As I created the Calendar of Events for April, I discovered there is a lot going on! You’ll find “normal” events such as music and dance, farmer’s markets, garden tours, wine & beer tasting, and arts & craft shows. You’ll also learn about “quirky” events including a Historic Bottle Diggers Show, a Fringe Festival, and a Recycled Wedding Yard Sale. Enjoy!
- Lexington Gallery Walk – From contemporary photography, paintings and sculpture, to jewelry, antiques and folk art, you’ll find it here, in Downtown Lexington in the Gallery Walk.
- Harrisonburg – Free Admission at The Explore More Children’s Museum.
- Harrisonburg – First Fridays Downtown – Stroll the streets of downtown Harrisonburg the first Friday of every month and enjoy extended hours at many shops and businesses (5-8pm or later) while viewing art and enjoying performances by local artists, musicians, and more.
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
- Lexington – Live Music & Dancing at Clark’s Old Time Music Center – Clark’s Lumber Company is an operating sawmill that produces the components of prefabricated log houses, however, on most Friday nights the company’s Planer Building becomes a haven for old-time music and mountain dance!
- Harrisonburg – Friday Wine Tasting – at Downtown Wine & Gourmet
- Harrisonburg – Shenandoah Valley Knife Show & Sale – Shenandoah Valley Knife Collectors hosts this annual event with many, many vendors showcasing their knife collections and other collectables. Buying, selling or trading. Free Parking.
- Staunton Farmer’s Market – Opening day for this Producer Only market. What that means is everything you find has been grown within 75 miles of Staunton, by the vendor who is selling the product.
- Harrisonburg – JMU George West Jazz Festival
- Harrisonburg – Alzheimer’s Benefit 5K Run & Concert – Sigma Kappa and Tau Kappa Epsilon cosponsors a 5K benefit for the American Alzheimer’s Association, on the arboretum grounds, “A Walk You’ll Remember!” with live bands playing at the conclusion of the run.
- Waynesboro – Shenandoah Jamboree: Patsy Cline Tribute – Featuring special guest Mandy Barnett, who portrayed Patsy Cline in the stage show Always…Patsy Cline at Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium.
- Fishersville – Augusta Expo Home & Garden Show – The Augusta Expo Home and Garden Show features businesses in the Home and Garden community who will showcase their products and services to the public.
- Staunton – ASC Band Candy Benefit Concert – Enjoy blues, folk, and rock-and-roll tunes selected and performed (live and unplugged) by American Shakespeare Center’s multi-talented actors.
- Hot Springs – Annual Bath Bluegrass Jamboree – Featuring the Darrell Webb Band, FlattBroke, Southern Rail Express and a guest appearance by the Allegheny Mountain String Project.
- Waynesboro – Claire Lynch Band – Claire’s harmonies have graced the recordings of many stellar musicians. Equally gifted as a songwriter, her songs have been recorded by The Seldom Scene, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, Cherryholmes, The Whites and others. Dolly Parton credits Claire with “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.”
- Harrisonburg – Shenandoah Valley Home & Garden Show – Over 100 vendors will offer products & services to either build your dream home or remodel an existing home. Even if you’re not from this area, come prepared to take pictures, notes, and develop ideas.
- Fishersville – C&E Gun Show – The C&E Gun Show offers the community a venue to purchase, trade and sell guns, ammo and related merchandise.
- Harrisonburg – Secondhand Snags: A Recycled Wedding Yard Sale – On Sunny Slope Farm will be hosting “Secondhand Snags: A Recycled Wedding Yardsale,” which will invite former brides to sell their wedding decor and other accessories to brides who may be searching for items to decorate their big day.
- Staunton – Shenandoah Fringe Festival – Come and experience the wild and breathtaking offerings of the region’s performers, at this annual assemblage for the strange and wondrous to live out in the open.
- Lexington – Old Time Music Jam – Mountain music jam session honoring our mountain heritage. Musicians welcome to play and audience encouraged to dance and sing along.
- Waynesboro – River City Radio Hour with Wanda & the White Boys – Like Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, the show is fashioned after the radio programs of the 30s and 40s. Featuring a reunion of Wanda and the White Boys, plus an appearance by the nationally known comedian and motivational speaker Brett Leake.
- Harrisonburg – Virginia Beef Expo – Featuring beef cattle sales, industry trade show, and Jr. Beef Roundup.
- Staunton – Earth Day Staunton – Enjoy hands-on activities, live native wildlife shows, Earth art demonstrations, face painting, native plant sale, free saplings, and more.
- Lexington – LiveLikeLara Foundation Wine & Beer Tasting – The LiveLikeLara Foundation is hosting the 2nd Annual Wine & Beer Tasting event. This foundation was formed to honor and celebrate the life of Lara D. Gass who was killed in a crash on I-81. Lara was a law student at Washington & Lee and was two months from graduation. She was on her way to a clerkship with a Federal judge when the Saturn Ion she was driving slammed into the back of a tractor trailer truck. It was then discovered that her car was a part of a massive recall from GM for faulty ignition switches.
- Weyers Cave – – Wayne Henderson and Helen White are featured in an evening of rollicking Appalachian tunes, songs and stories.
- Fishersville – Arts & Crafts Show – Original handmade crafts and art work.
- Harrisonburg – Virginia Historic Bottle Diggers Bottle Show – Displays of many bottle collections and other collectables. Buy and Sell.
- Staunton – Queen City Plein Air Festival – Twenty-three established plein air painters (French for “in the open air”) from Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia will be in Staunton and Augusta County for three days of painting followed by the sale of their paintings in the BSSS Gallery.
- Staunton – Garden Party – Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library – Join us for a Garden Party to celebrate Historic Garden Week at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library, a restoration project of the Garden Club of Virginia. Enjoy a taste of Staunton- local fare, regional Virginia wine, craft beer, and music by Kathy Lafon.
- Staunton Music Festival – Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas
- Staunton – Heifetz On Tour “Spring in the Valley” Concert – Heifetz on Tour, a concert showcase for some of the most talented alumni of the Institute’s renowned summer program for exceptionally gifted young string musicians, takes places every summer on the campus of Mary Baldwin College.
- Waynesboro – P. Buckley Moss Barn Show – Join America’s most celebrated living artist in her Waynesboro, Virginia home to have your artwork signed and personalized.
- Staunton – Bridge Day – Connect with local culture at this unique event celebrating the historic Sears Hill FootBridge which crosses the railroad and connects two sides of the city.
- Virginia Garden Week – Staunton Tour – Savor the views as you walk along this quiet, tree-lined neighborhood of elegant homes. Highlights include: artists painting landscapes en plein air, flower arrangers creating stunning floral presentations, and budding young classical musicians serenading guests as you leisurely stroll along garden paths.
- Mt Solon – Antique Tractor Pull – Antique Tractor Pull featuring tractors 1959 and older pulling a weight transfer sled known as “The Sitting Bull.”
- Staunton – Shakespeare Block Party – Plan for a day-long celebration in honor of Shakespeare on the 400th anniversary of his death. The all-ages, family friendly event will include food, drink, and activities. Festivities will be located outside the Blackfriars Playhouse on Market Street.
- Waynesboro – The Crooked Road – The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail concert celebrates the traditional music that has been kept by families and communities of Southwest Virginia since colonial times.
- Waynesboro – South River Fly Fishing Expo – The 2016 expo will include fly fishing, fly casting, and fly tying presentations by regionally and nationally known fly fishing professionals; habitat and conservation presentations; free beginner fly casting introductory lessons; numerous fly fishing gear raffle packages; regional fly fishing retailers, fly fishing guides, fly fishing destinations/lodges; and premier fly fishing for trophy Brown and Rainbow Trout on the South River Delayed Harvest Area.
- Staunton – Virginia Hot Glass Festival – Watch art happen as dozens of hot glass artists demonstrate glassblowing and flame working techniques throughout the day. We also open our expansive 2nd floor as a vendor area where you can see works from all our visiting artists and enjoy wine tasting by Barren Ridge Vineyards.
- Staunton – Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration – Join us at the American Shakespeare Center for an afternoon of fun for all ages!
- Staunton Music Festival – Schubert’s Final Piano Sonatas – Carsten Schmidt, performing on
a stunning 1830’s fortepiano, presents the final two piano sonatas, D.959 in A major and
D.960 in B-flat major.
- Harrisonburg – OhBaby Expo – An event dedicated entirely to moms, dads, and their little ones both here and on-the-way.
- Waynesboro – Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve – The show airs on the Disney Channel daily and features Genevieve Goings as the Star in character as the Train Conductor assisted by DC, her beatboxing, and breakdancing engineer. A great show for the entire family!
- Harrisonburg – Historic Garden Week Tour – Homes open this year include a Charleston townhome, a cottage, and two manor homes. To balance the newer homes, we offer our annual tea on the adjacent property, historic Massanetta Springs Camp and Conference Center.
- Staunton – Frontier Museum Wool Days – See sheep sheared using traditional hand shears during this event. While here, enjoy a leisurely tour of our grounds as you visit the various frontier farms and learn about early American life. (Please note that the link takes you to last year’s event. The 2016 page was not up at the time this calendar was created).
- Waynesboro – 8th Annual Park to Park ½ Marathon – I can tell you from personal experience that this half-marathon is a lot of fun. A point-to-point race with transportation provided back to the start, the Park to Park 1/2 Marathon features the beautiful rolling hills of the rural Shenandoah Valley.
- Harrisonburg – Food Truck Rally – Try out some of Harrisonburg’s food trucks and enjoy a great day in the park. Make sure to bring a blanket so you can have a picnic with your favorite food truck cuisine.
- Lexington – Historic Garden Week Tour – Explore beautiful Rockbridge County motoring along country byways surrounded by the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains viewing scenic farms and vineyards.
- West Augusta – Shenandoah Mountain Wildflower Walks – Please join the Headwaters Master Naturalists for our annual rediscovery of the springtime beauty in the forests of our backyard mountain. (A bit of a drive, but well worth it for this incredible experience).
- Waynesboro – Riverfest – Join us for the Great South River Duck Race and many more activities at Riverfest 2016. Riverfest is a registered non-profit organization, 501(c)3, dedicated to environmental conservation and watershed stewardship in the Shenandoah River Basin.
- Staunton – Frontier Museum – Spring Homeschool Day at the Museum.
- Harrisonburg – Rocktown Beer & Music Festival – Every year, 3,000 people converge on Turner Pavilion & Park to attend the event (which often sells out in advance), celebrating good beer, good living, good music and a great community.
April 30 – May 1
- Harrisonburg – Massanutten Yee Haw Mountain Bike Race – For diehard mountain bikers, the downhill mountain bike race, Gravity East Series (GES) Massanutten is the first stop in the Gravity East Downhill Series.