Historic Garden Week is a event which 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 call 1-804-644-7776.
The 87th Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is series of events that includes carnival rides, VFIS fire truck rodeo along with displays of new/antique firefighting equipment, Coronation of Queen Shenandoah, Firefighters’ Parade and the Grand Parade. Revelers can finish their evening at the “Nightfest” with fireworks at approximately 9:15 pm, immediately following the Firefighters’ Parade. Also the Grand Parade and Weekend in the Park event includes an arts/crafts show, a boat/RV show, an antique car show. Held rain or shine. www.thebloom.com or 540-662-3863.
“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.
May 1-23–Buena Vista.
Glen Maury Park, 101 Maury River Drive, events: Guy Carawan’s Bluegrass Jam on the 1st-3rd; “Muster on the Maury” on the 9th-11th; “Fridays in the Park” with Southpaw on the 23rd. For times, admission fees, or camping call 540-261-7321.
Virginia Horse Center Events: Spring Encore “AA” on the 1st-5th; Hunter Jumper Derby on the 2nd; Bonnie Blue National Horse Show USEF rated on the 7th-10th; “Hear the Beat”, therapeutic riding fund-raiser horse show on the 11th; Old Time Music Jam on the 13th; Lexington Spring Dressage Rosinburg event on the 17th-18th; Virginia International CCI* and the Virginia Horse Trials on the 23rd-25th; House Mountain Horse Show on the 24th-25th; Dressage With a View on the 31st; Virginia Barrel Classic and the SBRAA Lee-Jackson Classic on the 31st-June 1st. For times and admission fee call 540-464-2950.
Opening reception 5-8 pm for "Floralia: Rites of Spring", an exhibit of paintings, ceramics and glass exploring Greek, Celtic and modern perceptions of spring. Refreshments. Music by Blue Stone Sky. Artist talk at 6pm. Silent auction finale at 7pm. Free admission. OASIS Fine Art & Craft, 103 S. Main St., Harrisonburg. For more information, call 540-442-8188, email askOASISart@gmail.com or visit www.oasisfineartandcraft.org.
Community School’s 34th Annual Strawberry Festival at the corner of Elm and Jefferson. Also arts and craft vendors, children’s activities, and live entertainment. All proceeds benefit Community School. 540-563-5036.
Pat will be at her home, “The Barn”, P. Buckley Moss Museum, I-64, Exit 94, 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 Museum for personalization. In addition, all prints or paintings that are purchased at the Museum shop during these three days can be personalized. 1-800-343-8643.
Rockingham County Fairgrounds events: American Cancer Society Relay for Life on the 2nd-3rd; Mangled Metal Demolition Derby on the 10th; Church of the Brethren Disaster Response Auction on the 17th; Memorial Day Horse Fair/Auction on the 26th; Harrisonburg Baptist Church Benefit 5K Race and the Charlie Whetzel Auction on the 31st. 540-434-0005.
Riverfest- “Year of the Stonefly” is a free annual event that takes place river-side at Constitution Park from 10 am-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 capped off by the Great South River Duck Race. No Pets Allowed. For more details: www.riverfestwaynesboro.org/.
Annual Blue Ridge House & Garden Tour 10 am – 5 pm. Select locations within Lexington and Rockbridge County Celebrate of Virginia Historic Garden Week, discover the "Hidden Gems of Lexington: Gillette Gardens, Monroe Park, and Woods Creek,” and see for yourself why this eight-day, statewide event is known as “America’s Largest Open House.” $20/person (in advance); $25/person (day of); $15/student (advance & day of). www.vagardenweek.org, 540-463-3256.
Kids Fish Day at Mountain View Park from 9 am-2 pm. Poles and bait are provided. There will be a variety of activities. Pets are not suggested. For questions call 540-249-5707.
21st Annual Youth Fishing Derby from 8 am-11am at Lake Tams in Gypsy Hill Park. Open to youth 4-15 years of age. Prizes awarded in various categories. Free on-site registration begins at 7:30 am. 540-332-3945.
Celebrate Spring at the Frontier Culture Museum from 9 am-5 pm. Featuring dancing, children’s activities, traditional “Mummers”, Maypole and games. Also food, beverages and lots more to do. Admission Fee. 540-332-7850.
May 3–Shenandoah Caverns.
Shenandoah Jamboree 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 Marty Haggard 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.
63rd Annual Earnest “Pig” Robertson Fishing Rodeo at Lake Spring Park from 9 am-noon. The Fishing Rodeo is a safe place for kids ages 9-12 to fish. Children are allowed to catch and keep up to 6 trout. Bring your own equipment and adults are not allowed to fish for them. Prizes and trophys will be given out. 540-375-3000.
2nd Annual Tractor Show at the Staunton Mall from 10 am-3 pm. All makes and models from 1800’s to 2014 welcome.Suggested donation of non-perishible food items. All proceeds benefit the Blue Ridge area bank. www.facebook/stauntonmallva or 540-993-9133/540-885-0315.
28th Annual Wildflower Weekend in Shenandoah National Park. See how flowers rely on butterflyes, bees, birds and others to pollinate them. Also children’s program for ages 7-12, hikes and more. Activities are free with park admission. No pre-registration. 540-999-3500.
Augusta Expoland events: Yard Sale and Market on the 3rd; Augusta County Model Railroad Club Show on the 4th; Heritage Promotions Antique Show on the 9th-10th; Poultry Sale on the 17th; Ageless Living Expo on the 19th-20th; Augusta County Fair’s Tractor Pull on the 24th-25th. 540-337-2557.
Route 11 Dance Festival – Writing the Body, 7:30 pm-9:30 pm Lenfest Center, Washington and Lee University. Enjoy a week loaded to brim with dance performances by local artists, dance studios from up and down the Shenandoah Valley, dance programs from all over the east coast, and ballets by guest artists from across the nation and more. Cost of admission varies; see website for details. www.route11dance.org, 540-464-3247.
Aquafina Pitch, Hit and Run from 5:30-7 pm at Jerry May Field in Gypsy Hill Park. Join other boys and girls ages 7-14, during this exciting baseball skills competition.PHR participants can advance through four levels of competition including local, sectional competitions and team championship. Free onsite registration from 5:30 pm-6pm. 540-332-3945.
"The Wizard of Oz" presented by the Waynesboro Players in cooperation with Imagine That! Theatre at Waynesboro High School Louis Spilman Auditorium. Tickets are Adults $16 and Students (grades 12 and under) $8. Purchase your tickets at the door or online at www.waynesboroplayers.org. General seating. May 8 - 10 show starts at 7:30 p.m. doors opening at 6:30 p.m., May 11 show starts at 2:00 p.m. with doors opening at 1:00 p.m. The classic story of "The Wizard of Oz" comes to life on stage with little Dorothy Gale, Toto, the Scarecrow, the Tinman, and the Cowardly Lion as they make their way through the magical world of Oz in search of the wizard in hopes that their wishes can all be granted while trying to hide from the wicked witch of the west who is trying to get back Dorothy's ruby red slippers.
May 9–Rockbridge Baths.
Lexington Valley Vineyard, 80 Norton Way, is offering their “Wine and Wags” event. Come celebrate with unique Virginia wines and your furry friends. You are invited to stroll the vineyards with your pet. Bring a picnic lunch or purchase snack baskets. Water and biscuits for Fido. Join other dog lovers for a waggingly good time. 540-462-2974.
The 54th Antiques Expo at Augusta Expoland. Hundreds of exhibitors from throughout America display and sell antiques and vintage Americana in exhibition halls, barns, under tents, and outside. Collectors find country and formal, jewelry, textiles, mid-century modern and thousands of antiques collectibles. This event provides support for Augusta Expoland, a non-profit facility. For information on this event visit: www.heritagepromotions.net or call 540-377-2552.
May 9-11–Buena Vista.
Muster on the Maury – Living History in the Valley of Virginia. Paxton House, Glen Maury Park, 101 Maury River Drive. Step back into the 1860’s and visit the Civil War living history encampment on the grounds of the historic Paxton House. Witness formation and weapons instruction, tactical camp drills, living history demonstrations and much more. Tentative plans include tours of the Paxton House, Friday night picnic supper, Saturday night cookout, children’s activities and Sunday church service. Free advance registration required. www.mustermaury.vpweb.com, 540-261-7321.
Spring Plant Swap at Montgomery Hall Park Admin Building. Not sure how a plant swap works? Bring in your annuals, perennials, small shrubs, trees, house plants, garden books, etc. Park staff will assign a value to them, then give you a voucher. You may use your vouchers to purchase new plants for your yard. We usually throw in a few things from the city gardens as well. No registration fee, complimentary coffee and snacks provided. For more information, call 540-332-3945.
Main Street Motorsports Show from noon-3 pm at Constitution Park. Rain date is the 11th. This event is open to all classes old or new makes/models, cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Also food, music and a variety of vendors. To register for the show call 540-942-6705.
Festival of Spring in downtown from 10 am-5 pm. Enjoy wine tasting, crafts, fine art, children activities, a variety of food, beer garden, lots of live music and the Duck Race. 540-743-6528.
6th Annual Amazing County Treasure Hunt will begin 10 am and end 3 pm at Explore Park. Whether you’re an experienced geocacher or new to this sport, everyone is invited to this free event. We suggest there be two people per car, at least one navigator. A limited number of hand-held GPS units will be available to those who do not bring their own. A $150.00 deposit is required and will be returned upon the safe return of the GPS unit. Prizes will be awarded. 540-777-6325.
“Wine and Trotter” Festival at the Shenandoah County Fair grounds from 11 am-5 pm. Harness races, music, food, crafters and more. Admission fee includes a souvenir wine glass. Event will be held rain or shine. 540-459-3867.
Of Ale and History Microbrew and Imported Beer Tasting festival at Belle Grove Plantation from 11 am-6 pm. Come and celebrate German and English heritage by sampling a array of beers and a variety of food. Music performed by “Souled Out” and “Cazhmiere”. Admission fee. 540-869-2028.
Garden Fair at the University of Virginia, Blandy Experimental Farm and the State Arboretum of Virginia from 9 am-4:30 pm. There will be annuals, perennials, small trees, berry bushes, boxwood garden art, garden tools, pottery, clothing, children’s activities, pet the Alpacas and lots more. 540-837-1758 or www.blandy.virginia.edu.
Mom deserves more than a phone call or a card. Do something special and bring her to Shenandoah Vineyards. Admission fee includes a souvenir glass and cheese to pair with our wines. 540-984-8699.
May 11–Front Royal.
51st year for one of the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club’s All-Hudson car show and flea market at Skyline Caverns, 10334 Stonewall Jackson Hwy. All Hudson enthusiasts are invited to join us whether they have a Hudson or not. Bring parts to sell. Free event. 540-364-1770.
North-South Skirmish Association’s National Competition commemorates the heroism of the men, of both sides, who fought in the American Civil War. Spring Nationals are held at Ft. Shenandoah, 480 Chalybeate Spring Road. Come see men and women in period clothing and live firing of Civil War firearms and artillery. Activities include children’s programs, dances, cook-outs, and “Sutler Row,” where vendors display and sell Civil War firearms, accoutrements, and clothing. Free admission. email@example.com or 540-542-1326.
May 14, 28–Harrisonburg.
“Fundfest” will be held in the Turner Pavilion (farmer’s market pavilion next to the traditional grassy lot venue) from 6-8:30 pm. Featuring “Mirage” on the 14th and “Final Hour” on the 28th. Admission is a $2.00 donation. Pets, coolers, outside food not permitted. 540-434-5270.
May 14-30 –Luray.
Page Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Fundraising events: Golf Tournament at Luray Country Club Resort on the 14th, rain date on the 15th; Fashion Show on the 17th; Jewelry sale, gift items and jewelry $5.00 on the 29th-30th. 540-843-4581.
The New Market Ceremony and Parade at VMI Parade Ground is held in honor of the VMI cadets who fought at the May 15, 1864 Battle of New Market. Six of the ten cadets killed as a result of the battle are buried at VMI. There is no parking allowed on Letcher Avenue on this day. Once the ceremony starts we ask that spectators to remain in place until the end of the parade. 540-464-7104.
May 16-18–New Market.
The Battle of New Market Reenactment is a unique historical experience taking place on the original 1864 battlefield. Experience Civil War soldier life, visit on-going demonstrations and living history presentations. Discover the life of the Sutlers, what sutlers did, and maybe even buy a special Civil War era treasure to take home. Battles: 16th 3:30 pm; 17th 2:30 pm; 18th 2 pm. No pets allowed. Admission is $10.00 for all persons age 10 and over, age 9 and under are free. Also on the 17th, in conjunction with this reenactment kids ages 7-12, may register for the Park’s Civil War Adventure Camp from 9:30 am-noon. The cost is just $35.00 per child and includes reenactment admission for the camper plus one accompanying adult. Registration in advance is required. 540-740-3101 or 1-866-515-1864.
May 17–Front Royal.
28th Annual Virginia Wine and Craft Festival downtown from 10 am-6 pm. Featuring Virginia wine tasting from 20 wineries, live entertainment, kids games, food, arts/crafts and lots more. No Pets Please. Admission fee. 540-635-3185.
11th Annual Senior Fishing Derby at Lake Tams in Gypsy Hill Park from 8 am-noon. Open to all adults 50+ years of age. Free on-site registration begins at 7:30 am. Lots of prizes. 540-332-3945.
Local Colors Festival at Elmwood Park is a free, family-friendly, festive day of celebrating, sharing, and learning through music, arts, crafts, food, attire, language and goodwill. The day festival includes the Parade of Nations and an International Fashion Show. 540-904-2234.
4th Annual Vinton Wine and Food Festival from 1-6 pm on the front lawn of the War Memorial. It will be a day of fun, food, wine and if you aren’t a fan of the “grape”, we will have some wheat and barley. Line up for your entertainment is “Texas Twister”, Lenny Marcus, and the “Fat Daddy” band. Tickets are non-refundable. Attendees must be 21 or older. No: pets, alcohol, food, coolers or beverages. 540-343-1364.
May 22-24–Stephens City.
The Newtown Heritage Festival showcases the past and present of the area and this is accomplished through events that are family-oriented. The festival includes a parade, car show, craft, artisan demonstrations, fireworks, races and more. 540-869-3087.
17th Annual Memorial Day Festival and Parade. The 17th Annual Cruz In at 6 pm on historic First Street on the 23rd. All day long on the 24th, food sales to benefit local organizations, memorial service for veterans, huge patriotic parade, volunteer firemen’s carnival with live music and steamed shrimp. Also a variety of shows which include: car, antique tractor, motorcycle, dog. Brought to you by the Shenandoah Heritage Center. 540-742-1141.
ValleyFest at Massanutten Resort from 11 am-7 pm. Featuring live music, food, unique and handmade crafts. It’s all of the beer and wine you could possibly enjoy in one place. Admission fee. 540-434-3862.
48th Annual Art in the Park at Gypsy Hill Park is a Staunton Augusta Art Center event from 10 am-5 pm on Saturday, and Sunday noon-5 pm. Juried art/craft show, live music on the bandstand and a wide variety of food vendors. Free admission. 540-885-2028.
21st 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.
May 29–New Market.
Home Cookin’ program at New Market Battlefield State Historical Park from 10 am-4 pm. Experience home cooking 19th century style. Admission fee. 540-740-3101.
XtremeFest at Constitution Park is where 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, marvel at the high flying BMX stunt show. Register for huge giveaways and enjoy great food and fun for the whole family from 10 am-5 pm. The event is free of charge and there will be plenty of opportunities to experience some of the many fun activities you can do outdoors. 540-942-6735.
Court and Market Days Festival at the Turner Pavillion and Park from 9 am-3 pm. Re-creation of the mid 1860s, through music, dance, children’s activities, artisans, wagon rides, farmers market, and more. 540-879-2616.