Opening of The Trails at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

One of the most exciting new developments here in Winchester in 2020 is the opening of the Trails at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. More than three miles of trails for walking, running, and biking through fields, woods, and wetlands will be open year-round, free of charge. It will also feature art exhibitions and sculptures as Virginia’s largest public art park.

The trails will be accessible from a main trailhead at the new MSV entrance, a pedestrian entrance near the Old John Kerr School (future Winchester Public School’s Innovation Center), a pedestrian entrance at the end of Jefferson Street, and a pedestrian entrance on the northeastern corner of the MSV property on Amherst Street (close to the Wellspring building).

Open dawn to dusk.

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Robbie Limon at West Oaks Farm Market

We’re back in the West Oaks Courtyard for Live Music featuring The Robbie Limon Band!

$10 cover, Kids under 12 are free!

Voted “Best Musician” by the Northern Virginia Daily multiple times, Robbie always brings the party with great music and a huge variety of hits. All ages are sure to have a good time.

The West Oaks Bar and Grill will both be open as usual for all your food and beverage needs.

Grill and Bar are open from 5pm-10pm so come on out at 5pm for dinner and drinks.

Live Music is 7pm-10pm.

There will be plenty of seating in the courtyard, picnic shelter, porches, and you can even bring your own chair for out in the grass.

Come on out and have a fun Friday evening with us! All ages are welcome.

History Program and Tour

This weekend is the anniversary of the Battle of 2nd Winchester.

A National Park Service ranger from Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park will conduct a presentation, “1864 in a Box” at Kernstown Battlefield at 1pm.

Following the program, author Jerry Holsworth will conduct a tour from 2-4pm starting at the Kernstown Battlefield.

Both are outdoor events.

Outdoor Movie at the Amphitheater

2019 FREE MOVIE NIGHTS in Jim Barnett Park
June 7 – Mary Poppins Returns
July 12 – Hotel Transylvania
August 2 – Incredibles 2

Bring seating, snacks, picnic and enjoy free movies under the stars. Movies are shown in the Jim Barnett Park Amphitheater, which can be accessed from the lower parking area by the playgrounds in Christianson Familyland.

Movies begin at dusk.

Outdoor Movie at the Amphitheater

2019 FREE MOVIE NIGHTS in Jim Barnett Park
June 7 – Mary Poppins Returns
July 12 – Hotel Transylvania
August 2 – Incredibles 2

Bring seating, snacks, picnic and enjoy free movies under the stars. Movies are shown in the Jim Barnett Park Amphitheater, which can be accessed from the lower parking area by the playgrounds in Christianson Familyland.

Movies begin at dusk.

Gardens at Night: Soul Expressions

From Richmond, Virginia, the Soul Expressions Band will be back at the MSV to play a high-energy mix of funk, rock, Motown, and today’s hits, including songs made famous by Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, UB40, Bruno Mars, Van Morrison, Earth, Wind & Fire, and many other music greats. Dance under the stars, play family lawn games (6–8 p.m.), and explore the gardens and galleries.

Food, beer, and wine will be available for purchase. Seating begins at 5:30 p.m., food/drink stations and galleries & gardens open at 6 p.m., and the music goes from 7–9 p.m. Bring a chair! No outside food/drink permitted. Cash sales preferred. Rain/shine (dress for the weather).

Free to MSV Members, ages 12 & under, and—thanks to sponsor Navy Federal Credit Union—it’s free to all active duty, National Guard, and Reserve military personnel and their families (id required); all others: $10. Additional costs apply for food, beer, and wine purchases; no outside food/drink, please. Sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union and Shenandoah Country Q102.

Gardens at Night: The Robbie Limon Band

The 2019 Gardens at Night concert series begins with the Robbie Limon Band playing your favorite hits from the ’70s. Dance under the stars, play family lawn games (6–8 p.m.), and explore the gardens and galleries. Food, beer, and wine will be available for purchase. Seating begins at 5:30 p.m., food/drink stations and galleries & gardens open at 6 p.m., and the music goes from 7–9 p.m. Bring a chair! No outside food/drink permitted. Cash sales preferred. Rain/shine (dress for the weather).

Free to MSV Members, ages 12 & under, and—thanks to sponsor Navy Federal Credit Union—it’s free to all active duty, National Guard, and Reserve military personnel and their families (id required); all others: $10. Additional costs apply for food, beer, and wine purchases; no outside food/drink, please. Sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union and Shenandoah Country Q102.

Twilight Hike

While Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park was specifically established in 2002 to preserve and interpret the area’s cultural history, the Shenandoah Valley is rich in natural features, wildlife, and vegetation, including wildflowers.These twilight hikes, offered on May 25th (6:30 p.m.) and September 28th (5:00 p.m.) will not only explore the natural side of the park, but also discuss and practice the basics of hiking and backpacking, along with the equipment usage techniques of these hobbies.

Both programs will be led by Ranger Rick Ashbacker and begin at the Claven Lane parking area (2262 Claven Lane, Middletown, Virginia), the back entrance to the park’s “Morning Attack Trails” trails system, which includes the 8th Vermont monument. Each walk will last approximately 90 minutes, over moderate terrain. Proper walking shoes and water are recommended.