Come to the Family Drive-In Theatre, 5890 Valley Pike, and meet Marvel Super Hero “THOR” on the 3rd and on the 24th-25th visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. For schedule 540-514-614.
November 4–Stuarts Draft.
Christmas Open House at Country Connections, 267 Cold Springs Road. Store filled with Christmas decor, Miller’s bbq chicken, Brunswick stew, homemade donuts, baked goods and your favorite vendors. 540-337-5226.
The Virginia Tech Science Festival at the Moss Arts Center, Alumni Mall, Henderson Lawn, Newman Library, and Torgersen Hall is an expo-style, family-friendly event held from 10am-4pm. The festival provides families with hands-on experiences, interactive demonstrations and techno entertainment that will inspire a wonder in science for all ages. Meet scientists and researchers who solve all kinds of problems. www.cpe.vt.edu/sciencefestival/ or 540-231-1319.
Come to the Cecil F. Gilkerson Activity Center, 305 South Dogwood Drive, from 9am-3pm and shop for all your Holiday gifts at our Annual Holiday Craft Show. Admission is free. Food and crafts will be available for purchase throughout the day. 540-433-9168.
7th Annual Heritage Day at the Burwell-Morgan Mill, 15 Tannery Lane, from 11am-4pm. Ever wanted to experience every day life in the 1700s? Join us for a variety of activities such as food production, woodworking, cooking and more. Also kids’ games, fresh apple/pear cider, and an encampment of Revolutionary War re-enactors. Free event. 540-955-260.
The Wildlife Center of Virginia’s Annual Gala will be held at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel. Activities include a cocktail/hors d’oeuvre reception hosted by some of the Center’s education animals. A silent/live auction featuring inexpensive delights to breathtaking jewelry, travel packages, artwork and more. Proceeds support the Center’s work with thousands of patients. Tickets are $125.00 per person. 540-942-9453 or www.wildlifecenter.org/gala-rsvp.
16th Annual Open Studio at Solace Studios fine handcrafts, 193 W. Spotswood Trail, from 10am-5pm. Featuring the work of owner marbling fiber artist Barb Polin along with original handcrafts by over 250 Virginia and National craftsmen. Light edibles, wine tasting. Weekend specials and gift certificate giveaways. For more information call 540-298-5222.
Bring your family treasures and heirlooms to Belle Grove’s Annual Antiques Appraisal and Traditional Crafts Fair from 10am-4pm. Appraisals are $10.00 for one item and three for $25.00. 540-869-2028.
November 4, 11–Grottoes.
Area events: Turkey/Ham/Oyster presale dinner at the Fire Department starting 4pm on the 4th and a Veterans Day Ceremony at the Town Hall on the 11th starting at 11am. 540-249-5896.
The Kernstown Battlefield and House at 610 Battle Park Drive, will be open free of charge from noon-4 pm for all active duty military, veterans, first responders and their families. There will be special tours, activities and refreshments will be provided. Civil War era cannons will be on display. Also we have a golf cart for those needing assistance. 757-593-8227.
The Shoppes at Mauzy, 10559 N. Valley Pike, has been decorated for their Christmas Open House. Shop in this early 1800’s Stagecoach Inn, filled with an eclectic blend of antiques, handcrafted items and more. Also visit the General Store/Jail/Schoolhouse and the Ice House, each continuing with a theme of its own. 540-896-9867.
Christmas Open House at Kimco, 1818 Jefferson Hwy. Join us for homemade ham biscuits, cookies, punch and more. Register to win one of several beautiful door prizes and take advantage of special savings throughout the store. 540-943-3742.
The Junior League of the Roanoke Valley will hosts the Annual Stocked Market at the the Berglund Center. This event brings merchants from around the country for a weekend of shopping and gearing up for the holidays. All of the proceeds directly benefit community programs that help those in need. 540-343-3663.
Annual Parade in the downtown area at 11am. Come around 9:30am to the City Market Building where you can shake a veterans hand and thank them before the parade. Parade participants include military units, individual veterans, college and highschool bands. The Veterans parade is one of the largest in Virginia. 540-982-2860.
The Annual Gala concert at Eastern Mennonite University is the music’s department’s opening celebration of the winter holiday season and their major fundraisiser. This annual event that showcases the breadth of musical talent of EMU’s music department. Suggested donations are $10.00 per person and will benefit the music scholarship fund. 540-432-4225.
November 11–Shenandoah Caverns.
Annual Shenandoah Uncorked Festival at the Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns. With over 10 Virginia wineries, great food, unique crafts and a variety of kid’s activities, there’s something for everyone. The festival begins at 10am and wine stops pouring at 4:30pm. Admission is free. Wine tasting is only $15.00 and includes a souvenir wine glass. Also explore Shenandoah Caverns right next door, you’ll get a special discount with your festival wristband. www.shenandoahcaverns.com or 540-477-3115.
November 11–New Market.
2nd Annual Fairway 5k fundraiser is held at the Community Park, 9670 Cadet Road. To register the day of the run/walk show up at the Town Office, 9418 John Seveir Road, promptly at 7am. Everyone is encouraged to participate. Strollers are welcome but encouraged to start at the back of the pack. Dogs are unfortunately not allowed. To register or more information call 540-740-3432.
November 11–Stephens City.
Paws for Reading at Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road from 1-2:15pm. Read your favorite book to a reading tutor. These canine listeners are patient and love to hear kids read books. Free and no registration required. 540-869-9000 x215.
November 11-12–National Parks.
In observance of Veterans Day All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.Third party services are not included unless stated otherwise. We want to see you out enjoying the more than 400 national parks across the system. There are natural, cultural and historical gems to choose from and with so many options, you’re bound to find a park that speaks to you. 540-999-3500.
November 11-12–Stuarts Draft.
Kindly join the Flower Girl at 3278 Stuarts Draft Highway and share the excitement at their Christmas Open House. Browse the festival showroom filled with gift and decorating ideas, you’ll be glad you did. Also enjoy yummy refreshments while you shop. Voted one of the valleys top florist. 540-414-8221.
Fall Arts and Crafts Show at the Augusta Expoland from 9am-4pm. Come and enjoy a variety of handmade arts and crafts. 540-337-2552.
Annual Veterans Day Parade line the streets to honor the veterans who have proudly served our country during war and peacetime. The Veterans Day parade will start at 2pm and begin at the Rockingham County Administration Center, 20 East Gay Street, then will travel South on Main Street to the City Municipal Building, 345 South Main Street. 540-432-8922.
November 14-Dec. 31–Staunton.
Art for Gifts occurs in the gallery at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street. Hand-crafted gifts including jewelry, home décor, glass, sculpture, paintings, clothing, and more are available for purchase. Proceeds benefit artists and support the Staunton Augusta Art Center, an inclusive, non-profit organization which offers visual art experiences to all. 540-885-2028.
All American Music Festival at Augusta Expoland. This is a family friendly event. If you are a bluegrass lover, then you are going to love this lineup: Rhonda Vincent, Ralph Stanley II and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Larry Stephenson Band, Dailey and Vincent and more. 540-337-2552.
Enjoy a kitty petting zoo at Harmony Moon, 13 S. New Street and Humanitarians of Pet Education (H.O.P.E.), a local based cat rescue organization. The kittens will be “free range” today so you can have fun playing and cuddling with them. The cats and kittens are both adorable and adoptable. Help us “socialize” them to human touch so they can quickly find their furr-ever home. Fun for the whole family and 10% of all purchases will be donated to H.O.P.E. 540-885-1368.
The Kernstown Battlefield Association and Clan Adrenalin will host its second “backyard” Highland games of the season at Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive. Scottish Highland warriors used ordinary objects in their competitions: weights, stones, hammers and tree trunks (“cabers”). This low key event is a perfect family outing. The games benefit prostate cancer research. Refreshments will be for sale by the KBA and all refreshment proceeds will benefit the KBA. Please bring your own chairs. 757-593-8227.
Annual Turkey Trot 5K/10K race that starts and finishes at the Massanutten Military Academy track. All proceeds from the event will benefit Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter. To register call 540-459-2542.
Virginia Lovers’ Gourd Society will be at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to present gourd artisans, a gourd competition, and raw gourds for your own crafting purposes. Family, fun and friendly spirits combine to celebrate the interesting history and artistic possibilities available to the gourd enthusiast. Take this unique opportunity to purchase gifts from a wide variety of artisan gourds. 540-662-1473.
Miss and Master Shenandoah Speedway Pageant at the VFW Comer-Jones Post 621. Come join us for our 10th Annual Shenandoah Speedway Pageant. Open to All. Doors open at 10:30am, pageant starts at noon. Proceeds will benefit the local Rescue Squads for their support at Shenandoah Speedway. 540-860-9909.
November 20-Dec. 4–Winchester.
Leave a letter for Santa in one of his special mailboxes with a return address and Santa will write back. Santa’s mailboxes may be found at the War Memorial Building at Jim Barnett Park, City Hall at 15 North Cameron Street, the Visitor Center at 1400 South Pleasant Valley Road and the Old Town Welcome Center at 33 East Boscawen Street. 540-662-4946.
November 20-Jan. 1, 2018–Staunton.
For the 11th year in a row beautiful Gypsy Hill Park’s 214 acres will be aglow with holiday lights from 5-11pm daily. You can honor a loved one or honor someone “just because” by placing a lighted deer in the Field of Deer for the Celebration of Holiday Lights. This event is free and open to the public. 540-886-8660.
Our Annual Candleight Processional and Community Tree Lighting is a warm family event not to be missed. Join us at the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery as we gather to light candles and progress down to Hopkins Green singing carols. At Hopkins Green the community Christmas Tree is officially lit for the season. 540-319-4181.
Great North Woods Christmas Trees will be arriving at Kimco, 1818 Jefferson Highway. Fresh cut Balsam/Fraser Firs from tabletop size to 10ft. Huge Black Friday deals throughout the store and Shop Local specials on the 25th-26th. 540-943-3742.
November 24-January 1–Winchester.
Don’t miss Frederick County Parks and Recreation’s Annual light show. Don your stocking caps and wrap those scarves tight as you take a magical stroll through this winter wonderland. Warm up in the cabin where you might run into Santa. On November 24th at 6pm the ‘grand illumination’ of the ‘Walking In A Winter Wonderland’ light show will donate half of the proceeds to the Chain of Checks. 540-665-5678.
We are kicking off the Holiday season with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7pm. Activites begin as the families and visitors gather at the Town Tree to join in a medley of familiar carols. Activities culminate with a count down to the official lighting. Following the program you and your family are invited to enjoy complimentary light refreshments served by merchants in their stores along Main Street. Thousands of tiny clear lights, greens and red velvet bows highlight the window displays of shops up and down Main Street. 540-254-1212.
Enjoy this Old Town tradition that begins with a festive evening parade starting 7pm and begins on Piccadilly to left on Braddock Street, to left on Cork Street and finish at the intersection of Cork Street and Loudoun Street Mall on Piccadilly and concludes with the lighting of the downtown holiday tree and a guest appearance by Santa Claus. 540-662-4946, x1816.
The theme for this year’s Christmas Parade is a Blue Ridge Christmas. The Parade starts at 7pm and will begin at the corner of North Augusta and Beverley streets. Inclement weather date is Monday, December 4th. 540-332-3867.