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July 1-31–New Market.
Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George R. Collins Parkway, presents Foodways on the Farm. This program for Civil War "foodies" at the historic Bushong Farm summer kitchen shows how recipes were prepared in the 1850s and how the choice of ingredients was totally dependent on the season of the year. Free with paid park admission and held April through October. 540.462.6360.
OASIS Fine Art and Craft located at 103 S. Main Street, will host a reception for the exhibit titled "Jewel Yoder Hertzler: Recent Paintings", from 5-8. This free event will include light refreshments, live music by Mel Lee and Jim Gaskins on fiddle and other instruments on the 1st-31st. Also the Kids Summer Art Activites: On the 5th, Critters and Cards, contact email@example.com; On the 12th, Handbuilding with Clay, contact firstname.lastname@example.org; On the 19th, Face Mugs, contact email@example.com; On the 26, Glass Mosaics, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information call 540-442-8188 or 517-219-7826.
17th Annual BryceFest at Bryce Resort. This Independence Day weekend celebration takes place from 10am-6pm. Admission for the public is free. This year’s festivities feature all of the food, fun and fireworks of years past and provide some exciting new activities for the whole family to enjoy. During BryceFest, many of our other summer activities will be operating throughout the day including the Bryce Mountain Bike Park. Wes Iseli, magician extraordinare will be perfroming an even larger show featuring all new spectacular tricks that will delight people of all ages. Robbie Limon evening entertainment begins on the ski slope side. Fireworks will begin at 9:30pm. 1-800-821-1444 or 540-856-2121.
July 2–Stuarts Draft.
Join Country Connections, 267 Cold Springs Road at our event as we celebrate the 4th with new and exciting merchandise. Whether you’re looking for flags, outdoor furniture, floral, artwork or curtains, we have it all displayed to give you great decorating ideas and options. 540-337-5226.
1st Annual Fireball Dash and Splash starting 2pm on 4th Street near the car wash, then to Riverside Park where you will tube float one mile down the Shenandoah River to the finish line at the boat launch on old Spotswood trail. Proceeds to benefit Epilepsy Foundation of VA and the Boys and Girls Club. Spectators are encouraged to enjoy all the festivities. Free entry for spectators. This is an Alcohol free event with food and music. To register call 540-298-9860.
Patriotic Celebration at Marker Miller Orchards, 3035 Cedar Creek Grade from 9am-5pm. Come join us in celebrating the official start of a new season and our independence. There will be activities for the children, music, food and fun for everyone to enjoy. Also wagon rides and cow train available for those interested. 540-662-1391.
July 2–Natural Bridge.
Natural Bridge Park and Historic Hotel have many things planned for this great time of year. There will be a Declaration reading, guided hikes, Monacan demonstrations. Food specials will be present at the Pavilion as well. 1-800-533-1410.
Come celebrate the old red, white and blue, with Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, 2250 US Hwy 211 East. Week-long activities include patriotic hair beading, T-shirt tie-dyeing ($), and a DJ dance party and live music. Our Parade of American Pride on the 2nd. Plus we’ll be celebrating with a Fireworks show on the 3rd. If you choose to camp out, our campground offers wooded and open campsites for every type. 540-318-7337.
Wayne Theatre shows: Shenandoah Jamboree with Nadine the Church Lady on the 2nd; Snow White and the Prince Summer Theater Camp for 2nd-12th grades on the 11th-30th; Wilson Fairchild, Tribute to the Statler Brothers on the 16th. 540-943-9999.
July 3–New Market.
The Rebels Fireworks Association welcomes everyone to enjoy activities, local music, food vendors, a fireworks display and much more at the Community Park. Parking is located behind the Fire Department. For more information about the event contact Kelli Penstock at 540-624-2160.
Annual Summer Jam Festival will be held at Massanutten Resort, rain or shine. Kids’ activities, food vendors, a beer/wine garden, fireworks at 10pm and lots more. Admission fee is $20.00 adults, kids under 7 are free. Food/beverage and some kids’ activities are not included in ticket price. All proceeds benefit the Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA. 540-289-9441.
Come enjoy 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, a beer/wine garden, contests, tournaments, kids’ activities and fireworks. 540-535-3661.
Annual America’s Birthday Celebration at Gypsy Hill Park. is family-focused with contests, pony rides, music and more on the 3rd. The 4th begins with a parade at 10am and ends with a huge fireworks display at 10pm. For complete schedule call 540-943-6995.
Valley Fourth is a free community festival downtown, from 8am-9:30pm rain or shine. Featuring the Valley 4th run, reading of the Declaration of Independence, children’s activities, artists, crafters, food and live music. Also grillin’ at the pavilion bbq cook-off, beers n’ cheers, Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA, touch a truck, watermelon seed spitting contest. Parade 6pm and fireworks at 9:30pm. For information http://downtownharrisonburg.org/events/valley-fourth. 540-432-8922.
Annual 4th of July Celebration. Parade starts 5pm and fireworks at dusk. Live music, kids activites, food and craft vendors at the Middletown Community Park, located at the intersection of Senseney Avenue and Second Street. In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks will be rescheduled. 540-869-2226.
20th Annual Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club will host the Fireworks and Music Festival at Virginia Military Insitute’s parade ground. There will be a variety of vendors, food, crafts, games, activities, inflatables for children, fun tent, a classic car exhibition, and a finale of fireworks. 540-463-3777 or 540-462-7521.
July 4–Stephens City.
4th of July celebration at Sherando Park, 200 Lakeview Circle, starting 5pm. There will be music, food, DJ and more. Fireworks will start at dusk. No pets. Free admission. Rain date the 5th. 540-665-5678.
Spectacular fireworks display at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. Free admission. Gates open 8:30 pm, fireworks at 9:30 pm. Rain date the 5th. 540-459-3621.
4th of July Celebration at various locations. Children’s Parade starting 10am at Inn Lawn Park, then head downtown for crafts, food, and fun. The evening ends with the town’s signature fireworks display. 540-743-3915.
4th of July Festivities at the Town Park include children’s amusements, food court, fireworks and a cruise-in of classic trucks/cars. Also a pool party. $1.00 for all entering gate, pool passes will not be accepted for this party. 540-465-9197.
July 5, 12, 19, 26–Staunton.
The 14th annual Praise in the Park Free Gospel concert series will be held at 7pm every Tuesday at the bandstand at Gypsy Hill Park. In addition to the concerts there will be activities for children and food concessions. Bring your lawn chairs for this family event. It is hosted by Linden Heights Baptist Church. For a complete listing of performers go to www.lindenheightsbaptistchuch.org.
Fridays on the Square is back with The Jon Spear Band. Pack a picnic, and join us for an evening of music and fun under the stars. This free concert is held on the Court House lawn starting at 7pm. http://fridaysonthesquare.com/.
July 8-10–Natural Chimneys.
The Red Wing Roots Music Festival is the Shenandoah Valley's premiere family-friendly music festival. Three days, four stages and 40 bands at the beautiful Natural Chimneys Park and Campground! Red Wing focuses on the whole experience: an incredible variety of food, craft vendors, kids activities, camping, swimming, organized bike rides and hiking adventures, and much, much more! Join the fun and bring the whole family. http://www.redwingroots.com.
Join America’s most celebrated living artist, P Buckley Moss at the Barn located at the corner of Heritage Drive and Providence Lane to have your artwork signed and personalized starting 11am. Collectors are invited to our Downtown Gallery at 329 West Main Street for a complete selection of available artwork. 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.
Annual Country Cookout at Shenandoah Vineyards, 3659 South Ox Road, from 6:30-10pm. A true country style meal, lots of fun. Music by the Good, the Bad and the Blues band. Reservations required. 540-984-8699.
Summer Extravaganza is our town’s biggest party of the year. Enjoy a day at Ridgeview Park, 700 S. Magnolia Avenue, with so much to do including an arts/craft show, live music, amusement rides, magic, dance performances, food, a spectacular fireworks display to cap off the evening. Admission is free. Pets are prohibited. 540-942-6735.
The Summer Extravaganza 5K & 10K offer a challenging run through the beautiful neighborhoods of our city, race day t-shirt, fully stocked aid stations, and a post-race party with food & drink. After the race stay for the party! Part of the race proceeds at this years race will be supporting Relay for Life. It's the feel good race of the year! 8 AM at Ridgeview Park.
Rockbridge Vineyard, 35 Hillview Lane, has “Gone to the Dogs” from noon-6pm. Join us for a special event to benefit the Augusta County Animal SPCA. The shelter will have some of their furry friends who are in need of loving families. There will be live music, tastings, and festival fun. $10.00 admission includes wine tasting/souvenir glass. $5.00 of each admission goes directly to the SPCA. Kids are free with a can of pet food. 540-377-6204.
Augusta Expoland will host the Summer in the Valley Antique Show on the 9th; Ken Treadway Rodeo on the 16th-17th; Monster Truck Show with free ride on VA Giant on the 22nd-23th; Augusta Co. Fair Beauty Pageant on the 30th. 540-337-2552.
July 11-15–New Market.
Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway, presents the Civil War Day Camp. The camp is an exciting opportunity for boys and girls ages 7-12. For details and to register before July 1, contact: Major Troy Marshall, 866-515-1864.
July 13, 27–Harrisonburg.
“FundFest” will be held near the Turner Pavilion and across from the Daily News-Record. Featuring Who Shot John with Gypsy Town on the 13th, and on the 27th SRO with Kelly May Brown. Bring a chair or blanket. We will have a variety of food and drinks for purchase. Pets, coolers, outside food not permitted. Sponsored by the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA. 540-271-7740.
5th Annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention at the Highland County Fairgrounds. Food and camping will be available. Admission is $10.00 with children under 12 free. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy a weekend of Old Time Music in Highland County. Pets welcome. 540-292-0283.
July 14, 21, 28–Waynesboro.
Rock n’ Ridgeview starting 6pm at Ridgeview Park Amphitheater. Grab your spot on the hill, spread your blanket, grab a bite at the food truck, then just kick back and relax. Featuring Gabby Haze on the 14th, Erin and the Wildfire on the 21st, Brian Patrick Band on the 28th. 540-942-6735.
Doah Fest well be held at 1920 S. Page Valley Road. The event is a celebration of music, art, nature, and direct access to the Shenandoah River. The event will be a tent-only camping without any pets.Your ticket includes a camping spot/access to all activities/performances. 571-236-1036 or 571-344-1101.
Free quilt lecture 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 pre-registration for afternoon workshop.
17th Annual Blues House Festival will be held at the Eagles Club, 700 Baker Lane. A great day of music, food, drinks and playground for kids. Also the Poker Run for a great cause (info. 540-398-6949). Rain or shine. No pets/coolers. Admission is $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the gate. All net proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity. 540-974-6616.
Kernstown Battlefield will host a highland games competition. Scotish Highland warriors compete against each other between battles. They used ordinary objects in their competitions: weights, stones, hammers and tree trunks. Refreshments will be available for sale. 540-869-2896.
We're excited to welcome Justin Jones for the first time at Fridays on the Square. Bring your picnics, blankets, lawn chairs, and all the kids. Free summertime fun on the lawn of Court Square! http://fridaysonthesquare.com/.
Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation is hosting the 155th Anniversary Reenactment of the Battle of 1st Bull Run on the Battlefield of Cedar Creek, 9437 Valley Pike. Over 3000 reenactors will turn out as we wheel out the big guns for this three-day event. Engagements of Rich Mountain, Blackburn’s Ford, and Matthews and Henry House Hills are scheduled for consecutive days. Gates open at 4pm on Friday and 9am on Saturday and Sunday. Activities will include military, medical, and other demonstrations. Come Interact with Lee’s Lieutenants and visit the reenactor camps. Witness the dusk firing of artillery on Friday night or take a guided tour of the camps on Saturday evening. Speakers will offer perspectives on the Civil War and its Aftermath. Sutlers, crafts, food vendors will be available. Tickets are on sale online at www.ccbf.us or at the gate when you arrive. Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization and all proceeds go to the preservation of the Battlefield. Friday tickets are $5 per person, children 6 and under are free. Saturday and Sunday tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for seniors, students, and active and retired military. Children 6 and under are free. Visit our website at www.ccbf.us for more information or call us at 540-869-2064.
July 23–Stuarts Draft.
13th Annual Sweet Dreams Festival at Stuarts Draft Park from 9am-4pm. There will be fun contests for everyone including a Little Debbie® look-a-like, chocolate pie eating and photo contest. Families will also enjoy the wide range of activities, entertainment and so much more. The first 500 people to stop by the information booth will also receive some yummy goodies. Free event. 540-245-5727.
For the first time ever, the Harrisonburg Police Department SWAT team obstacle course, at Harper Presgraves Training Facility, 1010 Greendale Road will be open for the Inaugural Fine Earth Adventure Race-Benefiting K9s for Warriors. There will be races for all levels, expert, intermediate and beginner. If you don’t want to race you can sign up for general admission and enjoy fun activities like, knockerball, bubble soccer, a magician, kids events, a concert by The Hackens Boys and much more. Sign up today at www.k9adventurerace.com. All proceeds go to K9s For Warriors which rescues dogs from kill shelters and trains them to help Veterans with PTSD. 540-432-7977.
Celebrate diversity and acceptance for our wonderful LGBT community by coming to Court Square for the 2nd Annual Shenandoah Valley Pride Festival. Entertainment will include live music, several acts, speakers and shows. Fill Court Square with positive energy and celebration for this great community. http://www.shenandoahvalleypride.org.
The Frederick County Fair will have rides, food, demolition derby, pig scramble, contest, monster trucks, go-kart racing, a petting zoo, box turtle derby race, truck/ tractor pull, skid steer rodeo and more. 540-667-8739. Admission fee.
July 27-28– Chincoteague.
91st Annual Volunteer Fireman’s Pony Swim and Auction. On the 27th, the Saltwater Cowboys will swim the ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. The auction on the 28th helps to control the overall size of the herd, and uses some of the proceeds from the auction to provide veterinary care for the ponies. 757-460-6161.
Rockbridge Regional Fair and Farm Show will be held at the VA Horse Center. We’re getting ready for a great year of rides, food, family activities. Entertainment and other cool things. 540-464-2950.
July 29-30–Buena Vista.
Beach Music Festival and Classic Car Show at Glen Maury Park. Bring a chair, food/drink vendors. No outside food/drink allowed in concert area or pets. Plan on spending the weekend. Special camping rate Thursday-Saturday nights, $15.00 per night per camper. Concert tickets are sold at the gate only. 540-261-7321.
50th Annual Pageant of Steam at the Ruritan-Clark County Show Ground. Featuring working steam engines, sawmill, wheat threshing, antique trucks, flea markets, a blacksmith and lots more. Also a antique tractor pull on the 29th, and on the 30th a horse pull followed by a bluegrass band. No pets in the display area allowed. Admission is $7.00 and children under 12 free. 540-514-5854.
8th Annual Touch-A-Truck at Green Hill Park from 10am-4pm. We invite you to see, touch, interact with and climb on hundreds of cool vehicles. Other activities include water-spray areas, fireman’s foam, a petting zoo, costumed characters, food and more. Free event. 540-387-6078.