Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival

The 2020 Shenandoah Valley Apple Harvest Festival will be held at the Frederick County Fairgrounds, 250 Fairground Rd., Clear Brook, VA. The festival continues to grow with attendance over 6,000 people!
The festival has always been family (and pet) friendly and this year we will be adding other interesting elements for all ages!

WHAT’S NEW THIS YEAR…HALF PRICE ADMISSION AFTER 3PM EACH DAY! Yes, you got that right, $5 admission at 3pm and age 10 and under are always FREE! Gate admission includes free inflatables, dog show, apple pie eating contest, music, artisans and vendors, samples, car show and more!

CRAFTSMEN & 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-participate activity is our new fun element for our four-legged friends (Saturday only).

KIDZONE AREA with INFLATABLES
always popular, always fun! 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
Enjoy a great collection of antique vehicles in a festive atmosphere. Bingo is always fun with great prizes!

TAP & CORK TASTING (HARD CIDERS & CRAFT BEERS)
Very popular addition to the festival. Artisans from throughout the region will be added to the lineup of festival activities. 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 AND APPLE CIDER SAMPLES
Another got-to-have crowd pleaser! Enter the Apple Pie Baking Contest and bring your family and friends to watch the while the judges sample the variety of homemade pies in the apple theme booth. The Apple Theme Arena is where you can get free apple and apple cider samples.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Continuous entertainment featuring Jimmy Lee, Mojo Mothership and
others TBA…all family friendly.

FOOD CONCESSIONS… Plenty of EVERYTHING APPLE
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 $10 or less! Age 10 and under are FREE!

IT’S FOR A GOOD CAUSE
Giving back to the community just feels good. Be a part of something big and contribute to this event by exhibiting and/or attending. 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!

Kite Flying Festival

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED.

FREE – A one-of-a-kind family event for all to enjoy! Bring the family to Sherando Park to take in the bright colors and fun that comes along with kite flying. Enjoy vendors, food and door prizes! A fantastic family day at the park!

Contact Frederick County Parks & Recreation for more information.

(540) 665-5678

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!

Father-Daughter Ball

Join Aladdin and Jasmine for an evening of enchantment!

Dinner, dessert, and gift bag included.

This year two meal options are being provided for adults and youth:
Braised Beef Short Ribs, or Chicken Picatta with Lemon Caper Sauce.
Please indicate your meal preference in the notes of your order. A child-friendly meal will be provided for the Child Ticket.

Door prizes and professional photos will add to the fun.

Proceeds to benefit Bright Futures-Frederick/Winchester.

More information and purchase tickets

www.facebook.com/SnowflakeBallWinchester

Pop Up Planetarium

Star gazers, future astronomers and astronauts, and night owls alike, the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum is coming back to Blandy with their portable, Star Lab pop-up planetarium!
Inside the planetarium we’ll view the night sky, learning about the constellation stories and mythology of many different cultures.
After enjoying the show inside, we’ll head outside to look at the moon and starts through telescopes and keep our hands warm with mugs of hot chocolate.

For all starry eyed ages six and up.
Presented in partnership with the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum.

Sign up today at: blandy.virginia.edu

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 wristband 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 wristbands online at www.firstnightwinchester.com. Advance wristbands 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, wristbands will be available from 5-9pm at the First Night Winchester headquarters located at: 33 E. Boscawen Street.

Also on New Year’s Eve, souvenir buttons will be sold at the First Night Winchester headquarters for those that have been collecting buttons year-after-year. ($5 each)

firstnightwinchester.com

 

Holly Jolly Old Town Celebration

Come spend some time in Old Town this holiday season during our Holly Jolly Celebration on December 14th!

Enjoy caroling and holiday activities including free holiday wagon rides from 1-4 p.m. Specials at shops and restaurants all day.

Returning for a second year, shop at the Old Town Farmers Market – Holiday Market from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Here you will find local in-season farm goods including varieties of garlic, squash, heritage breed pork, jams and jellies, fresh small batch roasted coffee beans, spice rubs and seasonings, artisan chocolates and cake pops, natural health and beauty products, festive iced cookies and gingerbread kits, botanical ornaments and home decor items, homemade novelty soaps, and handcrafted jewelry and hair accessories. Sip on hot cocoa and enjoy warm frosted nuts and fresh kettle corn while you shop!

Children can create a holiday craft while waiting to meet Santa Claus at Santa’s Headquarters from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Godfrey Miller House (28 S. Loudoun Street).

Enjoy holiday carols throughout Old Town Winchester provided by local choral groups.

Free horse drawn wagon rides will be offered from 1-4 p.m. Meet in front of the Old Courthouse (20 N. Loudoun Street) to pick up a timed ticket beginning at 1pm. Tickets go fast! No need to stand in line! Enjoy holiday shopping and dining in Old Town and return to the wagon area prior to your ticket time.

Families can visit Handley Library from 1-3 p.m. for classic holiday movies as well as interactive stations and make-and-take crafts.

More information and schedule of events

 

Merrimint in Middletown

Come one, come All! Tour Historic Middletown, Virginia at this FREE Holiday event! Activities will take place at several venues in Middletown.

Hoffman House (7827 Main Street)
Tour the Hoffman House, , decorated in 1800’s holiday style. There will be hot cocoa and cookies. Kids can make and take free sparkly Santa Slime!

Wayside Inn (7783 Main Street)
Visit Father Christmas at The Wayside Inn. There will be caroling and storytelling by a cozy fire, face painting, and free tea and scones.

Aunt Caroline’s Cabin (corner of 1st and Church Streets)
Visit Middletown’s historic district. Tour and hear the story of Aunt Caroline’s log cabin on the corner of 1st and Church.  They will be providing hot cider and donuts.

St. Thomas Chapel (7854 Church Street)
At Historic St. Thomas Chapel the dulcimer group “Heartstrings” will perform at 2pm.

Mount Olive Baptist Church (1893 Senseney Road)
“A JESUS Merrimint” – from 1-2:30pm
• “A Christ Mas “Praise & Praise” singing.
• “A Youthful Blessing”; in one or more of the following: (Wearing Costumes of That Season of Long Ago, Dance, Dramatic Reading and Song).
• “Our Nativity Barn” with the “The Star of Shining Wonder” atop it, … and Straw Bales (for sitting inside “Our Nativity Barn” to take pictures for your Christmas Cards this year, with your own camera / phone.
• “A Tasty Fellowship” ; (A Cup of Soup and a Cup of Cider or a Cup of Cocoa).

Belle Grove Plantation (336 Belle Grove Road)
Nearby Belle Grove Plantation‘s historic Manor House presents “All Creatures Great and Small.” Enjoy the tour. The winter kitchen & gift shop are open to everyone. (A small fee to tour upstairs.)

Please come enjoy all the free activities. For more information call Tess Klimm 540-247-2211

Follow the Star – Living Nativity

Follow the Star is a dramatic and immersive live nativity experience celebrating its 10th year in Winchester, Virginia at the historic Kernstown Battlefield. This free event runs from 6-9 PM and is open to the public. All are welcome!

Join your tour guide who will take you on a walking journey through the scenes with live actors and animals depicting the night that Jesus was born. With dramatic lighting, sounds, special effects, and action all around you, it will feel as if you are an active participant in the Christmas story. At the tour conclusion join us for an all-you-can-enjoy fresh-baked cookies, hot drinks, caroling, photo station, and more. This memorable evening is sure to be a highlight of your holiday season.

Free parking and admission!

Inclement weather dates: December 14 and 15

www.facebook.com/winchesterfollowthestar

www.fbcva.org/followthestar

Middletown Christmas Parade

Come out and Celebrate the Magic of the Holiday Season with Friends & Family in Historic Middletown, VA on Sunday, December 1, 2019.

The Christmas Parade begins at 2pm with horses, floats, bands and more leading the way for Santa and Mrs. Claus to travel down Main Street. Immediately following the parade we will host Santa with Cookies at Middletown Volunteer Fire & Rescue. Whether you have a little one with a Christmas list or just want to take a selfie with the jolly elf – this FREE event is open to all. Bring your cameras and your sweet tooth. We will once again have coloring pages to keep the kids entertained and a photo booth for both young and old to enjoy.

Come early to get a great spot for watching the parade and while you are in town explore the local shops and restaurants.