27th Annual Toy Show and Sale at 3045 John Wayland Highway. Also there will be food for sale. Hours: on the 1st 6-9pm and the 2nd 8:30am-1:30pm. 540-879-9249.
The annual music conference known as MACROCK will be held in downtown Harrisonburg Friday through Saturday. MACROCK will be showcasing music at several venues including Clementine, the Golden Pony, the Artful Dodger, Court Square Theater, and the Little Grill Collective. This unique music festival will feature local, regional, and national musical acts. There will be a music label exposition along with a panel addressing issues in the music industry, media, and the independent music scene. For more information and pre-sale badges please visit macrockva.org.
April 1, 8–Harrisonburg.
OASIS Fine Art and Craft, 103 S. Main Street, will host a reception for the exhibit titled "Everybody’s Birthday". The show will be a group show, featuring OASIS artists: Barbara Camph-glass, Natalie Darling-metal jewelry, Frank Doherty-photography, Kathy Kavanagh-ceramics, Liz Karaffa-painting, Mike Reisenberg-images and Eve Watters-multiple media. The "free" reception is from 5-8pm and will include light refreshments. Come brouse for a unique birthday gift, because everybody has a birthday; On the 8th, from 6-8pm, you are also invited to "Everybody’s Birthday Party". We will have cake, music, children’s activities and wine for sale by the glass. Come help us celebrate. 540-442-8188, 517-219-7826 or askOASISart@gmail.com.
The St. John Bosco Church Outreach Store, 205 N Main Street, is sponsoring a Winter Clothing Sale. All winter clothing is 50% off. All proceeds from items sold at the store benefits the poor and needy in Shenandoah County. 540-459-5384.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds events: Buy, sell, trade, exhibit knives and related items show on the 1st-3rd; VA Holstein Spring Show and the Shenandoah Valley Boer Goat Sale on the 2nd; VA Beef Expo show/sale, and the Jr. Beef Roundup on the 14th-17th; Young Life 5K Splatter Run, a benefit for Harrisonburg/Rockingham Young Life on the 17th. 540-434-0005.
The Shenandoah Jamboree makes its debut at the Historic Wayne Theatre Ross Performing Arts Center on Saturday, with a performance by special guest Mandy Barnett headlining the event with a salute to Patsy Cline. Tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.waynetheatre.org, or by phone at (540) 943-9999. Tickets are also available at the box office from 10am to 2pm Tuesday-Friday, or one hour before the performance.
Chili Fest at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds from 11am-4pm. Whatever your preference we will have it. Also activities for adults and kids. Your ticket includes chili tasting and judging. Alcohol/food vendor sales are not included. Admission fee is $7.00, 12 and under are free. 540-459-3621.
Fire and Ice Fighting Championships 2, “God of War” starting 7pm at the Body Renew Fitness and Family Sports Center, 221 Commonwealth Court. Featuring some of the top professional and amateur mixed Martial Arts fighters in the region. This event is for a great cause, in support of our Veterans, Police, and First Responders. The Fighters will be competing in a 30’ foot Monster Cage. There will also be vendors, and some special guests from the UFC. Tickets start at $15.00 for General Admission. 540-869-0100.
10th Annual Bull and Oyster Fest from 1-5pm at Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery, 50 Northwind Lane. Featuring Gary Ruley and Mule Train. 540-464-8700.
Sigma Kappa and Tau Kappa Epsilon will co-sponsor the Annual 5k benefit on the arboretum grounds, for the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the American Alzheimer’s Association. Runners cool down and enjoy coffee, decaf, tea, and water served free. 540-568-3194.
Join the National Park Service with the Shenandoah Astronomical Society for a free Star Party. A SAS member will provide an Astronomical related program. Come look through our telescopes, or bring yours and we can show you how to use it. Meet at the Thoburn Property, Bowman’s Mill Road, stsrting at 7:15-10:30pm. For more detailed location information call 540-869-3051 or www.nps.gov/cebe/planyourvisit/calendar.htm.
Sky Meadows State Park events: Settle’s Kettle Cooking Demonstration on the 2nd; Civil War Encampment with the 13th Virginia Infantry on the 2nd-3rd; A Stroll through History-Walk, meet at Lost Mountain Parking area on the 3rd; Astronomy for Everyone on the 9th; Meet the Beekeeper on the 16th. All programs are free with a $5.00 parking fee. For times call 540-592-3556 or www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/sky-meadows#general_information.
Area events: Heritage Trout Day 9am at the Greenway on the 2nd; Youth Trout Derby 9am at the Greenway on the 9th; Earth Day/5K Race 9am at the Greenway and the Arbor Day Celebration 1pm at Yagers Spring on the 23th. For more information on these events call 540-743-3915.
Wayne Theatre events: Shenandoah Jamboree with Mandy Barnett on the 2nd; Clair Lynch Band on the 9th; Arts Education Performances on the 11th, 14th, 22nd, and the 28th; the River City Radio Hour on the 15th; The Crooked Road on the 23rd; Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul “With Genevieve!” on the 24th. Admission fee. 540-943-9999 or http://waynetheatre.org/events/.
The RALS Gala will be held from 6-9pm., at the Virginia Horse Center. The theme is “Rockin’ With RALS” and features rock’n roll favorites from movies of the 1950s and 1960s. The gala includes a costume contest as well as other activities, a silent and a live auction. Tickets are $65.00 in advance or $75.00 at the door and include one drink. 540-463-7719.
Join us at the Craigsville Community Park for a family fun event: face painting, a presentation by Muscles With Russell, finger printing, games, food and much more! At 1pm, join us for our cornhole tournament benefitting Augusta County Relay for Life. Only $20 per team. Call 540-997-4162 to register.
Claire Lynch Band to perform at Wayne Theatre. Multi-award winner, Claire Lynch, brings her crystalline voice and razor sharp band to the Wayne Theatre/Ross Performing Arts Center in Waynesboro as part of The Claire Lynch Band's 2016 tour. Tickets are $20 and $25 for the 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are available online at www.waynetheatre.org, or at our box office Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by phone at (540) 943-9999. The box office is located at the theatre at 521 West Main Street in Waynesboro.
April 9–Stuarts Draft.
Join Country Connections, 267 Cold Springs Road, as they celebrate each season with new and exciting merchandise, displayed to give you great decorating ideas and options. Whether you’re looking for flags and outdoor furniture, floral, artwork or curtains, we have it all. Coordinating your seasonal wardrobe is easy with our DaVinci beads and Vera Bradley collection. Join us and participating vendors at each of our events this year. Thank your for shopping and helping us make each event a success. God Bless! 540-337-5226.
Shenandoah Valley Builders Association’s 36th Annual Home and Garden Show at the Rockingham County Fair Grounds. This is a wonderful tradition for the entire family, featuring food trucks, DIY sessions, classic car show, kid zone, SPCA adoption center, plant sale, beer/wine garden, live concert and more. Admission is free. 540-860-1281.
The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, 780 University Boulevard at James Madison University presents Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes, Monday, noon-1pm. Children and their caregivers are invited to come hear a story about fairies and build your very own fairy house or gnome home. Fairy houses are built outside so dress for the weather. Come and bring your brown bag lunch to enjoy during the story. 540-568-3194.
The 5th Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival brings nonstop concerts, competitions, talks, workshops, local food, and public art to the downtown area and best of all the vast majority of it is entirely free. Tom Tom is a nonprofit that hosts dozens of events each year to celebrate and empower the founders of creative, civic, and entrepreneurial ventures. Call 239-297-6297 or visit http://tomtomfest.com/ for the schedule of events.
The Friends of Massanutten Regional Library are having a Spring Book Sale at the Massanutten Regional Library, 174 S. Main Street. We have thousands of items for sale including fiction, non-fiction, VHS, DVD, audio books, vinyl, children's and young adult books, etc. All proceeds benefit Massanutten Regional Library. 540-434-4475.
Friends of the Library will have their Book Sale fundraiser at the Staunton Public Library, 1 Churchville Avenue. You may join the Friends at the Members’ Preview for the best selection on the 12th. On the 16th shoppers can fill a bag with books for only $3.00 and on the 17th a bag of books is just $1.00. Call 540-332-3902 for times.
7th Annual Redbud Spring Arts and Crafts Festival downtown from 10am-4pm. There will be free wagon rides, ducky races, children’s activities, delicious food, wine and beer garden. Live music entertainment. Historical tours and exhibits at The Heritage Museum, Fort Harrison and Cromer-Trumbo House. Visit our unique shops and the Silver Lake Mill. Free Redbud tree saplings and many other events all throughout the town. Visit www.daytonva.us or call 540-879-2241.
Waynesboro’s 1st Annual Petpawlooza will be taking place at Coyner Springs Park from 10a-3p on Saturday. Bring the kids- the people kind and the fur babies for a fun day of activities including working dog demonstrations, pet adoptions, pet contests- musical sits and bobbing for treats, draw-a-dog coloring contest, smooch a pooch kissing booth, doggie tales reading station (read to a loveable therapy or shelter dog), food vendors and more! Children should be accompanied by an adult and all pets must be on leash. Discounted Rabies Vaccines being offered by Woodworth Animal Clinic. Activities are free or for donations- All proceeds will benefit Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Clinic, the local animal shelter. For more information call Waynesboro Parks and Recreation 540-942-6735 or email email@example.com.
Join us for our 9th Annual 5k run/walk for Autism at Eastern Mennonite University. Chip timing, prizes, raffles, refreshments and all the proceeds going to those impacted by autism in the Shenandoah Valley. You can register by calling 540-383-1770 or online at www.valleyautism.org.
The Mud Dog Run is a little over 3 miles of very tough terrain and is not for the faint of heart. The course will contain obstacles such as, climbing walls, cargo nets, mud pits, and other fun but challenging obstacles. If you like a challenge and some food topped off with a Jailbreak beer at the finish, this race is for you. This Race benefits our Veterans who are in need and suffering from PTSD. We have teamed up with 22 Needs A Face to help raise money and bring awareness to this epidemic. To register or volunteer www.muddogrun.com/woodstock-va-april-16th-2016/ or 866-991-4484, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 10th Anniversary of Earth Day will be held in the downtown area and 202 South Lewis Street, from 9am-noon. Fun for the whole family with hands-on exhibits/activities, native plant sales, free saplings, live native wildlife programs by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, face painting and more. You will also have the opportunity to make wildflower seed bombs, participate in a fun bee dance, and even see a live bee hive. Free admission. 1-800-342-7982.
2nd Annual Food Truck Festival at On Sunny Slope Farm, 1000 Erickson Ave, from noon-7pm. Featuring local food trucks, beer, wine, live music, and fun. All proceeds of this event go directly to Open Doors. Tickets: Advance $10.00, at the gate $15.00, 12 and under are free. 540-578-3868 or email@example.com.
“The Naked Quilter” free program and trunk show by Debby Kratovil of Quilter by Design, presented by the Shenandoah Valley Quilters Guild, 9:30am-noon, Sunnyside Room, Sunnyside Retirement Community, 100 Sunnyside Dr. Show ‘n Tell, raffle, door prizes and refreshments. Visit www.svqg.org for required registration for Kratovil's afternoon workshop “Seven Sisters without Y-seams Table Topper.” 540-448-1601.
Southeastern Gun and Knife Show at the Body Renew Fitness and Family Sports Center. The gun show is an organized and legal event that promotes understanding of the shooting sports, appreciation of American history, and an opportunity to view historic and contemporary weapons. Admission fee, Kids 12 and under are free with an adult 21 or older. 540-869-7657.
Plan to visit your National Park on National Park Week. Entrance fees will be waived this week. 540-999-3500.
Rally in the Alley is a free block party, held the length of Indian Alley from Wolfe Street to the Braddock Street parking garage. Live music by the Burning Dirty Band, and Rust Shakers. Also food, beer/wine, fun for the kids. Cash only and bring a lawn chair. 540-869-5991.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds events: Historic Bottle Diggers Show from 9am-3pm. Collectors of antique and collectible glass from around the Mid-Atlantic region gather annually for this intriguing show. From old soda bottles to Jamestown glass, from medicine dispensers to milk bottles, there are always lots of unusual and interesting things on the 17th; 11th Annual Old Dominion Gold Cup Memorial Classic Mini Silky Shows. Fun for fainting goat enthusiasts from around the region on the 22nd-23rd. For times and admisssion fees call 540-434-0005.
Enjoy a taste of Staunton and help celebrate Historic Garden Week at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum, at 20 North Coalter Street, from 5-7:30pm. Delight in the sounds of pianist Kathy Lafon while enjoying local cuisine, Virginia wine, and craft beer in the Garden. All proceeds of this event go to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Garden fund. Advance tickets are $17.00 or $20.00 on the day of the event and may be purchased at the museum’s President Shop or online at www.woodrowwilson.org. For more information contact Karen Dodson at 540-0897 ext. 113 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Arbor Day Trees and Native Plant Sale, 9 am-3 pm in the parking lot of the Frances Plecker Education Center at James Madison University. In the prime time of spring the Arboretum offers a wide selection of wildflowers, contrasting foliage plants like native ferns, with unusual shrubs and trees. 540-568-3194.
Pat Moss will be at her home, The Barn, to meet her collectors and personalize prints each day. You are invited to bring two previously purchased Moss prints or paintings to the Barn for personalization. In addition, all prints or paintings that are purchased at the Waynesboro gallery during these three days can be personalized. Visit the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, 329 W. Main Street or call 540-949-6473 for more information.
April 22-May 1–Winchester.
89th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. The festival is an event the whole family can enjoy and boasts over 45 different events. The official kick-off event is the “Bloomin’ Wine Fest” on the 22nd-23rd. Firefighters’ Parade at 5:30pm and the fireworks display start at approximately 9:15pm on the 29th. For location of venues, times and more call 540-662-3863 or visit http://thebloom.com/events/.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a fun and easy way to support the life-changing work of Big Brothers Big Sisters. This year we will celebrate our agency’s 40th Anniversary with a 70’s themed Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Join us for a throwback celebration of the decade it all began. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is our largest and most important fundraiser. To register call 540-433-8886 or www.bbbshr.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1150277.
Annual Redbud Festival at the Community Center and the Baptist Church. A variety of vendors, antique car show, Gooney Creek duck race, silent auction, food, Steve Foster’s mule “Amazing Grace”, musical entertainment, mini petting zoo and more. Free admission. 540-636-1879 or www.browntowncommunity.com.
April 23–Buena Vista.
Annual Puzzled Car, Truck and Bike Show at Glen Maury Park from 8am-4 pm. A family friendly show. We will be having activities for the entire family such as a petting zoo, airbrush tattoos, face painting, bouncy houses, kids and adult games. A swap meet flea market, food, a DJ, 50/50 raffle, hourly prize raffles, a free kids raffle, and 100’s of door prizes. Over 60 direct sales/automotive/artisan craft vendors. The proceeds from our show will be used to benefit The Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center. 434-477-3933.
HeartChase Harrisonburg is a FUN, Educational event to benefit American Heart Association. Our 3rd annual HeartChase will be held on Saturday, at 9:00am at Court Square. Join us for a FUN, Educational event for all ages and fitness levels where teams of up to 5 people will locate activities geared around fitness, nutrition, wellness, and health by using a map and complete those activities to gain points. Team with the most points at the end of the game will WIN HeartChase. It’s a fundraiser so we encourage our teams to register for free online and send emails asking for donations to their HeartChase team. Visit www.HeartChaseHarrisonburg.org for more event details or call 540.664.2213.
The South River Fly Fishing Expo will be held on the banks of the South River at Constitution Park. Highlighting fly fishing, fly casting/fly tying presentations by regionally/nationally known fly fishing professionals, free beginner fly casting introductory lessons. Also habitat and conservation presentations, numerous fly fishing gear raffle packages, regional fly fishing retailers, fly fishing guides, fly fishing destinations/lodges and fly fishing for trophy Brown and Rainbow Trout on the South River Delayed Harvest Area. The Expo is managed and run by all volunteers and 50% of all net proceeds will be used for habitat improvement and conservation projects on the South River watershed. Admission ise $10.00 in advance, $12.00 at the gate and children under 16 will receive free admission with paying adult. Two day admission passes will be available for $18.00 in advance or at the gate. 540-942-6705.
All aboard! Disney's Choo-Choo Soul "With Genevieve!" comes to the Wayne Theatre/Ross Performing Arts Center for two shows on Sunday. Show times are 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets are $28 and $22 and available Tuesday-Friday at the Wayne Theatre box office at 521 West Main Street in downtown Waynesboro. Tickets are also available by phone at 540-943-9999, or online at www.WayneTheatre.org.
Experience the culinary scene that everyone is raving about! During Taste of Downtown, restaurants in downtown Harrisonburg come together to showcase their talent and creativity by serving up fresh, innovative menus; one-of-a-kind restaurant collaborations; chef expos and culinary events throughout the week. For more information, including a list of participating restaurants, please visit www.downtownharrisonburg.org/events/taste-of-downtown. 540-432-8900.
The 61st Annual Vinton Dogwood Festival is one of the area’s biggest and longest running festivals. The crowning of the Dogwood Queen at noon, and a parade at 2:30 pm starting at the War Memorial which is held rain or shine on the 25th. Also live music, free kid’s zone, crafts, food vendors, carnival and more. Bring your umbrella just in case. 540-983-0614.
April 28-May 1–Port Republic.
The Village Artisans of Port Republic, LLC is holding its Debut Art Show in the newly renovated Port Republic Town Hall. Twelve Port Republic resident artisans and one local “special friend” will present their creative talents to the public. Some are well-known artists and some are introductory artisans. This event will showcase the artisan’s diverse talents and include everything from fine art and artisan crafts to live music from local musicians. Each day will offer something extra and Thursday has been designated “seniors day”. Location: 8597 Water Street. Hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, from 10am to 4pm, Sunday from 12 noon to 4pm.
"Sometimes the Little Town" a book of poetry of mid-twentieth century life in Elkton. Author Elkton native Sara Robinson based the book of poetry on photographs
taken by her father Hobby Robinson over 22 years. Sara will be at SoLace Studios for a reading and signing on Saturday from noon-5pm. SoLace Studios Fine Handcrafts is located at 193 W. Spotswood Ave. 540-298-5222, www.solaceinc.com.
Riverfest–Year of the Osprey. This free annual event takes place river-side at Constitution Park. Activities include reptile shows, stream safari, fish and fun rodeo, farmer’s market, canoe rides, kids arts/crafts, stream electro-fishing and is capped off by the Great South River Duck Race. Rain or Shine and no pets allowed. 540-949-7738 or email@example.com.
Area events: Rocktown Beer and Music Festival from 3-8:30pm at the Turner Pavilion. Live music, beer, food. Can I leave the festival and return? No and no refunds or pets. Get your tickets now, they sell out fast. 540-432-8909 or Yount@harrisonburgva.gov, and the Food Truck Rally in the Park at the Lucy Simms Center from 11am-3pm. Make sure to bring a blanket so you can have a picnic with your favorite food truck cuisine. Free admission. 540-433-9168 or Matthew.Little@harrisonburgva.gov.
8th Annual Park to Park 1/2 Marathon, starting in Stuarts Draft Park, and ending at Ridgeview Park. This 13.1 mile race will have stocked aid stations and a post race party at the finish line. Buses will take runners to the start beginning at 5:30am and the last bus will depart Ridgeview Park at 6:30am. April 1 through Race Day is $80.00. You must be at least 12 years old on or before April 30 to participate. To register www.runthevalley.com/park-to-park-marathon or call 540-942-6735.
Come celebrate Earth Day with a Party for the Planet at Mill Mountain Zoo. Enjoy fun activities for the whole family. See our wonderful collection of animals, including vulnerable or endangered species and chat with zookeepers. Participate in neat earth friendly art activities and learn what you can do to help the planet. All activities are free with Zoo admission. 540-343-3241.
April 30–Geo. Washington National Forest.
Shenandoah Mountain Wildflower Walks on Saturday at 9:30am-1pm. The Headwaters Master Naturalists will host several wildflower walks on Shenandoah Mountain, in the George Washington National Forest. Choose from several trails that vary in difficulty and habitat. All of the walks will be led by a Master Naturalist and accompanied by wildflower experts familiar with the trails and flowers. These guided walks are free, but registration is required. Please visit the Headwaters Master Naturalist web site, headwatersmn.org, to choose a walk and to register.
Join us for the first annual Camp LIGHT car show, on Saturday from 4pm-8pm! All makes and models, from antique to modern are welcome. "Drive In" style movie on the big screen will be held after the show from 8:30pm until 10pm! Lots of fun for the whole family! Enjoy fabulous cars, carnival games, food, and other entertainment, all for a great charity! Admission to see the show is just $5.00 per car load. Bring some lawn chairs if you plan on staying for the movie. The event will be held at Creative Works Farm, located just north of Waynesboro, Va off of 340 N., 107 Creative Works Lane. 540-471-1659 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 30-May 1–Harrisonburg.
YEE-HA, is a downhill race at Massanutten Resort. This high-energy bike race will have your heart pumping as riders compete on the downhill, mountainous terrain. Chairlift #6 will be operating so spectators can get the best view at no charge. 540-289-4954.