Highland County Fair, 386 Myers-Moon Road. The fair is packed with amusements, games, farm animals, exhibits, and live entertainment including a demolition derby, truck and tractor pull, live music, clogging, and more. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us. We can’t wait to see you. www.highlandcountyfairva.com/. 540-468-2639.
Each year, the Nelson Gallery, 27 W. Washington Street, sponsors a benefit for the Rockbridge SPCA. Animal lovers young and old are invited to participate by creating artwork. With your $10 entry fee, you get a 12×12 inch canvas on which to draw, paint, glue photos, etc., of your favorite critters–from cats to crawfish–whatever strikes your fancy. Get the whole family involved, or just come and enjoy the show. www.rockbridgespca.net/events/art-for-arf/.
Grab life by the horns! Every Thursday at 10pm we are holdin’ an ole’ fashioned mechanical bull riding competition, at Bottles Sports Bar, 100 Osage Lane. It’s $5.00 to enter. Each rider will hop on and be set to a consistent setting to keep it fair. They will each get two tries. The best time of the two will be counted. Our top three times will ride again to determine the winner who will take home a Bottles gift card.For ages 18+ only. $5 for 2 rides. www.bottlesandgames.com/.
September 3–New Market.
7th Annual Summer Music Series: Cross Roads Fest. This event will be held at Rebel Park from 6:30-9pm. Admission is free. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy an evening of local music, food and brews. www.newmarketvirginia.com/residents/festivals-events/. 540-740-3850.
Join us downtown for our Labor Day event called “Best. Weekend. Ever”. There will be a variety of activities and entertainment spread throughout the district from noon-9pm. This will be a family-friendly event with fun things for all ages. There will be live music, face painters, walking tours, balloon twisters, food specials at restaurants, sidewalk sales, touch-a-truck, fireworks, evening dancing under the Pavilion, and more. https://downtownharrisonburg.org/best-weekend-ever/.
Join us at 87 S. Main Street, for “Arts Incarnate”, from 11am-8pm. An artisan festival celebrating local artists. painters, sculpters, potters, jewelry makers, and more. Also food and live music. 540-801-8779 or www.valleyarts.org/calendar.
Join us at Ralph H. Dean Recreation Park, 625 6th Street, for our 2nd Annual Sunflower Festival. The event will kick off at 10am with a 1k fun run around the fitness trail. There will also be kids activities, entertainment including music, a petting zoo, pony rides, food from concessions, vendors, pumpkin painting, and more. Visit online at www.visitluraypage.com/ or 540-743-3915.
September 4–New Market.
The Open Market event will be held from 9am-2pm at the Suntrust parking lot on South Congress Street. Featuring different types of vendors from crafts, pottery, homemade treats, along with direct sales businesses. There are other attractions such as activities for kids, contests to win prizes. This event is hosted by the New Market Chamber of Commerce. For more information call 540-740-3212 or visit www.newmarketvirginia.com.
Labor Day Cruise-In at Wright’s Dairy Rite, 346 Greenville Avenue, from 2-5pm. 540-886-0435.
September 6–Buena Vista.
Come to Glen Maury Park for our 50th Labor Day Festival to kick off the 2021 election season. The day is packed full of festivities including: a 5K road race and family fun run, annual parade to meet politicians/local groups at 9am, live music, performances, fun-filled family activities, fireworks and more. 540-261-8600.
September 10–Mount Sidney.
Outdoor Summer Fun Series at 1 Tribe Farm, 877 Todd Road. 7pm. Enjoy live music from Prophett & Garst; a X2 Comedy show and yummy fresh off the farm food prepared by Chef Jordan Palmer from Twiced Baked Provisions. His food is amazing! 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 tickets visit 1 Tribe Farm's website at 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.
September 10-11–Buena Vista.
The Rockbridge Mountain Music and Dance Festival will be held at Glen Maury Park. We have a great lineup of bands and workshops. We will have concerts instead of dances, presuming that not everyone will be ready to hold hands with 100 people. Featuring the Onlies, Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno followed by Hard Drive. Both nights will be definitely worth busting up your jam to come listen. Concerts will be BYO chairs, under and around the big tent. We hope to see you there! Meals and snacks all day. Well behaved dogs on a leash at all times are welcome. Admission fee. 540-261-7321. http://rockbridgefestival.org/.
Comedy & Kizomba Night on Court Square at Friendly City Dance Room. 2 North Main Street. Come enjoy a night on the town! It's part Kizomba dance lesson, part X2 Comedy show! Kizomba is a partner dance originated from Angola, Africa. And no, you don't have to know how to dance. It's fun for new to experienced dancers and we all know how to laugh making it fun for everyone! $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 information contact Dawn 540-560-3356; firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.x2comedy.com.
September 10, 24–Luray.
“Evenings on Main” concerts are held at Ruffner’s Plaza, 47 West Main Street, from 7-9pm. Souled Out, will be performing on the 10th and Blue Ridge Thunder, on the 24th. All “Evenings on Main” concerts are free for all who wish to attend. 540-743-3915.
September 10, 25–Stanley.
Join the Town of Stanley for two free outdoor movie nights at Ed Good Memorial Park, 332 East Main Street. Featuring “Star Wars, the Last JediI” at 7:45pm on the 10th and “Overcomer” at 7:30pm on the 25th. 540-778-3454.
20th Annual Make-A-Wish Charity “FunDrive” at the Petro Travel Plaza in Raphine. Truck drivers can compete in various contests and all the proceeds go to the “Make-A-Wish” Foundation. Our truck driving competition, involves a course offering 10 skills tests and an optional pre-trip inspection. To register: http://www.maptda.com/.
Cruise-In at the Waynesboro Moose Lodge, 481 Hopeman Parkway. The theme is “Boot Scootin’ Country”. Registration is free. 540-337-2120.
Rockbridge Beer and Wine Festival will be held at Lime Kiln Theater, 607 Borden Road, from noon-5pm. Sample beer/wine from area vineyards and breweries, while enjoying local food and live music all afternoon. Admission fee. 540-463-5375 or www.rockbridgebeerandwine.com.
The 4th Annual Valley Wide Cruise-In and Car Show at the Community Center, 20593 Blue and Gold Drive, starting at noon. This event will be fun for all ages. During the cruise-in we will have food trucks, free children’s activities including pony rides, a 50/50 raffle and giveaways. There will be gift bags with dash plaques for the first 200 registered cars. Also Spencer Hatcher and The Ol’ Son Gang will be performing. 540-298-8730.
Valley Veterans Ride for Heroes Bike event starts and ends at Stable Craft Brewing, 375 Madrid Road. A charity bicycle ride to help combat veterans dealing with combat trauma through the Boulder Crest Retreat Warrior PATHH program. To register or more information 540-490-2609 (ext. 7).
Kick off fall in the Shenandoah Valley with the Broadway-Timberville Autumn Festival and Antique Car Show from 9am-3pm, rain or shine. Craft, artisan, food and retail vendors will line Main Street along with classic cars for the Antique Car Show. 540-896-5152.
Olde Salem Days is held in the downtown area from 9am-5pm. Featuring the work of hundreds of artisans as well as beautifully maintained classic cars, delicious food, live music and a variety of other activities. Free shuttle from the Salem football stadium. This event is a major fundraising project for the Rotary Club of Salem. 540-772-8871.
Augusta Expoland events: Showmasters Gun Show on the 11th-12th; “MaDeeFest”, featuring Old Crow Medicine Show on the 18th; Shenandoah Valley Gem and Mineral Show on the 18th-19th; Relay For Life on the 25th. 540-337-2552 for more details.
September 12–Stuarts Draft.
Cruise-In at DAP’S Ice Cream, Burgers and Fries, 3278 Stuarts Draft Highway. Registration is free. 540-337-2120.
September 12–New Market.
Bring your furry friends to the 3rd Annual Summer’s End Pup Pool Party at the Community Pool from 1-4pm. Admission is $3.00 for each dog, but humans get in free. Preregistration is required, call 540-740-3432 or at the Town Office.
The 2nd Annual Half Marathon and new 5K Run will start and end at the Hawksbill Brewery, 22 Zerkel Street, starting 8am. Featuring individual, two-person and four-person relay divisions. There will be an after-party immediately following at the Hawksbill Brewing Co., located at the race finish. To register you can call 301-991-0461 or visit: racinemultisports.com/lhm/.
The 6th Annual Farm to Table is a fundraiser to support the vocational services at NW Works, which empowers adults with disabilities and other barriers through employment. With the support of local farms and restaurateurs, guests enjoy the best of what the Shenandoah Valley has to offer, all while supporting our life-changing work. For more details or to purchase tickets visit: www.nwworks.com or by calling 540-667-0809.
17th Annual Watermelon Pickers Fest will be held at the Clarke County Fairgrounds. This is a family-friendly music festival. Festivities include concerts, dances, workshops, pickin’ contests, kid’s activities, open jams, food, craft Vendors and more. 540-955-1621.
“Voices of the Shenandoah: In Story and Song” will be held at Swover Creek Farms and Brewery, 4176 Swover Creek Road. There will be river-centered stories, original music shared by community members and live music entertainment sandwiched in between. Learn about the river through talking to local conservation groups, drink some top notch brews, and bring some friends to enjoy a lovely evening in celebration of the river. The featured band for the evening will be Katie and Kelly. 540-459-8550.
Town of Shenandoah Cruz-In on First Street, 6pm to 9pm, brought to you by the Shenandoah Heritage Center and sponsored by Blue Ridge Bank. All makes/models/years welcome. There are no registration fees. Rain date September 24th. 540-652-8164, www.townofshenandoah.com.
40th Annual Edinburg Ole Time Festival comes alive with music, arts, crafts, entertainment, great food, doggie contest, and more. Our parade on the 18th starts at 1pm and goes through town. Our theme is that of another time, when things moved a little slower, and people took the time to visit with each other. 540-984-8400 or visit: www.edinburgoletimefestival.org/.
September 18–New Market.
Come to the Community Park to enjoy a free movie with family and friends. For your viewing comfort, we encourage you to bring chairs and or blankets. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks, no alcoholic beverages allowed. All movies will begin at sundown. The “Abominable” is the movie. 540-740-3432.
September 18 – Harrisonburg.
X2 Comedy Night! at Restless Moons Brewing. 120 W. Wolfe Street. Come enjoy a night of brews & laughs! Comedians on this show feature the Host, Chris Womack, a JMU Professor now taking his comedy off campus, Harrisonburg's funny lady, Dawn Davis Womack; Patrick DiMarchi (Arlington, VA); Paige Campbell (Richmond, VA) and nationally touring headliner with 27 years in comedy, David Beck (Chester, VA)! No tickets to purchase for this one so just buy more beer and enjoy the show! For questions and more information contact Dawn 540-560-3356; email@example.com or visit www.x2comedy.com.
5th Annual Parks and Pets Extravaganza Car Show at Clearbrook Park, Brucetown Road, from 5:30-10:30pm. All proceeds go to benefit the animals at the Esther Boyd Animal Shelter. 540-665-5678.
“Valley Fest” will be held at Massanutten Resort from noon-7pm. Still the same awesome event with two band stages, beverage sampling, arts vendors and more. Featuring Fleetwood Macked, Bombshell, DJ Finks and Michael Christopher. All proceeds benefit the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. Rain or shine event. No outside food/ beverages or pets permitted. 540-434-3862x108.
11th Annual Route 340 Yard Crawl from 6am to noon. You can find all kinds of deals on the 60 miles along Route 340. For more information call 540-652-8164.
The Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival will be held at the Frederick County Fairgrounds, 250 Fairground Road. The festival has always been family and pet friendly. There will be live music, apple pie eating contest, artisans and a variety of vendors, canine challenge course, samples, and classic car and hot rod show. All proceeds for the event go to local non-profits. Visit: www.winchesterappleharvest.com or call Darla McCray at 540-336-9114.
Join us for our Free Music in the Park Series. Big Gem Park 736 Fourth Street from 7pm-9pm. Whistlin’ Dixie will be playing. Bring your own lawn chair. Call 540-652-8164 or visit online at www.townofshenandoah.com.
September 25–New Market.
Come to the Chamber of Commerce’s Heritage Day Celebration located in historic Downtown from 9am-4pm. Enjoy the day browsing through treasures crafted by local vendors, taste local food, and sing along and dance to local musicians. We invite people from all communities, as well as interested vendors. 540-740-3212.
Oktoberfest will be held at. Heritage Park, 180 Turner Avenue, starting at 2pm. Join us for beer, wine, food trucks, and more. Music from Big City Band. $10.00 admission at the gate, no advance ticket sales. Children 12 and under enter for free. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to socially distance in Heritage Park. All health and safety guidelines will be followed. 540-860-0447.