2017 VALLEY EVENTS
April 1st – Town of Woodstock Chili Cook Off, Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, Woodstock, VA
The Woodstock Enhancement Committee hosts the 2nd 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 favorite, “The Instigators”. 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 15th - Easter Celebration, American Celebration, Shenandoah Caverns
Shenandoah Caverns will be offering special Easter activities on April 15, including meeting the Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg Hunt at American Celebration on Parade. There will be two hunts, one for ages 2 - 5, and another for ages 6 - 10. Eggs will be filled with candy and Easter-themed toys. A few special Golden Eggs will have free passes to see the caverns! All families participating in our Easter Egg Hunt will get a discount to see the caverns the day of the event. We'll also have a food truck on premises, so you can spend the day with your family enjoying our attractions. Please arrive at American Celebration by 10:30 PM, the hunts will begin at 10:45. After the hunt you'll have plenty of time to take a picture with the Easter Bunny, so be sure to bring a camera. There is no charge for this event, however we do require that you register for a "Free Ticket" on Eventbrite for participating children. Please select the correct age group for your child. This ticket will also be needed to show the admission staff at the Caverns to get your tour discount after the hunt. If you have questions, please call (540) 477-3115 or email email@example.com.
April 28th thru. May 7th – 90th Annual Apple Blossom Festival, Winchester, VA
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. "Bloomtown: Bringing The WOW for 90 YEARS!” is the theme for the 2017 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.
May 7th - Of Ale and History Beer Fest, Belle Grove Plantation, Middletown, VA
Now in its 21st year, Belle Grove's "Of Ale and History" Beer Fest is the longest running craft beer festival in Virginia. More than 70 beers will be on tap for tasting and there will be great music from the Robbie Limon Band and Cazhmiere. Tickets will go on sale in April. For more information visit www.bellegrove.org
May 20th – 153rd Anniversary of The Battle of New Market Reenactment, New Market, VA
The Battle of New Market Reenactment is a unique historical experience taking place on the original 1864 battlefield. Experience Civil War soldier life. 10am to 5pm. 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, please call (540) 740-3101 or (866) 515-1864, email firstname.lastname@example.org
May 20th – Virginia Wine & Craft Festival, Front Royal, Virginia
Come and join the tastings from 20 Virginia wineries. 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 27th – 17th Annual ValleyFest Beer & Wine Festival, Massanutten Resort, McGaheysville, VA
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, VA
June 9th – Featuring: The Instigators
July 14th – Featuring: The Coteries
July 28th – Featuring: Little Walter & The Convictions
August 11th – Featuring: Stone Rollin’
September 8th – Featuring: John Richards and The Virginians
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 6:00 p.m., music 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. FREE ADMISSION!
June 16th – Vintage Woodstock Festival, Woodstock, VA
This event is from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. located in the Woodstock Court Square. This event will be fun for the entire family. Featuring music by Revolution. Enjoy music by The Hackens Boys, dancing in the streets, artisans and crafters, food vendors, wine & beer garden, children’s activities and more. FREE ADMISSION! www.townofwoodstockva.com
July 1st - The 18th Annual BryceFest, Bryce Ski Resort, Basye, VA
This annual event features crafters, food vendors, live music, fireworks, and much more. Fun for the entire family. Please visit www.bryceresort.com for further details.
July 4th –Fireworks Display, Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, Woodstock, VA
Fireworks start at 9:30pm. Rain date: July 5th. Free admission. For more information visit www.townofwoodstockva.com.
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, Orkney Springs, VA
July 21st – Featuring: Arlo Guthrie
July 22nd – Featuring: Piedmont Symphony Orchestra Rocks!
July 28th – Featuring: TBA
July 29th – Featuring: Piedmont Symphony Orchestra
August 11th – Featuring: The Hillbenders & The Seldom Scene
August 12th – Featuring: The Midtown Men
September 2nd – Featuring: Emmylou Harris
September 3rd – Featuring: Bluegrass Minifest w/ Balsam Range, Band of Ruhks & After Jack
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 2017! 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 12th – Shenandoah Valley 12th 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. This year the Yard Crawl will be extended from Harrisonburg through Stephens City. Starts 7 a.m. Rain or Shine. Come early, some sales start Friday.
August 14th thru. August 19th – Rockingham County Fair, Rockingham County Fairgrounds, Harrisonburg, VA
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. Featured concert performers this year, 8/14 THE LONG RUN - ULTIMATE EAGLES TRIBUTE; 8/15 ROOTS & BOOTS TOUR w/ SAMMY KERSHAW, COLLIN RAYE & AARON TIPPIN; 8/16 OLD CROW MEDICINE; 8/17 DEVIL DON'T SLEEP TOUR w/ BRANTLEY GILBERT & LUKE COMBS. For more information and tickets to concerts visit www.rockinghamcountyfair.com.
August 25th thru. September 2nd Shenandoah County Fair, Fairgrounds, Woodstock, VA
The Shenandoah County Fair Celebrating 100 years. Featuring Pennwood Shows Midway with approximately 30 rides. Livestock show and exhibits. 4 Days of Harness Racing, Tractor Pulls, Demolition Derbys, National Musical Entertainers . Various Free Shows and Entertainment on the grounds. Featured concert performer,8/30 MARTINA McBRIDE; 8/31 WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN w/ HIGH VALLEY; 9/1 TBA. Plus much, much more. For more information and tickets to the concerts, visit www.shencofair.com or call (540) 459-3867.
September 9th & September 10th – Food Truck Festival and Harness Racing, Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, Woodstock, VA
Shenandoah Valley’s only food truck festival in the heart of Woodstock. Join in on the 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival partnered with Harness Racing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tons of family fun and great food and brews to boot. Guaranteed, the best way to spend a fall afternoon.
September 15th thru. September 17th – 37th Annual Edinburg Ole’ Time Festival, Edinburg, VA
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, entertainment and great food. 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.
October 15th – Shenandoah AutumnFest, Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, Woodstock, VA
A festival designed to give you a lip lickin', banjo pickin', wine sippin' good time! Featuring a State Championship BBQ Competition sanctioned by the Kansas City BBQ Society and a Backyard BBQ Competition to see who makes the best BBQ in the Valley. Featuring live music by Justified. Also featuring Craft Beer, 2 local winery's, crafters, log splitting competition, and much more! Gates open at 12:00pm -- rain or shine. Tickets may be purchased online for $7 in advance or $22 for Craft Brew Tasting and a beer mug, the day of the event tickets go up $3 for each and can be purchased at the gate. Children 16 and under are free. You will also find registration forms and directions at www.shencochamber.wix.com/autumnfest. WE ARE SAVING A "RIB" FOR YOU! The nature of this event does not allow for outside food, beverages, or pets.
October 20th-21th, 27th-28th & October 31st - American Fright Night, Shenanadoah Caverns @ American Celebration, Quicksburg, VA
Visit the Valley's newest haunted attraction at American Celebration on Parade. October 20-21, 27-28, and October 31 American Celebration will be open from 7-10 PM for our first ever haunted house. Giant parade floats in the dark? Creepy enough, but there's so much more in store if you're brave enough to enter American Fright Night. We'll kick off the scaring with a special (less-scary) kid's night for families with kids under 10 only on October 19 from 6-8 PM. Check back in late summer for more information and to buy tickets.
October 28th – Mt. Jackson Apple Harvest Bluegrass Festival, Mt. Jackson, VA
6th 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 11th – Shenandoah Uncorked, Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns, Quicksburg, VA
Shenandoah Uncorked Wine Festival in its 8th year, a celebration of Virginia wines. Make plans to enjoy the fall weather. In addition to the wines from local wineries, there will be great food and crafters. For more information, visit www.shenandoahcaverns.com. So many good wines… so much time to enjoy!
Mount Jackson, Virginia