The 55th Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale is held at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds: 4808 S. Valley Pike, rain or shine. The event offers a little bit of everything from art/ crafts, homemade food, antiques, music and activities for the whole family. We are planning for the auction to be live, but with the option to watch it online as well as bid online. Also a 5k Run/Walk Race on the 2nd at 8:30am Parking and admission are free. 540-433-9993.
October 1-3– Gainesboro.
The N-SSA will hold its 144th National Competition at Fort Shenandah. Member units compete in live-fire matches with original or authentic reproduction Civil War period muskets, carbines, cannons and more. There is a large sutler area and food service is available. Spectators are welcome and admission/parking are free. 248-258-9007.
Join us at DarkWood Manor, 104 N. Hawksbill Street, every Friday-Sunday. This is a a theatrical and interactive attraction based on original stories surrounding the legend of the Manor. We combined detailed sets, movie quality make-up, and talented actors to create a scary and unique haunted house experience. A portion of all ticket sales for this night will go to support Camp Light, a Camp for children with special needs. Tickets can only be purchased at. www.darkwoodmanor.net or 540-713-5617.
Annual “Lost in the 60s” Show, Eastside Speedway, 134 Al Gore Lane. Nostalgia drag races, big car show, logs of drag racing personalities, big drag racing classes. Also a flea market. Rain date is the 3rd. For schedule: call 540-943-9336 or visit: eastsidespeedway.biz/special-events/.
Join the town for our “Christmas In The Park” event that will be held at Big Gem Park, 736 4th Street, from 10am-4pm. For more information call 540-652-8164.
41th Annual Autumn Celebration will be held on College and Main Streets, from 8am-4pm. Prepare for a full-day of shopping with hundreds of vendors and local businesses. Your taste buds will be in for a day of delights with our vast and varied food vendors. There will be live concerts at Dove Park and kids activities. For details call 540-879-2241.
15th Annual Mill Day at the McCormick Farm, 128 McCormick Farm Circle, from 9am-4pm. We will have demonstrations of traditional crafts such as weaving, broom-making and more. Attendees will enjoy a hay ride through the research farm. There will be live music and the VFD will be offering BBQ chicken. Also educational activities for school-age children and so much more. This is a free event. 540-377-2255.
40th Annual British Car Show at Ridgeview Park. Come join us for a wonderful time and a chance to see many exciting British cars/motorcycles and meet the people who love them. There is an on-site food vendor.All Car Show profits will go to the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank. 540-337-2120.
“Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River” will host the 17th Annual “Fish Fry” Dinner and Auction at Fort Valley Nursery, 1175 Hisey Avenue, from 4:30-8pm. A silent auction will run throughout the evening and after dinner, guests can bid on vacations, services, sporting goods, artwork, and more. For tickets call 540-459-8550 or fnfsr.org/fishfry2021/.
“Autumnfest” will be held at Shenandoah Downs located at the Shenandoah Country Fairgrounds, 300 Fairgrounds Road, from 11am-5pm. Featuring live music, craft beer tastings, free BBQ samples, a log splitting competition, wine, harness racing, cruise-in, music, arts/crafts and more. Also at 2-6pm: Shenandoah Downs Harness Racing (betting in the small pavilion in the food section). Admission fee. 540-459-3867 or 540-459-2542.
Join the town for our Fall Festival downtown at the Farmers’ Market from 10am-4pm. Come see over 75 vendors in the streets of Pollard and Lee. Downtown entertainment on the municipal building stage and community stage, food truck vendors and more. 540-343-1364.
46th Annual Apple Days Arts and Crafts Show at Willow Oak Plaza. 801 W. Broad Street. Held from 9am-5pm Sun. and Oct. 6 from 12pm-5pm. Featuring arts/crafts, food, nonprofits, lots of new vendors and more. email@example.com or text 540-480-7582.
Join us at Hawksbill Recreation Park and Pool, 205 Pool Drive, for our Annual Fall Featival from noon-6pm. Then at 7pm PACA is presenting a movie free for everyone. For more information call 540-742-9496 or 540-244-7128.
18th Denton Family Foundation Golf Tournament benefiting Our Community Places at Lakeview Golf Club, 4101 Shen Lake Drive. Registration begins at 11:30am and 1pm shot gun starts. Rain date is the 13th. There will be beverages/snacks throughout the day. 540-421-9501 or www.dentonfamilyfoundation.net.
Bluegrass Festival at Grand Caverns. RV and tent camping available. Questions contact Wayne Proffit at 434-989-0996.
October 8–Mount Sidney.
Outdoor Summer Fun Series at 1 Tribe Farm, 877 Todd Road. 7pm. They have been amazing and it's the last one for 2021! Enjoy live music from VS. (pronounced Versus); a X2 Comedy show and yummy fresh off the farm food prepared by Chef Jordan from Twiced Baked Provisions. This event is BYOB. Adults of legal age may bring their own beverages to enjoy. $20 Comedy/Music Show Only, $35 for Comedy/Music with Meal! Get tickets before they sell out. For more info and to buy tickets visit 1tribefarm.com Questions about TICKETS email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Travis 337-781-8749; Questions about X2 COMEDY contact Dawn at email@example.com or call 540-560-3356 or visit www.x2comedy.com
Fall Cruise-In at, 13959 Spotswood Trail, from 6-8pm. All makes and models are welcome to attend. No registration required. We will have food vendors, door prizes, fire pits and music. We hope you can join us for this free event. More information call 540-298-1271.
Join P. Buckley Moss to have your artwork signed and personalized at the Barn, 18 Providence Lane and Sunday at the Gallery, 329 West Main Street. 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. For complete information, call the Gallery at 540-949-6473.
October 8-10–Highland County.
The Annual Hands and Harvest Festival is held throughout Highland County. Our festival will have in-person activities all three days, including live entertainment, vendors on the courthouse lawn, art demonstrations, animals for adoption, a showing of the 1921 classic silent film “Tol’able David” and so much more. The Highland County Chamber of Commerce will be following current recommended CDC and VDH guidelines regarding COVID-19. 540-468-2550.
Car Show at Shenandoah Speedway, 301 Precision Road, from 10am-3pm. Registration ends at 12:30pm. Awards at 2:30pm. Food and drinks available. For more information call Ronnie Snoddy at 540-320-6971 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 9–Front Royal.
Enjoy a “night on the town” at ihe Friendly City Dance Room, 2 North Main Street from 4-8pm. This event will be super fun, and one of a kind event that’s part dance lesson, part X2 Comedy show. Bring yourself, a date or group of friends to learn Kizomba, a partner dance originated from Angola, Africa. Then take a seat, sit back, relax and enjoy the comedy. Admission fee. 540-573-2623.
Fall Festival at Massanutten Resort from 11:30am-5:30pm, rain or shine. Live music, arts, crafts, food, beer, wine, kids’ activities, scenic chairlift rides and lots more. A benefit for the McGaheysville and Elkton Fire and Rescue Squads. Admission fee, kids 6 and under are free. 540-289-9441.
October 9–Buena Vista.
Mountain Day is our Annual Lost Arts and Crafts Community Festival, held downtown on Magnolia Avenue between 20th and 22nd Streets, from 10am-4pm. There will be arts/crafts, live music, local foods, community organizations, children’s activities, food and more. 540-572-0196.
Comedy & Kizomba Night on Court Square at Friendly City Dance Room. 2 North Main Street. Doors open at 7pm. Event starts at 7:30p. Laugh & Move! It's part Kizomba dance lesson, part X2 Comedy show! The comedians are hilarious! And no, you don't have to know how to dance to learn Kizomba because the dance instructor makes it easy! $20 - Wild and Free Single Pass and $30 - Date Night Duo Pass. Buy your passes today at www.friendlycitydanceroom.com/comkiz For questions and more info contact Dawn 540.560.3356; email@example.com or visit www.x2comedy.com
The 52nd Annual Heritage Festival will be at the Page County Fairgrounds from 10am-5pm, rain or shine. This is a family-oriented weekend with fun for all ages. There are over a 100 crafters, childrens activites and more. For tractor and engine enthusiasts, the Steam and Gas Engine Show will be a one-of-a-kind treat for you. 540-743-6698.
50th Annual Fall Foliage Art Show in the downtown area. This festival features 150 fine artists, regional music, great food, craft beer and lots of fun. Artists will be displaying pottery, glass, wood, jewelry and so much more. 540-942-7662.
October 10–Stuarts Draft.
Rides and Rods Cruise-In will be at DAP’S Ice Cream, Burgers and Fries, 3278 Stuarts Draft Highway, Suite #2, from 1-4pm. All welcome to attend. No registration fee required. Classic cars, trucks, show cars, jeeps and motorcycles. Door prizes, food and fun. 540-466-5967.
October 10, 17–Bridgewater.
The Harris Concert Series is now at the Sipe Center, 100 North Main Street, from 7-8pm. Concerts are free and seating will be general admission on a first come, first served basis. The Boogie Kings will be performing on the 10th and the Good Time Gospel Quartet on the 17th. 540-908-4208.
In Commemoration of the 157th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek, originally fought on October 19, 1864, the Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation will host the reenactment event on the original fields at 8437 Valley Pike. Call 540-869-2064 or visit: https://www.ccbf.us/.
Ravenwood Faire is a festival celebrating the Medieval era at the Frederick County Fairground, 250 Fairground Road. Featuring jousting, food, performers, vendors, music, exotic animals and more. We are fun, friendly and family oriented medieval enthusiasts. 540-999-1178.
30th Annual Fall Foliage Bike Festival. A perennial favorite with cyclists up and down the mid-Atlantic states and beyond, the Festival offers a full weekend of riding, sightseeing and warm Virginia hospitality. Perfectly suited for a wide range of cyclists, from motivated century riders to families with young children and all levels in between. Register early to reserve your spot! For those new to our festival call 434-878-2399 or visit: shenandoahbike.org.
The Annual Fall Festival at Timber Ridge Old Stone Presbyterian Church, 73 Sam Houston Way, will be held from 9am-3pm. The festival returns in full form, featuring apple butter, Brunswick stew, baked goods, food, drinks, vendors and white elephant sales. All proceeds support our local food banks. For information, contact Rev. Patrick Lanaghan at 540-247-5702.
Lighting of the Luminaries at Dusk. For more details call 540-869-4306.
October 17–Weyers Cave.
Run the Runway 5K is back and ready for takeoff! Lace up your running shoes and join us at Shenandoah Valley Airport in Weyers Cave. The family-friendly Sunday afternoon event begins with a 1K Fun Run for children ages 3 - 12 at 4:00 p.m. and a chip-timed 5K on the taxiway and runway beginning at 4:30 p.m. This unique race opportunity is a perfect fit for runners, walkers and families at all fitness levels. The course is handicap accessible and well-suited for those pushing young children in strollers. All proceeds benefit the Explore More Discovery Museum's aviation exhibit. To register, visit iexploremore.com/run.
October 23–New Market.
Step back in time at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway, for their lantern tour program, “Spirits of New Market”. You’ll follow your guide on a lantern-lit, seven station tour of the Battlefield encountering living historians portraying the soldiers, townsfolk, and Bushong family. While interacting with the characters, you’ll be able to lend aid to the wounded, ask questions and experience the Battlefield in a whole new way. Tours begin at 7pm. Admission fee, children 5 and under are free. 1-866-515-1864.
4th Annual Barktoberfest will be held at Elmwood Park, 706 S. Jefferson Street, from 11am-4pm. Our event benefits Project Support, which is dedicated to helping individuals in our community who suffer from mental illness. Our charitable event we will have outdoor vendors, music, food trucks, dog/owner costume contests, and more. Also numerous chances to adopt your next best friend. 540-342-2614.
October 23–Front Royal.
Hank Gorek will be returning to the Virginia Beer Museum, 16 Chester Street, to entertain with his repertoire of classic beer drinking songs. 540-313-1441 or 540-635-3185.
Local churches and organizations are hosting a “Children’s Harvest Party at 1pm in the back field behind the Community Center, 20593 Blue and Gold Drive. This free event will include pumpkin painting, games, and crafts. If you are a church or an organization who would be interested in setting up an activity for this event call 540-298-8730.
Hometown Halloweenfest at the Town Office and Main Street. For more information call 540-896-5152.
Trick-or-Treating locations lists available at the Halloween on Court Square info table. Activites include magic shows, craft making, petting zoo and more. 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 3. In the event of rain, outdoor activities will be canceled. 540-459-3621.
October 30–New Market.
Come on out and have a spooky safe time at our Annual Trick or Treat on Congress Street. Visit various downtown businesses who have left their light on for trick or treaters and you will leave with a special treat. 540-740-3850.
Halloween Block Party on East Main Street from 5-7pm. 540-778-3454.
Halloween Costume Parade at Shenandoah River Park, 315 Morrison Road, at 4:30pm. Bring your bikes, wagons, and strollers for the parade. After the parade there will be free food, drinks and candy while supplies last. There will also be a Fall scene for pictures. 540-652-8164.