Blue Star Museum Program at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. In honor of those who serve our country we are offering free admission to all active duty military personnel and five members of their families. They can enjoy guided tours and self-guided tours. 540-885-0897.
All Paws on Deck Canine Swim 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. Admission is $2.00 per person and free for our dog park members. Non-dog park members must have proof of rabies vaccination for entry. 540-662-4946.
September 1–Buena Vista.
44th Annual Labor Day Festival from 7:30 am-8:30 pm at Glen Maury Park. Celebrate with live music, a 5K road race (8 am), parade (9:30 am), fireworks, vendors, and more. 540-261-7321.
Labor Day Celebration at Oakdale Community Park, 134 Mt. Crawford Avenue. The event begins with a 5k race starting 8 am at 201 Green Street. Also free carnival rides, musical entertainment beginning at 5:30 pm and fireworks at 8:30 pm. A variety of food will be available for purchase. 540-828-2479.
Please join us in the celebration of Preservation of Historic Winchester’s 50th Anniversary from 6-9pm. Enjoy an evening of music, light hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, and fun at the Taylor Hotel Pavilion, 125 N. Loudoun Street (inclement weather location, Bright Box Theater, 15 N. Loudoun St.). Special thanks to the Robert Larson Trio, musicians and Becky Parrish of "A Matter of Taste," caterer. Casual attire, prepare for the weather and wear flat shoes. Admission to this special event is free to current PHW members as a thank you for your continued support. Not a current PHW member? admission is $25.00 per person or $45.00 per couple. Admission cost includes a 1 year membership to PHW.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds events: Labor Day Horse Fair and Auction on the 1st; SV Showdown ABGA Goat Show on the 6th-7th; Commonwealth Airstream Rally and the Bridgewater Home Fall Festival on the 19th-21st; Izaak Walton League Big Game Show on the 26th-28th; Virginia Club Calf Producers Fall Show and Sale on the 27th. 540-434-0005.
The Shenandoah Shriners, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children, will be hosting the 29th Annual Grand Caverns Blue Grass Festival. Featuring entertainment by “Little Mountain Boys”, “Hillbilly Gypsies”, “Solid Rock”, “Virginia Ramblers”, “Lonesome Highway”, “Carolina Ramblers”, “Goldwing Express” and more. Primitive camping will be available. All net profits received by the Shriners will be donated to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals. Admission fee. 540-249-5705 or 540-778-3895.
What do you get when you combine the high-energy atmosphere of a football game with the sophistication of a traditional beer and wine festival? A one-of-a-kind event known as the “Downtown Tailgate”, along Old Town Winchester’s walking mall and the courtyard in front of the Old Civil War Courthouse Museum. Attendees will have the opportunity to sample game-day inspired food, music, beer/wine. There will be four tv areas or ‘Tailgating Zones’ that will be airing live sporting events on both days. Also a cornhole tournament, football toss and trash can volley. 540-722-8700 or 540-535-3660.
September 5-6–Buena Vista.
28th Annual Rockbridge Mountain Music and Dance Festival will be held 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. If you love dancing and old-time music in a mellow setting, the festival is for you. Those who like structure will find plenty to do, while others rarely leave the campground area. No drugs or alcohol. All dogs must be on a leash. Admission fee. For more information call 540-261-7321.
September 5, 13–Winchester.
Grove’s Harley-Davidson, 140 Independence Drive will host the following events: 14th Annual Concern Hotline Fish Fry Celebration from 4 pm-9 pm. This event will be fun and have entertainment for all ages on the 5th; The Winchester Chapter of the Ladies of Harley will be hosting a Swap Shop. All proceeds will benefit the Evans Home for Children. The Ladies will be selling their own slightly used Harley apparel at a discount. 540-667-0145 or 1-800-777-4275.
Augusta Expoland events: Dailey and Vincent Concert on the 5th; Indoor/Outdoor Market/Yard Sale on the 6th; Blazing Arrows of the Valley 3-D Bow Shoot on the 14th; Poultry Sale in the parking lot and PB Construction Materials Auction on the 20th; Self-Reliance Expo: Essentials for Emergency Preparedness on the 27th; Shenandoah Valley Gem and Mineral Show on the 27th-28th. 540-337-2552.
September 6–Shenandoah Caverns.
Join us for the Shenandoah Jamboree, at Shenandoah Caverns/Yellow Barn. Features Lisa Meadows and the Shenandoah Jamboree cast, including Brian Buchanan, Nikki and JoJo, John Robert Rimel, Danny Figgins, the Shenandoah Jamboree Band and local performers. Ben “Cooter” Jones will be making special appearances. The featured guest is Jeannie Seely and she will perform approximately the second half of the show. 540-477-2432.
20th Annual Rockbridge Beer and Wine Festival at the Virginia Horse Center. The “Pop Rivets” will open the day with The New Generation. Ticket price includes a choice of wine and beer samples and a keepsake glass. 540-463-5375.
Annual Shenandoah Vineyards Harvest Festival from 11 am-6 pm. Welcome the harvest at our outdoor event featuring wine tasting, seminars, arts, crafts, live music, children’s entertainment, and grape stomping. Admission charge includes souvenir glass. 540-984-8699.
Annual Harvest Day Festival at CrossRoads, 1921 Heritage Center Way, off Garbers Church Road. Young and old alike will enjoy music, stories, games, hands-on woodworking, sawing logs with a crosscut and watching blacksmiths, quilters and spinners in action. Children will also enjoy crafts and a money scramble at 11:30 am. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. The entrance fee is $2.00 per person. 540-438-1275.
"Run 4 Their Lives 5k and Fun Run" at the Bridgewater Community Center, 201 Green Street. This is a Freedom 4/24 event that raises awareness and funds to bring sexually exploited women and children into freedom. The 5k starts at 9 am. Price: $26.50 race/fee, the fee is waived if you set up a fundraiser with a minimum of $100.00 donation. 540-383-5847 or online registration closes at noon on the 4th. http://www.freedom424.org/r4tl/races/shenandoah/
Virginia Horse Center events: Annual Rockbridge Beer and Wine Festival and Dressage With a View on the 6th; VPHC Color Classic/Fall Futurity and George Williams Dressage Clinic on the 6th-7th; Hear the Beat Horse Show ((Therapeutic riding fundraiser) on the 7th; Old Time Music Jam on the 9th; VA 4-H State Championship Horse/Pony Show and the Virginia Sesquicentennial Reenactment/Celebration on the 11th-14th; Fall Thoroughbred Celebration Show on the 19th-21st; ASHAV Horse Show on the 25th-28th; Glenmore Hunt Pony Club on the 27th. 540-464-2950.
Enjoy a day at Belle Grove Plantation’s Wine Festival. Sample a fine variety of Shenandoah Valley wines and watch local chefs as they demonstrate their culinary and wine-pairing skills. House tours, food, music, craft vendors and more are available during the event which runs from 11 am-6 pm. 540-869-2028.
September 13–Front Royal.
The Warren County Airport will host the 7th Annual Air Show (7 am-6 pm) and the USO Show (6-10 pm). The air show will feature the renowned Flying Circus, military aircraft, hot air balloons, gyro copter, glider, para-sail, helicopter, barn storming, wing walker, biplane and multiple acrobatic aircraft performances, and a host of aircraft flights. Plus, there will be antique autos, aircraft displays, food, and just plain fun for the whole family. Also at the 3rd Annual USO Show and Dance, attendees will be treated to a hot air balloon glow, big band era 40’s style music, food, a variety of drinks including tea, wine, beer will be available for purchase and more. Half the USO ticket proceeds and beer sales will go directly to support our troops through USO-Metro. virginiaairshow.com/ or 540-635-3570.
“PAC ‘n the Streets” is a family freindly event downtown. There will be two outdoor stages, food vendors, art/artisans, strolling street performers, kids activities/exhibits, a tasting garden, and more prizes in the “Everyone’s-A-Winner Drawing”. 540-885-3211.
September 13–Toms Brook.
GermanFest is a celebration of the Valley’s Germanic heritage at 11523 Back Road. Festivities are, live music, beer, wine, German/American food, craft demonstrations, historical presentations, children’s activities, military re-enactors and more. Admission: $5.00 per person. Pets are not allowed. Also bring a lawn chairs. 1-866-936-9956 or 540-459-5199.
Olde Salem Days on Main Street. Over 400 crafters/artists, food, classic car exhibitors, entertainers and a variety of other activities. 540-772-8871.
14th 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.
The Waynesboro Fire Department Volunteers Annual Auction will be held in the Advance Parking Lot adjacent to the Waynesboro Fire Department and across from the Waynesboro First Aid Crew, starting around 8:30-9 am. Please come out, and support the Waynesboro Fire Department Volunteers. 540-942-6730.
Cruise-In from 6-9pm on N. Terrace Ave. in downtown area. Dash plaques to the first 50 entries, 50/50 raffle, great door prizes every 30 minutes, music, plenty of food and drinks available. Sponsored by the Elkton Welcome Center. 540-435-9350.
34th Annual Ole’ Time Festival downtown. There are crafters/artists, music on 3 stages, a bed race, a 4K fun run/walk, Civil War events, and hay wagon rides. There will be a parade at 1 pm, an antique car/tractor show, a duck race, food, children’s activities and lots more. 540-984-7272.
The 15th Annual Harvest Festival will be held along 6th Street from 9 am-3:00 pm. The festival will include various vendors, food, music, and a car cruise-in. 540-249-5896.
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 Nikki Lane, Carl Anderson and “Start Making Sense”. This event is held rain or shine. Admission fee. 540-432-8922.
Rockbridge Fall Farm Day at 1 Bares Wood Lane. Come out for a day filled to the brim with fall fun. Local goods for sale by vendors. 540-463-3777.
19th Annual Marine 5K “Mud Run” at Green Hill Park. Everyone is invited. Individual and 5 person team races and a polly wog jog for 12 years and under. Come prepared to get dirty. For registration and more about this event call 540-387-6078 or www.mudrun.com.
September 20–Shenandoah Natl. Park.
15th Annual Apple Butter Celebration at Skyland Resort (mile 41.7 on Skyline Drive) from 10 am-5 pm. Wine tasting, pony rides, children’s crafts, variety of food, live entertainment and more. 1-888-847-1919.
3rd Annual “Smokin’ on the Track” BBQ Festival at Shenandoah Speedway, 9754 North 340 Hwy. BBQ cookoff, beer garden, wine tasting, food/beverage vendors, crafters, artisans, kid’s entertainment area, car show, corn hole tournament, backyard bbq competition for local grillers. Admission fee. 540-742-4110.
25th Annual Henry Street Heritage Festival, at Elmwood Park, 213 Market Street, celebrates the history, culture, heritage, and arts of African-Americans. This a great event presenting an array of diverse entertainment, performing arts, crafts, cuisines, and merchandise. 540-857-4395.
Fall Festival at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds from 7:30 am-1:30 pm. Featuring a benefit auction at 9:30 am. Speciality shops featuring baked goods, handcrafts, plant/garden items and a ReRun Shoppe sale including cottage gifts. Silent auction at 7:30 am. Breakfast from 7:30-10 am and lunch at 10 am. All proceeds will go to benefit Bridgewater Home Residents. 540-828-2550.
40th Annual Apple Harvest Arts and Crafts Festival at Jim Barnett Park. Items for sale are expected to include fine pencil drawings, hand spun Alpaca wool, hand-made jewelry, hand-blown glass. There will also be the everything Virginia booth, in which all the crafts for sale were made in Virginia. The Kids Zone will have inflatables for children to play on and more. There will be the apple booth, and an apple pie eating contest. We offer attendees the chance to enter the festival for free after three, meaning no admission is charged for the last two hours of the event on each day. 540-662-4827 or 540-662-1683.
26th Annual African-American Heritage Festival will take place from 10 am- 6 pm at Gypsy Hill Park. The festival includes live music and entertainment, a variety of foods and crafts from local and regional artisans. All events are free and fully handicapped accessible. Vendors, participants and attendees are located under tents. 540-337-7041 or 540-886-0520.
The Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce presents “Good Times, Tastes and Traditions” at the Frontier Culture Museum. Times are Saturday 11 am-6 pm/Sunday noon-5 pm. Our mission is to create a weekend of events and educational activities to bring awareness to the 5 featured exhibits in America, England, Germany, Ireland and West Africa. Attendees will be able to dabble in each country’s culture by choosing to sample a little of their unique entertainment, arts, crafts, food and beverage or all of the above. Portion of the proceeds benefit The Frontier Culture Museum Education Foundation. For more information call 540-324-1133 or 540-332-7850 or www.goodtimesaugusta.com/.
September 24-27–Buena Vista.
14th Annual Nothin’ Fancy Bluegrass Festival at Glen Maury Park. Wednesday night dinner. Bring your favorite covered dish to the pavilion at 6 pm. Meat, drinks and dinnerware provided. Opening ceremonies and open mic following dinner. Wednesday events - everyone welcome to participate in 1st ever Nothin’ Fancy Corn Hole Tournament and Golf Cart Poker Run. Children 12 and under free with paid adult. Bluegrass concert with local and nationally known bluegrass bands, including Rhonda Vincent, Lonesome Will Mullins, “Bluegrass Mountaineers”, Joe Mullins and the “Radio Ramblers”, James King, Larry Stephenson Band, The Bluegrass Brothers, Reno and Harrell, Bill Yates, Jr. Sisk and “Ramblers Choice”, Remington Ryde. Rain or shine. Bring your lawn chairs. Camping is available. 540-461-0954.
10th Annual Tri-State Antique Truck Show at the Frederick County Fairgrounds, 155 Fairground Road. From dawn til dusk visitors can see antique/fire trucks, farm tractors, and military vehicles all in working condition. Admission is only $2.00 for adults, children under 12 are free. There will be camping available on-site but very few hookups. 540-478-4389 or 301-845-4709.
September 27–Front Royal.
“You Are Not Alone” event where hundreds will walk through the downtown to support the Pregnancy Center (FRPC), a place of hope and help for women in unexpected pregnancies, to let them know they are not alone. FRPC provides counseling, medical referrals, ultrasounds, education and support for expectant women. This annual event promises to be the biggest yet. For more information call 540-635-6181 or www.facebook.com/frpcwalkforlife.
17th Annual International Festival from noon-6 pm at Hillandale Park. Featuring international foods, music, dance, activities for all ages, a multi-language area, fashion show, a world bazaar and lots more. Held rain or shine and the event is free. 540-433-6228.
MUDtoberfest Trail Challenge at Bear Mountain Ziplines, 2354 US Highway 211 East. This event will have something for everyone and for anyone willing to sign up, show up and not give up. We will have some of the nastiest elements of adventure races mixed with huge man-made obstacles and natural impediments along with tons of globby mud. Awards will be based on chip time so you can still start last and finish first.Your support of this event will help raise needed funds for continuing projects of the Luray Downtown Initiative and the Luray Page County Chamber of Commerce. To register visit raceluraypage.com/ or call 540-743-3915.
September 27–Front Royal.
Join us downtown for a fun filled afternoon at the “Brew and Blues” festival at the Village Commons, Main and Chester Streets, from 11 am-7 pm. This event includes beer tastings of nearly 30 varieties, outstanding live entertainment, fine crafters/artisans and delicious foods. Admission Fee. 540-635-3185.
Shenandoah National Park, fee-free day. 1-888-896-3833.
September 27-28–New Market.
The Chamber of Commerce invites you to join us for our 12th Annual Heritage Days on Congress Street from 9 am-5 pm. Local vendors, homemade crafts, a variety of foods and entertainment. For information call 540-740-3212.