Fields Day at Blue Ridge Park, 900 Shenandoah Avenue. Featuring food, games, music and more. Parade starts at 5pm on Spotswood Trail and ends at Blue Ridge Park on the 6th. This event is sponsored by the Elkton Jr OUAM. 540-298-1190.
Annual 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 Country Current. There will be a beer/wine garden that benefits the SPCA. Also a hamburger eating contest, kids’ activities and more. Fireworks 11pm. 540-535-3660.
July 3–New Market.
Independance Day Celebration with fireworks at the Community Park from 5-9:30pm. Activities to include, live music, train ride, dunk tank, activities for all ages, food and more. Fireworks around 9:20pm. Bring chairs or blankets, but leave the pets at home. 540-740-3432.
The Summer Jam Festival will be held at Massanutten Resort, rain or shine. Summer Jam features live music, food trucks, kids’ activities, firework and even a few surprises here and there. No pets permitted. All proceeds benefit the Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA. 540-434-5270.
The 53rd Annual Homecoming will be held at Ed Good Memorial Park. Bring the whole family for activities including carnival rides, live music every night, food, and more. The Annual Pageant and “I’ve Got a Voice” competition on the 3rd. A parade at 5pm and fireworks display 9:30pm on the 6th. Live music by the Promisedland Quartet, Crestmen Quartet, Thunder, County Line and the Hackens Boys. 540-778-3454.
The Salem Fair will be held at the Civic Center. This is a agricultural fair with tons of rides, food, vendors, arena events, entertainment and fireworks on the 4th. There will be something for all ages. Admission and parking are free. No pets are allowed. visit www.salemfair.com/Schedule or 540-375-4013.
Dress up and decorate your strollers and bikes for our Annual Childrens Parade around Inn Lawn Park from 10-11am. Then join us at the Mechanic Street Greenway parking lot from 5-9pm for an evening of fun. Wristband for $5.00 gives access to all kids activities. There will be a variety of food, live performance by the Canaveral band and a duck race at 8pm. Fireworks at approximately 9:20pm. 540-743-5511.
Independence Day Fireworks display will take place at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds beginning at 9:30 pm. Entrance into the Fairgrounds is free. Enjoy the display and we wish you a safe holiday. 540-459-3621.
Celebrate Independence Day with us, we will have events all day. There will be three musical acts, food vendors, 30 plus crafters, the Virginia Giant Monster Truck, softball/cornhole tournaments, kids activites and more. Parade at 5pm, featuring 100 plus entries and Washington Redskins Grand Marshal and fireworks at dusk. Event is free. 540-869-2226.
July 4–Stephens City.
Join us for our 4th of July Celebration at Sherando Park. There will be amusements, food, DJ playing your favorite tunes from 6 pm, pool open so bring a float and fireworks at dusk. No pets. Rain date is the 5th. 540-665-5678.
America’s Birthday Celebration will be held at Gypsy Hill Park rain or shine. Family fun with food, local/nationally entertainment and more. Parade at 10am and fireworks display at 10pm. 540-337-7291 or www.happybirthdayamerica.org.
Join us for a day jam-packed with local food and drink, live music, an art market, new and exciting kid’s activities, and an incredible fireworks finale. For a complete schedule of events call 540-432-8922 or visit www.friendlycityfortune.com.
Come out and enjoy a traditional 4th of July Celebration at the Frontier Culture Museum. We’ll have fun and educational activities for the entire family. Admission is pay what you want, a little, a lot, or nothing at all. 540-332-7850.
Remember how much fun you had as a kid? Rediscover life in small town America during the 66th Annual Carnival. Fireworks on the 4th and 6th at 10pm. The parade begins at 5pm on Main Street. 540-254-1212.
“Balloons Over Rockbridge” event at Virginia Horse Center is a fundraiser for local Rockbridge County Charities. Come celebrate our country’s Independence Day with hot air balloons, food, family fun, and lots more. For safety and weather we may delay or cancel flights. 540-464-2950 or www.balloonsoverrockbridge.com/.
July 5-7, 12-14–Swoope.
Need a break from the norm, unwind, meet new people or just spend a couple of days trying something new? Then Cowgirl weekend at North Mountain Outfitter is just the thing for you. Advance reservation required. www.northmtnoutfitter.com/ or 540-886-7768.
July 6– Front Royal.
Cruise-In at the Gazebo in the downtown area. A car show with music from 5-9pm. 540-635-8007 or 540-635-5788.
4th Annual Fireball Dash and Splash from 10am-noon at the Car Wash, 4th Street. The race starts with a 1-mile dash or walk from 4th Street, then to Riverside Park where you pick up your tube and float 1-mile down the Shenandoah River to the finish line at the boat launch. Race fee is $25.00 with proceeds benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation of Virginia. Registration closes on the 5th promptly at 5pm. Call 540-908-3400 or www.facebook.com/fireballdashandsplash or email@example.com.
Kernstown Battlefield will host 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 will be for sale and Bagpipers will be playing. 540-869-2896.
Annual BryceFest at Bryce Resort. This year’s festivities feature a variety of vendors, food, wine/beer, live music, and fireworks at dusk. Also you can enjoy the bike park, zipline adventure, tubing, rockwall, bungee and lots more. Free Admission. Visit: bryceresort.com/event/bryce-fest/ or 540-856-2121.
Visit the Big Meadows Lodge front desk at mile 51 on Skyline Drive, to check out their self-guided scavenger hunt available all day. Then when you are done, return to the front desk to earn your prize upon completion. Free to all park visitors. For more information call 1-877-847-1919.
July 8-12, 22-26–New Market.
Civil War Day Camp for boys and girls ages 7-12, at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. 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? This program has something for everyone. Learn to drill, eat period food, play games that they might have played, create your own version of the 19th century crafts, tour the battlefield, earn prizes, and lots more. Register by calling 1-866-515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu/museums-and-archives/virginia-museum-of-the-civil-war.
July 9, 16, 23, 30–Staunton.
17th Annual Praise in the Park at Gypsy Hill Park band stand from 7-9pm. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. There are activities for children and a concession stand. Let’s Just Praise the Lord. Free event, held rain or shine. 549-886-1138.
July 10-20–Front Royal.
Fireman’s Carnival at the lot on Crosby Road. A parade on the 17th and fireworks on the 18th and lots more. 540-635-8007 or 540-635-5788.
The Summer Extravaganza will be held at Ridgeview Park. Kids night is on the 12th with rides, petting zoo, music/ventriloqist, craft table, food and more, from 5-9pm. On the 13th festivities include a 5K/10K race at 8am. Vendors, live music, food, carnival rides, midway games, crafts for sale, and the grand finale is a fireworks display. Pets not permitted at the event. To register for the 5K/10K call 540-942-6735.
July 12-14–Mount Solon.
Red Wing Roots Music Festival at Natural Chimneys Park and Campground. The event is family-friendly. No pets. Admission fee. 540-820-7847.
Join P. Buckley Moss at the Barn, located at 18 Providence Lane, on the 12th-13th and at her gallery at 329 West Main Street, on the 14th. All artwork purchased from our gallery during this weekend can be signed and personalized. In addition, you may also bring up to two previously purchased Moss prints or paintings to the Barn for personalization. 540-949-6473.
Summer Breeze Wine Festival to benefit the Augusta County Animal SPCA will be held at Rockbridge Vineyard, 35 Hill View Lane, from noon-6pm. Live music, tastings, and festival fun. Admission for children can be canned/bagged food, litter, blankets/towels etc, for dogs and cats. 540-377-6204.
July 13–New Market.
Jammin’ Foods Fest at the Community Park from noon-6pm for all to enjoy. There will be food trucks, live entertainment, vendors and more. Free admission. There are picnic tables, but you are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket to be comfortable and enjoy the day. 540-740-3432.
July 13, 20–Highland County.
Monterey events: Lions Club Street Dance will have a BBQ meal, bluegrass music, square dancing, cake walks, and more on the 13th; Valley AeroSpace Team rocket launches for everyone to attend and participate or simply watch the activities on the 20th. 540-468-2550.
July 13-14, 20-21, 27-28–Afton.
Open House at Swannanoa, I-64, Exit 99 (atop Afton Mountain). Tours on weekends, Saturday and Sunday from 11:30am to 5:00pm. $8 self guided tour, $2 extra for guided tour. Children 12 and under free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Sandi Dulaney at 540-885-5653.
The Volunteer Fire Company hosts one of the area’s largest lawn parties. Bring the family and enjoy live music, rides, food, games, parade, and more. Veterans with an ID can pick up their free meal ticket at the Bridgewater VFW stand. All proceeds go directly to support the Volunteer Fire Company. For additional information call 540-828-3121 option 3 then 4.
July 19–New Market.
Annual Summer Music Series, “Cross Roads Fest”, held at Rebel Baseball Park from 6:30-9pm. Featuring Little Walter and the Convictions. Bring a blanket or a chair. Also food and brews for purchase so we ask that you not bring your own food or drink. Free admission. 540-740-3432.
July 19-20, 26–Fishersville.
Augusta Expoland events: Monster Truck Show with lots of excitement, racing on the 19th-20th; 1st Annual Country Music Festival on the 26th, featuring Whey Jennings, grandson of Waylon Jennings, Thomas Gabriel Cash, Grandson of Johnny Cash and Cagney Frizzell, son/nephew of Honky Tonk legends Lefty and Allen Frizzell. For times and ticket prices call 540-337-2552.
July 19, 20, 26, 27–Orkney Springs.
The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival present the Drifters, Platters and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters on the 19th; One Giant Leap on the 20th; the Beach Boys on the 26; PSO Rocks on the 27th. All concerts are held at Shrine Mont Retreat and Conference Center, 221 Shrine Mont Circle. 540-459-3396.
The 11th Annual Shenandoah Valley Blues and Brews Festival takes place at the Club at Ironwood, 62 Country Club Circle, rain or shine. Music by Sun-Dried Opossum, special guest appearances and more. Bring your lawn chairs. Also no coolers or pets allowed. Free admission for children under 12. 540-324-3215.
Enjoy a wonderful afternoon of Blackberries and Bluegrass music at the Mimslyn Inn from 11:30am-5pm. Music by the Mutton Busters, Blue Ridge Thunder and Debbie Zinn with Natural Grass. There will be local crafts, ice cream, cobbler and more. 540-743-5105.
July 20–Weyers Cave.
The Virginia Cider Festival will be held at Valley Pike Farm Market. A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Mercy House and the families that they support. The event will take place from noon-6pm with concerts from Mike Davis, Chamomile with Whiskey and Erin with Wildfire. Though we love them, please leave your four legged friends at home, and please bring a folding chair. 540-560-3059 or 540-453-4168.
The Kerstown Battlefield will commemorate the 155th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Kernstown with a weekend full of special events. In addition to Battlefield, 1854 Pritchard House, Museum and Artillery Annex tours, the KBA will present special events. 757-593-8227.
July 25–Stuarts Draft.
Miracle Treat Day at Dairy Queen, 2647 Stuarts Draft Hwy. Children, especially those battling injury and illness, hold a special place in the hearts of all of us, and it is our obligation to aid these children in any way we can. We donate a minimum of $1.00 from the sale of each of our Blizzard Treats and accept donations for this wonderful cause. Show your dog how much you love them with a free Pup Cups with purchase. 540-337-4115.
July 29-August 3–Clearbrook.
The Frederick County Fair, will have rides, food, live music, demolition derby, pig scramble, contests, monster trucks, go-kart racing, a petting zoo, box turtle derby race, truck/tractor pull, carnival and more. Admission fee. 540-667-8739.
July 30-August 3–Fishersville.
Augusta County Fair will be held at Augusta Expoland. Featuring a agriculture magic show, free entainment, ninga experience, laser tag, rattlesnake show and so much more. Admission fee. 540-337-2552.