Paws for Reading at the Library, 101 Chalmers Court. We invite children of all ages to read with therapy dogs. The free program is perfect for children learning to read or those who want to improve their oral reading skills. Contact the library at 540-955-5144.
“Rockin’ the Gorge” is a live music series held at the Large Pavilion, 515 9th Street, from 6-9:30pm. We will be featuring “SJ McDonald”. Admission is free and camp chairs are welcome. 540-258-2246.
Join the Clarke County Historical Association at 15 Tannery Lane for our 5th Annual Colonial Kids Day from 11am-4pm. Activities include hands-on activities that include blacksmithing, craft making, games, and a scavenger hunt. Kids can also learn about the history of the Mill and watch grinding in action. T-shirts available for purchase and tickets are $5.00-$10.00. 540-955-2600.
The Mountain Mama Road Bike Challenge is hosted by the Highland County Recreation Commission. To learn more call 540-468-2978.
Last day for the Augusta County Fair at Augusta Expoland. Featuring agriculture and a magic show. Free entertainment: Nature Nicks animal adventure, Ninga experience, tactical laser tag, Kenya safari acrobats and fishing. On the 1st: Tractor pulls at (9am, 1pm and 6pm), the Second Annual Fiddle Diddlin’ and Boot Scootin’ Bluegrass contest starts at 7pm. You need to bring your own chairs for these two events. Midway rides will not be available and no petting zoo. For your safety, face masks are encouraged, as is 6 foot social distancing. Admission fee. 540-337-2552.
The Police Department’s Annual National Night Out will be held at the Hawksbill Greenway Park and Ride. Food, fun and activites for everyone from 6-8pm. 540-743-3915.
Annual National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Neighborhoods host block parties, festivals, parades, cookouts and various other community events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth events, visits from emergency personnel, exhibits and much, much more. To learn more call 540-434-4436.
August 4–New Market.
The Police Department is hosting its Annual National Night Out in the Community Park. Join us for an evening of family fun and activities with the Police Department. There will be free hot dogs, chips, and drinks, games for the children, demonstrations, and door prizes. 540-740-3432.
Movies On Main will be held at Ruffner’s Plaza, 47 West Main Street, from 8:30-10:30pm. This week’s movie will be Babe, sponsored by the Valley Eye Clinic. Page Alliance For Community Action will be providing popcorn to all who attend and the Page County Public Schools Free Meals Program will be providing free snacks to kids. The rain venue will be held the Luray Fire Department. 540-743-3915.
The “Bluegrass in Grottoes” event is held at the Town Hall, 601 Dogwood Avenue from 7-9:30pm every Thursday. For information call 540-249-5896 or 540-249-0437.
First Fridays is a free celebration of culture and community held in the downtown area. During this event venues host art exhibition openings, local music performers, and various arts related events. So come downtown and see or hear what our local artists have been creating, while visiting some of your favorite places from 5-8pm. 540-432-8935.
Classic vehicle cruise at, 426 First Street, from 6-9pm. Enjoy awesome vehicles, hear DJ music and purchase delicious food to support local organizations. Also 50/50 ticket sales and free registration of your classic vehicle for a chance to win cash prizes of $50.00 and $100.00, must be present to win. Brought to you by the Shenandoah Heritage Association. Contact Nancy Karnes at 540-742-1141.
August 8–Shenandoah Valley.
The Route 11 Yard Crawl is over 44 miles of yard/business sales along the Old Valley Pike, U.S. Route 11. There is no official starting point for the crawl. Check with your local chamber for more details. Contact these locations to rent space in 2020: Edinburg Mill, 540-984-8521; Family Drive-In Stephens City, 540-514-6145; Flea Market in Edinburg, 540-984-8771; Shenandoah Valley Flea Market, New Market, 540-740-3900; Stephens City Commons/Old Elementary School/Stephens City Lions, 540-247-7662 or e-mail email@example.com.
August 8–Natural Bridge.
Be sure to stop by the Natural Bridge State Park Visitor Center, where local artists featured in our Artisan Center demonstrate their talents for all visitors to see. Our featured artist is Ron Navroski. Stop by and take a look at his magnificent artwork on your way to see the Natural Bridge. 540-291-1326.
August 8, 9–Monterey.
The Valley AeroSpace Team will be holding the following events at Jack Mountain Village, 3003 Jackson River Road on Route 220 South: On the 8th a Sport Launch, the Range will be open from 10am-4:30pm, but is subject to participation and the weather (most flights take place between noon and 3pm). All are invited to attend, watch and/or participate. On the 9th a Tripoli Research Launch the Range will be open from 10-3pm, but is subject to participation and the weather. Typically more flights take place on both events during a Sport Launch than a Research Launch. All are invited to attend and watch. Call Chuck Neff at 540-280-8908.
Join us for our monthly $5.00 bag sale at the Central Library, 174 S. Main Street from 10am-6pm. Stop by for great deals and fill up a supplied grocery bag full of books. 540-434-4475.
National Parks are becoming a refuge for people from city light pollution. Join amateur astronomers as they present a provocative presentation on controlling light pollution while they point out the heavenly stars. Binoculars are required as telescopes will not be provided this season. Guests must supply their own binoculars for celestial viewing. Social distancing and masks are required due to current pandemic concerns. Please do not attend if you are feeling sick or have an elevated temperature. Held at the Big Meadows Area (mile 51, outside the Rapidan Camp Gate). Free to all park visitors. Participants must bring their own binoculars, and a blanket, chair, and flashlight are recommended. Presentation is canceled if there is inclement weather. 540-999-2222.
Join us at Ed Good Memorial Park, 332 East Main Street, from 8:30-10:30pm for “Movie Night”. 540-778-3454.
Evenings on Main is our Summer Outdoor Concert Series held at Ruffner Plaza, 47 West Main Street, from 7-9pm, featuring Cazhmiere. All concerts are free and the rain venue will be the Performing Arts Luray building. 540-743-3915.
The Riley Outdoor Concert Series will be held at W.O. Riley Park, 540 Park Avenue. Bring your lawn chair/blanket and enjoy dinner from local food vendors along with live entertainment by Josh Grigsby and County Line. Beginning at 6pm and music from 7-9pm. Free Admission. 540-459-3621.
August 15–Stephens City.
Dance the night away under the stars as we bring back our Big Band Pool Party at Sherando Pool, 255 Lakeview Circle, for active adults. Enjoy light refreshments, a swim, and dancing to the sounds of the popular 17-piece “Yesterday Swing Orchestra”. This is an evening you won’t want to miss. Walk-up registration accepted. Activity #46676-A 8/15 Sa 7-9P. Admission is $10.00. 540-539-5678 or 540-665-5678.
Join the W.O. Riley Park Pool staff at 540 Park Avenue, from 7-9 pm for the 1st Luau Pool Party with special food, drinks, games, and more. Adults $5.00, ages 6-18 $3.00 and under 5 are free. 540-459-3621.
The 10th Annual Car Show will be held from 10am-3pm on Main Street, in the downtown area. The raindate will be the 23rd. To register your vehicle call Charles 540-877-4594.
The Rockingham County Fair will be held at the Fairgrounds. The fair has something for everyone. Featuring a variety of food vendors, grandstand events, diesel truck drag racing, a demolition derby on the 21st, a international tractor pull on the 22nd. Admission fee and children 6 and under are free. Gate admission is not included in the price of Grandstand events. Camping at the event is $40.00 per night. 540-434-0005.
August 17-22–Front Royal.
Annual Warren County Fair at 26 Fairgrounds Road. Featuring a demo derby, and a pet show, bring your favorite pet for the show along with a donation of cat/dog food, toys or kitty litter for the Warren County Humane Society. A variety of contests: beard and mustache, pie eating, kids games, bingo and more. Power wheel demolition for kids 3-10 years old $5.00. A parade of chickens and rabbits, diesel drags on the 18th. On the 20th a truck and tractor pull, monster truck mania, antiques/collectibles flea market, food concessions and a variety of vendors. Admission fee. For more information call 540-635-5827.
August 21-22–Orkney Springs.
The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, 81 Shrine Mont Circle will host Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives performing on the 21st. And on the 22nd Eileen Ivers with her band, and Universal Roots. 540-459-3396.
The 6th Annual Hunter Crane Memorial Car Show and Trap Shoot will be held at the Winchester Gun Club, 262 Gun Club Road. Doors open at 9am. Dash Plaques for first 50 entries, custom trophies for top 10 and best in show. Live music by Cross N Styles, food, trap competition, 50/50, raffles, door prizes. 540-539-3214.
Annual Page Valley Agricultural and Industrial Fair at 15 Fairlane Drive. Everyone who attends can find something to enjoy. Rides, shows, live music and that only starts the list of attractions. Our fair goal is a week of clean, family fun in a friendly atmosphere. On the 24th all school age children, senior citizens over 60, military personal, active/retired, veterans and first responders are admitted free. Admission fee with children under 6 free. 540-843-3247.
August 25–All National Parks.
National Parks have been called “America’s best idea,” entrance to all National Park Service sites that normally charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. 540-999-3500.
Join us for our Outdoor Movie Night on First Street, from 8:30-11pm. The featured movie is Monsters, Inc. There is no entrance fee and free popcorn and drink. Call 540-652-8164, for more information.
August 28–Front Royal.
Barks and Bags Extravaganza is a fundraising event for the Humane Society of Warren County a non-profit animal shelter and is so much fun. We are so excited for this event, and the handbags are just gorgeous. Barks and Bags is a ladies luncheon and the handbag auction is held at 1245 Progress Drive, from 11:30am-1:30pm. Still need your tickets? We have about some left. Contact 540-635-4734 for your tickets.
Join festival hosts Brethren and Mennonite Heritage Center and the Walking Roots Band for the 5th annual Sing Me High Music Festival, at 1921 Heritage Center Way. Come listen, sing, laugh, eat, and play, all while celebrating family, friends, and faith, whatever your tradition. 540-438-1275.
August 28, 29-30–Shenandoah.
Join us at Big Gem Park, 736 4th Street, for the following events: Enjoy good-old-time country music from 7-9pm by Don Smiley while enjoying some of Karen’s Frozen Favorites on the 28th and on the 29th-30th the “Art in the Park” festival featuring a variety of arts and crafts with live music both days. For more information call 540-652-8164.
August 28-September 5–Woodstock. CANCELED
Join us for the 103rd Annual Shenandoah County Fair, featuring motorsports events, with social distancing guidelines in place and we have plans on instituting safe practices with an increased investment in sanitizing efforts throughout the Fairgrounds including food service, exhibits and rides. All concerts are cancelled. For more details visit www.shencofair.com or call 540-459-3867.
Wine Fest at Belle Grove Plantation. It is our annual extravaganza of Virginia wine, cider, spirits and features live music all day, chef demonstrations, vendors, and more. Tickets on sale at the gate for $25.00 for those wishing to do tastings and purchase alcohol for sale. For those under 21 or who do not wish to do tastings or purchase alcohol the price is $10.00, children 6 and under are free. 540-869-2028.
August 31-October 31–Luray.
Page One Shoe Drive Fundraiser. New and gently used shoes can be dropped off at the following Page One locations at 1 Cave Street or 42 West Main Street. Page One is a charity serving Page County. Our humanitarian mission is to provide family assistance to those in our community who find themselves unemployed, sick or for some unforeseen situation, unable to feed their family or meet their financial needs. 540-743-4863.