39th Annual Strawberry Festival fundraiser for the Community School will be held at Elmwood Park, 706 South Jefferson Street, rain or shine. Featuring strawberry treats, kids games and much more. Starting 10am both days. 540-563-5036.
Join Creative Works Farm, 107 Creative Works Lane, from 5:30-9:30pm for an evening of music, wine/beer, and dinner, followed by a live auction. All proceeds benefit Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for children with special needs and at risk youth. Ticket price includes admission to the event, drinks and dinner. For reservations visit www.creativeworksfarm.org/events/ or call 540-471-1659.
1st Annual Trout Fishing Tournament at the Hawksbill Greenway. This is a joint fundraiser for Stanley Volunteer Fire Department and Page Valley Lodge 65, Fraternal Order of Police. Cash Prizes will be awarded if the appropriate tagged fish are caught. To register call 540-742-0249 or visit: vafop65.org/events.html.
Riverfest is a free event held river-side at Constitution Park, starting at 10am, rain or shine. Activities include a reptile show, stream safari, fish/fun rodeo, farmer’s market, canoe rides, kids arts/crafts, stream electro-fishing and lots more. At 4pm the Great South River Duck Race will start. No pets allowed except service dogs. 540-949-7738 or riverfestwaynesboro.org.
25th Annual Youth Fishing Derby at Gypsy Hill Park’s Lake Tams, 600 Churchville Avenue, from 8-11am. Open to youth 4-15 years of age. Prizes awarded in various categories. Free on-site registration begins at 7:30am. 540-332-3800.
Stride for Life Walk and 5k is a fundraiser for ComfortCare Women’s Health. Registration, activites begin at 8:30am and walk/5k at 9:30am. The event is held at Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center STAR Trail and Lake Pavilion. 540-885-7448 ext. 308 or 309.
Annual Petpawlooza at Coyner Springs Park from noon-4pm. There will be contests and prizes for your pooch. Pet related vendors/booths, pet adoption and rescue agencies. Also performances by the Marvelous Mutts, Bernese Mountain Dog, musical sits set contest, dog adoptions, pet caricatures, kissable pits and food. visit: www.waynesboro.va.us/892/Petpawlooza or 540-942-6735.
33rd Annual Model Train Show fundraiser at Augusta Expoland from 10am-4pm. The show features model train sales, model railroad club layouts, railroad memorabilia, books for sale, concessions and more. Admission for adults is $5.00, children under 12 with an adult are free. 540-248-4143.
64th Annual Shenandoah Antiques Expo will be held at Augusta Expoland. This 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. 434-847-824 or heritagepromotions.net/events.htm.
"The New Doc's Meet" antique car meet for owners of Hudson, Essex and Terraplane automobiles, at the Hampton Inn Winchester-North, 1204 Berryville, Avenue. All-Hudson car show and flea market on Sunday morning. Spectators free; $5 per family car registration fee. See flyer at www.cbc.hetclub.org/ . For further information email email@example.com or phone Paul O'Malley, 304-856-2042.
15th Annual Festival of Spring along East Main Street from 10am-4pm, rain or shine. It is free to get in and enjoy the sights and sounds of the festival, which include a maypole ceremony, children’s activities, arts/crafts, food, fun, and so much more. 540-843-0770.
May 11–Front Royal.
4th Annual Family Fun Day, 409 East Main Street from 10am-6pm. This is a family friendly alcohol free event. We encourage you to come out and enjoy a antique car show, kid’s events, parade and of course ice cream. Let’s not forget the boiled crawfish. 540-450-7939.
“Rivervista Carnivale” is an event to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and is held at Rivercrest Farm, 7384 East Point Road. Experience stilt walking, sword swallowing, acrobats and more from Moonlight-Circus. Also food and drink. For Reservations 540-421-0018 or www.rivercrestfarm.net/rivervista-carnivale.
The Community Block Party at the Rosenwald Community Center, 413 Port Republic Road is a free event, held rain or shine from 1-4pm. All that you need to bring is a side-dish to share and something to sit on.
“Of Ale and History” event at Belle Grove Plantation from 11am-6pm, rain or shine. Featuring Mojo Mothership and the Robbie Limon Band. Local food, vendors and lots of beer. No outside food, drinks, pets or large bags allowed and a photo id is requied. Admission fee includes a souvenir glass and eight tastings. Chairs and pop-up tents are allowed. 540-869-2028.
Celebrate “World Fair Trade Day” at Harmony Moon 13 South New Street; Latitudes, 16 East Beverley Street, and Cranberry’s, 7 South 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.
30th Annual Garden Fair celebration at the State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane from 9am-4:30pm both days. This event features native plants, perennials, annuals, small trees, shrubs and more. Admission is $15.00 per car. This is a rain or shine event. 540-837-1758 Ext 224.
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. 1-866-515-1864 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Institute. 540-464-7104.
Join the Wayne Theatre at 521 West Main Street for their Grand Gala fundraiser. Dress to the nines where we literally roll out the red carpet for you. The event will feature decadent food, drinks, live music, popup performances and more. The main event will begin at 8pm with Illusionist Mike Super. Tickets are $100.00 per person. 540-943-9999.
4th Annual Chicken Chow Down at Luray Cavern’s Burner Barn from 5pm-8pm. 540-743-7700 for more information.
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 wepons, mortars and cannons. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. There is a large sutler area. 248-258-9007 or www.n-ssa.org.
May 18–Front Royal.
33rd 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/.
EPIC Fest at the Volunteer Fire Company activities building, 414 South Eastside Highway, from 11am-6pm. Music, beer, wine, and bbq. For tickets call 540-947-4227 or 540-383-6273.
KidzFest activities and exhibits will take place on the Loudoun Street Mall and the Old Town Courthouse lawn throughout the day from 11am-5pm. There will be a petting zoo, games, live performances, bike stunt shows and more. Also Wildlife ambassadors will be performing several shows and after the shows you can meet with the animals. 540-667-1815 ext. 1670.
May 18–Front Royal.
Don’t forget to register for the 5K Race to benefit Special Olympics at Old Warren County Middle School, 429 West 15th Street. To register email@example.com or 540-671-6006.
May 18–Naturat Bridge.
Kick start a lifetime love of learning and nature by bringing your family to Natural Bridge State Park on National Kids to Parks Day. Base Camp will be open all day to help start your adventure off on the right foot. Be sure to say hi to some of the educational animals we take care of on your way through. No extra event fee. 540-291-1330.
2nd Annual Color Run/Walk Party at the High School, 269 Gobbler Drive. This is an untimed fun run featuring a 1k and 5K course. Throughout the course participants will experience color splash zones where they will be doused in color. To register contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-896-2297.
The Frazier Quarry 5K gives you the rare experience of running/walking the terrain. We welcome all skill levels at this chip timed trail adventure that features live music amplified by the natural acoustics at the quarry. Event is rain or shine. 100% of net proceeds benefit Friendship Industries. To register call 540-432-8935.
May 18–Port Repubic.
Join Cross Keys Equine Therapy, 6107 Horse Farm Lane, for the Annual Hats and Horses Fundraiser Dinner. Music by the Backroad Hitchhikers. Cash Bar, silent auction, 50/50 Raffle, hat decorating, live stream of the Preakness. Tickets $15.00 and note that this is an adults-only event. 540-607-6910.
The Rotary Strawberry Festival, 409 South Main Street, is a free community event and fundraiser. We raise funds by selling strawberry shortcakes, chocolate covered strawberries, and strawberry sundaes. There will be live music, food trucks, kids activities, and more. 540-271-0023.
May 18-19–New Narket.
The Battle of New Market 155th Anniversary Reenactment at Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway. We have the distinction of holding the longest, continual reenactment in the United States, still held on the original battlefield property. At the reenactment, you will witness hundreds of living historians from around the United States recreating a moment unique in American history and on the actual spot that the event took place. Battles: on the 18th, the Cavalry Battle at nooon and the Battle of New Market at 2:30pm; on the19th, the Battle of New Market at 1pm. There will be various food vendors and Civil War period merchants on Sutler Row. Your reenactment admission ticket is good for all of the activities that day. 866-515-1864 or email@example.com.
The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum, 780 University Blvd,, invites parents and children to come hear an enchanting story about fairies and build your very own fairy house or gnome home out of natural materials found in the woods. This event moves indoors if it rains. Free event. 540-568-3194.
May 22–Stuarts Draft.
Ever see a 12,000 pound potato? Come see this marvelous sight at DAP’S, 3278 Stuarts Draft Hwy, from noon-4pm. We will have potato crafts, food, ice cream and more for this special event. This event helps support Camp Light. 540-466-5967.
19th Annual ValleyFest Beer and Wine Festival at Massanutten Resort from noon-7pm. There will be food, unique handmade crafts, wines, microbrews and more. Dance to live music. All proceeds benefit the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. Admission fee does not include food and beverages. 540-289-9441.
22nd Annual Memorial Day Car Show and Festival. 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. 540-742-1141.
May 24-25–Stephens City.
Annual Heritage Festival on Main Street. A fun filled day of games, food, and other entertainment for the family. Parade starts at 2pm on the 25th featuring the Sherando high school marching band, emergency vehicles, veteran groups and many many more. Musical performances by Crosswinds and Souled Out. Don’t forget to stick around for one of the best fireworks displays in the Valley at dusk. We hope to see you there. 540-869-3087.
aMuseArt Fair at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley rain or shine. Our festival is dedicated to the arts with woodworking, printmaking, painting, collage, ceramics and more. Also local food, wine and beer. Free admission. 540-667-5166.
53rd Annual Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill Park. A two-day festival of juried fine art and fine craft, live music, food, and kids activities. Free admission. 540-885-2028.
May 27–Front Royal.
Memorial Day Ceremony at noon. This is a “Salute” to the nation’s war dead and the dogs of war. There will be an invocation, speech and high school bands at the Gazebo at Main and Chester Streets. 540-635-5788.
May 31–New Market.
Come to the Community Park to enjoy the “Greatest Showman” movie with family and friends. We encourage you to bring a chair or blanket. You can bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Movies will begin at around 8:45 pm. 540-740-3432.