We hope you’ll join the Clarke County Historical Association for their Art at the Mill event, which is the primary fundraiser for providing the operating funds for both the Mill, the Museum and Archives. During each show, around 300 artists display more than 1,000 pieces of art of all descriptions and media. There is truly something for every taste, budget, and decor. 540-837-1799.
Scotts Major League Baseball Pitch Hit and Run is a exciting skills event providing boys and girls ages 7–14 the opportunity to compete in four levels of competition including Team Championship events at all 30 Major League ballparks and the National Finals at the MLB All-Star Game. Free onsite registration from 5:30–6pm. No metal cleats allowed for the competition. 540-332-3945.
Augusta Expo events: 4H Market Animal Show on the 4th-6th; Augusta Co. Model Railroad Club Show on the 7th; Relay For Life of Augusta County Celebrating Life on the 12th-13th; Shenandoah Antiques Expo on the 19th-21st; Community Yard Sale on the 27th. For more information call 540-943-3976 or 540-337-2552.
Annual Chocolate Walk fundraiser for the Collins Center. Each business will offer a different type of melt-in-your-mouth chocolate including truffles, fudge, brownies, cookies and so much more. Registration and day-of ticket purchase will take place in the driveway of the Ice House between 5-8pm, where participants will pick up their maps and trays to collect chocolate at 15 different stops nearby. 540-432-6430 or www.thecollinscenter.org/chocolatewalk/ for more information.
Annual Strawberry Festival fundraiser for the Community School will be held rain or shine at Elmwood Park, starting at 10am. This event offers children’s games/activities, musical entertainment, arts/crafts and more. Admission to the festival is free, but patrons are encouraged to purchase a homemade strawberry treat. 540-563-5036.
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 ages 7-20 years old. 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 Lexington. The race will begin at 10am on Main Street in front of the Rockbridge County Library. 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, fourth and final leg is a 1.3-mile loop run. To register visit: www.sunriserotarylexva.org/road-river-relay.php or 540-464-3283/ work day or 540-463-6090/evenings.
The Community Block Party at the Rosenwald Community Center, 413 Port Republic Road, is put together by the Parks & Recreation Department and lots of great neighbor volunteers. This event is free and a great way to get acquainted with neighbors, as well as to check out the many free things Rosenwald Community Center has to offer. There will be food and fun activities for the whole family from 1-4pm. 540-942-6735.
Everybody’s invited to The Front Porch’s First Annual: Block Party and Music Sale on Saturday 11am to 4pm at 221 E. Water St. (across from parking garage). Recycled records and instruments will be for sale or enter a raffle for great prizes, including free music classes. 3rd St. will be closed off for this family-friendly event, with food, drinks and live music all day, including The West African Drum Ensemble, Gold Top Country Ramblers and Small Town Rodeo. Proceeds benefit the school’s scholarship program. For more information: go to www.frontporchcville.org or call (434) 242-7012. (FREE).
Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition Ice Cream Ride. Meet at Kline’s Dairy Bar on East Wolfe Street at 2pm. Bring the whole family for an easy, casual ride around town. Bring your helmet/kids and if you’re under age 18 bring a parent or guardian. When the ride is done stay and enjoy ice cream with us. 571-277-8121.
May 8-13–Stuarts Draft.
Customer Appreciation Week at The Cheese Shop. Enjoy free samples, storewide discounts and daily door prizes. We are not just a cheese store, we also have deli meats, spices, bulk food, organic food, gluten-free options, housewares, and a variety of other options. Take a day and discover what the local stores in and around Stuarts Draft have to offer. 540-337-4224 or visit us at: www.thecheeseshopva.com/.
Come out to the Spring Festival at Blue Ridge Park, 923 Shenandoah Ave. Fun for the whole family. 540-298-1951.
The Middle School at 14 Luray Avenue is planning a Community Block Party from 4:30-6:30pm. With a focus on health and safety, but is open to anyone who is interested in showcasing their business. This is an outdoor event and there will be games such as kickball, corn hole, soccer and more for attendees to participate in. To sign up or for more details contact Nicky Clark at 540-743-3915.
Anicira Veterinary Center, a nonprofit organization serving the animals of our community, will host the Walk for the Animals at Melrose Cavern, 6639 N. Valley Pike, from 11am-noon. The 2nd Annual Walk for the Animals will begin with a 1 mile course around the grounds. Following the walk, a picnic lunch, doggie activities, lawn games and local beer will be available for participants. For more information call 540-437-1980 or anicira.org.
Annual Festival of Spring along Main Street from 10am-4pm, rain or shine. Featuring children’s activities, live music/entertainment, a canine thrill show, Jerry Brown “The Monkey Man”-featuring Django the monkey, two Duck Races, Pony Rides at Cliffside Pocket Park and so much more. 540-843-0770.
May 13–Stuarts Draft.
Anniversary Celebration at Country Connections from 9am-5pm. Come help us celebrate 17 years of helping the community. We will have Millers bbq chicken, homemade donuts and your favorite vendors. 540-337-5226.
Celebrate World Fair Trade Day at these fair trade stores: Harmony Moon, Cranberry’s Grocery and Latitudes. Fair Trade is a global movement that ensures that workers and artisans in developing countries receive a fair wage for their work as well as safe working conditions. Fair trade retailers will be offering samples of fair trade foods/beverages, discounts off select fair trade products, educational materials about fair trade and drawings for fair trade prizes. Help us support our world artisans. 540-349-2333 or www.wfto.com/.
Waynesboro Parks and Recreation is hosting a bash for pets and their people at Coyner Springs Park from 10am-2pm. The day will feature discounted rabies vaccinations, high energy doggie stunt show performances by the Marvelous Mutts, contests like musical sits and bobbing for treats. Canine good citizen training, training tips/demonstrations, vendors, food and more. The event fee is a donation to benefit Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center. 540-942-6735 or check online at http://www.waynesboro.va.us/892/Petpawlooza.
1st Annual Honey Bee Festival, at 882 Bloomer Springs Road from 10am-2pm. There will be crafts, games for kids, food, a variety of vendors and more. Also learn how to start your own backyard bee-keeping. 540-383-3323 or www.hottapiary.com/honey-bee-festival.
Come to the Lucy Simms Center, 620 Simms Ave, from 11am-3pm to try out some of our area’s food trucks and enjoy a great day in the park. Make sure to bring a blanket so you can have a picnic with your favorite food truck cuisine. 540-437-9213.
Annual Of Ale and History at Belle Grove Plantation from 11am-6pm. Featuring the Robbie Limon Band and Reflex. Local food, vendors and 60+ beers. Tasting tickets are $30.00, General admission $10.00 which includes two non-alcoholic beverages. 540-869-2028.
May 13-14–Woodstock/New Market.
Masterworks Chorus led by Artistic Director Scott Zane Smith and Principal Accompanist Elizabeth Williams presents an Afternoon of Inspirational Music for Mom. Performances are on Saturday May 13 at 3pm at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Woodstock and on Sunday May 14 at 3pm at Reformation Lutheran Church in New Market. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for ages 12-18. Tickets are available from chorus members, on the website at www.masterworkschorus.net, or at the door. If you would like additional information, please call 540-856-9010.
May 14–Front Royal.
See antique Hudson automobiles at "Doc's Apple Blossom Meet", Sunday morning from 8am to noon, at Skyline Caverns, 10344 Stonewall Jackson Hwy. More on the show and other events of the three-day all-Hudson meet, at this website: cbc.hetclub.org. Information: Jon Battle, 540-364-1770, or email@example.com.
The Annual New Market Ceremony and Review commemorates the bravery and sacrifice of the Cadets called to the battle at New Market in 1864. Forty-seven were wounded, ten died on the field of honor and also to all of the Institute’s alumni who have served our nation. The ceremony and parade is held on Post at Virginia Military Insititue. 540-464-7104.
May 15–New Market.
Explore the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway with Civil War historian and Site Director, Lt. Col. Troy D. Marshall 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 866-515-1864 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Website: http://www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war/events/.
May 17, 31–Harrisonburg.
“Fundfest” Concert will be in the grassy park across from the Daily News Record, from 5:15-8pm. Admission fee of $2.00 at the gate gets you in for some family-friendly evening of live music, dancing and food/beverage vendors. Fundfest is a fundraiser hosted by the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA, with proceeds benefiting local nonprofit organizations. 540-271-7740.
Shenandoah Antiques Expo at Augusta Expoland is 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. 434-847-8242 or www.heritagepromotions.net.
135th 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. For more information visit web site at: www.n-ssa.org or 248-258-9007.
May 20–Front Royal.
31st 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/.
May 20-21–New Market.
Join the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway, for the 153rd Anniversary of the Battle of New Market. The battle will be held rain or shine on the 20th at 2:30pm and on the 21st 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 or www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war/events/.
Puppets in the Park -- The Parkview Christian Church Puppet Team, Unseen Power, will be doing a free performance in Gypsy Hill Park by the upper playground at 5:00PM. (Weather Permitting) This will be a fun filled music based program that children and adults will enjoy. There is no charge for this event. For additional information you may contact the church at 540-886-5560.
20th Annual Memorial Festival. The Volunteer Firemen (Company 70) will hold their Carnival at their grounds on Third Street on the 25th-27th. Annual Cruz In on Historic First Street at 6pm on th 26th. On the 27th events include memorial service for veterans, a variety of shows: car/antique tractor/motorcycle/dog, a huge patriotic parade 3pm, volunteer firemen’s food shack featuring steamed shrimp. Also food and drinks will be available for purchase. 540-652-8164 or www.townofshenandoah.com/eventscalendar.html.
Annual ValleyFest Beer and Wine Festival at Massanutten Resort from 11am-7pm. Enjoy a variety of food, crafters/artisans and more. All proceeds benefit the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. www.valleyfestbeerandwine.com/ or 540-434-3862.
50th Anniversary of Art in the Park and the 55th birthday of its producer, the Staunton Augusta Art Center will be held at Gypsy Hill. Visitors love to linger as they admire the artwork, chat with the artists/artisans, listen to live music coming from the bandstand every hour, 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 mediums. Also interactive art projects, local food trucks, demonstrations, and outdoor activities. Free event, but to visit the galleries/gardens there is an admission fee. 540-662-1473 ext. 210.