CALENDAR OF EVENTS: April, 2020
Listing information subject to change. Call to confirm date and time.
Some events have been postponed or canceled due to coronavirus.
April 2–Luray.
Annual Empty Bowls will be held at the High School, 243 Bulldog Drive, from 6-8pm. There will be an art show, silent auction, live music, food and lots of fun for all ages. Tickets are $10.00 and all proceeds are donated to our local Page Ones. kkoslow@pagecounty.k12.va.us or 540-743-3800 for tickets.

April 2-30–Grottoes.
Area events: Bluegrass at the Town Hall every Thursday from 7-9pm; Chief Charlie’s Kids Fish Day on the 4th; Grand Caverns Easter Egg Hunt starting at 10am on the 11th; Grand Caverns 5K Race starting at 6:30pm on the 24th. For details on these events: eholloway@ci.grottoes.va.us or 540-249-5705.

April 3–Harrisonburg.
Relay For Life will be held at James Madison University. Opening ceremony starting at 6pm, Survivor/Caregiver Walk at 6:15pm, Luminaria 9:30pm and closing ceremony at 6am. To register: whitney.minnick@cancer.org or call 540-434-0444.

April 3–Waynesboro.
34th Annual Spring Gala benefit for the YMCA will be held at the Best Western Plus Waynesboro Inn and Suites Conference Center, 109 Apple Tree Lane, from 6-11pm. Proceeds benefit children and family programming at the YMCA. Tickets: molly@bwwaynesboro.com, 540-942-1100 or 540-943-9622.

April 3-4–Shenandoah.
Community Yard Sale from 8am-3pm. Call Joyce Fluharty at 540-652-8773 for more information.

April 4–Stephens City.
Kite Flying Festival at Sherando Park, 200 Lakeview Circle, from 10am-2pm. Take in the bright colors and fun that comes along with kite flying. Enjoy vendors, food and door prizes. 540-665-5678.

April 4–Stuarts Draft.
Spring Open House at Country Connections, 267 Cold Springs Road. 540-337-5226.

April 4–Luray.
Easter Egg Hunt at Ralph Dean Park, 625 Sixth Street, from 9:45-11am. For more details call 540-743-3915.

April 4–Berryville.
Spring Fling Open House at the Clarke County Animal Shelter, 225 Ramsburg Lane, from 10am-3pm. The community is invited to tour the shelter, stock the pantry, purchase yard sale items, and enjoy free refreshments. Author Kathy Durand will read her children’s book “Vegan the Cow” and will give free copies to youngsters. Questions? jwright@clarkecounty.gov or 540-955-5104.

April 4–Strasburg.
Vintage in the Valley Festival will be held at various places from 10am-4pm. Go to the Square, 174 E. King Street to pick up your event map. There will be over 100+ vendors of vintage goods/car/tractor and a vintage fashion show. Also live music/DJ, a bouncy house, wine garden and the ‘Movie Under the Stars’. 540-465-9197 or facebook.com/events/505927776947479/.

April 4–Woodstock.
Colonel’s Charge 5K Run/Walk at Massanutten Military Academy, 614 S. Main Street. The course starts and finishes at the Gordon D. Bowman Stadium. Alternate rain date is the 5th at 7:30am. To register  visit: www.militaryschool.com/register/ or call 540-459-2167.

April 4–Berryville.
Easter Egg Hunt in Chet Hobert Park, 225 Al Smith Circle, from 11am-noon. For children ages 1-7 accompanied by a adult. Rain location is the Clarke County Recreation Center. Cost is $3.00 per child. 540-955-5147 or ccpr@clarkecounty.gov.

April 4–Lexington.
14th Annual Bull and Oyster Festival from 1-5pm at the Virginia Horse Center.  Music by Gary Ruley and the Mule Train. Proceeds from the event benefit the Rockbridge Area Health Center. Tickets are 100% tax deductible. All ages are welcome, but no pets allowed. For tickets call 540-464-8700 or admin@rockahc.org.

April 4–New Market.
Come out for a fun, free community Easter Egg Hunt in the Community Park starting at 9am. Ages 1-10 are invited to hunt eggs. Children bring their own Easter basket to collect eggs filled with candy or prizes. In addition to the hunt for eggs, there will be fun activities and games, and visits with the Easter Bunny. This is a rain or shine event. 540-740-3432.

April 4–Berryville.
Paws for Reading at the Library, 101 Chalmers Court, 2pm. Children of all ages are invited to read with therapy dogs. This free program is perfect for children learning to read or those who want to improve their oral reading skills. 540-955-5144.

April 4–Winchester.
The Winchester Royals will be hosting their 3rd Annual Cash Party at Shenandoah University’s James R. Wilkins, JR Athletic Center, 1188 Ralph Shockey Drive. There will be  an open bar, dinner and a chance to win a $1,000.00. For tickets 540-409-7015 or pynetree5@yahoo.com.

April 11–Dayton.
Our Easter Egg Hunt is an annual family tradition for the town and will be held at Sunset Park, 145 Sunset Drive, starting at 2pm. The event is for children with four different age groups. Don’t forget to bring a basket or bag to hold all of your prizes, and a camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny. 540-879-2241.

April 10–Harrisonburg.
X2 Comedy for a Cause 8pm Clementine, 153 S Main St, Tickets are $12 Advance/ $15 Day of Show. This show will feature nationally touring and regional stand up comedians who will have you doubled-over in laughter. Tickets call 540.801.8881. For more event information email bookx2comedy@gmail.com or call/text Dawn at 540-560-3356.

April 11–Dayton.
HUZZAH!! The Regiment is Coming to Fort Harrison starting 2pm. The reenactors will set up an encampment and do volleys and musket demonstrations to show what it was like to live in a provincial troop. The Daniel Harrison house, 335 Main Street, will also be open. 540-879-2280.

April 11–Shenandoah Caverns.
Easter Egg Hunt inside American Celebration on Parade. Event is free, but limited to the first 100 children per age group (2-5 and 6-10) and kids must be registered. 540-477-3115.

April 11–Stanley.
Easter Egg Hunt at Hawksbill Recreation Park, 205 Pool Drive, from 1-3pm. Bring your own basket, there will be prizes, candy and face painting. 540-778-3454.

April 11-24–Staunton.
Frontier Culture Museum events: Easter Traditions on the 11th-12th; Wool Week on the 18th-24th; Lecture #4 Virginia Beer on the 21st. 540-332-7850.

April 16-18–Staunton.
Celebrating 20 years of AMA’s Museum Operation. The Loft at Blackburn Inn, 301 Greenville Avenue, serves as hospitality suite and headquarters for all activities. There will be golf, sporting clay shooting, a guest speaker and more. Also the “Tower of Power” raffle fundraiser. For details 540-248-3007 or blaine.clarke@comcast.net.

April 17–Harrisionburg.
9th Annual Chocolate Walk from 5-8pm. It has never been easier to support a cause you believe in than by feasting on chocolate while enjoying a stroll around town. Your participation supports the Collins Center’s mission to eliminate sexual violence. Registration is required and will take place in the Turner Pavilion or by calling 540-432-6430.

April 18–Luray.
17th Annual Youth Trout Derby at Hawksbill Greenway for ages 15 and under. This family fun day is free for all to enjoy. There will be raffles, face painting, kids games, free Domino’s Pizza, and more. Registration starts at 7:30am and the derby from 9am-noon then prizes will be awarded. 540-743-5511. 

April 18–Shenandoah National Park.
All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer activities and entrance to the park for free to everyone. Also a special event for children put on by the  National Junior Ranger’s will start around 9am. No registration or reservation required. 540-999-3500.

April 18–Harrisonburg.
Food Truck Fest at On Sunny Slope Farm, 1000 Erickson Avenue, starting at noon-6pm, rain or shine. Bring the whole family for a variety of local eats, live music, craft vendors, beer, wine, hard cider, food and more. All event proceeds benefit Open Doors, who provide warmth, shelter and support for our homeless. 540-705-1908.

April 18Harrisonburg.
The 23rd Annual Blacks Run Clean Up Day and Arbor Day will be taking place at Westover Park, 305 S. Dogwood Drive. Sign in from 9am-9:30am with your team, get a map of your location, and pick up supplies. Back again this year is the Green Scene. 540-432-8935.

April 18–Staunton.
Earth Day theme: “9-1-1, Climate Emergency, What can we do?” Join us at ​Gypsy Hill Park Bandstand starting 10am where everyone can enjoy hands-on activities, food trucks, a live bee hive, kiss a fish, and more. Rain Location will be the Gypsy Hill Park Memorial Gym. Admission is free. 540-332-3812 or 540-332-3865.

April 18–Berryville.
Outdoor Craft Show in Chet Hobert Park, 225 Al Smith Circle, featuring more than 100 artists and crafters. Free admission. Rain location is inside the Recreation Center. 540-955-5147.

April 18–Clearbrook.
“Walk MS” fundraiser will be held at the start/finish location: Clearbrook Park, 3300 Martinsburg Pike. Check-In at 9am and the walk starts at 10am. The routes are accessible for scooters, wheelchairs, walkers and canes. There will be accessible restrooms and those with a scooter be sure it is fully charged. Dogs are allowed and the walk is held rain or shine. 1-855-372-1331.

April 18–Harrisonburg.
13th Annual 5K Run/Walk Race at Eastern Mennonite University Commons, 1200 Park Road. On-Site Registration begins 7:15-8:15am and race starts at 9:30am. Free T-shirt for all participants who register before April 7th. To register: valleyautism.wordpress.com/5k/ or call 540-432-4118.

April 18–Salem.
19th Annual Blue Ridge Kite Festival at Green Hill Park, 2500 Green Hill Park Road, from 10am-4pm. Bring a kite and a lawn chair. Activities include kite demos from the Richmond Air Force Kite Club, crafts for Kids, a kite contest, vendors and food trucks. The first 1,000 kids get free kites. Children must be accompanied by adults and no pets. Admission and parking are free. 540-387-6078.

April 18–Woodstock.
Earth Day celebration at Court Square, 103 N. Main Street, starting 10am. There will be a mega plant swap, free Tai Chi classes, live music from the Plant-Based Jam, Tesla test drives, food/wine/craft vendors, adoptable cats/dogs, games, giveaways and so much more. 540-662-9462.

April 18–Harrisonburg.
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance presents the Rocktown Beer and Music Festival held at the Turner Pavilion and Park. People from all over converge here to attend the event, which often sells out in advance. We will be celebrating good living, a great community, whether rain or shine, it’s always a mighty fine time. Music by the following bands Chupacabras, Front Country and Sean K. Preston. starting 3pm. 540-432-8935 or 540-432-8922.

April 18-19–Waynesboro.
The South River Fly Fishing Expo is held on the banks of the South River. The South River is a popular destination for fly anglers due to the great fly fishing opportunities and ease of access. One of the goals of the Expo is to provide funding for continued conservation habitat improvement efforts on this great fishery. Adult’s $10.00 and children 15 and under are free. 540-649-1915.

April 18-25–Statewide.
Historic Garden Week in Virginia. This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with fabulous flower arrangements. Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens. Check with your local Chamber of Commerce for events in your area or 804-644-7776 Ext. 21.

April 19–Winchester.
“Rally in the Alley” is held in the Palace parking lot behind the splash pad on Indian Alley. Live music, local food, beer/wine, crafters and fun for the kids. Entrance is free and will be held rain or shine. 540-869-5991.

April 24–Shenandoah.
Music in the Park from 7-9pm at Big Gem Park, 736 4th Street. 540-652-8773 for information.

April 24-26–Waynesboro.
Barn Show and Gallery Open House, 329 W. Main Street. Join America’s most celebrated living artist in her home and gallery to have your artwork signed and personalized. You can bring two previously purchased P. Buckley Moss prints or paintings and all prints or paintings that are purchased during these three days. 540-949-6473.

April 25–Luray.
21st Annual Arbor Day Celebration at the Greenway Gazebo, Garden Club Circle, from 1-2pm. This is a family-friendly event that will have speakers, light refreshments, tree seedling handouts, and more. 540-743-5511.

April 25–Waynesboro.
7th Annual Spring Gala at the Red August Farm, 1620 Barren Ridge Road. With our exciting live/silent auctions, delicious food and great band, you are sure to have a great time. All proceeds for this event go entirely to support Valley Children’s Advocacy Center. valleycac@gmail.com or 540-213-0592 for tickets.

April 25–New Market.
Annual Arbor Day Celebration at various locations. There will be something for everyone to enjoy. 540-740-3432.

April 25–Waynesboro.
Year of the Eastern Tiger Salamander is the theme for Riverfest. Programs and activities start at 10am and continue throughout the day. This free annual event takes place river-side at Constitution Park. Activities include reptile world shows, stream safari, presentations by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, fish/fun rodeo, canoe rides, kids arts/crafts, stream electro-fishing with DGIF. The  day is capped off by the great South River duck race that takes place around 4pm. Riverfest is held rain or shine and no Pets Allowed. 540-942-6735.

April 25–Browntown.
Our Annual Redbud Festival is held on the grounds of the Community Center and the Baptist Church Fellowship Hall from10am-3pm. There will be a bake sale, crafts, photo contest, and other entertainment. Annual Gooney Creek Duck Race begins at noon, 1st prize  $100.00, 2nd prize $50.00 and 3rd Prize $25.00. Tickets available for $5.00 each. 540-635-7783.

April 25–Staunton.
2nd Annual “50 and Better” Senior Health Expo, from 9am-3pm, at Gypsy Hill Park Gymnasium. There will be complimentary health screenings and informational booths. Attendees at this free, public event can enjoy coffee and refreshments. 540-332-3945.

April 25–Keezletown.
The Annual Spring Festival and Yard Sale will be held at Brethren Woods Camp and Retreat Center, 4896 Armentrout Path, starting 7am. There are door prizes, hay wagon  rides, children’s games, zip line rides, climbing tower, challenge course, paddle boat rides, mini-golf, a fishing contest, a plant/flower sale, a hike-a-thon, kiss the cow, an auction, and don’t forget about all of the delicious food. 540-269-2741.

April 25–Waynesboro.
12th Annual Park to Park 1/2 Marathon starting 7am at Ridgeview Park, 700 S Magnolia Ave. This is a 13.1 mile point to point course connecting Waynesboro’s Ridgeview Park to Augusta County’s Stuarts Draft Park. The race will be completely supported with fully stocked aid stations and a post race party at the finish line. 540-942-6735 or www.runthevalley.com/.

April 30–Staunton.
Annual Vector Industries Golf Tournament at the Club At Ironwood, 62 Country Club Circle. If you are interested in participating, call 540-943-8444 ext. 301 or  e-mail chrissy@vectorindustries.org.

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Redbud Arts & Crafts Fest, Town of Dayton
Due to COVID-19
this event is postponed until June 20th