KidzFest

Old Town Winchester’s popular KidzFest, presented by Valley Pediatric Dentistry, returns Saturday, May 18th. This free, family-friendly event features over 50 interactive exhibits highlighting education, art, music, sports and more. It will be held on the Loudoun Street Mall from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

KidzFest activities and exhibits will take place primarily on the Loudoun Street Mall and the Old Town Courthouse lawn throughout the day, petting zoo, games, live performances and more. Also, do not miss Fort Loudoun History Day!

New this year, there will be bike stunt shows where a stuntman will jump across obstacles and teach helmet safety. Wildlife Ambassadors will be performing several shows with meet and greet sessions with the animals. Mandy the Clown will also be back for two shows, interacting with the kids and having a good time on the Mall.

This is a great family-friendly event to showcase Old Town Winchester’s exciting atmosphere and for parents to discover upcoming summer activities.

Virginia’s Historic Garden Week Tour

Winchester is the oldest city west of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Located in its downtown, this tour includes access to four stately private homes that showcase the charm and rich history of the area. George Washington worked there as a surveyor at age 16. Incredibly, the city changed hands over seventy times during the Civil War.

Among the featured properties are an antique-filled beauty, a grand in-town estate situated on four acres, and two historic homes located on the first street to be named after our first President. All boast lovely gardens and grounds.The tour includes a stop at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley for tea. Boxed lunches will be available at Bonnie Blue Southern Market, recently touted by the Washington Post as a “Road Trip Inspiration.”

Advance ticket price – $30 pp

Hosted by The Little Garden Club of Winchester and The Winchester-Clarke Garden Club

Tickets are available to purchase at the Winchester-Frederick County Visitors Center.

 

Apple Blossom Festival: Bloomin’ Wine Fest

Enjoy live entertainment, great food, spectacular Virginia wines, and wonderful company. Join us to “Uncork the Bloom” at the United Bank Bloomin’ Wine Fest, the official kick-off of the 92nd Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

This truly unique outdoor wine festival is situated in downtown Winchester’s original marketplace. There will be three distinctive wine gardens nestled between centuries old buildings and Virginia’s first pedestrian mall.

The event features 20 of Virginia’s finest wineries offering wine tastings and wines sold by the glass or bottle and craft beers to taste and purchase by the glass. There will also be artisans bringing their own special flair, tasty Festival foods, and three stages presenting regional musical talents.

Friday, April 26: 3-10pm (tasting will end at 9:30 p.m.)
Saturday, April 27: 11am-6pm (tasting will end at 5:30 p.m.).

Sales of unopened bottles and cases will be available until close each day.
Tickets:

Advance One-Day Tasting (either day): *$20.00
One-day Tickets: $25.00 at the gate
Advance Two-day Tickets: *$35.00
Two-day Tickets: $40.00 at the gate
Wine Garden Pass: $10.00 Non-Tasting Admission
Children under 12- Free

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Orchid Show and Sale

Enjoy an orchid display, purchase orchids, and learn about growing and caring for orchids from the experts in the Lord Fairfax Orchid Society. Bring your orchids in for suggestions, and have your orchid repotted (small fee).

Free admission to the show and lectures. Held on the first floor of the MSV’s main building. MSV admission fee applies to visit the galleries and gardens.

The show opens at 10am both days.

LECTURE SCHEDULES

Friday

11 a.m.: How to care for Phalaenopsis orchids and how to get them to rebloom

Noon: Repotting your Orchid.

1 p.m.: Where do orchids come from? A journey through various regions in the world

Saturday

11 a.m.: Top secrets on growing gorgeous orchids

Noon: Repotting your Orchid

1 p.m.: Choosing the right orchid to grow in your home

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April Morning Garden Walk

See what’s in bloom with this behind-the-scenes look at the latest MSV garden developments with MSV Deputy Director of Operations and Director of Gardens Mathewes before the grounds open to the public.

Free. Registration required by April 2. Register online or call 540-662-1473, ext. 240. Meet at the garden entrance. Walk-ins welcome as space permits. Includes moderate walking; wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Program cancelled during inclement weather. Check the MSV website or Facebook page for information about cancellations.

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