2018 VALLEY EVENTS
March 10th - Winterfest, Bryce Resort, Basye, Virginia
Bryce Resort will be celebrating the end of another great ski season, starting at 8am. The pancake breakfast will begin at 8am and last until 11am. The Polar Plunge will begin at 9am, followed by the costume parade, which will begin at 12:30pm. Pond skimming will begin at 2:00pm. The event will also have live music, performed by Andrew Stitch. The festival will end at 5:00pm. For more information, visit www.bryceresort.com or call (540) 856-2121.
March 23rd thru. March 25th - Festival of Arts, Luray, Virginia
The Page Valley Arts Council will be hosting their 1st annual Festival of the Arts in Downtown Luray. The festival will showcase old-time, traditional, and contemporary art developed by artists from the Page Valley. This 3 day family-friendly event will feature exhibitions and demonstrations by more than 60 artists, including painters, potters, fiber artists, basket-weavers, jewelry makers, woodworkers, musicians, writers and performers. The festival will begin at 7pm Friday. Visit www.pagevalleyartscouncil.org for more information.
March 31st - Easter Egg Hunt, American Celebration (Shenandoah Caverns), Quicksburg, Virginia
2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt to kick off the opening of the American Celebration for the season. The hunts will begin at 10:30am. Arrive 15 minutes prior to get checked in. Attendance will be limited to the first 100 kids for each age group. RSVP’s your ticket today online for this event. Last year over 3,000 eggs were hidden. Eggs will have Easter themed toys and candy. Visit www.shenandoahcavern.com for more details and the reserve your ticket.
April 7th - Chili Cook Off, Town of Woodstock, West Court Street, Woodstock, Virginia - ***CANCELLED DUE TO IMPENDING WEATHER***
The Woodstock Enhancement Committee hosts the 3rd Annual Woodstock Chilifest. From 11:30am – 4pm. Sample chili from 20 competitors and vote for your favorite. Listen and dance to great music from local band. Food items and ingredients from vendors. There will be games and activities for adults and kids alike. Enjoy beer and/or hard cider. Hot or mild. Sweet or spicy. Meat or meatless. Red or white. Whatever your preference, if you area chili lover then the Woodstock Chili Fest is the event for you! For more information about the event and tickets, visit www.woodstockvachilifest.com.
April 21st - The Rocktown Beer & Music Festival, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance presents The Rocktown Beer & Music festival starting at 3pm. The event will showcase multiple breweries that are handpicked for their quality and diversity of America’s Craft Beer culture. This event offers live music, which will be performed by some of the best performing local and nationally touring bands. This event may sell out, so be sure to order your tickets. For more information, visit www.rocktownfestival.com.
April 27th thru. April 29th - Shenandoah Shootout (Invitational Rodeo), Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, Woodstock, Virginia
Virginia High School Rodeo Association (VHSRA) has selected the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds as the new location for their multi-state Invitational Rodeo, “Shenandoah Shootout.” A wide variety of rodeo events will include Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling, Bronc Riding, Barrel Racing. Other activities will incorporate team roping events. “High School participants from all over Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia will be participating. Rodeo shows are set for Friday and Saturday evening at 7:00 PM. Admission to each show costs $10, with ages nine and under admitted free. The Virginia Junior Rodeo Association (VJRA) and the Virginia High School Rodeo Association are faith based, non-profit, “family oriented” organizations. Their mission is to introduce members and their families to the sport of rodeo. Young cowboys and cowgirls get a chance to develop skills in a fun, safe environment. Both the VJRA and VHSRA promote sportsmanship and good character. They also maintain the highest regard for the livestock involved.
The Maverick Division is open to young people up to 5th grade age, offering Mutton Bustin’, Calf Riding, Barrel racing, Breakaway Ropin’, and much more. The Junior High Division represents 6th to 8th-graders and the High School Division represents the 9th through 12th grades. Home schooled students are also encouraged to join. A full schedule of events will be posted on the Fair website in mid-April. Visit www.vhsra.org or www.vjra.org for more information.
April 27th thru. May 6th – 91st Annual Apple Blossom Festival, Winchester, Virginia
The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is a celebration of spring in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. The event is one of the largest in the Mid-Atlantic area, taking over the town of Winchester, VA. This is a great time to enjoy the Virginia countryside and see the blooming apple trees while they color the region in the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, the Grand Feature Parade, band competitions, dances, a carnival, a 10K run, Firefighters events and more. "Discover the Bloom” is the theme for the 2018 Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. The Festival is an event the whole family can enjoy. The Festival is held in Winchester – Frederick County Virginia, in the beautiful and historic Northern Shenandoah Valley, just 75 miles west of Washington, D.C. A small city with a rural atmosphere, Winchester is within easy driving time from Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, PA, Baltimore, MD and Richmond, VA. Crowds in excess of 250,000 attend the Festival each year. For more information visit, www.thebloom.com/events.
Cooter’s Shenandoah Jamboree, Cooter’s Place, Luray, Virginia
Throughout the year, Cooter’s Place will be hosting live music performed by special guests. Visit www.cootersplace.com to purchase tickets to either one of these shows.
May 12th - Food Truck Rally, Lucy F. Simms Center, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Try out some of Harrisonburg’s food trucks and enjoy a great day at the park. Make sure to bring a blanket, so you can sit and enjoy your favorite food truck cuisine. The event will take place from 11am to 3pm. For additional information, please call (540) 437-9213.
May 18th thru. May 20th – Strasburg Mayfest, Strasburg, VA
Strasburg Mayfest offers events for the entire family. It features a parade, music, food and craft vendors, carnival rides and a duck race. Visit www.mayfeststrasburg.com for more information.
May 19th – 32nd Annual Virginia Wine & Craft Festival, Front Royal, Virginia
Come and join the tastings from 20 Virginia wineries. From 10am to 6pm. Covering more than 7 blocks and featuring over 100 vendors, artists and crafters. Find handmade jewelry, hand painted wine glasses, hand crafted musical instruments, pottery and ceramics, clothing, original paintings and artwork, antiques and much more. Over a dozen food vendors and restaurants. Admission is $25 in advance or $30 at the gate for those who want to wine taste. Free general admission. For more information about this event and to purchase a ticket, call the Chamber of Commerce (540) 635-3185.
May 19th thru. May 20th – 154th Anniversary of The Battle of New Market Reenactment, New Market, Virginia
The Battle of New Market Reenactment is a unique historical experience taking place on the original 1864 battlefield. The oldest reenactment in the nation, it is one of the few that is held on the original site. With over 1,000 reenactors to take part. Experience Civil War soldier life. On-going demonstrations and living history presentations. Travel back in history to the sights and sounds of the Civil War with Signal Corps, Artillery, Cavalry, Musket firing, Camp life, Medical Corps, and much more. For more information regarding pricing and tickets call (866) 515-1864, or visit www.vmi.edu/newmarket.com.
May 26th – 18th Annual ValleyFest Beer & Wine Festival, Massanutten Resort, McGaheysville, Virginia
11am to 7pm. ValleyFest, held on Memorial Day weekend, is the kick-off to summer! More than 4,000 people celebrate the holiday weekend at the festival, dancing to live music, sampling food, shopping for unique and handmade crafts, and enjoying quality wines and microbrews of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia and beyond. Many varieties of beer and wine will be represented, from merlots and pinots. It's all of the beer and wine you could possibly enjoy in one place! For information about tickets visit, www.valleyfestbeerandwine.com
Woodstock Rocs Concert Series, W.O. Riley Park, Woodstock, Virginia
Bring your lawn chair and blanket and enjoy dinner from local food vendors along with live entertainment from regional bands. W.O. Riley Park Event Lawn and Stage Area. Food for purchase beginning at 6pm, music 7pm to 9pm. FREE ADMISSION!
CrossRoads Music Fest, Rebel Park, New Market, Virginia
The Town of New Market presents its fourth annual Summer Music Series. From 6:30pm to 9pm. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy an evening of local music. A variety of food will be available (for purchase) and a beer and wine garden (for purchase).
July 3rd - Independence Day Celebrations, New Market, Virginia
The New Market Fireworks Committee brings a fun community celebration to the New Market Community Park to celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. The celebration activities start at 5:00 p.m. with a fireworks display showing around 9:20 p.m. Activities to include, but not limited to are: live music, train ride, dunk tank, activities for all ages, and food vendors. Mark your calendars and come visit with your family, friends and neighbors. Bring chairs or blankets to enjoy the evening. (NO PETS ALLOWED). This community celebration is brought to you by: American Legion Post #166, New Market Chamber of Commerce, New Market Rotary Club, and the Town of New Market.
July 4th – Fireworks Display, Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, Woodstock, Virginia
Fireworks start at 9:30pm. Rain date: July 5th. Free admission. For more information visit www.townofwoodstockva.com.
July 7th - The 19th Annual BryceFest, Bryce Ski Resort, Basye, Virginia
This annual event features crafters, food vendors, live music, fireworks, and much more. Fun for the entire family. From 11am to 5pm. Please visit www.bryceresort.com for further details. Fireworks at dusk.
July 21st - Virginia Cider Festival, Valley Pike Farm Market, Weyers Cave, Virginia
11am to 5pm. Valley Pike Farm Market is pleased to announce that they will be hosting a Virginia Cider Festival to benefit Mercy House. Mercy House is a local non-profit that fights to reduce poverty and homelessness in the Shenandoah Valley while working to provide services, education, and assistance to prevent future homelessness for families. Mercy House has been prominent within our community for 30 years as of this year, and the Virginia Cider Festival will commemorate the impact it has had on the families in the Valley. A portion of all proceeds from the Virginia Cider Festival at Valley Pike Farm Market will directly benefit Mercy House and the families that they support. We are so excited and honored to work side by side with them for such an amazing cause!
This festival will be held on Saturday July 21, 2018 at Valley Pike Farm Market. More than 15 Virginia cideries will be present with more than 40 different hard ciders for tasting and purchase! Live music will be offered throughout the entire day and includes Mike Davis, Thieves of Burden, Strong Water and The Barons!
The link to PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS, which includes tastings and a commemorative glass, can be found here: http://www.valleypikefarmmarket.com/virginia-cider-festival-at-valley-pike-farm-market/
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival (SVMF), Orkney Springs, Virginia
The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival has been bringing great music to the Valley for more than 50 years. Presenting 8 to 10 concerts per season that offer music from wide variety of genres. The concert venue is the outdoor pavilion at Shrine Mont, a beautiful, historic retreat center in the quaint village of Orkney Springs, VA. Situated at the foot of Great North Mountain, Shrine Mont provides a stunning backdrop for concerts, and its modest size allows for great views of the stage from both the pavilion and lawn seating areas. We invite you to celebrate the summer season with us in 2018! Come relax and drink in the magic of beautiful music under the summer night sky in a very special place. For more information visit www.musicfest.org.
August 4th - Shenandoah Caverns Dog Days of Summer Beer Jam, Quicksburg, Virginia
1pm to 7pm. Shenandoah Caverns will be hosting it's first ever beer event on August 4 in the wooded area behind the caverns lodge building. We'll have the bluegrass bands Jay Armsworthy and the Eastern Tradition and 15 Strings performing under the picnic pavilion. There will be beer and wine available for puchase, including Virginia craft beers and local Virginia wine. The first year will be more of a lawn party feel, with a relaxed, pet-friendly atmosphere. We'll have cornhole boards and some lawn games, or you can bring your own. Bring picnic blankets or chairs to enjoy the music and and the atmosphere. Food will be available for purchase from J&M Concessions (BBQ, burgers, hot dogs, and much more) and El Chilango Mexican Grill. There will be a trailer with full restrooms on premises as well.
August 11th – Shenandoah Valley 13th Annual Yard Crawl
Shop till you drop!!!!! Come out for over 43 miles of business sidewalk sales, yard sales, antiques, food, wine and much more along Route 11 in the historic towns. The Yard Crawl is extended from Harrisonburg to Stephens City. Starts 7am Rain or Shine. Come early, some sales start Friday.
August 13th thru. August 18th – Rockingham County Fair, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, Virginia
The Rockingham County Fair has been recognized on numerous occasions as being the top agricultural fair in the nation. More than 90,000 people are expected to attend the fair located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. From concerts and side shows, to tractor pulls and demo derby’s, this fair has it all. For more information and tickets to concerts visit www.rockinghamcountyfair.com. Featured concert performers this year ***TBA***.
August 24th thru. September 2nd Shenandoah County, Fairgrounds, Woodstock, Virginia
The Shenandoah County Fair Celebrating 101 years. Featuring Pennwood Shows Midway with approximately 30 rides. Livestock show and exhibits. 4 Days of Harness Racing, Tractor Pulls, Demolition Derby's, National Musical Entertainers . Various Free Shows and Entertainment on the grounds. Plus much, much more. For more information and tickets to the concerts, visit www.shencofair.com or call (540) 459-3867. Featured concert performers:
Sept 21st thru. Sept 23rd – 38th Annual Edinburg Ole’ Time Festival, Edinburg, Virginia
On the third Friday of each September, this sleepy little town, nestled along US-11 (exit 270 on I-81), comes alive with the festival of music, arts, crafts, parade and great food, entertainment, hay rides, bed race, wine tasting and more. The best parts of the Festival, though, are the people. The theme is that of another time. A time when things moved a little slower, a time when people took the time to visit with each other, but most of all, a time when everybody enjoyed the life they had and the friends they shared. For more information about the Festival, call: 540-984-7272. Sponsored by the Town of Edinburg and the Edinburg Heritage Foundation Address: P.O. Box 85, Edinburg, VA 22824. www.edinburgoletimefestival.org.
September 29th - Heritage Days Festival, New Market, Virginia
9am to 5pm. Come to New Market Chamber of Commerce’s Heritage Days Festival located in historic Downtown New Market! Come enjoy pleasures crafted by local vendors, taste local food, and sing along and dance to local musicians! A fun day for all ages! We invite people from all communities as well as interested vendors.
September 29th – Vintage Woodstock Festival, Woodstock, Virginia
This event is from 3pm to 10pm located in the Woodstock Court Square. This event will be fun for the entire family. Enjoy music by, ***TBA***, dancing in the streets, artisans and crafters, food vendors, wine & beer garden, children’s activities and more. FREE ADMISSION! www.townofwoodstockva.com
October 13th - Shenandoah AutumnFest - Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, Woodstock, Virginia
October 13th - 11:30am to 5pm. Come for the BBQ, stay for the 25+ craft brews and wine. Kansas City Barbecue Society’s championship competition with more than 45 regional BBQ teams and a “Backyard” competition. This day will be full of fun. Cigars by B&B Tobacco, Music by Justified, Crafters and Artisans. At 1pm, Shenandoah Downs Harness Racing. General Admission $10 (no alcohol tasting), Tasting Tickets $25 (includes, admission, all beer, alcohol and BBQ tasting. October 14th – 11:30am to 5pm. Cruise-In, Antique Car Show. www.shenandoahcountychamber.com/autumnfest. www.shenandoahcountychamber.com/autumnfest
American Fright Night – Shenandoah Caverns @ American Celebration, Quicksburg, Virginia
October 12 & 13, 19 & 20, 26 & 27 and October 31. American Celebration will be open from 7-9:30pm. American Fright Night returns to American Celebration on Parade starting October 12! Giant parade floats in the dark? Scary enough. Turn it into a 40,000 sq. ft. haunted attraction with scary scenes from your worst nightmares around every bend? Truly terrifying. The cost is only $13 per person, or $10 for Shenandoah County Schools students with ID.
FAQs: Is it scary? Yes, the attraction is scary. We do not recommend it for children under age 12. Admission is nonrefundable once purchased, even if you choose not to enter once you hear the screams. How long will it take? It generally takes around 15-20 minutes to go through the attraction, though times differ based on how fast you walk (or run!). How many people go through in a group? We prefer to send a maximum of 5-6 people through together in a group. The fewer the number in your group, the better the scare factor. However, if you come with a slightly larger group then we'll be happy to let you enter together. How do I get tickets? Tickets can be purchased at the door or online beginning in August. Visit www.shenandoahcaverns.com for more information.
October 27th – Mt. Jackson Apple Harvest Bluegrass Festival, Mt. Jackson, Virginia - ***CANCELLED DUE TO IMPENDING WEATHER***
7th Annual Mount Jackson Music & Harvest Festival will continue to be surrounded by fine crafters, delicious foods and live entertainment – local and handmade! This Festival is a great opportunity for all to participate in the history and future of the Mount Jackson, Virginia heritage. Enjoyable and entertaining for THE ENTIRE FAMILY! For more information, please visit www.mountjackson.com
November 3rd - Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup Festival, Strasburg, Virginia
Kick off the fall festival season with an event that celebrates the most classic pairing of two foods of all time – GRILLED CHEESE + TOMATO SOUP. Stop at Town Hall to pick up your score card, then hop from business to business sampling the duos from classic to unreal, rustic to metro. Then vote for your favorite! Kids 12 and under taste for free; $5 entry for adults. Visit www.shenandoahcounty.com/events to purchase tickets and more information.
November 10th – Shenandoah Uncorked, American Celebration (Shenandoah Caverns), Quicksburg, Virginia
Enjoy Virginia wine, food and crafts at the 9th annual Shenandoah Uncorked festival on at the American Celebration on Parade at Shenandoah Caverns. For the first time ever, the festival will be almost entirely indoors at American Celebration instead of outdoors across the street at the Yellow Barn!
With over 10 Virginia wineries, great food, unique crafts and a variety of kid's activities, there's something for everyone at Shenandoah Uncorked. The festival begins at 10am and wine stops pouring at 4:30pm. Admission is free. Wine tasting is only $15 and includes a souvenir glass. Also explore Shenandoah Caverns right next door--you'll get a special discount with your festival wristband!
November 30th - Light Up Woodstock, Woodstock, VA
5:30 - 8:30 pm - Entertainment Schedule, Children's Choral Groups (District Courthouse), Caroling wagon rides around Town & hot cocoa and cookies, Parade, Tree Lighting with Mayor McCleary and special guest Riley Mason! Visits with Santa.
Mount Jackson / Quicksburg, Virginia