Virginia Museum of the Civil War-New Market Battlefield State Historical Park events: Sewing Circle: Experience fabric items being made for the home the way it was done 150 years ago on the 3rd; Take part in this national program to clean up America’s Civil War battlefields. Projects include trash pickup, trail maintenance, painting and assistance with educational program preparations. Volunteers receive commemorative t-shirts or patches, snacks, and a living history presentation by Civil War reenactors on site on the 5th; Foodways program at the Bushong Farm. Experience home cooking, 19th century style on the 24th. For times and admission fee call 1-866-515-1864.
The 24th Annual Woodmen of the World Farm Toy Show, 3045 John Wayland Highway. This is the oldest continuous running show in Virginia. It will feature over 65 tables of tractors, implements, Winross trucks, banks and construction toys including many custom built and highly detailed scale replicas, displays and miniature farm scenes. 540-879-9249.
April 4-May 5–Lexington.
Virginia Horse Center events: The Great American Trail Horse Sale/Competition and the Old Dominion Gaited Horse Association Classic on the 4th-5th; Maury River Horse Trials and the Mounted Map and Orienteering on the 5th; Old Dominion Pony Club Dressage Rally on the 5th-6th; Virginia Quarter Horse Classic on the 11th-13th; Annual Virginia Arabian Horse Show and the Virginia Presidential New World Cup VIII on the 18th-20th; Maury River Hunter Pace on the 19th; Lexington Spring Premiere “AA” on the 23rd-27th; Lexington Spring Encore “AA” on the 30th-May 5th. 540-464-2950.
The 23rd Annual Greater Shenandoah Valley Knife Show at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. The show consists of 200 tables where you can buy, sell or trade. Guns are not permitted in any circumstance. Admission is $5.00, children under 12 free if accompanied by an adult. 540-828-0778.
April 5–Shenandoah Caverns.
Shenandoah Jamboree is back at Shenandoah Caverns Yellow Barn. Featuring Lisa Meadows and our Shenandoah Jamboree cast, with special appearances by Ben “Cooter” Jones from the Dukes of Hazzard. Special guest Wilson Fairchild will join us for the second half of the show. Doors open 6 pm, show begins at 7 pm. Seating is first come first served in both the general admission and reserved sections. 1-888-422-8376.
Break out those birding binoculars and join us at Shawnee Springs Preserve, 1309 Opequon Avenue, for a wild botany and bird walk. Be sure to wear warm clothing, good footwear, and come hungry. The best part of this morning will be the brunch at the War Memorial Building after the interpretive program. Meet at the Shawnee Springs parking area. Brunch to follow at Jim Barnett Park. Fee of $10.00 covers program and brunch. To register call 540-662-4946.
Grab your family and friends and head out to W&L University for a fun time while supporting a great cause. Help the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center help children in need. Come support the teams, shop around at the many vendors, get a “High 5 for Autism” T-shirt and have lunch. There will also be live musical entertainment as well as fun activities for the kids. About the event or how to get involved, call 540-261-1289.
6th Annual 5K Walk/Run for Autism at Eastern Mennonite University. Proceeds will benefit the Shenandoah Valley Autism Partnership. Introductions at 9 am and the 5K Race begins at 9:30 am. Refreshments will be provided before and after the race. To register call 540-705-5126 or 540-908-7111.
April 5–Stephens City.
13th Annual KiteFest at Sherando Park, 200 Lakeview Circle from 11 am-3 pm. Bring your whole family and your kites. Members of the Richmond Air Force will be on hand to discuss the science behind kite flying, the history of kites, and weather permitting, they will be demonstrating some high-flying kite tricks. There will be food and craft vendors on hand and all sorts of kites available for purchase. Free kites will be available while supplies last. 540-665-5678.
“Bull and Oyster Fest” at the Devils Backbone from 1-5 pm. There will be local music in addition to the barbecue and oysters. Children are welcome and there will be activities for children. Proceeds benefit the Rockbridge Area Health Center. The cost will be $40.00 in advance and $45.00 at the door. For directions or other information call 540-464-8700, ext. 118.
“Progressive Party” is the Arts Council of the Valley’s annual fundraising event. Join us for an evening of celebrating the arts in our community. Begin with cocktails, progress to an area home for joyful conversation over dinner and end the night at the Arts Council of the Valley’s Court Square Theater with live entertainment as the pARTy continues into the night. Call 540-801-8779 to register and more information.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds events: Weaver Farm Equipment Auction and the Virginia Holstein Spring Show on the 5th; Quest for Quality Cattle Sale on the 18th; VA Simmental Assoc. Spring Sale and the Virginia Hereford Association Sale on the 18th-19th; Champion’s Choice Club Lamb Sale on the 19th; Calvary Cross-Link Easter Worship Service on the 20th; Cole Bros. Circus on the 23th-24th; Rockingham/Augusta Fireman Testing and the Mini-Silky Fainting Goat Show on the 25th-26th; Historic Bottle Diggers Show on the 27th. 540-434-0005.
Area events: Heritage Trout Day at Hawksbill Greenway on the 5th; Youth Trout Derby at the Hawksbill Greenway on the 12th; “Earth Day” at the Hawksbill Greenway on the 19th; Community Yard Sale and Business Expo at the Bulldog Field and the “Arbor Day” celebration at Herbert Barbee Confederate Monument on the 26th; Knights of Columbus Polish Dinner at the Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church on the 27th. 540-743-3915 or 1-888-743-3915.
Annual “A Latte’ Jive” 5K run and concert, from 1-3 pm, on the Arboretum grounds. Sponsored by Sigma Kappa to benefit the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the American Alzheimer’s Association. There will be live music at the 5k conclusion, and runners can cool down with coffee, decaf, tea, and water served free. Rain date the 7th. 540-568-3194.
Easter egg hunt starting 3 pm at the County Park for all 3-8 year olds. Enjoy a snack/ drink and photos with the Easter Bunny before you head off to your egg-hunting. Admission $2.00 per child and don’t forget to bring a basket. 540-459-6777.
The Virginia Military Institute will host a Half Marathon and 10K at 10 am. The races will start and end at McKethan Park located approximately 3 miles east of Lexington off Route 361/ Old Buena Vista Road. The course for the Half Marathon and 10K races are almost exclusively on the Chessie Nature Trail. There will be free childcare provided and fun family activities during the race. All proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics. Registration for the Half Marathon is $45.00 and $30.00 for the 10K. To register call 540-464-7230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Eggcessible” at Jim Barnett Park’s War Memorial Building’s gymnasium from 10-11 am. The area’s only Easter Egg Hunt for children with special needs. Children ages 2-14 may hunt for specially retrofitted eggs and turn them in for goodies. The Easter Bunny will also be there to meet and greet children. Admission free. 540-662-4946.
Come Celebrate Spring at our Redbud Spring Arts and Crafts Festival from 10 am-4 pm. There will be lots of activities throughout the town including arts/crafts vendors, free horse-drawn carriage rides, ducky races, children’s activities, live music by: the “Hackens Boys”, beer/wine garden, delicious foods, historical tours/exhibits at the Heritage Museum, Fort Harrison and Silver Lake Mill, unique shops, free Redbud tree saplings. 540-879-2241.
Easter Egg Hunt in Jim Barnett Park at Christianson Familyland. Children will be separated into three age groups, under 3, 3-5, and 6-8. Bring an empty basket and search for eggs. Admission is free. 540-662-4946.
“Egg Splash” where the pool meets your Easter basket. This is an Easter egg hunt in the pool, which will be loaded with floating Easter eggs. Search for eggs that have prizes inside, including a grand prize egg. Each age group will be able to win a grand prize. Admission fee $5.00 per child, ages 3-12. For more information. 540-662-4946 or www.winchesterva.gov/parks.
April 12–Weyers Cave.
Valley Plane Pull at Shenandoah Valley Airport from 10 am to 3 pm. This is a fundraising event in Support of the Fairfield Center. There will be activities for the whole family including airplane modelling, scenic flights, bouncy castle/slide, live music, face painting, corn hole games. Each team pulls a 4-ton plane 150 feet. Inclement weather date the 26th. 540-434-0059.
Habitat for Humanity of Winchester Frederick County invites you to participate in the 4th Salvage Art Show and Auction. The art pieces will be sold at a silent and live auction with the proceeds benefiting Habitat for Humanity. Show will be held at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley from 7-10 pm. $40.00 per person in advance, $50.00 at the door. Admission fee includes light fare, beverage ticket and entertainment. www.habitatwfc.org/ or 540-662-7066.
Earth Day at various places downtown, This is a fun, educational celebration of eco-related activities, which include live wildlife programs, hands-on exhibits, free saplings to take home, native fish aquarium, stream critter touch-tank, face painting, solar gadgets, eco-raffle for rain barrels, live music and lots more. Also bring a camera and pose with the giant 3-D illusion painting of the blue planet. 540-332-3971.
34th Annual Home and Garden Show will be held at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. There will be a classic car cruise-in, food, beer/wine garden, kids zone, SPCA adoption center and lots more. Admission fee is $3.00 per person and children under 12 are free. 540-434-0005.
14th Annual Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival is held outside each spring on the banks of the South River. Visiting anglers can put their newly acquired skills to work right away catching rainbows, browns, and the occasional smallmouth bass. Our unique event combines Virginia wine tastings, microbreweries, local food and live music will also be featured. Also everything you ever wanted to know about fly fishing but were afraid to ask. Bring your family, relax, spend time together on the South River, take a casting class, and pick up a new sport that the entire family can enjoy. Admission tickets and passes will be sold at the admission entrance of the festival. Single day pass is $20.00, Weekend pass $35.00. 540-241-5054.
Wool Days at the Frontier Culture Museum. Come see sheep shearing, wool carding and spinning. Interpreters will be shearing sheep at different farm locations around the Museum. See how the wool was then processed and spun. Don’t forget to see the baby lambs. 540-322-7850.
Arbor Day Trees and Native Plant Sale, 9 am-3 pm in the parking lot of the Frances Plecker Education Center at James Madison University. In the prime time of spring, the Arboretum offers a wide selection of wildflowers, contrasting foliage plants like native ferns, with unusual shrubs and trees. 540-568-3194.
Easter Egg Hunt from 9 am-4 pm at Grand Caverns for age groups: Toddler-preschool, Kindergarten-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade. The Easter Bunny will be available for photos. Also Dixie Pony Rides. The public is welcome. 540-249-5705.
Annual Egg Hunt and Eggstravaganza Festival at Montgomery Hall Park complete with moonbounce, old-fashioned egg coloring, refreshments, arts and crafts activities, face painting, and surprise entertainers. For 2-3 years, 10 am; 4-5 years, 10:30 am; 6-7 years, 11 am; 8-10 years, 11:30 am. Free event. 540-332-3945.
11th Annual Our Community Place Plant Sale, 17 East Johnson Street from 10 am-2 pm. If you love plants, gardens, growing things, springtime, etc, you may be interested in our event. 540-442-7727.
Hop on down to Long Branch, 830 Long Branch Lane, for its Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt. There will be egg hunts, prizes, hayrides, face painting, local barbecue, flowering spring gardens, museum exhibits and more that will make this an egg-citing day. The hunts will be held rain or shine. www.visitlongbranch.org or 540-837-1856.
12th Annual Redbud Festival in the downtown area from 9 am-4 pm. Featuring flower/plant sale, silent auction, craft demonstrations, food, moonbounce. Also live music, Gooney Creek duck race, Steve Fosters trick mules, car show and more. Free admission/parking. 540-636-1879.
The National Park Service has declared fee-free days for all parks during National Park week. 540-999-3500.
The Vinton Dogwood Festival is one of the area’s biggest and longest running festival, over 59 years. This is a rain or shine event with the crowning of the Dogwood Queen and a parade at 2:30 pm. Also live music, carnival, free kid’s zone, car show, crafts, food vendors and more. 540-983-0614.
April 25-May 4–Winchester.
87th Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival. The official kick-off event is the “Bloomin’ Wine Fest” held on the Feltner lot at the corner of Boscawen and Loudoun Streets. Featuring numerous VA wineries, artisans, various vendors on the 25th-26th. There will be a series of more than thirty events which include band competitions, parades, carnival, circus, the Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, firefighters’ events, live music and celebrities. For location of venues, times and more call 540-662-3863.
6th Annual Park to Park Half Marathon will start at Ridgeview Park and end at Stuarts Draft Park. Gently rolling hills, mountain vistas and beautiful serene river crossings make this road course a must do spring race! Fully stocked aid stations, chip timing, post race party with food and drink.Benefits Therapeutic Adventures – central Virginia’s foremost provider of outdoor adaptive programs. You must be at least 12 years old on or before April 26 to participate. To register call 540-942-6735.
4th Annual Rocktown Beer and Music Festival at the Turner Pavilion from 2:30 pm-8 pm. This year we’re proud to feature “Bronze Radio Return”, Kelly Bell band, and the “Deadmen.” It will happen rain or shine. Proceeds from this event go to support the Downtown Renaissance. All meals are an additional cost in addition to the ticket price. 540-432-8922.
Virginia Hot Glass Festival at SunSpots Studios, 202 South Lewis Street. Glass artists from across the region demonstrate various techniques. Also the Virginia Stone Carvers will be exhibiting and demonstrating stone sculpting across the street. Wine tasting will be offered. 540-332-3971 or 540-885-0678.
April 26-May 3–Statewide.
Historic Garden Week in Virginia. This 8-day statewide event provides visitors a unique opportunity to see unforgettable gardens at the peak of springtime color, as well as beautiful houses sparkling with fabulous flower arrangements. Tour proceeds fund the restoration and preservation of Virginia’s historic gardens. Check with your local Chamber of Commerce for events in your area or 804-644-7776.
April 26-May 11–Millwood.
“Art at the Mill” at the Burwell-Morgan Mill is a fundraiser for Clarke County Historical Association. During each show, hundreds of artists will be displaying over 1,000 pieces of art. Oil paintings are predominant, but other types of painting, mixed media, sculpture, fine woodworking, and pottery round out the stunning diversity of the show. There is something for every taste, budget, and decor. 540-955-2600.
Friends of Valley Charities will join with the Public Affairs Student Organization at James Madison University in co-hosting the inaugural “FVC and PASO Scholarship Color 5K.” All proceeds from the race go to the Friends of Valley Charities Scholarship Fund, which provides grants to JMU students who either have been stricken with cancer or who in some other way are directly affected by the disease. The race will begin and end on JMU’s Festival Lawn.email@example.com or call 540-246-8174.