Paint Nite at Backroom Brewery, 150 Ridgemont Rd., 7:00pm. Drink creatively! We supply everything, canvas, paint and instruction. Register on at www.paintnite.com. Find events near Winchester. Use coupon code "Paint with Carol" and get $20 off the admission price. Restaurant is open before event for dinner. 540-869-8482.
28th Annual Fair at the Civic Center Complex, offers wholesome family fun, featuring exhibits, food, carnival, racing pigs, clowns, magicians, and a petting zoo. Also Royal Bengal Tigers, Team Rock martial arts, Erik Dobell mind invader, music and more. Fireworks at 9:30pm. No admission fee and free parking. 540-375-4044.
On the 1st, OASIS will initiate a new exhibit “Red, White and Boom”. This will be an OASIS group show with the themes of Independence Day, “Red, White and Blue”, and July. The show will display an eclectic mix of paintings, wood art, glass art, photos and jewelry. The First Friday reception will be on July 3rd, from 5pm to 8pm, with snacks and live music, and is FREE. The show will continue through July 31st. For further information about this show, please contact Sally Ridgway at 540-908-5259 or at Steinridge@msn.com.
July 1-Aug. 2–Lexington.
Viriginia Horse Center events: Markel Firecracker Classic on the 1st; Arabian Horse Association Region 15 Championship on the 1st; House Mountain Horse Show on the 8th; Dressage at Lexington on the 10th-12th; Southern States Fair Horse Show on the 16th-18th; East Coast Cutting Association Horse Show on the 17th-19th; United States Pony Club Championships on the 22nd-26th; East Arabian Championships on the 30th-Aug. 2nd. 540-464-2950.
The 22nd Annual Summer Jam Festival will be held at Massanutten Resort, rain or shine. Kids’ activities, arts, crafts, petting farm, face painting, hoop dance, corn hole, food vendors, a beer/wine garden, fireworks at 10pm and lots more. Music by Little Walter & the Convictions, Everyday People, Start Making Sense. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Admission fee is $20.00 adults, kids under 6 are free. You may bring in one unopened, sealed bottle of water. Food/beverage and some kids’ activities are not included in ticket price. All proceeds benefit the Rockingham/Harrisonburg SPCA. 540-289-9441.
Groovin’ at the Greenway at Constitution Park Dominion Shelter, 100 McElroy Street. Free music series from 6-8pm. Come show us how you get your funk on as Righteous Friendz demonstrate the best local Reggae. 540-942-6735.
Old Town Movie Night on the lawn of the 1840’s Courthouse. Show starts approximately 8:45 pm. Dolphin Tale 2 on the 2nd; Cinderella on the 9th; How to Train Your Dragon 2 on the 16th; Big Hero 6 on the 23rd; Night at the Museum 3 on the 30th. Bring a blanket or chairs to enjoy a night outside. Movies are free and open to the public. 540-535-3661.
Come enjoy the 2nd Annual Rockin’ Independence Eve on the Old Town Mall from 5-9:15pm. This is a free, family-friendly event, featuring live music, kids’ activities, a corn-hole tournament and a beer garden which are just a few of the activities. The evening will be capped off with an impressive fireworks show fired from the Mount Hebron Cemetery. 540-722-8700 or 540-535-3661.
America’s Birthday Celebration events in Gypsy Hill Park. Featuring senior bingo for 55+, craft vendors, concessions, amusements on the 3rd. On the 4th a 5K run 7:30 am, parade 10 am, live musical entertainment, and more. Fireworks start around 10 pm. 540-332-3812.
Valley Fourth is a free community festival downtown from 8am-9:30pm rain or shine. Featuring the Valley Fourth Run, reading of the Declaration of Independence, children’s activities, artists, crafters and more. Also grillin’ at the pavilion bbq cook-off, beers n’ cheers, live music, craft beer, wine, food. Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair for the fireworks. Parade theme is “Get Outdoors and Get Moving” and will travel South on Main Street from the Rockingham County Administrative Building to the City Municipal Building starting 6pm. 540-432-8922.
16th Annual BryceFest at Bryce Resort will include fireworks and all of years past activities and provide some exciting new ones for the whole family to enjoy. Many of our other summer activities will be operating throughout the day including our new Mountain Bike Park. Also a variety of service, non- profit, business, civic/church groups including Shenandoah County Humane Society and more. Pets are welcome but must be on a leash and pet parents must clean up after their pets. Free admission. 540-856-2121 or 800-821-1444.
July 4–Stephens City.
4th of July celebration at Sherando Park, 200 Lakeview Circle, starting 5 pm. There will be music, food, and more. Fireworks will start at dusk. The DJ will start playing your favorite tunes around 6pm. No pets allowed in the concert area and no umbrellas or canopies. Free admission. 540-665-5678.
4th of July Celebration at the Frontier Culture Museum from 9am-5pm. Enjoy a traditional celebration featuring food, music, games and contests. Free admission. 540-332-7850.
Annual 4th of July Celebration starting 8 am. The event will include a softball tournament in the morning. Food, crafters, kids activites, petting zoo, fireworks at dusk. Parade 5pm on Main Street. Music by the “Souled Out Band”. 540-869-2226.
19th consecutive year, the Lexington’s Sunrise Rotary Club will host the Annual Balloon Rally and 4th of July Celebration at VMI’s Parade Ground. There will be a variety of vendors, food, Eleanore’s Market Place, antique car show, kids’ activities, live music, and fireworks at dusk. All the proceeds from the event go to more than a dozen area charities, especially ones that help children. www.sunriserotarylexva.org for schedule of events or 540-463-7770.
Valley AeroSpace Team (VAST) will be holding a Sport Launch at 2939 Jackson River Road (longitude 38.376139--latitude 79.608588). Range will be open from 10am-6pm, but is subject to participation and the weather. Launches are open to the public and we encourage spectators to attend at no charge. If you’re new to the hobby and have a rocket, bring it along and we’ll help you get it launched. 540-280-8908 or email@example.com.
July 6-10–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. Get hands-on with history as we explore the Civil War and the Battle of New Market from the perspective of the Union and Confederate soldiers, the civilians, and the VMI cadets. Learn to drill, eat period food, play games that they might have played, create your own version of the 19th century crafts, tour the battlefield, earn prizes, and lots more. Quartermaster: Outfit your soldier with a soldier’s hat (kepi), a uniform jacket and a wool covered canteen. All for $40.00. The uniform kit is not required to attend; it is a popular optional item. You must be a registered camper to receive the discount. $20.00 per recruit per day. Sign up for all five days and save $20.00. Limited to 30 campers per session, so sign up early to reserve your spot. 1-866-515-1864, or visit: www.vmi.edu/newmarket, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virginia Cooperative Extension is offering a six-lesson “Managing Your Money” series to help participants take control of their personal finances. One series will begin in Middletown on Monday, July 6th from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and a second series will begin in Stanley on Monday, July 13th form 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, call the Warren County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension at 540-635-4549 or http://tinyurl.com/nsvfinancialeducation.
Free Summer Activities for Kids (ages 6-12) at OASIS, 103 South Main Street. Rhythm Playground with Michael Deaton and Brenda Fairweather from 10am-noon.To enroll call 540-442-8188.
July 8, 22–Harrisonburg.
FundFest event will be held in the Turner Pavilion, farmer’s market pavilion next to the traditional grassy lot venue from 6-8:30 pm. Featuring the Janitors on the 8th; Jeremy Staubus on the 22nd. Bring a chair or blanket. We will have a variety of food and drinks for purchase. Pets, coolers, outside food not permitted. Admission is a donation of $2.00. Sponsored by the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA. 540-434-5270.
July 10–Stephens City.
Celebrate the dog days of summer, National Park and Recreation month with a family day of fun at Sherando Park pool. We will be featuring a DJ, moon bounce, food, and of course as much swimming and sun as you can handle. This is a great way to stay cool, dance, and have some fun. Admission fee $5.00 per person. 540-665-5678.
P. Buckley Moss will be at her gallery, 329 Main Street, to meet her collectors and personalize prints 11am to 5pm each day. You are invited to bring two previously purchased Moss prints or paintings to the Gallery for personalization. In addition, all prints or paintings that are purchased at the Gallery shop during these three days can be personalized. 540-949-6473.
July 10-12–Mt. Solon.
The third annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival takes place at Natural Chimneys Park. Music by the Steel Wheels, Jon Russell, Punch Brothers, Elephant Revival, Bryan Elijah Smith with Wild Hearts, the Judy Chops, Scott Miller and the Acoustic Commonwealth. Festival organizers along with hosts, The Steel Wheels, have done an excellent job of pulling together an outstanding line up of regionally and nationally-acclaimed musicians for this 3-day festival in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. We are especially excited to have Robert Earl Keen, Punch Brothers, Sara Watkins - Sarah Jarosz - Aoife O'Donovan: 2015 I'm With Her Tour and The Wood Brothers headlining this year. 540-820-7847.
Join Shenandoah Vineyards, 3659 South Ox Road, for our Annual Country Cook-Out from 7-10pm. Food, music and dancing under the stars. The Good, The Bad with the Blues Band. Reservations required. 540-984-8699.
Waynesboro’s biggest party will be underway! Summer Extravaganza includes music, food, arts and crafts, amusements, dance performances, and much more…not to mention an awesome fireworks display to cap the day off. Come out to Ridgeview Park and plan on spending the day! For musical performers and a full schedule of events check out our website www.waynesboro.va.us/254/Summer-Extravaganza. For other information or questions call 540-942-6735.
Rockbridge Vineyard, 35 Hillview Lane, has “Gone to the Dogs”. Join us for the Summer Breeze Wine Festival to benefit the Augusta County Animal SPCA from noon-6pm. The animal shelter folks will be on hand with some of their furry friends who are in need of loving families. Live music, tastings, and festival fun at the winery. $10.00 admission includes wine tasting and souvenir glass. $5.00 of each admission goes directly to the SPCA. D’Vine Wine Club members are free, but we are asking for the donation for the great cause. Kids are free with a can of pet food. Lunch will be available for purchase. 540-377-6204.
Discover the Joys of the Great Outdoors at Explore More, Saturday from 11am-1pm. ExploreMore Discovery Museum with sponsor Walkabout Outfitter and Explore More Interactive program highlights the joys of hiking, camping and exploring the Great Outdoors. Story time in a tent will introduce children to what it’s like to be in a tent, and finally go to sleep! Demonstrations like what to pack for a trip, access to drinking water, and navigation tips will educate families so their adventures stay safe and fun. Other activities include creating art from nature and sampling trail snacks. Explore More, 150 South Main Street. 540.442.8900.
The Waynesboro Public Library will be having their 100 years celebration at 600 S Wayne Avenue, from 11am-8pm. Featuring a Centennial Postmark Station, 1915 Library Open House, Farm Fresh Fixins’ Food Truck, Photo Booth, Birthday Party with WVPT’s Cubby the Bear. The Rockin’ Daddies blues group 6-8pm and Impressions Theater presents Red Robin Hood and His Band of Merry Men 7pm. 540-942-6746.
July 14, 21, 28–Staunton.
Praise in the Park concerts are held at the gazebo in Gypsy Hill Park every Tuesday. Featuring Kathy Allen, Sierra Losh and Southern Grace on the 14th; Staunton Choral Society, Jonahtan King with Tina Persinger on the 21st; The Fidelis, and the Allreds on the 28th. Concessions are available. Bring a lawn chair. 540-332-3945.
The Rockbridge Regional Fair and Farm Show will be held at the Virginia Horse Center. It will feature a hot lick tractor pull, a farm show, rides, 4-H entertainment, farmers market, water wars, beer garden, good old fashion fun and so much more. 540-464-2950.
July 15, 22, 29–Staunton.
Bluegrass in the Park is held in Gypsy Hill Park at the bandstand every Wednesday evening. Featuring Page County Ramblers, Mark Templeton and Pocket Change on the 15th; Little Roy and Lizzy show on the 22nd; Frog Pond Pickers and the Virginia Ramblers on the 29th. 540-332-3945 or 540-332-3865.
4th Annual Old Time Fiddlers Convention at the Highland County Fairgrounds. Fairgrounds open the 16th at noon, everyone is welcome. Gate Admission is $10.00, under 12 free. Camping admission is $15.00 per person per day, includes general admission. Pets welcome. 540-292-0283.
July 16, 23, 30–Staunton.
27th Annual Jazz in the Park is held in Gypsy Hill Park at the bandstand. Featuring Vince Lewis/Dwight Spencer Quartet on the 16th; Kane–West Organ Trio with Randy Johnson on the 23rd; Mill Street Ramblers on the 30th. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, concessions available 540-337-6944.
July 16-August 13–Waynesboro
Our Summer Music Series continues Thursday nights with the Rock N’ Ridgeview lineup of performances. Performance begins at 6:00 at the Amphitheater at Ridgeview Park and a food truck will be on site for you to grab a bite to eat. Bring a chair or blanket, kick back, relax and listen to some great tunes. Ridgeview Park- 700 S. Magnolia Avenue, Waynesboro. For more the musical lineup: www.waynesboro.va.us/253/Rock-n-Ridgeview or call 540-942-6735.
July 17, 31–Staunton.
Family Flix movies will be shown at the Gypsy Hill Park bandstand. All movies will be family oriented and start at dusk usually between 8:30-9:15pm. Dirty Dancing ‘80s Throwback Night on the 17th and The Mask on the 31st. Concessions will be available for purchase. 540-332-3945.
The Shenandoah Valley Young Marines are hosting a Car Show fundraiser. It will consist of cars, trucks, motorcycles, military vehicles. There will be a variety of vendors, a Chinese auction and food. It will be held at Lord Fairfax Community College, 173 Skirmisher lane, from 11:30am-4pm. A donation of $20.00 for vehicle entry. All proceeds go to the Boulder crest retreat for wounded warriors and the Shenandoah Valley Young Marines. 540-664-9956.
16th Annual Blues House Festival will be held at the Eagles Club, 700 Baker Lane.Ticket sales are used to make donations to non-profit beneficiaries, currently Habitat for Humanity of Winchester-Frederick County. A great day of blues music, food, fun and a Poker Run for a great cause. Featuring bands: Ron Holloway, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Anthony Rosano with the Conqueroos, Brent Johnson with the Call Up, Phil Zuckerman’s Rock Room All-Stars. Rain or shine. No pets/coolers. Admission is $15.00 in advance, $20.00 at the gate. 540-662-4820.
Summer in the Valley Antique Show will be held at Augusta Expoland. A gathering of antique dealers and folk artists bringing together unique country primitive antiques in painted/attic surface/finishes and unique handmade folk art needful to the primitive home. Admission is $5.00. 434-361-9137 or 434-964-7008.
July 20-22–New Market.
Colonel Shipp’s Leadership Institute is a Civil War Day Camp for young men ages 13-17, from 9am-12:30pm, at Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway. Explore life as a VMI Cadet in the 19th century. Participate in team- building games and exercises. Study the Battle of New Market from a Cadet’s point of view. Discover stories of courage, honor, and sacrifice. Each Camp is limited to 10 participants so register early. Registration must be completed by July 17th. After that date names will be placed on a waiting list. Cost: $75.00 for all three days. Lunches are not provided. For registration call 1-866-515-1864 or www.vmi.edu/newmarket or E-mail: email@example.com.
Farmers & Merchants Bank, is celebrating the grand opening of its new Staunton branch on Wednesday. The celebration and ribbon cutting is scheduled for 11:30am at the branch location, 2813 N. Augusta Street. The ribbon cutting will be hosted by the Greater Augusta Chamber of Commerce and will include refreshments from Simple Elegance, giveaways and door prizes, and a special drawing for a catered office lunch for up to 20 people, courtesy of Fresh 96.1, who will be broadcasting live from 10am-noon. 540-896-1743.
Augusta Expoland will host the Thunder Racing Series Summer Nationals. For information on times and admission fees call 540-337-2552.
July 24-25–Buena Vista.
Union Beach Music Festival and Classic Car Show at Glen Maury Park with special extra concert/cruise-in on the 24th. Music by Konnection, Entertainers, Atlantic Groove Band, Band of Oz. Concert tickets are sold at the gate only. $25.00 per person or $40.00 per couple. Under the pavilion seating is a first come first served, so bring a chair. Rain or shine event. Plenty of camping available. 540-261-7321 or 800-555-8845.
47th Annual Pageant of Steam and Gas Show at the Clark County Fairgrounds. Featuring a flea market with hard-to-find parts for old engines to ball caps. Also food, parade, kids peddle/horse/mule/tractor pull, barrel train rides, live music and lots more. Our camping on the grounds is mostly primitive. Admission fee. 540-664-7406.
6th Annual Touch a Truck: Wheels, Wings and Water, from 10am-3pm at Green Hill Park. This free event is where both kids and adults have the opportunity to see, touch, interact with and climb on hundreds of cool vehicles. Your kids will love the fire trucks, helicopters, planes, boats at Green Hill Park. Additional activities include water-spray areas, fireman’s foam, face painting, balloon sculptures, a petting zoo, costumed characters, food vendors and more. Don’t forget to bring your camera. 540-777-6325.
July 25–Stuarts Draft.
Sweet Dreams event will be held at Stuarts Draft Park, 96 Edgewood Lane. Families will enjoy the children’s area that include a craft tent, rock climbing wall, laser tag, inflatables. Other activities include live musical entertainment, bingo, local artisans, crafters, a variety of food. Also a co-ed softball tournament, 5K race, cornhole and horseshoe tournaments. Free admission. 540-245-5727.
July 27-August 1–Clearbrook.
The Frederick County Fair, will have carnival rides, food, demolition derby, tot pig scramble, mutton busting contest, monster truck show, lawnmower/go-kart racing, livestock shows, a petting zoo, box turtle derby race and more. 540-667-8739 or www.frederickcountyfair.com/. Admission fee.
July 29-30– Chincoteague.
90th Annual Volunteer Fireman’s Pony Swim and Auction. On the 29th, the Saltwater Cowboys will swim the ponies from Assateague Island to Chincoteague Island. The auction on the 30th helps to control the overall size of the herd and uses some of the proceeds from the auction is to provide veterinary care for the ponies throughout the year. www.chincoteague.com/ponies.html or 757-460-6161.