The 64th Annual Highland County Fair features amusement rides, truck/tractor-pull, livestock/dog/horse show, clogging, music and much more. Parade on the 2nd, demolition derby on the 3rd, sprint car simulator and radio control car race on the 4th-5th. Fireworks on the 5th at 10pm. For tickets or directions call 540-468-2550 or http://highlandcountyfairva.com/.
Patsy Cline Music Festival at various venues. The preview event will be at the Handley Library auditorium on the 2nd. The kickoff event will be held at the following venues: in front of Patsy’s house on Kent Street, at the Apple Blossom Mall, and the Best Western Lee-Jackson banquet room on the 5th. A Rockin’ in the Park concert will be held at Bridgeforth Field on the 6th. Admission fee. For more information visit www.celebratingpatsycline.org/ or call 540-662-5555.
September 4–New Market.
Cross Roads Fest featuring the original mountain swing band The Judy Chops at Rebel Park, 9186 John Sevier Road, from 6:30-8:30pm. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy an evening of local music, food, beverages, as well as a beer/wine garden will be available for purchase. No pets on Rebel Field, no outside food or drink. Free admission. 540-740-3432.
Augusta Expoland events: Indoor/Outdoor Market/Yard Sale on the 5th; Blazing Arrows of the Valley 3-D Bow Shoot on the 12th; C & E Gun Show on the 12th-13th; Shenandoah Valley Gem and Mineral Show on the 18th-20th; Self-Reliance Expo: Essentials for Emergency Preparedness and Poultry Sale on the 19th; PB Construction Materials Auction on the 26th. 540-337-2552.
The Madee Project Presents the first area Food Truck Battle Beer and Wine Competition. Come out Sunday to the Frontier Culture Museum. 12 Food Trucks from Charlottesville, Harrisonburg and Staunton. Two types of tickets: VIP Ticket's get you a tasting from each of the 12 Food Trucks food entry, tasting of each beer & wine entry (21 and over only) and VIP Ticket holders are the Judges. That's right you get to vote on your favorite and prizes awarded to the competition winners! Free Music all day with 4 Bands - Moon, BlueRock, Brian Patrick Band and Sun Dried Opossum. Children's activities for all ages! General Admission tickets entry to the event. Children 6 and under free, 7 and up $10 General Admission. All proceeds benefit The Madee Project. Helping area families and their children with pediatric cancer.
September 6-7–Buena Vista.
Sing for America Concert with the Grumpy Men at Glen Maury Park on the 6th. Also enjoy the last gasp of summer with a trip to the 45th Annual Labor Day Celebration held downtown and at Glen Maury Park. Come early for the road race, parade, games/sports and music. The celebration features the sounds of five music acts with a fireworks finale. 540-261-7321.
All Paws on Deck Canine Swim from 6-8 pm at Jim Barnett Park, 1001 East Cork Street. Winchester Parks and Recreation is excited to have a fun day for our K9 friends. Bring your furry friends out for a day of swimming. Non dog park members admission is $2.00 and you must have proof of rabies vaccination for entry. Free for the members of the Winchester Dog Park. 540-662-4946.
Our Summer’s End Celebration in Oakdale Community Park starts with a 5K at 8am. In the afternoon, carnival rides begin at 3pm. Music by Little Walter and the Convictions at 5:30 until 8:30pm, when the evening is completed with fireworks displays. Everything is free and open to the public except for food stands provided by various civic organizations. 540-828-3390 or town.bridgewater.va.us.
Shenandoah Marketplace (Farmers Market) have collaborated with Shenandoah River Adventures to create a Labor Day event at the river, filled with fun activities for the entire family from 10am-5pm. There will be tubing, music, a kids play area with bounce house/obstacle course, food for sale, complimentary cold drinks and loads of fun. This is a fundraiser and a portion of the proceeds benefit the marketplace. Come out to this Shenandoah Labor Day event. 540-742-2716.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds events: Equine enthusiasts will enjoy the Labor Day Horse Fair and Auction. There will be horses, ponies, miniature horses, tack, etc. Auction begins at approximately 11am on the 7th; Izaak Walton League Big Game Show on the 11th-13th; Bridgewater Home Fall Festival on the 19th; Virginia Club Calf Producers Fall Show and Sale on the 26th. For show times or admission fees call 540-434-0005.
Bluegrass in the Park celebrates 30 years at Grand Caverns Park. Featuring entertainment by Hillbilly Gypsies, Goldwing Express, Super Break, Highground, Nothin’ Fancy, and more. Primitive camping will be available. Rain or shine. 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. (Schedule) 540-249-5705 or 1-888-430-2283.
The Downtown Tailgate is a one of a kind event that combines a beer and wine festival. There will be four television-viewing stations or tailgate zones. A selection of tailgating food, cornhole tournament, kids sports zone and more. Performances by Souled Out, Cross Winds and more. Beverage sale proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Virginia. Admission fee. 540-722-8700 or www.oldtownwinchesterva.com/events/major-events/downtown-tailgate/.
September 11-12–Buena Vista.
Annual Rockbridge Mountain Music and Dance Festival at Glen Maury Park. The festival is not your usual festival. There’s no contest and no fancy line-up of big-name acts. No crowds. No pressure to arrive early to get a camping spot. All dogs must be on a leash. Admission fee. 540-261-7321.
Annual Belle Grove Plantation Wine Festival starting at 11am-6pm. Featuring tastings from regional vineyards, local food, live music and vendors. Advanced wine tasting tickets are $20.00 and at the gate they will be $25.00. Admission is $10.00 for a designated driver. Tasting ticket admission includes one souvenier glass and tastings. 540-869-2028.
Join Shenandoah Vineyards, 3659 South Ox Road, in celebrating 36 wonderful years as one of the original vineyards in Virginia. Fun for the entire family with dancing, arts and crafts and the annual grape stomping contest. Live music along with John Estep and the BMW Concours. Admission of $10.00 includes wine tasting and a souvenir glass. 540-984-8699.
September 12–Front Royal.
The Virginia Air Show Presents Skyline Wings and Wheels at the Warren County Airport from 10am-6pm. A combination air and car show with an anticipated 50 aircraft and over 100 cars plus souvenirs and a raffle for all attendees. Air show featuring flying circus, warbirds, aerobatic demonstrations, hot air balloons, childrens activities, food and alot more. Whether you fly-in or drive-in, there’s flight, food, and fun for the whole family. Adults $5.00 in advance or at the gate, free for children 6 and under. Military in uniform admitted free. No: pets/ smoking/alcohol or coolers. 540-635-3570 or www.virginiaairshow.com/.
The Chamber of Commerce will hold the 21st Annual Rockbridge Beer and Wine Festival at Lime Kiln Theater from noon-5pm. Live music by Fatty Lumpkin and the Love Hogs along with Downbeat Project. Tickets are limited and are $25.00 each. Tickets can be purchased at www.lexrockchamber.com/node/49823 or 540-463-5375.
PAC ‘n the Streets is a family friendly street fair from 10am-7pm, downtown. There will be two outdoor stages, artisans, strolling street performers, kids activities, food vendors, wine/craft beer/cider garden. Also prizes in the Everyone’s-A-Winner Drawing. 540-280-5031.
September 12–Toms Brook.
GermanFest is a celebration of the Valley’s Germanic heritage at Shenandoah Germanic Heritage Museum, 11523 Back Road. Festivities include a beer/wine garden, German/American food, live music including a German band, period skill demonstrations, historical military encampments, educational presentations, art/craft fair, children’s activities and more. Admission is $5.00 per person and children under 12 free. www.germanfestva.org/ or 540-459-5199.
September 12–Front Royal.
The United Way of Front Royal/Warren County is delighted to announce that tickets are on sale NOW for the 14th Annual Shrimp, Oyster and Fried Chicken Fest, a celebration and kickoff for the 2015 United Way Campaign. The event will be held at Bowling Green Country Club South, from 4 to 8 pm, and features the usual all-you-can-eat seafood you have come to love, in a new location!! Tickets are on sale NOW…and this event always sells out. Tickets are $50, with two drinks (beer and wine), or an unlimited drink ticket for $60. Table sponsors are $500, with 8 unlimited drink tickets per table. Come join us and help kick off the local campaign that helps our neighbors all year long!! The goal for 2015 is $166,000 ….we need everyone in the county to join us!!! Call 540-635-3636 or purchase tickets online at: www.frontroyalunitedway.org.
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. www.oldesalemdays.org/ or 540-772-8871.
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. Camps will be open to the public: 9am-5pm Saturday and 9am-4pm Sunday. Battles will be fought both days at 2pm. Civil War style Church Service on Sunday at 9am. Food vendors, Civil War goods and the Virginia Civil War 150 history mobile. Admission fee $5.00 per day for ages 12 and up, 11 and under free, a two day pass is $8.00. Also a dance social 7-9pm on the 12th. Admission for the dance: couples $12.00, single $8.00 and children under 12 are free. www.waynesboroatwar.webs.com/ or 540-949-5259.
35th Annual Ole’ Time Festival, downtown. As a family-oriented weekend festival, the town comes alive with crafters, food vendors, free entertainment, a children’s festival, demonstrators, an art show, a display of antique cars/tractors, authors signing books, storytellers, food of all types and more. Also the parade at 1pm. 540-984-7272.
Annual Chili, Blues n’ Brews festival at Lumos Plaza. Join us for an evening of chili tasting, amazing blues, artisans and exhibitors and micro and mega brews. Music by Chris Duarte, Jon Spear Band, Fatty Lumpkin and the Love Hogs and more. Admission fee. 540-466-0850.
20th Annual Marine 5k Mud Run at Greenhill Park. Are You Ready For The Mud? Many folks ask, just how tough is the course? We reply, it’s as hard or easy as you want it to be. It’s the cleanest fun you’ll ever have in a 5K race, as you jog through mud and obstacles. This event is hosted by the Roanoke Marine Corps to raise funds for Toys for Tots and Camp Roanoke. For registration and more about this event call 540-387-6078 or www.mudrun.com.
September 19–Stuarts Draft.
The Good Times Festivel will be held at Shenandoah Acres Family Campground from noon-9:30pm. Children’s Activties, food, wine/beer. Music by Jeremy Staubus, Hackensaw Boys, Dylan Scott. Admission fee. www.goodtimesaugusta.com/ 540-337-2267 or 540-453-2536.
26th Anniversary Henry Street Heritage Festival at Center in the Square, One Market Square, 2nd Floor. Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of African Americans through performing and visual arts. Children’s activities, food and beverages. 540-857-4395 or www.harrisonmuseum.com/.
15th Annual Charity Fun Drive Truck Driving Championship at Lee-Hi Travel Plaza. Sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Professional Truck Drivers Association. See drivers from across the country compete for great prizes, with proceeds benefiting the Make A Wish Foundation. 540-463-3478 or www.maptda.org.
Rockbridge Fall Farm Day at 1 Bares Wood Lane is filled with farm machinery, corn/grain Sorghum maze, farmers market, kids activities, a variety of vendors. Also you can make a scare crow/butter, or join the turkey drive and there will be so much more. Admission fee is a can of goods for the Food Bank. 540-463-3777 or visit www.rockbridgefallfarmday.com.
September 19–Shenandoah Natl Park.
16th 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 www.goshenandoah.com/activities-events/apple-butter-celebration.
September 19–Stuarts Draft.
The Good Times Festivel will be held at Shenandoah Acres Family Campground from noon-9:30pm. Children’s Activties, food, wine/beer. Music by Jeremy Staubus, Hackensaw Boys, Dylan Scott. Admission fee. www.goodtimesaugusta.com/, 540-337-2267 or 540-453-2536.
26th Anniversary Henry Street Heritage Festival at Center in the Squarem One Market Square, 2nd Floor. Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of African Americans through performing and visual arts. Children’s activities, food and beverages. 540-857-4395 or www.harrisonmuseum.com/.
Traveller Day at Lee Chapel and Museum from 10am-3pm. 150 years ago on September 18, 1865, Traveller and his master, Robert E. Lee, came to Lexington. Join us for our commemorative family event. Activities include Traveller look-a-like, Traveller based tours/booths, Traveller scavenger hunt and Traveller souvenirs for purchase. Free admission. To ensure there are enough supplies for everyone register by the 10th. 540-458-8768.
20th 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. It’s the cleanest fun you’ll ever have in a 5K race as you jog through mud and obstacles. This event is to raise funds for Toys for Tots and Camp Roanoke. 540-387-6078 or www.mudrun.com.
September 19-26–Clear Brook.
Frederick County Fairgrounds events: 41st Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival. Enjoy the works of nearly 100 crafters, an apple pie eating contest and a kids zone. Also the Apple Theme Booth and the Everything Virginia Booth. Most importantly, this long-established event will benefit local charities on the 19th-20th.; 11th Annual Tri-State Antique Truck Show. From dawn til dusk visitors can see antique trucks, fire trucks, farm tractors, and military vehicles, all in working condition on the 24th-26th. Admission is only $2.00 for adults, children under 12 are free. at 1-800-221-8048.
September 26–Front Royal.
Join us downtown for a fun filled afternoon at the Brew and Blues festival. This event includes beer tastings of nearly 30 varieties, crafters, artisans and delicious foods. Music by Brandy Stills Band and the Moondog Medicine Show. General admission free. 540-635-3185.
The International Festival at Hillandale Park is a free day of family fun that celebrates the many cultures of our community from noon-6pm. Featuring 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 disabled individuals and older adults. This is a rain or shine event. 540-433-9168.
Blue Ridge Mountain Mudurance 5k Mud Trail Challenge course at Bear Mountain Ziplines. 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. Admission fee. To register call 540-743-3915 or www.register.chronotrack.com/r/15410.
Bring your kite to Coyner Springs Kite Fly 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. There’s something for all ages so bring your family, blanket, picnic basket and have a fun day. 540-942-6735.
Grill Cook Master BBQ Festival at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds from 10am-6pm, rain or shine. Kid’s play area, face painting, tug-o-war, music, and plenty of food. Benefitting the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and Special Olym- pics. Admission is $10.00 with children 5 and under free. 540-434-0005 or visit www.facebook.com/grillcookmaster.
Shenandoah National Park, fee-free day. 540-999-3500.
Celebración of Winchester is a one-day, family-oriented free festival to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in our region from 11am-4pm on the Old Town Pedestrian Mall. Activities include a children’s art activity tent, Latin dancing lessons, an instrument petting zoo overseen by Shenandoah Conservatory music education students, artisan tents, country tents representing different Hispanic countries and more. Food/beverages for sale by various vendors. “Celebración” benefits the Winchester Main Street Foundation. Admission to “Celebración” is free to the public and the event will happen rain or shine. www.celebracionwinchester.com.
Rocktown Beer and Music Festival at the Turner Pavilion, 228 S. Liberty Street from 2:30-8 pm. The event celebrates great beer, good food and live music. Music by Man Man, Dead Professional and Sleepwalkers. This event is held rain or shine. Admission fee and children under 10 are free. 540-432-8922 or www.rocktownfestival.com.
Annual Fall Family Festival at Boxerwood Nature Center and Woodland Gardens, 963 Ross Road. Children of all ages will enjoy this special fall festival filled with kids’ activities, apple cider pressing, and costumed story telling. 540-463-2697.
September 26–Fulks Run.
1st Annual Music in the Park from 10am-6pm. Fulks Run Ruritan Park, 15962 Hopkins Gap Road. Car show and music all day featuring the Crestmen, Bryan Buchanan, Uncle Dave and the Whipper Snappers, Walnut Ridge Boys and local talent. Food by Fulks Run Ruritan Club. Cornhole and horseshoe tournaments, 50/50 raffle. Free will offering to benefit the Broadway Emergency Squad and Bergton Branch and the Fulks Run Ruritan Club. 540-820-2726.
September 26-27–New Market.
The Heritage Days Festival will be held downtown. A fun day for all ages with craft vendors, local food, face painting, petting zoo, pony rides and you can sing along/dance to local musicians. Also a Scavenger Hunt on the 26th beginning at the Old General Store for ages 5-12. 540-740-3212 .