Your adventure starts here, Creative Works Farm, 107 Creative Works Lane, from noon-6pm. Take a trip through the 5.5 acre corn maze as you search for Skeeter and his friends. After you find your way out, spend time playing human foosball, on the AirTop, or one of our other fun games. All proceeds benefit Camp LIGHT, a summer camp for children with special needs. Admission is $5.00 per person, kids 2 and under are free. 540-471-1659.
The Gathering and Gourd Festival will be held at the Clarke County Fairgrounds, 890 West Main Street, from 9am-5pm. Featuring a gourd auction, gourd vendors, gourd classes and gourd artists. The Gathering is about Native American people and neighbors celebrating the harvest with dance, regalia, storytelling, children’s fine arts, craft/artisans, native American cuisine and more. Dogs on a leash are okay, but not in the buildings. Admission $5.00, 4 and under free. 540-665-1835.
Events at Virginia Horse Center: Virginia Horse Trials on the 1st; Southwest Virginia Hunter Jumper Association Finals on the 6th-8th; Old Time Music Jam on the 10th; Virginia Horse Shows Association Championships on the 12th-15th; Winter Tournament on the 21st. 540-464-2950.
November 1-Dec. 11–Harrisonburg.
Woman, Behold Your Son: Images from the Life and Death of Jesus Christ at James Madison University’s, Lisanby Museum, 1301 Carrier Drive, from 10am-4pm. The life of the divine Christ, from the nativity to the crucifixion, exemplifies the doctrine of Christianity. This exhibit explores Christian iconography of the 16th through the 19th centuries as it seeks to express the complex nature of Jesus Christ. 540-568-2661.
November 6-8, 13-15–Staunton.
ShenanArts at the nTelos Theater, 300 Churchville Ave, presents the Burnt Part Boys. The Pickaway Coal Company’s South Mountain closed down after an accident in 1952 that resulted in the death of miners. This is the adventure on the road to the mine for four boys. 540-712-0001.
November 6-27–Natural Bridge.
Join us for free kid’s movie the whole family can enjoy in the back of the Rockbridge Center, 15 Appledore Lane, every Friday. Bring your chairs, pillows, and blankets for a night of family fun. Concessions available for purchase at Archway Deli, located inside of Rockbridge Center. Movies: The Great Mouse Detective on the 6th; Toy Story on the 13th; Charlie Brown’s Thanksgiving on the 20th; The Aristocats on the 27th. Movies start 4:30pm. 540-291-2121 or 1-800-533-1410.
Staunton Veterans Day Parade will begin Saturday morning promptly at 11:00. Over 40 entries including floats, cars, motorcycles, military vehicles, bands, scouts, and yes most importantly the Veterans we all want to honor will march through Downtown Staunton. The parade route starts at Augusta and Frederick, then East on Frederick to Market, south on Market to Beverley, and west on Beverley to the disband point at WTON on the corner of West Beverley and Washington Streets. Parade entry line up at 10:00 along North Augusta Street. 540-885-7676.
Shake a hand and thank a veteran starting at 9:30am at the Roanoke City Market Building, before our parade starts at 11am. Participants include military units from across Virginia, individual veterans, college and high school bands. 540-982-2860.
The 13.1 miles half marathon race is for casual runners and a challenge for more seasoned ones. Starting line is at Kernstown Battlefield. Not yet up for doing all of the 13.1 miles on your own? Grab a group of friends and put together a two or four person relay team and come join the fun. The kids are involved too, put together a family team or let the kid’s team up with friends to compete in our youth bracket. Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter is the sole beneficiary for the event. To register call 540-665-5678, mention activity #3500-A.
November 7–Montpelier Station-special.
81st Running of the Montpelier Hunt Races, 11407 Constitution Highway, is held rain or shine. There will be activities for the whole family that will begin with terrier races and end with seven exciting horse races. Also the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation at Montpelier presents the 2nd ‘Art at the Races’ event that will benefit the thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack. 540-672-0027.
Bring your family treasures and heirlooms to Belle Grove’s Annual Antiques Appraisal and Traditional Crafts Fair from 10am-4pm. Appraisals are $10.00 for one item and three for $25.00. 540-869-2028.
Augusta Expoland events: Indoor Market/Yard Sale, American Estate Auction, Hospice of the Shenandoah and Quilts of Comfort Auction on the 7th; Gene Watson Country Music Concert on the 8th; Expo Fall & Christmas Art & Craft Show on the 14-15th; Ole Time Christmas Antique Show Preview Party on the 20th and the Ole Time Christmas Antique Show on the 21st. 540-943-3976.
November 7, 21–Stephens City.
Paws for Reading at Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road, from 1-2:15pm. Read a favorite book to a reading tutor. These canine listeners are patient and love to hear kids read books. 540-869-9000 x215.
Annual Veterans Day Parade 2pm starting at the Rockingham County Administration Building. Flags line Main Street as local Veterans groups ride by on patriotic floats, civic organizations, a convoy of military vehicles and more. After the parade a Recognition Ceremony at Harrisonburg High School to follow at 3:30pm. 540-432-8922.
Each year many businesses come together to promote the Annual $1,500.00 Giveway to 11 lucky winners right before Christmas. One person will be the grand prize winner and will receive $250.00 in cash and $250.00 in Berryville Bucks. Ten other people will receive $50.00 in cash and $50.00 in Berryville Bucks. The drawing will be held on Dec. 11. No purchase required, must be 18 years of age or older. For more information call 540-955-4001.
All entrance fees for Shenandoah National Park and all National Parks are waived to celebrate and honor our Veterans. 540-999-3500.
Start dreaming of a White Christmas at The Primrose House on Main Street from 10am-5pm. Shop a variety of merchandise from country to shabby chic to traditional, while enjoying delicious refreshments and great door prizes. 540-879-3737.
27th Annual Stocked Market at the Berglund Center is a Junior League of Roanoke Valley fundraiser. This is a holiday shopping gala with over 100 merchants displaying unique items from jewelry and gifts to sporting goods and gourmet foods. Admission fee. 540-343-3663.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds Events: Virginia Hereford Show and Sale on the 13th-14th; Mom-2-Mom Consignment Sale on the 13th-15th. 540-347-6663.
November 14–Shenandoah Caverns.
Explore Virginia wine, food and crafts at the sixth annual Shenandoah Uncorked festival at the Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns. With over 10 Virginia wineries, great food, unique crafts and a variety of kid's activities, there's something for everyone at Shenandoah Uncorked. The festival begins at 10am and wine stops pouring at 4:30pm. Admission is free. Wine tasting is only $15 and includes a souvenir glass. Also explore Shenandoah Caverns right next door--you'll get a special discount with your festival wristband. Visit our website for more information:
Bring the family out to the indoor pool in Jim Barnett Park for a night of enertainment. There will be games, movies and the opportunity to make new friends. Admission fee. 540-667-1815, ext. 1670.
November 14–Stuarts Draft.
Christmas Open House at Country Connections, 267 Cold Springs Road, from 9am-5:30pm. Enjoy a day in the country at our store filled with with Christmas decor. We will have bbq chicken, Brunswick stew, Strites donuts, baked goods, and a variety of vendors. Also a hay ride to the pumpkin patch. Admission is free and pets welcome. 540-337-5226.
November 14–Natural Bridge.
2nd Annual Race to the Rock Bridge and a Run in Remembrance 10K. This is a combined trail and road race with an extremely unique finish, what better way to see the Natural Bridge than by running underneath it. This race has rough terrain, high elevation changes with steep hills, little flat ground and will finish under the Natural Bridge. To register call 540-291-2121.
In anticipation of the new movie, let’s celebrate all things Star Wars. Come and complete Jedi Training Camp, complete with crafts, puzzles, games, and light snacks at the Handley Library, 100 West Piccadilly Street. Come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character. For families of all ages. 540-662-9041.
The Annual Gala concert at Eastern Mennonite University is the Music department’s opening celebration of the winter holiday season and their major fundraisiser. This annual event that showcases the breadth of musical talent of EMU’s Music Department. Suggested donations are $10.00 per person and will benefit the music scholarship fund. 540-432-4225.
Thanksgiving Festival - Destination Imagination team, Peace by Peace, will be holding a Thanksgiving festival to benefit the Evan's Home for Children. Come out to the festival for a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, exciting games, and a silent auction. This will be held from 4-7 pm at the Frederick County Middle School Cafeteria. Tickets will be sold at the door, $8 for adults, $6 for kids 3-12, under 3 free. 441 Linden Drive. 540-667-4233.
November 14-Dec. 31–Staunton.
Art for Gifts, ideal for those seeking a unique holiday gift. Art for Gifts occurs in the gallery at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street. Hand-crafted gifts including jewelry, home décor, glass, sculpture, paintings, clothing, and more are available for purchase at this time. 540-885-2028.
Time to bring your “little turkey” to the Jim Barnett Park’s Social Hall for some fun activities and treats to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. For ages 2 and over. Admission fee is $5.00 and you must register by the 16th. 540-667-1815 ext. 1670.
November 20-21–Front Royal.
The Blue Ridge Arts Council will host the 13th Annual Deck the Halls event. Proceeds raised from the sale of predecorated trees and wreaths will support programs and outreach services on the 20th and on the 21st will be the Holly Jolly Saturday. Featuring visits with Santa, entertainment and activities for the whole family. Remaining trees and wreaths will be for sale. Both events are at the Gazebo on Village Commons, 400 block East Main Street. 540-635-9909.
Join us for the Sixth Annual Woodstock Turkey Trot. This 5K/10K race starts and finishes at the Massanutten Military Academy track and runs through the town of Woodstock. The sponsor for this race is Regulus Group, LLC and all proceeds from the event will benefit ChildSafe Center. A program designed to aid in the investigation process of children affected by violence and abuse. Race Day Registration is $35.00. 540-459-2142.
The First Night Harrisonburg Board present Glick and Phillips, in a special fundraising event at Court Square Theater from 6:30-8:30pm. They have been entertaining audiences in the Shenandoah Valley for over 30 years, with their mixture of divine duet harmonies and sarcastic song lyrics. Opening act will be John-Robert Rimel. This event will benefit First Night Harrisonburg, a non-profit who hosts family/friendly performances in an alcohol-free environment on New Years Eve. 540-432-8935.
November 22–Shenandoah Natl Park.
Join Greg Redfern, an adjunct professor/instructor of astronomy since 1984 and a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador since 2003, for engaging presentations about outer space at Skyland Resort, miles 41.7 and 42.5. If the sky is clear after the presentation, guests will move outdoors to see the night sky in all its glory while listening to sky lore and fascinating sky facts. Free to all park visitors. A jacket is recommended and a flashlight is helpful. 877-847-1919.
Enjoy an afternoon of piano and violin music at Bach & Beyond 3, at 3:00 p.m., Whitesel Music, 108 S. Main St., Harrisonburg. Hear an amazing 7-year-old violin/piano prodigy, Alexander Chang, and Friends-in-a-Chord, a 2-piano ensemble for 8 hands, with pianists Patty Bird, Sharon Bloomquist, Tara Davis, Joyce Grove, and Bill Vance. This is a benefit concert for the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. Free admission; donations welcome. To reserve your seat, call Whitesel: 540-434-1376 or 888-439-8383. http://www.emu.edu/bach/beyond/
The holiday season has arrived at Wintergreen Resort. Traditional feasts, the grand illumination of the courtyard, holiday workshops and family fun. If Mother Nature is smiling, we hope to have the Plunge and Ridgely’s Fun Park open. Annual Ski Swap to benefit the Wintergreen Ski Patrol. Great deals on used equipment. www.wintergreenresort.com/Thanksgiving/ or call 434-325-2200.
Continue the Thanksgiving tradition at the 4th Annual Lexington Gobble Wobble 5k and Fun Run starting in the Upper Maury River Middle School parking lot, 198 Wallace Street. Scenic 3.1 mile loop course through historic downtown Lexington, starting and finishing at Brewbaker Field. Water available along the course, food and drinks available at the finish line. Bring the whole family out and enjoy the festivities, but don’t worry, we’ll still get you home in time to put the turkey in the oven. Open to runners/walkers of all abilities. Pre-registered 5k participants will receive long sleeve race t-shirt while supplies last. Pets and strollers welcome. For more information or to register: runsignup.com/Race/VA/Lexington/LexingtonGobbleWobble or call 540-460-8220.
Blue Ridge Dog Training Club event at the Body Renew Fitness and Family Sports Center, 221 Commonwealth Court. The Arena will be occupied all weekend with exciting Dog Agility Trials. Come and watch dogs of all sizes and breeds compete in an AKC agility trial. Dogs will be running different obstacle cources including jumps, A-frame, teeter, tunnels and dog walks. Admission free. 540-662-1664.
November 26-Jan. 1, 2016–Staunton.
For the 11th year in a row beautiful Gypsy Hill Park’s 214 acres will be aglow with holiday lights from 5-11pm daily. You can honor a loved one, or honor someone “just because” by placing a lighted deer in the Field of Deer for the Celebration of Holiday Lights. For Field of Deer information celebrationoflights.org/display-a-deer/ or 540-885-4266.
20th Annual Candlelight Processional and Community Tree Lighting. Join us at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery for a community sing-along as we process down Main Street caroling along the way. At Hopkins Green, the community Christmas tree is officially lit for the season. 540-319-4181.
November 27–Natural Bridge.
Coats for Kids event at Virginia Safari Park, 229 Safari Lane, will open its gates from 9am-5pm and donate their entire day’s proceeds to purchase new winter coats for children in need in the area. Come pet a llama and feed a giraffe to support a great local cause. Admission fee, kids 2 and under free. 540-291-3205.
The mountain music tradition lives on at Clark’s Ole Time Music Center, 1288 Ridge Rd. Featuring mountain music, bluegrass music and dancing in a family atmosphere. Admission fee. 540-377-2490.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland is a spectacular walking tour of Clearbrook Park.You’ll be delighted by this light show that lets you see fantastic displays and music along the paved path at Clearbrook Park. Take your time enjoying the sights and sounds of the season along the magical stroll through a winter wonderland. Warm up with some hot chocolate and cookies, or in the cabin where Santa and Mrs. Claus welcome kids of all ages. Ages 12 and over $5.00, ages 2-11 $3.00 and ages 0-1 are free. Opening Night is Chain of Checks Night and free digital photos with Santa. Half of the gate proceeds will go to WINC Chain of Checks. For more information www.winc.fm/chain-of-checks-history/ or 540-665-5678.
36th Annual Roanoke Valley Mineral and Gem Show at the Civic Center. Admission fee. 540-375-3004.
Christmas extravaganza officially opens for the holiday season at Back Home on the Farm, 2915 Willow Run Road. We will host special activities for children. Come visit the Christmas wonderland of trees, Santa’s Workshop and there will be fresh greenery and wreaths for sale. Visit the Sweet Shop for gifts and goodies. 540-442-6493.
Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show starting 10am-3pm at the Restaurant at Bryce Resort. You are invited to take part in this fun arts and crafts show. A total of 34 vendor with hand-made, hand crafted holiday-themed items. Includes needlework, ornament, photography, jewelry, quilts, gingerbread cookies, furniture, clothing, and more. There is no admission charge, just come on in and find the perfect gift. 540-856-2121 ext. 220.
We are kicking off the Holiday season with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7pm. Join hundreds of visitors who fill Main Street to take part in an old fashioned Tree Lighting Ceremony next to the Town Hall, 19753 Main Street. Activities begin as the families and friends gather at the Town Tree to join in a medley of familiar carols. Activities culminate with a count down to the official lighting. Following the program, you and your family are invited to enjoy complimentary light refreshments served by Merchants in their stores along Main Street. Thousands of tiny clear lights, greens and red velvet bows highlight the window displays of shops up and down Main Street. 540-254-1212.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Route 11 South, will host the C&E Gun Show. The most professional, safest and ethical gun show in the country. We strive to provide our patrons with the best available selection of firearms, ammo, knives and related merchandise. 540-953-0016.
Celebrate the fun and excitement of the holiday season in Old Town. There will be bands, floats, and specialty units along with Santa. Immediately following the parade will be the tree lighting ceremony. The Parade begins at 7pm and lasts until about 8pm. The parade route is Cameron Street to Piccadilly then left on Braddock Street and left on Cork Street, to finish at Loudoun Street. Santa will walk down Rouss Avenue to the official tree lighting stand to light the tree. Inclement Weather: The parade will be canceled if there is severe inclement weather. Weather announcements will be made on local radio and cable stations. There is not a cancellation date. 540-535-3661.