Annual Parade celebrating Virginia’s Veterans in the downtown area starting at 11am. Come shake a hand and thank a Veteran before the parade at the City Market Building. Parade participants include military units from across Virginia, military marching units, individual Veterans accompanied by military bands. 540-982-2860.
Bring your family treasures and heirlooms to Belle Grove’s Annual Antiques Appraisal Fair from 10am-4pm. A panel of experts will offer detailed appraisals, explanations of each item’s story and value. 540-869-2028.
3rd Annual Battlefield Half Marathon at the Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive. This is a 13.1 miles race for casual runners but still provides a challenge for more seasoned participants. Not up for doing all of the 13.1 miles on your own? Put a two or four person relay team together. The Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter “WATTS” will be the sole beneficiary for the event. To register call 540-665-5678.
Augusta Expoland events: Hospice of the Shenandoah Quilts of Comfort Auction is to benefit the Augusta Health Hospice of the Shenandoah Gifted Care Program. Come and see what they have to offer on the 5th; Virginia Woodturning Symposium on the 5th-6th; Expo Fall Art and Craft Show on the 12th-13th; All American Indoor Music Festival on the 17th-19th; Monthly Yard Sale on the 19th. 540-337-2552.
Appreciation Day at Kernstown Battlefield, 610 Battle Park Drive. Veterans, active military, law enforcement, fire and rescue are welcome with their families, for a free picnic and tours. 540-931-4033.
The Annual Veterans Day parade will begin at the Rockingham County Administration Center and end at the City Municipal Building. Starting at 3:30pm there will be a short program and reception for Veterans, families, and friends to honor those who have served our country. Following the program, the 7th Annual Veterans Day Concert. Hear patriotic works from the High School Symphonic Band and Honors Choir. The program and reception will be held at the High School located at 1001 Garbers Church Road.
All entrance fees for Shenandoah National Park and all National Parks are waived to celebrate and honor our Veterans. 540-999-3500.
Annual Stocked Market at the Berglund Center is a Junior League of Roanoke Valley fundraiser. This is a holiday shopping extravaganza with over 100 merchants displaying unique items from jewelry and gifts to sporting goods and gourmet foods. Admission fee. 540-343-3663.
The Annual Gala concert at Eastern Mennonite University is the music department’s opening celebration of the winter holiday season and their major fundraisiser. This annual event that showcases the breadth of musical talent of EMU’s music department. Suggested donations are $10.00 per person and will benefit the music scholarship fund. 540-432-4225.
November 12–Stephens City.
Paws for Reading at Bowman Library, 871 Tasker Road, from 1-2:15pm. Read a favorite book to a reading tutor. These canine listeners are patient and love to hear kids read books. Free and no registration required. 540-869-9000 x215.
November 12–Shenandoah Caverns.
7th Annual Shenandoah Uncorked festival at Shenandoah Caverns’ Yellow Barn. With over 10 Virginia wineries, great food, unique crafts and a variety of kid’s activities, there’s something for everyone. The festival begins at 10am and wine stops pouring at 4:30pm. Admission is free. Wine tasting is only $15.00 and includes a souvenir wine glass. Also explore Shenandoah Caverns right next door, you’ll get a special discount with your festival wristband. 540-477-3115.
November 12–Stuarts Draft.
Christmas Open House at Country Connections, 267 Cold Springs Road. Store filled with Christmas décor. Your favorite vendors with Miller’s bbq chicken, Brunswick stew, Strites donuts, and baked goods. 540-337-5226.
Annual Craft Bazaar at Mt. Carmel Christian Academy, 2331 US Highway 340 Business, from 9am-2pm. Food available for purchase. 540-743-9558.
November 12, 26-27–Harrisonburg.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds Events: 4-H Rabies Clinic Sponsored by Bridgewater 4-H Club, $10.00 per vaccination from 9-11am on the 12th; C&E Gun Show on the 26th-27th. 540-434-0005.
7th Annual Turkey Trot 5K/10K race starts and finishes at the Massanutten Military Academy track and runs through the town. Also the Teeny K Fun Run. All proceeds from the event will benefit A Small Hand which is a program designed to provide help to infants (newborn to 36 months) in Shenandoah County in the form of a week’s supply of formula, food, disposable diapers, wet-wipes, plus gently used clothing and baby items as donations permit. To register call 540-459-2142.
November 19-Dec. 31–Staunton.
Art for Gifts, ideal for those seeking a unique holiday gift. Art for Gifts occurs in the gallery at the R.R. Smith Center for History and Art, 20 S. New Street. Hand-crafted gifts including jewelry, home décor, glass, sculpture, paintings, clothing, and more are available for purchase at this time. 540-885-2028.
November 21-Jan. 1, '17–Staunton.
Gypsy Hill Park is again a fairyland of holiday lights. You can honor a loved one, a veteran, a friend or someone "just because" by placing a lighted deer in the "Field of Deer" or adding a Christmas tree to the Celebration of Holiday Lights. The holiday lights and deer will be enjoyed by everyone from from 5-11pm daily. 540-337-3404.
The 21st Annual Candlelight Processional and Community Tree Lighting will be starting at 5:30 pm. Join us at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery for a sing-along as we proceed down Main Street caroling along the way. At Hopkins Green the community Christmas tree is officially lit for the season. 540-319-4181.
37th Annual Roanoke Valley Mineral and Gem Society at the Civic Center. Shop at this show and get some unique gift ideas for the coming holidays. Admission for adults is $4.00 and the ticket is good for all 3 days, 16 and under free. Door prizes drawn hourly and the grand prize will be drawn 4:30pm Sunday. 540-375-3004.
November 25-Jan. 2, '17–Clear Brook.
Don't miss Frederick County Parks and Recreation's Annual Walking in a Winter Wonderland at Clear Brook Park. Don your stocking caps and wrap those scarves tight as you take a magical stroll through this unique light show. Warm up in the cabin with some hot chocolate and cookies where you might run into Santa Claus. 540-665-5678.
Holiday Craft Show and Sale in the lodge at Bryce Resort where you can find unique gifts and decor just in time for the holiday season starting at 10am. 540-856-2121.
The Wayne Theatre/Ross Performing Arts Center located at 521 West Main Street in downtown will present a night of bluegrass at 7pm. Featuring performances by Scott Linton, Jessie Pugh, Charles Frazier and Virginia Run. The show is sponsored by Campbell Financial and Blue Ridge Recording. Tickets are $25.00/$30.00. For more information call 540-943-9999.
Come take part in an old fashioned Tree Lighting Ceremony next to the Buchanan Town Hall. Activities begin at 7pm and Santa will be in the Town Hall following the lighting. 540-254-1212.
Join us for the Annual Holiday Parade and Tree Lighting in Old Town. The parade will follow, Piccadilly Street to Braddock Street to Cork Street. A very special guest will conclude the parade and join us all on the Loudoun Street Walking Mall in front of the Old Court House Civil War Museum for the lighting of the Old Town tree. It is sure to be a special evening. Also at 5:30pm join in this holiday tradition with Phil Kline’s "Unsilent Night" and parade through the Old Town Winchester Walking Mall with boom boxes and mobile devices as new-music carolers. 540-542-1326.
November 29-Dec. 16–Harrisonburg.
The exhibition "Object of Play" presents the students' projects from the Institute for Visual Studies class at the Forbes Center for the Performing Arts. The exhibit is where students explored ideas of "play" from philosophical, religious and artistic perspectives. 540-568-7000.
Berglund Performing Arts Theatre, 710 Williamson Road, presents the musical adaptation based on the animated television special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". Watch as he soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and of course Rudolph. It's an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. 540-853-2241.