The North-South Skirmish Association will hold its National Competition at Fort Shenandoah, 480 Chalybeate Spring Road. This is where member units compete in live-fire matches with original or authentic reproduction Civil War period muskets, carbines, breech loading rifles, revolvers, mortars and cannons. It is the largest Civil War event of its kind in the United States. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. There is a large sutler area and food service is available. Emergency phone message line (only available during Nationals) 540-888-4334. To join the NSSA call 248-258-9007.
Twizted Creationz Haunted Attraction at our new location at Creative Works Farm, 107 Creative Works Lane (4/10 mile down Purple Cow Road), proud home of Camp LIGHT. Twizted Creationz is the best haunt around and all proceeds go to Camp Light for special needs kids. Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at dark. Attend it for only $13.00. 540-448-0194 or http://creativeworksfarm.org/events.
October 1-Nov. 1–Lexington.
Virginia Horse Center events: Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships on the 1st-4th; Old Dominion Saddlebred Show on the 9th-10th; House Mountain Horse Show and Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia Fall Horse Show on the 10th-11th; Old Time Music Jam on the 13th; Great American USDF Regional Dressage Championship and VADA Fall Show on the 15th-18th; Mounted Map and Orienteering on the 17th, 25th; Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show on the 24th-25th; Fall Virginia Horse Trials and the Virginia Horse Trials CCI*/CIC2* and Area II Championships on the 30th-Nov. 1. For times and admission fees call 540-464-2950.
49th Annual Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. Featuring quilts, artwork, homemade food, antiques, plants/flowers, crafts, music and activities for the whole family. Bring your camper, tent, or sleep out under the stars. Camping is available on the fairgrounds. There are electric and water hook-ups. Suggested donation of at least $25.00. Parking is free and there is no admission charge. 540-433-9993.
October 2-Nov. 1–Winchester.
Come if you dare to The Devil’s Den, at 537 N. Cameron Street, from 7-11pm. Be prepared to be truly terrified each weekend, Friday-Sunday. The Devil’s Den is an unparalleled journey into real-life horror. This attraction is not for the feint of heart. Parental discretion is advised. We recommend 13 and older. Tickets are $15.00. Visit www.thedevils-den.com for more details.
October 3–Shenandoah Caverns.
Join us for some great music close to home at the Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns. The show features Lisa Meadows and the Shenandoah Jamboree Cast. Ben “Cooter” Jones will be making special appearances at some shows, too. The special guest is Wilson Fairchild who will perform approximately the second half of the show. Doors open 6pm, show starts 7pm. Admission is $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door. firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-477-2432.
October 3–Front Royal.
4th Annual Walk for Life to support the Front Royal Pregnancy Center. By walking with us and asking your friends, family and co-workers to contribute, we can continue offering our services for free. Fun, family-friendly event with music, face painting, food. To register visit www.facebook.com/frpcwalkforlife or call 540-635-6181.
Due to the approaching rains, Grand Caverns Fall Living History on Saturday, October 3, daytime activities will be cancelled. Our Candlelight Ball will go on as planned from 6-8 pm on Saturday evening. There are a limited number of tickets still available if you are looking for a unique activity inside the cave. The weather is always wonderful inside Grand! For reservations call 540-249-5705 or 540-290-0849.
Oktoberfest will be held on North Holliday Street. Enjoy crafters, live music, beer/wine garden, food. The kids will have fun too. Admission $5.00 per person, children 16 and under are free. The ticket gate will be at the intersection of King and North Holliday Streets. 540-465-3187.
10th Annual McCormick Farm Mill Day will be held at 128 McCormick Farm Circle, from 9am-4pm. There will be a working grist mill where corn will be ground, historical museum, working blacksmith, traditional crafts, broom making, antique equipment displays, music, pumpkins, and BBQ chicken from the Raphine Volunteer Fire Company. There will be a hay ride farm tour and many activities for children. The event is free and open to the public. 540-377-2255.
Annual Fish Fry and Auction at the Woodstock Moose Lodge, 152 Moose Road, from 6-9pm. This is Friends of the North Fork signature fundraising event. This is a small plate fare, think heavy hors d’oeuvres. This will allow more mixing, moving around so everyone has a chance to see all the great mix of vacation deals, local and regional trips, helpful services, local crafts, foodstuffs, fishing gear and more. Tickets are $45.00 each. 540-459-8550 or email@example.com.
23rd Annual Harvest Festival at Rockbridge Vineyard, 35 Hill View Lane, from noon-6pm. There will be wine tasting, hayrides, grape stomping and live music. Admission is $5.00 which includes wine tasting/souvenir glass and $3.00 for non-tasters. Bring the kids and lawn chairs. Lunch available for purchase. 540-377-6204 or www.rockbridgevineyard.com/.
October 3–Front Royal.
2nd Annual River Valley Festival, Saturday noon-9pm. Bring the entire family for a day of fun and recreation. Featuring some of the best folk and bluegrass bands in the Shenandoah Valley: Plate Scrapers & Plank Stompers, St. Julian’s International Juggling Troupe, Bonnie Blue Food, Local Wines and Craft Beer. Scheduled activities for the kids: Juggling Instructions, bubble making, face painting, classic carnival games and much more. Don’t miss the biggest family festival of the year! VFW Post 1860, 1847 N. Royal Ave. http://www.rivervalleyfestival.com/
To celebrate and show Our Nation's Warriors, Grove's Winchester Harley-Davidson, 140 Independence Drive, will host the Einherjar (pronounced “ein-er-yar”) Rally from 10am-6pm. This event is to combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by bringing our warriors, their families, and the entire community together to celebrate their exploits, sacrifices, and character, to lift them up for who they are and what they have done for us. The theme of this event mirrors the celebration of the Viking warriors in Valhalla (Viking Paradise). Live Music, Project 22 Movie Screening, Session with the film’s directors/stars, members of the International Bikini team, Redskins cheerleaders, Jefferson County Honor Guard, children's entertainment, Police escorted group motorcycle ride, beer tent and so much more. Admission: $10.00, 10% Discounts on general admission for groups of ten or more. Veteran's/Active Duty $5.00, must present valid military ID or DD214 and general/military/veteran's/group admission includes 10% discounts on general merchandise, parts, accessories at Grove's Winchester Harley-Davidson. Proceeds benefit 22 Needs a Face, a local non-profit organization dedicated to combating the number of service member suicides taking place within our nation. 540-662-4468, 1-800-777-4275, 717-451-0568 or www.hdwinchester.com/Default.asp.
Augusta Expoland events: Monthly Indoor/Outdoor Market and Yard Sale on the 3rd; Heritage Promotions Antique Show and Sale on the 9th-11th; Poultry Sale on the 17th. 540-943-3976.
The artist P. Buckley Moss will be at her home, The Barn, to meet her collectors and personalize prints 11am-4pm 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, 329 Main Street, during these three days can be personalized. 540-949-6473.
57th Shenandoah Antiques Expo at Augusta Expoland. Virginia’s most exciting antiques event and one of the greatest gatherings of dealers and collectors in the Mid-Atlantic. A show that excites, thrills and satisfies shoppers. Over 300 indoor dealers and 100’s of outside exhibitors. Rain or Shine. Admission fee. 434-846-7452.
October 9-11–Highland County.
Celebrate the beauty of Autumn at the Annual Hands and Harvest Fall Foliage Festival. Seasonal foods, including apple dumplings, barbecues, Allegheny mountain trout, and homemade baked goods will be available in the historic districts of Monterey and McDowell. Also the S.P.C.A. Annual Sweater Sale and the Highland Co. Humane Society Family Fun Day at the Monterey Fire Department on the 10th. www.highlandcounty.org/events/hands-harvest-festival/ or 540-468-2550.
36th Annual Autumn Celebration downtown, from 8:30am-4pm. There will be 300 vendors from numerous states. Attendees also will enjoy a wide variety of foods, children’s activities, and local shops like Silver Lake Mill and the Heritage Museum. Also the Fort Harrison house will have local arts/crafts, brunswick stew, kettle corn and drinks available. No pets allowed except for service dogs. Free admission. 540-879-2241.
Fall Foliage 10K Race and 5K Run for ages 8 and up. Also a 1/2 mile Fun Dash for ages 3-12. Held in conjunction with the Virginia Fall Foliage Festival Art Show. Race day t-shirt, fully stocked aid stations, post race party with food, drink. Invista’s parking lot is the race day parking and the Dominion Shelter that is located on McElroy Street is where the race starts. To register visit www.runthevalley.com/fall-foliage/ or 540-942-6735.
October 10–Front Royal.
45th year of the Warren Heritage Society’s annual fundraiser, the Festival of Leaves, on Chester and Main Streets from 9am-6pm. Come and join us for vendors, live entertainment, children’s corner and a parade at 10am. Also the Warren Heritage Society, 101 Chester Street, will have historic demonstrations, re-enactors and living history interpretations. 540-636-1446.
October 10–Stuarts Draft.
Enjoy a day in the country at Country Connections, 267 Cold Springs Road. Fall Day events include a variety of vendors, bbq chicken, Strites donuts, Brunswick stew, baked goods. Free admission and children/pets welcome. 540-337-5226.
Fall Festival at Massanutten Resort from 11:30am-5:30pm rain or shine. There is so much to do from wine tasting to kids activities. Live music by Mike Davis, the Piranhas, and Abbey Road. A benefit for the McGaheysville and Elkton Fire and Rescue Squads. Admission is $20.00 adults, kids 6 and under are free. 540-289-9441 or visit www.massresort.com/v.php?pg=168.
October 10–Buena Vista.
Annual Mountain Day Street Festival downtown, from 10am-4pm. Enjoy live demonstrations of traditional arts and informative displays, as well as arts/crafts, live music, entertainment, antique farm machinery, children’s activities, food, fun and more. 540-261-8616.
Pumptober Fest from 1-6pm at 202 South Lewis Street. Come out for a day of great food, local music, and activities for the whole family. Music by 23Skiddoo, Sun-Dried Opossum, Moon-Band, the Brian Patrick band and Chris Johnston. Benefit for WQSV/106.3 (a community supported radio station for Augusta County). 540-886-1772 or http://www.wqsv.org/.
6th Annual Southern Classic Truck Show at Lee Hi Travel Plaza, 2516 N. Lee Hwy., from 8am-9pm. Awesome trucks to view, vendors, a kids zone, DJ, food, and a truck parade thru town. Free to spectators. 540-834-0008 or www.largecarmag.com.
Fall Festival held downtown from 10am-4pm. Over 100 food/craft vendors, children’s activities, 5k run, doggy pageant, live entertainment on 2 stages and so much more. Free admission. 540-343-1364.
Run For a Rock, Sip for a Cause. VA Momentum is Partnering with Bluestone Vineyards and Christopher William Jewelers to Benefit Mercy House. Diamond Dash 2 mile run/walk at Bluestone Vineyard at 11am. One random participant will win a 1 carat diamond from Christopher William Jewelers valued at $10,000. The Diamond Dash benefits Mercy House, a shelter for homeless families in the Harrisonburg area. The post race party will include live music and food for sale from Wing It food truck. Registration is $50, which covers race entry, a t-shirt (if registered by October 4th at 6pm) and one entry per person into the diamond raffle. A glass of Bluestone Vineyard’s wine will be provided to each participant following the run. Walkers, runners, and anyone in between are welcome to participate in the Diamond Dash. When participants hit the 1 mile turn around point, they will pick up a wine cork with a number on it. After all participants cross the finish line, one number will be drawn at random to determine the diamond winner. For more information or to sign up, visit http://www.vamomentum.com/diamond-dash.html.
46th Annual Page County Heritage Festival, from 10am-5pm at the Page County Fairgrounds, held rain or shine. Featuring a steam/gas engine show, live entertainment, face-painting, a pedal tractor pull and a barrel train ride and more. No pets except service dogs. Admission is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. 540-743-4164.
ArborFest at the Historic Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, rain or shine. Featuring vendors selling perennials, shrubs, trees, etc. Also children’s activities, hayrides, tours, food and more. Pets must be leashed and you must pick up pet waste. Admission is $10.00 per car. 540-837-1758.
October 10-11–Mount Jackson.
Annual Music and Harvest Festival will be held in the downtown area. Featuring fine crafters, delicious food and live entertainment. Also the Shenandoah County Humane Society will hold pet adoptions and there will be a Civil War Display by the Battlefield Foundation. 540-477-3400.
The streets downtown are turned into an outdoor art gallery for the Virginia Fall Foliage Festival Art Show. Over 200 booths featuring artists from all over the country. Paintings of all kinds, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, and more are featured in this outdoor festival. Also a chance to sample our regional gourmet eats, craft beers, and great music all day. Free admission and free parking. www.svacart.com/vfffas/ or 540-949-7662.
Life on the Farm- 10am-5pm. Come on back to the family farm at Sky Meadows State Park. This weekend we are celebrating corn! Wonder through a corn maze, try grinding corn with Burwell-Morgan Mill representatives, taste cornbread cooked over the hearth, and make a cornhusk doll. We will also have farm animals from the Department of Corrections- agribusiness program, Meet the Beekeepers, the Farmers Forge, and more. 11012 Edmonds Lane, 540-592-3556.
Rockingham County Fair Grounds events: C&E Gun Show on the 10th-11th; Denim and Diamonds is fundraiser for the Rockingham County Fair Association on the 17th; Gem and Mineral Show on the 23th-25th. Admission fee. 540-434-0005.
Piano-themed concert celebrates Virginia Tech's newest Steinway. Piano lovers have a real treat in store when they attend the "I Love a Piano" concert Oct. 12 in the Squires Recital Salon. A new Steinway grand piano will be dedicated in a musical evening celebrating all things piano. The event is a part of the Music on Mondays series, and admission is free. 540-231-5200.
Fall Foliage Bike Festival at Shelburne Middle School, 300 Grubert Avenue. An event where hundreds of cyclists of all ages and abilities gather to ride together. We offer well marked courses with maps and cue sheets, plentiful of rest stops with abundant snacks. A hearty lunch on Saturday and a brunch on Sunday. Evening entertainment and discounts to local attractions. To register www.shenandoahbike.org/registration/ or 540-448-0870.
Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park will offer a series of special National Park Service ranger programs this October which will highlight various stories related to the history of the Shenandoah Valley. “These programs will give visitors a chance to explore and learn about some of special sites in the Lower Shenandoah Valley,” said Eric Campbell, the park’s chief of interpretation. “From traditional battlefield tours, to an evening ‘Star Gazing Party,’ to special programs related to the 151st Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek, the public can experience these special places in a variety of ways and during one of the best seasons of the year.” These special presentations include both the popular “History at Sunset” programs and the new “Battlefield Series” programs. October also marks the anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek. The National Park Service and its key partners have planned a wide variety of special events and programs to commemorate 151st anniversary of the battle. All of these programs are free.
Fall Festival at Timber Ridge Old Stone Presbyterian Church. Savor homemade Brunswick stew, apple butter during the event which also features a bake sale, yard sale, pumpkin patch, arts, crafts and bluegrass music. 540-377-2239.
Autumnfest Brews at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. BBQ, bands, arts/crafts, food and more. Fun for everyone. 540-459-2542 or www.shencochamber.wix.com/autumnfest.
The VIDA Guitar Quartet brings together four guitarists of exceptional artistry who share a passion for chamber music at First Presbyterian Church (Sanctuary) in Waynesboro on Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. Single tickets are available at the door for $25 (students $5). Season subscriptions are $60 (students $10) and include reciprocity for concerts in Staunton and Culpeper. For more information call Dottie Dollins at 540-942-5014.
A free Halloween event for children with special needs starting at 10am. Search for easily accessible non-spooky ghosts to turn in for treats. Then head over to the pumpkin patch to look for a gourd. Bring a packed lunch and play at the Children’s Dream accessible playground at Christianson Familyland in Jim Barnett Park. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the gymnasium. To register call 540-667-1815.
October 22-24, 29-31–Fincastle.
Get ready for Halloween by coming to see the Attic Theater’s production of “Frankenstein” as adapted by Mark Scharf from the Mary Shelley book by the same name. This play is directed by Katerina Yancey. Plays are nightly at 7:30pm and Saturday Matinees at 2:30pm. Adults $12; Groups of 10 or more and children age 18 and under: $10. Reservations strongly recommended and may be made by calling the ticket office at 540-473-1001. If no one answers, please leave your name and phone number and someone will call you back. Attic Productions Theater: The D. Geraldine Lawson Center for the Performing Arts is located at 7490 Roanoke Rd.
Join us for our Annual Oktoberfest from 9am-5pm at the Frontier Culture Museum. There will be fun for the entire family. Tour the museum, games on the German farm, traditional food, music, German beer and so much more. Admission fee. 540-332-7850.
It’s the Annual Apple Day Celebration at the Stonewall Jackson House and garden. Festivities include cider pressing, old-time music, games and a variety of crafts for children of all ages.Visitors have the chance to watch an antique, hand-cranked cider press in action while sampling cider and homemade ginger snaps. Live music by Russ Watkins and the Poison Bottom Boys. All of the demonstrations and activities are free. Regular admission prices apply for tours of the house. 540-464-7704.
Annual Bike Bonanza at Bryce Resort’s Bike Park starting 10am. A DJ and Oktoberfest Beer Garden will be in full swing all Bonanza long. Featuring tons of give-aways for everyone purchasing a ticket to the Bryce Bike Park. Two free 2016 season passes given away, 15% off every item in the retail shop, bike and equipment vendors with special give-aways and much more. Bring your bike, but don’t bring your chain for this awesome mountain bike nightcap, featuring a Le Mans Start. 540-856-2121.
Annual Church Bazaar at McGaheysville Methodist Church, 9am-2pm. Handmade featured items include: Quilts, Children’s quilts, Christmas trees, Wreaths, Cakes and Candies, Jewelry, Cookie jars, Christmas pillows, Decorated Sweatshirts and T-shirts, Wooden shelves, books, and much more. The Country Kitchen features soup, sandwiches, desserts and drinks. Door prizes will be available to those who purchase items. Door prizes include; a quilt, P. Buckley Moss print, and more. Money earned from the Bazaar goes to missions and church programs. Everyone is welcome. 10106 McGaheysville Rd. 540-289-5445.
Elkton Area United Services is hosting its 3rd Annual Halloween Bash on Saturday, from 7:30-11:00 pm at the Elkton Area Community Center on Blue & Gold Drive in Elkton. This adults only costume party includes a costume contest with categories like, "funniest", "scariest", "best group/couple", and "Popped Some Tags", which will be awarded to the best costume created using more than 50% of materials bought at the EAUS Thrift Store. A 50/50 raffle will be drawn at the Bash, and tickets for the 50/50 can be purchased at the Thrift Store or at the Bash. Need not be present to win. Finger foods and soda will be provided; BYOB. Music and entertainment provided by DJ Chuck. Cost is $15 per person or $10 per person if you bring a small bag of clothes or nonperishable food to donate to EAUS. 540-298-8685.
Apple Days is held under the covered sidewalks of Willow Oak Plaza, rain or shine. Featuring Over 100 juried participants will be displaying and selling crafts ranging from handmade jewelry to furniture. Also adoptable dogs from Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center. 540-480-7582.
October 31–New Market.
Its a damp and dreary night. The ground is muddy with puddles of water everywhere. It is Sunday May 15, 1864, the evening after the Battle of New Market. The sights, sounds, and smells of the battlefield are all around you when suddenly....travel back in time and walk in the footsteps of Union and Confederate soldiers and the Bushong family on the New Market Battlefield. Experience the tales of the Virginia Military Institute Cadets as they recount the day’s events. Costumed interpreters will share spine tingling stories as they bring to life those who lived this amazing story. Tickets may be purchased at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War at New Market Battlefield, 8895 George Collins Parkway, on the day of the event. 540-740-3101 or toll free 1-866-515-1864.
Halloween on the Square downtown from 10am-2pm. Enjoy holiday festivities, costume contests, activites and trick-or-treating. Also the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA has adoptable pets who will be available for treats and maybe a few tricks as well. We’ll be down on Court Square to meet families who might be ready for a new companion to snuggle with through the spookiest night of the year. 540-432-8922.
Kids Fun Night sponsored by the Victory Worship Center & World Outreach, from 6:30-8:30pm at Augusta Expoland. Approximately 40 inflatable, carnival games. Prizes including game systems, bikes, coupons for area attractions. Over 2,000 pounds of candy given away. Age appropriate presentation with an opportunity to receive Jesus. Our mission is to provide an event for the families of our community to experience the love of God in a fun pressure-free environment. 540-886-6249.
Halloween on Court Square from 11am-12:30pm. Activities include inflatable bounce house, magic show, mask making, monster mural, petting zoo, pumpkin painting, story telling, face painting, trick dogs, trick-or-treating at participating businesses, and more. In the event of rain outdoor activities will be canceled. This will be the only opportunity for children 5-12 years old to register to win the honor of lighting the town Christmas tree with the mayor at this year’s Light up Woodstock Celebration, on December 4th. 540-459-3621.