food and fun for everyone to enjoy. Also wagon rides and cow train available for those interested. 540-662-1391.
51st Annual Homecoming at Ed Good Memorial Park from 5-12pm. Parade starts at 5pm and fireworks display at 9:30pm. Special guests Miss Virginia and Ben “Cooter” Jones. Musical entertainment by “Thundergun”. 540-778-3454.
July 1-2–Natural Bridge.
17th Annual Virginia Haunt Fest at Natural Bridge Hotel and Conference Center, 15 Appledore Lane. This event is for the haunt enthusiast on any level. Filled with fun, frivolity and frights as we gather together for a haunted good time. For more information call 804-338-3338 or online at www.vahauntfest.com/schedule.html.
The Sunrise Rotary Club will hold its 21st Annual Celebration of American Independence at the Virginia Horse Center. The “WannaBeatles”, will be the headliner and will be joined by “Sweet Fire”. Also there will be food/craft vendors, along with community organizations and fireworks. Admission is free but parking will cost $5.00 per vehicle. All proceeds will benefit the Rotary Club’s many Rockbridge County charitable causes. 540-291-3205.
Come enjoy 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. Opening for Souled Out is Shag. There will be a beer/wine garden, hamburger eating contest, cornhole games, numerous kids’ activities and more. The evening will be capped off with an impressive fireworks show. 540-535-3661.
July 3–New Market.
Independance Day Celebration with fireworks at the Community Park. 540-740-3432.
Annual Summer Jam Festival will be held at Massanutten Resort, rain or shine. Kids’ activities, food vendors, a beer/wine garden, live music, fireworks and lots more. Admission fee is $20.00 adults, kids under 7 are free. Food/beverage and some kids’ activities are not included in ticket price. No outside food/beverage/coolers or pets permitted. All proceeds benefit the Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA. 540-289-9441.
Annual America’s Birthday Celebration at Gypsy Hill Park. Family oriented atmosphere with traditional activities which includes a vesper service, games, crafts, exhibits, food, and local and nationally known entertainment. The 4th begins with a parade at 10am and ends with a huge fireworks display at 10pm. For complete schedule call 540-337-7291.
Valley Fourth is a free festival downtown, from 8am-9:30pm rain or shine. Featuring the Valley 4th run, reading of the Declaration of Independence, children’s activities, artists, crafters, food, a craft beer garden, live music, and fireworks. 540-432-8935.
4th of July Celebration at various locations. Children’s Parade starting 10am at Inn Lawn Park, then head downtown for crafts, food, and fun. The evening ends with a fireworks display. 540-743-3915.
Annual 4th of July Celebration festivities include more than 50 crafters, food vendors, a softball/cornhole tournament, games and there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Music by Metal Krew at 2pm and Souled Out at 6:15pm at the town park. Parade starts 5pm and fireworks at dusk 540-869-2226.
“Balloons Over Rockbridge” event at Virginia Horse Center is a fundraiser for Relay for Life of Rockbridge County and the American Cancer Society. Come celebrate our great country’s Independence Day with live music, hot air balloons, beer/wine, family fun, Veteran sponsored 5K and more. 540-460-1901 or 770-304-6757.
Spectacular fireworks display at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. Free admission. Gates open 8:30 pm, fireworks at 9:30 pm. Rain date the 5th. 540-459-3621.
July 4–Stephens City.
4th of July celebration at Sherando Park, 200 Lakeview Circle, starting 5 pm. There will be music, food, and more. Fireworks will start at dusk. No pets. Free admission. Rain date the 5th. 540-665-5678.
4th of July Festivities at the Town Park and pool. Featuring children’s activites, food court, and a cruise-in of classic trucks/cars. Fireworks at 9:30pm and a pool party immediately following. 540-465-8130.
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.
Doah Fest well be held at 1920 S. Page Valley Road. The event is a celebration of music, art, nature, and direct access to the Shenandoah River. The event will be a tent-only camping without any pets.Your ticket includes a camping spot/access to all activities/performances, children 12 and under free. 571-236-1036 or 571-344-1101.
Join us for an evening of fun at our Cruz-In on Historic First Street, from 6pm-9pm. See awesome vehicles, hear DJ music, and watch the trains too. Food available by a local non-profit and 50/50 ticket sales to benefit the historic Stevens Cottage. No fee for spectators or to enter your vehicle. Rain date the 14th. 540-652-8164.
Join America’s most celebrated living artist, P. Buckley Moss at the Barn located at the corner of Heritage Drive and Providence Lane to have your artwork signed and personalized. Collectors are invited to our downtown Gallery at 329 West Main Street for a complete selection of available artwork on the 9th. In addition, you may also bring up to two previously purchased prints or paintings for personalization. 540-949-6473.
Summer Extravaganza is our town’s biggest party of the year. Enjoy a day at Ridgeview Park, 700 S. Magnolia Avenue, with so much to do, including musical entertainment, concessions, family oriented entertainers, games and a spectacular fireworks display to cap off the evening. Admission is free. Pets are prohibited. 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 shelter will have some of their furry friends who are in need of loving families. There will be live music by Bryan Elijah Smith and Island Music Trio. Also food and festival fun. $10.00 admission includes wine tasting/souvenir glass. $5.00 of each admission goes directly to the SPCA. Kids are free with a can of pet food. 540-377-6204.
Kernstown Battlefield will host a Scottish Highland games competition. They will compete against each other using ordinary objects in their competitions: weights, stones, hammers and tree trunks. Also there will be activities for the whole family. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair. Refreshments for sale. 540-869-2896.
July 8-9–Buena Vista.
1st Annual Renaissance Faire at Glen Maury Park. Music, food, a variety of medieval merchants, a wizard, Welsh Corgi show, sword swallower, and more than can be enjoyed in a single day. Also a archery contest open to all and is absolutely free. Pets on leashes welcome. Admission fee. To learn more call 540-294-1846.
July 10-14–New Market.
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? Open to boys and girls ages 7-12; this program has something for everyone. Each camp day will focus on a different theme. Find out what Civil War life was like for Confederate and Union soldiers, VMI Cadets and civilians on the home front. Play the games they played. Eat the food they ate. Drill like they did. Walk in history’s footsteps at the Civil War Day Camp. Only $80.00 for the full week. Register by calling 866-515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu/newmarket.
July 12, 26–Harrisonburg.
“FundFest” will be held near the Turner Pavilion and across from the Daily News-Record. Featuring Who Shot John on the 12th and on the 26th Standing Room Only with Kelly May Brown. Bring a chair or blanket. We will have a variety of food and drinks for purchase. No pets/coolers/outside food. Sponsored by the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA. 540-271-7740.
8th Annual Pasture Palooza Music and Arts Festival is held at 339 Minniewood Lane. Come out for live music, rustic camping, eating, and good times. www.pasturepalooza.com or 540-336-9904.
6th Annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention at the Highland County Fairgrounds. Food, camping and more. Admission is $10.00 with children under 12 free. Everyone is welcome including pets. 540-292-0283.
July 14-16–Mount Solon.
5th Annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival featuring four stages and 40 bands at the beautiful Natural Chimneys Park and Campground. The event is family-friendly with a variety of food, craft vendors, kids activities, camping, swimming, organized bike rides and hiking adventures and more. No pets allowed in the campground or at the event. Admission fee. 434-971-4096.
In conjunction with the celebration of the opening of our new WWI Gallery of the Stonewall Brigade Museum, the 116th Infantry Regiment Foundation is holding an Open House starting 10am and a BBQ. Both events will be held at the Stonewall Brigade Museum, 566 Lee Highway. A suggested donation of $5.00 for the BBQ meal will benefit the Museum and other projects of The Foundation. 540-248-0116.
Join us at the Clearbrook Park Pool, 107 N. Kent Street to watch the film, “Finding Dory”. Bring a float to float on and wear proper swimming attire. We will be watching the movie from the pool so be prepared to keep splashing and noise to a minimum while we float. Pool opens at 8pm and film begins at dusk. All children 12 or under must be accompanied by an adult. Admission fee is $5.00 per person. 540-665-5678.
Performance Motorsports presents the Thunder Racing Series at Augusta Expoland. A family friendly event. Featuring VA Giant, Avenger, Brutus, Bad News, Big Foot, Snake Bite, Sampson. Gates open at 5pm and show starts at 8pm. Free rides on the VA Giant starting at 7pm. Admission fee. 540-943-3976 or 540-662-5202.
July 22–Stuarts Draft.
14th Annual Sweet Dreams Festival is a free family-friendly event at Stuarts Draft Park, 96 Edgewood Lane. Fun activities include contests, a craft tent, rock climbing wall, laser tag, inflatable and sporting events for the whole family. Other activities live musical entertainment, food, co-ed softball tournament, 5K race and corn hole tournaments. 540-245-5727.
Annual Pageant of Steam at the Ruritan-Clark County Show Ground. Featuring working steam engines, sawmill, wheat threshing, antique trucks, flea markets, a blacksmith and lots more. Also a antique tractor pull and a parade, food, music. No pets in the display area allowed. Admission fee and children under 12 are free. 540-514-5854 or www.svsgea.com.
Augusta County Fair Wine Festival will be held at Augusta Expoland rain or shine. Come enjoy the great tastes of wine from many wonderful wineries and a wide selection of vendors, music, and food. Admission fee, kids 12 and under are free. 540-294-1523.
July 31-August 5–Clearbrook.
The Frederick County Fair, will have rides, food, demolition derby, pig scramble, contests, monster trucks, go-kart racing, a petting zoo, box turtle derby race, truck/ tractor pull, skid steer rodeo and more. Admission fee. 540-667-8739.