The North-South Skirmish Association will hold its National Competition at Fort Shenandoah, 480 Chalybeate Spring Road. This is where member units compete in live-fire matches with original or authentic reproduction Civil War period muskets, carbines, breech loading rifles, revolvers, mortars and cannons. It is the largest Civil War event of its kind in the United States. Spectators are welcome and admission is free. There is a large sutler area and food service is available. Emergency phone message line (only available during Nationals) 540-888-4334. To join the NSSA call 248-258-9007.
Twizted Creationz Haunted Attraction at our new location at Creative Works Farm, 107 Creative Works Lane (4/10 mile down Purple Cow Road), proud home of Camp LIGHT. Twizted Creationz is the best haunt around and all proceeds go to Camp Light for special needs kids. Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at dark. Attend it for only $13.00. 540-448-0194 or http://creativeworksfarm.org/events.
October 1-Nov. 1–Lexington.
Virginia Horse Center events: Nutrena East AQHA Level 1 Championships on the 1st-4th; Old Dominion Saddlebred Show on the 9th-10th; House Mountain Horse Show and Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia Fall Horse Show on the 10th-11th; Old Time Music Jam on the 13th; Great American USDF Regional Dressage Championship and VADA Fall Show on the 15th-18th; Mounted Map and Orienteering on the 17th, 25th; Thoroughbred Celebration Horse Show on the 24th-25th; Fall Virginia Horse Trials and the Virginia Horse Trials CCI*/CIC2* and Area II Championships on the 30th-Nov. 1. For times and admission fees call 540-464-2950.
49th 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. Suggested donation of at least $25.00. Parking is free and there is no admission charge. 540-433-9993.
October 2-Nov. 1–Winchester.
Come if you dare to The Devil’s Den, at 537 N. Cameron Street, from 7-11pm. Be prepared to be truly terrified each weekend, Friday-Sunday. The Devil’s Den is an unparalleled journey into real-life horror. This attraction is not for the feint of heart. Parental discretion is advised. We recommend 13 and older. Tickets are $15.00. Visit www.thedevils-den.com for more details.
October 3–Shenandoah Caverns.
Join us for some great music close to home at the Yellow Barn at Shenandoah Caverns. The show features Lisa Meadows and the Shenandoah Jamboree Cast. Ben “Cooter” Jones will be making special appearances at some shows, too. The special guest is Wilson Fairchild who will perform approximately the second half of the show. Doors open 6pm, show starts 7pm. Admission is $20.00 in advance, $25.00 at the door. email@example.com or 540-477-2432.
October 3–Front Royal.
4th Annual Walk for Life to support the Front Royal Pregnancy Center. By walking with us and asking your friends, family and co-workers to contribute, we can continue offering our services for free. Fun, family-friendly event with music, face painting, food. To register visit www.facebook.com/frpcwalkforlife or call 540-635-6181.
Join us for a fun and educational day at Grand Caverns Fall Festival Living History Day. Re-enactment groups from different time periods will be demonstrating the daily life of a soldier. Military, classic, antique vehicles and an artifact identification, so bring your collections. Living history and craft demonstrations will be given thoughout the day as well as food vendors. Park admission for daytime activities are free. Also an authentic ball inside the ballroom from 6-8 pm. For reservations call 540-249-5705 or 540-290-0849.
36th Annual Autumn Celebration downtown, from 8:30am-4pm. There will be 300 vendors from numerous states. Attendees also will enjoy a wide variety of foods, children’s activities, and local shops like Silver Lake Mill and the Heritage Museum. Also the Fort Harrison house will have local arts/crafts, brunswick stew, kettle corn and drinks available. No pets allowed except for service dogs. Free admission. 540-879-2241.
Join the Shenandoah Valley British Car Club at Ridgeview Park for a wonderful time and a chance to see many exciting British cars and meet the people who love them. The car show offers music, door prizes, fabulous food. Vendors for British car parts and paraphernalia, shirts and caps, and more. 434-295-3196.
Oktoberfest will be held on North Holliday Street. Enjoy crafters, live music, beer/wine garden, food. The kids will have fun too. Admission $5.00 per person, children 16 and under are free. The ticket gate will be at the intersection of King and North Holliday Streets. 540-465-3187.
10th Annual McCormick Farm Mill Day will be held at 128 McCormick Farm Circle, from 9am-4pm. There will be a working grist mill where corn will be ground, historical museum, working blacksmith, traditional crafts, broom making, antique equipment displays, music, pumpkins, and BBQ chicken from the Raphine Volunteer Fire Company. There will be a hay ride farm tour and many activities for children. The event is free and open to the public. 540-377-2255.
Annual Fish Fry and Auction at the Woodstock Moose Lodge, 152 Moose Road, from 6-9pm. This is Friends of the North Fork signature fundraising event. This is a small plate fare, think heavy hors d’oeuvres. This will allow more mixing, moving around so everyone has a chance to see all the great mix of vacation deals, local and regional trips, helpful services, local crafts, foodstuffs, fishing gear and more. Tickets are $45.00 each. 540-459-8550 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
23rd Annual Harvest Festival at Rockbridge Vineyard, 35 Hill View Lane, from noon-6pm. There will be wine tasting, hayrides, grape stomping and live music. Admission is $5.00 which includes wine tasting/souvenir glass and $3.00 for non-tasters. Bring the kids and lawn chairs. Lunch available for purchase. 540-377-6204 or www.rockbridgevineyard.com/.
Apple Days is held under the covered sidewalks of Willow Oak Plaza, rain or shine. Featuring Over 100 juried participants will be displaying and selling crafts ranging from handmade jewelry to furniture. Also adoptable dogs from Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center. 540-480-7582.
October 3-4–Front Royal.
Autumn Conservation Festival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute from 10 am-3 pm. Admission includes behind the scenes looks at some of SCBIl’s endangered animals, live music, special activities for children and so much more. Also food, beverages will be available for purchase. This event will be held rain or shine. Official assistance animals only. 540-635-6500 or www.nationalzoo.si.edu/activitiesandevents/calendar/.
Join us for our Annual Oktoberfest from 9am-5pm at the Frontier Culture Museum. There will be fun for the entire family. Tour the museum, games on the German farm, traditional food, music, German beer and so much more. Admission fee. 540-332-7850.
Augusta Expoland events: Monthly Indoor/Outdoor Market and Yard Sale on the 3rd; Heritage Promotions Antique Show and Sale on the 9th-11th; Poultry Sale on the 17th. 540-943-3976.
Rockingham County Fair Grounds events: VA Power Pull Truck and Tractor Pull on the 3th; C&E Gun Show on the 10th-11th; Denim and Diamonds is fundraiser for the Rockingham County Fair Association on the 17th; Gem and Mineral Show on the 23th-25th. Admission fee. 540-434-0005.
The artist P. Buckley Moss will be at her home, The Barn, to meet her collectors and personalize prints 11am-4pm 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. 540-949-6473.
57th Shenandoah Antiques Expo at Augusta Expoland. Virginia’s most exciting antiques event and 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. 434-846-7452.
October 9-11–Highland County.
Celebrate the beauty of Autumn at the Annual Hands and Harvest Fall Foliage Festival. Seasonal foods, including apple dumplings, barbecues, Allegheny mountain trout, and homemade baked goods will be available in the historic districts of Monterey and McDowell. Also the S.P.C.A. Annual Sweater Sale and the Highland Co. Humane Society Family Fun Day at the Monterey Fire Department on the 10th. www.highlandcounty.org/events/hands-harvest-festival/ or 540-468-2550.
Fall Foliage 10K Race and 5K Run for ages 8 and up. Also a 1/2 mile Fun Dash for ages 3-12. Held in conjunction with the Virginia Fall Foliage Festival Art Show. Race day t-shirt, fully stocked aid stations, post race party with food, drink. Invista’s parking lot is the race day parking and the Dominion Shelter that is located on McElroy Street is where the race starts. To register visit www.runthevalley.com/fall-foliage/ or 540-942-6735.
October 10–Front Royal.
45th year of the Warren Heritage Society’s annual fundraiser, the Festival of Leaves, on Chester and Main Streets from 9am-6pm. 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.