Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival

The 2019 Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival will be held at the Frederick County Fairgrounds and continues to grow with attendance over 7,500 people! The festival has always been family (and pet) friendly!

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR: BUBBLEBALL by Wonderfly Games… and a human HAMSTER BALL. Come out (Sunday only, noon-5pm ) and try the hilarious new activity that is fun for all ages!

Craftsmen and Vendors:Local and Regional Artisans and Vendors throughout the grounds and two (2) buildings.

CANINE OBSTACLE COURSE: Since we are pet friendly, this new fun-to-watch and fun-to-participateactivity is our new fun element for our four-legged friends (Saturday only).

KIDZONE AREA with INFLATABLES: An area just for the kids with Knocker Ball, Giant Slide, Obstacle and Bounce House, face painting and other fun activities. Meet Little Joe our minature horse.

ANTIQUE CAR SHOW AND BINGO

TAP & CORK TASTING (HARD CIDERS & CRAFT BEERS) Must be 21 and over with ID required. Tasting fee extra. Live entertainment nearby makes this a can’t miss attraction!

APPLE PIE EATING CONTEST HOSTED BY WHITE HOUSE/NATIONAL FRUIT: What would an apple harvest festival be without the popular apple pie eating contest? Center stage, Sunday at 3pm!

APPLE PIE BAKING CONTEST/FREE APPLE: Watch while the judges sample the variety of homemade pies in the apple theme booth. The Apple Theme Arena is where you can get a free apple and apple cider. Meet representatives of the Virginia Old Time Apple Growers Association and the Alson Smith VA Tech Research Lab, ask questions and see the over 60 varieties of apples on display.

APPLE BUTTER MAKING: Made fresh on-site. Almost guaranteed your purchase will still be warm!

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Continuous entertainment featuring Nashville star Blake Esse (currently touring with Clint Black), Robbie Limon, Bud’s Collective and Jimmy Lee…all family friendly.

FOOD CONCESSIONS: Plenty of EVERYTHING APPLE along with Apple Pie, Apple Dumplings, BBQ, Crab Cakes, Turkey Legs, Donuts, Ice Cream, Kettle Corn, Lemonade and all your festival favorites!

ADMISSION IS DISCOUNTED WITH $1.00 OFF COUPONS THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY: We flood the area schools, day care centers and all HANDY MART stores with $1.00 off admission coupons! Admission includes all activities except Tap & Cork and is $8 or less! Under age 6 are FREE!

It’s for a good cause! All proceeds for the event go to local non-profits. Over $1 Million Dollars has been given over the life of this event…so thank you!

The 92nd Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

Join the fun in Winchester, VA for the two week Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival!

This long-standing tradition features a two day Wine Fest, an entertaining Grand Feature parade through downtown Winchester, multiple concerts, Weekend in the Park, featuring a wide variety of crafters, a carnival, an outstanding fireworks display, and over 30 other events with something for everyone!

The Festival is a great time to spend the weekend in Winchester exploring the area and having fun at the events!

See you at The Bloom!

For details on the events and festivities, visit: www.thebloom.com

PARKING:
With all of the street closings and parking restrictions, the parking garages are the best alternative. Three of the four downtown garages (Braddock Autopark will be closed) are one block from the parade route or the Midway. Purchase reserved parking in a garage on either May 3 or 4 for $15 per day (cash or check). Stop by the George Washington Autopark (128 N. Cameron Street) to purchase a reserved parking ticket. If space is still available on Friday or Saturday, you can park in the garages for $15 (CASH ONLY).

Friday, May 3:
Garages will be open from 10 am to 10 pm.

Saturday, May 4:
Garages will open at 8 am and will not have a set closing time.
Handicap Parking

Handicapped parking is available at each Apple Blossom sponsored event. We recommend that residents utilize downtown parking garages for the Grand Feature Parade. Handicapped parking for Weekend in the Park will be available in front of the War Memorial Building.
Do not park on streets that are closed to parking.

Once Upon a Hero Night

Fairy Tale Royalty or Superheroes? Either way, celebrate your favorite at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum! Activities include cape decorating, royal training, designing a castle, superhero bootcamp, and more!

Father Daughter Dance

Enter a fairy tale land of wonder with your littles for a night you’ll treasure forever. DJ, finger foods, cake from Sweet Tooth Bakery, and door prizes and more will be provided plus we will crown the best daddy/daughter couple. Please join us for a unforgettable affair!

**Please note: We will not be accepting walk-up couples and space is limited so register today!

Cost: $16.00 per person. Doors open at 6 pm sharp.
Registration Deadline: 2/5

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown!

Currently celebrating its 50th Anniversary!

YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Revised) is a fresh approach to the all-time 1967 classic, based on the beloved comic strip by Charles Schultz. Sally Brown joins Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and Snoopy in this charming revue of vignettes and songs.

Fandemonium

Daleks and Jedi and Wizards, Oh My! Favorite fandoms come to life with costumed characters, hands-on science-based activities, and plenty of pop culture
magic for everyone. Dress to represent your favorite fandom or superhero and join in the family-friendly fun!

$10 Admission | Free for Premier/Legacy members

Pop Up Planetarium

Explore the Sky in a Pop-up Planetarium

Jennifer Coleman, Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
View a projection of the night sky in a pop-up planetarium, including planets, constellations, and more. Learn about planetary motion, and hear stories and myths about constellations. Recommended for those six and above with an adult, but all are welcome.

Sign up today here:
https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/m3fBd5HR09VYSz68

First Night Winchester

First Night Winchester is the largest, safest, family-friendly, non-alcoholic, budget-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration in the Shenandoah Valley. One price gets you a button that allows you into all First Night events for the entire evening.

On December 31 this community event brings the night to life as businesses, churches, and other venues open their doors to multiple stages featuring performances throughout the evening. Entertainment includes, but is not limited to, folk, jazz, bluegrass, oldies, acoustical guitar, puppet shows, kids events and more throughout Old Town Winchester.

And then, just before the year ends, everyone comes together at the intersection of Cameron and Boscawen Streets to count down time with our official “Apple Drop” and midnight fireworks display!

Purchase buttons online at www.firstnightwinchester.com. Advance buttons may also be purchased at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center, 1400 S. Pleasant Valley Road. Open daily, 9am-5pm, call (540) 542-1326 for details.

On New Year’s Eve, buttons will be available from 5-9pm at the First Night Winchester headquarters located at: 33 E. Boscawen Street.

firstnightwinchester.com

 

Pajama Day

Join us for a cozy day of play and fun (and wear your pajamas) at the Discovery Museum!

10:30 am — Storytime with Belle
11:00 am — How the Grinch Stole Christmas
12:00 pm — The Night Before Christmas
1:00 pm — Polar Express and cookie decorating
2:00 pm — Reindeer Games (interactive gross motor games with Dr. Megan McIntyre of Milestone Pediatric Therapy)
3:00 pm and 3:30 pm — Pajama Time with Mary Bruce (stories and crafts)