N-SSA Fall Nationals at Fort Shenandoah. Planned activities for a typical skirmish include children programs (including organized and supervised BB gun matches for kids under 15), dances, cook-outs, concerts. Also trips to ‘Sutler Row’ where vendors display and sell Civil War items. Emergency phone message line (only available during Nationals) 540-888-4334.
October 1-Nov. 2–Lexington.
Virginia Horse Center events: World/Grand National Friesian Championship Horse Show on the 1st-5th; Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia Fall Horse Show on the 4th-5th; Old Dominion Saddlebred Show on the 10th-11th; House Mountain Horse Show on the 11th-12th; 32nd Annual Col. Bengt Ljungquist Memorial Championships and VADA Fall Competition on the 16th-19th; Blue Ridge Brew Ha Ha Craft Beer Festival on the 25th; Fall Virginia Horse Trials on the 31st-Nov. 2. For times and admission fees call 540-464-2950.
Augusta Expoland events: Tool Sale on the 2nd-4th; Monthly Indoor/Outdoor Market and Yard Sale on the 4th; Heritage Promotions Antique Show and Sale on the 10th-12th; Poultry Sale and Coleman Farm Equipment Consignment Sale on the 18th; C’ville-Albemarle KC Dog Show on the 25th-26th; Taste of Home Cooking Show on the 28th; Kids Fun Night on the 31th. 540-377-2552 or 540-943-3976.
History comes to life for the whole family at Silver Lake Mill as you take a walk back in time. The Miller and others share their stories of what it was like to witness the “Burning of the Silver Lake Mill in 1864” and they tell about their lives during the war from 5:30-8:30pm. Admisssion is free. For more information call 540-830-7844.
48th Annual Virginia Mennonite Relief Sale at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. Featuring quilts, artwork, homemade food, antiques, plants/flowers, crafts, music and activities for the whole family. Bring your camper, tent, or sleep out under the stars. Camping is available on the fairgrounds. There are electric and water hook-ups, with suggested donation of at least $25.00. Parking is free and there is no admission charge. 540-433-9993.
“Chili Fest”–Enjoy a variety of savory chilies while filling your day with family fun. There will be pumpkin carving, candy apples to chairlift rides and a family movie night. Season Passes will be on sale, and you’ll want to stop by the gear swap which will help support the Wintergreen Ski Patrol on the 3rd-5th. Then on the17th-19th and 24th-26th we will have our “Harvest Fest”. We’ll end the month with features that are family friendly and Halloween fun with spooktacular activities for all ages. All events are at Wintergreen Resort. 1-855-699-1858.
Hill High Farm at 933 Barley Lane will host Haunted Nightmares. Experience for yourself the supernatural terror each step forward you take. When asked this question: how long they will be at the mercy of the creatures inside, we always respond with “How fast can you run?” 540-667-7377.
October 3-Nov. 1–Luray.
DarkWood Manor, 104 North Hawksbill Street, is a haunted house attraction. This isn’t your father’s old spook house. We don’t recommend anyone under 10 years of age go through, but it is left up to the parents. There are security guards on duty and security video cameras in use. 540-743-2408.
October 3-Nov. 1–Harrisonburg.
Are you looking for your worst fears to come true? Then join us at Fear Forest, where only the trees can hear you scream or at our new attraction “Fear Crops” which puts you on a wagon shooting zombies and they shoot back, just like an interactive video game, but don’t get too distracted or you just might not make it out. Both events are held a 6340 Oak Shade Road. Admission fee. For full schedule or special offers call 540-289-3449 or http://fearforest.net/.
October 4–Shenandoah Caverns.
The Shenandoah Jamboree will be at Shenandoah Caverns/Yellow Barn. Featuring Lisa Meadows, Shenandoah Jamboree cast and local performers. Ben “Cooter” Jones will be making special appearances with the General Lee. The featured guest is Jett Williams and he will perform approximately the second half of the show. Doors open 6 pm and show starts at 7 pm. 540-477-3080.
35th Annual Autumn Celebration downtown from 8:30am-4pm. There will be 350 vendors from numerous states. Attendees also enjoy a wide variety of delicious foods, live music, children’s activities, and other local unique shops like Silver Lake Mill. No pets allowed except for service dogs. 540-879-2241.
October 4– Raphine.
9th Annual McCormick Farm Mill Day from 9am-4pm. The main attraction of the day will be the operation of the McCormick grist mill. Built in the late 1700s, the mill has been fully restored to working order. Also a blacksmith, broom maker, traditional crafts, pumpkins, music, tours and food. The Marl Creek Interpretative Trail will also be open for you to hike and enjoy. 540-377-2255.
Join us for the 33rd Annual British Car Festival at Ridgeview Park. The Car Show offers music, door prizes, and fabulous food on site. Vendors for British car parts and paraphernalia, shirts and caps, specialty license plates, and much more will be in attendance. Waynesboro is the home of Fishburne Military Academy and the Moss Gallery. 434-295-3196.
Annual Fundraising Gala at Handley Regional Library, 100 W. Piccadilly Street. Featuring a WWII themed USO show. Period entertainment with heavy hors d’oeuvres served. Black tie, civilian 1940s or allied forces uniform optional. Tickets are $75.00 each or $125.00 per couple. For ticket information call 540 662-9041 x 14 or email@example.com.
Apple Days Craft Show at Willow Oak Plaza. This juried show features national vendors with jewelery, quilts, fine art, homemade apple dumplings, festival foods and so much more. 540-942-5101.
Join the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, 1500 Remount Road for their Autumn Festival held rain or shine. This is the one time every year that SCBI is open to the public. Don’t hesitate to bring the family. There will be children’s activities, live music, food, and plenty of fun. Also you can chat with our world-famous scientists. Wear attire for hilly outdoor activities. 540-635-6500.
Rockingham County Fair Grounds events: Virginia Power Pull: Truck and Tractor Pull on the 4th; C&E Gun Show on the 11th-12th; Gem and Mineral Show on the 25th-26th. For times and admission fee call 540-434-0005.
The artist P. Buckley Moss will be at her home, The Barn, to meet her collectors and personalize prints 11am-5pm each day. You are invited to bring two previously purchased Moss prints or paintings to the Barn for personalization. In addition, all prints or paintings that are purchased at the Waynesboro Gallery, 329 Main Street, during these three days can be personalized. 1-800-343-8643 or 540-949-6473.
55th Shenandoah Antiques Expo at Augusta Expoland. One of the greatest gatherings of dealers and collectors in the Mid-Atlantic. A show that excites, thrills and satisfies shoppers. Over 300 indoor dealers and 100’s of outside exhibitors. Rain or Shine. Admission fee and parking is free. 434-846-7452.
Annual Hands and Harvest Fall Foliage Festival. Enjoy arts/crafts, farmers’ market, used book sale, antique tractors, SPCA sweater sale, entertainment, Allegheny Mountain trout, music, a bonfire and more. Also the Word of Faith Church Outreach Ministry benefit dinner. 540-468-2550.
Fall Festival at Massanutten Resort from 11am-5pm, rain or shine. There is so much to do, from wine tasting to kids activities. Live music by “Burnt Orange”, and Jeremy Staubus Band. All proceeds benefit the McGaheysville and Elkton Fire and Rescue Squads. Admission is $10.00 adults, kids under 7 are free. 540-289-9441.
October 11–Buena Vista.
Annual Mountain Day Street Festival will be held in the downtown area from 10 am-4pm. Featuring art/crafts, live entertainment, music, antique farm machinery, local history exhibit, food, and much more. 540-261-1514.
Join us for the Annual Fall Foliage Festival 5K/10K race starting 8:30am. The race will start and end at Constitution Park. Racers will get a t-shirt, fully stocked aid stations, post race party with food and drink. $40.00 race day. You must be at least 8 years old on or before October 1, 2014 to participate. Held in conjunction with the Virginia Fall Foliage Festival Art Show. 540-942-6735.
October 11–Front Royal.
44th year of the Warren Heritage Society’s annual fundraiser, the Festival of Leaves on Chester and Main Streets. Come and join us for vendors, live entertainment, children’s corner and a parade at 10am. Also the Warren Heritage Society, 101 Chester Street will have historic demonstrations, re-enactors and living history interpretations. 540-636-1446.
Octoberfest is a family celebration held at Bryce Resort’s Restaurant in the main lodge building from 5:30-9:30pm. Take a trip back to Old Germany wtih traditional music, food, songs, dancing and good German beer. For reservations call 1-800-821-1444 or 540-856-2121.
Annual Fall Festival held in the downtown area. Activities include crafts, entertainment children’s area, 5k run, doggy pageant, and much more. Also more than 100 vendors with unique items and food. 540-343-1364.
ArborFest at Foundation of the State Arboretum at the University of Virginia’s Historic Blandy Experimental Farm, 400 Blandy Farm Lane. Features vendors selling perennials, shrubs, trees, etc. Also children’s activities, food, and more. Pets must be leashed, and you must pick up pet waste. 540-837-1758.
Fall Foliage Festival Art Show in the downtown area. Artists from all over the country will be displaying their art, crafts, paintings of all kinds, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, and more will be featured at this annual outdoor festival. This is a chance to sample our regional gourmet eats, craft beers, and great music by “No Lonesome”, “Houndog Hill”, “Dreaded Blues Lady”, and more. Free admission and parking. 540-942-6512 or http://svacart.com/vfffas/visitors/.
45th Annual Page County Heritage Festival, from 10am-5pm at the Page County Fairgrounds is held rain or shine. Featuring a steam/gas engine show, live entertainment, face-painting, a pedal tractor pull and a barrel train ride and more. No pets except service dogs. Admission is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. 540-743-4164.
October 11-12–Mount Jackson.
2nd Annual Music and Harvest Festival will be held in the downtown area. Featuring fine crafters, delicious food and live entertainment. Also the Shenandoah County Humane Society will hold pet adoptions and there will be a Civil War Display by the Battlefield Foundation. 540-477-3400.
The Edinburg Heritage Foundation will present the 4th Annual Art Show at the Edinburg Mill. Over 150 original artworks by Shenandoah Valley artists will be on display and for sale by more than 40 artists. There will be works in the following mediums: painting, drawing, sculpture, pottery, etching, photography, wood carving, wood turning, wearable art, glasswork, and hooked and quilted small wall hangings in a wide range of prices. A portion of each sale will go to the Heritage Foundation’s Save The Mill Fund. 540-984-8400.
“Octobeer Fest” at the Old Town Walking Mall. German music will provide entertainment, as local/regional breweries offer their products for sample and sale. Vendors will be featuring a variety of merchandise and food. Other activities will include traditional German games, crafts, free face painting, marionettes/puppet shows and more. Also herren and frauen come dressed in your best lederhosen and dirndls for the costume contest on the 17th. Admission fee is $5.00 and children 12 and under are free. 540-722-7576.
Get ready for “Apple Day” at the Stonewall Jackson House, 8 East Washington Street, from11am-3pm. Try our freshly pressed apple cider, enjoy crafts and games for the whole family and live music. All activities are free to participate in. There is a admission fee for the house tour. 540-464-7704.
Children’s Harvest Festival, from 1-5pm, at James Madison University’s Frances Plecker Educational Center. A free festival with dance exhibitions/lessons, crafts, singers, musical instrument performance/demonstrations, story time, trail tours, snacks, seed collecting trail activity and much more. Horse drawn wagon rides are available for the whole family with ticket purchase. 540-568-3194.
Join us for Friends’ 10th Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser and enjoy a fun evening with great food, fine music, and wonderful people from 6-9pm at the Woodstock Moose Club, 152 Moose Road. Your attendance and contributions help build a stronger organization to serve the needs of the river. Individual ticket is $45.00 or you can sponsor the Fry for $150.00 or choose another sponsorship level. 540-459-8550.
“AutumnFest” at Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, from 11am-6pm. BBQ, pony rides, art/crafts, kids activities, log splitting competition and more. Live music by the “Moondog Medicine Show”. Also local wine, beer and bourbon tastings. Door prize drawing for a free grill from Lowes. Admission is $10.00, $15.00 includes wine tasting, children 16 and under are free. 540-459-2542.
Fall Festival at Timber Ridge Old Stone Presbyterian Church. Savor homemade brunswick stew and apple butter. Also a bake/yard sale, pumpkin patch, arts/crafts, and bluegrass music. 540-377-2239.
Fall Foliage Bike Festival at Shelburne Middle School, 300 Grubert Avenue. An event where hundreds of cyclists of all ages and abilities, gather to ride together. On Saturday evening after the ride, we are hosting a free street party in downtown Staunton. An entire city block will be closed to traffic and open to entertainment. A live band will be playing from 5-8:30pm. Everyone is invited to this event. 540-448-0870.
28th Annual Autumn Days Arts and Crafts Festival in front of the Elkton Elementary School, held rain or shine. The festival offers crafts, local artists, great entertainment and food. A great day for all ages, so bring a chair and relax. 540-298-9441.
150th Anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek at Cedar Creek Battlefield. This unique opportunity also includes a children’s activities tent, Sutler Row, reenactments with grandstand seating, food, night firing of cannons, guided tours, a luminary commemoration service, and so much more. Admission fee. 540-869-3051.
“Spookcessible” a Halloween event for children with special needs at Jim Barnett Park from 10-11am. Search for easily accessible non-spooky ghosts to turn in for treats. Then head over to the pumpkin patch to look for a gourd. Free event. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held in the gym at Jim Barnett Park. To register call 540-667-1815.
October 25–New Market.
Spirits of New Market Evening Lantern Tours every 15 minutes between 7-8:45pm at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway. Experience the tales of the Virginia Military Institute Cadets as they recount their historic involvement in the May 15th, 1864 battle. Costumed interpreters will share spine tingling stories as they bring to life those who lived this amazing story. Admission fee. 540-740-3101 or 1-866-515-1864.
The Virginia Horse Center’s 1st Craft Beer Fest from noon-5:30pm. Featuring 30 craft beers, live music by Andy Crawford, and Christmas crafts and gifts. Something for the entire family. There will be a quick transition and we will be having a Beer Garden and a Martial Arts MMA fight in the cage beginning at 6:30pm. There will be an additional charge for the second show. 540-464-2953.
Halloween on Court Square. Featuring mask making, pumpkin painting, story telling, trick-or-treating, inflatable maze, magic show and more. This is the only opportunity for children 5-12 years old to register to win the honor of lighting the town Christmas tree with the mayor at this year’s Light Up Woodstock Celebration, on December 5. In the event of rain outdoor activities will be canceled. 540-459-3621.