Family Living History Weekend at Cedar Creek Battlefield

Join us for this FREE living history on Saturday June 18th or Sunday the 19th, from 10am-5pm, for a weekend of family friendly programs and activities hosted by living historians. Our costumed living historians will host photography workshops, cooking demonstrations, muster in new recruits and practice drill, talk about the life of the average soldier and their equipment, have Civil War medicine displays, play period games and tell stories about life as a civilian during the American Civil War, cavalry with their horses will talk about the important roles of horses during the war, and much more!

Activities will begin in the morning and continue throughout the day. While visiting, be sure to stop in to our free museum where scavenger hunts and prizes await!

We recommend making a day of it by packing a picnic to enjoy while overlooking the Valley, hiking the trails, and visiting our Partners at the Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. Though there are many family focused activities, everyone is welcome!

Winchester Royals Baseball Opening Night

Come out to Bridgeforth Field to cheer on your Winchester Royals, in their Home Opener, as they take on the reigning Valley Baseball League Champions, the Strasburg Express!

Bring the family, enjoy our concession stand, and cheer on your Royals, loud and proud!

More information and game schedule:

Strawberry Festival

Come out for West Oaks Farm Market’s Strawberry Festival! Fun for the whole family.

If you are a strawberry lover, you DO NOT want to miss out!

Pick-your-own Strawberries
Tractor Bounce House
Food Vendors

More details to come.

Strawberry wine, hard cider, and more!
Delicious strawberry treats!

It will be a strawberry filled day, mark your calendar now!

Newtown Heritage Festival

This free family festival includes a parade, food vendors, kids activities, live entertainment, fireworks, and more. Walk into history and learn about the early days of Stephens City as you visit the Stone House Foundation Museums – the Transportation Exhibit at the Stephens City Schoolhouse, Newtown Tavern, Argenbright House & Shed, Stone House, and Steele & Brother Store (all on Main Street). The Museums will be open 10am-4pm Saturday.

The event takes place up and down Main Street from Newtown Commons to the Old School grounds. (5165 through 5516 Main Street)

Event Schedule:

Thursday, 6PM
Miss Newtown Festival Pageant

Friday, 6PM
Festival Opens
Food and Concessions, Crafters
6:30 PM
Musical performance by: Newtown String Band @ the Commons
8:30 PM (Dusk)
Family Movie Night at the Commons presents: “The Sandlot”. Sponsored by Seth & Kelly Thatcher

8 AM: Memorial Day Observance – Stephens City Veterans Memorial at the Old Stephens City School
Festival Opens
Food and Concessions, Crafters
Lions Club Sight & Hearing Screening Van
10 AM: Museums open until 4pm
10:30 AM: Guided Trolley Tour of Historic Stephens City**
10:45 AM: Musical performance by: Sherando High School Jazz Band @ the Commons
11:30 AM: Dedication of the “Lenny” the Town Dog Memorial*
12:00 PM: Musical performance by: The Band – Changed @ the Commons
2:00 PM: Newtown Heritage Festival Parade: Sponsored by the Stephens City Lions Club
3:30 PM: Musical performance by: The Robbie Limon Band @ the Commons
4:30 PM: Guided Wagon Tour of Historic Stephens City**
5:30 PM: 2nd Annual “Pie Town” Pie Eating Contest @ the Commons
7:00 PM: Musical performance by: The Seldom Scene @ the Commons

Around 9:15 PM: Fireworks Display @ the Commons: Sponsored by The Hollis Family Foundation

** 45-minute tour created especially for the festival by Rick Kriebel of the Newtown History Center. This is a FREE tour, but seating is limited and tickets are required. You can pick up a ticket at the Festival tent or at the Town Office the week of the festival.




KidzFest will return this year! This free, family-friendly event features exhibits highlighting education, art, music, sports and more. Some of this year’s activities include:
Library card sign-ups with Handley Library
Creating origami animals with the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Making and decorating paper fans with the Youth Development Center
Giant chess and other challenge activities with Shenandoah Valley Chess Club
Trial classes with Armstrong Irish Dance Academy
Obstacle course with Winchester Parks & Recreation
Summer at Sacred Heart
Games with Healthy Families NSV
Dance demonstrations from Dance Ambassadors
Art activities with Arte Libre
Lego derby track and cut-out picture signs with Boy Scouts of America
The Walking Mall Poet type-in
Susie the Clown 12-4pm
Book-making with Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area
Craft building with Home Depot
Live performances and drop-in classes with the Selah Theatre Project 12-5pm
Steve Gryb, the Pied Piper of Percussion, from Miami, Florida, will presents “The Percussion Petting Zoo” activity/attraction. This hands-on activity will feature percussion instruments from around the world that everyone can touch, play, explore, and have fun making sounds. 12-5pm

Apple Blossom Festival: Fireworks Show and Music Fest

Join us for an incredible fireworks display on the grounds of Handley High School!

People will begin to arrive and start spreading their blankets out on the ground Friday afternoon, with anticipation of watching the incredible fireworks show at dusk, following the Firefighters’ Parade.

As the crowd gathers during the afternoon and evening, vendors will offer various food items in the mini-midway as well as other souvenirs.

The fireworks display itself is a little over 20 minutes long and a soundtrack of pop rock and country music runs throughout the show. It is very modern with multiple unusual special effects not seen at traditional fireworks shows. The tight, urban location prohibits high altitude effects. Most of the show is under 200 feet and is best viewed from the ground level, on site at John Handley High School.

The TREX Music Fest is a lead in to the American Woodmark firework show. As people are gathering, there will be music for everyone to gear up and enjoy the electric atmosphere!

At 9pm there will also be singing of the National Anthem just before the fireworks show begins.

The event is free and open to the public and has always been a crowd pleaser for thousands!