Springtime Events in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia
April 8, 2019
There’s nothing quite as beautiful as the Shenandoah Valley during springtime. Blooming redbud and dogwood trees line our windy, country roads and dot the scenic mountain landscapes.
Towns and cities throughout the Shenandoah Valley gather artisans, musicians, wineries, and breweries to celebrate the season. Join us this April and May for one or more of our festivals in this special place we call home.
All events are subject to change. Some events have admission fees. Please confirm dates, times, and pricing before traveling long distances.
Harrisonburg, Virginia: Rocktown Beer & Music Festival
April 20, 2019
The Rocktown Beer & Music Festival is a popular Harrisonburg, Virginia event that attracts approximately 3,000 people each year. The Turner Pavilion is a great downtown location for enjoying craft beer and live music. The pavilion houses the beer vendors while a nearby grassy area is great for relaxing and enjoying the music.
Each brewery is hand-picked and the music line-up includes local, regional, and nationally touring bands. Patrons receive a commemorative sampling mug. This event is known to sell out in advance so don’t delay; get your tickets today.
92nd Annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival
United Bank Bloomin Wine Fest
April 26 – May 5, 2019
“Uncork the Bloom” in historic downtown Winchester with live entertainment, great food, and Virginia wines. Three distinctive wine gardens await your discovery among the century old brick buildings of Virginia’s first pedestrian mall. The event begins Friday evening and continues until 6 p.m. Saturday.
Make it a weekend getaway using itineraries specially designed by the Winchester-Frederick County Convention & Visitors Bureau for the Bloomin ‘ Wine Fest. Itinerary themes include Adventure Lovers, Girlfriend Getaway, History and Gardens, Retro Romance, and Sip Shenandoah.
Dayton, Virginia: Dayton Redbud Spring Arts and Crafts Festival
April 27, 2019
The Dayton Redbud Spring Arts and Crafts Festival features wares from local merchants, handmade arts and crafts from vendors, local food and drinks, local music, historical tours, a duck race, and an antique car show.
Festival patrons can receive a free redbud sapling with purchase while supplies last. Revel in the beautiful pink blossoms of Rockingham County’s redbud trees with a visit to this festive spring event.
Lexington and Natural Bridge, Virginia: Historic Garden Week
April 27, 2019
Celebrate Historic Garden Week in Virginia with the “Homes and History Tour” presented by the Blue Ridge Garden Club. The four locations featured on the tour include Natural Bridge State Park, Herring Hall, circa 1812, Vineyard Hill, circa 1774, and the Inn at Forest Oaks, circa 1806.
Spring is a great time to enjoy the natural beauty and historic sites of Lexington, Virginia. Plan extra time to explore the trails of the Natural Bridge State Park and to experience the awe of the 215-foot tall limestone gorge once owned by Thomas Jefferson.
Shenandoah County, Virginia: Gardens, Galleries, and Grapes
April 28-29, 2019
Enjoy a weekend exploring the gardens, galleries, vineyards, and wineries during this county-wide event. Artisan studios open for tours and shops and galleries open with artists giving live demonstrations.
Wineries, restaurants, and breweries showcase food specials and live music. Learn about spring plants, gardening, and beekeeping by visiting area farms and garden centers. Shenandoah County is rich in agriculture and skilled artisans. Enjoy meeting farmers, chatting with artists, and exploring the backroads of this scenic county.
Millwood, Virginia: Art at the Mill
April 27-May 12, 2019
The quaint community of Millwood, Va. celebrates spring with an art show and sale at the historic Burwell-Morgan Mill. The show features the work of approximately 300 artists display more than 1,000 pieces of art of all descriptions and media.
This event is a major fund raiser for the Clarke County Historical Association who owns and operates the mill. Built 1785, the Burwell-Morgan Mill is one of the oldest, most original operational grist mills in the country. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy on the scenic grounds or venture across the road to the country store.
Fishersville, Virginia: Shenandoah Antiques Expo
May 10-11, 2019
Vintage and antique lovers will delight at this large, two-day event, located near Waynesboro, Virginia. The Shenandoah Antiques Expo features more than 300 dealers inside and outside the large complex.
Participants describe the events as one of the greatest gatherings of antiques and collectibles in the Mid-Atlantic region. Come see for yourself why what’s old is new again at the Shenandoah Antiques Expo.
Luray, Virginia: 15th Annual Festival of Spring
May 11, 2019
East Main Street in the Town of Luray comes alive with a celebration of spring, Saturday, May 11. A traditional Maypole Ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. Browse artists and crafters and delight in some down-home BBQ or other tasty festival food.
An All-Day Access wristbands are a popular choice for children’s activities. Live music and more complete this fun-filled day in downtown Luray.
Front Royal, Virginia: 33rd Annual Virginia Wine and Craft Festival
May 18, 2019
Join the festivities in historic downtown Front Royal from 10 am until 6 pm Saturday, May 18th. Enjoy wine tastings from 20 Virginia wineries and browse more than 100 artisans and crafters. Live music, kids games, and more.
This event covers seven blocks and includes delicious food vendors and restaurants. General admission is free. For those wanting to participate in wine tasting, advance tickets are $25 and $30 at the gate. Come early and spend the day celebrating spring and Virginia wine, a winning combination for a spectacular Saturday!
Staunton, Virginia: Virginia Hot Glass Festival
May 25-26, 2019
Virginia Hot Glass Festival Featuring Grant Garmezy
Sat., May 25, 9am-6pm, & Sun., May 26, 10am-5pm
Sunspots Studios Glassblowing
202 South Lewis St.
Staunton, Virginia | FREE
Glass artists from around the region come together at Sunspots Studios for a full weekend of non-stop hot glass demonstrations and exhibits. Watch featured artist Grant Garmezy of Richmond sculpt life-like animals out of 2000-degree glass. See and buy unique art glass collectibles and gifts from many glass artists in one location. Visiting artists demonstrate their techniques and artistry in transforming hot molten glass into beautiful crystalline pieces, from paperweights to vases to intricate beads and jewelry. Free. Indoors. Handicapped accessible. Nearby parking. More information online at: www.sunspots.com/virginia-hot-glass-festival
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