Community School’s 35th Annual Strawberry Festival fundraiser will be held rain or shine at Elmwood Park. In addition to delicious strawberry desserts, there are children’s games/activities, live musical entertainment, food, arts and crafts vendors. This is a family-oriented festival and all proceeds benefit the Community School. 540-563-5036.
Virginia Horse Center Events: Hunter Jumper Derby on the 1st; Bonnie Blue National Horse Show, USEF rated on the 6th-9th; “Hear the Beat”: 4-H qualifiying show on the 10th and therapeutic riding fund-raiser horse show on the 31st; Old Time Music Jam on the 12th; Spring Dressage Rosinburg event on the 16th-17th. For more information call 540-464-2950.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds events: The Relay For Life of Harrisonburg/Rockingham is an incredible and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to reduce our cancer risk, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease on the 1st-2nd. 540-434-3360; On the 25th, Memorial Day Horse Fair and Auction. Equine enthusiasts will enjoy the horses, ponies, miniature horses, tack, etc. Auction begins at 11am and Steve Wingfield’s Victory Weekend Memorial Day Celebration. There will be something for every member of the family as we honor faith, family, and freedom; WVPT Festival of Family Fun on the 30th. This event is free to the public and will focus on literacy, health and safety. New and used books will be distributed and lots of activities planned. Healthy snacks are free and food will be sold for lunches by other nonprofits. 540-434-0005.
Join amateur and professional chefs for a culinary experience you won’t soon forget at the George C. Marshall Museum from 4:30-8:30pm. A live auction will include fabulous items and packages. Taster’s Choice will have a Kentucky Derby theme and will include live viewing of the 141st “Run for the Roses” chance to pick the winning horse, hat competition for the ladies, Kentucky derby inspired food and drinks to enjoy. All proceeds benefit Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center. Admission fee of $50.00 per person. 540-463-7344.
Riverfest- “Year of the Painted Turtle” is a free annual event that takes place river-side at Constitution Park from 10am-4:30 pm, rain or shine. Activities include reptile world shows, stream safari, presentations by the Wildlife Center of Virginia, fish and fun rodeo, farmer’s market, canoe rides, kids arts/crafts, stream electro-fishing and is capped off by the Great South River Duck Race. No pets allowed. 540-949-7738.
Chief Charlie’s Kid’s Fish Day from 9am-2pm at Mountain View Park. There will be entertainment, food, fishing and lots of fun. This cost-free event is for children 3-15 years of age. Poles and bait are available to rent. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 540-249-5707.
40th Annual Lexington Road and River Relay. The first leg is a 3.5 mile run. The second leg is a bicycle ride. The third leg is a canoe or kayak course. The fourth and final leg is a 1.3-mile loop run. The race starts on Main Street in front of the Rockbridge County Public Library, 138 South Main Street, promptly at 10am. The fee is $125.00 per team or solo participants will be $45.00 540-464-3283.
May 2-3–Buena Vista.
Step back into the 1860s and experience Civil War living history at “Muster on the Maury” on the grounds of the historic Paxton House. The weekend will feature a living history encampment, children’s activities, Paxton House tours and much more. An added bonus to the event is the annual Guy Carawan Bluegrass Jam which will also be taking place in the park. Admission fee. 540-261-2931.
Augusta Expoland events: Indoor/Outdoor Market and Yard Sale on the 2nd; Augusta Co. Model Railroad Club Show on the 3rd; Shenandoah Antiques Expo is Virginia’s most exciting antiques event and one of the greatest gatherings of dealers and collectors in the Mid-Atlantic. Indoors 300 dealer spaces and 100’s of outside exhibitors. Free Parking on the 8th-9th; American Cancer Society Relay for Life on the 15th; Poultry Sale on the 16th; Augusta Co. Fair’s Tractor Pull on the 22nd-23th. For times and admission fees call 540-337-2557.
The Blue Ridge Soap Box Derby Classic starts at 7:30am and will be held at Eleventh Street and Pine Avenue downtown. The All-American Soap Box Derby, “the greatest amateur racing event in the world”, is a youth gravity racing program for boys and girls ages 7 through 20 years old. 540-649-1507 or 540-476-3333.
Our 11th Annual Festival of Spring is happening from 10am-5pm. This event will be fun for the entire family. Join us on our Historic Main Street and Ruffner Plaza. There will be art, crafts, delicious food, children’s activities, live music, entertainment, dog frisbee, 2 duck races and lots more. 540-843-0770.
Greenvale School’s Annual VA State Championship Chili Cook-off will be held on the front lawn of the Roanoke library, 706 S. Jefferson Street. 540-342-4716.
20th Anniversary of Belle Grove Plantation “Of Ale and History” Beer Festival. Music by Elizabeth Lawrence Band and Cazhmiere. There will be 60+ beers to sample, vendors with beer related items and other unique items. Held rain or shine. No pets, large bags, outside food or drinks. A photo ID is required. 540-869-2028.
Spring Plant Swap from 9-11am at Montgomery Hall Park’s Irene Givens Admin Building. Not sure how a plant swap works? Bring in your annuals, perennials, small shrubs, trees, houseplants, garden books, etc. Parks staff will assign a value to them and give you vouchers for that value. When we begin you may use your vouchers to purchase new plants for your yard. There will be coffee, snacks and door prizes. Free event. 540-332-3945.
26th Annual Garden Fair celebration at the State Arboretum of Virginia, 400 Blandy Farm Lane, from 9am-4:30pm. This event is a huge plant and garden supply sale, and also features an entire weekend of free events, including guided tours, activities for the whole family. Admission is $15.00 per car. All activities and events are free. 540-837-1758 or www.blandy.virginia.edu.
Join us for Shenandoah Park’s 29th Annual Wildflower Weekend. Did you know there are more than 850 species of flowering plants that grow in Shenandoah National Park? To celebrate this special time of year come join us for wildflower walks, workshops, and activities. 540-999-3500.
Events at the Shenandoah County Fair Grounds, 300 Fairground Road: Valley Diesel Day on the 9th; Paranzino Auction on the 16th; Shawnee Kennel Club Show on the 30th-31st. 540-459-3867.
May 10–Front Royal.
52nd Annual Doc’s Apple Blossom Meet at Skyline Caverns, from 8am-noon. All Hudson car show and swap meet. All Hudson enthusiasts are invited to join us whether they have a Hudson or not. Bring parts to sell. 540-364-1770.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum from noon-5pm. In recognition of President Woodrow Wilson proclaiming the first Mothers’ Day in 1914, all mothers will be admitted free. Enjoy engaging guided tours of his birthplace, explore the Museum where his Pierce-Arrow limousine is a highlight, and experience the World War I Trench exhibit. 540-885-0897.
Celebrate Mother’s Day at Shenandoah Vineyards, 3659 South Ox Road, from 10am-5:30pm. Enjoy a lovely spectrum of delicious treats paired with each of our wines. Fee of $10.00 per person. 540-984-8699.
May 13, 27–Harrisonburg.
Every other Wednesday throughout the summer the Harrisonburg-Rockingham SPCA puts on a fundraiser in the grassy lot beside the Turner Pavilion and across from the Daily News-Record. Fundfest is an evening of entertainment including live music and beer and food vendors with entry proceeds benefitting the SPCA.
33rd Annual Mayfest downtown. There will be a parade at 3 pm. Also we will have food, crafters and much more. 540-465-3187.
Waynesboro Motorsports Show will be held at Constitution Park, 215 McElroy Street. There will be food, music and a variety of vendors. Open to all years, makes, models, of cars, trucks and motorcycles. All proceeds from the event benefit downtown businesses. Free to the public. Rain date is the 17th. 540-942-6705.
“Local Colors” at Elmwood Park is a free, family-friendly festive day of celebrating, learning through music, arts, crafts, food, and attire. Renowned musicians lead people of all cultures, religions and ages to hold hands and sing songs of goodwill at the closing ceremony. 540-904-2234.
May 16–Front Royal.
29th Annual Virginia Wine and Craft Festival from 10am-6pm downtown. Come and enjoy tastings from 20 Virginia wineries. Covering more than seven blocks and featuring over 100 vendors, artists, crafters, and live music. Children’s area activities. There won’t be anything you can’t find to fit your style, mood or need. Free admission or $30.00 at the gate for those who wish to wine taste. 540-635-3185.
2nd KidzFest on the Old Town Walking Mall. Gather your kids and come down-town for a day full of fun and education. This all day event features exhibits centered on four main areas; education, art, music and sports. 540-722-8700.
4th Annual Wine and Food Festival from 1-6pm on the front lawn of The Vinton War Memorial. Don’t worry though, if you aren’t a fan of the “grape”, we will have some “wheat and barley” available. Music by Texas Twister, Lenny Marcus and headliner is Fat Daddy Band. Attendees must be 21 or older. 540-343-1364.
Pat will be at the P. Buckley Moss Gallery, 223 Gilbert Street, to meet with her collectors and sign purchases of her work. You are invited to bring two previously purchased Moss prints or paintings to the Gallery for personalization. In addition all prints or paintings that are purchased at the Gallery shop during these two days can be personalized. For more information call 540-552-6446.
May 16-17–New Market.
151st Anniversary of the Battle of New Market, the nation’s oldest continual reenactment fought on the original battlefield will be held at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway. A tactical reenactment will occur at 2:30pm on the 16th and the Battle of New Market at 2pm on the 17th. Also you can visit the Museum, Bushong Farm activities tent, brouse Sutler’s Row or stroll through the Union and Confederate camps. Food will be available. Please do not bring pets or backpacks to the event. Advance tickets will be onsale until the 8th. They are $8.00 per day for ages 10 and over or at the gate for $10.00. Children 9 and under are free. 1-866-515-1864.
Memorial Day Festival and Parade. Cruz In at 6pm on historic First Street. Flag Retirement Ceremony by the Shenandoah Boy Scouts at the Veterans Park on the 22nd. All day long on the 23th there will be sales to benefit local organizations, and a memorial service for veterans, huge patriotic parade, volunteer firemen’s carnival with live music and food sales including steamed shrimp. Also a variety of shows which include: cars, antique tractors, motorcycles, and a dog show. Sponsored by the Shenandoah Heritage Center. 540-742-1141.
May 22-23–Stephens City.
23rd Annual Newtown Heritage Festival will be held all along Main Street but mostly at The Commons. Featuring music by “Souled Out” on the 22nd and the “Boxcars” on the 23rd, which is followed by the best fireworks display in the Northern Valley. Also a variety of vendors. There will be a dedication of the Stephens City Veterans Memorial in front of the Old School. Kids and pets welcome. Free admission. 540-869-3087.
46th Anniversary of Festival in the Park at Elmwood Park. We have over 40 different music and entertainment acts. There will be a recycled regatta, antique cars, a motorcycle show, children’s activities, food trucks, Budweiser beer and wine. Also AEP 5K & 10K Run/Walk/Wheelchair Race. Daytime activities are free and admission fee to evening concerts. 540-342-6025.
May 23–Weyers Cave.
The Spring Festival will be held at the Weyers Cave Community Center from 9am-4pm. There will be over 30 vendors including artisans, crafts, food trucks and music by “E-Town”. We will have a blood drive to support Team Chloe, a local girl with Leukemia. Also the Augusta dog adoptions will be some of the non profits. 540-560-3059.
May 23– McGaheysville.
15th Annual ValleyFest Beer and Wine Festival. Enjoy delicious food, browse the wares of quality crafters and artisans. Live music by Everyday People, Love Canon, Kayne Twitty Band, Mike Davis, and more. All proceeds benefit the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Chamber of Commerce. Rain or shine. No outside food /beverages/pets or coolers. At the gate $30.00. Designated driver and those under 21 $10.00, kids 10 and under are free. 540-434-3862.
Art in the Park will be held at Gypsy Hill Park. Visitors can chat with the artists, listen to live music coming from the bandstand and enjoy the food provided by a variety of vendors. Young artists are welcome to participate in a children’s art activity area. There is a small fee to cover materials cost. No admission charge. 540-885-2028.
22nd Annual Strawberry Festival at Sky Meadows State Park. Enjoy hayrides, old fashioned field games, dancing, music, magic, storytelling, crafts, a petting farm, an antique car show, bake sale, face painting, food, a corn hole tournament, a monkey and much more. All for just $25.00 a car. Leashed pets are welcome and NO alcohol whatsoever is permitted. 540-364-2772.
We are honored to be selected to host the Road Runners Club of America Regional Championship. Proceeds of the race will benefit The Laurel Center (formerly the Winchester Shelter for Abused Women). Sign up early or on race day at Runners’ Retreat, 135 N. Loudoun St. (north of the finish line). You can register during normal store business hours beginning the 12th or from 6:30-8:15am on race morning. Choose either a tank top or tee shirt while supplies last. firstname.lastname@example.org or 540-665-8394.
Enjoy a weekend of authentic Lebanese culture at St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church, 4730 Cove Road NW, at the 17th Annual Festival. The event is held rain or shine. There will be Lebanese food, drinks, live Arabic music, traditional dances, childrens’ activities and more. Free admission and parking. 540-293-4011.
If you want to take advantage of this region’s many adventure sports opportunities or just want to try something new and exciting, then come to XtremeFest at Constitution Park from 10am-3pm. You can Climb on the mobile climbing wall, kayak the South River, jump on the air bungee trampoline, test your skills on the mechanical bull, and watch the high flying BMX stunt show. Register for huge giveaways and enjoy great food. The event is free of charge and there will be fun for the whole family. 540-942-6735.
Join Dancing Dog Natural Market, 147 North Loudoun Street, with your favorite four-legged friend for the “Dog Gone Scavenger Hunt”. Bring your walking shoes. The course will be roughly 2 miles depending on how you tackle the clues and your favorite pooper scooper. Participant will look for clues to collect dog treats and toys for your sidekick. All tickets may be purchased during the day of the event. Pre-registration at 10am and the scavenger hunt begins at 11am. Prizes awarded at 12:30pm. The first dog will be $40.00, $10.00 for each additional dog and can be accompanied by multiple participants at no charge. 540-665-3804.
3rd Annual Blue Ridge Music Festival will roll into the Civic Center’s Stadium. Featuring on the 30th Brad Paisley, Jerrod Niemann, Charlie Daniels Band, Swon Brothers, Will Hoge, Craig Wayne Boyd, Jamie Lynn Spears. On the 31st Florida Georgia Line, Colt Ford, Dustin Lynch, Chris Lane, Clare Dunn and lots more. This event will take place rain or shine and there will be no daily re-entry. Also No: camping or tailgating, lawn chairs, cans/bottles, umbrellas or backpacks. 540-375-3004.