3rd Annual Racing For Wishes event will be held at Shenandoah Speedway. This race will benefit Make-A-Wish of Greater Virginia. Tickets are $15.00 and $3.00 of each ticket sold will go to Make-A-Wish. There will be a silent auction and a pass the helmet by the drivers. Pit gates open at 1pm, spectator gates open at 5pm and racing begins at 7pm. RealFast.TV is giving a $1,500.00 bonus to the winner of the race. 661-428-0911. Website
The Tour de Valley takes you on a scenic tour of the Shenandoah Valley and includes a teach t-shirt, stocked aid stations, and SAG vehicle support on the course. Choose from two distances, the 100 mile Century or the 62 mile Metric Century. Stay for the after party at the War Memorial Pool at Ridgeview Park, where participants can take a swim and enjoy pizza, subs, and beverages. To register call 540-942-6735. Website
Annual Kent Street Block Party at 608 South Kent Street, in front of the Patsy Cline Historic House from 10am-4pm. There will be music, food. The event is free, but tours of the Patsy Cline house cost $5.00 which is a reduced fee. 540-662-5555. Website
The Village of Fairfield on Route 11, will turn 219 years old this year. Come step back in time with us as we celebrate our history from 8am-8pm. Attend short seminars on native plants, trees and family heritage. Breakfast, lunch, baked goods and drinks will be available through fund-raisers for local groups. There will be lots of entertainment, education, history, fun and more. 540-463-3777. Website
September 2-3–Orkney Springs.
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival concerts are held at our venue on the grounds of Shrine Mont, 221 Shrine Mont Circle, rain or shine. Gates open 5pm. Emmylou Harris on the 2nd. A Bluegrass Minifest headlining Balsam Range. Also Band of Ruhks and After Jack on the 3rd. Blankets, low beach chairs and standard lawn chairs are all welcome. No: smoking of any kind or pets. 540-459-3396. Website
Annual Food Truck Battle at the Frontier Culture Museum rain or shine. Join us at 12:30pm for great food, beer/wine, and music all while supporting a great cause. Your ticket includes free children’s activities and admission to the entire Museum. All food and drinks may be purchased a la carte. All proceeds beneifit the MaDee Project that helps area families and their children with pediatric cancer. 540-332-7850. Website
September 3-30–Buena Vista.
Glen Maury Park events: Labor Day Vesper Service on the 3rd; Annual Mountain Music and Dance Festival on the 7th-9th; Hospice Hustle on the 16th; Nothin’ Fancy Festival on the 21st-23rd; Picking Family Music Rally on the 25th-30th. 540-261-7321. Website
The American Cancer Society “Bark For Life” at Jim Barnett Park is a fundraising event honoring the contributions of our canine caregivers. These dogs demonstrate unconditional love, joy, compassion, and no judgments of cancer survivors’ abilities or appearances. Families and their dogs come together for a walk to honor the caregiving qualities of their canine “best friends” and cancer survivors. Activities include: Doggie games/contests, music/food and more. Special dog guest demonstrations by groups such as: therapy, police, or rescue dogs. 1-800-227-2345. Website
September 4–Buena Vista.
Enjoy the last gasp of summer with a trip to the 47th Annual Buena Vista Labor Day Festival from 8am-9pm at Glen Maury Park. Come early for the road race, parade, games and sports and stay for music. The event features political speeches, the sounds of live entertainment and a fireworks finale. Pet Friendly. 540-261-7321. Website
The Shriners are celebrating 32 years of the Bluegrass in the Park event at Grand Caverns, rain or shine. Featuring entertainment by Supper Break, M.D. Mallory Band, Ted Jones, The Tarheel Boys and so much more. Primitive camping will be available. Bring your own lawn chair, tent, etc. Jammers welcome. All net profits received by the Shriners will be donated to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals. Admission fee. 540-249-5705. Website
The Rockbridge Regional Fair will be held at the Virginia Horse Center. There will be something for every age and every person. Featuring workshops, beer garden, carnival rides, costumed critters/characters contest a hay bale decorating contest, cow pie bingo, pig agility and more. Also Equus Survival Trust’s Rare Breeds on parade. Also a rare breed pavilion and some of the rarest horses in the world. 540-464-2952. Website
September 7-9–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. Website
Join us for the Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes from 8am-2pm at Gypsy Hill Park Gym. Enjoy either a 25 mile or 50 mile bicycle route. Perfectly suited for a wide range of cyclists, from experienced riders to families with young children and all levels in between. The Ride event will include a bike rodeo for kids, exhibits, displays, playgrounds and activities in the park. Register at firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-554-2727. Website
Paws on the Plaza will begin at 2pm with free events at 1 East Main Street. There will be pet contests, raffles, hand-crafted pet products, a pet-adoption event and more. Also local vendors that specialize in pet-friendly products. Fun will continue in the theater, when Johnny Peers and the Muttville Comix take the stage at 5pm.Admission fee. Pets on leases welcome. 540-743-3311 or 845-325-8274. Website
September 9-Route 340.
Annual Rt. 340 Yard Sales stretch from Grottoes, Elkton, Shenandoah, Stanley, and Luray. There will be yard sales set up all along Route 340 on this day. Information contact Joanne Foltz at 540-298-8144. Website
Autumn Days Festival and Craft Show on Main Street, from 9am-3pm, rain or shine. Enjoy a fun-filled day with local crafters, musicians, antiques, food and more. 540-896-4992. Website
Olde Salem Days is held in the downtown area. 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. Website
P. Buckley Moss will be at Belle Grove Plantation from 10am-4pm to unveil a new fall Belle Grove print. Moss will be on hand to sign her new prints and your old favorites. 540-869-2028. Website
Annual Fire Department Auction starts 8am at the parking lot across from the Fire Department, 300 W. Broad Street. This auction features fabulous donated items. All proceeds benefit the Fire Department. To donate items call 540-942-6730 or drop items at the fire department. Website
Augusta Expoland events: Self Reliance In The Valley on the 9th; Showmasters Gun Show on the 9th-10th; 50th Annual Gem and Mineral Show on the 22nd-24th; Lethal Diesel Extravaganza on the23rd; PB Auction on the 30th. 540-337-2552. Website
48th Annual Bridgewater Home Auxiliary Fall Festival at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds from 7:30am-1pm. Featuring music entertainment, local food trucks, silent/benefit Auction, homemade bakery goods, garden shop, ReRun thrift sale, kids’ zone activities and more. Breakfast and lunch. Proceeds benefit Bridgewater Home Auxiliary projects. 540-828-2550 or 1-800-419-9129. Website
37th Annual Edinburg Ole Time Festival starting with the opening ceremony at 5:30 pm in front of the Mill, 214 S. Main Street. Come enjoy live music, period crafts, living history/Civil War events, petting zoo, bed race, doggie parade, old timers ball games, parade through town, carriage rides, duck race, great food and much more. The Mill property is a focal point for the many events of the weekend. 540-984-8400. Website
You’re invited to the 17th Annual Charity FunDrive at the Lee Hi Travel Plaza. A fundraiser for Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia. Our truck driving competition involves a course offering skills tests and more. Registrations will not be accepted after 10am on the 16th. 804-217-9474. Website
28th Annual Henry Street Heritage Festival at Elmwood Park. The festival exposes you to African-American heritage as expressed through the performing arts, crafts, cuisines, customs, food, merchandise and more. 540-857-4395. Website
22nd Annual Marine 5k Mud Run at Greenhill Park. Many folks ask, just how tough is the course? We reply, it’s as hard or easy as you want it to be. This event is to raise funds for Toys for Tots and Camp Roanoke. 540-387-6078. Website
Come join us for a step back into Waynesboro’s history. 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. Civil War town ball game between the Blue and the Grey on the 16th at 4pm. Food and more. Admission is $5.00 per day or $8.00 for two days, ages 11 and under are free. 540-949-5259. Website
42nd 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. Website
September 16, 23, 30–Woodstock.
What better way to spend a day with the family than at Shenandoah Downs. Enjoy a different themed festival in conjunction with the harness racing. Hops and Hooves on the 16th; Food Truck Festival on the 23rd; Wine and Trotter on the 30th. Admission fee. 540-459-3867. Website
September 17–New Market.
Pup Pool Party at the community pool, 9670 Cadet Road. Bring your above 6 month old furry friends to the 3rd annual summer’s end event to play in the pool. There will be homemade dog treats as well as door prizes for humans. Admission is $3.00 for each dog, but humans get in free. Preregistration is required at the Town Office or call 540-740-3432. Website
September 21-23–Clear Brook.
13th 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. Admission fee. Camping available on-site but very few hookups. 540-478-4389. Website pdf
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. Website
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. 540-885-9988. Website
September 23–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, awesome live entertainment, corn hole, lawn games, arts/crafts. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and find a seat around the gazebo to enjoy the awesome sounds of Hypnotic Willie and Bugsy Cline and the Blue Devils. General Admission is free. 540-635-3185. Website
The Virginia Chili, Blues n’ Brews event will be held at Lumos Plaza. Presented by and benefits Waynesboro Arts/Culture Initiative. Join us from 2:30-9pm for an evening of chili tasting, amazing blues, artisans, exhibitors. and micro/mega brews. 540-447-6350. Website
Join us from 11am-4pm rain or shine on the Old Town Pedestrian Mall for our family friendly “Celebracion” of Hispanic heritage and culture. Activities 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. email@example.com. Website
September 23–New Market.
Heritage Days Festival downtown, from 9am-5pm with extended activities until 8pm. All located in historic downtown New Market. Food, crafters, live music, paw patrol, kid’s activities, artisans, face painting, commemorative pottery and more. 540-740-3432. Website
September 23–Shenandoah Natl. Park.
18th Annual Apple Butter Celebration at Skyland Resort, mile 41.7 on Skyline Drive, from 10am-5 pm. Wine tasting, ponyrides, children’s crafts, variety of food, live entertainment and more. 1-877-847-1919 or 540-448-8480. Website
6th Annual Tomtoberfest all day at Emancipation Park. Featuring a variety of danceable musicians/bands, a dozen of the best local food trucks, and a giant New Belgium craft beer garden. Website
September 26-Oct. 1–Middletown.
Belle Grove Plantation will host the national sheepdog finals. The finest sheepdogs and handlers from across the USA and Canada will come together to compete for the title of national champion. The skill of these teams brings elegance to the practical work of farming 540-869-2028. Website
Our Signature 5K event will be held at Grand Caverns, 5 Grand Caverns Boulevard, starting 6pm. To register call 540-249-5896 or 1-888-430-2283. Website pdf
Join us as we celebrate the many creative endeavors that make our community unique. Activities include live music, painting demonstrations, dance performances, art/craft displays, wine and food. Kids activities that include face painting, clay work, and sidewalk art. Various shops and galleries on Washington Street will be open throughout the evening. 804-330-5454. Website
The Annual Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale will be held at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. This family friendly event has something for everyone. Live and silent auctions of quilts, wood working items, artwork, antiques, and more. Come hungry and enjoy homemade food, crafts, music, and children’s activities. Free admission. 540-433-9993. Website
Shenandoah National Park, fee-free day to celebrate National Public Lands Day. 540-999-3500. Website
20th Annual International Festival is a free day of family fun that celebrates the many cultures that make up our community in Hillandale Park from noon-6pm, rain or shine. The festival features international foods, music, dance, activities for all ages, a multi-language area, teen spacefest and a world bazaar featuring traditional folk art. The event is accessible to individuals with diversified mobility and older adults. 540-434-0059x5. Website
4th 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. The terrain is going to be flat and steep, muddy and dry, rocky and grassy, open and mountain hills. Whether you are in top physical shape or just trying to get off the couch this race is for you. Admission fee. To register call 540-743-3915. Website
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 pony or old fashioned hay ride, sling an apple in our apple chuckin’ contest and more. There’s something for all ages so bring your family, blanket, picnic basket and have a fun day. 540-942-6735. Website
The Chamber of Commerce will hold the 23rd Annual Rockbridge Beer and Wine Festival at Lime Kiln Theater, 607 Borden Road, from noon-7pm. Sample beer and wine from area vineyards and breweries, while enjoying local food and live music. Admission fee. 540-463-5375. Website