Family Movies on the Mall at the Taylor Pavilion, 119 N. Loudoun Street. The event is family-friendly and free to attend. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring blankets/chairs, food while enjoying a night viewing blockbuster family hits. The movies are Playing With Fire on the 2nd, Abominable on the 9th, Toy Story 4 on the 16th, Maleficent Mistress of Evil on the 23rd and Dumbo on the 30th. Rain location will be the Handley Library. 540-667-1815.
July 3–New Market.
Our Independence Day celebration will be held at the Community Park. The celebration activities start at 5pm, with a fireworks display showing around 9:20pm. Activities to include, but not limited to live music, train ride, dunk tank, activities for all ages and food vendors. Musical entertainment will be performed by Little Walter and the Convictions. Bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the evening. NO Pets Allowed. 540-740-3850.
Annual Rockin’ Independence Eve in Old Town. Celebrate our nation’s independence at a free, family-oriented event that’s fun for all ages. Live music at the Taylor Pavilion featuring Souled Out. There will be a beer/wine garden that benefits the SPCA. Also a hamburger eating contest, numerous family activities and more. Fireworks 11pm. 540-535-3660 or 540-667-1815, ext. 1670.
The Summer Jam Festival will be held at Massanutten Resort, rain or shine. Featuring live music, food trucks, kids’ activities, firework, arts/crafts. Also a few surprises here and there. No pets or coolers. Admisssion fee and kids under 7 are free. All proceeds benefit the Rockingham-Harrisonburg SPCA. 540-434-5270.
Join us for our Annual July 4th event at 2 Mechanic Street. The Big City Band will be performing live from 6-8pm. There will be giant inflatable slides, an inflatable obstacle course, children’s obstacle course for ages 2-5, moon bounce, carnival style games with prizes, face painting, a photobooth, a duck race and more. Fireworks to follow at approximately 9:15 pm, weather dependent. 540-743-5511.
The Turner Pavilion and Park downtown is the best place to celebrate Independence Day. Visitors and locals alike join us year-after-year to enjoy live music, food trucks, unique kids’ activities, local craft beer and of course, the best fireworks display in the Valley. Also the Friendly City Fortune has changed the game for fundraising, we will raffle off $250,000 in cash and prizes to 49 winners from throughout the Valley and beyond. For more information, call 540-432-8922 or www.friendlycityfourth.com.
Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular Display at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds. Free admission, gates open 8:30pm and fireworks at 9:30pm. Rain date is the 5th. 540-459-3621.
Come celebrate the Fourth of July downtown. Events start at 1pm and go all day till Dusk. In the Park we will have a variety of craft vendors and more. Parade Begins 5pm. 540-869-2226.
Join us at the Frontier Culture Museum as we celebrate Independence Day. Admission is Pay-What-You-Will. 540-332-7850.
July 4–Buena Vista.
Independence Day at Glen Maury Park. Live music, food, family fun, fireworks and more. 540-261-8600.
July 4–Blue Grass.
Come celebrate our heritage of freedom with our Annual Independence Parade and Lawn Party, sponsored by the Blue Grass Ruritan Club. Parade starts at 5pm on Main Street. We will have live music, games, entertainment and food right after the parade. 540-332-7850.
Augusta Expoland will host a Jeepfest from 8am-7pm. Featuring obstacle the expo crawl and the expo mini crawl, a powerwheels obstacle for the young jeep enthusiasts. A jeep show with a variety of classes, a variety of vendors and much more. 540-337-2552.
Annual River Festival celebrating summer with a Dash-foot race and the Splash-river inner tube paddle, down the river, complete with music, food and more. 1-mile dash is a run or walk, 1-mile river tube down the Shenandoah River. Starts at the old Elkton car wash and ends at the Town boat landing. Come join for some fantastic family fun. Rain date will be the 12th. To Register call 540-908-3400 or 434-924-8669.
July 7, 14, 21, 28–Staunton.
Gypsy Hill Park bandstand events: On Tuesdays evenings Linden Heights Baptist Church will host “Praise in the Park” concerts at 7pm. Concessions and children’s activities are available. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Performances: Teen Night with Covenant Band on the 7th; Heaven’s Mountain Band and the Virginia Harmonheirs on the 14th; Doc Cousins Band, New Life Gospel Band and Chris with Micky Campbell on the 21st; Spirit Led and the Village Church Band on the 28th. Concerts are free. 540-886-1138 and on Wednesday nights starting on the 8th at 8pm the Parks and Recreation will feature local and regional bluegrass talent. 540-332-3800.
Need a break from the norm, unwind meet new people or just spend a couple of days trying something new? Then Cowgirl weekend at North Mountain Outfitter is just the thing for you. Don’t need experience or anything special but the love of the outdoors, mountains, and want to have fun. Advance reservation required. 540-886-7768 or www.northmtnoutfitter.com/.
July 11–Stephens City.
Sherando High School Band Boosters is hosting a car wash fundraiser, 12-4pm at Bank of Clarke County and City National Bank located at intersections of Double Church Rd. and Fairfax Pike in Stephens City. Donations accepted for washing of your vehicle. 540-539-0437.
The Street Dance is Sponsored by the Monterey Lions Club. Enjoy a small-town, summer celebration with bbq chicken, cake walks, a clogging performance, bluegrass music, square dancing and more. This will be fun for the entire family. Visit www.highlandcounty.org/events/ or call 540-468-2551.
Augusta Expoland events: Shenandoah Valley Fun Open Horse Show is a series of fun and educational horse shows for the entire family. All breeds and disciplines are very welcome on the 11th; Monster Truck Show with lots of excitement, racing on the 17th-18th; Victory Worship on the 24th-26th. For times and ticket prices call 540-337-2552.
July 12, 25–Winchester.
Kernstown Battlefield events: Join a National Park Service Ranger from Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park for their 1864 in a Box Program on the 12th; Walking and driving tour of the 2nd Battle of Kernstown with Scott Patchan, the author of Shenadoah Summer and Last Battle of Winchester. 540-450-7835.
Annual Lawn Party at 300 Green Street. Bring the family and enjoy live music, rides, food, games, parades on the 17th-18th and more. All proceeds go directly to support the Volunteer Fire Company so we can continue to serve our community. 540-828-3121 Option 3.
July 17–New Market.
Join the Town for our 5th Annual Summer Music Series, “Cross Roads Fest”. The event will be held at Rebel Baseball Park, 9186 John Sevier Road, from 6:30-9pm and featuring the Hackens Boy. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy an evening of local music. There will be food and drink available for purchase. We ask that you do not bring your own food or drink. Free admission. 540-740-3432.
July 18–Shenandoah National Park.
Blackberry Delight will be held at Skyland, mile post 41.7 and 42.5 on Skyline Drive, from 10am-5pm. Skyland chefs create special blackberry-infused dishes like blackberry cobbler a la mode and more. Combine with a full day of dancing, local crafts, pony rides, kid’s activities and more will make it a fun day for the entire family. Live music by Larry Taylor, Davis Bradley Bluegrass, Shenandoah Valley Cloggers and the Natural Grass Band. For admission fee call 1-877-847-1919.
The Valley AeroSpace Team will hold a Sport Launch at the Jack Mountain Village, 3003 Jackson River Road. All are welcome to attend and participate or simply watch the activities. Weather permitting with the final go/no-go decision made by 8pm on Friday evening. You can check the launch status on the main page of VAST’s website at any time. valleyaerospace.com/ or 540-468-2550. For directions: valleyaerospace.com/JMVlaunchsitedirections.html.
Music in the Park at Big Gem Park, 736 4th Street. Music by Just One More Bluegrass Band, a bluegrass band comprised of Jacob Hensley, Kevin Meadows, and Blade Hammer. Food will be available for sale. 540-652-8164.
July 24–Fort Defiance.
Grand Opening at the Augusta Military Academy Museum which sits on the grounds of the now-closed military academy. Join us for a fun day of hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks and more, from 10am-4pm. Also browse the gift shoppe which is a hidden treasure among other historical sites in the Shenandoah Valley. Admission is free. 540-248-3007.
July 24–Shenandoah National Park.
National Parks are becoming a refuge for people from city light pollution. Join amateur astronomers at 7:30pm as they present a provocative presentation on controlling light pollution as you gaze at the heavenly stars through telescopes. Held at the Big Meadows area at mile 51, outside the Rapidan Camp gate. Bring a blanket or chair and a flashlight. Presentation is canceled if there is inclement weather. Free to all park visitors. 540-999-2222.
Friday nights at Clark’s Lumber Company’s Planer Building. Featuring bluegrass music and dancing. Family atmosphere. Join Bruce Clark and the gang for a real down-home good time and help keep this Appalachian mountain music tradition alive. No alcohol or smoking on premises. Call ahead of your visit to ensure the Friday night jam. 540-377-2490 or 540-463-3777.
July 24-25–Buena Vista.
Join us for the 22nd Annual Bank of Botetourt Beach Music Festival and Classic Car Show at Glen Maury Park. The event is held rain or shine. Music performances will be by Blackwater, the Entertainers, Band of Oz. Camping rates of $20.00 per night begin on the 23rd for the festival. No outside food, drinks or alcohol permitted. There will be food and drinks available. Free to the public. 540-460-1576.
The Shenandoah Valley Steam and Gas Engine Association will host the “Pageant of Steam Show” at the Clarke County-Ruritan Show Grounds, 890 West Main Street. There will be a kid’s barrel train ride, steam/gas models, an old time blacksmiths shop, sawmill, threshing/baling demonstrations. Also refreshments. steam cooked bean soup, a flea market, craft vendors and more. Free Parking, no pets allowed in the show park. Admission fee. 304-229-2101.
July 24, 31–Strasburg.
Front Porch Fridays will be held downtown at the Square. Each Friday will offer a local or regional band for your enjoyment, food trucks, local brews and games for the kids. The event is rain or shine and the rain location is Box Office Brewery. Call 540-465-9197 or visit website at strasburgva.com/calendar/month/2020-07.
July 25–New Market.
Bring your family and friends to the Community Park, 9670 Cadet Road, to enjoy a free movie, featuring Disney Pixar “UP”, rated PG. For your viewing comfort, we encourage you to bring a chair, blanket or both. Feel free to bring snacks and drinks, but no alcoholic beverages allowed. All movies will begin at sundown, approximately at 8:45 or 9pm. 540-740-3432.
July 25–Weyers Cave.
Music at the Market featuring the “Big City Band” will be held at the Valley Pike Farm Market, 3494 Lee Highway. The Market is home to a local farmers market, coffee shop, bakery, deli, wine/beer shop and for all walks of life to celebrate together in the things that make the Valley that much sweeter. This Summer series will be held on the last Saturday of the month from July to September. Cover fee and information for our Summer series concerts can be found at: valleypikefarmmarket.com/events or call 540-453-4168.
X2 Comedy Night! Laugh & Give: An outdoor social distance comedy show with a portion of the proceeds going to the local United Way. 7:00pm at Restless Moons Brewing, 120 W. Wolfe Street. X2 Comedy shows are clean and PG 13 featuring local, regional and nationally touring comedians. This show features Dawn Womack(VA); Ben Creed(NC), Jared Kassebaum(LA) and Winston Hodges(VA). Cost per person is $7 to $10. Tickets are being sold in parties of 1 to 6 people. Don't miss out! Ticket and more event information on Eventbrite; X2 Comedy's Facebook page or visit www.x2comedy.com. If you have questions email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dawn at 540-560-3356.
July 28-August 1–Clearbrook.
The Frederick County Fair will be held at 167 Fairground Road. There will be free parking. Daily Admissions: Monday no admission fee; Tuesday through-Saturday 12yrs and older $7.00, Ages 6yrs to 11yrs $3.00, 5 and under are free. Weekly tickets available at Main Gate all week, an adult is $20.00 weekly and children are $10.00 weekly. Also ride all night every night for $20.00 each night. No refunds or rain checks. 540- 667-8739.
July 28-August 1–Fishersville.
Augusta County Fair will be held at Augusta Expoland. It’s a once a year opportunity to see and experience events from, local agricultural shows to modern entertainment you can’t get anywhere else. Featuring quilting/canning competitions, tractor pulls, a beauty pageant, jackpot shows, dog show, gospel night, antique car show, your favorite summer comfort foods, funnel cakes, barbeque and more. Also free entertainment includes ninja experience, tactical laser tag, Kenya safari, nature Nicks animal adventure and fishing. 540-245-5627.
Join the town for our Outdoor Movie event featuring “Ratatouille” on First Street. The movie starts about 8:30pm with free admission/popcorn and drink too. 540-652-8164.
July 30–Shenandoah National Park.
White Oak Basket Making from10am-3pm at Big Meadows Lodge. Local basket artisan, Clyde Jenkins, will share his talent of basket making. Clyde teaches participants how to make a white-oak basket with techniques handed down through the generations. Structured for beginners to intermediate. The cost is $70.00 per person and the fee includes all materials to make one basket. Reservations are encouraged, call 877-847-1919 to make yours today.