Friends of Valley Charities cordially invite you to a day of fun and fundraising golf tournament. All golfers are invited to play, no handicap required. Come as a team or come alone; we will gladly pair you up with a team. Benefits the FVC Scholarship for a JMU student with or directly affected by cancer and RMH’s Linear Accelerator. Details and registration form: 540-246-8174 or http://fvconline.org/golf-18/.
First Friday free at Explore More Discovery Museum from 4-7pm. Sponsored by the Harrisonburg Kiwanis Club. 540-442-8900.
Test your strength at the inaugural Battle for a Cure Obstacle Challenge that’s held in conjunction with the Relay For Life of Harrisonburg/Rockingham County. Commit to running in our 5K Obstacle Course and prove that you have what it takes to help us win the battle against cancer. 540-434-3360 or www.tinyurl.com/BattleforaCure.
38th Annual Strawberry Festival fundraiser for the Community School will be held at Elmwood Park, rain or shine. This event offers berry treats, along with children’s games/activities, free musical entertainment, arts/crafts and more. Starting 10am both days. 540-563-5036.
Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival events: On the 4th: Firefighters’ Parade at 5:30pm. Afterwards revelers can meet at the Handley High School Campus, an area of the festival that offers something for everyone. Then finish your day enjoying the “Nightfest” and fireworks display at 8pm. On the 5th will be a Street Show that is held before the Grand Feature Parade at 1:30pm. https://thebloom.com/events/.
14th Annual Festival of Spring at various places downtown from noon-6pm, rain or shine. Featuring children’s activities, live music/entertainment, a canine thrill show, and events specially catered to children and families. www.festivalofspringluray.com/ or 540-843-0770.
3rd Annual Kentucky Derby Birthday Bash and everyone is invited. We’ll be celebrating in true Derby fashion with a hat contest, beer releases and much more. So don a Derby Hat and make plans to join Stable Craft Brewing, 375 Madrid Road, from noon-10pm, for the legendary Running of the Roses. 540-490-2609.
Stride for Life Walk and 5k is a fundraiser for ComfortCare Women’s Health. The 5k takes place at 8am at Gypsy Hill Park and the Walk at 9:30am in two locations: Grace Christian Elementary School Staunton or Westwood Hills Elementary School in Waynesboro. 540-885-7448 x308.
The Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby Classic starts at 7:30am and will be held at Main Street and Church Street, downtown. The All-American Soap Box Derby, “the greatest amateur racing event in the world”, is a youth gravity racing program for boys and girls. 540-476-3333 or 540-943-1483.
Annual Road and River Relay is a four-leg event, individual or relay, over a challenging 16.1 mile course in and around town. The first leg is a 3.5-mile run, second leg is a 9.1-mile bicycle ride, third leg is a 2.2-mile canoe or kayak course down the Maury River, fourth and final leg is a 1.3-mile loop run. Food and beverage will be provided at the finish area. To register call 540-464-3283 or 540-463-6090.
Parks and Recreation is hosting Petpawlooza from 10am-2pm at Coyner Springs Park, 2091 Lyndhurst Road. This is a free fun event for young and old featuring performances of the Marvelous Mutts Stunt Show at 10:15am., 11:45am and 1:15pm. There will also be discounted rabies vaccinations, pet contests and prizes, pet caricatures (donations accepted), raffles, and vendors. Pets welcome with leash. For more information visit www.waynesboro.va.us/892/Petpawlooza or call 540-942-6735.
32nd Annual Model Train Show at Augusta Expoland from 10am-4pm. The show features model train sales, railroad historical societies, model railroad club layouts, railroad memorabilia, books for sale and concessions. Admission for adults is $5.00, children under 12 with an adult are free. 540-248-4143.
7th Annual Gala and Auction. This is Harrisonburg Education Foundation’s largest fundraiser. The money raised through the gala will support its mission of funding, innovative educator grants, student scholarships and other initiatives. A silent auction, live music by Marlon Foster and the Judy Chops and a chance to win a Broadway themed trip to New York or Chicago. Tickets are $100.00 per-person. For tickets call 540-434-9916.
Food Truck Rally at Ralph Sampson Park, 431 E. Washington Street, from 11am-3pm. Make sure to bring a blanket so you can have a picnic with your favorite food truck cuisine. This event will take place at the park’s. Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center. For more information contact Cory.Jeffries@harrisonburg va.gov or 540-437-9213.
The Community Block Party at the Rosenwald Community Center, 413 Port Republic Road, is a free event held rain or shine from 1-4pm. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided, though each family is encouraged to bring a side dish to share. There will be free rides, cornhole, raffle tickets ($.25 cents each), water target shoot and so much more. The Red Dotts 2 will be performing. Bring a lawn chair. 540-942-6735.
Celebrate “World Fair Trade Day” at Harmony Moon, 13 S. New Street; Latitudes, 16 E. Beverley Street and Cranberry’s, 7 S. New Street from 10am-8pm for sales and discounts on fair trade goods. There will be refreshments, a scavenger hunt and prize drawings. This event will be fun for the whole family. For more information call 540-885-1368.
May 12–Front Royal.
3rd Annual Family Fun Day hosted by C&C Frozen Treats. The event will feature a Louisiana style Parade down Main Street at 10am. After the parade the event will continue at the Gazebo with music from the Shockers, games for the kids and exhibits for all ages. We will have food and boiled Crawfish complete with trimmings. Proceeds will benefit the Warren County Humane Society, Able Forces and the Backpack Program. 540-450-7939.
“Of Ale and History” event at Belle Grove Plantation from 11am-6pm. Featuring the Robbie Limon Band and CazhMIERE. Local food, vendors and 60+ beers. No outside food, drinks, pets or large bags allowed and a photo id is requied. General admission is $30.00 at the gate and includes a souvenir glass and eight tastings. Designated driver tickets are $10.00 and includes two non-alcoholic beverages. 540-869-2028.
May 12-13–Woodstock/New Market.
Under the direction of Scott Zane Smith, Masterworks will present, I Choose Love. This concert, scheduled on Mother’s Day weekend celebrates mothers and those who have nurtured others, but also serves as a response to acts of violence happening around the world with lyrics centered on forgiveness, peace, and the remarkable healing powers of love. Emanuel Lutheran Church, 127 E. High Street, Woodstock on the 12th, and Reformation Lutheran Church, 9283 N. Congress Street, New Market on the 13th. Tickets are $12.00 for adults and $6 for youth ages 12-18 and are available at the door, from www.masterworks.net, or from any chorus member. Children under 12 may attend free of charge.
May 14, 21–Waynesboro.
Join the Wayne Theatre for great classic films shown on the big screen. The 7pm classic film will be shown with an intermission and optional discussion period following the movie. Pay what you will. 540-943-9999.
May 15–New Market.
Explore the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway with our Civil War historian from 2-4pm. Hear the accounts of the battle in the words of the soldiers who were there. The tour includes a visit to the Bushong home, the movie “Field of Lost Shoes” and the “Bloody Cedars.” Participants receive a complimentary bottle of water and light refreshments along the way. Pre-registration is required call 1-866-515-1864 or e-mail: email@example.com.
It’s a Country Thing, 101 Lucy Lane, will be holding their 7th Anniversary Sale. Enjoy browsing our unique primitive decor for your home. 540-941-5990.
137th National Skirmish at Fort Shenandoah. Each unit represents a Civil War regiment or unit and wears the uniform they wore 150 years ago and compete in live-fire matches with original or authentic reproduction Civil War period weapons, mortars and cannons. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. There is a large sutler area. 248-258-9007 or www.n-ssa.org.
The Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA will be hanging out at PetSmart, 1671 E Market Street, with some of our adorable adoptable animals. Stop by and visit and possibly take home your next best friend. Check out our website: www.rhspca.org/adopt to see bios and information on all of our pets up for adoption or call 540-434-5270.
3rd Annual Chicken Chow Down at Luray Caverns from 5pm-8pm. The event features dancing, a chicken cook-off and wine/beer. Advanced ticket purchase is encouraged. 540-743-7700.
Shenandoah Antiques Expo will be held at Augusta Expoland, Virginia’s most exciting antiques event and one of the greatest gatherings of dealers and collectors in the Mid-Atlantic. Featuring 300 dealers inside and 100’s of outside exhibitors. Admission fee. Call 434-847-824 or visit heritagepromotions.net/events.htm.
Kidzfest on the Old Town Walking Mall 8am-5pm. The family-focused event was created for kids of all ages and features more than 60 interactive exhibits, a puppet show, free activities and lots more. Also “Reptiles Alive” performances and after the shows you can pet a live snake. 540-722-8700.
Inaugural EPIC Fest: Beer, Wine, and BBQ Festival at the Volunteer Fire Company activities building, 414 South Eastside Highway from 11am-6pm. Music by Days of Eight, Six Shot Rebellion, That 80s Show, Blue Mountain Road and Who Shot John. For tickets call 540-947-4227 or 540-383-6273.
May 19–Front Royal.
32nd Annual Virginia Wine and Craft Festival in historic downtown from 10am-6pm. Covering more than seven blocks will be live music, kids games/activities, musical entertainment. Also over 100 vendors, artists/crafters and there won’t be anything you can’t find to fit your style, mood or need. Admission is free and for those who wish to wine taste it is $30.00. 540-635-3185 or www.wineandcraftfestival.com/.
The Crusher-Run 5K will be held at Frazier Quarry, 75 Waterman Drive, starting 9am, rain or shine. All skill levels welcome at this chip timed event that features live music amplified by the natural acoustics at the quarry, a short uphill climb and a backdrop unlike any 5K. 540-432-8935.
May 19-20–New Market.
Join the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway, for the 154th Anniversary of the Battle of New Market from 10am-5pm both days. The battles will be held rain or shine on the 19th at noon and 2:30pm, then on the 20th at 1pm. There will be food, historic retailers called sutlers, demonstrations, tours and much more. No pets/backpacks allowed on the grounds except service dogs. Fee of $10.00 for ages 10 and older, children 9 and under are free. 540-462-6360.
May 21–Front Royal.
Annual Memorial Day Ceremony to be held at the Gazebo, from noon-1pm. 540-635-3185.
Grab a book, get comfy, read to the North River Library’s, very own registered therapy dog. All reading levels are encouraged. Younger children are welcome with a grown up. 118 Mt. Crawford Avenue. 540-434-4475 x4.
Bike or Run, Sweat and Beers at Brothers Craft Brewing, 800 N. Main street. The event is free and intended for all skill levels. Everyone is welcome including kids and dogs. Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition will be coming out to lead a bike portion of this event. After the event enjoy discounted brews in the tasting room. No registration but you’ll sign a waiver when you arrive at 5pm and the event starts at 5:30pm. 540-421-6599.
21st Annual Memorial Festival and Parade. Events include memorial service for veterans, car show, antique tractor show, motorcycle show, huge patriotic parade, volunteer firemen’s food shack featuring steamed shrimp and more. Brought to you by Shenandoah Heritage Association. 540-742-1141.
18th Annual ValleyFest Beer and Wine Festival at Massanutten Resort. At the festival there will be food, unique handmade crafts and more. Live music by the Hackens Boys, Slippery When Wet-the Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute Band, Strong Water and more. All proceeds benefit the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. Admission fee does not include food and beverages. 540-434-3862.
52nd Annual Art in the Park will be held at Gypsy Hill Park rain or shine. The beautiful municipal park provides a tree-lined, intimate setting to admire quality artwork, chat with artists, listen to live music, and enjoy the food provided by a variety of vendors. Young aspiring artists are welcome to participate in a children’s art activity area. We will have something for everyone. 540-885-2028.
aMuse Art and Craft Festival will take place at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley from 10am-5pm both days. Join local and regional artists showing and selling their works in a variety of woodworking, printmaking, painting, collage, ceramics and more. Also interactive art projects, demonstrations, outdoor activities, food from local food trucks and locally made beer and wine. Free event, but to visit the galleries/gardens there is an admission fee. 540-667-5166.
Virginia Hot Glass Festival at Sunspots Studios Glassblowing, 202 South Lewis Street. Saturday. 9am-6pm, and Sunday, 10am-5pm. Glass artists from around the region come together at Sunspots Studios for a full weekend of non-stop hot glass demonstrations and exhibits. See and buy unique art glass gifts and jewelry from many glass artists in one location. Watch as the artists demonstrate their techniques and artistry in transforming hot molten glass into beautiful crystalline pieces, from paperweights to vases to intricate beads and jewelry. Free. Indoors. Handicapped accessible. Nearby parking. www.sunspots.com/virginia-hot-glass-festival.